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Couple fined over barking dog nuisance

A Burnley couple has been fined by magistrates after being found guilty of allowing a barking dog to cause a nuisance.

The court was told that evidence showed that the Alsatian could be barking up to 12 hours per day and appeared to bark frequently and persistently on a daily basis.

James Gorton and Rachel Driver were each fined £110 and each ordered to pay £624.05 in costs and a £30 victim surcharge for failing to comply with an abatement notice.

Council leader to hold latest “out and about” surgery

Burnley Council leader Mark Townsend will hold his next “out and about” surgery on Saturday 2nd March in Burnley town centre, between 10am and noon.

As well as picking up your shopping, you can raise your points and questions with him about local services and issues for the town and get information on council services.

Councillor Townsend will be in Curzon Street (between Marks & Spencer and Next).

Fulledge Colts YFC awarded funding for new base

Fulledge Colts Youth Football Club has been awarded a grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund to provide improved facilities at Worsthorne recreation ground.

The grant will enable Fulledge Colts YFC, which is a Charter Standard Community Club with boys and girls teams ranging from U7 to U18, to create four new junior football pitches, provide changing rooms and a club house, together with parking facilities. The scheme will benefit the many local children who play for Fulledge Colts YFC and the wider community of Worsthorne.

Funding for new 3G artificial grass pitch

Burnley Council has been awarded a grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund to install a new 3G artificial grass football pitch at the Prairie Sports Village in Burnley.

The grant will enable the council and its partner Burnley Leisure, which manages the sports complex, to build a second, full-sized, synthetic grass pitch to help meet the growing demand from local football clubs for all-weather, floodlit playing and training facilities.

Shopfront design consultation launched

Burnley Council has launched a consultation to gather views from the public, businesses and other organisations on draft guidance to help shop owners and traders to improve the design quality of their shopfronts.

The guidance is an important part of the council’s ongoing efforts to ensure that Burnley and Padiham continue to have vibrant and attractive town centres that serve residents and brings in visitors from further afield.

Changes to council tax on long-term empty properties

Burnley Council is to change how much council tax it charges on long-term empty properties in the borough in a bid to encourage owners to bring them back into use.

It follows a Government decision to change the rules which allows local authorities to charge a greater council tax premium on vacant homes.

Since 2013 councils such as Burnley have been able to charge 50% on top of the usual council tax rate on properties that have been empty for two years or longer.

Council backs national campaign to fight the fizz

Burnley Council is backing a national campaign to encourage people to “fight the fizz” and cut out sugery drinks for a month to help tackle rising obesity levels.

Fizz Free February encourages both children and adults to bin fizzy pop for a month to reduce sugar intake, lose weight, save money and protect their teeth.

Families are being urged to pledge their support to the campaign online.

Council sets out financial plans for the future

Reports have been published setting out proposals for how Burnley Council will meet its financial challenges over the coming years, whilst continuing to deliver high-quality services.

The papers also look ahead over the years to 2024, showing how Burnley Council continues to face shrinking budgets, and setting out a broad approach to balancing the books.

A range of detailed savings are being made across all the service units in the council. Most of these have been programmed in for some time, and result from ongoing changes to the way that services are delivered.

Strategic Plan sets out bold vision for the borough

A bold and ambitious vision for Burnley’s future is set out in the council’s Strategic Plan which will be considered by councillors this month.

The plan drawn up by the council sets out how it will deliver services over the next three years in the face of massive funding cuts, and the priorities for shaping the future of the borough.

It sits alongside the council’s budget-setting process and its financial plans for the coming years and forms an over-view of how it will adapt to the changes ahead.

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