NEWSLETTER February 2020.
            The Parish Council wishes to remind everyone that their meetings are open to all residents and that there is opportunity to have your say at these meetings.

RAT INFESTATION:

The Parish Council is investigating ways to resolve the problem. The Pest Control Officer makes regular visits to the site and baits the trap however, the rats are not taking the bait because of the amount of food in the area.

POLICE LIAISON:

Police Constable Nicola Barff-Lewis based at Chorley Police Station is now the current police liaison officer for the Parish.

HIGHWAYS AND FOOTPATHS:

FLOODING:

The flooding has occurred on Private Road and Quaker Brook Lane. The County Council has been informed.

HEDGE - QUAKER BROOK LANE/THE STRAITS:

Following the request from the Parish Council for a site meeting. County Councillor Snowden was consulting the Highways Department regarding the possible removal of the hedge to improve visibility at this junction.

BLACKBURN OLD ROAD (A675) - ROAD SURFACE:

The condition of the road surface from the Village Hall to the traffic lights at Moulden Brow is deteriorating rapidly and needs urgent attention.The County Council is currently investigating this.The County Council has undertaken some repair work to potholes mainly near the Village Hall but further extensive work is required.

TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE:

Quaker Brook Lane will be closed temporarily on 30th March 2020 to allow Openreach to carry out overhead cabling work.

PLANNING APPLICATIONS:

Planning permission has been granted for two developments at The Straits but no further applications for developments within the Parish had been submitted since the last meeting. A planning application for the development of land south of The Straits had been dismissed on appeal.

CONSULTATIONS:

Lancashire County Council is proposing an increase in the precept of 3.99% of which 2% would be allocated to adult social care. The Police are to increase their precept by 5.9%.

PARISH COUNCIL MEETINGS:

The Parish Council has reviewed its current cycle of meetings and agreed a schedule of six weekly meetings from May 2020 subject to public consultation.

MONTHLY SIX WEEKLY 2020 18th May 18th May (AGM to be followed by normal meeting.) 15th June 29th June 15th July 3rd August 14th September 21st September 19th October 26th October 16th November 30th November 2021. 18th January 25th January 15th February 1st March 15th March ----------- 12th April 20th April (Also Parish Meeting)

If you wish to comment on the changes could you please contact :-

TONY HARKNESS - CLERK 9 NEATH CLOSE. WALTON LE DALE PRESTON PR5 4NE PHONE NO 01772 334596 Email tonyharkness@virginmedia.com

WEST PENINE VILLAGES:

Villagers are being urged to take up new challenges for the New Year. The West Pennine Village U3A formed just six months ago but already has 116 members and 24 groups up and running. The U3A meets at Withnell Social Club and in members’homes and offers everything from table tennis to crafting and from family history to walking. There are also indoor games, table tennis, Pilates and theatre trips. New sessions for 2020 include handbell ringing, Dancercise and country dancing. Ann Furlong, the U3A chairman said: “We have far exceeded our expectations and it is so exciting and positive.” The U3A is a national organisation for retired, semi retired or those no longer in full time employment and the WPVU3A is accessible to people living in the Withnell, Wheelton, Hoghton, Abbey Village, White Coppice, Heapey, Riley Green, Brinscall, Whittle and Clayton-le-Woods. The U3A holds a drop-in session every Wednesday from 10am until noon at Withnell Fold Sports and Social Club (PR6 8BA) where members can enjoy a coffee and a chat with other members and to see which groups are on offer. There is a speaker every month. Visit the website at http://westpenninevillagesu3a.org.uk for information about groups, dates of the speaker sessions and a calendar of events, or send a message to contact@westpenninevillagesu3a.org.uk We are always looking to move forward and welcome any advice, suggestions etc. New groups can be formed at any time provided there is sufficient interest and someone to start up the group. We can arrange transport for those who need it. So, a New Year – a New You? Come and join us.”

DATE OF NEXT MEETING:

Monday 16th March 2020 at 7.30. p.m. at Holy Trinity Parish Church Hall.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND.



TONY HARKNESS CLERK. FEBRUARY 2020