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General news

General news and event news.

Additional grant support for local businesses hit by Covid-19

A series of new financial support packages to help local businesses affected by the Covid-19 pandemic have been launched.

Burnley Council is urging businesses to check the details of the latest various Government grants that have become available to see if they could benefit.

Details on the support grants, and those businesses that could benefit from them, are available at

The grant schemes are:

Burnley Remembers

For the Fallen

Poem by Robert Laurence Binyon (1869-1943), published in The Times newspaper on 21 September 1914.

With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,

England mourns for her dead across the sea.

Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,

Fallen in the cause of the free.


Solemn the drums thrill: Death august and royal

Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres.

There is music in the midst of desolation

And a glory that shines upon our tears.


Shopfront grant will help transform Padiham town centre site

Almost £10,000 of lottery funding will help transform an empty shop in Padiham town centre and help bring it back to life.

The money from the National Lottery Heritage Fund will be invested in the properties in Burnley Road and help towards the cost of repair and restoration work to the shop frontages as part of the Padiham Townscape Heritage scheme.

Work has begun and will include the repair of defective timber, replacement of broken glazing panels and redecoration of the shopfronts including hand painted signage.

Council recommended to support proposals for leisure development in Burnley

Burnley Council’s executive is recommending that a special meeting of the full council approve a financial package to make proposals for a leisure development in Burnley town centre a reality.

Plans to create an eight-screen cinema, together with supporting restaurants and car parking, on the former Pioneer site in Curzon Street were approved in late 2018.

Due to the current challenging market conditions a revised, phased scheme has been developed, with the initial phase comprising an eight-screen cinema and five restaurants.

Burnley Council asked to agree investment in college’s future

A full meeting of Burnley Council has been asked to approve an investment in the future of Burnley College.

The council’s executive has recommended that a special meeting of the full council on 4th November agree a loan by the authority to enable the college to expand its facilities.

“This is an investment in improving the skills of future generations and a bold move to aid local businesses in their economic recovery and future development.,” said council leader Councillor Mark Townsend.

Major report sets out council’s Covid-19 economic recovery response

Burnley councillors have agreed a report setting out how the borough’s economy will recover from the Covid-19 pandemic.

The council’s executive discussed the report which looks at the impact of the pandemic on people, businesses and Burnley and Padiham town centres and what Burnley Council and its partners need to do over the next five years to recover from this major economic shock.

Raising the curtain on imaginative Burnley arts project

Part of Burnley town centre is to be given an artistic make-over thanks to an imaginative arts project.

The project, called Raise The Curtain, will take place in lower St James Street which has recently been earmarked a High Street Heritage Action Zone (HAZ).

It aims to tell the story of the area through street-level shutter artworks, combining art and heritage to engage a new audience.

Grants to help support people living with dementia at home

Burnley Council is offering a grant of up to £1,000 for people with dementia or memory loss to help make their lives easier.

APPLY NOW: Applications should be made to our delivery partner, Homewise, either by emailing or by phoning 01254 232249. 

Further info

The home improvement dementia grant can be used to pay for a range of adaptations to their home or to provide equipment which may help them in their day-to-day lives.


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