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General news

General news and event news.

Residents being urged to pray at home during religious festivals

With Ramadan just days away, Muslim residents are being asked not to visit mosques but to continue to stay at home and pray.

In view of the current situation with the increasing numbers in Covid related deaths, restrictions remain in place for the foreseeable future. In fact, further restrictions could be imposed if the situation does not improve.

Taking this into account, with the holy month of Ramadan upon us, Imams and community leaders need to prepare the community for Ramadan in isolation.

Appeal for vital protective equipment for health staff

An appeal has gone out to businesses and other organisations for essential personal protective equipment for staff at doctors’ surgeries fighting the coronavirus epidemic.

Local GPs Dr Yasara Naheed and Dr James Fleming say staff working at surgeries and care homes across Burnley borough need essential equipment such as masks, gowns and gloves – and she is hoping that local businesses, schools and colleges may be able to help.

Coronavirus - support for businesses

Supporting businesses and the local economy is a key priority for Burnley Council.

We understand that this is a difficult time for business and that you are facing unprecedented challenges. We are working with Government and our partners to ensure that our local business community comes through this in as stronger position as possible.

The council has received guidance from Government on how we are to deliver grants to businesses, and funds will be with the council by early April.

Community hub aims to bring “Burnley Together” during coronavirus outbreak

Partners across the public, private and voluntary sectors have worked together to create a “community hub” to co-ordinate help and support for residents across the borough during the coronavirus outbreak.

Burnley Together was launched today (Monday 23rd) to help the most vulnerable people in our community who are facing difficulties, worries and loneliness as a result of the outbreak.

The hub will provide a “one stop shop” where businesses, groups and individuals who want to help and can offer services, and those who need help, can be brought together.

Coronavirus - advice for food businesses

The Community Secretary has confirmed that planning rules will be relaxed to allow food businesses to operate as takeaways during the coronavirus, the relaxation period will be applied imminently for a limited period only.

Burnley Council understand that businesses may look to change their business model and diversify in order to maintain their business during this time.

A business is only in position to do this if they are already registered and regulated by the local authority.

Improvements to town centre "gateway" to go ahead

Part of lower St James Street, Burnley, is set to temporarily close to allow essential bridge repair works to go ahead.

At the same time work to improve the appearance of the area and make it a more attractive “gateway” into the town centre will go ahead.

The road will be closed where it crosses the River Calder near the junction with Queen's Lancashire Way, Active Way and Westgate from 6th April until mid-August.

Search is on to find WW2 veterans as council plans honours

Burnley Council is searching for local veterans of the Second World War as plans take shape to recognise their contribution to protecting Britain during its darkest hour.

The council is planning to honour the borough’s surviving WWII veterans, both those who served in the Forces and those who served through reserved occupations, by awarding them a Certificate of Honour.

Builder who dumped rubbish caught after council investigation

A self-employed builder has been ordered to pay more than £600 by a court after a Burnley Council investigation caught him dumping rubbish in a country lane.

Council enforcement officers launched their investigation after complaints from nearby residents that the Mill Hill Lane area of Hapton was a “hot spot” for flytipping.

Sam Dearden (24), of Wallhurst Close, Worsthorne, Burnley, admitted the unauthorised deposition of waste when he appeared before Burnley Magistrates Court. He was fined £300 and ordered to pay £210 costs and £125 in compensation.


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