Friday, 31 October 2014


A caravan which has recently been parked and occupied on Cliff Street has attracted strong complaints from residents. The caravan appeared over a week ago and immediate requests were made to both the police and HBC to get it removed from the street as soon as possible.

However, before enforcement could take place the caravan was moved to the adjacent allotments which is private property owned by Ingham and Yorke, the solicitors who administrate the Dunkenhalgh Estate.

Cllr Ken Moss said, "I have had daily complaints about this with reports of antisocial behaviour and intimidation of residents who have confronted the owner. Damage would appear to have been done to the perimeter fence of the allotments in order to move it there, it is against the allotment tenancy agreement and I have spoken to Ingham and Yorke to get them to address concerns about it immediately. I would urge concerned residents to phone them directly with details and ensure that the situation is dealt with swiftly."

Ingham and Yorke can be contacted on 01282 771024.

Thursday, 30 October 2014


The Rishton Councillors have requested that the owners of the Gaskells Carpets site are instructed to repair the perimeter fence at Parker Street corner. It is currently still wide open to the site and is attracting anti-social behaviour plus is unsightly.

This has been requested previously in the past but has not been acted upon.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014


The large laurel bush along the Gaskells Carpets perimeter fence on Parker Street adjacent to Rishton Free Gardeners Club is in need of removal. Laurel is a fast growing bush and is not only obscuring the club but also the street lamp.

The Rishton Councillors have requested that it is cut off halfway down or removed entirely.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014


The last few tickets for the Halloween party at Rishton Free Gardeners Club are available for £2.50 but numbers are now extremely limited as over 50 tickets have been sold with adults getting in free.

Party games and music have been organised and the upstairs bar will be open for childrens' drinks, wines, bottles and shorts.

Please contact Laura on 07984154412 for more information.

Monday, 20 October 2014


PC Clare Wall has now taken over as the main police officer for Rishton, replacing PC Johanna Maden who has served the community for many years. Clare has worked as a beat officer in Baxenden, Barnfield and Altham and will now join PCSO Steve Charnley in looking after Rishton.

Cllr Ken Moss said, "We are very sorry to lose Jo but she is taking time off to start a family and we wish her well for the future. I have met with PC Wall and she is clearly very hands-on and wants to really engage with us to sort out problems. Her track record is excellent so we are lucky to have another good officer here in Rishton."

Tuesday, 14 October 2014


A Community Crime and Safety Day took place on Monday 13th October at Rishton Library from 10.00am-12.00pm then in the afternoon at Great Harwood Library from 2.00pm-4.00pm. Police officers offered advice on crime prevention and the Fire and Rescue officers advised on fire safety and took names for any home fire safety checks.

Cllr Clare Cleary was in attendance and said, "This was a very positive event, with lots of practical advice avalable for residents from our local Police and Fire officers. They get a lot of criticism but I am proud to support our local teams, they really try to do the best with what they have."

For more information please email

Friday, 10 October 2014


Cllr Clare Cleary has drafted a letter to residents along Spring Street and the surrounding area encouraging them to attend a public Police meeting at the Library from 10.00am on Monday 13th October.

Cllr Cleary said, "We want residents to show how angry they are at the lack of support from senior police in dealing with the mini motorbike nuisance. There have been a couple of near misses recently and people are frustrated with the lack of response."

Tuesday, 7 October 2014


An online appeal has been made by a group of Rishton residents to help clear some overgrown steps leading to a house on Parker Street. Mr Allan Presho, who lost his wife Iris last year, uses the steps every day to tend his allotment but they have become overgrown and are now presenting a hazard.

Cllr Ken Moss said, "Allan is very well respected in Rishton and I have been approached by some local women who want to help him out. I went to ask him if it was alright to clear his back steps for him and he was delighted by the gesture. The steps are a little steep and I will contact the owners to see if we can get them modified but in the first place we can cut back the overgrowth."
Rishton resident Sarah Wade said, "I can arrange a strimmer which will get through most things then we can do a tip run or maybe we could arrange for the Council to collect. I'm not sure what we can do about the 12" steps the old gentleman struggles with but clearing overgrown stuff is a good start."

Fellow resident Jodi Roper added, "I'm more than happy to help out! That's what online groups should be all about, too much ranting about how bad things are in Rishton and not enough mucking in and being useful."

The group will be clearing the steps at 6.00pm on Tuesday 7th October and anyone who wishes to help is welcome.

Monday, 6 October 2014


The next Prospects meeting will take place at 7.00pm in The People's Centre on School Street. The group undertake activities to maintain and cultivate green spaces across Rishton to improve our surroundings and new volunteers are always welcome. The agenda will run as follows:

1. Welcome

2. Apologies

3. Minutes of the meeting held on 2nd September 2014

4. Katy Holden, One Planet (Katy’s visit was postponed last month)

5. Matters arising: Project Update

6. Treasurer’s Report

7. Foundation

8. Green Spaces Forum

9. Magazines & Newsletters report

10. Time Booking

11. Working Parties

12. Any other business

13. Date of next meeting : 4th November 2014 (AGM)

Sunday, 5 October 2014


There has been some rubbish dumped behind Haworth Street and this has now been reported to the cleansing team for removal.

Residents are reminded that such tipping is illegal and culprits are liable for prosecution if they are caught or traced.