Monthly Archives: February 2021

Postal vote

Apply now for a postal vote – have your voice heard in May

Don’t delay in applying for a postal vote

A number of important local elections are taking place on 6th May 2021 and registering for a postal vote is quick and easy if you prefer not to attend a polling station.

The elections will decide who represents you on West Lancashire Borough Council and Lancashire County Council. You can also vote on a Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire.

Jacqui Sinnott-Lacey, Electoral Registration Officer for West Lancashire, said: “Applying for a postal vote only takes a few minutes so if you would feel safer or more comfortable voting by post then please apply as soon as you can.

“It’s important that everyone has their voice heard in our local elections, so if you would like to cast your vote by post, please register soon.”  

If you wish to vote by post, you can apply for a postal vote by emailing, downloading an application form from or calling the Elections Office on 01695 585014. Your completed application form must reach the Council by 5pm on Tuesday 20th April 2021.

If you would prefer to vote in person, and coronavirus guidelines and social distancing are still in place in May, polling stations will be as safe as possible for you to cast your vote.

If you have recently moved house you will need to register at your new address by filling in an online registration form at or For more information please email You can check if you are registered to vote by calling the elections office on 01695 585014.  

Young people who will turn 18 in time to vote in these elections will also need to register to have their say.

If you do not have access to the internet please ask the elections office for a paper registration form to be sent to you. The closing date to register to vote at the May elections is midnight on Monday 19th April 2021.

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Scheduled Road Closures – Bescar Lane and Pool Hey Lane, Scarisbrick

Bescar Lane, Scarisbrick

Bescar Lane will be temporarily closed from Monday 29th March 2021, until Sunday 11th April 2021 to enable excavation and jointing works in relation to the replacement of plant and equipment in the Electricity Sub Station. The work is to be carried out by Network Plus on behalf of Electricity North West.  Further details can be found here.

A diversion will be in place along Drummersdale Lane (C134), Dam Wood Lane (B5242), Hall Road (B5242), Bescar Lane (C135), and vice versa. Access will be maintained whenever and wherever possible to residents within the closure area.

Diversion Bescar


Bescar Lane, Scarisbrick 

There will be a temporary overnight road closure on Bescar Lane, Scarisbrick on Wednesday 23rd June 2021 (00:05 to 05:30 only) to enable the felling of hazardous trees suffering ash dieback that overhang the road to be carried out by Centurion Site Services on behalf of Network Rail. Further details can be found here.

If you have any comments or observations regarding the closure please email by Thursday 18th February 2021.



Bescar Lane, Scarisbrick 

There will be a temporary overnight road closure on Bescar Lane, Scarisbrick from Sunday 22nd August 2021 (23:30) until Monday 23rd August 2021 (07:00) to enable the lifting of the level crossing to allow an inspection of the rails to be undertaken by Centurion Site Services on behalf of Network Rail. Further details can be found here.

If you have any comments or observations regarding the closure please email by Thursday 25th February 2021.



Pool Hey Lane, Scarisbrick

There will be a temporary overnight road closure on Pool Hey Lane, Scarisbrick on Tuesday 22nd June 2021 (00:05 to 05:30 only) to enable the annual level crossing service to be carried out by Centurion Site Services on behalf of Network Rail. Further details can be found here.

An alternative route for vehicular traffic affected by the closure is via Pool Hey Lane (C131), Wyke Road (C136), Wyke Cop Road (C136), Snape Green (C136), Southport Road (A570), Pool Hey Lane (C131), and vice versa.



You can also find details of any other planned works via LCC’s Highways Bulletin website which links to all planned works in Lancashire. Please click here and select the area that you are interested in.


Residents urged to ‘get tested’ after COVID mutation identified in West Lancashire

The E484K mutation first identified in Liverpool has been detected in West Lancashire. WLBC are working closely with partners in Public Health England and Lancashire County Council to monitor the situation and will update information as necessary. Residents should not be unduly alarmed, and there is no evidence this mutation is more transmissible or causes more severe illness. However, additional symptoms of this new mutation may include mild flu or cold symptoms.

Councillor Ian Moran, Leader of West Lancashire Borough Council, said: “Finding cases of the new mutation and reducing the number of people who could be exposed to it is crucial. I urge anyone over 16 within the area who may feel ‘under the weather’ to go along and get tested.

“If we can identify as many cases as possible through testing and follow the hands, face, space guidance, we’ve got the best chance of stopping this new mutation before it spreads further.”

Everyone is urged to continue to follow the national guidance to protect themselves and others. This means staying at home except for essential purposes such as shopping for essential supplies, going to work if you can’t do so from home or providing care for others. Wear a face covering when required unless you are exempt, maintain a two-metre space between you and other people and wash your hands often.

How to get tested:

Testing for those with symptoms is available to book between 8am and 8pm every day at Edge Hill University in Ormskirk and at Westgate (close to Sandy Lane Health Centre) in Skelmersdale. There are also mobile testing units open between 10am and 3pm on specific dates in Hesketh Bank, Skelmersdale College and Wrightington. More information here:

Residents should book a test by calling 119 or visiting

Symptom-free testing for front-line workers

Repeated symptom-free testing is available for frontline-workers who cannot work from home or who have caring responsibilities. This rapid testing is available in Skelmersdale, Burscough and Ormskirk on specific days. Find our more here:

Community Engagement Brief 

West Lancashire Borough Council issued the following Community Engagement Brief on 8th February 2021.

Review of the COVID-19 data from the previous week across the Borough shows that the highest number of cases are within age groups 55-64 followed by 25-34. The wards most affected are:


Additional symptoms associated with the E484K (Liverpool) mutation of headaches, tiredness and muscle pain have now been added to those listed to be able to book a test.

For more information on the Covid19 testing sites in West Lancashire, please see WLBC’s website:

The vaccination programme across Lancashire is still progressing well with 95% of West Lancashire residents aged 80 and above and over 75% of residents over 70 having now received their first dose.

Important news from previous briefings is included below:

  • The government has published an information leaflet for people who have had their first coronavirus vaccination. It can be downloaded by clicking here.

Please be alert to the many scams that are appearing and offer vaccines for payment. Criminals are using the COVID-19 vaccine as a way to target the public by tricking them into handing over cash or financial details. They are sending convincing looking text messages letting people know they are eligible for the vaccine or phoning people directly pretending to be from the NHS, or local pharmacy. The NHS will:

  • NEVER ask for payment – the vaccine is free.
  • NEVER ask for your bank details.
  • NEVER arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine.
  • NEVER ask you to prove your identity by sending copies of personal documents such as your passport.

For further information regarding vaccination fraud please see a government information poster which can be accessed by clicking here.

The latest information, guidance, and support regarding coronavirus is available from the GOV.UK website and can be accessed by clicking here.