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General news

General news and event news.

An artefact to represent Burnley in a county-wide competition has been decided after a public vote.

A Pilkington pot, currently on show at Towneley Hall, has been picked by the people of Burnley as an item to represent the area in the ‘History of Lancashire in 70 Objects’ project.

Online followers and visitors of the historic hall have been casting their vote since January to choose their favourite object from a shortlist of three.

The next stage of a national review that could change the shape of Burnley’s Parliamentary boundary has started.

Last year people were invited to take part in a public consultation as part of the national review of Parliamentary areas – those which an MP represents rather than borough or other boundaries.

There were almost 20,000 responses to that consultation across the country. The next stage of the 2018 Review is the publication of all those representations so that others may comment on them.

Garden waste collections are due to start again in Burnley borough after a winter break.

The collections will restart on 27th February for those already on the brown bin service and will be free until a new, chargeable service comes in from 1st May 2017.

The council is introducing a charge for “green” collections in light of funding and subsidy cuts and ever-decreasing budgets.

A brand new exhibition on the region’s prominent artists is set to open at Towneley Hall next week.

The exhibition features paintings by talented 20th Century Nelson-born artists Orlando Greenwood and Hugh Gresty.

From still lives and self-portraits to classical tableaux, the exhibition showcases the artists’ diverse range of styles, techniques and subjects.

Visitors will also have a chance to see some of the artists’ personal possessions including sketchbooks, palettes and sets of paint brushes.

Burnley Council is sending out a simple message to people who use chewing gum - get into the habit of throwing it away in a proper bin: it could save you £75!

The council is currently running a poster information campaign in Burnley town centre – “Don’t Drop Chewing Gum”.

It comes ahead of the introduction of a stricter enforcement campaign in April that will see officers patrolling the streets issuing £75 Fixed Penalty Notices to those caught dropping litter, including chewing gum, or failing to clean up after their dog.

A draft management plan aimed at helping protect the heritage of Padiham conservation area is set to be agreed by councillors.

The plan sets out the work required to protect and strengthen the Padiham Conservation Area as a site of special architectural and historic interest and make it attractive for residents, workers and visitors.

Burnley Council’s executive is recommended to approve the draft plan when it meets on 13th February. 

Burnley Council is considering changing its policy on Council Tax discounts by introducing a specific discount for certain sorts of renovated properties.

A proposal to offer a 100% discount for up to six months, once renovation work is completed, on formerly uninhabitable empty houses that have been empty for over 12 months, will be decided by the council’s executive.

The aim is to provide an incentive to owners to improve the standard of the properties and bring them back into occupation.

Trebor Developments, working in partnership with Burnley Council, has commenced work  at the prestigious Vision Park site, Burnley. 

Barnfield Construction has been selected by Trebor as main contractor and completion of Phase One, which includes starter units from 800 sq.ft. and business workspace up to 10,000 sq. ft., will complete in September 2017.

UCFB is delighted to announce a renewed partnership with Burnley Council that will see three students from the town awarded a £3,000 scholarship to study a university degree in the football, business and related industries at UCFB Etihad Campus in Manchester.

Traders and staff are celebrating after winning a national award

Burnley Market Hall was named Britain’s Best Large Indoor Market in the National Association of British Market Authorities Awards which was presented by Andrew Percy, Minister for Markets.

Markets Manager Marie Shaw said, “This award is an outstanding achievement and is a reflection of the commitment, dedication and enthusiasm of everyone involved. We would encourage anyone to visit, shop local and support these independent businesses”

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