Thursday, 31 July 2014


A dirty back yard at 30 Spring Street has been causing unpleasant smells for the neighbours and this has now been logged and reported to HBC.

The owners will be contacted and instructed to clear up the mess. In instances where HBC has to carry out remedial work the cost is then recharged to the owner.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014


The downstairs windows at The People's Centre have now been replaced with new uPVC double glazing, meaning that the exterior refit is now nearly complete.

The Centre is undergoing major refurbishment upstairs to create new office space for local charities and organisations. Funding applications and works have been largely due to the help from the Rishton and Great Harwood Rotary Club, with local contractors being brought in for jobs such as replacing the windows.

Two of the old signs from The Centre's former existence as a shoe shop were uncovered beneath the fascia boards. Whilst one bearing the imprint 'Shoe Dept' was unable to be saved due to extensive damage, the other (shown here) was removed intact.

Will McCaffrey, who worked on the new windows, contacted the Rishton Councillors and said, "Although I'm a down to earth tradesman I still appreciate the value of historic and iconic items. I took it down with the greatest of care so people can at least now enjoy what others did many years ago."

Cllr Ken Moss spoke to Margaret Standing, secretary of The People's Centre. He said, "The Centre are keen to preserve the sign and I have spoken to them about placing it indoors. It will be installed shortly and there is likely to be an official unveiling in the near future."

Tuesday, 29 July 2014


A magnificent seven green spaces in Hyndburn are among the best in the country and have been presented with the prestigious Green Flag Award for green space excellence.

Accrington Cemetery and Crematorium, along with Wilson Playing Fields and Woodlands, Lowerfold, Cutwood Park in Rishton, Oakhill, Mercer and Gatty Parks have each been awarded a Green Flag - a sign to visitors that they are well-maintained and well-managed, with excellent facilities.

Cllr Ken Moss, Cabinet Member for Parks said, “A lot of hard work, by a lot of people has gone into getting these Green Flags and their award is a testament to the sterling job done by the many community groups and staff involved. The fact that we now have seven sites, holding the prestigious Green Flag is great news for everyone, as this shows that they are well managed and maintained, welcoming, safe for users and have good links with the local community.”

Cllr Moss added, “A big thank you should go to the Friends and other support groups associated with the parks such as Hyndburn Green Spaces Forum, PROSPECTS, Hyndburn Athletics Club, Residents Associations, the Local History Society and our dedicated parks, cemetery and crematorium staff who all worked so hard to make these magnificent seven sites reach the high standards to get Green Flag status.”

Monday, 28 July 2014


The rubber surface underneath the swings at the play park on Harwood Road recreation ground has been vandalised.

The swings have also had chunks of rubber carved out of them which have been thrown around the park and set fire to.

Cllr Ken Moss, Cabinet member for parks, said, "The message just isn't getting through to people that the more money we have to spend on repairs like this, the less we have to build new facilities. It is so disappointing that we have people in Rishton who are constantly holding us back with mindless vandalism."

If anyone has any information please contact any of the Rishton Councillors.

Sunday, 27 July 2014


The living Christmas tree in central Rishton has been targetted by vandals and has left it permanently damaged.

Several branches have been snapped off while other have been bent and broken which now means they are at risk of disease and further decay. The attack took place sometime between 4.00pm on Thursday 24th July and 10.00am on Friday 25th July. A request has been sent to Greenbank police station to see if the culprits have been caught on the CCTV camera on High Street.

Cllr Ken Moss, who led the move to have permanent trees planted last year, said, "The two Christmas trees have grown considerably since December and have taken root well. I was so pleased because it ensures that children growing up now will be able to watch their own children enjoying the same tree in years to come. We don't have the money to keep replacing trees, we are trying to provide something lasting for very little money."

He added, "This is just brainless vandalism. It isn't going to hurt the Councillors or the government, no one is going to give these idiots a 'better' tree as a result, all they have done is spoil what could have been something beautiful in our village that everyone can enjoy."

Saturday, 26 July 2014


Accrington Camera Club is a group of friendly and enthusiastic photographers pursuing all aspects of image capture. They welcome all levels of photographers, from complete beginners to advanced workers, and have a wide range of experiences which we willingly share. This experience comes from their own photographers, darkroom workers and digital image workers.

They produce all styles of images, from 'record' (e.g. images of buildings) through to 'salon' style digital manipulated work, in both mono and colour, utilising many types of cameras from basic compact cameras up to professional DSLRs.

The group meet at Primetime on Stourton Street in Rishton and the website for the camera club can be found here:

Accrington Camera Club

Friday, 25 July 2014


A development plan for the canal corridor through Rishton is currently in the process of being drawn up. The masterplan will look at developing the canalside areas in a holistic manner which will require any future planning applications to compliment each other and be in the best interests of Rishton's future.

Cllr Ken Moss put a motion to full Council in 2013 to secure funding for the project and fellow ward Councillor, Clare Cleary, has now taken up the baton and is moving forward with the scheme.

Cllr Cleary, Cabinet member for Housing, said, "This is a great scheme and I am excited to take it to the next stage. We are sitting on bags of untapped potential along the canal and with so much undeveloped land at the moment it makes sense to state what we want from it rather than leaving it purely in the hands of property developers."

Leader of HBC, Cllr Miles Parkinson, said, "Along the canal we have a number of sites in the Rishton area that offer the potential for some very attractive canal side housing.  The Council has recently agreed to fund a development brief that should help to stimulate the market and attract the interest of developers. The brief will be completed by December this year."

Thursday, 24 July 2014


Over the weekend of 19th-20th July, a second Rishton burglar was caught in the act in Clayton Le Moors. He was charged and remanded to appear before court on the morning of Monday 21st July.

Councillor Ken Moss said, "This is a good result for our local police. We have had a crime wave recently, largely believed to have been caused by a small number of individuals, so the fact that they have been caught will be a relief to many."

He added, "Information is key to solving crimes and catching people. Please do get in touch if you have any information, everything will be treated in confidence."

Wednesday, 23 July 2014


Rishton Councillor and Cabinet member for Housing, Clare Cleary, has stated that her top priority as portfolio holder is Spring Street.

Cllr Cleary said, "There are too many empty and dilapidated houses along Spring Street, despite years of work. Now that I have been given the reins I have made it my priority to get it sorted out."

She added, "The area has been run down by social landlords who have put in tenants who don't care about Rishton. I have now instructed Council officers to target rogue landlords and get houses which are lowering the tone back into good repair. It isn't fair on people who look after their properties to be surrounded by houses which are being left to rot."

Several enforcement orders are now in place along Spring Street and this is has led to remedial works being started by landlords.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014


Over the course of Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th July, the Petre Estate has been a target for vehicle and property crime.

A police report sent to the Rishton Councillors stated that the offenders have now been caught and stolen items recovered. They have both been charged with over eleven offences and were remanded to appear in court on Monday 21st July.