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Green Bin Collection

Because there was no green bin collection this week I emailed Environmental Services at Lancaster City Council.  I have received the following Response:

Good Morning.

Thank you for your message.

Unfortunately we no longer are taking green waste between Monday 5th December and Friday 20th January. This is due to a council operational decision. Lancaster City Councillor’s put forward this change. So any comment or complaints will need to made via your local councillor.

You will have to make alternative arrangements to dispose of your green waste, or wait until your next collection.

Miss Lynsey A Hall”
Our City Councillor is Peter Williamson, who’s email address is: pwilliamson@lancaster.gov.uk
Graham Williams

New Bus Service

Stagecoach have published the new timetable for the 81 service between Lancaster and Kirkby Lonsdale. The timetable will come into effect from Monday 16 January 2017.

Whilst this is refreshing the actual details are very disappointing unless you are a schoolchild.

The service will leave Lancaster at 7:45 passing through Gressingham at 8:18, Arkholme at 8:24 and Whittington at 8:30.  The service will operate on school days in term time only.

The existing 15:41 from Kirkby to Lancaster via Whittington will be retimed slightly.

Unfortunately, the timing means that bus passes cannot be used either on the leg between Whittington and Kirkby, or the continuing leg to Lancaster, as the timing is prior to 9:30.

To say that Duncan and I are disappointed would be an understatement.

John Keegan.


Whittington Farm Development

Whittington Farm Development
For Sale

whittington-farmIs this what I expected?  Well – no.  Maybe I was naive in thinking that Eddie Mackereth was working in conjunction with a Property Developer and an Architect when he submitted his plans for this development.  If this had been the case then maybe we could anticipate a degree of consideration in respect of it’s impact on the community.  If he now sells the Outline Planning Permission to another, less committed, third party developer will the same consideration apply?  Maybe, maybe not.  We can only wait and see.

The whole scheme is in the hands of Estate Agents, Richard Turner & Son, and is available on their website.  The following text is the information that they provide:

“A two acre site in the centre of Whittington Village with outline planning permission from Lancaster City Council dated 2 September 2016 (ref: 16/00397/OUT) to demolish the agricultural sheds, erect 18 dwellings and convert stone built stores to 1 dwelling and 1 shop/tearoom with parking spaces, village green and stone walled children’s play area.

Archaeology, tree preservation, contamination assessment, surface water drainage, foul water drainage and flood management matters have been addressed.  Bat and nesting bird surveys have been carried out with negative findings.

Sawley Office”

Turners’ provide a link to a descriptive PDF file, on their website.  To view this additional information click on the following link: Turner’s PDF file.

Please feel free to post any comments you may have.
John Keegan


You may have heard, or read in the media, of the attempts by myself and John Keegan at reinstating our local bus service, through increasing public awareness.

We have studied the current timetable and believe that it is possible to reroute three buses a day through Whittington, Arkholme and Gressingham, in both directions.

We believe the changes we propose will have a minimal, or no, cost impact on Stagecoach.

To be successful we need “backsides on seats”, and to convince the bus operator that passenger numbers, on our side of the Lune, are achievable.  The survey carried out in November 2015, shows more than double the number of passengers claimed to use the service, on our side.  In addition, we have nearly half as many properties again when compared to the Melling side.

Unfortunately, Stagecoach refuse to release the actual passenger numbers, on the grounds that this is commercially sensitive.  We need to make the make them aware of public feeling in our villages.

Please, oh please, post a comment on this blog. Let the community know your feelings.

Duncan Foster.

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