Blackburn with Darwen has been through a difficult time. It's been tough and will continue to be tough.
Spending cuts mean that Council services have changed forever. We can no longer provide the level of services we used to though needs are still there.
But, thanks to you, Blackburn with Darwen is far from doom and gloom.
You've already shown your community pride by running community centres, cleaning up your environment and helping others and we thank you for that.
Now we need even more of you to join in.
We've launched a new campaign called Your Call. Quite simply, it gives you the opportunities to make a real difference in your community.
Whether you shop locally, join in a clean up, take action on domestic abuse or road safety, your choices and actions count. It's Your Call if you want to play your part and fight for Blackburn with Darwen. We'll support and encourage you all the way because what matters to you, matters to us.
Please, stand up and be counted in our wonderful borough. Together, we can make it better.
Your community, your call.
Councillor Kate Hollern
Leader of Blackburn with Darwen Council