In accordance with the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015, here are the audited accounts;
Any person who wishes to inspect the accounts may do so upon application to the Parish Clerk.
The statutory period that the accounts may be inspected will run from Monday 17th June 2019 until Friday 26th July 2019.
You are advised to read the Public Rights Notice 2019 before making any application
The Parish Council are asking residents and users of the B5242 for their views.
A questionnaire has been delivered to residents along the road and a shortened version has been published in Scarisbrick Village Matters.
A copy is available for download here Traffic Survey B5242 .
The closing date for the survey is Sunday 8th April 2018.
Scarisbrick Village Hall is a wonderful amenity for the local community and the surrounding areas. The building contains a large hall with a stage, kitchen, smaller meeting room and toilets and cloakroom. Outside there is a large recreation field, basket ball/ five a side court and a children’s playground. There is plenty of parking.
The hall is ideal for a wide variety of activities. There have recently been children’s parties, Christenings and evening family celebrations. There have been dog shows and seminars and caravan rallies.
There is a rich programme of regular weekly events including U3A dancing, bridge and indoor bowling during the day. In the evenings there is dog training.
The WI use the hall on a monthly basis for their meetings and there are monthly sequence dances and JB social dances.
The hall is run by a very small management committee of volunteers who meet at the hall on the second Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm. New members would be most welcome.
There are still slots available during the week for new activities and weekend slots are usually available. If you wish to hire the hall please contact Lesley Cooke:
or leave a text or voice message on 07505668335.
Scarisbrick Village Hall.
Funding has become available through Section 106 planning contributions and Scarisbrick Parish Council is exploring the possibility of installing outdoor gym equipment in the grounds of Scarisbrick Village Hall. A bid is being formulated that will require approval by West Lancashire Borough Council.
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.
What are the limitations on how the money is used?
Section 106 funds should not be regarded as “free” money to use as we please. West Lancashire Borough Council is accountable for how Section106 monies are spent. They are legally bound to allocate the funds in accordance with the agreement they entered into with the developer. Failure to do so could result in funds being reclaimed.
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 Scarisbrick fails to come forward with a suitable bid the funds can be allocated elsewhere within the Borough.
Why outdoor gym equipment?
There is strong scientific evidence that regular physical activity is one of the most important contributors to health. It increases overall physical and mental well being and diminishes both the risk of illness and premature death. Even modest increases in physical activity give improvements in quality of life.
Cost and lack of access are often cited as two of the main barriers to people not participating in regular physical activity; the provision of outdoor gyms combats both of these factors.
Gym equipment can be used by people of all ages and is suitable to be used by families and groups of friends. Equipment for disabled use is available. Users of such gyms find them to be enjoyable and beneficial for their health.
What happens next?
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.
Scarisbrick Parish Council is now consulting residents on the proposal, your responses will be extremely important to the outcome. The Council would be grateful if residents could download and complete the following questionnaire (also to be found in the next edition of Scarisbrick Village Matters).
Completed questionnaires should be returned to the parish clerk at the address given below. Alternatively, please simply write to (or e-mail) the parish clerk in response to the questions. The council will need responses to be returned by 26th May 2017.
Mr Thomas Houghton.
137 Smithy Lane,
Fortunately, the local flooding experienced at Christmas 2015 was not repeated this year. However, we cannot be complacent as we move into the New Year.
Lancashire County Council has produced some useful advice on its website about how people can be more prepared for flooding. Flooding can never be totally prevented but, if you are prepared, the impact to people and property can usually be reduced. The information can be accessed at www.lancashire.gov.uk/flooding and includes the following contact information:
Lancashire Police – 999 – If there is an immediate risk to life call the police.
Environment Agency Floodline – 0345 988 1188 – To report a flood or if your property is at risk of flooding from a reservoir, river or coastal water.
United Utilities – 0345 6723 723 – If flooding is from sewers or burst water mains.
Power cuts – 105 – To report a power cut or get updates if your electricity has been cut off.
Lancashire County Council – 0300 123 6780 – If flooding is from highway drainage, surface water, groundwater or watercourses.
The following video contains some practical advice:
Flood investigation report – December 2015 floods
Lancashire County Council, as Lead Local Flood Authority, has now published district level reports which provide affected communities with information about what the relevant risk management authorities are doing in their areas to help manage the risk of flooding from a variety of sources.
The reports provide information on investigations undertaken at each of the affected locations, flood risk improvements already completed as well as opportunities for further investigation and investment in flood-prevention measures. They also provide information for concerned homeowners and businesses on what they can do to help protect their own properties from flooding in the future.
The West Lancashire District Flood Report was published in November 2016 and can be found at http://www.lancashire.gov.uk/media/900009/west-lancashire-stage-2-report.pdf
Scarisbrick Parish Council would be interested to hear your views on the report.
Scarisbrick Parish Council is continuing with its rolling programme of bus-shelter replacement. Some of the Council’s current timber shelters are more than 40 years old and maintenance costs are increasing. They are particularly susceptible to rot where the bases make contact with the ground. This often involves the structural framework of the shelters and is difficult to repair.
Although timber bus-shelters have been a distinctive feature of the Parish for many years the decision was taken to replace with modern aluminium framed shelters. These are more durable and cheaper to maintain than their timber counterparts and are therefore more in keeping with the Council’s responsibility to obtain value for money. Visibility is also much improved as buses can be seen from inside the shelter and bus drivers can see waiting passengers. The shelters should also be more resistant to vandalism.
Budget constraints mean that we are able to replace one (possibly two) shelters per year without unacceptable increases in the precept. This is being done in order of priority based upon information from regular asset inspection. Up to now the shelters at Otterstye, St.Mark’s School, New Hall Drive, and Carr Cross (Ormskirk direction) have been replaced. The latter two shelters have recently benefitted from the addition of front panels to protect from prevailing winds.
The shelter at the lower end of Bescar Brow (almost opposite Woodlands Avenue) has been identified as the next priority. This will be a semi-enclosed bus-shelter to protect from the wind. It will have a tinted polycarbonate roof. The front, side and rear panels will be glazed with toughened safety glass which is hard wearing and vandal resistant. Perch seating is included. An order was placed just before Christmas and there is an expected lead time of two to three weeks for installation.
The shelters at Heatons Bridge and the Elephant restaurant have been identified as the next priorities for the new financial year. The shelter on Moorfield Lane has been removed following collision by a vehicle. This is currently subject to an insurance claim and should be replaced soon.
Scarisbrick National Services Club is something of an institution in the parish having been established in 1946. Set up after the Second World War to provide well-deserved recreation for servicemen, it has served the local community ever since.
The club boasts a first class crown green bowling green. The green is well-maintained and located conveniently behind the clubhouse from where it can be easily accessed. In winter months members can make use of two indoor short mat bowling strips. For those who prefer green baize, the clubhouse also has three match-standard snooker tables.
These days membership is open to all residents of Scarisbrick and surrounding areas. Benefitting from a licensed bar and free car parking, members can enjoy a diverse range of facilities including:
· SNOOKER AND BILLIARDS
· BOWLS (INDOOR AND OUTDOOR)
· SOCIAL EVENINGS AND SPECIAL EVENTS
· BINGO NIGHTS
· RACE NIGHTS
· QUIZ NIGHTS
New members are always very welcome. Those with a competitive edge can join the club’s bowls and snooker teams, competing in local leagues. Others may choose to take a more relaxed approach and simply use the facilities to chill out. The choice is yours.
The club’s spacious lounge is also available to hire for special events and parties. It can accommodate up to 100 people in this pleasant rural setting. A warm welcome always awaits you.
The club quite rightly prides itself on its friendly atmosphere and active social calendar. Upcoming functions are posted on the events section of this website. Why not drop in and see for yourself!
For further information please visit the club which is situated at Bullens Lane, Scarisbrick, L40 9RR . Alternatively, you can telephone 01704 880288 (evenings only).
Scarisbrick’s roll of the Fallen of the First World War was published on Armistice Day. We now remember men and women of the Parish who gave their lives in the Second World War.
(With thanks to Paul Charlesworth)