Massive Supermarket on the way to Blackburn Town Centre? Will Local Traders Survive?

Blackburn Old Market

According to reports in the Lancashire Telegraph today, Blackburn with Darwen Council want discussions with an unnamed proposed purchaser of the former Blackburn market site. The site, which closed last year when the market was relocated to a new development underneath The Mall shopping centre, has been empty whilst the council considers the options from potential developers. The scheme would comprise of …

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Alan Shearer becomes ambassador for Blackburn Youth Zone

Alan Shearer Blackburn

[caption id=”attachment_222188″ align=”alignleft” width=”300″ caption=”Alan Shearer at a recent visit to Blackburn Youth Zone”][/caption] Blackburn footballing hero Alan Shearer has signed up as an official ambassador for Blackburn Youth Zone. As an ambassador for The Youth Zone, Alan Shearer will act as a spokesperson for the work they are doing, he will be meeting young people from The Youth Zone …

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Police discover cannabis plants at Tintern Crescent address in Blackburn

POLICE discovered 45 cannabis plants at a Blackburn house after a community tip off. Neighbourhood police officers executed a warrant at the address on Tintern Crescent yesterday morning and found 25 mature plants and a further 20 smaller plants in an upstairs bedroom. Lighting and ventilation equipment was also seized from the address. The action followed information from members of …

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Bishop of Blackburn – Easter message about Pasties, Cash for Influence and the NHS

[caption id=”attachment_408″ align=”alignleft” width=”173″ caption=”Bishop of Blackburn“][/caption] The Bishop of Blackburn will raise questions about the future of the National Health Service, Disability Rights and the tanker drivers‘ dispute in his Easter message. These and other leading questions about recent social and political controversies will be raised by the Bishop of Blackburn, the Rt Rev Nicholas Reade when he preaches …

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Recent Planning Decisions from Blackburn and Darwen including Gypsy Caravan Site & 2 Factory Demolitions

Planning Permission has been recently granted by Blackburn with Darwen Council for the following:     Oakhill Caravan Park, Lower Eccleshill Road, Darwen Continued use of land as gypsy caravan site – 2 static caravans, remainder would be a transit site. Westholme School, Wilmar Lodge, Meins Road, Blackburn Permission to fell 2 sycamore trees and replace Newmans Footwear, Garden Street, …

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Blackburn Crematorium Extension Plans Approved

Plans to extend the Crematorium at Pleasington have been approved. The extension will mean that new upgraded equipment can be installed that also reduce the environmental impact of the Crematorium. In particular the new technology will reduce the amount of mercury pumped into the atmosphere from teeth fillings. These improvemnts will also mean the Crematorium will be able to cope …

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Lancashire Police seize nearly 1900 cannabis plants in clampdown

Blackburn Drugs' Raids by Lancashire Police

A month-long Lancashire Constabulary operation to stop cannabis growers in their tracks has ended with some “excellent results.” Operation Broadley ran as a regional campaign throughout Lancashire during March and involved officers executing warrants county-wide and working with local authorities and other organisations to identify signs of cannabis cultivation and take action. With the operation now over, police can reveal that 1890 …

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Trapped woman cut free after car collision in Blackburn

Atlantic Pub Blackburn

[caption id=”attachment_221770″ align=”alignleft” width=”300″ caption=”Atlantic Pub Blackburn“][/caption] Fire fighters had to free a woman from her car, following a collision with another car at the junction of Highfield Road and Mossley Street, Blackburn, near the Atlantic pub at around 8.30am this morning. The fire service used cutting and spreading equipment and the woman was conveyed to hospital. Her injuries are …

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Supermarket Opening Times for Blackburn, Darwen, Accrington and Clitheroe

Here are the major supermarket opening times over the Easter Holiday period. Now don’t forget, most shops are only closed for one day. There is no need to panic buy or store extra Easter Eggs, unless you want to!   Tesco Blackburn – Hill Street Thursday 5th 24 hours Good Friday 24 hours Saturday 7th open until midnight Easter Sunday Closed …

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Free Paint from Blackburn Police to beat Vandals

Free anti-vandal paint

[caption id=”attachment_221629″ align=”alignleft” width=”300″ caption=”Free anti-vandal paint”][/caption] Residents in Blackburn are being offered free anti-vandal paint as part of a drive to reduce theft across the borough. Officers from the North-West Neighbourhood Policing team are offering the paint, which never dries and leaves a sticky residue on hands and clothes it comes into contact with. The action comes after a …

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Favourite buildings and structures in Blackburn and Darwen

Soho Foundry

[caption id=”attachment_221617″ align=”alignleft” width=”200″ caption=”Soho FoundryBlackburn with Darwen Council is asking locals to nominate buildings as well as structures which enhance the personality and distinctiveness of the borough.”][/caption] Blackburn with Darwen Council is asking locals to nominate buildings as well as structures which enhance the personality and distinctiveness of the borough. There are actually approximately 300 statutory listed buildings in …

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Child Action North West celebrate historic Pound Day

Child Action North West are Blackburn Life‘s “Business of the Week”. Over 125 years ago the charity‘s founder, James Dixon began working with vulnerable children and young people across the region, caring for those in need in what he established as Blackburn Orphanage.  The majority of those ‘orphans’ weren’t bereaved of parents, but brought from families experiencing a wide range …

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George Galloway celebrates ‘Blackburn triumph’ on Twitter

George Galloway appears to have become a little confused after celebrating his recent by-election victory in Bradford when he took to Twitter to laud his “Blackburn triumph”. He then quickly corrected the mistake, tweeting just minutes later: “Bradford is home for me now.” He then suggested to his 63,000 followers that his account had been hacked, tweeting: “Nice try. Password …

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£100K boost for Blackburn and Hyndburn to help bring life back to high street

Mary Portas

Blackburn with Darwen and Hyndburn Councils have been handed £100,000 each of Government cash today in a move designed to breathe new life into boarded-up buildings. The new High Street Innovation Fund is given to areas with the highest number of empty shops and businesses. Ministers said the grants would be used to support new businesses hoping to set up …

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Child Action North West are our “Business of the Week”

Child Action North West

This week’s winner of Blackburn Life‘s “Business of the Week” is Child Action North West based in Wilpshire, Blackburn. The Charity provides foster homes for children in need and services to protect and empower children, young people & families. As winners, they can look forward to a feature article on Blackburn Life in the next few days as well as 7 …

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BBC Radio 2 turns the schedule upside down and brings Tony Blackburn to Blackburn

tony blackburn

BBC Radio 2 is again turning the schedules upside down to help listeners get a taste of what the channel has to offer. As part of the nationally broadcast day, the station will be bringing Tony Blackburn to Blackburn, along with Janice Long and Mark Radcliffe and there’s local insight from Blackburn-born comedian Lee Mack. 2DAY returns on Thursday 10 May 2012, combining Radio 2’s …

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Blackburn “violent and dangerous man” jailed following knife attack on woman

Christopher Corkin

[caption id=”attachment_220947″ align=”alignleft” width=”300″ caption=”Christopher Corkin”][/caption] A man, who stabbed a woman in the neck before running off with her handbag, has been jailed. Christopher Corkin, 19, of Ravensglass Close, Blackburn was today given an indeterminate sentence to serve a minimum of four years before he is eligible for parole and will only be released when he can prove that …

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Break in at Whalley New Road Takeaway – Appeal for Information

Lancashire Police

Police in Blackburn are appealing for information after a break in at a takeaway on Whalley New Road. Some time between 5am and 6am on Wednesday morning (28th of March) the ‘Funky Fried Chicken’ takeaway was broken into. It is thought that the offender has climbed into the back yard of the property before climbing up onto a flat roof and forcing …

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Lancashire Fire Chief warning about storing Petrol at Home

Paul Richardson

The Deputy Chief Fire Officer for Lancashire has warned against “large amounts of petrol at home”. Commenting on the potential tanker drivers‘ strike, Paul Richardson, Deputy Chief Fire Officer said: “It’s understandable that people may be worried about the impact of a potential shortage of petrol, but we would advise not to store large amounts of petrol at home. Petrol …

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Blackburn with Darwen Council want feedback on new website proposal

Blackburn with Darwen Website

[caption id=”attachment_220708″ align=”alignleft” width=”300″ caption=”Blackburn with Darwen Website Proposal”][/caption] Blackburn with Darwen Council is currently redesigning its corporate website and is seeking residents views on how it will look. The Council say that residents have said the current website is not user friendly so the Council is looking to improve it. It will be designed to be much easier to read and understand as …

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Crackdown on dangerous driving outside Blackburn Schools

Motorists who drive dangerously outside schools have been targeted as part of a road safety crackdown. Yesterday members of the Queens Park Neighbourhood Policing Team stood outside Audley Junior School, to speak to drivers and parents about dangerous driving and illegal parking. Checks were also carried out on those travelling on Pringle Street, Queens Road and Queens Park Road. One …

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Blackburn Nurse receives Award after return to University

Louise Hartley - Jennifer Humphries Bursary Award

[caption id=”attachment_220479″ align=”alignleft” width=”300″ caption=”Recognition: Louise with Nigel Harrison receiving her “]-300×200.jpg”>[/caption] A Blackburn nurse has recently been awarded the Jennifer Humphries Bursary Award by the University of Central Lancashire in recognition of her academic efforts. Louise Hartley returned to university to graduate the two-year long BSc (Hons) Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (School Nursing) part-time course, while still continuing …

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Over 50% of Blackburn Taxis found to have Serious Defects in Safety Crackdown

Taxi operators are being urged to make sure their vehicles are roadworthy after a crackdown in East Lancashire. Police joined forces with HM Revenue and Customs, VOSA and council officials to carry our checks on the vehicles after concerns were raised by passengers. On Friday night (23 March) police in Accrington checked 24 taxis during a five hour road side …

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Fake Courier who robbed Blackburn woman is jailed


[caption id=”attachment_220317″ align=”alignleft” width=”300″ caption=”Armand Choudhry”][/caption] A Newcastle man, who posed as a courier before robbing a woman at her Blackburn home, has been jailed for four years. Armand Choudhry, 25, of Hamilton Place, Newcastle, appeared at Preston Crown Court yesterday after pleading guilty to robbery. Choudhry was one of two men who forced his way into the house on …

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Can you walk the Three Towers Trek and create Miles of Smiles?

Three Towers Trek

The Anthony Ainsworth Three Towers Trek is a 34 mile sponsored walk from Darwen Tower to Blackpool Tower. It has been organised by Ian Ainsworth from Blackburn in memory of his father and will raise vital funds for local charity Miles of Smiles. The sponsored event will take in three famous Lancashire towers, starting at Darwen Tower, going via Hoghton Tower …

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