Condition of Highways

At the last meeting of the Parish Council I agreed to try to determine what Lancashire County Council’s policy was over the maintenance of highways, particularly in relation to Whittington.

I have now had a response from the Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport which I summarise:

  1. LCC is short of funds.
  2. The highways department plan annually for highways which are in need of and justify resurfacing.
    1. No roads in Whittington Parish are scheduled for the current financial year.
  3. It is recognised that Church Street is in poor condition and temporary repairs are planned at some time over the next few weeks.
  4. Potholes which meet “intervention” levels will be repaired as required.
    1. I have requested clarity of the definition of “intervention” levels.
  5. I am sure that this issue will be discussed at the next meeting of the Parish Council on Monday 16th July.

Update 16th July 2018: I have now received clarification of the county council’s intervention level for defects, the intervention level set in Lancashire is that any pothole over 40mm in depth is considered an actionable pothole and will be repaired. The level is reduced for footways and our intervention level is 25mm for rural and urban areas, and 20mm for highly pedestrianised areas such as town centres.

Posted by Jim Williams on behalf of Graham Williams

Parish Council Vacancy

After many years of loyal service, Eric Pelter has retired from the Parish Council. Naturally, this has created a vacancy. If anyone would be interested in joining the Parish Council, please contact Colin Hall for more information; you can email him at Sellethall@hotmail.com

Update: John Keegan has kindly put a couple of key documents on his blog that may be useful to interested parties:

The Good Councillor’s Guide
Whittington Code of Conduct

Posted by Jim Williams on behalf of Whittington Parish Council

Annual Parish Meeting

Further Update: the correct name for the Assembly is Meeting so this has now been updated to the Annual Parish Meeting. Also, the date has been changed to Monday 30th April at 7:00 pm.

Update: a further plea from the Parish Council for agenda items for the Parish Meeting. Last year there were no items on the agenda – it would be a shame if this were the case again.

Original post: The Annual Parish Assembly will take place on Monday 21st May 2018 at 6:45 pm. This is an open public meeting and will be followed by the Annual General Meeting at 7:30pm and then a Parish Council Meeting.

If any parishioners have agenda items for the Parish Meeting, please can they let Gillian Hodgson (Clerk to the Parish Council – email gillianhodgson6@gmail.com). 

British Heart Foundation – First Step

Welcome and thank you for joining us.     

At the British Heart Foundation we have a vision to transform the UK into a nation of life savers. A country where everyone knows how to save a life. By applying for a defibrillator and CPR training kit you are playing an important role in this vision.      

Your defibrillator

Your defibrillator will be sent to you once we have received your £600 contribution. You can read more about the best way to use and maintain it in this guide.

We also have a short video which shows you how to use a defibrillator. Why not take a look and share with other people in your community – then you’ll have everything needed to arm people with the skills that might mean the difference between life and death in an emergency.

Your CPR kit

Your CPR training kit will also be sent once we’ve received your £600 contribution. As soon as it arrives, you’ll have everything you need to train the people in your community in life saving CPR skills.

If someone goes into cardiac arrest, starting CPR and using a defibrillator will give them the best chance of survival. This is why we’re sending you a CPR training kit, along with your defibrillator – so you and your community are prepared if the worst should happen.       

Posted by Jim Williams on behalf of Gillian Hodgson

Annual Litter Pick

As many of you will know, Mike Redmond has successfully organised a litter pick in the parish for the last two years.

Unfortunately, Mike is unable to do so this year but, coincidentally, we have been approached by ‘Keep Britain Tidy’ who are running a similar National incentive in March.

Bin bags have been ordered in anticipation of the event but what is really needed is someone to organise it. Obviously this is a big ask, as Mike did such a great job, although hopefully someone will be interested in taking on the role. If you’d like more information, please get in touch, or speak to Colin Hall.

Posted by Jim Williams on behalf of Whittington Parish Council – Colin Hall

Parish Council Vacancy

Update: Unfortunately, there have been no responses to the upcoming vacancy on the Parish Council. If anyone is interested in the position, please contact Colin at the email below.

Originally published 16th January: One of the Parish Council members is retiring in April and a vacancy will arise. If you would like more information, or are interested in the position, please contact Colin Hall at sellethall@gmail.com, or any other Councillor. 

Updated by Jim Williams on behalf of the Parish Council