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Pool Hey Lane – proposed closure

Details of a proposed temporary continuous road closure on Pool Hey Lane, Scarisbrick can be found by clicking here. The closure is proposed from Monday 13th February 2023, until Friday 17th February 2023 to enable the rebuilding of a utility chamber to be carried out by Network Plus on behalf of United Utilities. Access will be maintained whenever and wherever possible. Details of a diversion can be found here.

If you have any comments or observations regarding the closure please contact the LCC contact indicated in the attached closure details or email lhsstreetworks@lancashire.gov.uk by Tuesday 29th November 2022.

You can also find details of any other planned works via our Highways Bulletin website which links to all planned works in Lancashire.

Please click on the attached link and select the area that you are interested in.

https://www.lancashire.gov.uk/roads-parking-and-travel/roads/roadworks-and-traffic-regulation-orders/

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Asmall Lane – proposed closure

Details of a proposed temporary continuous road closure on Asmall Lane, Scarisbrick can be found here. The closure is planned from Saturday 11th February 2023, until Sunday 12th February 2023 to enable the installation of a water connection to be carried out by Network Plus on behalf of United Utilities. Access will be maintained whenever and wherever possible. Diversion details can be found here.

 If you have any comments or observations regarding the closure please contact the LCC contact indicated in the attached closure details or email lhsstreetworks@lancashire.gov.uk by Thursday 1st December 2022.

   

You can also find details of any other planned works via our Highways Bulletin website which links to all planned works in Lancashire.

 Please click on the attached link and select the area that you are interested in.

https://www.lancashire.gov.uk/roads-parking-and-travel/roads/roadworks-and-traffic-regulation-orders/

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Community Engagement Brief

The latest community engagement brief from West Lancashire Borough Council can be accessed by clicking here.

Topics include:

  • West Lancashire Leisure Access Card Membership
  •  Warm & Welcome Spaces
  •  Funding Opportunities – Cost of Living Support Hub
  •  Local Council Tax Discretionary Energy Support Scheme
  • Discretionary housing payments
  • Energy Bills Support Scheme – Beware of scams!
  • Winter vaccinations – boost your immunity this winter
  • Coronavirus update
  • Better Health – Every Mind Matters
  • Lancashire Adult Learning
  • West Lancashire Borough Council’s Website Translation Service

 

 

 

 

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Have you had your say on Lancashire’s roads?

Lancashire County Council is asking for residents’ views on Lancashire’s highways and transport services – from the condition of roads and footpaths to the quality of cycling facilities.

The council’s highways team are encouraging people to complete the National Highways and Transport (NHT) survey, which measures public satisfaction with services across different local authorities. You can have your say on your roads and transport locally by completing the short survey.

The results will be compared with the views of other members of the public across 111 local authorities in England & Scotland. It will help the county council make future decisions on where to prioritise their resources, share best practice and identify further opportunities to work with other authorities in the future.

This year, the council have made marked improvements to reduce the impact of their work on the environment and are set to achieve a 15% carbon saving in our carriageway capital programme. They recently received a national award in recognition of their Highways Decarbonisation Strategy, which includes the use new lower carbon materials and techniques for road maintenance.

Find out more about how the team are working hard to improve Lancashire’s roads and complete the survey at Road maintenance – Lancashire County Council

Have you had your say on #LancsRoads and completed the National Highways and Transport (NHT) survey?

@lancashirecc is asking for residents’ views on their highways and transport services – from the condition of roads and footpaths to the quality of cycling facilities.

The results will be compared with the views of other members of the public across 111 local authorities in England & Scotland to help them make future decisions on where they prioritise resources.

Complete the survey at https://www.nhtnetwork.co.uk/isolated/data/scorecard/new/bespoke/122

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Garden Competition 2022

Scarisbrick Parish Council’s annual garden competition made a welcome return this year after an enforced break due to the pandemic.

Judging took place on Saturday 23rd July in the following categories:

  • FRONT GARDEN
  • REAR GARDEN
  • HANGING BASKETS/WINDOW BOXES/CONTAINERS AND POTS
  • MOBILE HOME GARDEN
  • WATER FEATURE/GARDEN POND
  • NON-DOMESTIC PREMISES
  • BEST ENTRY FROM A NON-PRIZE WINNER IN PREVIOUS YEARS

The judges were impressed by the high standard of the entries and the Council would like to thank all those that entered the competition. Well done everyone!

The presentation of trophies and certificates will take place from 7.00pm on Monday 5th September at Scarisbrick Village Hall (prior to the start of the parish council meeting).

A selection of photographs from the winning gardens is presented below.

Front Garden:

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Rear Garden:

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Hanging baskets/window boxes/containers/pots:

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Mobile home garden:

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Water feature/garden pond:

Pond2 Pond1

 

Non-domestic premises: 

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Overall winner:

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Highly commended:

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Highly commended:

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SpIDs in Scarisbrick

Speed indicating devices (SpIDs) were deployed this week in Scarisbrick for the first time. Scarisbrick Parish Council has purchased two solar-powered units which can currently be seen at each and of Smithy Lane. The units will be rotated around the parish on mounting posts that have been installed in Smithy Lane, Turning Lane, Pool Hey Lane, Bescar Brow Lane and on Heatons Bridge Road. There may be opportunity to extend the scheme in the future if funding permits.

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Speeding is a perennial problem particularly in rural parishes and Scarisbrick is no exception. It is the most common complaint received by the parish council and a working group was set up to discuss ways of addressing the issue. The recent distribution of wheelie bin stickers was the first initiative with the deployment of SpIDs being a more hi-tech response.

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The devices also have the ability to collect traffic data in the form of traffic volumes, vehicle speeds, and times of the day when problems are particularly prevalent. This provides useful information for Lancashire’s Road Safety Partnership when they are deciding where and when to deploy their mobile enforcement cameras. Click here for the accompanying post about the Road Safety Partnership which includes details on how to report your own concerns regarding speeding in Scarisbrick.

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Lancashire Road Safety Partnership – report your concerns regarding speeding in Scarisbrick

 

The Lancashire Road Safety Partnership is the coordinating body for Lancashire, Blackburn with Darwen and Blackpool which aims to reduce road casualties through the management of speed, enforcement, engineering, emergency response, driver education and training and through developing collaborative approaches to education, awareness, engagement and other measures. All the partners are committed to working together to reduce casualties on Lancashire’s roads and make people feel safe.

The Partnership’s website has a lot of useful information and can be found by clicking here.

A particularly useful feature is the facility to submit concerns about speeding in your area which can be found by clicking here

Please note that any isolated dangerous incidents should be reported to the police on 101 or report it online to Lancashire Constabulary.

Speed enforcement locations for the month can be found by clicking here.

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Playground upgrade at Scarisbrick Village Hall – have your say.

PROPOSED SCARISBRICK VILLAGE HALL PLAYGROUND UPGRADE – CONSULTATION WITH RESIDENTS

Funding has become available through Section 106 planning contributions and the Council is supporting the Village Hall Committee in exploring the possibility of replacing/upgrading the playground equipment at the Village Hall.

The Council would like to know if the community would support this project and would be grateful if you could provide answers to the questions found at the end of this article.

What is Section 106 funding?

Under the provisions of Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990  contributions can be sought from developers to be put towards the costs of providing community resources. The purpose of these contributions is to enable communities to provide and improve open spaces, sport, recreation or outdoor facilities. The level of contributions is negotiated between developers and West Lancashire Borough Council during the planning application process. Funds are allocated to parish projects through a grant system. Section 106 money may only be spent on facilities where the new development has, at least in part, contributed to the need for the facilities. Funding is available for capital projects only and cannot be used to fund general running costs. Funding will normally be invested in the same parish in which the contributing development is located. However, if we fail to come forward with a suitable project it is likely that the funds will be allocated elsewhere within the Borough.

Why do you need my opinion?

Applications go through a detailed assessment process at West Lancashire Borough Council. Evidence has to be put forward that an assessment has been made of local community need, including public consultation. Failure to demonstrate that there is public backing for the project will ensure that the bid fails. Your response is therefore extremely important to the outcome. So that your views can be taken into account please could you respond to the following questions:

1)   What is your postcode?

2)   Do you have children who use the existing playground?

3)   If so, roughly how often do you visit the existing playground?

4)   Do you support the use of S106 money to refurbish the SVH playground?  Yes or No

5)   If No – what are your main objections to the proposal?

6)   Do you have any suggestions of where the money could be spent instead?

 

Please comment via this website or email your response to these questions to scarisbrickpc@outlook.com

Further information can be obtained from the Parish Clerk.

Thank you

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“Op Snap” initiative launched by Lancashire Police

Lancashire Constabulary are dedicated to making the roads of Lancashire as safe as possible and wish to create an atmosphere where people do not drive in a careless or antisocial manner.

They are introducing their secure online portal for reporting and submitting digital evidence of suspected moving traffic offences witnessed by members of the public. This is part of their response to the increasing submissions received from members of the public in relation to safety issues on our roads.

“Op Snap” provides a real and practical opportunity for members of the public to do their part to help keep their communities and roads safe by reporting unacceptable driving. The material submitted to the police must fit several criteria, which can be found on their FAQ page

If you believe you have witnessed a road traffic offence and have digital footage of this incident, this can be submitted to the OpSnapLancs team by visiting https://unitedkingdom1cpp-portal.digital-policing.co.uk/lancashire/appeal/public-dashcam-submission

The police respectfully ask you not to contact them on 101999 or online as other departments will not be able to advise you on the status of your submission.