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Blackburn with Darwen Council to axe 300 more jobs

Lancashire Telegraph:

8:45am Friday 19th September 2014

BLACKBURN with Darwen Council is to axe another 300 town hall jobs.

War declared on illegal Blackburn with Darwen posters

Lancashire Telegraph:

9:34am Thursday 18th September 2014

TOUGH action to crack down on ‘unsightly and dangerous’ illegal advertising hoardings in Blackburn with Darwen is on the way.

Travellers in new bid to expand Blackburn site

Lancashire Telegraph: The site in Blackburn

9:00am Thursday 18th September 2014

THE row over the growth of a controversial travellers’ caravan park in Blackburn will be reignited tonight.

Proposal for 92 flats at former Ewood mill site under scrutiny

Lancashire Telegraph:

3:20pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

PROPOSALS for a new specialist development for older people in Ewood are set to move a step closer tomorrow.

Rossendale Labour candidate set to face UKIP challenge in by-election

Lancashire Telegraph:

1:56pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

ROSSENDALE councillor Liz McInnes will fight a key by-election for Labour next month.

Scottish independence would be bad for business in East Lancashire, company bosses believe

Lancashire Telegraph:

12:00pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

SCOTTISH independence and the uncertainty it will cause would be bad for business and jobs in East Lancashire, company bosses believe.

Council urging more Blackburn with Darwen residents to use growing online services

Lancashire Telegraph:

3:50pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

RESIDENTS are being urged to go online to access Blackburn with Darwen council services in a new campaign as the number using the borough’s digital portals rises.

East Lancs Muslims ‘angry’ over jihadist kidnap

Lancashire Telegraph:

10:46am Tuesday 16th September 2014

WORSHIPPERS at East Lancashire mosques who gave money to the aid convoy to Syria, one of whose workers now faces beheading, will be ‘angry’ and ‘gutted’ by his seizure by the jihadists.

Controversial plan to turn former Blackburn bakery into Muslim school gets the nod

Lancashire Telegraph: Positivity needed

9:23am Tuesday 16th September 2014

A CONTROVERSIAL scheme to turn a former bakery into a religious school for Muslim children with learning difficulties is back on the agenda.

Traffic lights scheme bids to end East Lancs congestion misery

Lancashire Telegraph: traffic jam stock

11:38am Monday 8th September 2014

WORK to end the traffic jam ‘nightmare’ at the M65 roundabout between Guide and Belthorn will move a step closer on Thursday.

Traffic lights off M65 Junction 5 set for green light

Lancashire Telegraph: HOLD-UP: Traffic queuing on the exit slip road at junction five of the M65

6:00am Monday 8th September 2014

WORK to end the traffic jam ‘nightmare’ at the M65 roundabout between Guide and Belthorn will come a step closer on Thursday.

Charity wins £13,000 boost to support young mums in Blackburn

Lancashire Telegraph: BABY: Teenage pregnancies have fallen dramatically

2:44pm Sunday 7th September 2014

A CHARITY that works in deprived communities across the UK has won funding to offer help to young mums in Blackburn.

Blackburn model aircraft man's legal challenge grounded for now

Lancashire Telegraph: Michael Parkinson faces removal from Pleasington playing fields by police if he flies his model aircraft there in the latest twist to an 18-month dogfight.

12:30pm Saturday 6th September 2014

MODEL aircraft enthusiast Michael Parkinson’s legal bid to shoot down a council ban on flying his planes on public land failed to get off the ground yesterday.

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.

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