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We are pleased to introduce our Big Local Plan for the first two years of our 10 year funding, developed by the Gannow Big Local Steering Group.  We are an un-constituted group of volunteers passionate about the area in which we live. Our group is enjoying working together to make the Gannow area a good place to live. We have absorbed ourselves in promoting the Big Local because we know that our involvement and actions will benefit Gannow and our team effort will help to get more people involved.  We are looking forward to passing on our enthusiasm to a new generation of residents and showing how positive a community working together can be.




The Gannow Big Local Newsletter

Issue 16 - Autumn 2019

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The Gannow Big Local Designated Area


The Gannow Big Local Strategic Plan


This strategic plan brings together three important documents:


The Vision - sets out the aims of the Gannow Big Local Steering Committee.

The Profile - provides an illustration of the area, and

The Action Plan - sets out the priorities for the first two years of intervention.


To download our 2017 - 2019 Plan click here


The Strategic Plan has been developed and agreed by the Gannow Big Local Steering Committee and presented here by its officers.

The work is the result of a two year development process that started with the identification of Gannow as a recipient ward for the £1M Big Local funding in 2012 and culminates in this shared vision for our area up until 2016. Big Local is a 10 year funding programme so this plan will be reviewed annually to ensure that our priorities continue to reflect the needs of the area as new opinions come through. 

Since receiving notification of our Big Local status in February 2012 we have been discovering what Gannow wants through consultation with our fellow residents.  Discovering what people love about Gannow and what will make a difference to the area has taken many shapes and we are still learning; teasing out ideas, small business opportunities, passing on information and encouraging residents to get more involved with us. We know this is very important in the early years of our funding in order to guarantee the success and sustainability of Big Local work so we will hold more Big Local events and offer support for the community to get involved in our activities. 

Gannow Big Local is an evolving project, but we have to start somewhere. Based on the responses we have had from our community at this stage in the Big Local journey and taking into consideration how we have developed as a Steering Group we propose an initial two year plan. This will address some key priorities raised by Gannow residents, it will show through achievable activities that we are in the business of doing, not just saying, and ultimately it will strengthen and develop our Big Local Partnership.  We want Gannow to thrive and through our actions we want to inspire a future generation of community involvement. 

We are passionate about our area and want to see immediate change but we also have a responsibility to ourselves and to our fellow residents to be realistic as well as aspirational. We think it is important to have some good early success stories under our belt so that the whole community can see that we are all in it together! So we have looked carefully at our Vision and the priorities for Gannow residents and we have devised a plan that will help us achieve them.  

We recognise that we have benefitted from the support and knowledge of our LTO, Burnley Pendle and Rossendale CVS and the ‘on the ground’ support and activities of our outreach worker.  We want this support to continue with a review at the end of year one.  This will ensure that we continue to build capacity and skills as a Steering Group and we keep Gannow residents involved and excited about our activities with the help of a person they have got to know over the past year, in addition to delivering our plan.