Leader’s Viewpoint: Cllr Miles Parkinson OBE

Looking back over the last few weeks it has been wonderful to see our borough alive with so many events recently. From the Jubilee celebrations to the food festival and Market Hall activities, there has been something for everyone to enjoy.

Over the summer there is a great line-up of returning and new events on Accrington Town Square that Hyndburn Council are very proud to have sponsored. On Sunday 10th July there is the ‘One World Together’ community festival, an ‘Eco Fest’ on Saturday 13th August and the Soapbox challenge on Saturday 27th August to name just a few!

We are also soon commemorating the centenary of the Oak Hill Park Cenotaph on Friday 1st July at 2:15pm. The whole community is invited to attend this ceremony where members of the Royal British Legion will lead an itinerary including rededication of the memorial, prayer and wreath laying.

For this very special occasion we are inviting anyone who is connected to a person named on the Cenotaph to bring a tribute or wreath to lay as part of the ceremony. They are welcome to arrive at Oak Hill Park Cenotaph on the 1st July at 2:15pm for the event which will start at 2:30pm.

We also have lots of exciting transformative work happening across the borough, including our upcoming funding submissions to the Government’s Levelling up fund and a bid into the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. Part of this process is ensuring we are creating sustainable plans for the future and considering environmental impact at all stages. This initiative, combined with our the current successful decarbonisation scheme of major council buildings is going a long way towards reducing our carbon footprint and helping Hyndburn to be a cleaner and greener place to live.

I would like to thank everyone involved in these initiatives, especially our Leisure Trust and all the customers of the Leisure Centre who have been incredibly understanding during the ongoing works which will reduce the carbon footprint of that one site by over 70%! This work now will help to safeguard services for the future.