Sunday, 23 November 2014


Hyndburn Police have issued a statement regarding the Post Office robbery on 7th November 2014:

"Following an appeal about a robbery at the Post Office, High Street, Rishton on Friday 7 November, Daniel Quinn, 22, of Holme Slack Lane, Preston has been charged in connection with the incident and remanded into custody.

Criminal proceedings are now active and the individual named has the right to a fair trial. These details have been posted here for information purposes only. Please r...efrain from making any comment which could prejudice these proceedings.

A second man, 22, from Ingol, Preston, has also been arrested on suspicion of robbery and released on bail.

Police are looking to speak to a third man in connection with the incident and are appealing for any witnesses to contact them on 101."

Saturday, 22 November 2014


Cabinet Member Clare Cleary has launched this year's Shop Local drive as part of the Accrington Christmas campaign.

Cllr Cleary said, "The aim is to encourage shoppers to give Accrington and the surrounding towns a try before rushing off to places such as The Trafford Centre. There is plenty going for Accy and we have produced a leaflet which has gone to every household to show off what is here."

The Accrington Christmas Lights Switch On will take place on Thursday 27th November 2014 at 7.00pm in the Town Centre.

Friday, 21 November 2014


A question was submitted on notice to the Leader of the Council, Miles Parkinson, regarding provision of superfast broadband in Rishton.

A Council spokesman said, "Lancashire County Council are leading on the ‘Superfast Lancashire’ project and BT is their contractor for the rollout programme. For the installation of the majority of on-street broadband infrastructure (the green boxes, etc) then BT don’t have to seek our permission they just advise us they are going to do the work and then get on with it."

A website has been set up for residents to check on the status of their superfast broadband availability in their area:

The Rishton postcode has been checked and the website is saying the following:

Your area is enabled for Superfast Fibre but your cabinet is not ready yet so you can’t place an order today. It is in our plans to be upgraded and we update this info weekly, so please check back later.

Residents are able to register their interest on the website and get notified when they are accepting orders.

Thursday, 20 November 2014


The site of the former Bridgefield Mill on Spring Street is currently the subject of ongoing discussions regarding the Canal Masterplan headed by Cllr Clare Cleary. Regular meetings are taking place in order to improve Spring Street in particular, the ultimate intention being to have a clear objective for future development and all legal obstacles cleared by June 2015.

At a meeting on 11th November 2014, all four Rishton representatives voted in favour of serving an enforcement notice on the owners of the site to clear it of all waste materials and install earth bunding around the site to prevent further fly tipping or traveller encampments.

The former owners of the site, Dasim Developments Ltd, were officially wound up by the High Court on 16th June 2014 and so the site is now in the hands of official receivers. A Section 80 Environmental Protection Act Notice dated 20th November has now been served on the administrators giving 21 days to comply.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

PACT - 27th NOVEMBER 2014

The next PACT (Police And Communitites Together) meeting will take place at Rishton Library from 10.00am until 12.00pm. Any resident who wishes to talk to local officers about problems in Rishton is welcome to come along.

A web page exists listing all details for Rishton Police:

Lancashire Police - Rishton

Tuesday, 18 November 2014


A rainwater pipe on the remaining section of York Mill is causing problems for residents during wet weather as the end of the downspout is not connected and water pours down onto the street from a height of around ten feet.

Residents have complained that since the demolition of the majority of the mill the pipe has merely been left open at one end which means that the noise of running water during wet weather keeps people awake at night, particularly during summer when bedroom windows are sometimes left open.

The Rishton Councillors have requested that the owners of the building effect repairs as soon as possible.

Monday, 17 November 2014


Lancashire Constabulary have launched their online reporting microsite. This site has been developed in response to the public's expectation to be able to report matters to the police online. The initial release will offer the public six options:
  • Report an Incident or Crime
  • Lost and Found Property
  • Contact An Officer
  • Recruitment
  • Compliments
  • Complaints
The new site can be found here:

Sunday, 16 November 2014


The next meeting of the Rishton Festival Committee will take place on Thursday 20th November at 7.00pm in The People's Centre on School Street. This meeting will also incorporate the AGM but new members will be welcome to take part after this short section of the gathering.

Anyone wishing for further information can contact organiser Christine Hammerton by emailing

Saturday, 15 November 2014


More surgeries are planned by the Rishton Councillors in the New Year following successful Saturday morning events in the past. Rishton Library has been approached and this has now been confirmed as a suitable ongoing venue.

Cllr Clare Cleary said, "Attendance at Area Council meetings has fallen over the years as people have found it easier to get in touch with us in various different ways, such as the internet. However, you can't replace a face-to-face discussion and we would like to make that easier by holding more walk-in surgeries."

Dates will be announced in the near future.

Friday, 14 November 2014


Rishton Methodist Church will be holding their Christmas Fair on Saturday 22nd November which will include a variety of stalls with books, cakes, gift ideas plus hot and cold lunches and drinks will be available. Doors open from 10.00am until 2.30pm.

The Conservative Club will also be hosting a Christmas Fair on the same day which will include stalls featuring jewellery, handbags and Body Shop products as well as many others. The fair is in aid of Cancer Research UK and further details can be found by contacting Carol on 07595752997.