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News for residents

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.

Another piece of life-saving equipment has been installed in Burnley town centre.

Burnley Council has been working with North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) to install defibrillator units in public places across the town.

The briefcase-sized defibrillators are available in Burnley Town Hall, Burnley Market Hall, the Mechanics Theatre, Towneley Hall and Contact Burnley.

Work to remove asbestos from Padiham Town Hall as part of a wider scheme to repair the historic building following last year’s floods has been completed.

The Boxing Day floods caused massive damage to the Grade II listed landmark as well as to businesses and homes across the town.

The town hall has been closed since the flooding which saw the building inundated with water from the neighbouring River Calder up to the height of the basement ceiling.

Councillors are set to agree a series of measures to bring long-term empty properties across Burnley and Padiham back into use.

As part of its Empty Homes Programme, Burnley Council’s executive, which meets on 1st November, is being asked to approve compulsory purchase orders (CPOs) on nine properties at various addresses in Burnley. The purchases will result in houses which have been empty for a number of years bought, refurbished and then put back on the open market. The money raised is put back into the programme to fund further purchases.

Burnley Council is set to postpone any proposed changes to the way it deals with council tax support payments until next year.

There were concerns among councilors that the proposals would not reflect the aims of the council and would particularly impact on young working families.

The council’s support scheme has not changed since April 2015 although since then the Government has made a number of changes to the housing benefits scheme. The council was due to look at ways of bringing the two schemes into line.

Taxi drivers in Burnley have responded positively to training that will help them take part in the fight against child abuse.

Burnley Council introduced the training to raise child sexual exploitation (CSE) awareness among taxi drivers, in line with advice and guidance from national experts, in the summer.

Since then 308 drivers have completed the course and a further 242 people are booked on for training (out of 657 clients).

More than 150 people enjoyed the Mayor of Burnley’s annual charity dinner dance.

Among the guests at the Mechanics Theatre, Burnley, was double Olympic gold medallist cyclist Steven Burke. The Colne-born champion donated a signed Olympic tracksuit top which raised £210.

The evening was a resounding success, with just over £2,000 raised for the Mayor’s charities – Pendleside Hospice, the British Heart Foundation and the Samaritans.

Arrangements have been made for the annual Service of Remembrance to be held at the Peace Garden, Croft Street, Burnley on Sunday, 13th November.

The service will start shortly before 11a.m and will be conducted by the Bishop of Burnley Reverend Philip North, Father Roger Parker, Chaplain to the Royal British Legion, Reverend Patrick Senior Chaplain to the Mayor of Burnley, and Father Brian Keeley.  Members of the public attending are asked to be at the Peace Garden no later than 10.45am.

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The countdown is on to Burnley’s first ever Literary Festival - a ten day festival, over the half term period, between the 29th October and 7th November, with events taking place across Burney Town Centre.

People braved the perhaps appropriately wet weather to celebrate the 200th “birthday” of Britain’s longest single canal waterway.

They gathered at Weavers’ Triangle yesterday (Tuesday) teatime to welcome the arrival of the Kennet canal barge as part of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal bicentenary celebrations.

The bells of St Peter’s Church pealed out as the Kennet and a flotilla of other craft made their way to Burnley Wharf where the boats were met by the Mayor of Burnley, Councillor Jeff Sumner, and other guests.


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