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Ex-police chief in bid to fight Blackburn seat for Conservative Party

Lancashire Telegraph:

1:00pm Friday 29th August 2014

FORMER police chief Bob Eastwood has thrown his hat into the ring to become the Tory candidate for Blackburn MP at next year’s general election.

£5m Blackburn school could leave ones nearby devastated, says education boss

Lancashire Telegraph:

1:00pm Thursday 28th August 2014

A TEACHING union boss fears the £5million new 630-pupil Olive Primary could have a ‘devastating effect’ on other local junior and infant schools.

Controversial Blackburn school plans new £5m centre

Lancashire Telegraph:

9:28am Wednesday 27th August 2014

BLACKBURN’S controversial Islamic Olive Primary School is to get a new, purpose-built home cost over five million pounds The Tauheedul Trust has applied for planning permission to construct a two storey complex on Meins Road in Beardwood next to its high-flying girls academy.

Blackburn Rovers' parent company lose £36million

Lancashire Telegraph:

6:30am Wednesday 27th August 2014

THE company which owns Blackburn Rovers’ lost £36million last year making a New Year transfer embargo on the club likely.

Blackburn pub restaurant and wedding conversion bid to go ahead

Lancashire Telegraph:

3:00pm Monday 25th August 2014

A PROPOSED ban on weddings at a new Indian restaurant being created in a vacant Blackburn pub has been vetoed by councillors.

Leisure boss urges residents to attend Blackburn music festivals

Lancashire Telegraph: Ella Shaw won a public vote to start the Key 103 Live concert, ahead of performers including Olly Murs

12:38pm Friday 22nd August 2014

BOROUGH leisure boss Damian Talbot has urged residents to attend its two big music celebrations which kick off this weekend.

SPENDING CUTS: Two hundred Blackburn with Darwen council staff axed since 2010

Lancashire Telegraph:

12:00pm Friday 22nd August 2014

TWO hundred Blackburn with Darwen council workers have been made compulsorily redundant since 2010 because of spending cuts, it was revealed last night.

Lancashire Council of Mosques chairman: Beheading repulses Muslim community

Lancashire Telegraph:

9:32am Friday 22nd August 2014

EAST Lancashire political and community leaders believe the barbarism of the ‘Islamic State’ in Iraq is more likely to repulse than radicalise local young Muslims.

Complex £4million roadworks get underway in Blackburn

Lancashire Telegraph:

11:00am Thursday 21st August 2014

MAJOR works starting this week to improve one of Blackburn’s most complex road systems will be well worth any disruption, borough transport boss Maureen Bateson has promised.

Criticism as rail travel looks to increase by 3.5%

Lancashire Telegraph: A train service bound for Leeds departs from Bradford Interchange

3:22pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

EAST Lancashire politicians and rail campaigners yesterday demanded better rolling stock and extra investment as train passengers were braced for fare increases of 3.5 to 4.5 per cent next year.

East Lancs politicians and faith leaders call for end to Gaza conflict

Lancashire Telegraph:

1:00pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

POLITICIANS and faith leaders have come together in both Blackburn and Burnley to call for peace in Gaza and around the world.

Dementia care plan for Blackburn care home

Lancashire Telegraph: There will be a special ‘Quiet Area’ at the Show, where family members or carers can leave a person with dementia in a calm environment supported by a specialist team

4:00pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

BLACKBURN’S Linden House Care Home is set to almost double in size if councillors approve a major extension on Thursday.

Seven more weeks of misery for East Lancs drivers

Lancashire Telegraph:

7:00pm Monday 18th August 2014

DELAYS on the Grane Road are set to continue for another seven weeks while engineers dig by hand to repair a collapsed sewer.

Anger at new plans for Blackburn homeless hostel

Lancashire Telegraph:

3:00pm Monday 18th August 2014

PLANS to clear up the status of a controversial hostel in Blackburn and upgrade its facilities have caused neighbours to protest.

No cash left for alley gates in Blackburn with Darwen

Lancashire Telegraph: Councillor Yusuf Jan-Virmani

5:30pm Saturday 16th August 2014

RESIDENTS wanting their back alleys gated have been told there is no point applying to Blackburn with Darwen council as the cash has run out.

Bishop of Blackburn launches 2014 Harvest Appeal

Lancashire Telegraph: Bishop Julian Henderson

9:20am Saturday 16th August 2014

BISHOP of Blackburn Julian Henderson this weekend officially launched his 2014 Harvest Appeal to supporting hard-pressed communities in two countries 6,.000 miles apart.

Prime Minister praise for Blackburn youth aid charity

Lancashire Telegraph:

4:43pm Friday 15th August 2014

BLACKBURN charity ‘Youth Action’ has been praised by Prime Minister David Cameron as it received one of his ‘Big Society’ awards.

Blackburn MP’s warning after bout of shingles

Lancashire Telegraph: Ouch!

3:12pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

JACK Straw has urged people aged 70 and over to take up the free NHS vaccination against shingles after a nasty bout of the virus himself while on holiday.

Lottery grant pays for website record of soldiers who died in WW1

Lancashire Telegraph:

3:10pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

BOROUGH victims of the Battles of the Somme will be commemorated on Blackburn with Darwen’s Cotton Town website – thanks to National Lottery cash.

East Lancs politicians call for last orders on pub conversions

Lancashire Telegraph:

1:42pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

EAST Lancashire politicians have backed calls for changes in the law to make it harder for pubs to be turned into shops.

Mermaid dives in to help launch Blackburn heritage event

Lancashire Telegraph:

3:44pm Tuesday 12th August 2014

BLACKBURN actor and soap star Peter Gunn will fire the starting pistol for the town’s heritage festival in September.

Demand soars for Blackburn with Darwen alley gates

Lancashire Telegraph: PROVING EFFECTIVE Council leaders have called for  locked alley gates to remain in schemes across town

4:00pm Monday 11th August 2014

BLACKBURN with Darwen Council’s alley gating scheme has been a victim of its own success.

Council crackdown on Blackburn town centre ‘charity workers’

Lancashire Telegraph:

9:12am Friday 8th August 2014

COUNCIL chiefs are looking at imposing tough restrictions on ‘aggressive’ charity collectors operating in Blackburn and Darwen town centres.

REVEALED: Blackburn's new Cathedral Quarter development

Lancashire Telegraph:

5:00pm Thursday 7th August 2014

BLACKBURN’S new Cathedral Quarter development will include a Covent Garden-style ‘festival square’, the Lancashire Telegraph can reveal.

Blackburn with Darwen Council chiefs scoop £100k pay per year

Lancashire Telegraph: Toni Smith and Andrew Verlander plundered nearly £40,000 in benefits they were not entitled to

6:00pm Tuesday 5th August 2014

TWENTY five executives working for Lancashire County Council and Blackburn with Darwen Councils received a total of more than £100,000 in pay and pensions contributions in 2012/2013, a new analysis reveals.

Talks on demolition plan for old hostel

Lancashire Telegraph:

1:58pm Monday 4th August 2014

PLANS to knock down the Edinburgh House YMCA in Clarence Street, Shear Brow, are due to be considered by councillors later this month.

Facebook battle to save former Infirmary

Lancashire Telegraph:

2:45pm Friday 1st August 2014

MORE than 200 people are set to join a protest against demolishing the decaying War Memorial wing of the former Blackburn Royal Infirmary.

How to pot: new way of filling holes

Lancashire Telegraph: 118,000 pot holes to be filled in £6m blitz across Hampshire

2:43pm Friday 1st August 2014

EXTRA government cash granted last month is being used to upgrade temporary pothole repairs in Blackburn with Darwen.

Licence change angers cabbies

Lancashire Telegraph: Cab of terror: Worboys' black cab

2:36pm Friday 1st August 2014

SCRAPPING six-month temporary private hire and taxi drivers’ licences in the Ribble Valley has angered local cab firms.

Visitors’ plea at old Blackburn cemetery before World War One anniversary

Lancashire Telegraph:

3:51pm Thursday 31st July 2014

COUNCIL bosses have come under fire for the state of war graves in Blackburn Old Cemetery just days before Monday’s centenary of the 1914/1918 conflict.

Family of former Blackburn journalist killed in Malaysia Airlines crash ‘hoping and praying’ body can be laid to rest

Lancashire Telegraph:

9:34am Thursday 31st July 2014

FRIENDS and family of one-time Blackburn journalist Glenn Thomas who was killed in the Malaysia Airlines crash in the Ukraine are ‘hoping and praying’ for the early return of his remains, an ex-colleague said.

Licences for East Lancashire fracking up for grabs

Lancashire Telegraph:

9:18am Tuesday 29th July 2014

THE starting gun was yesterday fired on the licensing process that could bring fracking to East Lancashire residents doorsteps within five years.

Sham marriage action backed after East Lancs trials

Lancashire Telegraph: With this ring... how to choose your wedding rings

4:00pm Monday 28th July 2014

PROPOSALS from MPs to step-up action to tackle ‘sham marriages’ have been welcomed following as string of trials in East Lancashire.

Residents-only parking move for Blackburn with Darwen

Lancashire Telegraph: 1614573907 Paul Jackson 14.04.14 Worcester Cars parking on pavements in the Arboretum. Washington Street. (5399965)

10:32am Monday 28th July 2014

A REVIEW of Blackburn with Darwen’s system for granting residents-only parking orders has been launched.

Blackburn 'beach' attraction to return despite delays

Lancashire Telegraph:

12:00pm Friday 25th July 2014

THE return of Blackburn’s ‘beach’ has been delayed after a dispute over which company would provide the attractions.

Blackburn shops on counter attack

Lancashire Telegraph:

5:50pm Thursday 24th July 2014

BUSINESSES across Blackburn town centre are using a sophisticated system to accurately count the number of visitors for the first time.

Great Harwood playing fields could be sold to make way for 250 homes and new football club HQ

Lancashire Telegraph: Miles Parkinson says that jobs are Hyndburn’s priority, although boarded-up shops are an issue.

5:00pm Thursday 24th July 2014

THE sale of the Lyndon House Playing Fields in Great Harwood could lead to a 200 plus property housing estate and a new home for the town’s largest remaining soccer club.

Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans: Greenbelt is under siege

Lancashire Telegraph: Nigel Evans MP receives a warm welcome from the residents of Ribble Valley

12:00pm Thursday 24th July 2014

RIBBLE Valley MP Nigel Evans has urged ministers to offer firms cash incentives to build in Blackburn, Pendle, and Burnley instead of on green fields in his constituency.

Judge issues Lancashire ‘dangerous youngsters’ warning

Lancashire Telegraph: Guilty verdict has allowed me to exorcise some demons, says victim of QEGS teacher

6:00pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

A JUDGE has warned of a ‘terrible national shortage’ of places in secure units for dangerous youngsters after Lancashire County Council was unable to find one for a teenager with a history of violence.

Blackburn nursery boss demands action over hostel users shouting and swearing

Lancashire Telegraph:

6:00pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

THE deaf and mute manager of a Blackburn nursery has called for action to tackle drunks fighting and swearing outside the nearby Salvation Army hostel.

Planners due to give permission for Blackburn dementia unit

Lancashire Telegraph: Maureen Bateson

11:00am Saturday 19th July 2014

THE transformation of Blackburn’s ‘biggest eyesore’ into a £4.8million dementia care home will take a major step towards reality on Thursday.

Latest figures show improvements in dental health across East Lancashire

Lancashire Telegraph:

2:20pm Friday 18th July 2014

MORE than 1,250 youngsters in East Lancashire had to have decayed teeth pulled out in hospital in 2012/2013, new figures have revealed.

Autistic children ‘were let down’, claims Burnley MP

Lancashire Telegraph: Gordon Birtwistle has been putting his case to MPs

12:15pm Friday 18th July 2014

BURNLEY MP Gordon Birtwistle highlighted three children with autism he claimed had been let down by Lancashire County Council, in a special debate at Westminster.

High honour for departing Bishop of Burnley

Lancashire Telegraph: Rt Rev John Goddard

2:00pm Thursday 17th July 2014

THE BISHOP of Burnley John Goddard has been given a unique honour by the ruling General Synod of the Church of England.

Blackburn Rovers told to get ‘comic gold’ kit launch video back online

Lancashire Telegraph:

9:23am Thursday 17th July 2014

BLACKBURN design guru Wayne Hemingway has urged Rovers to ignore media mockery and put its kit promotion video back online.

Are our faith schools dividing communities?

Lancashire Telegraph:

9:08am Thursday 17th July 2014

PROFESSOR Ted Cantle, author of reports into community cohesion in both Burnley and Blackburn with Darwen, is certain faith schools add to the problems of segregation in East Lancashire and nationwide.

Blackburn Islamic TV probe school 'cleared' by Ofsted

Lancashire Telegraph:

1:00pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

GOVERNMENT inspectors have given Blackburn’s Muslim Olive Primary school a clean bill of health after an undercover TV documentary accused staff of preventing clapping and music in class.

Empty Blackburn lap-dance club faces bulldozer

Lancashire Telegraph:

5:00pm Tuesday 15th July 2014

PLANS to demolish the former Velvet Lounge, briefly Blackburn’s only naked lap-dancing club, will be debated by councillors on Thursday.

Decision on women bishops welcomed in East Lancashire

Lancashire Telegraph:

9:25am Tuesday 15th July 2014

THE leader of Lancashire’s Anglicans, the Right Reverend Julian Henderson, has hailed yesterday’s vote for women bishops in the Church of England as ‘a historic step’.

TV probe into Islamic Blackburn primary school aired

Lancashire Telegraph:

11:00am Tuesday 15th July 2014

THE undercover TV documentary featuring Blackburn’s Muslim Olive Primary school was aired last night.

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