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Lunsdale Prescriptions

For the third time in a couple of years, I paid £12 return fair to get a taxi to Kirkby in order to pick up our repeat prescriptions, only to find that the surgery was closed from 1:00pm for training.  I then came home pill less.

As a result, I have now established that the forthcoming half day training days are as follows:

Thu 18th May, Wed 21st June, Wed 12th July

Happy Pill Picking.

BUGS March Minutes

 Minutes for BUG meeting, 16th March 2017
1.45 pm Carnforth Railway Heritage Station

  1. Present: Jim Davies, Abi Mills, Eric Jones, Margaret, David Cox, Dorothy Pearce, Ken Pearce, Duncan Foster, John Keegan, Paul Legon, Heather Kellett, Mel Guilding, Andrew Drummond, G.J. Beckett, Pauline White, Roger Frankland Apologies: Paul Gardener, Grace Donhue, Tim Hamilton Cox, Alec Crouch, Drusilla Nesbitt, Carol Gardener, Richard Scott, David Barnes, Steve Clarke, Joy Greenwood, Gina Dowding, Mary Searle-Chatterjee, Brian Wearing
  1. Presentation by Jack Waring from Glasdon Group Ltd (about Bus shelters)

Jack Waring gave an interesting presentation about the development of the bus stops Glasdon are designing and took feedback from members as to what is important for passengers in bus stop design. AM asked if they could put a new prototype bus stop on Keswick Road, Lancaster, as the stop there is in desperate need of replacement. They said this could be a possibility and will arrange to come and visit the site.

  1. Number 18 bus

JD gave an update on the service that is now running. Fixed funding £15000, that will last 19 months. £65000 will also be available from Miller homes (Leisure Park houses) s106 money as well in the near future. BUG organised a launch event, which received good press coverage.  BUG also printed 500 leaflets and delivered to the area of the route. THC delivered stagecoach leaflets too.

  1. Kirkby Lonsdale Coach Hire increased timetable for service 8 and 9

Due to KLC having a bus freed up, as no longer running no 18, so services to Ryelands and Bowerham have been improved.

  1. Service review by Stagecoach, which routes do we want looking at?

6a – Lancaster needs to be every half hour

Mellishaw Lane Retail Park – could route change make it work?

Mossgate Park/Windermere Park – needs a bus service!

Leaflet to advertise tickets – Lancaster Bus Guide was produced last April, with map. Much more user friendly – need to make sure it is kept up to date, it needs no 18 on

Uni along A6 – buses full by time get along Greaves Road – still happening

Need a re-run the Give up your Seat campaign at the beginning of every new academic year

1840 Lune Valley service – bus needs to be officially timetabled to Kirkby Lonsdale. Bus could come back through Wittington, Arkholme and Halton.

Split 81 services to go to both sides of the Lune Valley

Circular Bus serving Kirkby Lonsdale, Ingleton and Wray – has anyone every looked at this?

Could later buses be reinstated to and from Kirkby Lonsdale and Lancaster?

Wray to Kirbky Lonsdale – needs to be some buses

Stagecoach will be invited to next meeting in May

  1. Update on Local Transport Plan – nothing to report, as what happens will depend on the outcome of the Local Plan Consultation
  1. Local Plan consultation – how can bus users get their voices heard?

Please respond starting public transport need to be taken into account. AM will send out a link to the consultation with minutes of this meeting.

  1.  Greyhound Bridge works and what effect it will have on the buses

Need to wait to see what Stagecoach say, BUG may get involved with helping with publicity about how this will effect services.

  1. Membership renewal

Members have been asked to renew membership if not already done so. Steve Clarke will be sending reminders to those who still need to pay.

  1. Date and time of next meeting

11th May- 6 pm, The Cornerstone, Lancaster

  1. AOB

Mary Searle-Chatterjee asked Halton Parish Council for funding to improve a bus shelter in Halton, it now has a new seat installed and the shelter has been painted.  

Summer timetable 755 will be coming though at 10.25 so will improve the connecting in Carnforth if using 51

Mel Guilding reported that the 49 service will be going through Highfield Estate, hopefully by end of March. MG will let us know when this will start.

Dales Bus – will be 3 services.

One – Northern Dalesman run by Preston Bus

Two – Mallam Tarn Shuttle – KLC starting in Lancaster

Three – Bowland Exporer – Travellers Choice – start in Lancaster

Will be a concessions ticket at £7 and £1 for single trip for ‘under 19’s, but children under 16 go free with the holder of a Dales Rover ticket.

Dales Bus leaflet – timetable is now available at bus station and details are on the BUG website

http://lancsbus.blogspot.co.uk/

Northern Rail have funded these services

Agenda for next meeting – BUG day trips to use the buses!

AM 19.3.17

Open Meeting

This evening’s open meeting in the village hall went off very well indeed.  Forty or so Parishioners attended and the meeting was very ably Chaired by our District Councillor, Peter Williamson.

At the commencement of the meeting Peter announced that it was the intention to take a vote of those present, at the end of the meeting to see how many were in support of the actions of the Parish Council over the prior twenty four months and how many were not in support.

A lively discussion ensued, with questions being asked about the administration of both the web site and the Blog, and opinions being expressed about the contents of both.  There was a certain amount of confusion about the difference between these two resources.  Comments were also made about the lack of communication around the Parish.

Colin Hall made an impassioned summary of some of the recent events surrounding the PC with a frank admission to some of the shortfalls that they had experienced.  He was however quite sure that no matters of financial impropriety had occurred.

He then said that at the next PC Meeting he would propose a course of action, seeking assistance from outside resources, in order to see what could be done to eradicate anything that may have been the cause of disquiet.  This would include a 15 minute period of public participation at the commencement of each meeting.

The Chairman collected a number of names of people who were prepared to assist, including towards the possibility of generating a PC owned and supported web site.

Colin did say that he was considering tendering his resignation at the next PC Meeting.  This produced an overwhelming level of support for him to continue in his role.

The meeting ended with a vote on the substantive motion.  There were 38 in favour of support for the PC, 2 abstentions and 1 (me) against.

The meeting adjourned amicably.

Those were the Days

Whilst I was conducting a routine clean out of my Outlook Email Folders I came across the item below.  I think I’ll keep it, to bring back fond memories.

From: Gill Hodgson [mailto:arkholmebrownies@hotmail.com]
Sent: 17 July 2013 12:12
To: John Keegan
Subject: website

The Cllrs agreed with Mrs Carole Storey about the excellent website and thought a “pat on the back” was in order. Well done – keep up the good work.

Whittington Parish Council
Clerk Gillian Hodgson
6, Meadoway, Arkholme, Carnforth, LA6 1AT
arkholmebrownies@hotmail.com
Tel. 01524221814
17th July, 2013

Mrs Carole Storey
Meadow View
Moor Row
Wigton
CA7 ODL
Dear Mrs Storey,
Many thanks for the postcard of The Church of St Michael The Archangel that you were able to send to the Parish Council. I have forwarded it to the Parochial Church Council, with a copy of your letter.
I have also informed the keeper of the website, Mr John Keegan regarding the “excellent website”. I agree, it is a very informative and interesting website that it kept up-to-date regularly and I am pleased you were impressed and felt compelled to forward the postcard to us.

Yours sincerely

Gillian Hodgson

Clerk to the Parish Council