Thursday, 17 November 2016


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


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


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


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 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


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


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."

Wednesday, 13 July 2016


Cllr Ken Moss has been elected onto the Board of Governors at Norden High School and Sports College. A vacancy arose earlier in the year and Ken was asked if he would be interested in taking up the placement.

He said, "It's flattering to be asked as it is a good school with some excellent staff who care about the job. My partner's daughter attends Norden and I have no qualms at all regarding her education but I hope I can bring something useful to the table."

Tuesday, 12 July 2016


Cllr Jeff Scales has taken over the management of the two Rishton noticeboards at The Turrets Garden and the Library.

Anyone wishing to display notices of forthcoming events should contact Jeff on 07906071201 or email

Monday, 11 July 2016


Accrington’s new £6.4 million ‘George Slynn’ bus station has been officially opened. Councillors past and present joined with dignitaries and relatives of George Slynn to commemorate the opening of the long awaited transport terminal on Crawshaw Street.

Hyndburn Council leader Miles Parkinson said he was delighted that the town can now boast a ‘fit for purpose’ station.

He said: “We had some senior councillors from a number of years who are no longer on the council and can remember the long wish to have a proper bus station within the town. We would’ve liked to have had lovely summer weather but it was a day of heavy rain.

“However it makes the point that people previously had to queue in the wet and windy weather under a shelter which didn’t give them much protection. Now we have a modern purpose-built bus station in the heart of the town to bring people in.”

The station, which began operating yesterday, is open seven days a week and the facilities include free wi-fi, information desks, public toilets, bus and train timetable displays, interactive journey planners and support for the deaf or visually impaired.

Coun Parkinson said the station is the first piece of a ‘multi-million pound’ jigsaw of investment for the town centre over the next two years.

He said: “Shortly the new police station will be opening on Broadway, we will then be moving forward with public realm works along Blackburn Road and Peel Street an engaging with businesses and stakeholders in the area to come up with the final plans for the dedication of a square to the Accrington Pals.

“This is one part of a multi-million investment in the town and we will continue investing in the next 28 months.

“Of course we can’t provide everything and it’s up to residents where they chose to shop and chose to go and spend their money but we are doing our utmost to work with all the key stakeholders.”

The bus station was named in memory of former Great Harwood councillor and transport campaigner George Slynn.

Coun Parkinson said: “George’s brother Jimmy and his wife Denise were there which was very poignant.

"Being a non-motor vehicle driver George travelled extensively by public transport and it’s only fitting that the bus station which he long wanted for the town is named after him.”

The new bus station is part of the £40 million Pennine Reach public transport scheme which aims to improve transport links between Accrington and Blackburn.

County Councillor John Fillis said: "Accrington's new bus station will make a real difference to the town, offering passengers a comfortable place to wait for their bus and, with the train station being much closer, making it much quicker for people to switch modes as they travel across the area.

"The new bus stations in Accrington and Blackburn, combined with the numerous improvements to bus shelters and traffic signal junctions along the Pennine Reach corridor represent a vastly enhanced public transport network for the wider Hyndburn and Blackburn with Darwen areas.

"The introduction of new bus lanes, bus priority measures, and all the fantastic technology that can be seen inside both Blackburn and Accrington Bus Stations really has brought the bus network in this area into the 21 Century.

"The overall aim of Pennine Reach is to help kick start the regeneration of these East Lancashire towns and already that can be seen in both Accrington and Blackburn with heritage initiatives aiming to improve large areas of the town centres.

"This creates the conditions to attract further commercial investment to really transform the area and people's opportunities.

"Whilst the bus stations are the most visible aspect of the Pennine Reach project, the wide range of investments which have resulted from the scheme really do make this a far reaching project which will benefit East Lancashire for many years to come."