Council tax to aid Burnley spring clean

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A SPRING clean has been ordered for Burnley – as councillors voted through a 1.99 per cent increase in the council tax rates for the borough.

Seventeen cenotaphs across Burnley, Padiham and Hapton will be cleaned and re-lettered as part of a £50,000 initiative which will also see major ‘gateways’ spruced up and a clampdown on dog fouling and strays.

And a further £25,000 will be given to Padiham town centre, following on from a £30,000 investment approved earlier. The schemes will be funded by a projected underspend for this year.

Conservatives made a late bid to freeze the council tax, by reducing the Ward Opportunities Budget funding for each councillor and taking advantage of a Whitehall grant for not increasing the rates.

But the plans, drawn up by Coun Matthew Isherwood, were rejected by Labour and the vast majority of Liberal Democrats, who approved resources cabinet member Coun Mark Townsend’s financial plan for 2014-15.

Coun Townsend said: “It is only right and fitting that in this centenary year of the start of the Great War the council remembers and demonstrates its gratitude to those servicemen who fell in action.”

He accused central Government of trying to ‘micro-manage’ Burnley’s economy, as the authority faced a £7.6million budget cut from four years ago.

Coun Margaret Lishman, Liberal Democrat group leader, said the budget was ‘fair and reasonable’ in the current economic climate but she expressed regret that a freeze could not be agreed.

Former Mayor Coun Roger Frost said he agreed with most of the budget, but objected to Labour taking credit for the reinstatement of the Todmorden Curve, Weavers’ Triangle redevelopment and Burnley Bridge business park.

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4:09pm Fri 28 Feb 14

apple10 says...

A clampdown on dog fouling and strays. Yes, lets see quick results. Briercliffe Road is one big dog mess.
A clampdown on dog fouling and strays. Yes, lets see quick results. Briercliffe Road is one big dog mess. apple10
  • Score: 8

5:52pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Not_at_towneley says...

If dog fouling is bad in your area then ring the council and report it regularly. Confront anyone seen not picking up and report them to the council. It does work if you stick at it, especially if you get your neighbours involved too.
If dog fouling is bad in your area then ring the council and report it regularly. Confront anyone seen not picking up and report them to the council. It does work if you stick at it, especially if you get your neighbours involved too. Not_at_towneley
  • Score: 7

7:21pm Fri 28 Feb 14

TheCaveman says...

My pay has not gone up for 6 years yet we see year after year of rises to one of the highest council tax rates around.

I think Burnley Council need to learn the difference between what is 'nice to have' and what is ESSENTIAL !

I keep reading that 'services will be maintained' - what rubbish, I'm aware of staff that have left Burnley Council and simply not been replaced. Tell the truth........
My pay has not gone up for 6 years yet we see year after year of rises to one of the highest council tax rates around. I think Burnley Council need to learn the difference between what is 'nice to have' and what is ESSENTIAL ! I keep reading that 'services will be maintained' - what rubbish, I'm aware of staff that have left Burnley Council and simply not been replaced. Tell the truth........ TheCaveman
  • Score: 14

7:31pm Fri 28 Feb 14

spudpaul61 says...

its difficult spotting it as it happens my area in coal clough sometimes it is like an open sewer!!! I complain on a regular basis, when I do I am asked did I see the culprits, and as it happens mainly at night or when at work the answer is no, not all dog owners are bad ones but I fear a lot ARE, a disgrace to the locals and the town, clean your act up.
its difficult spotting it as it happens my area in coal clough sometimes it is like an open sewer!!! I complain on a regular basis, when I do I am asked did I see the culprits, and as it happens mainly at night or when at work the answer is no, not all dog owners are bad ones but I fear a lot ARE, a disgrace to the locals and the town, clean your act up. spudpaul61
  • Score: 9

10:51pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Jeff-Fetarsy says...

More hot air from useless Councillors, look at them squabbling with each other, all they care about who's idea is who's so they can take credit. The whole of Burnley is a complete mess with rubbish and dog excrement everywhere. Just have a walk around instead of driving and you will see. Burnley Councillors should be ashamed of themselves for not getting on top of this situation.
More hot air from useless Councillors, look at them squabbling with each other, all they care about who's idea is who's so they can take credit. The whole of Burnley is a complete mess with rubbish and dog excrement everywhere. Just have a walk around instead of driving and you will see. Burnley Councillors should be ashamed of themselves for not getting on top of this situation. Jeff-Fetarsy
  • Score: 6

12:03am Sat 1 Mar 14

leyton says...

Not_at_towneley wrote:
If dog fouling is bad in your area then ring the council and report it regularly. Confront anyone seen not picking up and report them to the council. It does work if you stick at it, especially if you get your neighbours involved too.
you must be living on cloud cuckoo land if you think this council does anything.I have reported filth,flytipping and dumping approx 6 times in my area and they never reply or come and do anything.All they seem to do is target the easy people down-town you throw fag ends away.
[quote][p][bold]Not_at_towneley[/bold] wrote: If dog fouling is bad in your area then ring the council and report it regularly. Confront anyone seen not picking up and report them to the council. It does work if you stick at it, especially if you get your neighbours involved too.[/p][/quote]you must be living on cloud cuckoo land if you think this council does anything.I have reported filth,flytipping and dumping approx 6 times in my area and they never reply or come and do anything.All they seem to do is target the easy people down-town you throw fag ends away. leyton
  • Score: 6

6:12pm Sun 2 Mar 14

berny55 says...

labours back in power,in burnley,put all taxes up and just waste and spend money,thats not yours .again look at the state of burnley and most northern towns ,thats been labour for what 60 years.
labours back in power,in burnley,put all taxes up and just waste and spend money,thats not yours .again look at the state of burnley and most northern towns ,thats been labour for what 60 years. berny55
  • Score: 0

5:38pm Sun 9 Mar 14

madari says...

Madari the snake charmer says:

Cooper, N0 not Tommy Cooper the other one Julie Cooper,dragging the once proud town of Burnley into the sewer...clampdown on dog fouling my @r5e.!!
Shame on the lot of you !!......minimum wage going up so Cooper wants her cut ...that's all it is....shame on you Cooper !!
Madari the snake charmer says: Cooper, N0 not Tommy Cooper the other one Julie Cooper,dragging the once proud town of Burnley into the sewer...clampdown on dog fouling my @r5e.!! Shame on the lot of you !!......minimum wage going up so Cooper wants her cut ...that's all it is....shame on you Cooper !! madari
  • Score: 1

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