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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.

Council’s work to support established firms and attract new employers to borough recognised

Burnley Council has been recognised for its partnership work with business to develop economic growth in the area.

The shortlist for the national Local Government Chronicle Awards has just been announced, and Burnley has taken a place in the ‘Driving Growth’ category.

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).

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.

Fancy yourself as a writer or a creative comic? – take advantage of free creative writing and comic workshops – your writing could win you a signed Jack Vettriano print

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.

Burnley’s central library had the atmosphere of a Parisian boulevard on Saturday 15th October, as the venue was transformed into a European cultural centre to celebrate the latest award to be given to the town.

French tricolours flew alongside the Union Jack, an accordionist played French style music, and there were Madeleine cakes for guests. A French style café, films, exhibitions and even a magic show added to the atmosphere.

There were challenging questions, laughs and applause in Burnley Town Hall as young people grilled a panel of council representatives on issues that matter most to them.

More than 30 young people from schools and youth groups across the borough attended an event on Tuesday, 11th October, as part of local democracy week.

Burnley Council leader Cllr Mark Townsend said: “I was very impressed with the enthusiasm and energy of the young people wanting to find out more about what the council does.

Burnley Council is asking a series of questions about its services as part of its annual survey to keep track of people’s priorities.

The council works closely with other public services such as the police, health, and community representatives to make decisions about the provision of services for local people.

The survey, which is open to anyone living in the borough, covers a number of issues including satisfaction levels about services, questions about the Mechanics Theatre and Burnley Markets, and the three best and worst things about Burnley.

The annual bonfire registration scheme has been launched in Burnley.

The scheme is aimed at people and organisations holding fires on public land across the borough in the run-up to and on Bonfire Night.

The registration scheme has been successful in cutting the number of call-outs by the fire service to “nuisance” fires during its busiest time of the year.

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