Councillors in Lancashire will meet today ahead of plans to bring in a new taxi rating system. Recent spot checks in Pendle revealed 70% of cabs stopped were not fit for the road. In future those deemed unsafe could be named and shamed.
Last month bosses voted to extended the maximum age a vehicle can operate from 9 years to 11. Pendle Council leader Cllr Mohammed Iqbal denied that the change would lead to a reduction in safety.
- Andrew Stephenson (C) 20,978 (47.20%, +8.32%)
- Azhar Ali (Lab) 15,525 (34.93%, +4.01%)
- Mick Waddington (UKIP) 5,415 (12.18%, +8.91%)
- Graham Roach (LD) 1,487 (3.35%, -16.85%)
- Laura Fisk (Green) 1,043 (2.35%)
- C maj 5,453 (12.27%)
- 2.15% swing Lab to C
- Electorate 64,657; Turnout 44,448 (68.74%, +0.92%)
Pendle and its twin town of Creil, a town north of Paris, are wishing each other a happy 40th birthday by exchanging two unique sculptures.
Acclaimed French artist, Joel Couloigner, is bringing the new sculpture over by lorry from Creil next week.
It will be unveiled and the name of the sculpture revealed on Saturday 6th September at the Pendle Sculpture Trail in Aitken Wood near Barley.
Meanwhile, Pendle international sculptor, Philippe Handford, will return the compliment by loading a specially created sculpture onto the lorry for the return trip for installation in Creil.
A new cycle track and sports hub – named in honour of Olympic Gold medallist Steven Burke MBE - opens today in Pendle.
Steven said: "I'm honoured for the track to have my name."
Steven will be riding for England at the Commonwealth Games in July and using the new track for training.
The opening of the new all weather, all year round circuit will be followed by five days of special events leading up to the Tour de France and the Colne Grand Prix on Wednesday.
Councillor Nadeem Ahmed who leads Pendle Council for parks and recreation said: "The new track at the Steven Burke Sports Hub is a brilliant new facility, both for competitive cycling and biking for leisure, for people of all abilities and ages.”