1) Recent Events
The Mayor reported that she and the Mayoress had recently been to a lovely event celebrating the community work which had been done to improve the three main entrances of the Woodnook Nature Reserve, at Royds Street, Perth Street and Miller Fold, in Accrington.
They had also attended an Accrington Pals educational session arranged by North Lancs Training Group, which had included remembrance activities in St James Square.
November was a month of commemoration, with Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day providing an opportunity for all to pay their respects to all those brave soldiers who fought for us, so that we can enjoy the freedoms we have today.
Along with many others who gathered to commemorate all those who made the ultimate sacrifice, the Mayor and Mayoress attended the Remembrance Services in Oakhill Park, Accrington and St John’s Church in Baxenden, as well as a commemoration event at St John Ambulance in Accrington, and the Armistice Day Service at the Accrington Pals Memorial.
The Mayor indicated that it had been an honour and a privilege to represent Hyndburn at these poignant and moving commemorations and noted, from talking to her colleagues, that all the Remembrance events and parades across the Borough had been well attended too. She thanked all who had attended and the Royal British Legion and other agencies for all their hard work in co-ordinating the events.
Councillor Miles Parkinson, Leader of the Council, added his acknowledgment of the success of the many service across Hyndburn and appreciation for the service of our armed forces both in the past and present. He confirmed that a letter of thanks would be sent from the Council to the Royal British Legion and all those who had contributed to making the events such a success.
2) Accrington Market Hall
The Leader of the Council reported that, yesterday, the Cabinet had agreed to a 30% reduction in rental charges for the indoor Market Hall. The reduction reflected the difficulties faced by the retail trade and also linked to the wider ambitions to rejuvenate and attract people into the town centre. Part of that process was to create a sustainable vision for the market stall traders. The Council hoped that all local traders would have a successful Christmas period and it was committed to supporting them.
3) Climate Emergency Update
The Leader of the Council reminded councillors that, at its last meeting, the Council had signed up to the ‘Climate Emergency’ declaration. In view of this the authority intended to work with One Carbon World, a delivery partner for the UN’s ‘Carbon Neutral Now’ programme. The group had been awarded some £65M by the UN to work with organisations to help them reduce their carbon footprint. The cost of engaging One Carbon World was approximately £3k. However, the Chief Executive had been able to negotiate a grant of 80% of that cost, which would also be available to other Lancashire authorities. The £600 cost would be met from the Cabinet Action Fund. A cross-party working group was due to be established to take forward the Council’s green agenda.
4) Mum to Be
David Welsby, Chief Executive, announced that Councillor Kate Walsh was due to take a period of absence from her main Council duties, as her pregnancy entered the later stages. On behalf of the Council he wished her all the best for the future and looked forwarded to her return to active duties in the Spring 2020.