Saturday, 28 November 2015


The Rishton Christmas lights will be switched on at 6.30pm on Friday 4th December 2015 outside the Library. All residents are invited to attend and take part in the short carol service (led by St Charles school choir), which will follow the traditional blessing of the crib by Fr Martin Dowd.

Also taking place on the same evening is Rishton's first Christmas market, hosted by the Switch On Rishton committee. 25 stalls are currently booked and the market will take place on the car park behind the Library from 5.30pm onwards.

Friday, 27 November 2015


Firms plans have now been submitted for the vacant sites along Parker Street which used to form Gaskells Carpets and Wheatfield Mill and can be seen below:

Cllr Ken Moss said, "The three of us are delighted with the plans which have been put forward as they will not only regenerate a longstanding derelict area but also give a boost to local businesses and the Council."

Cabinet member for Housing, Cllr Clare Cleary, said, "There are a lot of rumours about social tenants and houses costing over £500,000 each which is nonsense. We have all stated firmly that we don't want any more social housing and the pricing model makes them affordable for 90% of working families in Rishton. It has all been worked out very thoroughly so that it will benefit Rishton, not drag it down."

Thursday, 26 November 2015


Lancashire Day takes place across the county on Friday 27th November.

The Town Crier, Rawden Kerr, will read the Lancashire Day Proclamation outside Accrington Town Hall at 10.00am, along with the Worshipful the Mayor of Hyndburn, Councillor Marlene Haworth, followed by the raising of the Lancashire Flag.

Free traditional Lancashire fayre, kindly supplied by Baxenden based Holland’s Pies, will be available outside Accrington Town Hall until lunchtime.

Later the Town Crier will read the Lancashire Day Proclamation in Great Harwood at 10.45am by Churchfield House in Great Harwood, accompanied by the Mayor and members of the Civic Society.

The Mayor Cllr Marlene Haworth, said; ““As a proud Lancastrian and this year as Mayor of Hyndburn I'm looking forwarding to commemorating Lancashire Day on 27th November. Please come along to either of the proclamations if you can, everyone is more than welcome to help us celebrate.”

For more details about Lancashire Day, visit The Friends of Real Lancashire website at

Wednesday, 25 November 2015


The annual Rishton primary schools advent service will take place at St Peter & St Paul's Church on tuesday 1st December at 6.30pm.

All residents are welcome to attend.

Thursday, 29 October 2015


Rev Michael Woods is leaving St Peter and St Paul's Church and conducted his final service in Rishton on Sunday 25th October. Michael has been vicar of the parish for almost ten years and is making what is expected to be his final move to Croston.

The church was filled to capacity and Michael was presented with a carved Alpha-Omega symbol as a leaving gift at the end of the service. Rev Phil Hunt will serve as interim vicar until a new appointment is made.

Michael said, "It has been so welcoming here in Rishton for nearly a decade so it was a very difficult decision for me and Pam to move on. Please all work together to support Phil until a new vicar is found and know that you will always be in my prayers."

Cllr Ken Moss said, "Michael has brought people into the church who wouldn't normally have come here. In particular, he has been fantastic with the children and really engaged with the local schools. His services are always welcoming and usually contain a bit of humour so that it isn't all terribly serious. He will be sadly missed by the parish but we wish him well in Croston."

Michael's institution at Croston will take place on 19th November at 7.30pm and all are welcome to attend.

Enquiries during the vacancy should be directed to Rev Hunt on 01254 889808 or to the Church Wardens on 01254 885845 or 884958.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015


The next meeting of the Switch On Rishton group will be at 7.00pm on 4th November in The Roebuck Inn.

Details of the forthcoming Rishton Christmas Market are now being finalised and anyone who wishes to book a stall or get involved to help is more than welcome to simply turn up on the night.

Tuesday, 27 October 2015


The developers who are looking to start work on the new Frontier Park at Whitebirk have released a new CGI video to demonstrate how the complex is expected to look when it is completed.

The short film can be seen by following the link below:

Friday, 9 October 2015


A planning application has been submitted relating to Rishton this week:

11/15/0347 - Britannia Mill
This relates to the construction of 47 houses and 8 apartments

Thursday, 8 October 2015


A consultation event to showcase a proposed development at the vacant land along Parker Street attracted plenty of interest from Rishton residents and the plans were generally favourably received.

The event was hosted by M J Gleeson who will shortly be submitting a full planning application for 75 houses on the site with access off Parker Street and Wheatfield Street. The Rishton Councillors have previously made it clear that social housing would not be welcome and this has been incorporated into the designs which were on display.

Cllr Clare Cleary, Cabinet member for Housing and Regeneration, said, "Almost everyone who has seen the plans today thought that they were good and it seems to have allayed a few fears about what will eventually be built there. I'm also glad that we have taken the time over the Canal Masterplan because it has not only generated renewed interest in the vacant sites but is shaping the plans which are being put in front of us to suit the people of Rishton."

Cllr Ken Moss said, "The plans were for 100% affordable housing costing between £80,000 and £120,000 with various help-to-buy schemes put on the table as well. The costings have been drawn up so that 90% of working couples who currently live in Rishton will be able to afford ones of these properties. These developers clearly believe in home ownership rather than rented housing and that can only be a good thing."

Cllr Harry Grayson said, "There is a lot of thought gone into this and I am pleased to see that the site won't be crammed full of houses. They are all good sized family homes with front and rear gardens and driveways plus the development will incorporate enhancement along the canalside. Thumbs up from me."

County Councillor Miles Parkinson, also Cabinet member for Planning, said, "As with all developments, detailed studies will be done concerning the impact on the roads and utilities, plus schools, doctors and emergency services. It is standard in these cases for considerable contributions to be made to accommodate services for an increased population."

Prospective Labour candidate, Jeff Scales, said, "I was impressed with the plans the development makes much more sense than simply leaving an eyesore. The developers said they will be using local tradesmen to do all the work as they are more reliable and it will also provide increased tax revenue to the Council at a time when investment is badly needed. I hope it also gives a boost to trade at the Free Gardeners Club and the local shops." 

A full planning application is expected to be submitted within the next month or so.

Tuesday, 29 September 2015


Gleeson Homes are proposing to build a new homes development on the site of the old Gaskells Carpets factory in Rishton.

As part of the planning process, they will be holding a consultation event on Wednesday 7th October 2015 from 3.00pm - 6.00pm at the Primetime Centre, Norden High School.

The purpose of this event is for local residents to come and see the plans for the development, look at the type of new homes they propose to build and let them know what they think.

The Rishton Councillors will also be meeting with the developers to discuss the plans and explicitly state what residents have indicated is unacceptable, for example a social housing development.

All residents are invited to attend and have their say.