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A new admission pricing policy has been introduced at Towneley Hall, Burnley.

From 1st January 2017 all adults are being asked to pay an admission fee to enter the historic hall. Previously the charge only applied to adults living outside Burnley borough.

The new policy means that all adult visitors are asked to pay a £5 charge which buys a 12-month pass, allowing them to visit the hall as many times as they want over a year from the date of purchase.

Students and children aged 17 and under can continue to visit for free.

The results of the latest survey of residents across Burnley have been revealed and provide a snapshot of people’s views on a wide range of council services.

The annual survey, carried out through the Citizens’ Panel and social media, attracted almost 650 responses. The results will be used to help shape Burnley Council’s future work.

Parks and sports facilities, the local countryside, and good neighbours/people are considered to be the best things about living in Burnley. Litter and dog fouling were named the biggest problems.

Other highlights included:

Burnley Council has received confirmation that it has secured a grant of £861,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) towards the £1.19 million costs of restoring Thompson Park, it was announced today (Monday 9th Jan).

The project aims to restore the Grade II listed park and to celebrate its heritage, from its opening in 1930 to the present day.

Burnley Council officers are continuing to make progress on work to develop the new Local Plan which will help shape the borough over the next two decades.

It is a long and complex process to create one of the most important documents the council produces, securing investment in new homes and jobs in the borough.

There are, at this stage, a few outstanding technical issues that need to be resolved. As a result a decision has been made to re-schedule the dates on which the executive and full council were due to discuss the Local Plan. The new dates are to be confirmed.

Planning to get a real Christmas tree this year?

Well if you live in Burnley borough make it a New Year’s resolution to make sure your real tree gets recycled.

All you have to do is put your tree out for collection by 6.30am on Monday 16th January and the council’s contractors will come along and take it away. There’s no need to book a collection – just make sure the tree is out at the usual collection point for your recyclables. The trees will be recycled and used as compost.

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.

Visitors taking advantage of late night shopping in Burnley have been given an early Christmas present – free car parking.

Parking fees are being suspended on all council-run town centre car parks on December 8th, 15th and 22nd. Charter Walk shopping centre’s car parks are also free to park in on late-night shopping days.

Trebor Developments, working in partnership with Burnley Council, has exchanged contracts as developer to deliver the first phase of industrial development at the prestigious Vision Park site in Burnley.

Trebor has appointed Barnfield Construction Limited as itsprincipal contractor to carry out the construction, with a start on the site next to UCLan/Burnley College in January 2017 for completion in summer 2017.

Burnley Council has welcomed the announcement that Primark is establishing a new store in Burnley town centre.

Politicians and town hall officials have worked closely with Addington Capital on the deal, which will bring the popular clothes retailer to Charter Walk Shopping Centre.

The new Primark store will be on Curzon Street, next door to Next, in space which is currently occupied by Wilko.

Town centre traders in Burnley have thrown their weight behind a campaign to encourage people to keep the shopping centre clean and tidy.

Work on a £3 million regeneration of the centre has been temporarily suspended to make sure that it does not disrupt the busy run-up to Christmas. But the work that has been completed so far gives a taste of how fresh and modern Burnley centre will look once the scheme is completed.

And traders are keen to get shoppers and other visitors on board to help keep it that way.

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