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

Consultation on Children and Family Wellbeing Service

We are asking for views on our proposal to reduce the number of buildings where the Children and Family Wellbeing Service is based and work more flexibly in the community. As a valued stakeholder, I wanted to make you aware of this at the earliest opportunity.

We are committed to providing the best services we can to the people of Lancashire, particularly to the most vulnerable in our communities. However, the council’s financial position remains extremely challenging and we need to look at how we can do things differently whilst still providing support to those who need our help.

As you know, the service supports children, young people, parents and families and prioritises those most in need, particularly where we think that early help will make the biggest difference. We have looked at evidence of how the service makes a difference to people and how it can become more effective. To do this we will focus on providing support direct to people where possible and include the use of community settings where best. This will enable us to become more people focused rather than building based.

We are proposing to cease delivering the service from 19 buildings whilst retaining service delivery in 57 buildings. The other services delivered in these buildings will not be affected by our proposals.

We will also commission a 12-19 years youth offer through the voluntary, community and faith sector to support our delivery of services to young people across Lancashire.

We are launching the consultation at 11am today (Wednesday 6 June) and it will run until Friday 3 August. Visit http://www.lancashire.gov.uk/haveyoursay or printed questionnaires will be available in the buildings where children and wellbeing services are delivered.

In addition, we will be holding a number of focus groups across the county for the people we support to share their views and will be run by an independent facilitator.

We will also be consulting staff, county councillors and other interested parties.

After considering feedback received during the consultation period, the council’s Cabinet is due to make a decision on a final set of proposals in October.

We welcome your views and feedback.

Posted by Jim Williams on behalf of Louise Taylor, Executive Director of Adult Services, Health and Wellbeing

Future Gypsy and Traveller Sites

Lancaster City Council is preparing a Gypsy and Traveller, and Travelling Showpeople Site Allocations Development Plan Document (DPD) that will identify land to accommodate Gypsy and Travellers, and Travelling Showpeople in the District.

As part of this process, we are undertaking a ‘Call for Sites’ which provides an opportunity for individuals and organisations to suggest any sites that they consider might be suitable for allocation as a Gypsy and Traveller or Travelling Showperson site. Proposals could be for either new sites or an expansion or intensification of an existing site. Proposals are invited for permanent residential sites or transit sites / temporary stopping places.

If you are interested in this or wish to submit a potential site, please visit our Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation webpage.

Please note: The deadline for suggesting potential sites as part of this ‘Call for Sites’ is Friday 22nd June 2018.

Posted by Jim Williams on behalf of Planning and Housing Policy Team

Whittington Heritage Day

There will be a Heritage Day event at Whittington Church on Sunday 10th June, starting at 5:00pm. 

There will be an illustrated talk by Maurice Steele on farm and village life and Gerald will also have a display of some of his historic photos of Whittington. There will be refreshments, including wine, after the event. 

The Heritage Day last year was a very successful and this year’s event should prove popular again.

Posted by Jim Williams on behalf of Whittington Parish Council

National Rural Crime Survey

Clive Grunshaw, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire, is conducting a survey of the sorts of crime that people in rural areas are experiencing. He’s also interested in whether they are reporting crimes to the police, as well has how they want to engage.

If you would like to complete the survey, please go to http://www.nationalruralcrimenetwork.net/research/internal/2018survey/

Posted by Jim Williams on behalf of Clive Grunshaw, Police and Crime Commissioner

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