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Deadline for flood grants about to run out

Residents and business owners in Burnley borough planning to apply for financial support to make their property more resilient to flooding have until the end of the month to put in applications.

Burnley Council has been running a flood resilience grant scheme since floods affected parts of the borough on Boxing Day 2015. Under the scheme, properties that were flooded as a result of Storm Eva may be entitled to grants of up to £5,000, provided as part of government support. 

The deadline for applications is 31st March.

Residents sign up to “keep Burnley clean” pledge

Residents joined senior councillors in pledging their support for efforts by Burnley Council to keep the town centre clean and tidy.

It comes a month before new, tougher enforcement action is introduced that will see £75 fines issued to those that drop litter or fail to clean up after their dogs.

Members of the public joined council leader Mark Townsend and other councillors in signing a “keep it tidy” pledge and support stronger action against those that spoil our borough.

Council sets out financial challenges ahead

Councillors in Burnley are considering ways to meet the severe financial challenges that lie ahead as they prepare to agree this year’s budget.

Burnley Council is facing making savings of more than £4 million, or 27.5% of the 2017/18 revenue budget, over the next three years as a result of Government funding cuts.

The council’s executive meets on 13th February to discuss several financial reports, outlining the state of the council’s finances and looking ahead, as preparation for setting the 2017/18 budget later this month.

Street patrols to tackle dog fouling and littering

Burnley Council is further strengthening its tough stance on dog fouling and littering.

The council takes a zero tolerance approach to the problems and is already one of the best performing local authorities in the country when it comes to prosecuting fly-tippers.

Now councilors have agreed to team up with a private partner to strengthen its enforcement work further and crackdown even more on environmental crime.

Towneley Hall admission policy

A new admission pricing policy has been introduced at Towneley Hall, Burnley.

From 1st January 2017 all adults are being asked to pay an admission fee to enter the historic hall. Previously the charge only applied to adults living outside Burnley borough.

The new policy means that all adult visitors are asked to pay a £5 charge which buys a 12-month pass, allowing them to visit the hall as many times as they want over a year from the date of purchase.

Students and children aged 17 and under can continue to visit for free.

Residents deliver their verdict on council services

The results of the latest survey of residents across Burnley have been revealed and provide a snapshot of people’s views on a wide range of council services.

The annual survey, carried out through the Citizens’ Panel and social media, attracted almost 650 responses. The results will be used to help shape Burnley Council’s future work.

Parks and sports facilities, the local countryside, and good neighbours/people are considered to be the best things about living in Burnley. Litter and dog fouling were named the biggest problems.

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