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Hyndburn Council Leader, Cllr Miles Parkinson, today spoke about plans for Hyndburn’s high streets after Jake Berry MP, the Minister for the High Streets, announced that free parking is important to the health of the high street.

Cllr Parkinson said; “Improving the health of our high streets is already a priority for us and we’re investing heavily to improve the high street offer, as the growth of online shopping has changed the way we all use high streets now. 

We offer free parking to attract visitors which costs the Council 90,000 each year.  However the business rates continue to financially cripple high street retailers but it is a tax that online retailers can avoid. The whole system of business rates doesn’t feel fit for purpose and I’m writing to the Minister to seek his support to reform the system, to create a level playing field between high street and online retail taxation.


We’ve also made a huge investment in keeping our high streets clean and tidy, no one wants to see litter or dog mess around our towns and we’ve already ditched the old bags and boxes and rolled out new wheeled bins for recycling, which will lead to cleaner streets as there will be no more wind-blown litter from the bags and boxes. 

We now plan to build on this and take environmental enforcement to the next level with a big clampdown on people who let their dogs foul and don't pick up and those who drop litter, cigarettes or chewing gum on the floor. We’ve appointed a private company to carry out enforcement work on behalf of the Council through visible enforcement patrol teams. They will have the authority to issue on-the-spot Fixed Penalty Notices, (FPNs) to anyone they catch failing to clean up after their dog, or littering. 

We’ve also invested in new specialist machinery to clean our high streets and remove chewing gum from pavements. 

Work in Accrington’s new Town Square, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, is progressing well, ready for the square’s official opening in November. 

Even though it’s not quite finished yet, the work has already transformed the area allowing the magnificent listed buildings to, once again, take centre stage and create a beautiful civic space. We recognise that events are important to attract people into the town centre and when the work is finished, the square will be cleaned ready to host a range of activities and events over the coming months to attract visitors into the town. 

More good news is that the Heritage Lottery Fund has agreed to increase the grant rate we can offer to shops in the project area in Accrington Town Centre to 90%. The Council’s Townscape Heritage Officer is in contact with those shops eligible to apply for a grant and we hope shop owners will take full advantage of this once in a lifetime opportunity and that we will see improvements take place.

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Do you know a community group that deserves special recognition for making your local area a better place to live?

If so, then we would like you to nominate them to receive a Groundwork Community Award.

Now in its second year, the Groundwork Community Awards honour the small local community groups making a big difference to everyone’s quality of life where they live but often get little recognition and support.

The awards are simple to enter via an online system where community groups can highlight their own achievements – or can be nominated to receive an award in one of 10 categories that reflect the huge diversity of projects and services being delivered by community volunteers.

Shortlisted projects will also be entered into a special ‘People’s Choice Award’, with the winner being chosen by a public vote.

Nominate a community group by using the link below:

•    Best community group contribution to health and wellbeing
•    Best community group contribution to environmental sustainability
•    Best community group contribution to community cohesion
•    Best community group contribution to education or employment
•    Best community project on a social housing estate
•    Best community partnership with business
•    Best community garden or green space
•    Community leader of the year
•    Young community leader of the year
•    Community group of the year – all round achievement award

The deadline for nominations is 22nd July.  Shortlisted community groups will be invited to attend a national awards ceremony at the House of Commons on the evening of 19 November.

The Groundwork Community Awards are supported this year by Tesco, the Ministry for Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) and will be hosted by Georgina Burnett.

Inclusive Spaces Campaign Kicks Off this July

Groundwork recently launched our Inclusive Spaces campaign, providing community groups with the tools and support to engage more young people in local green spaces!  You can get involved during our week of action (23rd -29th July) by showcasing your summer events aimed at young people!

Check out all the campaign resources and register your event for young people here: :http://bit.ly/GwkInclusiveCG


Local Events

Accrington Library

Weekly events

Monday 10:15 – 10:45    Storytime. This group is aimed at preschool children and involves both singing and an interactive story. Free for everyone, just turn up on the day

Monday 10:30-12:00       Beginners computer courses.  Know somebody who still hasn't joined the digital age? We hold learn My Way courses every Monday morning to help people get online, no previous experience is required.  For more details or to book a place please call in or phone 0300 123 6703

Tuesday 1:30 – 3:00         Knit and Natter. A social knitting group who join up to swap patterns and have a natter over a cup of tea, also help people who are learning wool crafts including crochet and knitting.  Free for everyone with donations for refreshments, just turn up on the day.

Friday 10:15-10:45            Baby Bounce and Rhyme. Aimed as babies and small children, packed full of sing along songs and great fun had by all. Free event for all, just turn up on the day. 

Fortnightly events

Saturday 1:00-3:00           Teen Xtreme. A social group aimed at 12 year olds plus who want to get involved with other library projects, or just meet up with likeminded teens to get involved with reading and craft activities.  Special events and visits also planned.  Next meetings are as follows:

13th July, 27th July, 10th August, 24th August


Writers group - 2nd and 4th Friday of each month at 2 p.m. 

Upcoming events

14th July 12:30-2:20       Poetry workshop with special guest Nicola May.  Nicole is a poet and member of Young Identity, a Manchester spoken word collective. Attendees will be able to work with one of the North West's best up and coming spoken word artists to create their own poetry in a fun and interactive workshop.  This event is free, no booking required.


SCART Club Challenge 30th June – 10th September

The SCART club features 10 kids who are members of the library and are wanting to share their interests in Science, Culture, (being) Active, Reading and Technology. There's a task booklet full of activities for young people to complete, all introduced by the club's mascot, SCART Squirrel.

To complete the challenge, children need to collect each of the themes by finishing two tasks for each one. One of these tasks must be reading related and these have been identified within the booklet.

For more information visit the website at http://www.lancashire.gov.uk/libraries-and-archives/libraries/reading-journey/ or call in at any Lancashire Library.


Fun Palace – 6th October

Accrington Library will be hosting its second Fun Palace on the 6th October.  They are currently contacting individuals and groups who want to come along and take part in this science, sport and creative extravaganza that is free to all.  If you have a skill that you would like to share on the day then please contact branch manager Katherine Walsh on Katherine.walsh@lancashire.gov.uk and who will be in touch to explain what it is all about. 

Art Exhibitions

Zara Maisie until 21st July

As featured in the August edition of Lancashire Life.  Talented local artist Zara is displaying a range of artwork in the exhibition space, including a magnificent peacock as well as a variety of other nature inspired pieces. Artwork  can be viewed during normal opening hours. 

Adrian White 23rd July until 1st September

Popular local artist Adrian will be returning to Accrington Library with a number of pieces of work that can be viewed during normal opening hours. 

If you would like to exhibition you work at Accrington Library then please contact branch manager Katherine Walsh via email at Katherine.walsh@lancashire.gov.uk bookings are currently being taken from Spring/Summer 2019


Accrington Library Opening times

Monday               9:00-5:00

Tuesday               9:00-5:00

Wednesday        9:00-7:00

Thursday             9:00-5:00

Friday                    9:00-5:00

Saturday              9:00-5:00


Oswaldtwistle Library


Mondays – Storytime 2pm – 2.30pm (term time only)

Tuesdays – Learn My Way computer course 10.30am – 12pm, booking essential.

Fridays – Baby/Toddler bounce n rhyme 10.30am – 11am (term time only)




Ist Monday - Family History session 10am-12pm

2nd Tuesday – Reading group 2pm – 3pm

2nd and 4th Wednesdays – Writer's group 2pm – 4pm


One off events


Free taster sessions – booking required at the Library or via Eventbrite - Discover Great Events or Create Your Own & Sell Tickets

Zentangle – Wed 5th Sept 10am-12pm

Write a poem in an afternoon – Wed 5th Sept 1pm – 3pm

Get to know your French cheeses – Wed 12th Sept 2.30pm – 4.30pm

Relax and de-stress – Wed 3rd Oct 1.30pm – 3.30pm


Character Storytimes – booking essential at the Library, limited places. 1 per child.

Cinderella – Tues 17th July 4pm

Noddy – Tues 14th Aug 4pm

The Gruffalo – Tues 11th Sept 4pm

Beauty and the Beast – Tues 16th Oct 4pm


Great Harwood Library


Knit and natter every Monday (except 3rd in the month) 2.00-3.30 p.m. all abilities welcome.

Reading Group 3rd Monday in the month 2.00-3.30.


Scrabble Club (alternate weeks) next games 13th May, 27th May, 10th June. Etc.


Baby Rhyme Time every Thursday (except 2nd of each month) 10.45-11.30.

Coffee Morning with guest speaker every 2nd Thursday in the month 10.30-11.30. 14th May, 11th June, 9th July, 10th September, 8th October, 12th November.


Shared Reading 1.30-3.00, join in reading together or just sit back and relax and be read to, very informal.


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