Council Forum - Thursday, 14th March, 2024 6.30 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Blackburn Town Hall

Contact: Phil llewellyn 

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Prayers by Mayor's Chaplain followed by Welcome and Apologies


Minutes Of The Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 291 KB


Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 71 KB


Mayoral Communications


Council Forum

To consider any questions from members of the public under Procedure Rule 12.



To consider the following Motion received under Procedure Rule 10:


BWD Council is proud to be viewed as one of the best examples of community cohesion in the country and welcomes the recent opportunity for officers of the council to be able to showcase examples of best practice on an international stage. Sadly, however, this accolade occurs at a time when examples of race hate are growing in society and are becoming increasingly common in public discourse and this is a cause for serious concern among the communities of the borough.


Tell Mama, the public service that records and monitors anti-Muslim incidents, has recorded a 335% increase in anti Muslim hate cases in the last 4 months compared to the similar period in 2022/2023 and the recent verbal attacks on the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, by senior members of the Conservative Party set an alarming precedent in the run-up to what is likely to be an intense set of elections in 2024. At the same time, the number of recorded anti-semitic incidents is growing, often accompanied by physical violence and this is leaving some members of the Jewish community afraid to walk out on the streets of their towns and cities. 


Islamophobic and anti semitic incidents and rhetoric of this kind have no place in the political arena or anywhere in public life in the UK and we call on the Chief Executive to write to the Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, and Sir Kier Starmer, leader of the opposition asking them to ensure that any examples of such rhetoric within their parties are treated with the utmost seriousness and that politicians who indulge in this kind of rhetoric are not tolerated within  the mainstream political parties.


Moved by Councillor Phil Riley

Seconded by Councillor Quesir Mahmood






Devolution to Lancashire - Proposal to create the Lancashire Combined County Authority pdf icon PDF 138 KB

Additional documents:


Mayoralty 2024-25 pdf icon PDF 85 KB


Review of Overview & Scrutiny Committees pdf icon PDF 203 KB


Updates from Other Committees pdf icon PDF 81 KB


Reports of the Executive Members with Portfolios


Leader pdf icon PDF 72 KB


Report of the Executive Member for Children, Young People and Education pdf icon PDF 112 KB


Report of the Executive Member for Growth & Development pdf icon PDF 104 KB


Report of the Executive Member for Public Health, Prevention and Wellbeing pdf icon PDF 99 KB


Report of the Executive Member for Digital and Customer Services pdf icon PDF 103 KB


Report of the Executive Member for Adult Social Care & Health pdf icon PDF 72 KB


Report of the Executive Member for Environment & Operations pdf icon PDF 109 KB


Report of the Executive Member for Finance and Governance pdf icon PDF 87 KB


Questions from Members

To consider any questions received from Members under Procedure Rule 11.