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General news and event news.

Burnley Council is further strengthening its tough stance on dog fouling and littering.

The council takes a zero tolerance approach to the problems and is already one of the best performing local authorities in the country when it comes to prosecuting fly-tippers.

Now councilors have agreed to team up with a private partner to strengthen its enforcement work further and crackdown even more on environmental crime.

Towneley Hall visitors are being invited to help select a historic object highlighting Lancashire's long and fascinating story.

The project, named A History of Lancashire in 70 Objects, marks 70 years of magazine Lancashire Life, which has invited museums and heritage venues across the county to get involved.

Mike Townend, Towneley Hall senior curator, said: "We were delighted to receive the invite to this fantastic project.

Residents in Burnley borough are being encouraged to sign up to a new online council tax billing service.

Householders who sign up to the new e-billing system will receive their future council tax bills and other information electronically via email rather than a paper version.

As an added incentive, anyone signed up for both e-billing and direct debit will be automatically entered into a prize draw with the opportunity to win an iPad Air 2 tablet, donated by the council’s strategic partner Liberata. The draw will be made at the end of April.

As previously announced, and as previously covered in the Lancashire Telegraph (10 December 2016) and Burnley Express (13 December 2016), Burnley Council is considering the details of a Lancashire-wide programme to resettle Syrian refugees.

Council leader Coun. Mark Townsend said: “We have already made a commitment that the town will play its proper part in helping resettle refugees, and will do so as part of a co-ordinated approach across Lancashire.

Arrangements have now been made for the annual Holocaust memorial service in Burnley.

The service will be held at the Peace Garden, Croft Street starting at 1pm on Sunday 29th January.

The multi-faith service will commemorate and honour all the victims of the Holocaust and assert a commitment to oppose racism, anti-Semitism, victimisation and genocide.

It will be attended by The Worshipful the Mayor of Burnley, Councillor Jeff Sumner, and the Mayoress Mrs Lesley Sumner. Members of the public are invited to attend.

A pub landlord has been fined after complaints about late-night music blaring out and disturbing neighbours.

Christopher Toothill, licensee of the Sun Inn at Harle Syke, Burnley, pleaded guilty at Burnley Magistrates’ Court to two offences of unlicensable activity after a prosecution was brought by Burnley Council.

Following complaints from local residents, officers from the Pennine Night Time noise nuisance team monitored the pub over two weekends in June and July and witnessed live music being played beyond permitted hours.

Senior management restructure put in place 

Following decisions last month to bring in a new operating model for Burnley Council’s senior management, Mick Cartledge has now been appointed to the post of Chief Operating Officer.

As part of the changes, two high-level posts of Director of Community Services and Director of Resources have been cut from the Council’s structure and replaced by one post of Chief Operating Officer.

Burnley is set to attract more inward investment and jobs thanks to the approval of plans to extend the 70-acre Burnley Bridge scheme with a new ten-acre development comprising 110,000 sq ft of accommodation.

Located at Junction 9 of the M65, the initial scheme from property company, Eshton, is already credited with creating 1,400 jobs for Burnley and the second phase is expected to bring a further 270 jobs to the town.

The Christmas and New Year break means some changes to the opening times for Burnley Council offices and other associated buildings.

Council buildings such as Burnley Town Hall, Parker Lane and the Contact Burnley centre will close at 4pm on Friday 23rd December and re-open Tuesday 3rd January 2017.

Towneley Hall normally opens at weekends during winter. However it will be closed Christmas and New Year weekends and re-open Saturday 7th January.

Burnley Council has launched a festive safety message to residents – don’t let thieves steal your Christmas.

Council officers feature in a series of short videos on social media giving simple but useful tips on how to avoid criminals spoiling your Christmas spirit.

From keeping your ho-ho-home safe to pointing out that only Santa has a magical vehicle, the slightly tongue-in-cheek videos show how to have a Merry Christmas and make sure your only headaches are down to good spirits, not bad ones.

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