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General news

General news and event news.

Burnley Councillors look set to give the green light to negotiations which will see responsibility for several community buildings in the borough transfer to charities and community groups.

A report to next week’s Executive meeting proposes that long leases could be established next year for three buildings: Burnley Wood Community Centre; the Vanguard Centre; and Linkbridge, on Swinless Street.

The Lancashire flag will be flying over Burnley this weekend to mark Lancashire Day.

The flag with a red rose on a bright yellow background will be flying high above the town hall from Friday afternoon to celebrate the county day which is on Sunday, 27th November.

Burnley councillors will assemble at the Town Hall next Wednesday evening, 23rd November, for an extraordinary meeting of the Full Council.

The main business will be discussion of the changes to the parliamentary constituency boundaries that have been proposed by the Boundary Commission.

The Council will decide on how to respond to the current consultation on the proposed changes, which is running until 5th December.

The report which councillors will discuss sets out that:

Burnley residents are reminded to get their last bits of gardening done before the garden waste collection service begins its annual winter break.

Burnley Council’s garden waste collection service will stop at the end of the month, when demand for the service reduces because of the low levels of green waste being produced.

The last garden waste collection of the year will be made on 21st November and 28th November depending on which week your garden waste is normally collected.

The festive season will officially start in the Burnley town centre with a two-day festival, culminating in the annual switch-on of the Christmas lights. 

The much-anticipated Burnley Christmas Festival will take place on 19th and 20th November and include an array of family-friendly festive attractions.

On Saturday 19th November, the town centre will be turned into a frosty winter wonderland with a dazzling ice sculpture trail and a live interactive ice carving wall in Market Square. 

The Northern Powerhouse Minister, Andrew Percy, MP, officially opened Burnley’s state-of-the-art engineering supply park, Innovation Drive this morning.

Based at the former site of a Michelin Tyre factory, Innovation Drive is a 400,000 sq ft Advanced Engineering and technology business hub, which is now home to major AEM, aerospace and technology business and SMEs including Kaman Tooling, BCW Engineering, Safran Nacelles and the Lancashire Digital Technology Centre (LDTC).

Andrew Percy MP to address 200+ business leaders at special conference regarding Lancashire’s key role within the Powerhouse

Lancashire’s Enterprise Partnership to become first official Northern Powerhouse LEP partner


The Northern Powerhouse Minister, Andrew Percy MP, will be undertaking a tour of Lancashire today (Wednesday November 9th) which will include a series of official engagements highlighting Lancashire’s significance within the Powerhouse initiative.

Thousands turn out for Towneley bonfire event

Towneley bonfire and fireworks display was a roaring success as thousands of people turned up to celebrate on 5th November.

The event was bigger and better than ever before attracting more than 6000 people from Burnley and elsewhere across  East Lancashire.

The crowds were entertained by a dazzling fireworks display and a 20-feet tall bonfire, which was lit by the Mayor of Burnley, Councillor Jeff Sumner.

Landlords and managing agents have been praised for their professional approach to looking after their properties and tenants.

The three organisations have been presented with certificates to mark their successful applications to Burnley Council’s good landlord and agent scheme (GLAS).

Mujeeb Rehman, of RPC Lettings, has also become the first landlord to achieve the gold standard as part of the scheme.

In-depth report emphasises positive achievements, and suggests key issues for future work

“Challenge us”. “Review our work”. That was the invite Burnley Council recently put to a high-powered team from the Local Government Association.

Their ‘peer challenge’ report has just been published. Key findings include:

·        Burnley Council has strong political and managerial leadership in place

·        On this basis, its work makes a positive difference to the borough


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