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General news

General news and event news.

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.

Stretching from the centre of Burnley to the rural outskirts of Worsthorne, the Brun Valley Forest Park invites people to grab a slice of our town’s buzzing parklife as part of its family-friendly fun day.

The day, filled with free family entertainment, starts at 11am on Sunday, 2nd July, covering three different locations – Thompson Park, Queen’s Park and Rowley Lake.

From guided walks and willow weaving to African drumming and besom broom making, there will be something for everyone.

Towneley Park is gearing up for the annual classic car show this Sunday, 25th June.

Car fanatics will be in for a treat with more 300 classic vehicles and motorbikes on display from 11am.

The action-packed day will include lots of refreshment stalls and entertainment suitable for all the family.

Visitors will also have a chance to take a helicopter ride and enjoy spectacular views of Burnley from above.

There will be pomp and ceremony galore as Padiham goes on parade and turns the clock back to remember the wartime spirit that saw Britain through the Second World War.

As part of the Burnley Armed Forces Covenant, Veterans and others have come together again this year to organise the popular 1940s weekend.

Saturday (24th June) and Sunday (25th) Padiham will be buzzing with displays and free entertainment for all the family.

People are being invited to take part in The Great Get Together event being held in Burnley as part of a national initiative to forge closer links between communities.

The event will take place in the Peace Garden, between the Central Library and magistrates’ courts, on Saturday (17th June) between 11am and 2pm.

It is part of a national campaign, inspired by the murder of MP Jo Cox and supported by the Foundation in her name, which aims to confirm that “we have more in common than that which divides us.”

Burnley Council will celebrate the first ever National Clean Air Day on Thursday, 15th June 2017.

Co-ordinated by environmental change charity, Global Action Plan, and funded by Defra, the day will see the council raise awareness about air quality and health impacts of air pollution.

Throughout the clean air day, the council will be using social media networks to share cutting-edge advice on avoiding and tackling urban air pollution, sourced from health experts and academics.

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