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Parish Council and the Community

The following message has been emailed, by a fellow villager, to our Parish Council for discussion at their September Meeting.  The observations of other villagers are encouraged on this blog.

Parish Council Administration
Suggestion sent to parish Councillors by email 13 June 2016.

One way that the Parish Council could improve its communication would be if there were a published timetable for PC administration so that residents could be aware of when and how information would be made available.
A simple document would suffice and it could easily be included in the Parish Website.
for example:

Scheduled ordinary meetings
Items for discussion should be submitted no later than 14 days before a scheduled meeting so that they can be included on the Agenda.
Items raised after this period may be discussed at the discretion of the Chair.  Non urgent items will be included at the next meeting, items considered to be urgent will be considered at a special meeting of the PC.
Formal notice and agenda of all meetings will be posted on the village website (and elsewhere) no later than seven days prior to any meeting.

Special meetings
At the discretion of the Chair special meetings will be called, in which case notice will be given as above.

The PC recognises its responsibility for keeping residents informed and in order to achieve this draft minutes will be circulated to members for their immediate comments no later than 14 days after a meeting and published no later than 21 days in the same way as formal notice has been given.
The minutes will remain as draft until they have been formally agreed at the next ordinary meeting of the PC.
I am sure that the PC will discuss this if they feel that it might improve communication with and involvement of residents.

Did we do enough?

Loosing the buses still rankles.

Not simply because it now costs £12 return trip by taxi into Kirkby, but because I do not feel that our Parish Councillors have pulled their weight.

They put out a survey.  I have asked a number of times for the results, but the only response I have had is that they were sent to Peter Williamson (our rep on the City Council).  I have no problem with that but surely our PC made sure that they had a record!

The last time we had a survey in the Village was regarding the application for a Wind Farm.  The PC reported the results at their meeting on the 05 May 2015, as follows:

157 sheets delivered
99 returned to date, representing 200 parishioners
In favour of the windfarm – 25
Against the windfarm – 170
No firm opinion – 5

My question is – Why did the PC not discuss the results of the bus survey in the same way.  It was infinitely more important and of greater impact on those they are supposed to represent.

There has not been a contested election in the village since my wife and I arrived in 2001.  As the Germans say “alles ist nicht gut” or, the French put it more proverbially “cette pisse pierre sent”

Gutten nacht, et bien dormir.



(Continuing the series on memories of Arkholme)

Moving down Arkholme Main Street, the Williams family lived at Goss House. Mr Williams was a road man, and later worked on the railway.

Across the road was the tennis court that belonged to Mr Hopewell who lived at Cawood View. He sold the court as a building plot when he left the village.

The Metcalfe family lived at Reading Room Cottage. A room at this house had been used as a men’s communal room where many of the young men in the village could meet to read the daily newspapers and weekly magazines that were supplied. This facility moved to the new Parish Hall when it was built in 1927, and continued till it closed in 1962.

Mr Woodhouse was the Parson. He lived with his sister at the Vicarage. There the Kings Messengers used to meet in the upstairs room where Miss Woodhouse gave us scripture lessons.

The Bainbridge family and then the Bainses farmed Carus farm. They had the first tractor that came to the village – an old Standard Fordson.

Jack Ireland lived at Cross House. He was the other basket maker. He made large hampers for the Lancashire cotton mills and the laundry industry.

The Reads lived at Ferry cottage. Mr Read was employed to make sure there was no one fishing illegally. The family also ran the ferry boat for travellers wishing to cross the river to Melling.

On Station Road the Robinson family had the Nursery gardens where they grew tomatoes in summer and chrysanthemums later in tne year employing two or three young people to help with the work.

The station was a busy place with a station master, two porters, a signalman, and the plate layers who inspected and repaired the track on a daily basis, walking from the viaduct to Borwick and back each day.

My father was head gardener at Storrs Hall, and during the war he helped form and run the local Home Guard Platoon. He was also a founder member of the Parish Hall Committee and treasurer of The Trinity Sports for a number of years.

Please bear with me if I have got some of my facts wrong – they are all just memories and we all get confused at times. I am sure old friends will get in touch and put me right on the mistakes I have made.

Loyn Bridge re-opens

The bridge is finally open.  A County Council representative reports

“We still have work to do in the river to create the best conditions for the. In doing so we also need to undertake some work to protect the North East bank to stabilise it, but our work will be focused on the protection.

It is worth noting that there may be localised delays during the ensuing period as we receive deliveries and plant to the site but the road will be open. Apologies for delays but not everything has been within our control”

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