Neighbourhood forums

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Neighbourhood Forums

Neighbourhood Forums are informal partnerships involving:

  • Local residents and representatives of local community groups
  • Borough and County Councillors
  • Rossendale Borough Council, Lancashire Police and Greenvale Homes.

There are four Neighbourhood Forums across Rossendale covering the areas of:

  • Haslingden
  • Rawtenstall
  • Bacup
  • Whitworth

Neighbourhood Forums promote engagement and partnership working at the community level. Rossendale's heritage is unique and its people have a strong sense of connection to the area in which they live.  This strong sense of belonging to a place and the different social, economic, health and wellbeing challenges each community faces have shaped the development of the Neighbourhood Forums.  Over recent years they have worked effectively to build strong links with and amongst local community members as well as influencing local service delivery.  Community membership of the Neighbourhood Forums has been a particular strength and the networking and information sharing opportunities are valued by Forum members.

Each Neighbourhood Forum meets three times each year, as informal community meetings, to allow networking and information sharing and agreed action points.  The meetings are chaired by a Borough Councillor and informal minutes are usually taken. Local residents are welcome to attend their local Neighbourhood Forum. 

Neighbourhood Forum meeting dates 2017-18

Whitworth Forum

Wednesday 28th June 2017          Whitworth Civic Hall, Market St, Whitworth, OL12 8DP                            

Tuesday 10th October 2017           Shawforth Chapel, Shawforth, OL12 8HF                      

Tuesday 20th February 2018          Whitworth Civic Hall, Market St, Whitworth, OL12 8DP                                        


Haslingden Forum

Tuesday 20th June 2017                Edenfield Community Centre, Exchange St, Edenfield           

Tuesday 17th October 2017           Ravencroft (off Dean Road) Helmshore, BB4 4HS

Thursday 8th February 2018           Haslingden Community Link, Bury Road, BB4 5PG       


Rawtenstall Forum

Thursday 15th June 2017              Horse and Bamboo, 679 Bacup Rd, Waterfoot, Rossendale BB4 7HB               

Thursday 12th October 2017          St Anne’s Church, Ashworth Rd, Waterfoot, Rossendale,  BB4 9JE

Wednesday 7th February 2018       Ski Rossendale, Haslingden Old Road, Rawtenstall,  BB4 8RR     


Bacup Forum

Thursday 22nd June 2017             Council  Chamber, Futures Park, Bacup, OL13 0BB

Thursday 5th October 2017            Council  Chamber, Futures Park, Bacup, OL13 0BB   

Thursday 1st March 2018                Council  Chamber, Futures Park, Bacup, OL13 0BB   


Neighbourhood Forum meetings include short slot for people to raise issues with their County Cllr(s) that they have been unable to resolve through other means.   

Neighbourhood Forums can give grants of up to £500 to local community and voluntary groups that can provide added value to the residents of the Borough. 

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