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General news and event news.

Discover the heritage right on your doorstep as some of Burnley’s historic gems throw their doors open to celebrate Heritage Open Days.

Taking place between 7-10th September, the heritage days will offer residents and visitors a chance to step inside some of the town’s most iconic and historic buildings.

With 11 free events taking place people will be able to discover the hidden stories and historical secrets that form part of Burnley’s rich and diverse history.

Work on the £1.2 million project to restore Thompson Park in Burnley has started with creating a new car park.

Accessible from Colne Road, the pay and display car park will have 60 parking spaces including six allocated for disabled parking.

The development of the car park is a first phase of the Heritage Lottery funded project, whichaims to restore the popular Grade II listed park and to celebrate its heritage, from its opening in 1930 to the present day.

Food businesses across Burnley are celebrating after receiving top marks for their food hygiene.

A total of 26 catering outlets have been given a Food Hygiene Rating of 5 - the highest level possible following the latest round of inspections by Burnley Council’s environmental health team.

Burnley celebrated the achievements of its businesses and their employees at the glittering Burnley Business Awards ceremony, held in the stunning setting of Towneley Hall, in June.

With over 600 guests in attendance, the evening was a buzz with celebration and excitement.

Burnley’s parks are, once again, amongst the best in Britain, according to Keep Britain Tidy.

Towneley, Scott, Ightenhill, Queen’s, and Padiham Memorial parks have all retained their Green Flag status for the eighth year running after impressing judges.

An application for Thompson Park was not put forward this year due to the implementation of Heritage Lottery Fund restoration work.

The award, handed out today by Keep Britain Tidy, recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces across the country.

Residents and community leaders have celebrated the opening of their new play area in Towneley Park.

Around £20,000 was spent on the new facility in the Barwise picnic area, which was formally opened by Councillor John Harbour and Chair of Friends of Towneley Park Maureen Frankland.

Pupils from Springfield Primary School were also on hand to help cut the ribbon and have a go on the new playground, which includes a log cabin, log maze climber, balance beams, hanging log steps and swings. 

As well as the equipment new picnic tables and benches were also installed.

Plans to create an event car park close to Towneley Hall have been given the green light.

Extra parking spaces will be created on a field next to the existing hall car park. They will be used to create additional capacity when there are events taking place at Towneley. The car park will have a reinforced grass and plastic grid surface to minimise impact on the visual appearance of the park.

Burnley’s brilliant parks are in line for another national award.

Burnley Council’s parks team has been nominated for the best service team of the year (parks, grounds and horticultural service) in the APSE Service Awards 2017.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Oxford on 7th September. The APSE awards attracted more than 300 submissions for over 100 organisations across the country.

The council’s innovative approach to managing Burnley’s parks and open areas caught the judges’ eyes.

Burnley has been declared a property hotspot after a significant rise in sales, according to a new report from Lloyds Bank, using Land Registry figures.

Burnley was joint seventh in England and Wales with a 10 per cent rise in house sales. In comparison, 82 per cent of towns included in the survey saw house sales fall between 2015 and 2016.

This is reflected in increased confidence in the area from housebuilders, with a wide range of quality housing schemes taking shape across the borough on several previously developed (brownfield) sites.

A feast of live music will be on offer this weekend as part of an event celebrating the recently installed bandstand in Padiham.

Taking place on 9th July at Padiham Memorial Park, the free event will see many talented artists and dancers whisking local residents and visitors into the festive spirit.

The celebration will start at 1pm with a parade from the town hall to Memorial Park, weaving through the Padiham Greenway.

The parade will be led by a vibrant samba band which will ensure energetic and upbeat start to the main event.

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