By Bill Jacobs Local Democracy Reporter THE campaign to extend the East Lancashire railway line across the Pennines will hold an open meeting later this month as it celebrates its 20th anniversary. The Skipton-East Lancashire Rail Action Partnership (SELRAP) was officially launched in 2001. Its first in person meeting since the Annual General Meeting of March 2020 will take place on September 13 at 7pm at Herriots Hotel, Broughton Road, Skipton .
By Bill Jacobs Local Democracy Reporter INTERESTED members of the public can join the joint annual meeting of the NHS Blackburn with Darwen and East Lancashire Clinical Commission Groups. It will be held on September 22 online via Microsoft Teams because of the coronavirus pandemic. The two CCGs commission healthcare across East Lancashire and look after primary care services such as GP surgeries and pharmacies.
By Bill Jacobs Local Democracy Reporter A GLASS component supplier wants to construct a new four-storey hub on a main road leading to the M65. Rocplas of Harwood Street in Blackburn has applied for planning permission for the new building in the town’s Carl Fogarty Way leading to the motorway’s junction six.
By Bill Jacobs Local Democracy Reporter COUNCILLORS have been warned on the impact of coronavirus lockdowns and restrictions on a borough’s elderly. The concern has been voiced in a report to Blackburn with Darwen Council’s health and wellbeing board by Sayyed Osman, its strategic director for adults.
By Bill Jacobs Local Democracy Reporter A COLNE chemists shop is piloting a new way for patients to remember to take multiple prescription medicines. It has introduced PilPouch which sees a patient’s personal prescription packaged in a box of clearly labelled pouches. Each pouch of medication within the box outlines the specific day, time, dosage and further medication safety details.
By Bill Jacobs Local Democracy Reporter A MAJOR new housing estate is to lose six homes. Councillors have agreed to cut the number of properties at the proposed development by Countryside Properties (UK) Ltd and Together Housing Group on land to the north and south of Fishmoor Drive and East of Roman Road in South-East Blackburn from 383 to 377.
By Bill Jacobs Local Democracy Reporter DOUBLE yellow lines have been repainted on the main road through a town centre after their removal created a dangerous spate of careless parking. The disappeared from the A666 Borough Road and The Circus in Darwen after the carriageway was resurfaced. Local Darwen West ward's Cllrs Dave Smith, Stephanie Brookfield and Brian Taylor were alerted by a local resident who provided dashcam photographs of the chaotic parking.
By Bill Jacobs Local Democracy Reporter SPENDING in Blackburn and Burnley town centres has bounced back and now exceeds pre-pandemic levels despite a lack of customers. New figures from the Centre for Cities think-tank show that spending in Blackburn was at 106 per cent of levels before coronavirus even though footfall was only 57 per cent of that pre-lockdown.
By Bill Jacobs Local Democracy Reporter COUNCILLORS have confirmed a former senior office as the deputy to Lancashire's Police and Crime Commissioner. Members of Lancashire's Police and Crime Panel have approved the appointment of form Superintendent Andy Pratt at a special meeting at Blackburn's King George's Hall.
By Bill Jacobs Local Democracy Reporter WORK to breathe new life into a set of disused greenhouses in a park is making progress. Volunteers with the Myplace project are clearing the area in front of them to create a forest garden and food growing area. The aim is to bring the five greenhouses, abandoned 10 years ago, back into use to produce seasonal food for the volunteers to take home and cook while boosting their mental and physical health.
By Bill Jacobs Local Democracy Reporter A LOCAL authority has organised a jobs, careers and training fair later this month. It will be held on Friday August 20 in the Rossendale Council Chamber at Futures Park. The will be 20 businesses represented with staff from the borough’s employability projects Rossendale Works and Rossendale Youth Works also on hand.
By Bill Jacobs Local Democracy Reporter NINE Hyndburn and Haslingden schools will host summer education programmes over the forthcoming holidays. They are Accrington Academy, Broadfield Specialist, St Christopher’s, Haslingden High, Mount Carmel, Rhydding’s, The Hollins, The Hyndburn Academy and Tor View School.
By Bill Jacobs Local Democracy Reporter THE search is one for Blackburn with Darwen's Covid heroes. Nominations are being sought for a special award, Blackburn with Darwen Council's leader Cllr Mohammed Khan and community organisation One Voice Blackburn are looking for a shining example of kindness and compassion throughout the Covid-19 pandemic through their local leadership .
By Bill Jacobs Local Democracy Reporter LANCASHIRE County Council has earmarked £6.7million to support infection control measures and testing in care homes, supported accommodation, and home care services. It will pay for the testing of staff and visitors in care homes to enable family and friends to have close contact while visiting, the costs for training and recruitment of staff needed to carry out tests, and to ensure staff receive their normal wages if they need to self-isolate.
By Bill Jacobs Local Democracy Reporter LANCASHIRE County Council's Welfare Rights Service has helped older residents to claim nearly £1.1million of benefits they are entitled to receive in the last 12 months. Now it is reminding others to make sure that they receive the payments which they are entitled to.
By Bill Jacobs Local Democracy Reporter USERS of Lancashire County Council's mobile library fleet have been asked to help name its latest vehicles. The authority is about to take delivery of its three final new vans. Now its culture boss Cllr Peter Buckley, is asking the people of Lancashire to vote for the favourite names from a shortlist of six drawn up by library service staff.
By Bill Jacobs Local Democracy Reporter A BOROUGH has received £63,000 from the government to help bring back shoppers to its high streets. Rossendale Council was given the cash from Whitehall's Welcome Back Fund. Alyson Barnes, leader of the authority , said: “It’s fantastic to see our high streets and small independent businesses back open across Rossendale.
By Bill Jacobs Local Democracy Reporter FACE masks should still be warn and social distancing observed by visitors and staff in East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust's premises. The organisation's chief nurse said current guidance on coronavirus infection control would remain in place despite the national relaxation of rules on July 19.
By Bill Jacobs Local Democracy Reporter VISITORS spreading food for birds and other wildlife near a historic park’s ponds are causing a rat problem. Councillors have been told that their generosity has caused a ‘constant battle’ against the rodents around the ponds and lakes in Blackburn’s Corporation Park.
By Bill Jacobs Local Democracy Reporter LANCASHIRE'S new Police and Crime Commissioner has pledged to boost public confidence in the force. Andrew Snowden outlined his plan to lead the fight against crime and make people feel safer during the first Police and Crime Panel since he was elected in May.