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Defibrillator & Other Matters

Nothing happens for weeks, then everything happens at once.

Colin Hall, Chairman of our Parish Council, advises that the village defibrillator is now registered with the appropriate authorities and is fully operational at its permanent location at the Village Hall.

Photo courtesy of Graham Williams.

The official unveiling will take place at a later date, yet to be announced.

Colin also asks me to mention that the judging of the Annual gardening competition will soon be taking place so now is the time to make your gardens, hanging baskets etc, shipshape and Whittington fashion.

Last, but certainly not least. The result of the dog poo Limerick competition will soon be announced.  Delayed due to the volume of entries.  A bottle of fizz is to be awarded to the winning entry.

John Keegan, on behalf of Colin Hall.

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. Lancashire County Council is short of funds
2. The highways department plan annually for highways which are in need of and justify resurfacing.
2.1 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
4.1 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.

Graham Williams

Rural Crime Survey

The following article appeared in the Lancashire Telegraph.  I am grateful to Graham Williams for bringing it to our attentions.

RESIDENTS of Lancashire’s countryside have until a week tomorrow to give their input to a national survey on rural crime.

The county’s Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw is urging farmers and town and village residents to ensure their views are heard.

The National Rural Crime Survey at http://www.nationalruralcrimenetwork.net/survey closes at midnight on Sunday June 10.

Previous similar exercises have suggested rural crime is under reported and this year’s survey looks at understanding why this has been the case and how to increase the reporting of crimes in rural areas.

Mr Grunshaw said, “It’s important to me that the voice of Lancashire’s rural communities is heard at the highest levels.

“If you live, work or run a business in the rural areas across our county I hope you’ll take a few minutes to complete the survey and share your views. Every response will help strengthen Lancashire’s voice on this issue.”

Mr Grunshaw added: “Lancashire Police have supported a number of great initiatives in rural areas but this needs to be a national priority.