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PROTESTER: Wealthy people will not come into Blackburn to buy expensive homes

Lancashire Telegraph:

8:30am Monday 26th January 2015

A HOMES protester has told councillors debating a luxury housing development that wealthy people will not come into Blackburn to buy expensive homes.

£2million Blackburn Muslim boarding school will be self financing

Lancashire Telegraph:

6:00am Sunday 25th January 2015

THE principal of an Islamic college granted permission to build a new independent Muslim girls’ boarding school has stressed its strong community links.

Blackburn Cathedral to hold tribute to former canon David Galilee

Lancashire Telegraph:

7:00am Sunday 25th January 2015

THE Church of England in Lancashire will remember one of its key figures for almost two decades with a service at Blackburn Cathedral next week.

Darwen homes bid kicked out over traffic fear

Lancashire Telegraph:

10:00am Saturday 24th January 2015

RESIDENTS’ traffic concerns have persuaded councillors to turn down plans to build two semi-detached homes on an empty plot of land in Sunnyhurst.

Historic collection of documents to remain in county archives

Lancashire Telegraph:

5:02pm Friday 23rd January 2015

A HISTORIC collection of documents covering the period between 1199 and 1947 has been saved for Lancashire.

Lancashire's Police and Crime Commissioner hopes to be re-elected to job

Lancashire Telegraph:

4:52pm Friday 23rd January 2015

LANCASHIRE’S Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw hopes to stand again for his £85,000-a-year job in two years time, whoever wins the May General Election.

High-quality 145-house Blackburn ‘village’ with country green and cafe unveiled

Lancashire Telegraph:

3:56pm Friday 23rd January 2015

A HIGH-QUALITY scheme for a new 145-house ‘village’ complete with country green and cafe south of Blackburn has been unveiled.

Anger as frozen-out Blackburn staff get parking fines

Lancashire Telegraph:

1:00pm Friday 23rd January 2015

A COMPANY boss has condemned ‘over zealous’ traffic wardens who slapped tickets on his workers’ vehicles after they were unable to use the firm’s car park because of icy conditions.

More apprenticeship fairs planned at Accrington Town Hall

Lancashire Telegraph:

2:10pm Thursday 22nd January 2015

MORE apprenticeship fairs at Accrington Town Hall are planned by Hyndburn Council after more than 300 young people attended the latest event.

£95k grant set to benefit Blackburn College pupils

Lancashire Telegraph:

1:48pm Thursday 22nd January 2015

A £95,000 grant will give Blackburn College’s new £5 million motor vehicle centre students key experience to pursue successful careers in the automotive industry.

FIGHT NOT OVER: Anti-fracking campaigners send out warning message

Lancashire Telegraph:

9:38am Thursday 22nd January 2015

EAST Lancashire anti-fracking campaigners have warned the battle to stop the controversial process is not over, despite Lancashire county councillors being urged to block two bids to drill for shale gas on the Fylde Coast.

Concerned coroner to question Highways Agency bosses over M65 lights after deaths

Lancashire Telegraph:

11:16am Wednesday 21st January 2015

CONCERNED coroner Michael Singleton will call Highways Agency bosses before him when he holds a second inquest into M65 crash deaths to ask why they ignored his warnings over lighting.

£5m Blackburn Muslim primary school plan to get go-ahead - despite dozens of objections

Lancashire Telegraph:

1:30pm Wednesday 21st January 2015

TAUHEEDUL Trust’s proposals to build a new £5million Muslim primary school in Blackburn are set for approval tomorrow despite dozens of objections to the scheme.

Proposals for fracking at Lancashire sites 'should be refused'

Lancashire Telegraph: Fracking campaigners’ anger as Government passes bill

9:18am Wednesday 21st January 2015

Proposals for fracking for shale gas at two sites in Lancashire should be refused, planning officers have recommended.

Plan for new Darwen homes sparks protest storm

Lancashire Telegraph:

6:00am Wednesday 21st January 2015

PLANS to build two semi-detached homes on an empty plot of land in Sunnyhurst have caused a storm of protest.

Darwen family offers vital care with scheme

Lancashire Telegraph:

3:30pm Tuesday 20th January 2015

A CARING family and the adults they help care for through a special ‘Shared Lives’ programme have spoken about their experiences.

CONTROVERSY: Social media storm over Darwen flower displays decision

Lancashire Telegraph:

4:00pm Tuesday 20th January 2015

DARWEN Town Council has controversially chosen a different garden centre to provide the flower displays to brighten up its main retail and heritage area.

£2million Blackburn Islamic girls boarding school gets go ahead

Lancashire Telegraph:

7:30am Tuesday 20th January 2015

A £2MILLION Islamic girls boarding school for 400 pupils looks set to be given the go-ahead.

Blackburn with Darwen roads already damaged after £17.5m treatment

Lancashire Telegraph:

6:00am Monday 19th January 2015

THE break-up of a main road in Blackburn with Darwen just six months after it was treated with the latest surfacing technology has raised fears about the effectiveness of the borough’s £17.5million Network Recovery programme.

VICTORY: Notorious M65 junction to be re-lit following serious safety concerns

Lancashire Telegraph:

6:00am Monday 19th January 2015

A NOTORIOUS East Lancashire motorway junction is to be finally re-lit following serious concerns about safety.

£3.4m strategy to tackle Blackburn with Darwen drug and alcohol abuse

Lancashire Telegraph:

1:05pm Saturday 17th January 2015

A £3.4MILLION strategy for tackling drug and alcohol abuse in Blackburn with Darwen will concentrate on prevention and recovery from addiction.

Darwen councillor launches drive to tackle homelessness in town

Lancashire Telegraph:

2:20pm Friday 16th January 2015

SUNNYHURST councillor and town council deputy chairman Pete Hollings has launched a drive to tackle homelessness in the town.

Charlie Hebdo attack: East Lancashire Muslim leaders give their views...

Lancashire Telegraph:

9:51am Friday 16th January 2015

MANY Muslims are upset and angry over French magazine Charlie Hebdo’s use of a new cartoon of Prophet Mohammed on its front cover this week, according to local Islamic leaders.

Possible fracking sites from Blackburn to Burnley to be monitored

Lancashire Telegraph:

9:43am Friday 16th January 2015

INDEPENDENT monitors are set to be drafted in to keep a close eye on two potential fracking sites in Lancashire, it has been confirmed.

£10 million-a-year Blackburn with Darwen outsourcing deal set for re-negotiation

Lancashire Telegraph:

2:12pm Thursday 15th January 2015

THE ground-breaking £10 million-a-year outsourcing deal between Blackburn with Darwen borough and private firm Capita is to be reviewed and re-negotiated, senior councillors will be told tonight.

Blackburn with Darwen bus users in final plea to save service from cuts

Lancashire Telegraph:

2:07pm Thursday 15th January 2015

DISABLED and elderly users of Blackburn with Darwen’s fleet of community transport buses have made a final plea to save the service from council cuts.

East Lancashire bus firms must meet targets to use new lanes

Lancashire Telegraph: Commuters will be able to use their Oyster card on the riverbus for the first time

3:20pm Tuesday 13th January 2015

TOUGH new targets and requirements for smartcard ticketing will be imposed on bus operators using the new £40 million Pennine Reach scheme to speed journeys from Accrington to Blackburn and Darwen.

Councillor believes unspent money from pilot scheme should be used on Darwen flower displays

Lancashire Telegraph: Flowers feature for Living August - Rachel Wilkes (8607678)

11:36am Monday 12th January 2015

DARWEN’S Town Centre Partnership should contribute to the flower displays that brighten up its main retail and heritage area, Sudell councillor Roy Davies believes.

Multi-million pound bid to transform 15 derelict sites into 3,000 homes

Lancashire Telegraph:

8:30am Monday 12th January 2015

A MULTI-MILLION pound bid to turn 15 derelict sites across East Lancashire’s towns into more than 3,000 new homes is set for the government green light later this year.

Blackburn Cathedral's oldest regular worshipper dies - aged 104

Lancashire Telegraph:

4:42pm Thursday 8th January 2015

BLACKBURN Cathedral’s oldest regular worshipper, Dorothy Green, died on Sunday aged 104.

VIDEO: Prime Minister David Cameron backs East Lancashire hospitals fight

Lancashire Telegraph:

9:00am Friday 9th January 2015

DAVID Cameron yesterday backed the campaign to keep ‘the full suite of services’ at East Lancashire’s hospitals.

Vandals cause 'extensive damage' to main Blackburn sports pitch complex

Lancashire Telegraph:

10:20am Thursday 8th January 2015

VANDALS on wheels have caused extensive damage to one of Blackburn’s main sports pitch complexes – the second such incident in East Lancashire in weeks.

Emergency inspection shocks Blackburn school’s headteacher

Lancashire Telegraph:

4:00pm Thursday 8th January 2015

A HEADTEACHER was stunned to find a government inspector on her school’s doorstep inquiring about a “serious incident” four years before.

Eyes will be on East Lancashire battleground come May’s General Election

Lancashire Telegraph: MP Jack Straw

2:03pm Monday 5th January 2015

EAST Lancashire’s seven ‘crucial’ seats will be hard fought in the run up to polling day.

Road safety campaigners angered as Lancashire County Council admits dimming street lights

Lancashire Telegraph:

6:00am Saturday 3rd January 2015

LANCASHIRE County Council has admitted dimming some street lights in order to save money.

NEW ERA: Blackburn Cathedral Quarter site all set to open on time

Lancashire Telegraph:

9:40am Wednesday 31st December 2014

THE handover of the first phase of Blackburn’s £33million Cathedral Quarter is on target for the end of September next year.

East Lancashire recycling rates fall below national average

Lancashire Telegraph:

4:20pm Tuesday 30th December 2014

EAST Lancashire’s seven councils recycle more than a third of household rubbish, below the national average for reclaiming and reusing domestic waste.

Residents fear plan for new Blackburn school is not safe

Lancashire Telegraph:

5:00am Tuesday 30th December 2014

SEVENTY residents have joined together to oppose the Tauheedul Trust’s proposals to build a new primary school in Blackburn.

BID reveals ambitious plans to light up Blackburn town centre

Lancashire Telegraph:

10:20am Monday 29th December 2014

THE new boss of Blackburn’s Business Improvement District (BID) has revealed ambitious plans to light up the town centre next Christmas.

Lancashire Telegraph hospitals campaign breaks landmark barrier - but lots more signatures are needed...

Lancashire Telegraph:

8:00am Saturday 27th December 2014

THE Lancashire Telegraph’s petition to ensure critical hospital services are kept within East Lancashire has broken the 1,000 signature barrier.

Specialist Blackburn school wins approval despite anti-social behaviour and parking fears

Lancashire Telegraph:

7:00am Sunday 28th December 2014

A NEW school for challenging children has been given the green light by councillors despite concerns from nearby residents about anti-social behaviour and parking.

Nursing home resident ‘did not get bath for two weeks’

Lancashire Telegraph:

7:00am Friday 26th December 2014

RIBBLE Valley MP Nigel Evans is to contact the owners of a nursing home to find out what action is being taken after inspectors discovered a resident was not been given a bath for two weeks.

£130million for pothole repairs in Lancashire

Lancashire Telegraph: £286k to spend on potholes

7:00am Friday 26th December 2014

LANCASHIRE County Council and Blackburn with Darwen borough have won a £130 million share of government cash to repair potholes and maintain roads over the next six years.

East Lancs politician vows to return after father alleged she had committed electoral fraud

Lancashire Telegraph: Malcolm Pritchard and his daughter Clare before their fall-out

9:35am Wednesday 24th December 2014

POLITICIAN Clare Pritchard has vowed to return to front-line politics after Crown prosecution chiefs decided not to take her to court.

New link ‘answer to road nightmare’, Blackburn residents told

Lancashire Telegraph:

10:05am Thursday 18th December 2014

ANGRY residents living near an industrial estate have been told a £3 million link road could end their air quality, noise and road safety nightmare.

SICKENING: East Lancashire secure unit strongly condemned by health watchdog in shocking report

Lancashire Telegraph:

9:20am Thursday 18th December 2014

EAST Lancashire’s principal hospital secure unit has been strongly condemned by a health watchdog in a shocking report.

SAVE OUR SERVICES: Health Secretary issues response to Lancashire Telegraph campaign

Lancashire Telegraph:

9:25am Wednesday 17th December 2014

HEALTH Secretary Jeremy Hunt has promised to listen to local opposition to plans to move critical hospital services from east Lancashire.

East Lancashire MPs slam police forces merger call

Lancashire Telegraph: ANNUAL CAMPAIGN: A Cleveland Police officer tests a driver during a previous anti-drink driving campaign.

1:41pm Tuesday 16th December 2014

THE government has been warned by Tory MPs Nigel Evans and Andrew Stephenson against resurrecting plans to merge Lancashire Police with its Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Cumbria neighbours.

East Lancashire councils make £924k as they cash in on car parking

Lancashire Telegraph:

9:41am Tuesday 16th December 2014

FOUR East Lancashire councils made £924,000 out of parking charges in 2013/2014, a new report has revealed.

CRISIS: Ministers label Lancashire enterprise zone 'worst in country'

Lancashire Telegraph:

6:00am Tuesday 16th December 2014

AMBITIOUS plans for a multi-million pound 'Skills City' for Lancashire, creating 6,000 hi-tech jobs, were in crisis today after being branded 'the worst in the country' by government ministers.

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