Rossendale Borough Council

What does Rossendale Borough Council do?


Rossendale Borough Council is broadly responsible for the following services:

  • Refuse collection
  • Recycling
  • Neighbourhood services i.e. grass cutting, litter picking, etc
  • Council tax
  • Benefits
  • Elections and voting
  • Housing (via Greenvale Homes)
  • Property Services
  • Licensing issues
  • Planning and Development Control
  • Building Control
  • Enforcement issues
  • Facilities and maintenance

So how do things get done?


Rossendale Borough Council has 36 elected members, or Councillors, who serve for a term of 4 years (or longer if they are re-elected). If a Councillor resigns during their 4 year term, then a By-Election is called. It is the job of a Councillor to agree policies, make decisions and monitor how the Council's money is spent. The Council employs Officers (staff) who are responsible for the day-to-day management of the Council.

The Local Councillor represents a constituency (known as a Ward) and is there to represent the views and opinions of local people. It is also their responsibility to assist those with difficulties which the Council could help solve. To do this, they have regular contact with the general public through Council meetings, telephone calls or surgeries. Surgeries provide an opportunity for any ward resident to go and talk to their Councillor face to face and many Councillors hold these on a regular basis. Details of Councillors Surgeries are published in the Councillors and Democracy section and are also advertised in the Rossendale Free Press. (Please note that during the run up to local elections, surgeries will only be held in wards where there is no election).

Councillors are not paid a salary for their work, but they do receive an allowance. This allowance is reviewed by an Independent Remuneration Panel.


Most of the major decisions made by the Council are made at committee meetings. The major meetings are:

  • Annual Council and Mayor-Making
  • Full Council
  • The Cabinet
  • Development Control Committee
  • Licensing Committee
  • Accounts Committee
  • Audit Committee
  • Policy Scrutiny Committee
  • Performance Scrutiny Committee
  • Standards Committee

Smaller 'Working Groups' are also formed to deal with the smaller issues.­ These can include:

  • Member Development Working Group
  • Governance Working Group
  • Grants Advisory Group
  • Whitworth Town Council Liaison Meetings
  • Markets Liaison Group

Councillor's contact details

Rossendale Borough Council's constitution

Booking form for Mayoral events

Public Speaking Procedures

The Forward Plan

The Council's Corporate Plan 2013-2016 (approved by Full Council 20th March 2013)

LGC Award Submission 2009

Civic Protocol

Whitworth Declarations of Interest

Futures Park Directions

Subject Access Request Form

Customer Complaints Procedure and Feedback Form

Public Notices

Annual Equality Report

Procedure for speaking at Development Control Committee

Haslingden Swimming Pool

Scrutiny leaflet

Record of Decisions

Scrutiny toolkit

Scrutiny Form

Architectural Competition - Valley Centre Site

Invitation to Tender

Assets of Community Value Register - Community Right to Bid

Refusal Notice for Public Burial Freedom of Information Requests

DCLG Consultation on Combined Authority for West Yorkshire

Grants Application 2014/15

Rossendale Youth Council Activities

Job: Planning Assistant (Maternity Cover)

Town Twinning Grant Application Form

Refusal Notice for Business Rates Freedom of Information Requests

Organisational Structure

Rawtenstall Masterplan Consultation - Spinning Point Flyer

Changes to Business Rates from April 2014

Valley Centre Plans

Footpath 663 (part) at Rockcliffe Road Bacup Public Path Extinguishment Order

How to become a councillor

Council Tax for empty Properties Cosultation - Summary of Responses

Sale of Haslingden Baths

Notice of Councillor Vacancy

Children's Partnership Board Terms of Reference

Rawtenstall Town Centre Masterplan Consultation

Helmshore By-election Results 16 October 2014

Notice of Vacancy - Longholme Ward

Notice of Election - Longholme Ward

Longholme By-Election Timetable

North West MEPs

Election Results 4 December 2014

Grazing Land for Lease - Sealed Offers

Asset Register Extract 2014-2015 (Jan 2015)

Car Parks for 2014-2015

Grants for 2014-2015

Contracts Register

Government Procurement Cards - Barclaycard

Improving Public Space in Waterfoot

Public Burial Spend/Cost Information for FOI Requests

Mencap Voting Leaflet - Easy Read Guidance on the Election

Parish Election Results 2015

Anti Bribery Policy and Procedure

Parliamentary election results 2015

Borough election results 7 May 2015

Whistleblowing Policy

Whistleblowing Policy

Full RBC Statement on the LCC Audit Report on Empty Homes

Register of Electors

Ashworth Road, Waterfoot, Notice

Waterside Mill Public Consultation Documents

Rossendale Borugh Council Management Team Strucutre

RBC 2015/16 Council Tax Flooding Relief Scheme

RBC 2015/16 NNDRFlooding Relief Scheme

Verification number for Petitions 2016

ITT - Solar Panels

Rossendale Ward elections May 2016

Members Allowances Scheme

Application Pack for Standards Independent Person

Application Pack for Co-opted Member for Overview and Scrutiny

EU Referendum Rossendale 23 June 2016

Notice for Plot 4, Futures Park, Bacup

Request to Purchase

Job Vacancy: Director of Communities

Document Retention Policy

Rossendale Council Council Tax Support Consultation Results

Publication of Revised Register of Electors 1 December 2016

Terms and Conditions- Grand Draw

Verification number for Petitions 2017

Lancashire County Council elections 4 May 2017

Mayor's Charity Ball 2016/17 Menu

Mayor's Grand Draw Winners

Invitation to Tender for Pump Track at Eastgate, Whitworth

Publication of Public Open Space Notice

Invitation to tender for construction of woodland path

Invitation to Tender for the commission of Retail Agents in relation to the Spinning Point Phase 1 and 2, Rawtenstall

Member Training and Development Strategy

Election results 8 June 2017

Invitation to Tender for provision of Programme Management of spinning Point Phase 1 and 2

Directory of Council contact centres

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