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North Meols 2009 News Archive

PARISH COUNCIL OF NORTH MEOLS

BANKS WARD

VACANCY FOR A COUNCILLOR

There is a vacancy on the above Council caused by the resignation of Cllr.Mark Howard.

A bye-election to fill the vacancy will be held if within 14 days (excluding Saturdays/Sundays, or Bank Holidays) from the date below ten electors for the ward give notice in writing claiming such an election to the Returning Officer.

The address for the Returning Officer is West Lancs.Borough Council, Council Offices, 52 Derby Street, Ormskirk, L39 2DF.

If no such notice is given the Parish Council will fill the vacancy by co-option.

Dated 18 December 2009.

Signed ………………………… Clerk to the Council


9th December 2009
WINTER FUEL BONUS SCAM
Source: Lancashire Trading Standards

Please be aware that there have been complaints from older residents about a caller who telephones to inform them that they are entitled to an extra amount on their Winter Fuel Payment or an extra Christmas Bonus.

The caller then asks for personal details such as date of birth claiming that they need to confirm they are talking to the right person.  They then ask for bank account details.

These calls are not genuine and no official service would contact a customer and ask for bank details in this way.

Please refer any complaints and further information to Lancashire Trading Standards Service, 56-58 Guildhall Street, Preston, Lancs via Consumer Direct tel 08454 040506.


3rd December 2009
COUNCIL TAX REBATE SCAM
Source: Lancashire Trading Standards

Lancashire residents are warned that they may receive a telephone call from someone claiming to be from The Valuation Office Agency (VOA) or The Local Council. Consumers are informed that they have been identified as being eligible for a rebate on their council tax and are asked for credit card or bank details so that an "admin fee" can be taken to process the refund or so the refund can be put into their account.These calls are bogus and residents should not provide any details to the caller.

Trading Standards have had reports of these calls being received in West Lancashire but believe residents throughout the county may be at risk. A spokesmen for VOA has confirmed that they would never ask for financial details.


8th November 2009
COUNCILLOR RESIGNS WEST LANCS PARTY WHIP
Source: Hubmaker Media

Dear Sir,

I would like to inform my ward members in North Meols that I have resigned the conservative whip at WLBC.

The reason for this is that I cannot reconcile what I believe to be my first political priority, which is to represent and fight for my ward members, and my loyalty to the Conservative Party.

I intend, with the approval of my ward members, to continue as an independent councillor until the elections in 2011.

I will continue to support the Conservative Group on the council providing that their proposals are not, in my view, detrimental to the residents of North Meols in particular and the Northern Parishes in general. I will also continue to fight for the needs and aspirations of the people of Banks and the Northern Parishes.

I hope I will continue to receive the same level of support as an independent councillor as I received as a Conservative councillor.

Regards

Cllr Dr David Vickers
MBIH MPACH PhD MBA Dip Tech
North Meols Borough Councillor


3rd September 2009
FISHERMAN FOUND DEAD
Source: Fleetwood Today

A fisherman has been found dead after falling into a river near Southport.

A body, believed to be that of a 39-year-old man, was recovered from the River Crossens in Banks at 8.10pm on Tuesday.

Emergency services had been called to the scene three hours earlier by a member of the public.

Divers from underwater search teams found the body, after initial searches by coastguard and fire crews from Penwortham and Tarleton failed to locate him. A Lancashire Police spokesman said: "The regional police underwater search team located and recovered a body that was found in the water near to point of entry."

Read the complete article at Fleetwood Today


PARISH COUNCIL OF NORTH MEOLS

BANKS WARD

NOTICE OF CASUAL VACANCY

Notice is hereby given that by reason of the resignation of Cllr.Joan Draper a vacancy has occurred among the members of the Parish Council. Any person willing to fill this vacancy should apply to the Clerk in writing as soon as possible. The applicant’s name must appear on the current register of the Voters List, or the applicant should during the whole of the twelve months preceding the relevant date resided in or within three miles of the parish, or the applicant’s only place of work during the whole of the twelve months preceding the relevant date be in the parish. The applicant must not be debarred from standing as a Councillor.

PUBLIC elections cannot be held until the year 2011 but for the interim period election to the aforesaid Council will be voted for by the present sitting number of Councillors.

R.P.Sears
Clerk to the Council
25 Irton Road
Southport
PR9 9DY

24 August 2009

15th July 2009
SWINE FLU UPDATE - THS AUTHORISED ABSCENCE
Source: Tarleton High School

Dear Parents,

Following indications that a small number of pupils and staff were displaying swine flu-like symptoms yesterday, we liaised with the North West Health Protection Agency. We were asked to send you a letter from Dr John Astbury, who is the Consultant in Health Protection. As you will see in that letter, the advice from the Health Protection Agency is that the school should not be closed because such action would fail to reduce the spread of the virus within the community or to pupils and staff.

A number of parents have contacted the school to inform us that they would prefer not to send their children to school during the current time. Clearly, such a decision is only for parents to make, however, if you should take that decision then we will authorise the absence. I would be grateful if you could inform us when you take the decision to keep your child at home so that we can amend our attendance records.

Our ability to keep Tarleton High open is pre-dominantly dependent upon the effects of the virus upon the staff. As of today, four members of staff have reported illnesses which suggest swine flu-like symptoms though only two have been definitely diagnosed as having the virus. We are monitoring closely the effects of the virus on both the pupils and staff. If we reach a critical point at which we have insufficient staff to safeguard the children’s welfare then I may have to close the school either partially or in full. If that occurs then I will inform you immediately of the consequences of that decision.
May I remind you of the advice from the Health Protection Agency that, providing they are well, pupils should continue to attend the school as normal.  If, however, pupils show fever or flu-like symptoms they should stay at home and you should contact NHS Direct on 08454647 or their GP by phone for advice.

Thank you for your help in this matter.

Yours sincerely,

Anthony D Hardiker
Headteacher


13th July 2009
HIGH SCHOOL CONFIRM SWINE FLU
Source: Hubmaker Media

Tarleton High School have today confirmed that a member of staff has been clinically diagnosed as suffering from swine flu.

The Health Protection Agency has concluded that as swine flu is now present and spreading locally it recommends that the school should not be closed as this would fail to reduce the spread within the community.

Children who are suffering flu-like illness should stay off school for a minimum of seven days from the beginning of their flu symptoms and not be sent back to school until they are fully well.

Health Protection Agency - Swine Influenza (influenza A H1N1v)


4th July 2009
HIGH SCHOOL MEMORABILIA SOUGHT
Source: Tarleton High School

We are a small group of staff and pupils at Tarleton High School who would like to find out about its history. Do you have any photos or memorabilia (old exercise books or items of uniform maybe?) from days gone by at the school? What was the uniform like? What subjects did you study? What buildings were there? What rules do you remember? What happened when rules were broken? What were lessons like? What were the highlights?

We are especially interested in the first decade of the school, when it opened at Tarleton County Secondary School in the 1960’s. Were you among the first pupils? We are also interested in memories from the 1970’s and 1980’s.

If you can help in any way, possibly even be willing to visit the school and talk to pupils sometime, then please get in touch.

Any photos can be sent to Ms Lund, Tarleton High School, Hesketh Lane, Tarleton, PR4 6AQ. We can be e-mailed on d.lund@tarletonhigh.lancs.sch.uk or telephoned on 01772 812644. We hope to begin our project on Tuesday 14th July.


11th June 2009
PORCHE STOLEN
Source: Ormskirk Advertiser

A £28,000 Porsche Carrera has been stolen from a property on Gorsey Lane. The red car was taken with along with jewellery, worth £2,500 at 4.15pm on Friday, June 5. The car was found abandoned the following day at 6pm in the Derby Arms pub on Knowsley Lane, Knowsley. Anyone who has seen the car between those times is urged to contact police on 0845-1253545 or Crimestoppers on 0800-555111.


22nd May 2009
WEST LANCASHIRE DISTRICT COUNCIL MEMBERS EXPENSES
Source: Hubmaker Media

The total sums paid by the District Council to each Councillor in the financial year 2008/2009 are as follows:

NAME OF
BASIC 
SPECIAL 
DEPENDENT
TRAVEL AND 
TOTAL
COUNCILLOR
ALLOWANCE
RESPONSIBILITY
CARERS
SUBSISTENCE
 
ALLOWANCE
ALLOWANCE
ALLOWANCE
 
£
£
£
£
£
AINSCOUGH, C S
4725.00
36.38
4,761.38
ALDRIDGE, T
4725.00
4,725.00
ASHCROFT, C I
4725.00
4,725.00
9,450.00
ATHERLEY, U
4725.00
66.93
4,791.93
BAILEY, R M
4725.00
2,692.27
38.32
7,455.59
BALDOCK, J T
4725.00
449.11
5,174.11
BLAKE, M D
4725.00
834.34
5,559.34
BULLEN, A
457.26
457.26
CARSON, P
4725.00
4,725.00
COLLING, J
4725.00
4,725.00
COLLINSON, R J
4725.00
69.84
4,794.84
COTTERILL, P
4725.00
4,725.00
CROPPER, W J
4725.00
471.71
5,196.71
DERELI, C
457.26
457.26
DUFFY, D M
457.26
457.26
DUFFY, I
4725.00
4,725.00
EVANS, R
4725.00
4,725.00
FORSHAW, M H
4725.00
4,725.00
1,753.54
11,203.54
FOWLER, A P
4725.00
435.94
5,160.94
FUREY, N S
4280.44
4,280.44
GARTSIDE, P H
4725.00
373.46
5,098.46
GRANT, I D
4725.00
11,151.48
65.30
15,941.78
GREENALL, P V
4725.00
4,064.52
8,789.52
GRICE, S J
4280.44
4,280.44
GRIFFITHS, D J
4725.00
4,725.00
HAMMOND, R G
4725.00
3,958.75
8,683.75
HANLON, S J
457.26
457.26
HENNESSY, N J
4280.44
4,280.44
HOPLEY, V
4725.00
4,725.00
9,450.00
JONES, S J
4725.00
315.77
5,040.77
KAY, J J
4725.00
2,361.96
739.99
7,826.95
LEA, P N
4725.00
4,725.00
MAWDSLEY, C
4,280.44
1,421.94
5,702.38
MCKAY, D I
4725.00
4,725.00
MEADOWS, D J
4725.00
4,725.00
MEE, J
4725.00
4,725.00
MELLING, R
4725.00
4,725.00
NOLAN, R B
4725.00
4,725.00
O'TOOLE, D M
4725.00
5,670.00
349.70
10,744.70
OWENS, A E
4725.00
6,756.79
11,481.79
PENDLETON, M
4725.00
4,725.00
PENDLETON, R A
4725.00
231.06
177.04
5,133.10
PHYTHIAN, D
4725.00
4,725.00
POLLOCK, R
4280.44
187.23
4,467.67
POPE, E G
4725.00
4,725.00
PRATT, G E
4280.44
42.43
4,322.87
RICE, A T
4725.00
3,306.96
630.00
8,661.96
ROBERTS, G M
4725.00
1,651.13
412.75
6,788.88
ROBERTS, J A
4725.00
4,725.00
ROBERTS, W G
4280.44
4,280.44
SAXON, D
4725.00
50.24
4,775.24
SKILLING, M
457.26
228.58
155.21
841.05
STEPHENSON, D J
4725.00
644.03
5,369.03
SWIFFEN, D
4725.00
2,361.96
7,086.96
TATTERSALL, M H
4725.00
4,725.00
VICKERS, A D
4725.00
4,725.00
WEST, D M E
4725.00
4,725.00
WESTLEY, D A
4725.00
4,725.00
9,450.00
WESTLEY, F M
457.26
457.26
WHITBY, M
4725.00
4,725.00
TOTAL
254,781.64
65,193.34
630.00
7,233.32
327,838.30

16th May 2009
LANCASHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL MEMBERS EXPENSES
Source: Hubmaker Media

Members' Allowance Scheme 2008/09 - payments

Member Name

Basic Allowance

Special Allowance

Travel & Subsistence

N  ABRAM               

10,039.00

2,420.39

0.00

N  AHMED               

10,039.00

1,398.90

209.58

T  ALDRIDGE            

10,039.00

3,544.00

1,865.26

T  ASHTON              

10,039.00

3,615.61

3,612.00

A  ATKINSON            

10,039.00

17,418.00

6,444.93

M R BARRON             

10,039.00

428.25

862.26

J  BATTLE              

10,039.00

2,321.66

1,102.05

A  BROWN               

10,039.00

16,205.00

1,641.28

T E BURNS              

10,039.00

0.00

0.00

T W BURNS              

10,039.00

13,930.00

2,523.04

M C CALVERT            

10,039.00

3,994.18

4,325.86

M P CASE               

10,039.00

8,473.24

2,112.24

J  CAVANAGH            

10,039.00

15,452.00

9,722.76

S  CHARLES             

10,039.00

0.00

1,077.38

C W CHEETHAM           

10,039.00

2,636.20

2,242.10

C  COATES              

10,039.00

0.00

6.40

W J CROPPER            

10,039.00

0.00

1,542.35

G  DAVIES              

10,039.00

0.00

0.00

F  DEMOLFETTA          

10,039.00

2,910.70

161.97

S  DERWENT             

10,039.00

0.00

1,400.15

G  DRIVER              

10,039.00

17,374.95

0.00

W B DWYER              

10,039.00

0.00

2,171.38

J  EATON               

10,039.00

0.00

0.00

K R ELLARD             

10,039.00

8,269.00

0.00

P R ELLIOTT            

10,039.00

0.00

0.00

S  FISHWICK            

10,039.00

0.00

1,177.82

E  FORSHAW             

10,039.00

3,544.00

1,747.04

H W GORE               

10,039.00

0.00

0.00

C  GRUNSHAW            

10,039.00

2,673.45

1,617.20

J  HANSON              

10,039.00

12,334.22

2,662.40

H  HARDING             

10,039.00

30,119.00

8,404.87

F  HEYWORTH            

10,039.00

7,176.11

234.05

C J HOLTOM             

10,039.00

4,864.00

2,872.88

A W JEALOUS            

10,039.00

0.00

0.00

M  JOHNSTONE           

10,039.00

14,309.14

13,575.55

A P JONES              

10,039.00

0.00

1,622.29

S J LARGE              

10,039.00

4,485.60

5,899.44

R J LAWRENSON          

10,039.00

0.00

437.71

M E LIVESEY            

10,039.00

0.00

420.08

A  MARTIN              

10,039.00

16,205.00

11,800.51

M  MARTIN              

10,039.00

7,527.00

388.55

P  MARTIN              

10,039.00

6,904.85

4,969.00

J D MEIN               

10,039.00

14,254.70

3,717.31

R  MUTCH               

10,039.00

0.00

1,197.85

D M O'TOOLE            

10,039.00

5,790.00

4,561.34

E A OADES              

10,039.00

0.00

576.45

L T ORMROD             

10,039.00

7,527.00

5,718.79

M  PARKINSON           

10,039.00

0.00

3,522.01

V A PATEL              

10,039.00

13,930.00

5,055.74

Y  PATEL               

10,039.00

0.00

0.00

R A PENDLETON          

10,039.00

9,469.95

4,411.14

N D PENNEY             

10,039.00

8,269.00

5,560.95

M  PERKS               

10,039.00

3,459.85

205.10

A E PIMBLETT           

10,039.00

6,228.85

636.71

D  POLLITT             

10,039.00

21,084.00

2,150.97

K V RILEY              

10,039.00

3,544.00

4,406.06

S  ROBINSON            

10,039.00

2,768.00

809.79

G W ROPER              

10,039.00

0.00

557.04

D  RUDDICK             

10,039.00

0.00

642.55

E  SCOTT               

10,039.00

0.00

0.00

S J SERRIDGE           

10,039.00

8,565.00

6,988.99

T E SHARRATT           

10,039.00

0.00

48.78

J S SHEDWICK           

10,039.00

4,487.57

1,128.13

R H SHEPHERD           

10,039.00

0.00

1,077.66

S A SHORROCK           

10,039.00

1,817.57

2,175.22

J  STUART              

10,039.00

0.00

995.83

J S SUTCLIFFE          

10,039.00

4,633.00

1,813.39

A  THORNTON            

10,039.00

0.00

1,649.33

M  TOMLINSON           

10,039.00

15,488.93

3,176.71

C  WALTON              

10,039.00

0.00

1,055.15

M J WELSH              

10,039.00

1,981.32

285.71

D  WESTELL             

10,039.00

5,310.00

2,457.22

D M WHIPP              

10,039.00

12,108.00

0.00

A  WHITTAKER           

10,039.00

0.00

4,627.13

B J WHITTLE            

10,039.00

770.75

893.29

G A WILKINS            

10,039.00

0.00

260.98

R A WILKINSON          

10,039.00

0.00

1,057.96

F J WILLIAMS           

10,039.00

5,310.00

580.03

M  WILSON              

10,039.00

747.86

3,366.49

P  WILSON              

10,039.00

0.00

0.00

V M WILSON             

10,039.00

5,622.00

3,005.88

D  YATES               

10,039.00

8,896.00

7,438.45

J E YATES              

10,039.00

15,550.00

10,125.66

K A YOUNG              

10,039.00

4,091.71

1,097.56


13th May 2009
TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE - VICARAGE LANE
Source: North Meols Parish Council

Vicarage Lane, Banks, from the junction of Church Road to the junction of Charnley's Lane will be closed from 10am 26 May, to 4pm 3 July, for essential footway reconstruction and carriageway resurfacing works.

The alternative route is via Church Road, Bonds Lane, and Charnley's Lane, and vice versa. Access will be maintained wherever and whenever possible.

Any queries regarding this road closure should be made to Shaun Horan (LCC) on 01772 530155.


7th May 2009
WEST LANCS 'POOR RELATION' ON BUS PASS SCHEME
Source: Hubmaker Media

Rosie Cooper, MP for West Lancashire, yesterday raised the matter of concessionary bus travel schemes and the potential for fraudulent issuing of tickets by bus companies in Westminster.

She said "My aim is for pensioners to get a fair deal on concessionary transport. Older people in West Lancashire look on with envy as their neighbours in Wigan and Southport travel for free on buses and trains, often into West Lancashire. They, too, would like the chance—and the choice—to hop on a train and visit their friends and relatives and to take full advantage of the social and leisure opportunities in Liverpool, Southport and Wigan.

I have taken to the streets alongside local pensioners, and our petition has collected more than 2,500 names, which shows clearly the strength of local feeling. We have met council officials to discuss the issue, and pensioners have protested at the district council’s budget meeting, holding posters saying, “We don’t want to be Merseyside’s poor relations”, but all to no avail."

On the claims of fraudulent bus tickets being issued she said "I am aware that bus companies are issuing tickets to concessionary passengers that do not reflect their journey. In a more reprehensible practice, bus drivers issue tickets from a pre-printed roll.

I often joke that, as a new MP, I was not issued with the two things that I would have found most valuable: tarot cards and a crystal ball. However, it seems that that is not so for some bus operators. Are they telling me that they are able to predict each customer’s journey in advance, thus allowing them to pre-print their tickets? I would be surprised if that were so. I have complained to local bus operators about these practices and their response has been to change their ticketing policy so that the ticket states the destination. They no longer issue tickets from pre-printed rolls. I have made statements in the local press to raise awareness of such practice and encouraged people to complain if it happens to them."

She continued "Lancashire county council’s internal audit report on the matter was supposed to go to committee on 30 March, many months after the matter was brought to its attention, but there is still no news, no understanding of the scale of the problem, and no idea of the action to be taken or how quickly. The council must act soon to ensure that it gets real value for every pound that it pays, especially if it is underfunded, as it claims. There is no question but that those practices must be stopped."

For a complete transcript of the debate click here


1st May 2009
POLICE SEiZE STOLEN CARAVANS AT LEISURE LAKES
Source: Southport Visitor

POLICE officers have recovered eight stolen caravans worth a total of £100,000 from the Leisure Lakes in Mere Brow.

Officers seized a stolen caravan located at Leisure Lakes Caravan Park at Mere Brow. Following a search of the site a further seven were discovered.

The caravans have been stolen from various locations in the UK. Officers believe sold on by the thieves to innocent members of the public who have been duped into buying them.

Click here to view the full article from the Southport Visitor


2nd April 2009
DISCUSS LOCAL FLOODING ISSUES
Source: North Meols Parish Council

FOLLOWING THE PUBLIC MEETING IN DECEMBER TO DISCUSS FLOODING ISSUES ARRANGEMENTS HAVE NOW BEEN MADE FOR OFFICERS FROM THE ENVIRONMENT AGENCY AND WEST LANCS.DISTRICT COUNCIL TO VISIT US TO DISCUSS ON A ONE-TO-ONE BASIS.

THE VISITS ARE AS FOLLOWS:-

WLDC – 14 APRIL FROM 10 AM TO LUNCH

ENV.AGENCY – 23 APRIL FROM 1.30PM (FOR 2 HRS)

ALL RESIDENTS ARE INVITED TO COME ALONG TO THE LINK-IN CENTRE TO MEET THESE OFFICERS.

PLEASE TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO AIR YOUR VIEWS.

ROD SEARS
CLERK TO THE COUNCIL


25th March 2009
NIFTY FIFTIES SPECIAL OLYMPICS FUNDRAISER
Source: Hubmaker Media

Following on from the 2008 Beijing Olympics and Paralympics look out this year for the Special Olympics which are to be held in Leicester between the 25th - 31st July.

Mark Goulder, a local lad from Banks is representing us at Botcia (an Italian version of bowls). Mark belongs to the Southport and Formby Special Athletics Club, run by Chris Ratcliffe, which meets every Sunday morning at the Southport College Sport Centre between 10 and 12 am (new members are always welcome).

Gareth Sweet, chairman of the 'Nifty Fifties" fitness club in Banks says:- " Mark comes to our club along with his Mum and we are all so proud of his acheivements that we want to raise money to help Mark and other members of his club with the cost of their stay in Leicester. We are holding a fundraising coffee morning at the Meols Court Centre, Swartzman Drive, Banks on the 28th April from 10 - 12am and we hope to get as many people as possible to meet Mark and learn all about the Special Olympics"

More info: Special Olympics 2009 | Southport & Formby Special Athletics Club


19th March 2009
APPEAL FOR 'PINK TIE & TIARA' SPONSORS
Source: Hubmaker Media

Tarleton Young Farmers are desperately seeking Table Sponsors, Raffle Prizes and donations for the auction for the annual "Pink Tie and Tiara" Dinner Dance.

The Dinner Dance will be held at Waterfront Suite in the new conference centre attached to Southport Theatre with this years chosen charity being Derian House Children's Hospice.

The dinner dance held last year raised almost £3500 for Tarleton Young Farmers which included a £800 donation to the North West Air Ambulance. The Young Farmers organisation is solely financed through the clubs fundraising activities such as fetes, shows and social events. 

Organiser, Amy Foster said "Business’s that sponsored us last year, said it was great advertisement and thought it was well worth it.  We would really appreciate both previous and new business’s to get involved and help us to reach our target this year.

If you can help with any sponsorship, prizes or donations or require any further information please contact Amy on 07872 998892


17th March 2009
AWARD FOR TARLETON HIGH SCHOOL PROGRESS
Source: Hubmaker Media

Tarleton High School, a Community Technology College, received a prestigious award last week in London. The Specialist Schools and Academies Trust  held a celebration dinner to recognise schools that have achieved high performance in their 2008 GCSE results. The Specialist Schools and Academy Trust recognised Tarleton High School as one of the top 21 schools which had made most progress between 2007 and 2008. The pupils at the school had achieved 70% five or more A*-C including English and Mathematics representing an increase of 18% over twelve months

The dinner was held at The Royal College of Physicians on Tuesday 10th March and the guest speaker was Dylan Wiliam, Deputy Director at the Institute of Education, University of London.

Elizabeth Reid, Chief Executive of the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust, said:

“High performing schools are playing a major role to ensure that every young person receives an education fit for the challenges of the 21st century.  I congratulate these schools, their teachers and students for this significant achievement and the contribution they make to their local communities.  By partnering with other schools and sharing best practice through the SSAT’s networks, they are also helping to deliver improvements across the country.”

Anthony Hardiker, Headteacher, said: “This award recognises the consistent hard work by the staff and young people who deserve this accolade. We believe that helping young people to achieve this benchmark enables them to safeguard their future in an increasingly challenging world.  I would like to thank the young people, their parents, staff and governors for their immense contribution in making the school so special.

I was very proud to represent our school and it was a great privilege to receive the award on behalf of everyone at Tarleton”


13th February 2009
BEST KEPT VILLAGE COMPETITION
Source: North Meols Parish Council

The Parish Council has entered Banks into the Best Kept Village Competition, which is supported by Stanley House Hotel, Mellor, Lancashire Association of Local Councils, Lancashire Life, Gibbon Bridge Hotel, Chipping, E.H.Booth & Co.Ltd, and Rossendale Borough Council. The aim is to generally improve the appearance and tidiness of the village.

This year we are inviting the Community to take a more active part in the competition by asking if you would like us to include your premises, at no cost to yourself.

Certificate of merit entries are invited in the following categories of Best Kept Premises, with the proviso that they must be close to the confines of the village, and not isolated in outlying parts of the Parish:-

Places of worship and grounds
Village Halls or Institutes
Sheltered accommodation
Residential homes/Nursing homes
Schools and grounds
Industrial and commercial premises
Shops, filling stations
Farms
Village pubs or restaurants
Caravan Parks
War memorials
Bowling Greens and surrounds

If any local resident would like to nominate their premises for entry to this competition, please inform the Clerk, in writing, at 25 Irton Road, Southport, PR9 9DY by 26 March 2009 at the latest.


18th February 2009
Great British Fish and Chip Supper – Friday 15th May
Source: Press Release

Want to do something different? Want to raise money where you live or work? Want to eat Fish and Chips, while raising money for charity? Hold a fish and chip supper on Friday 15th May 2009 whilst raising awareness of spinal cord injury and supporting SIA’s information and support services.

You can hold a fish and chip supper in your own home, at work or hold a larger supper at your local community centre.

SIA will provide a fundraising pack containing hints and tips, recipes, invitations and donation envelopes. By inviting 7 friends and asking them to donate an additional £5.00 means you will raise at least £35.00 from your supper but we will also give you additional fundraising ideas to raise even more money for SIA.

In 2009 SIA will celebrate its 35th Anniversary and being that Friday 15th May 2009 is Spinal Cord Injury awareness day and what a better way to raise funds than eating Fish and Chips and raising money for SIA.

The money raised from the suppers will help the Spinal Injuries Association offer support to individuals who become paralysed and their families, from the moment a spinal injury occurs, and for the rest of their lives by providing services and publications which enable and encourage paralysed people to lead independent lives.

Every year in the UK over 1,000 people experience a spinal cord injury and there are an estimated 40,000 spinal cord injured people in the UK alone.

Donor Development Officer, Elizabeth Wright, says, “The Fish and Chip Supper is a wonderful opportunity for a great evening with friends and family. We are also encouraging people who work to hold a Fish and Chip Lunch in their work places to raise even more funds. You may be even a local community group wanting to run a fun evening with your group.

2009 is the first year that SIA are running the suppers but we already envisage this to be one of our top fundraising initiatives in the SIA calendar over the coming years. Be a part of something special and make a real difference to help spinal cord injured people gain access to the information and support they need to enable them to live full and independent lives.”

For more information or request a fundraising pack call Elizabeth Wright on 0845 678 6633 xtn 229 or email fishandchips@spinal.co.uk or visit www.spinal.co.uk

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15th January 2009
DAVID BORROW RAISES LOCAL FLOODING ISSUES
Source: Hansard

Following on from the local public meetings, South Ribble MP David Borrow has raised the issue of flooding and drainage in Westminster.

The Adjournment Debate covered many of the issues perceived as contributing to the problem (sewer capacity planning and maintenance, watercourse maintenance, the planning process) and the agencies who have responsibility for aspects of the problem (United Utilities, Environment Agency, Lancashire County Council, South Ribble Council, West Lancashire Council).

A full transcript of the debate can be accessed by clicking here


8th January 2009
TAX REFUND SCAM
Source: Lancashire Trading Standards Service

Fraudsters are targeting taxpayers with thousands of scam emails in the run up to the 31 January Self Assessment tax deadline HM Revenue & Customs said today. HMRC also warned the public to be aware of further fraudulent attempts to obtain personal information after the 31 January deadline has passed when many people will be waiting to hear about genuine tax refunds. The scams tell the recipient they are due a tax refund and ask for bank or credit card details so that the fictitious tax refund can be paid out. HMRC is also aware of a growing number of telephone scams with fraudsters posing as tax officials arranging rebate payments. All customers who provide their details to the fraudsters risk their accounts being emptied and credit cards used to their limit. The victim also risks having their personal details sold on to other organised criminal gangs.
HMRC strongly advises:

  • that any email appearing to originate from HMRC and which offers a tax refund should be forwarded unopened to phishing@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk
  • Do not click on websites links contained in suspicious emails or open attachments.

If in doubt, please check it out with HMRC at http://www.hmrc.gov.uk /security/fraud-attempts.htm


11th December
TEA TOWEL TRADERS WARNING
Source: Lancashire Trading Standards

Residents are advised that canvassers were in the Penwortham area on 9 December selling tea towels and other items door to door, the group consists of several staff being driven around in a White Transit van. They are all believed to be from Mansfield, currently staying in the Blackpool area, and may be in Lancashire for some time.

Please be warned that these people are believed to be targeting the elderly and that they should not be allowed into houses on any pretext.

We strongly advise consumers never to deal with cold callers. However, consumers who do should be aware that they will have a seven-day cooling off period for any purchases made at the door costing over £35. Also be aware that the contract will not be enforceable against the customer unless information about your right to cancel is given in writing. Please refer any complaints or information to Lancashire Trading Standards Service, 56-58 Guildhall Street, Preston, Lancs via Consumer Direct tel 08454 040506. If there is any loss of money the matter should also be referred to the police.


FLOODING IN BANKS

Dear Editor

I do not know if you are aware, but there was a public meeting held in Banks on Monday 1st December, under the auspices of David Borrow MP, to discuss flooding issues in Banks. The speakers were drawn from the Environment Agency, United Utilities and WLDC; there was a very good turnout of Banks’ residents, about 80 to 100 and the County councillor Malcolm Barron was also in attendance.

It was quite a lively debate with complaints coming thick and fast.

What did emerge from the debate was:

  • The current infrastructure is very quickly becoming not fit for purpose.
  • There are no plans to upgrade the drainage systems or other infrastructure within the next ten years.
  • The local planning authority cannot reject planning applications for new housing developments on the grounds of under capacity of the local infrastructure, though they can on the grounds that they do not like the look of the development.
  • United Utilities can ‘request’ new developments to have drainage tanks installed on new sites, but cannot require them.

There is something like 300 new houses in the pipeline for Banks over the next few years; 43 immediately and another 250 if the Greaves Hall regeneration goes ahead.

With them, and any other approved developments in the village, the whole infrastructure of the village will collapse, but that will be alright because the houses will be aesthetically pleasing even if raw sewage is running down the road.

Regards,
Cllr David Vickers, North Meols District Councillor, 3rd December 2008


17th November
IMPORTANCE OF RIBBLE ESTUARY
Source: BBC

The Ribble Estuary has been named as a site of international importance for water birds in winter in a new report.

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) report said the Lancashire estuary is a crucial home for 14 species of birds. It is named as the most important site in the UK for the wigeon, a duck whose population has fallen by one-fifth nationally and an important place for wintering birds such as whooper and Bewick's swans, pink-footed geese, knots, dunlins, sanderlings, bar-tailed and black-tailed godwits.


7th November
FARMER FINED FOR CARAVAN FIRE
Source: West Lancashire District Council

A farmer from Mere Brow has been hit with a massive fine for setting fire to caravans and burning dangerous waste.

Ormskirk Magistrates gave Timothy Edwards, of Banister House Farm, the maximum fine of £5,000 on 30 October after they found him guilty of allowing dark smoke to be emitted from his land.

Officers from West Lancashire District Council were called to Mr Edwards’ farm on the 16 May 2008 after a fire the previous evening. Upon their visit they found the remains of what looked like a caravan and other materials that would have given rise to dark smoke.

Dark smoke is a clear indicator that serious environmental pollution is being caused and under the Clean Air Act 1993 it is an offence to do this.

Magistrates were so incensed by his activities and the fact that he failed to turn up in court they dished out the maximum fine allowable. Together with court costs, Mr Edwards will have to pay a total of £5,225.

Cllr Geoff Hammond, Portfolio Holder for Community Services, said: "This is an excellent result for us and demonstrates the seriousness of the offence. The magistrates clearly recognised this, which is why they dished out the maximum fine to make an example of his irresponsible behaviour. This should act as a warning to others thinking of burning waste in this hazardous manner and of detriment to the environment. I hope this case will encourage other people to dispose of their waste properly."

Over the last couple of years, the Council has successfully prosecuted a number of people for dark smoke cases, particularly on farmland.


7th November
DOORSTEP CRIME UPDATE
Source: Lancashire Trading Standards Service

Residents are asked to be wary about three separate traders currently operating in the Preston, and Chorley areas at the moment.

We have reports of a tree service company cold calling and leaving leaflets in the Chorley area (6 November 2008), the trader is believed to use insufficient safety equipment and precautions, and does not give required cancellation rights. He has recently dumped grass cuttings on the consumer’s drive when payment for work was refused.

There is also a trader with an Irish accent driving a plain white 55 registered van, working in the Fulwood, Preston area (6 November 2008) approaching and cold calling consumers and using pushy selling practices to sell allegedly left-over tarmac. He gives out a Liverpool (0151) landline number.

Finally, we have a roofing contractor in a white transit van cold calling elderly residents in the Ribbleton, Preston area, handing out paperwork with a 0800 number and a mobile number, and offering to replace or install plastic guttering and fascias.  Again written cancellation rights are not provided and the traders appear to be uncontactable on the numbers we have.

Residents should be aware that several roofing companies are currently using the 131 Friargate address on paperwork, this is simply an accommodation address where mail may be collected from time to time, no roofers are actually based there.
 
Consumers agreeing to deal with traders where the contract is agreed at the consumer’s home should be aware that they will have a seven-day cooling off period to cancel any work agreed to, or any purchases made over £35, although in certain circumstances the customer may have to pay for any goods installed or work carried out so far. Also be aware that the contract will not be enforceable against the customer unless information about your right to cancel is given in writing.
 
We advise residents never to deal with cold-callers, to ensure you obtain full name, address and landline details from all workmen, and to double-check identification and references from other customers- do not assume credentials are genuine. Also ensure any price you are quoted is fair and genuine by obtaining estimates from other traders, and by ensuring the work agreed and the price to be charged is written down on a quotation before you agree to the work starting.

Please refer any complaints and further information to Lancashire Trading Standards Service, 56-58 Guildhall Street, Preston, Lancs via Consumer Direct tel 08454 040506. If there is any threat or fear of burglary contact the police at once.


SEEKING MELANIE ASHCROFT

We are trying to find the whereabouts of Melanie Ashcroft.

In 1994 we purchased a horse for our daughter Katie from Melanie. Mel had owned Tess since she was a foal. I think Mel lived in Hesketh Bank but Tess was stabled at Banks.

Unfortunately, Tess has died and my daughter would like to meet up with Melanie and show her all the photos of Tess and how well they did together in competition; at one point Tess was Welsh Veteran Champion.

We loved Tess and know that Melanie did too and my daughter feels it is only right that we let Mel know. If anyone could help in the search for Melanie we would appreciate it. EDITORS UPDATE 4th November - Mel has now been in contact with Karen]

Regards,
Karen Bury, 28th October 2008


27th October
ACTION TO HELP LOCAL SMALL SHOPS
Source: Press Release

Lorraine Fullbrook the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Tarleton, Banks, Hesketh Bank and Rufford has launched a campaign to help small shops in the villages save money by claiming Small Business Rate Relief.  

Roughly half of eligible local businesses do not claim the relief, according to the Conservative Party. The reason is that many of them simply don't know it exists. Yet it could save local shops up to £1,100 per annum. So the Conservatives have created a simple online tool to help firms check their eligibility and print off the form.

Lorraine urged local small businesses to go to http://www.conservatives.com/smallshops/.

If a business is eligible it can then print out a form, fill it in and send it to their local council.

Lorraine comments,

Our local shops and businesses are facing tough times but they are the life blood of our economy and our community. I want to help them and this new online tool is simple way I and the Conservative Party can help firms survive."


19th October
MERE BROW GIANT PUMPKIN COMPETITION
A whopping 717lb was enough to secure the NFU Mutual All England Shield for Clive Bevan who travelled up from Wellingborough, Northamptonshire with his pumpkin. The Mere Brow & District Shield was won by Josh Whiteside who's giant pumpkin weighed in at 535lb.

Clive Bevan winner of the NFU All England Shield at the Mere Brow Giant Pumpkin Competition
Clive Bevan
2008 Winner of the
NFU Mutual Insurance All England Shield
Josh Whiteside, winner of the Mere Brow & District Giant Pumpkin Competition
Josh Whiteside
2008 Winner of the
Mere Brow & District Shield

For the full weigh off results please see www.merebrowgiantpumpkins.com

Mere Brow Giant Pumpkins Video Report


6th August 2008
HIGH SCHOOL REUNION - CLASS OF 1998
Source: Nicola Cubbin

A school reunion for the Tarleton High School class of 1998 has been organised.

If you attended Tarleton High School from 1993-1998 then you are invited to the 10 year reunion which will be held at Mere Brow Village Hall on Saturday 27th September.

Tickets cost £5 each, and are available from Sarah Bridge at Chameleon (the printing shop), Church Road, Tarleton or via Nicola Cubbin at nic_noc1 (at) yahoo.com. More details and the latest information can be found on Facebook.


MBE FOR ALAN

14/06/08

Alan Johnson has been given a MBE in the 2008 Queen's Birthday Honours List. Alan received the award "For services to Vintage and Veteran Vehicle Restoration and Heritage."


LOCAL MEP WEDDING EXPENSES ROW

08/06/08

Source: Sunday Times Online

The Sunday Times Online today reports that local MEP Sir Robert Atkins used his parliamentary expenses to fly to his son’s wedding in America. Sir Robert Atkins has claimed that the wedding “coincided” with an official invitation, making it possible for the taxpayer to pick up travel and hotel bills.

Atkins has insisted that he has fully complied with parliamentary rules for the wedding trip. He said the event coincided with an invitation from the Republican National Committee and in a statement this weekend emphasised that his expenses were approved by the parliamentary authorities.

For the full article click here

Sir Robert Aikins Website


TARLETON HIGH MOVES TOWARDS TRUST STATUS

17/05/08

Submitted bt Shirley Rooney, Tarleton High School

On the 9th April 2008 Tarleton High School’s Governing Body made the decision to consult parents, pupils, staff and the community about their plans to become a Trust School. Tarleton High is the first Lancashire secondary school to take this step. The implementation of these plans will result in Tarleton High being a pathfinder within the County for the Government’s flagship education programme that sees schools harnessing the energy and experience of external partners to raise standards.

What does this mean for Tarleton High School?

Trust Schools are maintained foundation schools supported by a charitable Trust. They:
• are part of the maintained family of schools with funding on the same basis as other local authority maintained schools and subject to the same accountability regime;
• are similar to Voluntary Aided (VA) and existing foundation schools with foundations – the Trust holds the school’s land and buildings, the Governing Body employs staff and sets admissions arrangements (in accordance with the law and the Admissions Code);
• must adhere to National Curriculum / School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions document.

There are now 42 Trust Schools up and running. Tarleton High’s decision brings the number of schools currently working towards Trust Status to over 390, exceeding the Government’s aspirations and proving the popularity of the scheme with schools and local authorities.

Representatives of Runshaw College, the International Aid Trust, Preston and Lancaster University’s Department for Educational Research will form the Trust in partnership with the school. They will work together to build on the current successes of the school and develop further the quality of education within it.

The school will also form a Parents Council to seek the views of parents about important decisions in relation to school matters. These may include school uniform, healthy eating, enabling parents to have realtime reports about their children’s progress and further developments in pupils’ learning.

Headteacher Anthony Hardiker said “This is an exciting development for our school. Our Trust partners will offer their encouragement, expertise and support in helping us to offer the best education for all our pupils. We hope that the consultation process will gather widespread agreement with our proposals and enable us to build on our past achievements and fulfil our ambitious vision for the school.”

The Reverend Bernard Cocker, CEO and Founder of International Aid Trust said “Since the tsunami in December 2004 Tarleton High School and International Aid Trust have successfully worked together on various projects, so we at IAT are both blessed and excited with this latest initiative.

Indeed, it is a privilege to be in partnership with the students, governors and staff, who so obliviously follow with a passion the lead and example of their Headmaster.

We look forward to an exciting and challenging time of supporting and encouraging Tarleton High to reach these ambitious but achievable targets.

Working alone we are all very limited, but when we bring our gifts, talents and resources together we can make a huge difference, not just to our own particular organisations, but also to the ever growing needs in the world around us. May God bless this venture “

The school is having an Open Meeting at Tarleton High School on Wednesday 21st May for discussion on the school moving to become a Foundation with Trust School. The meeting will commence at 7.00pm in the School Hall. All are welcome.


DOORSTEP SALES WARNING - CARPET CLEANER

10/05/08

Submitted by Lancashire Trading Standards Service

Residents are alerted to concerns about a high pressure sales team selling carpet cleaners.

The company is contacting residents and offering to clean carpets for free in return for comments on the cleaning performance. However, once in the house to provide this free service, the salesmen refuse to leave until they have sold one of the cleaners. In one house they stayed for over two hours until the sale was finally agreed.

They are believed to be targeting elderly and vulnerable consumers with hard line sales techniques.

Be warned that if you or your neighbours deal with this company you may end up paying £2000 for an unwanted vacuum cleaner.

We advise residents never to deal with cold callers.

Anyone who does deal with a tradesman who cold-calls will have a seven-day cooling off period to cancel any work agreed to, or any purchases made over £35, although if the trader has already begun to carry out any job when you cancel, you may have to pay for the work carried out so far.

Also be aware that the contract will not be enforceable against the consumer unless information about this right to cancel is given in writing.

Please refer any complaints to Lancashire Trading Standards Service, 56-58 Guildhall Street, Preston, Lancs via Consumer Direct tel 08454 040506. If there is any threat or fear of burglary contact the police at once.


TARLETON HIGH SCHOOL UKRAINE CHALLENGE

06/05/08

A group of six pupils from Tarleton High School are working with International Aid Trust to produce a video on the disadvantaged children in the Ukraine. The aim of the trip is to produce a video to help promote the work of International Aid Trust and inform people of the rescue work they do in the Ukraine. The video will be shown to a range of audiences.

International Aid Trust is a UK Charity, based in Much Hoole. It has charity shops throughout the UK and helps underprivileged people, in Eastern Europe, Africa and Asia. Much of the work International Aid does is in Eastern Europe; they have created orphanages for street children and rehabilitation centres for adults. Tarleton High School’s student Council decided to adopt International Aid Trust as one of the two school’s charities. Previously the school has provided shoeboxes for the charity, created publicity material and helped out at the local warehouse.

More recently there has been a rigorous selection process from 320 years 9 and 10 pupils. 21 pupils applied for the trip with a letter addressed to the Head teacher who together with Mrs Sides (senior at Tarleton High School), Mr Bernard Cocker (IAT Founder) and Mr Stringfellow (Chair of Governors) whittled it down to just 6 members of the team, and further roles were decided with an interview process. The six selected members were:

Joel Briscoe – selected candidate to go to the Ukraine
Rachel Goulding – selected candidate to go to the Ukraine
Chris Meadows – reserve to go to the Ukraine
Ruth Malcolm – reserve to go to the Ukraine
Claire Tetlow - press officer
Natalie Firth-Cook – press officer

Tarleton High School is working with International Aid Trust to create a video to highlight the plight of European countries trapped in extreme poverty. The two pupils will travel to Kiev to film the footage and talk to families in desperate need of help, children living in orphanages and also children living on the streets.

All six members will be working as a team to create the video when the chosen two candidates return from the trip. The edited video will then be used by International Aid Trust to show people of all ages the work International Aid does helping the children of Ukraine.


GREEN LANE UPDATE

10/04/08

An update on the Northern Parishes Relief Road (Green Lane link) by Dr David Vickers

A number of years ago a suggestion was put forward that a link road should be built from the end of Taylor ’s Meanygate along Green Lane to join the by-pass near Blackgate lane. The purpose of this is to remove the Lorries from using the villages to get to the pack houses on the Moss. The principle of this is supported by nearly all in the villages and the local growers. Lancashire County Council carried out a feasibility study in 1999, but due to some local opposition the scheme was shelved and almost forgotten.

Earlier this year a working group was set up by the three Northern Parishes to look at the state of the Moss Roads. It very quickly became apparent that the remit of the group needed to be expanded to try and deal with the problem of increasingly heavy HGV’s accessing the pack houses through the villages. The traffic flow figures are approximately 300 per day through Tarleton and a similar number through Banks. This is a situation which, for safety reasons, cannot be allowed to continue.

Working with our County Councillor Mr Malcolm Barron the roads Group were able to persuade LCC to look at the Green Lane Project again. This was done and a design and cost was arrived at. The Road would run from the end of Taylor ’s Meanygate along Green Lane and then across to meet theA656 at a roundabout near Blackgate Lane . Green Lane would be widened to take two HGV’s. The total cost of the project has been estimated at £2,000,000.

LCC are looking for some financial assistance from the three villages affected; the sum suggested is £50,000 per parish. This money would be paid for through the precept that is paid by the residents of the villages. This can be borrowed at a very favourable rate of interest; the annual repayments being in the region of £4,500. This would mean that every rate payer in North Meols would have to find £3 a year for the next 25 years or a total cost of £75 each.

The scheme would allow weight restrictions of 7.5t, except for access, to be placed on the roads running through the villages. This would have the effect of removing most of the HGV and heavy tractor traffic from the villages.

North Meols Parish Council has voted to accept the financial proposal in principle, however on an issue that will require the borrowing of money over a 25 year period the parish councillors feel that the tax-payers should be consulted. We are in the process of finding a suitable method that will allow everyone to express their views on the subject.

Regards,
Dr David Vickers

Chairman
North Meols Parish Council


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