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General news

General news and event news.

New Covid-19 restrictions coming into force

New Covid-19 restrictions are due to come into effect in Burnley, and across most of the rest of Lancashire, from Tuesday (22nd Sept).
 
They mean that:
  • Residents must not socialise with other people outside of their own households or support bubble in private homes and gardens
  • Hospitality for food and drink will be restricted to table service only
  • Late night operating hours will be restricted, with leisure and entertainment venues including restaurants, pubs, and cinemas, required to close between 10pm to 5am.

Major milestone in Burnley’s vision to become a university town

New student accommodation that forms part of ambitious plans to turn Burnley into a university town have been officially handed over to the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

The 136-bed building in Sandygate provides high-quality accommodation for students attending the University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan) facilities in the town, supported by space for common rooms, a laundry, and a study/resources room, as well as three units for use as restaurants, cafes or offices.

Council set to approve draft homelessness strategy

Councillors are set to approve a draft strategy that sets out how Burnley Council will help tackle homelessness in the borough over the next five years.

A report to the council’s executive recommends it approves the draft homelessness and rough sleeping strategy 2020-25 when the committee meets next week.

It also asks for approval to launch a six-week consultation, at a date to be agreed, to allow people and organisations to have their say before any final strategy is agreed.

The strategy is made up of three key components:

Alleygates consultation

Alleygate

As part of a process of simplifying the orders under which alley gates are managed, the council is proposing that all existing and future schemes will be brought under one, borough-wide, Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO).

The move is an administrative one, removing the need to individually renew each scheme at the expiry of its 3-year term, and ensuring that the legal aspect of the program remains as streamlined and efficient as possible.

Get ready for more al fresco eating and drinking in Burnley this summer

The government has enacted changes to pavement café licensing. Owners need a licence to place tables and chairs outside their café, bar or restaurant on the highway. The changes aim to offer a more quicker application process for a pavement café licence. 

The change is a temporary measure to support businesses selling food and drink, because social distancing guidance reduces the number of customers that can be served indoors. Use of outdoor spaces is also seen as a positive way to reduce the spread of COVID-19. 

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