Church Street Road Closure

Wednesday 13th March 2019 from 07:00 to 16:00

Church Street will be closed from its junction with Main Street, to its junction with Hosticle Lane, to allow utility work to be carried out.

Whittington Clean 19

Saturday 23rd March 2019

Back by popular demand (or should that be unpopular?) is the fourth annual Whittington litter collection that will take place on Saturday 23 March 2019 between 0915 and about 1230.  We are looking for volunteers to help us clear the roads and paths out to the parish boundary of the various cans, bottles, food wrappers and other assorted items that some people find too difficult to take home.  We have an assortment of litter pickers, high visibility vests, gloves and bags to help collect the rubbish – all you need is some warm clothing and a sense of humour!  Meet at Whittington Village Hall at 0915  for the opportunity for a chat and some gentle exercise followed by light refreshments on completion.  We would love to see you there!  

Posted by Jim Williams on behalf of Mike Redmond

Garden Waste Collection

John Keegan has kindly emailed to remind people that now is the time to consider whether you want to subscribe to the Lancaster City Council garden waste collection service.

If you’ve subscribed before, you should receive a renewal email that contains the details you need (see John’s blog post for more information on this – http://www.whittingtonvillage.org.uk/blog/2019-garden-waste-collection/).

If you’d like to take out a new subscription, please go to the LCC Garden Waste Collection page – http://www.lancaster.gov.uk/bins-recycling/garden-waste-collection.

Posted by Jim Williams on behalf of John Keegan.

Have your say

Consultation on Household Waste Recycling Centres’ (HWRCs) opening days and times.

We want your views on our proposals to change the opening days and times of Lancashire’s HWRCs.

We want to keep HWRCs open when residents are most likely to use them. We have categorised all of the HWRCs based on how busy they are and/or how close they are to another centre. We are proposing new opening days and times based on this.

Visit www.lancashire.gov.uk/consultations
to complete an online questionnaire available from Monday 28 January.
If you would prefer a printed questionnaire then please ring 01254 220691.
Please return your comments to us by Monday 25 March.

Posted by Jim Williams on behalf o Lancashire County Council

Defibrillator Access Code

Following the PC meeting last night it was agreed that the access code to the defibrillator cabinet be made available to residents if they feel that it would be beneficial.

To ensure that security of the equipment is not compromised it was thought prudent not to openly publish the code number but to ask residents to contact Colin Hall (email sellethall@gmail.com) who will be happy to provide that information.

Of course when ringing the emergency services that number is immediately given but after the First Responder presentation several residents indicated that having that code to hand would useful.

Posted by Jim Williams on behalf of Colin Hall

Defibrilator Training

Update from Colin Hall:

The evening was a great success and extremely well attended by 35 people! The event took the form of a workshop and involved all those present, with First Responders explaining various techniques associated with the Defibrillator. Residents were able to question and be assured of the efficacy of Defibrillator. The access to the equipment was fully explained and any fears about using it allayed.

There was a humorous presentation by David Reed – First Responder Coordinator for the Whittington area.
There are still vacancies for First Responders – if anyone is interested, please contact Colin Hall.

Original post:

The Parish Council have arranged a session with our local first responder, David Reed, to demonstrate, present and indeed elaborate on our defibrillator now situated on the Village Hall front elevation.

This FREE session will be held at 7:30 pm in the Village Hall on Thursday 10th January 2019. There will be refreshments available.

Posted by Jim Williams on behalf of the Parsish Council (Colin Hall)

Holiday Lodges – Planning Update

You may be interested to note that the planning application for the ‘Change of use of agricultural land for the siting of 7 holiday lodges with associated access track and installation of a package treatment plant’ has been updated with the submission of an amended plan.  The details can be found at https://planning.lancaster.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=PCQMIRIZLYK00

Comments are requested before 18 January 2019.  A scan of related documents offer some useful observations.

Posted by Jim Williams on behalf of Mike Redmond

Are you willing to pay more Council Tax to support policing in your area?

Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner has today launched a survey asking council tax payers across Lancashire if they are willing to pay more to support the recruitment of 80 police officers and increase proactive policing in their community.

The consultation follows the budget announcement last week, where the Government has once again passed the burden of the cost of policing onto council tax payers.

The latest financial settlement for Lancashire sees it increase by £6.8m and whilst the Commissioner welcomes any additional grant, it does not even cover the increase to employer pension contributions for policing, announced in September.

The real world consequences of dealing with this pensions deficit alone, is forecast to cost Lancashire Constabulary around £7.1m per year from 19/20 – the equivalent to over 150 police officers.

However, since 2010 Lancashire Constabulary has had to make over £84m of savings as a direct result of the Government cutting £50m of central funding during the same period, with an additional £18m of savings required by 2022. In the same period Lancashire has lost 800 police officer posts and 350 support staff, meaning there are increasingly fewer places where savings can be made. Despite the cuts, the Constabulary is still deemed to be efficient and effective by external inspectors.

Clive Grunshaw, Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner said:

“I strongly believe that more funding should come from the Government and I will continue to lobby the Home Secretary and Policing Minister.

“The current funding for policing isn’t sufficient to deal with growing demands on the police and the financial settlement allows me to raise further funds but only through passing this burden onto council tax payers. This isn’t fair and it isn’t sustainable.”

“However, raising funds through council tax contributions is the only option the Government have given me to protect and bolster policing and if I did not consider this, it would mean a cut to our budget. There are over a million calls for service every year to Lancashire Police and investment is needed to keep up with ever increasing demands on policing and to deliver a service the public expect. Police officers and staff are working round the clock to keep people safe but, they are over stretched.”

The public are being asked if they would be prepared to pay an extra 46 pence per week for a Band D property to invest in policing services in their area. Three quarters of Lancashire residents are in lower bands and so would pay less, and this would raise over £10m for policing in Lancashire.”

Increased revenue raised through council tax would help to deal with the changing nature of crime and provide more local, visible and accessible policing that is more responsive to local issues.

Mr Grunshaw explained, “Across the county residents tell me that they want to see better investment in policing. More detectives are also being recruited by the force following public feedback asking to prioritise investigations around major crimes, child exploitation and domestic abuse but they want more police officers, and they want to see them out on the streets, tackling crime and keeping us safe.

“The reality is the ability to invest in our policing teams and meet the pressures on the service is completely reliant on raising council tax by the highest amount we can. With rising demands, increasing costs through inflation and growing crime we cannot accept a further reduction in our police budget.

“Asking for more money, the public quite rightly expect to get something in return and need to feel the difference which is why if the proposals go ahead, it would be spent on 80 extra police officers.

“These officers would form task forces in every district in Lancashire to support neighbourhood policing teams to solve problems in communities, focusing on reducing and preventing crime, anti-social behaviour, public order and supporting public events. This would include three officers dedicated to tackling rural crime in each of the county’s policing divisions.

“Specialist target teams would be increased to strengthen the force’s ability to tackle cross border crime and criminality, focusing on burglary and robbery 24/7 to ensure police are making an impact around the issues that really matter to people and cause the biggest misery and concern.

“These extra officers would also work alongside drones funded by proceeds of crime to locate and track offenders and support searches for missing people.”

Residents can have their say on the proposals by completing the online survey and the Commissioner’s office will be conducting a telephone survey with a sample of residents from every part of the county in the coming weeks.

A series of engagement events are also planned at locations across the county. Anyone who wants to receive a paper copy of the survey can telephone 01772 533587 and one will be posted out.

Monday 7th January 10am – 12pm Sainsbury’s St Annes
Monday 7th January 2pm – 4pm St Nicolas Arcade Lancaster
Tuesday 8th January 2pm – 4pm Sainsbury’s Clitheroe
Wednesday 9th January 10am – 12pm Concourse, Skelmersdale
More dates to be added.

Posted by Jim Williams on behalf of Rachel Whittle, Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire

Bacon Butty – a great success

The bacon butty this morning (1st January) was quite clearly a huge success!

To me attendance looked up on last year, the room was rammed, the butties were bursting with flavour and take it from me the morning was an absolute delight.

Fantastic! Plus, I understand all profit is to be donated to St Johns Hospice.

Posted by Jim Williams on behalf on an anonymous villager.