Leaders Viewpoint – Councillor Miles Parkinson OBE

I am honoured to have my position as Leader of the Council confirmed and it is a privilege to be chosen to serve Hyndburn for another term. The past 12 months have been incredibly difficult for all and although we are now looking to the future, with a fantastic vaccination roll out helping us on the road to recovery, we still need to remain cautious.

The COVID-19 variant, first detected in India, is a concern in our region. There is evidence this variant spreads more quickly than others and this could therefore lead to further strain on our NHS services and loss of life. Whilst restrictions are easing, and our borough is re-opening I am encouraging everyone to please take this next step safely. It is more important than ever before that we remember the basics: washing our hands, keeping distance from others and using face coverings. You can also help prevent further transmission of the virus by ensuring good ventilation when you are indoors.

We are embarking on an exciting time for Hyndburn with plans for change and investment directly into our community. We are currently working on funding bids for a transformation of leisure services, re-shaping of Accrington Town Centre and a Garden Village development in Huncoat. By working hard to bring investment into Hyndburn, we will ensure our district is a town people want to live in, work in and enjoy.

The support and input from the residents of Hyndburn is key to any projects in our borough. Please do take part in our public consultations when they are available. Details of both the Leisure Transformation Project and Huncoat Garden Village can be found on the Hyndburn Borough Council website.

I would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that support is available for anyone who needs it. Established more than a year ago, in response to the pandemic, our Hyndburn Hub now has links to over 50 organisations who can help with everything from mental health advice to shopping or prescription deliveries. The Hub is open to all, please let your friends, family and neighbours know they can get in touch for help.

Contact the Hyndburn Hub by calling 01254 388 111 or email enquiries@hyndburnbc.gov.uk