Wednesday, 25 February 2015


The future of Piggy Park at Devonshire Road is to be discussed at the next Cabinet meeting on 11th March 2015.

The area is owned by Hyndburn Borough Council and was once used as a children’s play area.  However, the play equipment was removed many years ago and the site now comprises an area of level grass with some paths which date back to the time when the area was used as a play area.

The Rishton Food Growing Association (RFGA) has identified the site as one that could be used as a local allotment / food growing area.  The RFGA propose to develop the area for local residents to use to grow their own food through the provision of raised beds, small allotment plots and a polytunnel, which would be for the benefit of those that use the site.

Cllr Harry Grayson has been liaising with the RFGA and requested £10,000 from Rishton Area Council funds to get the project off the ground. Cllr Ken Moss is portfolio holder for allotments and will be presenting the report to Cabinet for approval.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

HBC BUDGET 2015 - 26th FEBRUARY 2015

The annual meeting of the Council to agree the budget for the forthcoming financial year will take place on Thursday 26th February at the Town Hall in Accrington.

Labour is the only party in Hyndburn that has written a full budget proposal and this has already been passed through the HBC scrutiny process at a meeting on 17th February, where certain counter-proposals were made by Independent and UKIP Councillors. No proposals were submitted by the Conservative group for the fourth year running and the Leader of the opposition did not attend the discussion.

Members of the public can come and view proceedings from the gallery and a full set of papers for the meeting will be available here shortly:

Council - 26th February 2015

Monday, 23 February 2015


The past weekend has seen another wave of car break-ins, with windows smashed and items stolen on five streets:
  • Norfolk Street
  • Clarke Street
  • Haworth Street
  • Henry Street
  • Brook Street
All residents are urged to keep their valuables out of sight in vehicles and not to leave tools in vans overnight.

Sunday, 22 February 2015


Flytipping has been reported again to the rear of private garages along the back of Spring Street. The garages are owned and managed by Ingham and Yorke on behalf of the Dunkenhalgh Estate and HBC have made requests for them to clear the site of waste.

Saturday, 21 February 2015


A fusiliers concert has been organised in Rishton featuring the Band and Corps of Drums of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. It will take place at Norden High School, in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Rishton and Great Harwood, on Saturday 30th May at 7.00pm.

Tickets cost £10 and include a hot supper and a drink.  Contact Norden High School on 01254 885378 for more details.

Friday, 20 February 2015


Following complaints about damage to footpaths, driveways and grass verges, the footpath between St Albans Road and Shawbrook Close was replaced and shoulder gates installed.

A sign was also erected stating that no horses are allowed but despite this there is clear evidence that horse riders are still using the pathway and the newly-laid tarmac surface is already showing signs of wear.

All riders are reminded that this is not a bridleway or exercise area for horses and anyone who ignores this is liable for prosecution.

Thursday, 19 February 2015


The owner of a derelict empty property on Spring Street, Rishton has been taken to court and ordered to pay £1,300 in fines and costs recently after ignoring a notice from the Council ordering him to make repairs.

Mr Antony Ridgway Faulkes, of Sands Road, Rishton, was found guilty in his absence of non-compliance of a notice served on him by the Council, ordering him to make repairs to his property, including roofing and guttering repairs, new doors and windows, rendering and new yard walls. 

Cllr Clare Cleary said, “Where people refuse to bring their properties into a decent state of repair we always give them plenty of chances to do so, but where they refuse to comply we will take them to court. Mr Faulkes bought the property in 2010 and it has been declining ever since. Council officers have requested repairs over a period of time but Mr Faulkes did not make the repairs so a notice under section 79 of the Building Act 1984 was served, ultimately landing him in court with hefty fines and costs.”

Mr Faulkes was fined £400 plus £40 victims surcharge and ordered to pay costs to the Council of £860 pounds with 28 days to pay.

Wednesday, 18 February 2015


Rishton's Knit and Natter group have given themselves a well-deserved pat on the back after donating £1,150 to charities in the past year, many of which are local or have some significance to members of the group.

The donations to various charities are as follows:
  • Air Ambulance North West £100
  • Cancer Research UK £100
  • The Chemotherapy unit at The Royal Blackburn £100
  • East Lancs Hospice £150
  • Rishton Peoples Centre £100
  • The Dialysis Unit Preston, Derian House £200 (£100 in Memory of the late Jennifer Cooper)
  • Manchester Children's Hospital £100
  • Tiffany Wrigley £100
  • Alder Hey Childrens Hospital £100 

These sums were raised via their stall at the festival, sale of wool donations and the surplus left from the tea and coffee donations by the members of the group.

Devout knitter Janis Counsell said, "Not too shabby eh? The group is free to join but we ask for a 50p donation for brews and biccies. It is always well attended but we still have room for a few more members, every Tuesday in Rishton Library from 9.30am till 3.00pm."

Tuesday, 17 February 2015


Work on the Blackburn Road/Harwood Road/High Street junction at Rishton started on Monday 16th February and are expected to continue until mid-April 2015.

There are expected to be heavy volumes of traffic in the area and delays as a result of the works. The works will be carried out as quickly as possible in order to keep disruptions as low as possible.

The work includes minor road widening to improve the left turn from Harwood Road to High Street, resurfacing of the road at the junction and relocation of the southbound bus stop on Blackburn Road to move it further away from the junction.  These works will be carried out under three-way temporary signals.

During the works period Eachill Road will be closed from its junction with Blackburn Road to its junction with Noble Street for the entirety of the works. Mary Street will also be required to be closed for one week during the works, however it is not yet known when this will be. Both Mary Street and Eachill Road can be accessed via Haworth Street off Station Road or Knowles Street off Walmsley Street.

No bus stops in the area will be closed as part of these works, however the Southbound stop on Blackburn Road (stop no.2500156) will be removed during the works and replaced by a new stop further away from the junction. It is hoped that the new stop will be in place before the old stop is closed and removed from site.

Monday, 16 February 2015


A Muddy Fox mountain bike has been found complete but in pieces on the alleyway running off Bridge Street towards Rishton.

If anyone knows the owner of this bike please contact Cllr Ken Moss on 07789077816.