With the belated appearance of the Parish Council Minutes for November 2016 on the Lancaster City website, I feel that I should update my previous observations.
Minute 1285 makes it clear that the parish Council are going ahead with the installation of Speed Indicators. At no point can I find any reference in previous PC Minutes to any detailed discussion of the need, benefits, alternatives, merits and costs of such an installation.
I also note that members of the PC do not use this blog for communication with residents, presumably they feel that the existing methods soon to be supported by their own form of electronic communication are more than adequate.
We frequently see Sparrow hawks visiting our bird feeders, usually just passing through on what I suspect is a routine sweep of the village. Just occasionally they stop on or near the feeder and if I am lucky I have my camera to hand.We would love to have your photo’s of Whittington and the surrounding area on this blog. Please email them to:
Ofcom require BT to notify local councils of their intention to remove a public phone box and suggest that the local council, in our case Lancaster City, should notify the affected Parish Councils who might then raise objections.
I have been advised by the Planning Department that the City Council do not take any action to notify affected parishes.
The Notice inside the phone box is dated 31 August 2016 and gives a 42 day consultation period for objections to be raised with the local council.
The Lancaster Guardian dated 4 November 2016 gives a list of phone boxes which are to be removed, Whittington is buried in the list and is shown as having two phone calls made in 12 months.
- Parish Council
It is possible that the Parish Council is aware of the situation and has already made representations to the City Council over a failure to keep then informed.
No doubt we will learn more in due course.