New measures in Covid hotspots are set to be rolled out in the first sign the winter ‘Plan B’ is slowly coming into force. The government has resisted calls to introduce restrictions to deal with rising cases but will introduce a portion of the plan in badly affected areas.
Families will be provided with free school meal vouchers to use in the markets over half term. All children in Blackburn with Darwen who are eligible for free school meals will receive the vouchers throughout half term which families can use to shop in Blackburn or Darwen Markets. Some schools will provide vouchers which can be used in supermarkets – the voucher will specify this.
By Robert Kelly Community Content Editor EARLIER this week we reported about speed checks being carried out at several locations across East Lancashire. Officers inside camera enforcement vehicles will be out on the road today, Sunday, carrying out checks in Pendle, Blackburn with Darwen and Hyndburn, with drivers urged to keep their speed down and to stay safe.
Darwen: Lloyds Bank to close branch after 'declining visits' LLOYDS Banking Group is to close its Darwen branch - the only bank left in the town - blaming declining visits by customers. The Unite union said the closure of 41 Lloyds Bank and seven Halifax branches across the country will deny thousands of customers access to vital services and cash, and could lead to 178 job losses.
SOME parts of England are set have Plan B rules introduced as coronavirus infections continue to rise, it has been claimed. It comes as Health Secretary Sajid Javid last night warned that Covid-19 cases could hit 100,000-a-day by the winter months. Areas that were hardest hit last year by the pandemic could have further measures rolled out, the i reported.
Infection rates as of Thursday, October 21, for Blackburn with Darwen, Ribble Valley, Hyndburn, Rossendale, Burnley, South Ribble Pendle, Preston, Chorley, Blackpool, Fylde, Wyre, Lancaster and West Lancashire The latest Covid-19 data shows that Wyre remains Lancashire's coronavirus hot spot.
Covid restrictions: Some Plan B measures to support testing and the NHS are set to happen in parts of England
A section of the Government’s Covid Plan B measures is set to be introduced in parts of England with “enduring transmission” of the virus, despite a minister’s insistence the extra measures are not currently under consideration. Four local authorities – Leicester, Bolton, Luton and Blackburn and Darwen – are top of the list to receive the Enduring Transmission Area (ETA) support, to help with additional testing capacity, vaccine programme support and assistance to maintain public health staffing.
Blackburn with Darwen health boss warns Covid 'Plan B' moving closer ON Tuesday this week, the UK as a whole saw a very sharp and continuing rise in confirmed Covid-19 cases. The average seven day case rate growth per 100,000 for England was up 22 per cent at 424, and the North-West rate was up 15 per cent at 456.
PROPOSALS to build two new homes in a terraced street in Darwen have been approved at the second attempt. In April planning officers turned down the scheme to build two semi-detached three-storey homes on land between two blocks of houses in Harwood Street occupied by an unused garage. But after the submission of a new application by Darwen and Devine they approved the revised plan.
By Cal Gaunt News Reporter A MAIN road into the centre of Blackburn has now re-opened following a 'concern for welfare incident'. Blackburn with Darwen Police attended the Grimshaw Park canal bridge at around 6am and officers shut the road in both directions from the A6078 Russell Street to Haslingden Road.
Infection rates continue to rise in Blackburn with Darwen, Ribble Valley, Hyndburn, Rossendale, Burnley, South Ribble Pendle, Preston, Chorley, Blackpool, Fylde, Wyre, Lancaster and West Lancs Wyre continues to be Lancashire's hotspot for positive Covid-19 cases, according to new data.
Blackburn and Darwen: Businesses celebrated at Hive Awards THE 'brightest and best' were honoured at a glittering awards ceremony at King George's Hall. The ninth annual Blackburn with Darwen Business Awards, hosted by Bauer Radio's Trevor Jordan, saw nearly 300 guests from some of the region’s leading companies gather to find out who would pick up a coveted Hive award.
A ROW has broken out between two local authorities over the sale of a piece of open land. The 3.5 acre site in Fernhurst belongs to Lancashire County Council which has put it in an online auction. But this has annoyed Blackburn with Darwen Council, within whose boundaries it lies, as it has received several enquiries from developers seeking to build houses.
SUMMER is far behind us and weather forecasters says snow is set to hit parts of the UK later this week. It’s also time to get our winter coats out as it’s predicted to feel noticeably colder from tomorrow onwards. The Met Office has warned of “wintry showers” in northern parts of the UK with wind and rain set the batter other parts of the nation.
Darwen: Man caught driving without seatbelt twice in three days Joshua David Barnes, of Earnsdale Avenue, Darwen, was originally caught driving a DAF truck without a seatbelt on March 2, 2021 on the A666 Bolton Road. Just three days later, on March 5, 2021, Barnes, 29, was caught again without a seatbelt in the same vehicle - on the same stretch of road near Huntington Drive, Darwen - and both cases have now been dealt with in court.
The short stretch of cycle lane was painted on the A666 after the road was resurfaced earlier this year Council bosses have explained why a cycle lane which is "barely the length of a double decker bus" has been painted on the main road in Darwen. Back in March highways engineers resurfaced the A666 in Darwen next to the main post office.
By Sophie-May Clarke Chief Reporter A WOMAN and three men are wanted by police this week for a variety of reasons. From assault to burglary, detectives wish to speak to these four people in relation to ongoing investigations. If you know where they are or can offer information, call 101.
'Guess I'll be going every weekend now...' pizza shop owner given lifetime pass to Warehouse Project after impressive effort to sneak in for free
"All my friends were telling me it wasn't going to work" A pizza shop owner has been given a lifetime access pass to the Warehouse Project after his impressive effort to sneak in for free. Ellis Hall, 23, tried to fool security at Mayfield Depot with a fake ‘lifetime access pass’ he'd created on Photoshop, ahead of the Adam Beyer Presents Drumcode event on Saturday (October 16).