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Major milestone in Burnley’s vision to become a university town

New student accommodation that forms part of ambitious plans to turn Burnley into a university town have been officially handed over to the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

The 136-bed building in Sandygate provides high-quality accommodation for students attending the University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan) facilities in the town, supported by space for common rooms, a laundry, and a study/resources room, as well as three units for use as restaurants, cafes or offices.

Council set to approve draft homelessness strategy

Councillors are set to approve a draft strategy that sets out how Burnley Council will help tackle homelessness in the borough over the next five years.

A report to the council’s executive recommends it approves the draft homelessness and rough sleeping strategy 2020-25 when the committee meets next week.

It also asks for approval to launch a six-week consultation, at a date to be agreed, to allow people and organisations to have their say before any final strategy is agreed.

The strategy is made up of three key components:

Annual electoral canvass begins

Local residents are being warned not to lose their voice on decisions that affect them by making sure their electoral registration details are up to date.

With borough, county and Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner elections taking place across the borough of Burnley in May 2021, this is an important opportunity for residents to make sure they can take part.

Consultation launched as council reviews its licensing policy

A public consultation around Burnley Council’s policy on licensing a wide range of businesses from pubs and clubs to taxis has been launched. Under national legislation licensing authorities such as the council have to determine and publish their licensing policy every five years.

The council’s current policy covers up until Jan 2021 and so needs to be revised, updated and agreed by the authority by then.

Council Tops up Government Support for Market Traders

Burnley Council’s executive has agreed a recovery package to support Burnley Market through the coronavirus pandemic.

The executive agreed a package of assistance to market traders in addition to that already provided by Government. The executive values the work of the market and its long tradition and is doing its best, despite the council's own financial difficulties, to support market traders to get the market on its feet.

Improvements to town centre "gateway" to go ahead

Work is set to start next week on major improvements to one of the key routes into Burnley town centre.

A programme of public realm improvements will form part of a wider scheme to regenerate the lower St James Street area and make it a more attractive “gateway” into the town centre.

The highway authority Lancashire County Council is working in partnership with Burnley Council to develop new wider, high-quality footways and carriageway along lower St James Street, between Westgate and Hammerton Street.

Burnley Council leading the way to the “New Normal”

Burnley Council has set out its response so far to the Covid-19 pandemic as it makes plans for the future.

The council has worked hard, both independently and with partners locally and across Lancashire, since the start of the outbreak to ensure essential services continue to be provided to residents.

It has also worked to manage and distribute Government support, particularly for local businesses, and communicate life-saving advice and information to local people.

Burnley's youngster Mayor takes office

Councillor Wajid and Mrs Anam Khan have taken office as Mayor and Mayoress of Burnley 2020/21.

Coun. Khan is the borough's youngster Mayor and pledged to create a "Mayor's Medal" to recognise and honour local individuals and organisations who have gone above and beyond the call of duty during the coronavirus epidemic, and after it is over.

He was also the first Mayor to be appointed via a "virtual" online Mayor-making ceremony to meet social distancing guidelines.

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