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‘Death trap’ Blackburn YMCA to be demolished

Lancashire Telegraph:

4:33pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

COUNCILLORS have approved plans to knock down the Edinburgh House YMCA in Clarence Street, Shear Brow.

Clash over Blackburn with Darwen Council’s unused £400K

Lancashire Telegraph: GUILTY: A Llandeilo man has admitted falsely claiming £4,861 in Housing and Council Tax benefits.

5:30pm Monday 20th October 2014

A POLITICAL row has broken out over how to spend £400,000 saved from Blackburn with Darwen Council’s education budget.

‘Disappointment’ at Clitheroe Community Hospital delays

Lancashire Telegraph:

5:11pm Monday 20th October 2014

WORK to reopen part of the new Clitheroe Community Hospital won’t be completed until late December according to bosses.

Lancashire PCC plans to sack deputy and assistants

Lancashire Telegraph:

10:04am Saturday 18th October 2014

LANCASHIRE Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw has put forward shock plans to restructure his office including dispensing with his deputy and three assistants.

X Factor twins Jedward chosen to switch on Blackburn Christmas lights

Lancashire Telegraph:

9:52am Friday 17th October 2014

X FACTOR twins Jedward will turn on Blackburn’s Christmas lights this year, it has been announced.

VIDEO: Blackburn town centre redevelopment starting to take shape

Lancashire Telegraph:

1:00pm Friday 17th October 2014

THE 70ft of steelwork for Blackburn’s new hotel now towers above the town centre as the £33 million Cathedral Quarter starts to rise from the ground.

Lancashire County Council senior job cuts to save £300m

Lancashire Telegraph:

10:34am Thursday 16th October 2014

LANCASHIRE County Council is scrapping 157 senior posts on salaries from £40,000 to £170,000 as it seeks to save £300 million by 2017.

Local Blackburn celebrities make tracks to 1980s club night

Lancashire Telegraph:

2:17pm Wednesday 15th October 2014

TWO famous old Black-burnians have come together to bring a touch of 1980s club culture to their home town next month.

One in 20 Lancashire calls to 101 go unanswered

Lancashire Telegraph:

9:25am Wednesday 15th October 2014

ONE in 20 calls to the 101 non-emergency telephone call service for Lancashire police are still not being answered before callers hang up.

Blackburn e-cigarette company set to expand Mill Hill premises

Lancashire Telegraph:

9:51am Tuesday 14th October 2014

BLACKBURN-based e-cigarette company Totally Wicked proposes to expand its Mill Hill premises to meet growing demand for its products.

Darwen MP Jake Berry at loggerheads with Will Straw over independence from Blackburn

Lancashire Telegraph: MP Jake Berry

3:40pm Friday 10th October 2014

DARWEN MP Jake Berry is at loggerheads with his Labour challenger Will Straw over giving the town independence from Blackburn.

440 managers to be axed at BAE

Lancashire Telegraph:

9:51am Friday 10th October 2014

NEWS that almost 300 BAE Systems managerial posts at Samlesbury and Warton are to be axed has ‘dismayed’ Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans.

William Hague in election battlecry at opening of new £500k East Lancs offices

Lancashire Telegraph:

12:15pm Thursday 9th October 2014

CABINET minister William Hague said the economic recovery in East Lancashire would help Conservative MPs Andrew Stephenson and Jake Berry keep their seats at next year’s General Election.

IPCC will consider alleged misconduct of Lancashire deputy crime chief

Lancashire Telegraph:

9:18am Thursday 9th October 2014

THE Independent Police Complaints Commission has taken charge of the investigation into alleged misconduct by Blackburn politician Ibrahim Master.

Venky’s to make Blackburn Rovers into private company

Lancashire Telegraph: Rovers Trust have moved to bring Ewood Park into the community by making the ground an ACV

6:00am Thursday 9th October 2014

BLACKBURN Rovers owners Venky’s are to turn the club from a public limited company to a private one.

Controversial Hallowe’en event organisers promise the ‘scariest year yet’

Lancashire Telegraph:

3:40pm Wednesday 8th October 2014

RIBBLE Valley’s controversial scream park is back for its sixth year promising a scarier-than-ever experience.

SPLISH SPLASH: New Blackburn water attraction set to open ahead of schedule

Lancashire Telegraph:

6:00am Wednesday 8th October 2014

WORK on installing new yellow and purple fun flumes as the centepieces of Blackburn’s new swimming pool is underway.

More major Blackburn road repairs on the way

Lancashire Telegraph:

6:00am Wednesday 8th October 2014

ANOTHER major Blackburn road will close for a week on Tuesday, but coun-cil boss Maureen Bateson has ensured essential maintenance will be done at night.

Controversial Blackburn residents parking scheme to be reviewed by council bosses

Lancashire Telegraph:

2:39pm Tuesday 7th October 2014

SHEAR Brow’s controversial residents parking scheme will be reviewed by council bosses before Christmas.

Local businessmen buy award-winning brewery as part of expansion plans

Lancashire Telegraph:

2:20pm Tuesday 7th October 2014

A BREWERY that creates some award-winning beers could be set for expansion after it was bought by two brothers.

New state-of-the-art classroom for Blackburn pupils

Lancashire Telegraph:

9:05am Tuesday 7th October 2014

AN expanding Blackburn school is to get a state-of-the-art £700,000 new building for its final year pupils.

Take a look at the first images of Blackburn's future

Lancashire Telegraph:

9:03am Tuesday 7th October 2014

THE drive to fill the new office, restaurant and retail space in Blackburn’s £33 million Cathedral Quarter got under way this week when new images were released of how the town centre will look in December 2016.

Blackburn with Darwen councillors in bid to stop repeat of Rotherham gang-grooming scandal

Lancashire Telegraph:

3:54pm Friday 3rd October 2014

BLACKBURN with Darwen councillors have been warned they have primary responsibility for ensuring that there is no repeat of the Rotherham or Rochdale gang-grooming scandals in the borough.

Half-term chaos fear as Blackburn town centre road to shut for a week

Lancashire Telegraph:

9:01am Friday 3rd October 2014

BLACKBURN town centre faces half-term traffic chaos when Railway Road closes for a week at the end of the month.

Pupils to benefit from new county council lodge

Lancashire Telegraph:

3:38pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

EAST Lancashire yachtsman Andy Hindley told how teenage trips to Windermere inspired his career on the high seas when guest of honour at the opening of the new Tower Wood outdoor education centre building.

Bill Jacobs: Rushed decisions on devolution will be mistakes

Lancashire Telegraph: CONSTITUTIONAL REVOLUTION: Prime Minister David Cameron speaks to the media outside 10 Downing Street, in Westminster, central London, following a no vote in the Scottish independence referendum

3:36pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

‘FOR Southern Tories ‘English votes for English laws’ is a catchy slogan after the Scots rejected independence in last month’s referendum.

Blackburn landmark hit by vandals may be renovated by Lottery funding

Lancashire Telegraph:

3:20pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

WORK has started on a National Lottery cash bid that could see hundreds of thousands of pounds spent on refurbishing the historic conservatory in Blackburn’s Corporation Park.

Ban on smoking in all Lancashire play areas

Lancashire Telegraph:

2:36pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

LANCASHIRE County Council’s health boss Azhar Ali has authorised an extension of its ‘Smokefree Play’ scheme.

Special Blackburn fair to help jobhunters into work

Lancashire Telegraph:

2:13pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

BLACKBURN Jobcentre is holding a special event next week to help over-50s get into work.

Blackburn with Darwen Council supplying all councillors with tablet computers - except one

Lancashire Telegraph:

3:24pm Monday 29th September 2014

BLACKBURN with Darwen Council is spending thousands of pounds supplying tablet computers to all but one of its 64 councillors.

‘Hundreds’ of bodies to be dug up in £4m Blackburn project

Lancashire Telegraph:

3:08pm Monday 29th September 2014

REGENERATION boss Maureen Bateson has admitted Blackburn with Darwen council will not know how many bodies will need to be dug up and reburied for a new £4 million highway until excavations start.

Environment boss slaps down plan to have fortnightly bin collections in Blackburn with Darwen

Lancashire Telegraph: COUN JIM SMITH

6:00pm Saturday 27th September 2014

BOROUGH environment boss Jim Smith has slapped down a proposal to move from weekly to fortnightly rubbish bin collections in Blackburn with Darwen.

East Lancashire ‘will do better with new benefits’

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

10:24am Friday 26th September 2014

THE government’s much-criticised Universal Credit will increase payments to most benefit claimants when it comes to five East Lancashire job centres, welfare reform minister David Freud has promised.

Tiles damaged after yob jumps from staircase on to Blackburn vet surgery roof

Lancashire Telegraph:

2:50pm Thursday 25th September 2014

POLICE are investigating criminal damage to the roof of a Blackburn vet’s surgery at the centre of a four-year planning row.

Blackburn travellers plead for upgrade of ‘dilapidated’ site

Lancashire Telegraph:

9:20am Thursday 25th September 2014

RESIDENTS living on Ewood’s borough-run travellers’ site want action to renovate their ‘dilapidated’ home while major road and construction works take place.

Friends remember Malaysia Airlines Ukraine plane crash victim

Lancashire Telegraph:

10:16am Wednesday 24th September 2014

THE life of former Blackburn journalist Glenn Thomas, killed in the Malaysia Airlines crash in the Ukraine, will be celebrated at a humanist funeral next month.

Number of new shops to open across Blackburn - including Dunelm

Lancashire Telegraph:

6:00am Wednesday 24th September 2014

NATIONAL soft furnishing giant Dunelm will open its first store in Blackburn before Christmas as the flagship of a number of new shops across the town centre.

VIDEO: Blackburn man who travelled with hostage pleads for his release by Jihadist militants

Lancashire Telegraph:

9:18am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

AN East Lancashire community worker who almost joined hostage Alan Henning on December’s aid convoy to Syria has appealed for his release.

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.


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