Wednesday, 21 February 2018


The new Local Plan is the name given to a series of documents in which the Council will explain how the borough will be developed and grow over the next 15-20 years (to 2033). Once complete it will fully replace the 1996 Local Plan for Hyndburn.

The Council sets out its forward programme of work in the latest Local Development Scheme (LDS). The LDS will be updated early in 2018 to cover the full period of preparation of the Site Allocations DPD.

For more details please see the documentation here:

Tuesday, 20 February 2018


The annual budget meeting will take place at Accrington Town Hall on Thursday February 22nd 2018. This is the meeting where the finances for the Council are laid out for the next 12 months and beyond.

In 2018/19, HBC is facing cuts of £1.7m of government funding, with all grants due to be cut completely by 2021. The Hyndburn Labour group (who control HBC with 26 out of 35 Councillors) will be submitting a fully balanced budget proposal at the meeting. Members of the public are welcome to come and view proceedings from the gallery.

A full agenda and set of papers for the meeting can be viewed here.

Monday, 19 February 2018


The Hyndburn Labour group have been campaigning to save the walk-in centre at Accrington Victoria Hospital which is due to close permanently in March. The campaign is being led by Kimberley Whitehead, the partner of Hyndburn MP Graham Jones who started the petition.

Kimberley, 37, said, “I think there is always hope and we’re determined to get a good outcome. We’ve got four weekends ahead to make a final push. I have not met anyone yet who is in favour of the closure. I think people won’t know what to do. We’ve not been told about the replacement service or where it will be. What will the criteria be and how will it work? I think people will take risks and perhaps not see someone when they would have otherwise used the walk-in centre. With the support we’ve had already, the CCG have to listen.”

A number of political heavyweights have also thrown their support behind the campaign as it enters its crucial final stages.

Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell MP, and Jonathan Ashworth MP, Shadow Health Minister, have joined Hyndburn MP Graham Jones and Alyson Barnes, parliamentary candidate for Rossendale and Darwen, in backing the fight.

The petition will be officially handed over to Mr Ashworth on March 10th who will present it to Parliament.

Rishton Labour Party member Will Nuzum said, "I have been collecting signatures for the petition aimed at saving the walk in centre. I have stood outside the Co-op store during lunchtimes and afternoons and have had a good response from the public. A lot of local people are concerned and strongly support the campaign."

Will is organising more petition days in Rishton and can be contacted on 07970 430857 if anyone would like to help out.

Sunday, 18 February 2018


I have been ward Councillor for Rishton since 2010 and Cabinet member for Education, Leisure and the Arts in Hyndburn since 2014. In that time I have watched this borough suffer a 41% reduction in government funding, the most severe cut to any Council in the UK.

I’ve lived in Rishton for 14 years and have been self-employed since graduating from university in 2000. Experience has taught me that sensible financial policies are the best way forward for Hyndburn’s future, not fantasy promises and borrowing money. Myself and my Labour colleagues have delivered a balanced budget to that effect for the past 7 years and will continue to do so.

I will never make false promises or offer something we cannot deliver. I will continue to work with community groups and make sure new developments in Rishton are in the best interests of the residents. Please vote for me to continue as your Councillor on May 3rd and help me to help you.

Cllr Ken Moss

Saturday, 17 February 2018


Cllr Jeff Scales has made a successful application to the Tesco Bags of Help Grant Scheme as part of the Rishton Festival Committee and it will be put forward to a customer vote in Tesco stores during March and April 2018.

Rishton Festival, along with the other two successful projects in the region, will go forward to a vote in Tesco stores where customers will decide the outcome by voting for their favourite project each time they shop. 

The project with the highest number of votes across the region will receive £4,000 (or the amount that was requested up to this value), the second placed project £2,000 (or the amount that was requested up to this value), and the third placed project £1,000.

To vote, you will need to make a purchase within store of any value. You will receive one token per transaction and it's not necessary to purchase a carrier bag in order to receive a token.

Voting will take place at the Great Harwood and Colne stores from Thursday 1st March to Monday 30th April 2018 and the Rishton Councillors will be notified at the end of May 2018 confirming the amount of funding the committee will receive.

Friday, 16 February 2018


The development of Frontier Park at Junction 6 on the M65 opposite the Whitebirk retail park is now moving forward rapidly and construction is due to begin shortly.

Planning permission is now in place for the development of manufacturing, storage and distribution uses on the main part of the site. The site owners, Euro Garages, are also busy developing a petrol filling station and hot food take-aways which it expects to open by June 2018. An application has also been submitted for a 150-bed hotel and conference / banqueting facility at the site which is now being looked at.

Cllr Miles Parkinson said, "Frontier Park is currently the main focus for our drive to create new employment in the Borough. Things are now moving rapidly at the 90 acre site and will provide a big boost in the year ahead to jobs and the local economy."

Thursday, 15 February 2018


A group is to be formed to help arrange events for the new £2million Accrington town square.

More than 50 residents and town centre stakeholders attended a public meeting to give people their say on how the new Accrington town square should be used, for the first time. The meeting was hosted by Hyndburn Council’s new business and marketing co-ordinator, Victoria Ingham.

Questions were asked about the new square, before people split into groups to discuss and record ideas for its use. They also worked together to find ways to attract new visitors and draw in local residents. Following the workshop, each group presented a number of ideas to the room and discussed their merits.

At the meeting around 25 people came forward and said they would like to be involved in helping to organise events in the new space.

Cllr Clare Cleary, cabinet member for Accrington Town Centre, said, “It’s clear there are many people who care passionately about Amazing Accrington. Over 50 people attended the meeting bursting with ideas about the types of events they’d like to see in the new town square, with 24 saying they’d like to be more involved, either by being a member of a steering group for events or helping to run an event."

The concept of Accrington’s new town square began with an initial funding application back in 2012 and will be completed by the autumn. The scheme will see the front of the Market Hall and Town Hall transformed to commemorate the sacrifice and bravery of the Accrington Pals. It will also include the restoration of historic, retail and commercial buildings in the town centre.

£50,000 will be made available by the council to help put on events on in the town’s new square.

Cllr Cleary said, “The new town square will not only highlight our remarkable heritage, but will also act as a catalyst this town needs for reinvention. We have a great offering already, a Victorian Market Hall, independent boutique shops and amazing architecture. We can make this offer better with the help of passionate residents and businesses who want to see Accrington as a beautiful, vibrant destination town.”

People can still have their say on the town square plans by contacting Victoria Ingham on 01254 388111 or

Wednesday, 14 February 2018


The annual local elections will take place this year on Thursday 3rd May and all residents are encouraged to make sure they are registered to vote. If you have moved recently or not completed a household questionnaire for Hyndburn Borough Council then you may not be registered to vote.

Registering is simple. Please click on this link to see how:

Register To Vote

Tuesday, 13 February 2018


The annual Lancashire County Council budget meeting was held on Thursday 8th February at County Hall in Preston and the Labour group tabled an amendment to redirect funds in order to prevent cuts to neighbourhood policing.

Rishton County Councillor Jenny Molineux made a plea to the Conservative Administration at LCC not to go through with the cuts to funding 17 Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) and to support the Labour amendment.

County Councillor Miles Parkinson said, "It's disappointing that the amendment was voted down. Labour felt that policing should be prioritised and cuts could have been made in other areas instead.  PCSOs help support our Neighbourhood Watch schemes and go some way to making our residents feel safer."

Cllr Molineux's speech can be viewed here:

8th February 2018 - County Cllr Jenny Molineux 

Monday, 12 February 2018


The Piggy Park Community Garden Association are holding a volunteer day to fill the final raised beds in the growing areas with soil and compost. Piggy Park is situated behind Devonshire Road in Rishton and many years ago was a play area but has long since been decommissioned as the equipment had come to the end of its life. It has now been resurrected by a community group as a growing area for other groups and Rishton schools to use.

Cllr Jeff Scales, who has been instrumental in transforming the disused park, said, "It woud be great if we could get as many volunteers as possible to join us on Saturday 17th February at 10.00am. The more people we have the quicker it will be and take comfort that this will be the last one of it's kind!"

For more details about the Piggy Park project please contact Cllr Scales on 07906071201.