COUNCIL bosses in Burnley are teaming up with their counterparts in Pendle and Rossendale to create a food hygiene partnership.

Town halls have been encouraged to make more commitments to joint working and an initial meeting was set with six authorities.

Burnley and Pendle led the way, sending staff on a training course in October.

Representatives from Rossendale attended a November follow-up meeting and a joint agreement was drawn up.

Small to medium sized business across the three boroughs will be the focus of the joint scheme, along with at least one major enterprise.

It is envisaged that Burnley may be designated as the ‘lead authority’.

Officers from Blackburn and Hyndburn Councils are currently said to be keeping a watching brief on further developments.

Councillors sitting on Burnley’s resources scrutiny committee will be asked to endorse the partnership when they meet on Monday, January 14.