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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.

CARNIVAL PLAZA: Public asked to help name new Blackburn 'festival square'

Lancashire Telegraph:

1:50pm Monday 15th December 2014

RESIDENTS across East Lancashire are being asked to help name a new “festival square” for the county’s premier place of worship.

DEFICIT LOOMING: Twenty jobs to go at Burnley 'superschool'

Lancashire Telegraph:

9:43am Thursday 11th December 2014

A BURNLEY superschool which is only half full is seeking to make 20 members of staff redundant.

Blackburn street FINALLY cleared of rubbish piles - after Lancashire Telegraph intervention...

Lancashire Telegraph:

9:23am Thursday 11th December 2014

BOROUGH workers have finally cleared a Blackburn street of piles of rubbish after two weeks of complaints following the intervention of the Lancashire Telegraph.

East Lancs lesbian couple among first in Britain to convert civil partnership to gay marriage

Lancashire Telegraph:

9:18am Thursday 11th December 2014

AN EAST Lancashire couple are among the first in Britain to convert their civil partnership into a gay marriage.

Petition calls for action to make Blackburn with Darwen a nicer place to live

Lancashire Telegraph:

9:47am Wednesday 10th December 2014

BOROUGH regeneration boss Maureen Bateson has defended the council against a charge that the council is not doing enough to make Blackburn town centre bright and beautiful.

We will stamp the smoking habit out, insist Blackburn with Darwen health bosses

Lancashire Telegraph:

4:40pm Tuesday 9th December 2014

BLACKBURN with Darwen health bosses last night signed up to a Lancashire-wide anti-tobacco strategy.

Parking wardens accused of ‘persecuting’ Blackburn town centre businesses

Lancashire Telegraph:

1:00pm Tuesday 2nd December 2014

CLAIMS borough council parking wardens are have been accused of “persecuting” town centre traders have been made by the president of the Blackburn Chamber of Trade.

Approval given for ‘ugly’ extension at Blackburn school

Lancashire Telegraph:

9:40am Monday 1st December 2014

COUNCILLORS have given the go-ahead for an expanding Blackburn school to get a state-of-the-art £700,000 new building, despite a row over its “ugly” appearance.

Excitement builds as Blackburn regeneration takes shape

Lancashire Telegraph:

9:16am Monday 1st December 2014

BLACKBURN’S Clergy Court is rising from the Cathedral Quarter building site and the town’s new leisure centre replacing Waves is close to completion.

Barrowford Primary collecting selection boxes and advent calendars for children

Lancashire Telegraph:

2:10pm Friday 28th November 2014

A PENDLE school has set up its own foodbank as the first step into creating a charity to help local families.

Work on £4.8m Blackburn link road scheme rescheduled

Lancashire Telegraph: Roadworks pedestrians footpath direction sign

2:03pm Friday 28th November 2014

WORK on the £4.8m link road scheme to speed traffic in and out of Blackburn has had to be rescheduled because of a hitch in buying a key parcel of land.

Blackburn businessman calls for council action over fly-tipping

Lancashire Telegraph:

9:33am Thursday 27th November 2014

BLACKBURN businessman Peter Lovett is calling for tougher action to tackle fly-tipping in the alleyway behind his shop in Mill Hill.

Inspectors to look over plans for 4,000 executive-style Blackburn homes

Lancashire Telegraph:

7:00am Thursday 27th November 2014

A GOVERNMENT planning inspector will publicly examine Blackburn with Darwen Council’s planning strategy, including proposals for 4,000 executive-style homes on greenfield sites, next week.

Darwen ‘granny’ bungalow gets approval despite protests

Lancashire Telegraph:

4:20pm Tuesday 25th November 2014

A DARWEN family have been given planning permission to build a ‘granny’ bungalow in their garden despite a bitter row over the protection of nearby trees.

Blackburn sports club appeals for more members

Lancashire Telegraph: Iqbal Bhai, Bangor Street’s community development officer.

3:58pm Tuesday 25th November 2014

A new sports community club has launched to get children active is appealing for more young pe0ple to come along and join in the fun.

BACK TO THE FUTURE: Face of Blackburn Central Library revealed

Lancashire Telegraph:

9:53am Tuesday 25th November 2014

BLACKBURN Central Library’s Town Hall Street frontage was yesterday revealed in all its ‘Back to the Future’ glory as the scaffolding which has covered it for months came down.

Police to spearhead Blackburn with Darwen road safety initiative

Lancashire Telegraph:

9:43am Tuesday 25th November 2014

POLICE and Blackburn with Darwen Council are to run an anti-speeding campaign this Christmas in response to residents’ concerns.

Century-old 'time capsule' discovered in Blackburn

Lancashire Telegraph:

9:40am Tuesday 25th November 2014

BLACKBURN’S historic Spiritualist Church is seeking to find an appropriate home for the contents of a 1901 ‘time capsule’ found when the original building was demolished.

NHS strike leads to East Lancashire appointments review

Lancashire Telegraph:

9:29am Tuesday 25th November 2014

EAST Lancashire NHS Hospitals Trust has been forced to reschedule 85 appointments at its main Blackburn and Burnley sites because of yesterday’s four-hour strike by staff over pay.

Blackburn neighbours protest against mental health HQ development

Lancashire Telegraph: PICTURE POSED BY MODEL..File photo dated 31/07/14 of a woman showing signs of depression, as a charity warned that local authorities in England are spending "unacceptably low" amounts on mental health prevention services compared to physical hea

9:59am Monday 24th November 2014

NEARBY residents have tried to put a spoke in the wheel of plans for East Lancashire’s new mental health headquarters.

Plans for new caravan site in Lower Darwen spark protest

Lancashire Telegraph:

9:36am Monday 24th November 2014

A MOVE by the new owner of land in Lower Darwen to install four live-in caravans for his family has produced a protest petition signed by more than 500 people.

Exchange sale set to kickstart Blackburn with Darwen retail plan

Lancashire Telegraph:

12:00pm Saturday 22nd November 2014

BLACKBURN with Darwen council is to buy the neighbouring Exchange Building to boost its chances of luring a flagship upmarket shopping development for the old market site.

East Lancashire MPs’ joy as BAE lands fighter deal

Lancashire Telegraph:

10:10am Friday 21st November 2014

EAST Lancashire MPs Jack Straw and Nigel Evans have welcomed the news that BAE Systems has won a £365 million contract for advanced radar equipment for Eurofighter Typhoon.

Peers full of praise for work of vulnerable adults partnership

Lancashire Telegraph:

3:36pm Wednesday 19th November 2014

A NEW partnership to help vulnerable adults in Blackburn and Darwen turn around their lives has been singled out for praise in the Parliament.

East Lancashire Hospitals staff dismissed over breaches of Data Protection Act

Lancashire Telegraph:

6:00am Tuesday 18th November 2014

EAST Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust had 11 cases of 'snooping' staff illegally accessing confidential patient records over three years, two so serious the individuals were dismissed, it has been revealed.

East Lancashire mental health HQ moves step closer after 7-year hitch

Lancashire Telegraph: PICTURE POSED BY MODEL..File photo dated 31/07/14 of a woman showing signs of depression, as a charity warned that local authorities in England are spending "unacceptably low" amounts on mental health prevention services compared to physical hea

11:14am Monday 17th November 2014

EAST Lancashire's new mental health headquarters has moved a step closer.

East Lancs cricket legend in ‘race abuse’ probe

Lancashire Telegraph:

6:00am Saturday 15th November 2014

LANCASHIRE League record run scorer Mike Ingham is set to quit playing cricket claiming he has been sacked as second team captain of Haslingden Cricket Club after a ‘farce of a disciplinary inquiry’.

East Lancs MPs to vote for EU Arrest Warrant

Lancashire Telegraph: MP Jack Straw

3:03pm Friday 14th November 2014

BLACKBURN Labour MP Jack Straw and his Burnley LibDem counterpart Gordon Birtwistle have backed keeping the European Arrest Warrant as vital to bringing to justice East Lancashire criminals who flee abroad.

We must unite in war on child sexual exploitation in East Lancashire, insist leaders

Lancashire Telegraph:

9:35am Thursday 13th November 2014

IT is everybody's responsibility to tackle child sexual exploitation to build on the success of East Lancashire's 'Engage' team in tackling 'gang grooming' was the message of a major conference yesterday.

Former Blackburn bus depot set to house the homeless

Lancashire Telegraph:

9:20am Thursday 13th November 2014

THE semi-derelict former Transdev/Lancashire United bus depot in Blackburn town centre could be brought back into life as a charity and recycling centre.

Blackburn road misery set to ease before Christmas

Lancashire Telegraph:

9:14am Thursday 13th November 2014

WORK to ease Blackburn's roadworks misery before Christmas is ahead of schedule.

East Lancs MP embarking on junket throughout region to discuss decisions affecting residents

Lancashire Telegraph: ANDREW STEPHENSON

3:05pm Wednesday 12th November 2014

PENDLE MP Andrew Stephenson will today (Wednesday Nov 12) visit the Open Door stall on Burnley Open Market at 10am.

East Lancashire road chiefs all set for big chill

Lancashire Telegraph:

9:39am Wednesday 12th November 2014

EAST Lancashire's road bosses say they are braced for winter with mountains of grit and salt stockpiled.

East Lancashire's specialist 'Engage' team winning war on gang groomers

Lancashire Telegraph:

6:00am Wednesday 12th November 2014

EAST Lancashire's specialist 'Engage' team is winning the war on gang groomers on our streets, new evidence reveals.

VIDEO: Gunners-fan bishop in pledge to back Clarets

Lancashire Telegraph:

12:53pm Monday 10th November 2014

LIFELONG Arsenal fan Philip North had split loyalties when his team beat the Clarets three-nil last Saturday just six day before being announced as the new Bishop of Burnley.

Lancashire County Council chiefs explore 'combined authority' to save cash

Lancashire Telegraph: Filed photo dated 18/09/12 of money as rent, council tax and utility bill arrears often have just as damaging an impact on people as payday loans, according to a new 'harm index' designed to reveal the depth of the stress and anguish caused by deb

9:24am Friday 7th November 2014

LANCASHIRE'S council leaders are examining the creation of a single 'combined authority' for the county to save cash.

Stone-paved Blackburn street replaced after 30-year battle by residents

Lancashire Telegraph:

6:00am Thursday 6th November 2014

ONE of a handful of remaining stone-paved streets in Blackburn is being ripped up and replaced after a 30-year battle by residents.

Blackburn Central Library goes 'back to the future' in facelift

Lancashire Telegraph:

1:35pm Wednesday 5th November 2014

THIS month scaffolding will start to come down outside Blackburn’s landmark Central Library revealing its new frontage in its ‘Back to the Future’ glory.

Archbishop of York vows to help bid for funds to complete Blackburn Cathedral Quarter plans

Lancashire Telegraph:

1:05pm Wednesday 5th November 2014

THE Archbishop of York has promised to pray for the successful completion of Blackburn’s £33 million Cathedral Quarter.

List of £15m in ‘nasty cuts’ for Lancashire County Council chiefs

Lancashire Telegraph:

9:32am Wednesday 5th November 2014

LANCASHIRE County Council bosses will be given a list of ‘nasty’ cuts, including scrapping rural bus subsidies and closing far-flung libraries when they meet tomorrow.

Baroness Massey: Treat the under-18s as children

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

5:20pm Monday 3rd November 2014

EAST Lancashire peer Baroness Massey has war-ned too many children don’t trust the police because they are treated as ‘small adults’.

Royal visit honours Ribble Valley First World War fallen

Lancashire Telegraph:

5:05pm Thursday 30th October 2014

AN ambitious scheme to plant oak trees in memory of the Ribble Valley’s First World War fallen will be topped off by a Royal visit next month.

Lancashire ‘one of the worst counties in England’ for persecution of birds of prey

Lancashire Telegraph:

5:00pm Thursday 30th October 2014

LANCASHIRE has been named as ‘one of the worst counties in England’ for the persecution of birds of prey and rare species.

Ribble Valley residents warming to home insulation deal

Lancashire Telegraph:

3:30pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

THIRTY Ribble Valley families in a hard-to-heat village street are now as warm as toast thanks to a pioneering scheme that could be repeated across the borough.

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