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Working for Burnley means working together - by Burnley Council leader Mark Townsend

Major discussions are progressing regarding the Lancashire Combined Authority.

In a separate development, the County Council is thinking about how its services are delivered, in the context of big government funding cuts and growing pressures and demands.

In politics, as in life, deciding not to go ahead with something can be just as significant as taking the next step forward.

Focussed on growth - by Burnley Council leader Mark Townsend

Earlier this month, Burnley was chosen to host a Lancashire Economic Partnership event with the Government Minister for the Northern Powerhouse Minister, Andrew Percy MP.

Business leaders and key political figures gathered at Turf Moor, including the leaders of Lancashire County Council, Blackpool Council, and the chair of the LEP. It’s great that these people came to our borough for this major event, reflecting the fact that Burnley is focussed on growth.

Lancashire decisions, Lancashire control - by Cllr Mark Townsend

One of the clear messages from the recent Euro referendum was that people want to see more democratic control over the decisions that affect them.

At the moment, the ‘Combined Authority’ for Lancashire is being set up. This involves all the local councils cooperating on areas where things need sorting out on a county-wide level.

Big transport projects, and some economic development work, are examples.

Lancashire wants some powers – and funding – devolved directly to us from London.

Remembering the Battle of the Somme

This morning, 1st July 2016, Burnley marked the one hundredth anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. Well over a hundred people gathered at the Cenotaph in Towneley Park.

The Mayor of Burnley, Councillor Jeff Sumner, gave the following speech at the event.

Exactly one hundred years ago this morning, the whistles blew in the trenches around the river Somme in France.

Many of those who went “over the top” were men and boys from East Lancashire.

Clarets' success is great news for whole borough - by Cllr Mark Townsend

Like me I’m sure all of you were impressed and amazed by the massive crowds that turned out to celebrate Burnley FC’s much-deserved promotion to the Premier League.

There was a sea of people from the town hall to Turf Moor and an estimated 20,000 fans turned out to mark the occasion. There was a real party atmosphere.

The ties between town and club are strong – if the Clarets are doing well there’s a buzz around the whole place.

The votes are in!

Voters across Burnley went to the polls yesterday to have their say on who represents them on the local council, and who should be their next Police and Crime Commissioner.

Counting for the local election is over, all results are declared. The council staff and other colleagues counted all the votes and the new political make-up of Burnley Council is as follows:

Labour 27 seats

Liberal Democrats 13

Conservative 4


Three votes for the “price” of one registration

This summer voters across the country will decide whether or not Britain stays in the European Union.

With all the debate about the EU referendum.and whether we should be “in or out”, it’s easy to forget there are two other important votes taking place that will affect our everyday lives.

On 5th May voters across Burnley will decide who represents them on the local council, and who their next Police and Crime Commissioner is – the person who decides the shape of policing across Lancashire.

Taking action after the floods - by Cllr Mark Townsend

Season’s greetings – and looking ahead. By Cllr Mark Townsend

It’s that time of year again when we traditionally look back over what has been, and forwards to what might be. Who am I to break with such a long-standing custom?

Firstly, I would like to wish all residents a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. However you spend the festive season, I hope you find time to be with friends and family and have a relaxing and enjoyable time.

Milestone events for Burnley - by Cllr Mark Townsend

Over the last week I’ve attended events marking two important milestones for Burnley.

We’ve had the official opening of the On the Banks area in the Weaver’s Triangle.

Sandygate square is looking great. It combines modern design with the area’s industrial heritage, and will be a really good venue for public events.


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