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Northern Powerhouse plan based around Manchester could be bad news for Blackburn and Burnley

Lancashire Telegraph:

10:48am Thursday 3rd September 2015

THE government’s Northern Powerhouse plan based around Greater Manchester could be bad news for Blackburn and Burnley, university researchers have warned.

Blackburn Cathedral Quarter’s Premier Inn Hotel building sold for £5million

Lancashire Telegraph:

12:50pm Thursday 3rd September 2015

BLACKBURN Cathedral Quarter’s Premier Inn Hotel building has been sold by the developer for almost £5million, it was announced last night.

These are the faces of the Blackburn Mall security guards who could save your life

Lancashire Telegraph:

2:04pm Wednesday 2nd September 2015

THESE are the faces of the shopping centre security guards who could save your life.

Worried Blackburn grandmother calling for urgent action to clear up waste ground

Lancashire Telegraph:

11:06am Wednesday 2nd September 2015

WORRIED grandmother Freda Jackson is calling for urgent action to clear up a overgrown patch of waste ground which she fears is a health hazard and danger to local children.

Fears for council jobs as controversial £37m outsourcing deal looms

Lancashire Telegraph:

5:00am Wednesday 2nd September 2015

SENIOR Burnley councillors will tomorrow give the green light to a controversial £37 million outsourcing deal affecting 125 town hall jobs.

Plans to move 80-year-old Post Office half a mile up hill spark wave of protest

Lancashire Telegraph:

5:00am Wednesday 2nd September 2015

PLANS to move an 80-year-old Post Office half a mile up a hill have sparked a wave of protest.

Ex-Corrie actress and X-Factor semi-finalist join forces in new play

Lancashire Telegraph:

2:48pm Tuesday 1st September 2015

EAST Lancashire stars Diana Vickers and Wendi Peters are returning to their industrial northern roots for the world premiere of a new play on the London stage.

PILING UP: 14 fly-tipping incidents EVERY DAY in Blackburn with Darwen last year

Lancashire Telegraph:

5:00am Tuesday 1st September 2015

THERE were 14 fly-tipping incidents EVERY DAY in Blackburn with Darwen last year — as the number of incidents almost doubled.

Blackburn chosen as launch venue for major national celebration

Lancashire Telegraph:

3:05pm Thursday 27th August 2015

BLACKBURN has been chosen as the launch venue for a major national celebration of manufacturing, arts and crafts.

IT'S NOT OVER YET: Blackburn motorists face another weekend of traffic chaos

Lancashire Telegraph: 13-week roadworks scheme is announced for major junction

5:00am Thursday 27th August 2015

BLACKBURN motorists face another weekend of traffic chaos as National Grid engineers close Grimshaw Park between the town centre and Haslingden Road for two days.

Blackburn's Queen Victoria statue and brand new Premier Inn shining bright and white

Lancashire Telegraph:

12:40pm Thursday 27th August 2015

QUEEN Victoria is shining bright and white, the signs are on the Premier Inn walls and the beds are being taken into the hotel’s 60 bedrooms as Blackburn’s £34 million Cathedral Quarter takes shape.

No end in sight for water bug safety alert across Lancashire

Lancashire Telegraph:

1:36pm Wednesday 26th August 2015

UNITED Utilities has refused to give an end date for the boil-water alert for 300,000 customers in Lancashire, as criticism of handling of the crisis grew.

Situation in Far East ‘is unlikely to impact’ on our East Lancashire's firms

Lancashire Telegraph:

1:25pm Wednesday 26th August 2015

EAST Lancashire business bosses and politicians were today keeping their fingers crossed that the Chinese stock-market crash would not hit the local economy and residents’ pockets.

Job fear as Blackburn taxi drivers to be hit by new costs

Lancashire Telegraph:

1:02pm Wednesday 26th August 2015

ANGRY Blackburn taxi drivers representatives will meet council bosses twice in the next few weeks to oppose plans to raise the costs of a Hackney licence and bring in a new penalty points system for mechanical vehicle safety.

Burnley hits back over ‘Blackburn best’ claim

Lancashire Telegraph:

1:30pm Wednesday 26th August 2015

BLACKBURN has been named the best place to live in Britain with Burnley coming 60th out of 64 towns and cities.

Tories urged to ‘save rural bus services’ in Lancashire

Lancashire Telegraph:

12:50pm Tuesday 25th August 2015

LANCASHIRE’S transport boss John Fillis has warned that key rural bus services are again under threat without an injection of government cash.

United Utilities engineers ‘working round the clock’ to end parasite water scare

Lancashire Telegraph:

12:14pm Tuesday 25th August 2015

UNITED Utilities last night promised its Lancashire customers hit by a microscopic parasite in their water that its engineers were ‘working round the clock’ to end the scare.

Local company help prepare Dismaland site for latest Banksy project

Lancashire Telegraph:

4:17pm Monday 24th August 2015

FAMOUS and elusive street and graffiti artist Banksy can thank an East Lancashire landscape firm for his runaway Weston-super-Mare success Dismaland.

Nightsafe lifeline opens shop in Blackburn to further help those in need

Lancashire Telegraph:

4:12pm Monday 24th August 2015

SHOPPERS at a Blackburn retail centre can now pop into a special unit run by charity Nightsafe to help make life safer for the town’s homeless youngsters.

Sophie Lancaster's story and anti-hate crime message set for TV

Lancashire Telegraph:

4:06pm Monday 24th August 2015

THE mother of murdered East Lancashire goth Sophie Lancaster will be taking comfort today, on the eighth anniversary of her death, that her campaign to end such hate-crimes is to hit the TV screens soon.

Pendle to get mobile ‘pop-up’ recycling vehicles in bid to improve waste collection

Lancashire Telegraph: The ‘Recycle+’ system is part of the Council’s work to increase recycling rates in the borough, to help hit the Welsh Government’s strict statutory targets for recycling and composting.

3:54pm Monday 24th August 2015

PENDLE is to get mobile ‘pop-up’ recycling vehicles in a bid to improve waste collection in the borough.

Water bug measures set to be lifted across Lancashire

Lancashire Telegraph:

11:10am Monday 24th August 2015

UNITED Utilities bosses and scientists could make the decision to lift its ‘boil water’ alert for at least some parts of Lancashire affected by a microscopic bug as early as tomorrow.

Reckless Blackburn thieves cause major delays after risking their lives by targeting railway cables

Lancashire Telegraph:

5:00am Monday 24th August 2015

RECKLESS cable thieves targeted Blackburn’s railway network twice in 24 hours causing massive disruption and putting their own lives at risk.

Lightning and flooding hits homes as storms wreak havoc across Lancashire

Lancashire Telegraph:

7:20am Monday 24th August 2015

A TERRIFIED pensioner was forced to flee her home after it was struck by a “freak” bolt of lightning.

Blackburn funeral firm provides rare Rolls Royce hearse for Cilla Black

Lancashire Telegraph:

5:00am Saturday 22nd August 2015

THE Rolls-Royce hearse which took Cilla Black to her final resting place in her home city of Liverpool came from Blackburn.

Demolition finally starts on former council care home in Darwen

Lancashire Telegraph:

5:00am Saturday 22nd August 2015

DEMOLITION has finally started on the former council Greenways care home in Darwen with hopes high for a replacement facility for the elderly.

TRIPLE TRAGEDY: Gran who lost two children now fighting to get specialist care for husband with dementia

Lancashire Telegraph:

5:00am Saturday 22nd August 2015

A GRANDMOTHER who lost two children in tragic circumstances is fighting her third heartbreaking battle.

Homegrown celebrities join a glittering cast for Cilla Black’s final journey

Lancashire Telegraph:

11:32am Friday 21st August 2015

FRIENDS of Cilla Black from East Lancashire joined family members and fans at her funeral in Liverpool yesterday.

New Burnley medical school set to open its doors

Lancashire Telegraph:

11:27am Friday 21st August 2015

BURNLEY’S new medical school will open its doors to its first group of 35 would-be doctors next month.

More roadworks set to affect Blackburn town centre drivers

Lancashire Telegraph:

5:00am Friday 21st August 2015

ANOTHER key street in Blackburn centre will close for a week from Monday.

Late-night anti social behaviour in Darwen park being targeted by police

Lancashire Telegraph:

5:00am Friday 21st August 2015

A ‘PEAK’ of late-night anti social behaviour and nuisance in a Darwen park is being targeted by police.

GOOD NEIGHBOURS 2015: Blackburn with Darwen ‘heroes next door’ honoured at awards

Lancashire Telegraph:

11:18am Thursday 20th August 2015

BLACKBURN with Darwen’s ‘best neighbours’ have been found and celebrated at a special event at King George’s Hall.

Blackburn man attacked another male with machete after row over electric toothbrush

Lancashire Telegraph:

11:00am Thursday 20th August 2015

A 52-YEAR-OLD man attacked another male with a machete after a row over an electric toothbrush.

TRAFFIC MISERY: Blackburn road users left frustrated as work continues on route

Lancashire Telegraph:

5:00pm Thursday 20th August 2015

OVER-RUNNING road works on the main route into Blackburn centre from Whitebirk’s Junction Six of the M65 are causing continuing traffic misery for drivers and traders.

HORRIFIC: Steaming rubbish dumped in giant heap sparks ‘hazardous’ waste alert

Lancashire Telegraph:

5:00am Thursday 20th August 2015

STEAMING rubbish dumped in a giant heap on a former mill has sparked a ‘hazardous’ waste alert.

Re-think pledge over axed Blackburn youth shelter

Lancashire Telegraph:

2:44pm Wednesday 19th August 2015

SENIOR councillors promised to look at the possibility of creating a new youth shelter in Mill Hill as they confirmed the original in the ward would not be replaced.

Ribble Valley MP calls for action over price of milk

Lancashire Telegraph:

12:34pm Tuesday 18th August 2015

RIBBLE Valley MP Nigel Evans has written to the grocery industry ‘Tsar’ Christine Tacon urging urgent action over supermarket milk prices before dozens more dairy farmers are forced out of business.

Folk legends reform for one-off concert to mark club’s 50th anniversary

Lancashire Telegraph:

12:20pm Tuesday 18th August 2015

ONE of the pioneering groups of the 1960s and 1970s Lancashire folk revival, The Pendlefolk, will reform for a one-off gig to celebrate 50 years of Burnley Folk Club on Thursday.

Hi-tech ultra-violet light technology being used to kill off bug infecting Lancashire water supply

Lancashire Telegraph:

5:00am Tuesday 18th August 2015

THE latest hi-tech ultra-violet light technology is being used to kill off the last traces of the bug infecting the Lancashire water supply to more than 300,000 homes.

Two councillors clash over ‘savings’ made to housing service for vulnerable

Lancashire Telegraph:

11:15am Monday 17th August 2015

COUNCIL children’s boss Maureen Bateson has described a near 50 per cent cut in annual borough spending on housing support for vulnerable people as ‘frightening’.

Food hygiene shock as nearly 120 outlets deemed in need of ‘urgent’ or ‘major’ improvements

Lancashire Telegraph:

5:00pm Monday 17th August 2015

ALMOST 120 food outlets in East Lancashire have officially been deemed in need of ‘urgent’ or ‘major’ hygiene improvements.

First glimpse of Blackburn’s fantastic new square

Lancashire Telegraph:

9:20am Saturday 15th August 2015

TOWN Centre shoppers and workers can now get their first sight of how the ‘public realm’ of Blackburn’s new Cathedral Quarter will look.

Council to name road in memory of prominent businessman and cricketer

Lancashire Telegraph:

2:40pm Thursday 13th August 2015

PENDLE Council is to name a road in Barnoldswick in memory of prominent East Lancashire businessman and cricketer Ian Scothern.

Fast-tracking fracking plans ‘very alarming’

Lancashire Telegraph:

2:35pm Thursday 13th August 2015

CONTROVERSIAL new proposals to fast-track planning applications to frack for shale gas were announced by the government last night.

Water bug still poses a threat to Lancashire residents

Lancashire Telegraph:

5:00am Thursday 13th August 2015

EAST Lancashire residents in the area affected by a microscopic water-borne bug have been warned they could yet fall ill in the next few days.

Team to patrol borough in vans to catch out people ignoring dog fouling law

Lancashire Telegraph:

11:23am Wednesday 12th August 2015

HYNDBURN Council has employed a new dog warden, Jane Grady, as it steps up its war on canine fouling.

Blackburn taxi drivers want fare deal on points system

Lancashire Telegraph: A cab at high speed on a motorway in an urban area with the lit taxi sign on top of its roof (23462830)

5:00am Tuesday 11th August 2015

BLACKBURN taxi drivers are objecting a new ‘too rigid’ points penalty system for mechanical vehicle safety – claiming it will put many out of business.

Darwen restaurant bosses face huge bill to take down sign

Lancashire Telegraph:

3:30pm Tuesday 11th August 2015

BOSSES at a Darwen restaurant face a bill of thousands of pounds to take down their sign at the insistence of the borough council.

Fly-tippers spark fury as vermin start to move in on Blackburn rubbish site

Lancashire Telegraph:

5:00am Monday 10th August 2015

RESIDENTS are calling for action to stop fly-tipping at a disused bus stop and turning circle which is attracting vermin.

Blackburn with Darwen residents have one of the lowest disposable incomes in Britain

Lancashire Telegraph: CASH: Money is available for community projects

5:00am Monday 10th August 2015

BLACKBURN with Darwen residents have one of the lowest disposable incomes in Britain, according to a new survey.

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