Leader’s Viewpoint – Cllr Peter Britcliffe (Acting Leader of the Council)

This week, I want to celebrate two things that fill me with immense pride: the positive impact of community-driven initiatives and the ambitious plans we have in place for Hyndburn’s future.

Firstly, let’s shine a spotlight on the incredible work of Accrington Stanley Community Trust. Witnessing their vibrant Stanley Hub first hand on a recent visit, alongside the Prime Minister no less, was a powerful reminder of the transformative power of community initiatives. From the Acorn Club nurturing young footballers to the inclusive sporting opportunities for people with disabilities, the Trust caters to everyone. This once underused space now sees over 150,000 visits annually and has created 20 local jobs. I’m pleased to see that the Council’s support is helping the Trust to grow and continue to bring new activities to for our residents.

We recently launched our Corporate Strategy, which outlines a clear vision for Hyndburn’s next five years. We’re aiming for an ambitious and sustainable future, with exciting projects like Levelling Up initiatives, the Huncoat Garden Village development, and UK Shared Prosperity Fund projects taking centre stage. Additionally, our unwavering commitment to environmental responsibility is reflected in our ambitious Climate Pledge to achieve Net Zero by 2030. View the Council’s Corporate Strategy!

This week also marks the exciting start of a key project under our leisure transformation plans: the construction of the new leisure facility at Wilsons Playing Fields. This much-needed facility is a testament to the Council’s sound financial management over the years, and I’m confident it will become a cherished hub for community activity and well-being. As work progresses, residents close to the site will receive regular updates from the project management team.

Finally, we’re committed to empowering our local businesses. The recent successful workshops on commercial planning applications and Boost business growth are just the beginning. This month, we have two more workshops lined up: “Retailers Against Crime” on 13 February, a collaborative effort to combat retail crime, and “Accrington Town Square Delivery” on 27 February, offering local businesses opportunities to get involved in the exciting town square development projects. These workshops are open to all and can be booked via Eventbrite by searching for Hyndburn Borough Council.