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Scarisbrick Gardening Competition 2022

Scarisbrick Parish Council is again organising the annual gardening competition after an enforced break due to the Covid pandemic. Entry forms for the 2022 competition can be obtained by emailing the parish council (scarisbrickpc@outlook.com).

For dates and further details of the competition please click here.

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Scheduled Road Closures

Wyke Cop Road, Scarisbrick

Lancashire County Council has given notice of a proposed temporary road closure on Wyke Cop Road, Scarisbrick from Monday 13th June 2022, until Wednesday 15th June 2022 to enable the installation of a new water connection to be carried out by Network Plus on behalf of United Utilities.

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 Wednesday 25th May 2022.

A map of the closures and diversions can be found here.

A copy of the closure order can be found here.

 

Hillock Lane, Scarisbrick

Lancashire County Council has given notice of a proposed temporary road closure on Hillock Lane, Scarisbrick from Friday 24th June 2022 until Thursday 30th June 2022 (08:00 to 18;00  each day) to enable carriageway inlay works to be carried out. Access to Hillock Lane and adjoining side roads will be maintained whenever and wherever possible. 

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 Monday 23rd May 2022.

A map of the closures and diversions can be found here.

A copy of the closure order can be found here.

 

Smithy Lane, Scarisbrick

Lancashire County Council has given notice of a temporary road closure on Smithy Lane, Scarisbrick from Monday 30th May 2022, until Friday 3rd June 2022 to enable investigatory works of a water pump to be undertaken by Sapphire Utility Solutions on behalf of United Utilities. Please take note of the revised end date for this road closure which is now the 3rd June as opposed to the 1st June.

A map of the closures and diversions can be found here.

A copy of the closure order can be found here.

Merscar Lane, Scarisbrick, Martin Lane, Burscough and Gorst Lane, Burscough

Lancashire County Council has given notice of proposed temporary simultaneous road closures on Merscar Lane, Scarisbrick, Martin Lane, Burscough and Gorst Lane, Burscough from Sunday 26th June 2022, until Sunday 17th July 2022 (06:00 to 20:00 each day the closure is in place) to enable surface dressing works to be undertaken. Access for residents will be maintained whenever and wherever possible when the closure is in place and school bus services will be accommodated.

A map of the closures and diversions can be found here.

A copy of the closure order can be found here.

 

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.

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Co-option of Parish Councillors

The recent parish council election for Scarisbrick was uncontested and eight out of ten council seats are now filled. Names of elected councillors can be found by clicking here.

This leaves two seats to be filled and Scarisbrick Parish Council is now looking to co-opt an additional two councillors. For further details and information on how to apply please click here.

Please click here for further details on what parish councils and councillors do and what to expect. If you require further information then please contact the parish clerk.

The Council is hoping to appoint two new councillors at its meeting on 13th June, please return applications by  6th June 2022.

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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

OpSnap

“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.

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Walking and Cycling Survey: Have your say

Have your say on cycling and walking in your area by taking part in a short survey for Lancashire County Council. Your feedback will be used to shape long term plans for future cycling and walking networks for each area of the county.

Everyone is invited to take part in a survey to help shape future plans for cycling and walking in Lancashire.

Lancashire County Council wants to join up the gaps in the existing network of footpaths and cycle routes and provide safer, direct and more convenient routes. They are developing Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans to provide long term solutions for future cycling and walking networks throughout Lancashire.

A plan will be produced for West Lancashire in addition to Central Lancashire, Ribble Valley, Hyndburn and Rossendale, Burnley and Pendle, Fylde Coast and Lancaster. The Fylde Coast plan will include Blackpool alongside Fylde and Wyre.

Lancashire County Council  are asking for feedback from across the county on current cycling and walking provision. They want to know what the gaps are in the network and what facilities would enable people to walk and cycle more.

The survey will be available on the council’s website until 5 May 2022 and can be accessed here.

Additional design and feasibility work will be needed to take any of the proposed schemes forward.

You can find out more about the Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans, and take part in the survey at www.lancashire.gov.uk/activetravel

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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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Speeding in Scarisbrick

 

SCARISBRICK AGAINST SPEEDING CAMPAIGN

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The Parish Council receives many complaints from residents about speeding vehicles on our rural roads and the dangers that this causes.

We have been working hard to address this and are now ready to commence with Phase One of the campaign. This will include:

  • The purchase of 2 Speed Indicator Devices (SPIDs), which will be deployed around Scarisbrick during Spring 2022, has been agreed. These will alert motorists to their speed and will also collect data that can be used to provide evidence for passing to partner agencies (such as Police and Lancashire County Council) for further preventative measures to be investigated. The data can also be published on the Scarisbrick Today website and speeding hotspots will be identified.
  • Providing households in Scarisbrick with speed sign wheelie bin stickers. This method has been introduced in neighbouring parishes where is has worked well at alerting motorists to the speeding issue. The stickers are currently on order and to make this initiative a success we are looking for volunteers who would be willing to deliver these around Scarisbrick. If you would like to get involved please email the Scarisbrick Parish Clerk at scarisbrickpc@outlook.com

Phase Two of the campaign will be the purchase of more SPIDs so that more local roads can be covered. If you have any suggestions for other actions against speeding please get in touch at scarisbrickpc@outlook.com or come along to our Scarisbrick Parish Council meetings (please see Scarisbrick Today website for details).

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Lancashire’s Public Health

Lancashire’s public health report for 2021/22 has been published and can be accessed here. The report analyses the issues affecting people’s wellbeing and explains the health inequalities between different communities.  It also highlights the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on people’s lives and livelihoods.

Some of the main findings of the report include:

  • Life expectancy has decreased overall during the last two years. Males living in the least deprived communities live 10.3 years longer than those in the most deprived. The gap is 7.8 years for females.
  • The overall health and wellbeing of children in Lancashire is worse than England as a whole when comparing local data with national averages.
  • The percentage of people who “often or always” felt lonely during the pandemic in Lancashire was reported to be 6.1%. For certain districts this figure was as high as 13.5%.

Some positive issues outlined in the report include:

  • Lancashire’s carbon emissions reduced by more than 32% between 2005 and 2019.
  • Health assessments and reviews with new mothers and babies continued throughout the pandemic, with thousands being assessed over the last two years.

Specific neighbourhood level intelligence at a district and ward level can be found here.

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Report highway faults

Lancashire County Council’s highways maintenance service are working hard to improve your roads but they need your help. Last year, the team fixed almost 40,000 potholes and repaired 3,300 faults on street lights that have caused a light to be out. But with 4,600 miles of highways and 5,300 miles of footways to check and maintain, it’s vital for people to let them know if they spot any problems between their inspections.

Members of the public can report a highway fault online including potholes, street lights, traffic lights and broken signs. It’s quick and easy to do just visit lancashire.gov.uk/report

Alternatively, you can call Lancashire County Council highways on 0300 123 6780, or for out of hours highways emergency call 101.

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