Burnley in running for growth award

Burnley Council’s Chief Executive, Steve Rumbelow

Burnley Council’s Chief Executive, Steve Rumbelow

First published in News This Is Lancashire: Photograph of the Author by

BURNLEY Council is in the running for a top award just months after the town was named the most enterprising in the UK by the Government.

The Local Government Chronicle has nominated the authority for its Driving Growth Award in recognition of ‘the impact the council’s initiatives are having on the local economy’.

AMS Neve managing director Mark Crabtree, who picked up an OBE in the New Year’s Honours, said being shortlisted was proof that Burnley was changing ‘out of all recognition’.

The awards’ organisers received a record 660 submissions from more then 200 organisations.

Judges praised the council for its ambition and for its ‘positive working relationships with local businesses’.

Burnley was named the most enterprising area of the UK by the Government in August.

It capped a memorable year with work starting on the Burnley Bridge business park and the opening of East Lancashire’s first university technology college at the former Victoria Mill.

Council Leader Julie Cooper said: “I’m delighted Burnley Council has been shortlisted for this major award.

“The council is committed to securing economic growth for Burnley and plays a major role in developing the right infrastructure and environment in which our businesses can thrive.

Mr Crabtree said: “Burnley is changing out of all recognition and intends to build on its winning formula.

“The council’s relation-ship with local business leaders has generated a dramatic culture change.

“The council’s ambition to develop the town’s high-quality manufacturing base, to realise major infrastructure projects and create a business-friendly environment is embedded in its organisational culture and long may it continue.”

Burnley business leaders are working with the council on a major event in London in April.

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9:15pm Tue 14 Jan 14

rumblesteveskin says...

"Burnley in running for growth award"

AND IN OTHER NEWS:


Burnley people cannot afford to feed themselves so they have to turn to stealing food.
Festive shoplifting at a seven-year low in Burnley, but food related thefts increase
"Burnley in running for growth award" AND IN OTHER NEWS: Burnley people cannot afford to feed themselves so they have to turn to stealing food. Festive shoplifting at a seven-year low in Burnley, but food related thefts increase rumblesteveskin
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9:18pm Tue 14 Jan 14

rumblesteveskin says...

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3:02pm Fri 17 Jan 14

TheCaveman says...

Let's see - an anti-car council, business rates that often exceed rents available for business premises, high and ever-increasing council tax, a depressed and under-resourced collection of council officers under threat from redundancies, an overworked planning department delaying developments, and daily headlines largely made up of reports on deaths, fights, assaults, robberies, poisoned schoolgirls. It does have some nice views from the
collection of ivory towers though....
Let's see - an anti-car council, business rates that often exceed rents available for business premises, high and ever-increasing council tax, a depressed and under-resourced collection of council officers under threat from redundancies, an overworked planning department delaying developments, and daily headlines largely made up of reports on deaths, fights, assaults, robberies, poisoned schoolgirls. It does have some nice views from the collection of ivory towers though.... TheCaveman
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5:54pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Darren Reynolds says...

TheCaveman wrote:
Let's see - an anti-car council, business rates that often exceed rents available for business premises, high and ever-increasing council tax, a depressed and under-resourced collection of council officers under threat from redundancies, an overworked planning department delaying developments, and daily headlines largely made up of reports on deaths, fights, assaults, robberies, poisoned schoolgirls. It does have some nice views from the
collection of ivory towers though....
1. "an anti-car council" - it's not an anti-car council. It's a council that couldn't afford to function without the £1m+ per annum car parking charges it rakes in. If the charges were abolished Council Tax would have to go up about 16% to compensate. Or they could close a few services.

2. "high and ever-increasing council tax, a depressed and under-resourced collection of council officers under threat from redundancies" - well, yes. See 1.

3. "business rates that often exceed rents available for business premises" - I know you're not suggesting the rates are decided by the council, but just to be clear to everyone, the percentages are set nationally and the rateable values are determined independently by the Valuation Agency.

4. "an overworked planning department delaying developments" - you're bob on there. They would do the town a service to lower their thresholds for approval.

5. "daily headlines" - the problem here is more the headlines than the stories they describe, which in turn is down to us. We buy newspapers and read stories with headlines like that. What we ought to do is read stories about the battle with cancer or Alzheimers, because that's what's going to get you and me, not the stuff the papers are full of.
[quote][p][bold]TheCaveman[/bold] wrote: Let's see - an anti-car council, business rates that often exceed rents available for business premises, high and ever-increasing council tax, a depressed and under-resourced collection of council officers under threat from redundancies, an overworked planning department delaying developments, and daily headlines largely made up of reports on deaths, fights, assaults, robberies, poisoned schoolgirls. It does have some nice views from the collection of ivory towers though....[/p][/quote]1. "an anti-car council" - it's not an anti-car council. It's a council that couldn't afford to function without the £1m+ per annum car parking charges it rakes in. If the charges were abolished Council Tax would have to go up about 16% to compensate. Or they could close a few services. 2. "high and ever-increasing council tax, a depressed and under-resourced collection of council officers under threat from redundancies" - well, yes. See 1. 3. "business rates that often exceed rents available for business premises" - I know you're not suggesting the rates are decided by the council, but just to be clear to everyone, the percentages are set nationally and the rateable values are determined independently by the Valuation Agency. 4. "an overworked planning department delaying developments" - you're bob on there. They would do the town a service to lower their thresholds for approval. 5. "daily headlines" - the problem here is more the headlines than the stories they describe, which in turn is down to us. We buy newspapers and read stories with headlines like that. What we ought to do is read stories about the battle with cancer or Alzheimers, because that's what's going to get you and me, not the stuff the papers are full of. Darren Reynolds
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6:13pm Fri 17 Jan 14

TheCaveman says...

Hi Darren - you're evidently of a similar mind but I would add -

1. Anti car council - there used to be loads of places you could park for free, especially short term 20 minute spots so as a businessman I could visit the bank or the post office (what post office?) - the council have pretty much mopped those up over the years, so I don't go into Burnley by choice any more.......
3. Yes, the rates are largely down to the government - but the rents are not. Take a walk down places like Oxford Road that had many shops, Duke Bar and Standish Street that used to be full of shops and now you can't give them away.
5 - I'm sticking with this one - mind you, I reckon if bad news were banned for say 6 months the entire economy would pick up!!
Hi Darren - you're evidently of a similar mind but I would add - 1. Anti car council - there used to be loads of places you could park for free, especially short term 20 minute spots so as a businessman I could visit the bank or the post office (what post office?) - the council have pretty much mopped those up over the years, so I don't go into Burnley by choice any more....... 3. Yes, the rates are largely down to the government - but the rents are not. Take a walk down places like Oxford Road that had many shops, Duke Bar and Standish Street that used to be full of shops and now you can't give them away. 5 - I'm sticking with this one - mind you, I reckon if bad news were banned for say 6 months the entire economy would pick up!! TheCaveman
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