Monday, 16 October 2017
Discussions with the three Rishton Councillors and County Cllr Miles Parkinson have been ongoing for several years but now the plans have been formally submitted and the case file can be viewed here:
11/17/0401 - Albert Mill, Rishton
However, several points remain outstanding and the Councillors have met with both the developers and representatives from Lancashire County Council regarding highways issues.
Cllr Ken Moss said, "We wholeheartedly welcome this development but it has to be right for the surrounding residents too. The main issue is connecting up the road between Walmsley Avenue and Walmsley Street which has been requested for over 25 years. We have requested that new highways must to be up to adoption standards and the junction with Mary Street is realigned. HBC is willing to work with the developer to ensure that these issues can be resolved without excessive costs. I am pleased to say that LCC supports us on these points."
New highways are expected to be built to adoption standards, which means that they meet certain criteria in order for LCC to then take on the maintenance liabilities. A stretch of Walmsley Street is currently intended to be left cobbled which the Councillors are not in favour of.
The plans are likely to be debated at the HBC Planning Committee in either December or January.
Monday, 12 June 2017
'Public realm' is the term given to areas which borough Councils do not own but maintain on behalf of other organisations for an annual fee, such as roadside verges, trees and certain grassed areas.
Cabinet member for Parks and Open Spaces, Cllr Ken Moss, has contacted the new Leader of LCC, Cllr Geoff Driver, to see if this decision can be reversed.
Cllr Moss said, "We simply don't have the money to cut certain areas as much as we would like and quite understandably this has led to complaints from residents. I contacted Cllr Driver to point out the knock-on effects such as unsightly areas, increased flytipping and pet fouling and was delighted to find that he agreed with me. He has assured me that he will reinstate the public realm budget as soon as possible and I would like to thank him for his support."
Friday, 6 January 2017
Cllr Parkinson said, "To purchase the necessary wagons to fit down back alleys and supply two new bins to every house in the borough will cost in excess of £2m. This will use up our capital grant from the government for an entire year but we feel that it will enable us to provide the recycling collections that residents have been requesting for a long time and enable us to streamline the service."
Cllr Peter Britcliffe said, "As the system was only revamped three years ago, all I can say is what a waste of money."
Cllr Miles Parkinson responded, "The system was not revamped, the wagons were replaced as they had come to the end of their operational lifespan and at that time we did not know that the cost-sharing agreement would be coming to an end in 2018. As you had not set any money aside for new wagons during your decade in office, the Council was faced with an additional £700,000 bill in 2013."
The new recycling system will be operational by the summer of 2018.
Thursday, 17 November 2016
Cabinet member for Cemeteries, Cllr Ken Moss, said, "This is a much-needed new facility and represents the first ever cemetery in Rishton. It will be named the Rishton and Great Harwood Cemetery and is expected to cater for burial requirements for at least another 70 years."
The field was bought by HBC several years ago to compensate for the existing Lee Lane Cemetery which is likely to be full within 2-3 years.
Wednesday, 16 November 2016
The Rishton Councillors have agreed to spend some of the capital money remaining in the Area Council pot to replace the railings.
Tuesday, 15 November 2016
Monday, 14 November 2016
The Switch On Rishton group have also organised a Christmas fair which will take place immediately afterwards on the Library car park.
Cllr Ken Moss said, "We have a superb local group of volunteers who have demonstrated that residents don't need the Council to organise something genuinely exciting. The Rishton Councillors have upgraded the junction box at the tree so that we can have the switch on and the market on the Saturday night without the need for HBC staff support. Everyone is looking forward to this."
Switch On Rishton have their own Facebook page which can be viewed here.
Thursday, 13 October 2016
Cllr Ken Moss, Cabinet member for Parks, said, "We have discussed this in depth but Holt Street does not belong to HBC and it causes us problems on an almost daily basis. It already costs the Council several man hours every week to clear the debris left by fires and we are not willing to spend public money in an area which has a long history of vandalism."
Designs for The Ladybird Garden are currently being drawn up and work is expected to start within the next 12 months.
Wednesday, 14 September 2016
Cllr Ken Moss said, "I support the proposals to redraw the Hyndburn parliamentary boundary and rename it 'Accrington'. This to me makes the area more easily identifiable when discussing it with people from outside the area. It is also reassuring to know that our borough will not be carved up between other areas which was the intial fear locally. Our current MP, Graham Jones, is born and bred in Accrington and it is good to know that we have the potential to keep a local man as our representative in Westminster in future years."
To give your feedback on the proposed new parliamentary boundary please visit the official website here:
Boundary Commission for England - Accrington
Thursday, 14 July 2016
Cllr Ken Moss said, "The old ones had become very tatty so we have replaced them with higher quality ones which should last a lot longer. It had been suggested that we only raise them during ceremonial events to extend their life but we decided that they look better flying all year round."