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Man banned from selling animals after being caught without a licence

A man has been banned from selling animals for four years and ordered to pay more than £1,000 for failing to have licence to run a pet shop.

Burnley Council took Ben Allen Jones (24), of Countess Street, Accrington, and his business Bensons Aquatics & Pets, to court after officers found he was illegally selling animals, including a budgie nicknamed Sid, from a shop in Hebrew Road, Burnley.

Jones and Bensons Aquatics together admitted a total of 12 counts of selling animals as pets, without a licence, in contravention of the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

Grant help for properties damaged by recent storms

The Government has announced thousands of pounds of support for people affected by flooding following Storms Ciara and Dennis.

Under the Flood Recovery Framework eligible families and businesses could receive funding from their local councils after a set of support packages were revealed.

The borough of Burnley is one of those areas eligible for funding to be made available.

Under the measures: 

Towneley Hall to light up the night sky

Historic Townley Hall is about to see itself in lights thanks to an exciting project involving local people.

Members of the public are invited to come along to Towneley on Friday 28th February to watch the official switch-on ceremony at 6.30pm.

The new lighting scheme uses innovative technology to highlight the historic features within the architecture of the hall and its façade. It can be controlled remotely using a smartphone app to change the colour of the light, beam angles and more.

Want to stand in this year’s borough elections?

Anyone interested in standing as a candidate or acting as an agent in borough council elections is being invited to attend a briefing session at Burnley Town Hall next week.

Voters will be asked to choose their local councillors when they go to the polls on 7th May. The Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) election will be held on the same day.

A briefing for prospective candidates and agents will be held at Burnley Town Hall on Thursday 19th March at 5.15pm.

Hotline to report those who fail to clean up after their dogs

Burnley Council has launched a telephone hotline to enable residents to report irresponsible dog owners who fail to clean up after their pet.

The hotline – 01282 475932 – is part of a campaign to tackle dog fouling and catch those responsible for spoiling our communities.

The council is encouraging people to “dish the dirt” and help identify those owners who don’t clean up after their dogs, and highlight the “hot spots” where dog fouling is a particular problem so that enforcement work can be more targeted and effective.

Council puts climate change on the agenda

Burnley Council recognises and is addressing the climate change emergency that is dominating the headlines and which threatens our future.

It has established a cross-party working group to investigate ways the local authority can take and promote action to cut its carbon footprint and to adopt more environmentally-friendly ways of working.

The council has already taken a number of steps to reduce its carbon emmissions and to encourage others to do the same.

Chance for a natter with the council leader

Burnley Council leader Councillor Charlie Briggs is holding the latest in a series of “out and about” surgeries so that local people can raise issues and questions with him directly.

Coun. Briggs will be in Curzon Street, Burnley (between M&S and Next) on Saturday 8th Feb between 10.30am and 12.30pm, and at Tesco supermarket, Padiham, on Thursday 13th Feb 4.30pm to 6.30pm.

Just drop by – there's no need to make an appointment.

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