Monday, 1 September 2014


The next meeting of the Rishton Prospects panel will take place on Tuesday 2nd September at 7.00pm in The People's Centre. Prospects are a team of volunteers who aim to make the local green areas more tidy and the agenda will run as follows:

1. Welcome
2. Apologies
3. Minutes of the meeting 2nd June 2014
4. Katy Holden, One Planet
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 : 7th October 2014 (AGM)

New members are welcome to attend so please come along.

Thursday, 28 August 2014


Reptile Wonderland on High Street will be holding an open day on Saturday 30th August. The event, hosted by shop proprietors David and Angela McGlynn, will show off the new store arrangement and will feature a BBQ and buffet.

A new layout will be unveiled which includes a total revamp of the left side of the shop and previous customers will be bringing in their pets.

A new home for Jackson the Cayman will be unveiled, plus a raccoon for people to stroke and play with.

The event runs from 10.00am until 6.00pm.

Saturday, 23 August 2014


Ten S46 notices have been served recently in the Burton Street and Danvers Street areas for illegal dumping of waste.

A Council spokesman said, "A Section 46 is a legal notice which is served on a resident for placing out unauthorised refuse bags. If the resident then re-offends within six months we will issue a fixed penalty notice. If they go out of the six months period we start the process again."

Friday, 22 August 2014


Former Coronation St star, Julie Hesmondhalgh, is set to be nominated to receive the title of Honorary Freeman of the Borough, the Borough’s highest honour, at Hyndburn’s Council meeting on 11th September.

Born in Accrington on 25th February 1970 and educated at Hyndburn Park Primary School, Moorhead High School and Accrington & Rossendale College, Julie found nationwide fame as an actress in the long running Granada soap opera, Coronation Street, as much loved character Hayley Cropper.

Julie moved away to London in the late 1980’s to study music and drama, but she never forgot about her local roots and is a patron of Maundy Relief supporting the Charity with close links to the founder, the late Dorothy McGregor.

Cllr Ken Moss, Cabinet Member for Leisure and Arts, said; “Julie is a local lass who has never forgotten her roots and has done some incredible work locally supporting the Maundy Relief Charity. We want to recognise her achievements at both local and national level and what better time to award Julie the Freedom of the Borough, in the year she left Coronation Street with her portrayal of the death of her character Hayley Cropper receiving industry wide recognition. This resulted in her winning the ‘Best Actress Honour’ at the 2014 British Soap Awards and ‘Best Serial Drama Performance’ at the 2014 National Television Awards.”

The Freedom of the Borough award ceremony is set to take place Autumn 2014.

Thursday, 21 August 2014


Weeds growing along a boundary that runs behind Maple Crescent and neighbouring cul-de-sacs are growing through the fence and into residents' gardens. Some residents are no longer physically able to keep on top of maintenance and a request as been made to the Rishton Councillors to cut them back.

Instructions have now been sent to the work crews at HBC and this will be attended to shortly.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014


Rishton artist, Catherine Hargreaves, will be displaying her art to commemorate the two World Wars in an exhibition in Blackburn on King William Street. The exhibition opens on Saturday 13th September and closes on Saturday 27th September.

Catherine will be curator for most of that fortnight and anyone wishing to get in touch with her should ring 07946510049 or 01254 889174.

Saturday, 16 August 2014


Four young men were riding their motorbikes up and down the canal and the surrounding area on Friday 15th August, scaring pedestrians and horse riders. Such activity is illegal and can result in the bikes being removed from the owner.

This photograph was taken at 6.30pm on Friday evening and if anyone can identify the youths or knows who they are please get in touch with any of the Rishton Councillors or the police in confidence.

Please help us to make Rishton a safer place.

Friday, 15 August 2014


HBC officers are currently dealing with asbestos which was left on site following the demolition of Britannia Mill at the end of Bridge Street.

The asbestos is not understood to be harmful unless it is disturbed whilst people are in close proximity. However, this constitutes a blighted site and is unacceptable from a Council point of view.

Thursday, 14 August 2014


A dirty back yard which was reported recently on Commercial Street has now been cleared of all rubbish. HBC enforcement officers visited the site and the current tenancy holders co-operated fully, disposing of all waste at the property within a week. No further enforcement action is therefore necessary.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014


The People's Centre on School Street will be holding two open days in September for residents to go and look at the improvements which have been made recently, including new windows and door, fittings and flooring and the recently uncovered sign from when the building was a cobbler's shop.

The open days take place on Saturday 6th September and Wednesday 10th September from 10.00am until 2.00pm. Visitors are invited to come for a brew and a biscuit and to see what is on offer at the Rishton community centre.