Saturday, 28 March 2015



Information has been requested by the Rishton Councillors regarding the number of people who vote in elections and the figures can be seen in the table above.

Cllr Ken Moss said, "Rishton had the highest percentage of voters in Hyndburn at the last General Election in 2010 but unfortunately, as is the case across the country, voter numbers are still falling. There was a small spike last year in Rishton but on the whole there are more non-voters than ever before."

He added, "Despite regular public statements and news stories about what the local Councillors are up to there is still the perception that elected members are only seen at election time. If you need us to help you or want to know anything about what we are doing in Rishton please, please get in touch with any of us at any time."

Friday, 27 March 2015


KTZ Dance School is based on Hermitage Street in Rishton and has just scooped a huge number of medals in a contest held over in France.

Owner Katie Readman said, "We have just returned from Disneyland Paris where we competed in a dance competition. We walked away with 6 first places, 1 second place and 1 third place. That totals 42 gold medals, 7 silver and 5 bronze which beat the majority of schools in England and Scotland. An amazing achievement for a small school in Rishton!"

The Facebook page for KTZ Dance can be found here:

Facebook - KTZ Dance

A website also exists:

Thursday, 26 March 2015


Dear Matthew,

I am writing to ask for your help and support with the funding request that has been submitted to you by Rishton United and Norden High School and Sports College.

As you know the project has asked for a Lancashire County Council contribution of £50k toward a £300k scheme that will result in the much needed improvement of two existing pitches, together with the creation of two new minor pitches.  This is a very worthwhile project, and financial support for it has already been secured from a variety of other partners including the Borough Council, Sport England and the Lancashire Football Association.  A small contribution from Lancashire County at this time will enable the other funding to be drawn down and allow work to begin on the scheme in 2015.

I appreciate that you will have competing demands on the County Council’s resources but I feel strongly that this can and should be a priority.  You will not need me to tell you that Norden High School serves one of the most deprived communities in Lancashire, typified by low levels of engagement in sport and physical activity, high levels of morbidity, little disposable income and poor access to facilities.

Over more recent years I feel that Rishton has had a “rough deal” as a result of Government cuts.  In this time we have seen the complete withdrawal of youth service provision in the Town and ending of funding for the Rishton “Primetime” facility.  The ending of the “Building Schools for the Future” programme was another blow to the Town and one that has left the school with a number of ROSLA buildings that are simply not fit for purpose.  The overall impact is that the facilities available for young people in the Town are woefully inadequate.  The small investment being asked for would help us to take a step in the right direction to address the shortfall, and provide a much needed boost to the project which enjoys widespread public support.

I do hope you will be able to lend your support to this scheme and work with officers at the County to secure the relatively modest contribution required to enable this scheme to progress.

Yours sincerely,

Cllr Miles Parkinson
Leader of Hyndburn Borough Council

Wednesday, 25 March 2015


The introduction of Waste Collection Licensing by HBC has dramatically reduced the amount of metal theft in Hyndburn but rogue collectors are still operating and stealing across the borough.

Cabinet member for Housing and Regeneration, Cllr Clare Cleary, said, "Metal theft affects everyone, from the stealing of cables that delay train journeys, to the theft of lead from church roofs and numerous other metal items. We will not hesitate as an authority to use the powers available to us to put an end to the misery and cost caused by unscrupulous traders and those dealing in stolen metals.”

Scrap metal dealers can be prosecuted in the magistrates court if they operate an unlicensed business. Other powers available to the Council include issuing closure notices which require businesses to cease using the premises for scrap metal dealing immediately. If they continue to operate as dealers in breach of the notice then Councils are required to apply to the magistrates court for a Closure Order.

All residents are urged to secure any metal items or valuable possessions in sheds and garages. Bike owners are advised to chain cycles together to make them harder to steal.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015


A Reptile Amnesty Weekend will be taking place at Reptile Wonderland on High Street over the weekend of 28th and 29th March 2015. The amnesty has come about due to several snakes seemingly being abandoned on public land recently and three local pet shops are working together to prevent this happening again.

Owner of Reptile Wonderland, David McGlynn, said, "We will open Saturday 28th March from 10.30am until 7.30pm and Sunday 29th from 11.00am until 4.00pm. There will be no selling of live animals on these two days, we will only be selling hard goods, livefood and frozen food at Reptile Wonderland. A buffet will be provided over the whole weekend."

He added, "You will be able to bring in any reptiles on a 'no questions asked' basis. If anyone would like to re-home anything that possibly will come in by either fostering or adopting please pop into the shop and have a chat with us before the amnesty weekend."

The shop will be holding a raffle for an 8ft vivarium with accessories. Tickets are on sale at £1.00 a ticket and these can be purchased from Reptile Wonderland, Robertson's Reef and Reptiles and Venom Reptiles. All money will go to charity.

Other shops taking part in the amnesty are:
  • Robertson's Reef and Reptiles, 13 Whalley Road, Accrington, BB5 1AD
  • Venom Reptiles, 34 Burnley Road East, Waterfoot, Rossendale, BB4 9AG.

Monday, 23 March 2015


Following the cutbacks which led to the Christmas trees over the shops being cancelled in 2014, a group of Rishton residents have formed a group to raise funds and pay for decorations themselves. Several meetings have taken place to set up the basis of the group and a name and a logo have now been settled on.

Switch On Rishton will be officially constituted with an elected committee and a Post Office account on Wednesday May 13th at 6.00pm in The Roebuck Inn and any interested residents are welcome to come along.

The interim positions are as follows and up for official nomination at the AGM:
  • Nick Hayward - Chair
  • Craig Brasenell - Treasurer
  • Elaine Williamson - Secretary

Letters will be sent to all Rishton businesses asking if they would be willing to keep a collection tub for customers to make donations. These will be provided by Rishton Area Council and the Co-op on Harwood Road has already agreed to keep one on the counter from September as part of their annual charity pot rotation.

A Facebook group has now been set up and can be found here:

PLEASE NOTE: A test Facebook page was set up but due to operational issues this was never intended by the committee to be the final version so please click on the link above for all official statements.

Sunday, 22 March 2015


A second consultation exercise regarding proposed development of the Rishton canalside is taking place on Wednesday 25th March from 1.00pm until 8.00pm.

A previous consultation on 23rd February resulted in over 60 responses and Councillors have met with representatives from Barton Willmore who are drawing up the plans in order to move forward.

Cllr Clare Cleary is leading on this and said, "So far we have had a good deal of interest from the public and some of the comments have been very useful. Ideas have come forward ranging from a supermarket to a marina! One of the things which all three Councillors are firmly against is more social housing and we will not be allowing that to happen on any new development."

Saturday, 21 March 2015


One of the uplighters on Rishton Cenoptaph has recently stopped working.

This has been reported to Hyndburn Borough Council and was added to the work schedule.

Tuesday, 17 March 2015


As a national advertising campaign is launched to encourage voter registration ahead of the General Election, Hyndburn Council is encouraging local people to visit

On May 7 voters will go to the polls to elect a Member of Parliament for Hyndburn.

The Electoral Commission today launched its national voter registration campaign to remind people to register by April 20.

Jane Ellis, Electoral Registration Officer for Hyndburn, said, “Time is now running short to make sure you can take part in the elections, so I’d encourage everyone in Hyndburn to take action now if they aren’t registered to vote. Our message is simple: you can’t vote, if you aren’t registered by 20 April.  It’s easy to do and only takes a few minutes online at If you’re not sure, please double check’.

Residents can check whether they’re registered to vote by calling 01254 388111.

Recent research conducted by YouGov for the Electoral Commission found that:
  • 21% of people who rent privately think they’re automatically registered to vote if they pay council tax
  • 40% of those surveyed think it is not possible to register to vote online in England, Scotland and Wales. 
  • 69% do not know that the deadline to register to vote, with 13% thinking it is already too late to register.  When given a choice of five options only 32% correctly identified the deadline as 20 April.

Monday, 16 March 2015


The Rishton Methodist Church will be holding its annual Spring Fayre on Saturday 21st March from 11.00am until 2.30pm. Various stalls will be on display plus lucnhes and light refreshment.

The fair is open to all so please come along!