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Council recommended to support proposals for leisure development in Burnley

Burnley Council’s executive is recommending that a special meeting of the full council approve a financial package to make proposals for a leisure development in Burnley town centre a reality.

Plans to create an eight-screen cinema, together with supporting restaurants and car parking, on the former Pioneer site in Curzon Street were approved in late 2018.

Due to the current challenging market conditions a revised, phased scheme has been developed, with the initial phase comprising an eight-screen cinema and five restaurants.

Burnley Council asked to agree investment in college’s future

A full meeting of Burnley Council has been asked to approve an investment in the future of Burnley College.

The council’s executive has recommended that a special meeting of the full council on 4th November agree a loan by the authority to enable the college to expand its facilities.

“This is an investment in improving the skills of future generations and a bold move to aid local businesses in their economic recovery and future development.,” said council leader Councillor Mark Townsend.

Major report sets out council’s Covid-19 economic recovery response

Burnley councillors have agreed a report setting out how the borough’s economy will recover from the Covid-19 pandemic.

The council’s executive discussed the report which looks at the impact of the pandemic on people, businesses and Burnley and Padiham town centres and what Burnley Council and its partners need to do over the next five years to recover from this major economic shock.

Guidance on community events and occasions issued

The Lancashire Resilience Forum (LRF) has issued guidance on restrictions around upcoming faith and community events for the remainder of 2020 due to coronavirus. The restrictions relate to upcoming events including:
• Prophet Muhammad's birthdate (28/29 October)
• Halloween (31 October)
• Bonfire celebrations (5 - 7 November)
• Remembrance Sunday (8 November)
• Diwali (14 November)
• Hanukkah (10 – 18 December)
• the switching on of Christmas lights.

Plea from Council Leader: Don't mix with other households

Burnley Council leader Mark Townsend has urged local residents not to mix with anyone outside their household or social "bubble" unless absolutely necessary as infection rates in the borough soar dramatically above the national average.
"We have to do something now before it's too late," warned Councillor Townsend.
Burnley is well into the "red zone" in terms of the numbers of positive cases of Covid-19 and the figures are rising. Cases are increasing in every part of the borough.

New leader elected

Councillor Mark Townsend has been elected as the new leader of Burnley Council.

The move follows the resignation of the previous leader, Councillor Charlie Briggs, who led a coalition administration.

Labour now takes control of the council, as the largest group. Its 22 seats falls one short of an overall majority on the 45-seat authority.

Parts of Burnley get crime-fighting cash boost

Burnley is one of only two areas in Lancashire to receive funding to help reduce crime and make communities safer.

The Safer Streets funding will be used in specific crime “hot spots” and will be aimed at making residents feel safer in their homes.

New CCTV networks, motion sensor lights, secure gates and doors and motorbike barriers are just some of the measures that could be implemented in parts of the Bank Hall and Burnley Wood areas.


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