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British champion sequence dancers from the young generation will join local people and civic dignitaries in a celebration to mark the re-opening of Padiham Town Hall next Monday.

As the new year gets underway, a new chapter is beginning for the much-valued community facility. Following the disastrous flooding of the building on Boxing Day two years ago, a complicated programme of reinstatement and flood resilience works has now been completed. This has been managed by Burnley Council and its business partner Liberata, with local builders Boys working as the main contractors.

Head teachers and educationalists have backed the creation of a Children’s University in Burnley.

They met at Turf Moor, home of Burnley FC and one of the “learning destinations” used by the Children’s University, to celebrate the creation of the educational initiative to help more of the borough's young people achieve their potential.

Just before their final meeting of 2017, members of Burnley Council's executive made a visit to review the results of a major refurbishment of Burnley town centre.

They were joined by representatives from town centre businesses.

Councillor Lian Pate, executive member for community services, said: "We've been keeping a close eye on the town centre improvements as they've progressed and it's great to see them finally coming to completion.

Councillors are set to back plans to create a Children’s University in Burnley as part of a far-reaching strategy to help more of the borough's young people achieve their potential.

Burnley Council’s executive is recommended to agree a three-year commitment to the establishment of the educational initiative which encourages children from the age of five to try new experiences outside of normal school hours.

The commitment is included in a Making It In Burnley aspiration strategy which also proposes a number of other measures.

Pavement ‘street art’ will be used in the battle against underage drinking in Burnley in the run-up to Christmas.

Eye-catching pavement stencils will be put in place by the borough’s Community Alcohol Partnership (CAP) as part of a festive crackdown on adults attempting to buy alcohol for young people (known as a proxy purchase).

Local shops are joining in the campaign. The stencils will be displayed outside their premises and leaflets will be made available to customers to explain that buying alcohol for under-18s is an offence and shops have the right to refuse sales.

Forecasters are predicting winter weather this weekend, especially on Sunday.
 

Residents in Burnley borough with unwanted or unused brown wheelie bins, used to collect garden waste, are being given the chance to have them taken off their hands.

The council is organising a round-up of unwanted brown bins which will take place on Monday 18th December. Residents should request their bin to be collected by visiting www.burnley.gov.uk/gardenwasteand following the instructions. They should leave their bin out where they usually leave their recycling containers, on collection day from 6.30am.

On Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th December, Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service and Burnley Council served a series of legal notices on the Keirby Hotel, Burnley (which has recently traded as the Crown Hotel).

These orders related to concerns about health and safety, and specifically about fire safety.

Because of these orders, people living and staying at the hotel needed to move out. Burnley Council has arranged short-term and temporary accommodation where appropriate, and has provided advice to the people who were living at the hotel.

Burnley Council has introduced a “pay by phone parking” service for motorists on its town centre car parks.

Drivers who download an app to their smartphone can buy a parking ticket, and even extend the time allowed on the ticket remotely or pay by text under the new scheme. There is no need to display a parking ticket as parking enforcement officers are made aware via handheld computer.

Burnley Council’s garden waste collections have gone into “hibernation” as usual over the winter period.

The last collection of 2017 took place on Monday (27th November) and will re-start again in February 2018.

The garden waste collections have always taken a break over winter when there is less green waste to collect and all but those with the greenest fingers tend to take a break from gardening duties.

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