Leaders Viewpoint August 2011
Published Thursday 1st September 2011 in Council and democracy news
View from Ciaran Wells - Cabinet member for Education, Leisure and Arts.
As Cabinet member for Education, Leisure and Arts, I have a pretty wide ranging portfolio including parks and open spaces, sports pitches, tourism and allotments, to name a few.
The Haworth Art Gallery comes under my remit so it's great to see it entering a new era with newly extended opening hours and a quality tearoom coming soon. The Gallery has an international reputation; people come from all over the country and the world to view the Tiffany Glass, fabulous art collections, and exhibitions and to take part in education and cultural activities. These days people expect to see a tearoom as part of the visitor experience, so this is good news all round.
The latest exhibition on display at the Haworth is 'Hitched: Wedding Clothes and Customs' showing until 18 September, so get along and see it if you can.
Please help us to make Hyndburn Blooming Lovely! We need everyone to play their part in turning the borough into a riot of colour next spring, by helping to plant 200,000 crocus bulbs right across every Council ward.
This is all possible due to the fantastic work of Hyndburn Green Spaces Forum, a collection of community volunteer groups with an interest in improving the parks and open spaces within the Borough, who recently were awarded £10,000 by Awards for All for their 'Blooming Lovely' project.
They are now looking for organisations and volunteers who are willing to help plant the bulbs and cheer us all up as they start coming through next Spring in a burst of colour.
So please help if you can, to get involved or for more information please call 388 811.
Five of Hyndburn's parks have just been recognised as being among the best in the country by getting the coveted Green Flag. Lowerfold Park in Great Harwood is the latest park to be awarded the Green Flag and joins Cutwood , Oakhill, Mercer and Gatty Parks in scooping the Green Flag - a sign to visitors that they are well-maintained and well-managed, with excellent facilities.
Our parks are fabulous green spaces for the whole community to enjoy and the fact that five of our parks now hold the prestigious green flag is excellent news for everyone, as the award shows their excellent use of green space, well-maintained facilities and high standard of safety and security.
A big thanks should go to Friends groups associated with the parks; Hyndburn Green Spaces Forum; the Probation Service; PROSPECTS and our dedicated parks staff who all worked so hard to make these five parks reach the high standards to get Green Flag status, well done to them all.
This is national allotments week, featuring a week of celebrations throughout the UK to highlight the allotment movement and raise awareness of growing your own food. To see what it's all about visit the Meadoway Allotments open day on August 13 between 1-4pm. Allotment tenants at the site, which is just off Queens Road West in Accrington, will be happy to show people around and talk about this popular activity.
Another part of my portfolio is Corporate Governance and launching Public Question Time at Council meetings is a great step forward in accountability, openness and honesty for the Council and a new way of involving you, the Council Tax payer in local democracy. If you fancy asking the Leader, me, or any of the other Cabinet members about something in Hyndburn, to be answered at full Council, then please log a question