We are committed to engaging in effective community consultation, listening to the views and opinions of our residents and making sure we use these to help shape our policies, plans and decisions.
Housing Allocations Policy
The B-with-us housing allocations policy is changing.
The Council are consulting on this from 13th December 2019 to 24th January 2020.
B-with-us is a partnership made up of five local authorities and twelve housing associations who work together to allocate social housing in the Pennine Lancashire area, and is the system Together Housing use to allocate most of our available properties in Pennine Lancashire.
There are currently over 9,000 active applicants on the B-with-us Housing Register, but each year only approximately 2,500 of these applicants are rehoused, with new applicants applying every day. This is because only a small number of households leave their tenancies to make homes available.
Due to homes being in such high demand, B-with-us have to make sure that available homes go to those who need them most.
To do this, B-with-us have been reviewing the rules they use to decide who gets social housing, to make sure they help those with the greatest need, and they want your views.
Please visit https://togetherhousingdigital.co.uk/form/6cFubhOq/khi10nZcE/b-with-us-survey to complete a short questionnaire to give your views about the changes to the B-with-us Allocations Policy.
For more information, visit www.b-with-us.com
Climate Change Strategy
Rossendale Council declared a Climate Emergency in September 2019
At this time the council committed to;
- Declaring a ‘climate emergency’ that requires urgent action
- Working towards making the council’s activities net-zero carbon by 2030
- Setting a 100% clean energy target, across the Council’s full range of functions by 2030
- Proactively promoting the need for businesses across Rossendale to take steps to be net-zero carbon by 2030
- Writing to government asking them to bring forward new funding and devolved powers to help make the zero-carbon target a reality
- Creating a new Climate Change Member Champion who will support the relevant Portfolio Holder and Leader of the Council in delivery of the commitments
To facilitate these commitments, the Council is publishing a Clean Air and Climate Change Strategy and we are seeking views of residents and other interested parties to ensure that the document and subsequent action plan is relevant and fit for purpose.
We welcome any comments and suggestions and all relevant proposals will be included in the final Strategy which will be presented to Cabinet in early 2020.
The draft Strategy can be found at;
All comments should be received by Friday 17th January 2020 and can be sent via email to [email protected] or by post to Public Protection Manager, Rossendale Borough Council, Futures Park, Bacup, OL13 0BB.
Houses in Multiple Occupation
From 1st October 2018, there are new national legal requirements in relation to Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs). The Council is updating its conditions document in response to the new requirements. This provides an opportunity to include new information in response to feedback from landlords.
The Council are consulting on the document for a period of 4 weeks until 16th December and any comments should be sent via email to [email protected] or by post to Rossendale Borough Council, Environmental Health, Public Protection Unit, Futures Park, Bacup, OL13 0BB.
Rossendale Citizen Panel
Please see below for details on how to join Rossendale’s Citizen Panel.
We consult directly with the public on a variety of topics and in a range of different ways. One way of having your say regularly on a whole range of different issues is by joining Rossendale’s Citizen's Panel. The Panel is an active email database of people within the community we can contact to consult with, via surveys, on key issues throughout the year. The Citizen’s Panel provides members of the community with the opportunity to voice their views on issues locally.
To join the panel please complete the Registration Form