All posts by John Keegan

Whittington PC Renaissance

Here in Whittington, we should rejoice in the Renaissance of our Parish Council.

We now have a lifeblood injection of three spanking new Parish Councilors, and the PC is still able to call upon the significant expertise of both of the recently retiring Counselors, Eric Pelter and Barbara Atkinson.

Compare this with the situation in nearby Casterton as reported by the BBC:

“A village parish council had to draft in support from another authority after it was left with just one councillor.

Five councillors usually represent Casterton, near Kirkby Lonsdale in Cumbria, although it had been managing with four.

They recently stood down and there was just a single candidate standing in the local elections on 2 May.

South Lakeland District Council has now appointed four of its councillors to the parish council.

There will be another election for Casterton Parish Council on 13 June and it is hoped local people will come forward.

The council, which looks after issues such as some street lights and play areas, could not act legally with just a single councillor.

Rev Kevin Price, the clerk to Casterton Parish Council, said: “It’s a problem happening at many parish councils – I am clerk to 11 and about half of them are short.

“However, in 36 years I can’t remember any being down to just one member.

“There does seem some reluctance in the rural community to stand and some do not want the commitment.”

Our newly formatted PC deserves the support of parishioners from Keerside to High Biggins, via Docker, Newton, Whittington and Sellet

John Keegan.

Recycling Changes

Changes will be made to recycling centres opening hours

Lancashire County Council’s cabinet has agreed proposals to help balance its budget by changing the opening times and days of recycling centres.

All 15 Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) will still be open at the busiest times including weekends and bank holidays, but six of the quieter sites will only open 5 days a week.

The opening hours of all recycling centres will be changed to 9am – 5pm all year round. Currently they are open from 8am to 7pm in summer, and 8am to 5pm during the winter, however surveys show that visitor numbers are relatively low at either end of the day.

The sites at Barnoldswick, Burscough, Carnforth, Clitheroe, Haslingden and Longridge will close two days during the week excluding Friday, as this is often the busiest weekday leading into the weekend.

A report to the cabinet outlined the results of public consultation on the changes to opening hours. Responses were mixed, with support for, or indifference to, the changes being roughly equal to those that disagree with them.

In a change to the original proposals Skelmersdale HWRC will remain open seven days a week. It had been proposed that the Skelmersdale site also open five days a week on the basis that there is another site in West Lancashire at Burscough, however it was accepted that the Skelmersdale site is significantly busier, receiving much more waste than other sites which were due to move to five day opening.

Feedback received during the consultation also led to a new recommendation ensuring that all sites will open on Bank Holidays, even if a facility’s normal closure day is a Monday.

The report to cabinet also addressed concerns that reducing availability of the recycling centres would lead to increased fly tipping. It states that most fly tipping is carried out by unscrupulous businesses which do not want to pay for their waste to be disposed of properly. There has been no evidence of fly tipping having increased when Lancashire recycling centres had been closed in the past as the majority of residents care for their local environment and would not risk criminal penalties for fly tipping.

The changes are due to be implemented from 1 October 2019.

Janine Lund
Waste Management Group
Lancashire County Council
T: (01772) 538053
M: 07584 581399
W: www.lancashire.gov.uk

Whittington Windows Upgrade Grant

Whittington Village Hall
Charity No. 521355 –
Environmental Body 410725

Whittington Village Hall are pleased to be able to announce that they have been awarded a grant of £988 (Ex VAT), by the Lancashire Environmental Fund, in respect of the provision of new modern, double glazed windows to be fitted in the supper room.

The existing windows were installed when the building was constructed and the new windows aim to improve thermal efficiency in the supper room, which is the part of the Village Hall most used by the community, and includes the Bar. Villagers look forward to a warm and welcoming atmosphere in the renovated facility.

John Keegan