Thursday, 13 October 2016


Fires and vandalism are now causing serious disruptions for the Council and the fire service at Holt Street recreation ground in Rishton. The area around the Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) has become a magnet for antisocial behaviour which has damaged the shelter, tarmac and left the woodland strewn with litter.

A petition has been set up by local residents to use £30,000 of money from a new development on Parker Street to build a play area at Holt Street but Councillors remain firm that this will not be happening.

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."

He added, "The money will be spent improving the Ladybird Garden on Chapel Street instead. £30,000 would not build anything spectacular on its own but as part of improvement works to an existing area it will go a long way. We'll be happy to talk about this to the group behind the petition but so far we haven't been asked."

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


Proposals for the redrawing of the Hyndburn parliamentary boundary have been released by the Boundary Commission for England and a map of the new 'Accrington' constituency can be seen above.

Graham Jones is the current Labour MP for Hyndburn and, if the boundary review is successful, will be a eligible to stand again as the sitting member for the new constituency in 2020.

The current boundary can be seen above edged in blue and the proposals will not affect Hyndburn Borough Council or the wards which fall within the district boundary.

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


The flags at Rishton Cenotaph have been replaced at the request of the local Councillors.

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."

Wednesday, 13 July 2016


Cllr Ken Moss has been elected onto the Board of Governors at Norden High School and Sports College. A vacancy arose earlier in the year and Ken was asked if he would be interested in taking up the placement.

He said, "It's flattering to be asked as it is a good school with some excellent staff who care about the job. My partner's daughter attends Norden and I have no qualms at all regarding her education but I hope I can bring something useful to the table."

Tuesday, 12 July 2016


Cllr Jeff Scales has taken over the management of the two Rishton noticeboards at The Turrets Garden and the Library.

Anyone wishing to display notices of forthcoming events should contact Jeff on 07906071201 or email

Monday, 11 July 2016


Accrington’s new £6.4 million ‘George Slynn’ bus station has been officially opened. Councillors past and present joined with dignitaries and relatives of George Slynn to commemorate the opening of the long awaited transport terminal on Crawshaw Street.

Hyndburn Council leader Miles Parkinson said he was delighted that the town can now boast a ‘fit for purpose’ station.

He said: “We had some senior councillors from a number of years who are no longer on the council and can remember the long wish to have a proper bus station within the town. We would’ve liked to have had lovely summer weather but it was a day of heavy rain.

“However it makes the point that people previously had to queue in the wet and windy weather under a shelter which didn’t give them much protection. Now we have a modern purpose-built bus station in the heart of the town to bring people in.”

The station, which began operating yesterday, is open seven days a week and the facilities include free wi-fi, information desks, public toilets, bus and train timetable displays, interactive journey planners and support for the deaf or visually impaired.

Coun Parkinson said the station is the first piece of a ‘multi-million pound’ jigsaw of investment for the town centre over the next two years.

He said: “Shortly the new police station will be opening on Broadway, we will then be moving forward with public realm works along Blackburn Road and Peel Street an engaging with businesses and stakeholders in the area to come up with the final plans for the dedication of a square to the Accrington Pals.

“This is one part of a multi-million investment in the town and we will continue investing in the next 28 months.

“Of course we can’t provide everything and it’s up to residents where they chose to shop and chose to go and spend their money but we are doing our utmost to work with all the key stakeholders.”

The bus station was named in memory of former Great Harwood councillor and transport campaigner George Slynn.

Coun Parkinson said: “George’s brother Jimmy and his wife Denise were there which was very poignant.

"Being a non-motor vehicle driver George travelled extensively by public transport and it’s only fitting that the bus station which he long wanted for the town is named after him.”

The new bus station is part of the £40 million Pennine Reach public transport scheme which aims to improve transport links between Accrington and Blackburn.

County Councillor John Fillis said: "Accrington's new bus station will make a real difference to the town, offering passengers a comfortable place to wait for their bus and, with the train station being much closer, making it much quicker for people to switch modes as they travel across the area.

"The new bus stations in Accrington and Blackburn, combined with the numerous improvements to bus shelters and traffic signal junctions along the Pennine Reach corridor represent a vastly enhanced public transport network for the wider Hyndburn and Blackburn with Darwen areas.

"The introduction of new bus lanes, bus priority measures, and all the fantastic technology that can be seen inside both Blackburn and Accrington Bus Stations really has brought the bus network in this area into the 21 Century.

"The overall aim of Pennine Reach is to help kick start the regeneration of these East Lancashire towns and already that can be seen in both Accrington and Blackburn with heritage initiatives aiming to improve large areas of the town centres.

"This creates the conditions to attract further commercial investment to really transform the area and people's opportunities.

"Whilst the bus stations are the most visible aspect of the Pennine Reach project, the wide range of investments which have resulted from the scheme really do make this a far reaching project which will benefit East Lancashire for many years to come."

Sunday, 10 July 2016


Accrington shop and building owners are invited to a series of free, ‘Buildings of the Future,’ events, where they can explore how the unique and rich heritage of the town centre buildings can be conserved, whilst making them attractive and welcoming to the modern consumer.

The events are part of the Townscape Heritage Initiative, funded by the Hyndburn Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund. This is set to transform the historic retail and commercial gateway into the town centre, along Blackburn Road, culminating in a public realm scheme outside Accrington Town Hall and Market Hall to commemorate the Accrington Pals.

The events, which are run by Hyndburn Council in conjunction with Sympathetic Works Ltd, are taking place at Accrington Town Hall. The next event, ‘attracting customers with good design’, is scheduled for Wednesday 13th July, running from 6.30pm until 8.30pm and will include a tour of local shops.

The ‘Heritage and Signage, attracting customers with good design’, event will be an opportunity to look at a range of shop signage styles and discuss which are the most appropriate to attract the customers, whilst considering the heritage value and planning requirements.

Cllr Clare Cleary, Cabinet Member for Town centre’s said; “Accrington is a town with a strong and proud heritage and its fine legacy of mid to late 19th and 20th century buildings are an important part of its distinct identity. The aim of the ‘Buildings of the Future’ events is to promote a better understanding of the town centre buildings history, in order to halt the loss of unique architectural features in the future.

Everyone is welcome, just turn up on the night, or for further information, contact Annette Birch via email on, or by calling 07876 442462.

The next event coming up is: Wed 10th August, Repairing and Maintaining Historic Buildings

For details of all the events see

Saturday, 9 July 2016


A special church service will be conducted on Sunday 24th July at Rishton Methodist Church for pets. All residents are invited to bring their pets along for a blessing to the service which starts at 10.30am at the church on Albert Street.

For more detail please ring 01254 491850.

Friday, 8 July 2016


Contact details for Cllr Jeff Scales have now been added to the permanent links on the right hand side of this blog.

They can be found on the HBC website here:

Contact - Cllr Jeff Scales

Thursday, 7 July 2016


Scams Awareness Month 2016 (SAM16) aims to create a confident community of consumers; people who get timely advice from trusted sources; people who report scams and share their experiences so that others can benefit.

Scams are not a minor inconvenience; they cause distress and misery, they ruin lives in some cases and , even where the losses are comparatively low, they lead to widespread loss of consumer confidence.

Throughout July, local Citizens Advice and Trading Standards Services together with other partners will aim to get the key messages out to consumers across the County.

As part of this awareness raising it would be really useful if you could circulate the information in this email to any of your staff/contacts who may come into contact with vulnerable clients who may be at risk from scams.

The information in the attached booklet is of use to both clients and to the staff members who may work with them. Ideally we would like a version of the attached poster to be displayed in relevant offices and reception areas to encourage reporting of scams by victims or their friends and relatives.

There is further information about the campaign at

There will be regular features about scams on our Trading Standards Facebook page – Scambuster Stan