To the Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner.
Dear Mr, Grunshaw.
In the last five years the increase in the amount people in Whittington pay to Lancashire County Council and Lancashire Fire Authority has increased, in both instances, by 2%.
Over the same period the amount we pay to the Police & Crime Commissioner has increased by 9%.
When this period began our village was a partner in PACT, Police and Community Together, the result of which was that we had regular visits, by either a Police Officer or a PCSO, to the weekly Pensioners Lunches, the Village Hall Car park every month on the same day as the Library Van, and periodically on the first Wednesday of every month to the Village monthly Coffee Morning.
In addition a representative from the Police used to attend the bi-monthly Parish Council meetings.
All these have stopped. Now we get a periodic drive through by a patrol car, which doesn’t stop and speak with anyone. When we have a burglary, as happened in Loyne Park a year or so ago, the police turned up two weeks after the event.
My questions are – Why are we paying disproportionately more for less, verging on nothing at all and, is this just another example of how the rural community is to be treated by County Authorities?
Happy new year everyone.
I am sure the weather will improve eventually. I can never remember so much heavy rain and so many floods and so much damage that we have seen in the last month. I suppose we will just have to admit that our present lifestyle has caused a lot of the trouble – but which one of us is willing to give up the comfortable life we now live? I for one would be lost without my car and the central heating and other modern conveniences. I just do not know what the answer is.
We really enjoyed the Church carol service, singing all the old carols we remembered learning at school. Once again the Church was beautifully decorated the flower arrangements were again quite artistic and so lovely to look at, and the mulled wine and nibbles just completed the night. The service just got our Christmas off to a lovely start, thank you.
The snow has finally arrived. They had to cancel the annual charity dance on Saturday because the road conditions were too dangerous for people to travel, so it will have to be arranged later in the year. The next dance at Whittington is on Saturday 6 February, when Dennis Westmorland will be back playing for the Lupton Church dance.
Our County Councillor is Mrs Susie Charles.
I expect that as a Councillor for a rural area she is opposed to the complete cancellation of the 81A bus service, proposed by the County Council. However, it would do no harm to let her know (email being the easiest way) your feelings about the loss of the 81A route through Gressingham, Arkholme and Whittington.
My personal view is that for County to expect the parishioners of Gressingham, Arkholme and Whittington to continue paying the same level of Council Tax whilst the people of Caton, Hornby, Melling and Kirkby Lonsdale continue to have at least a 2 hourly service whilst we have NONE, is unreasonable. (John Keegan)
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