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FI­NAL­ISTS un­veiled for this year’s Rossendale Busi­ness Awards. A record 45 of the Val­ley’s finest firms have been short­listed (web­site, Novem­ber 3) Janet O’Driscoll: Thank you to ev­ery­one who nom­i­nated Made in Hasling­den, we are so proud to be fi­nal­ists. It re­ally means some­thing to us that we are recog­nised as mak­ing a dif­fer­ence to peo­ple (and car­ers) who are liv­ing and cop­ing with de­men­tia. Also we are so proud that we have been able to reach out to the com­mu­nity of­fer­ing so­cial in­ter­ac­tion to res­i­dents who may be lonely, iso­lated or de­pressed. We have been priv­i­leged to meet you all, and hope to meet many more of you in the fu­ture. Chris­tine Lamb: Good luck Rossendale Ru­bi­con Lisa Valen­tine: Good luck Luci Jade Heaps.

IN­EVITABLE that fund­ing cuts will hit state of Val­ley’s parks - coun­cil chief. It comes after con­cerns were raised over Whi­taker Park (web­site, Novem­ber 3) Michael Sut­ton: Be­fore you crit­i­cise the lo­cal coun­cil for not spend­ing the money on the park, re­mem­ber that it is cen­tral gov­ern­ment that cut mas­sive chunks from their in­come. And then think who did you elect as an MP? Was it by any chance a CON­SER­VA­TIVE? Gra­ham Wright: We were in Stub­bylee Park in Bacup yes­ter­day. Haven’t been there in ages but I was im­pressed. Nice and to­day (coun­cil work­men busy clear­ing away leaves etc). Pump Track, skate park play­ground and nice walk­ing and a nice lit­tle cafe. Hardly any­one else around there and at half term ? Lisa Michelle Bloor: It’s had in­vest­ment from out­side the coun­cil. Many grants are avail­able but the coun­cil can’t ap­ply for them, they need com­mu­nity groups to ac­cess the monies. We are cur­rently work­ing with Prof­fitts CIC in Ris­ing Bridge who are help­ing us ac­cess the much needed fund­ing for our play­ground. Steve Chap­pell: Drains been blocked for years , sur­face drains been pushed out of line with work­ers ve­hi­cles, bins miss­ing, over­grown. I go there ev­ery­day as do a lot of oth­ers, some­thing free we should be proud of. Katy Ann Howard: Why not bring the com­mu­nity to­gether and pro­vide a lock up with equip­ment and des­ig­nated vol­un­teers? The main vol­un­teers could li­aise with the coun­cil. I’d be will­ing to man it. Haydn Goldswor­thy: Try look­ing at Ed­ge­side Park. Whit­taker is Chelsea while Ed­ge­side is Accy Stan­ley. Emma Smith: At least your kids have parks Newchurch hasn’t got any­thing for the kids to do.

ROSSENDALE Scrib­bler: Is it time to put our ef­forts into a new pool for Hasling­den? (Free Press, Novem­ber 3) Janet O’Driscoll: Hasling­den pool of­fered a home to Rawten­stall swim­ming Club when Marl Pits pool was closed. We were eter­nally grate­ful for their sup­port. My hus­band, at the age of 40 learnt to swim at Hasling­den Pool, that was the only place in the Val­ley that of­fered adult lessons. Jake Atkin­son: I have very fond mem­o­ries of this pool. My sis­ter was a good swim­mer and was swim­ming in a com­pe­ti­tion there in the mid-80s and we all went to watch her.

BACUP po­lice in crack­down on teenage van­dals (web­site Novem­ber 3) Nathan McLean: Some­thing fur­ther should be done in that if their fam­i­lies live in so­cial hous­ing, then as they will be in breach of their ten­ancy, the fam­ily should be evicted. Put some re­spon­si­bil­ity back onto the par­ents to hand out dis­ci­pline to their chil­dren. Michael Pol­lard: As a res­i­dent of the val­ley, Bacup has been no­to­ri­ous for anti so­cial be­hav­iour for a very, very long time. Danny What­mough: It’s ridicu­lous to think th­ese kids keep get­ting away with all this. The lo­cal author­i­ties should be tak­ing more ac­tion and bring­ing th­ese ras­cals to jus­tice and stop van­dal­ism across the val­ley. My scooter has been stolen on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions and my dust caps pinched.

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