Monday, 16 October 2017

FORMER ALBERT MILL PLANNING APPLICATION

A planning application for 43 new houses on the site of the former Albert Mill in Rishton has been submitted to Hyndburn Borough Council.

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

LCC GRASS CUTTING TO BE RE-ASSESSED

Over the past few years, Hyndburn Borough Council has experienced severe cuts to the public realm budget allocated by Lancashire County Council. This had led to a reduced service and an increased number of emails from the public expressing dissatisfaction.

'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

HYNDBURN TO GET RECYCLING BINS IN 2018

At a meeting of the full Council in Accrington Town Hall on 5th January 2017, the Conservative group Leader asked for clarity from Labour regarding statements in the local media concerning changes to recycling collections in Hyndburn.

Labour Leader of the Council, Miles Parkinson, confirmed that as of summer 2018 the waste collection cost-sharing agreement with Lancashire County Council will end. Hyndburn will switch to a full wheelie bin service for recycling which will see two additional bins for each of the 35,000 households in the borough and an end to the blue and white sack system.

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."

Cabinet member for Waste Services, Cllr Paul Cox said, "Hyndburn currently receives a substantial income from separated recycling but during 2018 our grant agreement with LCC will end and HBC will be around £800,000 per year worse off. At that point we will switch to combined recycling and provide an easier system for residents than the one we have now."

However, the plans were met with an angry response from the Conservative side and the scheme was derided as a poor investment of public funds.

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

WORK BEGINS AT NEW RISHTON CEMETERY

Construction has begun at the new cemetery off Lee Lane which will see burial capacity secured for many decades to come.

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

DAMAGED PARK RAILINGS TO BE REPLACED

Railings around the childrens' play area at Harwood Road rec have been repeatedly vandalised and fallen into disrepair over the past few years. Bars are missing in several sections which in turn have allowed dogs to enter, causing fouling and intimidation of younger children.

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

GROUND CUTTING CEREMONY AT PARKER PLACE

Construction on the 72 new homes at the old Gaskells Carpets site, currently going by the name of Parker Place, was officially started on Thursday 10th November with a ground cutting ceremony. Cllrs Clare Cleary and Miles Parkinson were in attendance along with the Mayor and Mayoress of Hyndburn.

Cllr Cleary said, "This represents a real beginning of regenerating this site. The local Councillors are all enthusiastic about this and we have had many enquiries about how residents can buy new houses before the first one is even built. It's an exciting time for Rishton."

Monday, 14 November 2016

RISHTON CHRISTMAS LIGHTS SWITCH ON 2016

The Rishton Christmas lights will be switched on at the Library at 4.00pm on Saturday 3rd December this year. Mayor of Hyndburn, Cllr Tim O'Kane will be in attendance to welcome ex-professional footballer Brett Ormerod who will officially switch on the lights. Members of the local clergy will also bless the crib at the same time.

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

FIRES AT HOLT STREET REC

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

NEW PARLIAMENTARY BOUNDARY PROPOSALS

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

CENOTAPH FLAGS REPLACED

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."