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An animal lover was left devastated when her dog died after she was attacked while they were out for a walk.
Lindar Kivi, of Hesketh Bank, was walking with her nine-year-old bichon frise Honey on Boundary Meanygate when the pet was attacked by a larger dog. Honey had suffered a puncture wound to the right hand side of her chest in the attack and Lindar rushed her to the vets who performed an operation the following morning. They battled to save Honey for two-and-a-half days. But despite their efforts Honey died in her sleep in the early hours of the morning on December 10.
Lindar said: "It was absolutely horrendous. I was so devastated I couldn’t talk about it for days without bursting into tears. The woman was jogging with her dog, which looked like a bull mastiff. It broke free from her and attacked Honey."
"The woman apologised and said she couldn’t believe her dog had attacked my one. She even came round my house to say how sorry she was, but then I asked her to make a contribution to the vet bills."
"As soon as I mentioned the bill, she said I should have been insured and I have not seen her since. She may not even know my dog has died. It would be churlish of me to say the dog should be put down but it should be muzzled when it is out in case this happens to another dog or a child."
The incident happened about 6.30pm on December 7 and Lindar has reported the incident to the West Lancashire Council dog warden. A council spokesman said: “Whilst the full circumstances of this incident are not known, it is possible that it could be a matter for the police as the larger dog may be regarded as being dangerously out of control in a public place."
If any members of the public have any details of the dog, or its owner, they should contact the council on 01695 577177 or the police on the new non-emergency line 101.”
The Lancashire County Council proposal to implement 20mph schemes in residential areas and outside of all schools in Lancashire is budgeted to cost £9.2 million pounds.
The cost of maintaining the new signage is budgeted to add another £136,000 to the annual highway maintenance costs.
The target date for the completion of the project is 31st December 2013.
Today marks the 125th anniversary of what is known to this day as the worst lifeboat disaster in history.
Lytham, St Annes & Southport lifeboats were launched to the German barque 'Mexico' in distress off Southport.
Thomas Clarkson, Lytham's coxswain, recalled: "There was a gale of wind blowing. The sea near Southport was very high &, shortly before getting to the ship, it was mountains high." The Lytham lifeboat, however, with great difficulty, rescued the 12 crew of the 'Mexico'.
Meanwhile, the Southport lifeboat was capsized by a heavy sea; 14 hands were lost, leaving only two survivors. The St Annes lifeboat was found the next day, upturned on the banks of the Ribble estuary, her entire crew of 13 tragically drowned.
8th December 2011
The WLBC Licensing Committee has approved a change to halve vehicle testing for Taxis from every six months to twelve months.
The change has been been introduced as a result of the Major Services Review amid some confusion when councillors were speaking against the change when in fact they had already voted it through.
Cllr Cheetham, a Conservative Councillor and local garage owner, explained to the committee the seriousness of a decrease in the number of tests. He highlighted that taxis need rigorous regular testing due to the fact they do somewhere in the region of 60,000 miles a year in comparison with the 10-12000 an average private vehicle does.
Cllr Savage (Labour) explained to him that both he and his group had already voted for the change.
1st December 2011
Less than a month ago, when a report was released confirming fracking causes earthquakes, a separate group mounted an action against the same rig, highlighting local health and environmental concerns associated with fracking.
One of the activists, Sarah, a community worker from Bristol, explained: “Fracking is a desperate bid to suck the last, most difficult to reach fossil fuels out of the planet. It is a road to nowhere. The output of fracked wells quickly declines so more and more wells have to be drilled destroying vast swathes of our countryside.”
The last few months have seen numerous actions mounted against fracking in the UK, from Southport to London, resulting in a local victory in the Vale of Glamorgan, whose county council voted unanimously against fracking.
The activists suggested that the mounting action, controversy and urgency surrounding fracking indicates that it is set to become the “new Heathrow” in which “local communities united with people from all over the country against a fossil fuel giant, and won.”
Two activists have been arrested so far.
The Mere Brow Christmas food, crafts and gifts market at the Legh Arms pub on Saturday 10th December is proving to be a huge success with more local business wanting to be involved.
Kelvin Pye, organiser of the Mere Brow farmers market organiser stated “For the November market we had 22 farm and crafts businesses, now its looking like we will have 27 stalls and its going to be a squeeze to fit them in, but its great for the public with much more variety of food and crafts.”
As well as the returning producers of cheese, lamb, beef, smoked fish, olives, cakes, vegetables, chillis and home made pies, there will be new food exhibitors of curries, venison, jams, shellfish, fudge and Christmas wreaths. Mr Pye went on to say “I am particularly pleased we have a local shellfish business with cockles, crabs, Southport shrimps and a smelly soap and bath products stall for Christmas gifts and the Pampered Chef, for all cooking equipment.”
The market is open from 10am to 2.30 pm with two food hampers being given away in a free prize draw. Santa will be in attendance for the children along with face painting and donkey rides. There will be hot BBQ food and mulled wine, as well as a 3 course farmers market lunch for £6.95 in the Legh Arms pub.
For enquiries telephone Kelvin on 01704 212734 or the Legh Arms on 01772 812359.
Lorraine Fullbrook, Member of Parliament for South Ribble, has welcomed the Environment Agency’s decision to extend the deadline for their consultation on flooding defences in the Northern Parishes to 31st January 2012. Lorraine attributes the decision to pressure from local residents.
“Local pressure has made the Environment Agency listen to the legitimate concerns that we have about these plans, and extend this consultation.”
“I’m sure that the hostility at the Public Meeting I held on 11th November and in people’s responses to the consultation have made the Environment Agency concede defeat on the consultation date. But there is more to do - We’ve won the battle but not the war!” ”
“I will be continuing to do everything I can to have this consultation withdrawn altogether and once again I would like to plead with everyone to fill in the consultation who hasn’t already done so!”
The Consultation can be viewed and filled in on:
and local residents who would prefer a hard copy are encouraged to get in touch with Lorraine’s office on 020 7219 7217 or by emailing email@example.com
22nd November 2011
Chloe McLaughlan was picked to sing This is the Dream, written by Rod Aylen – who previously enjoyed success with Sing it for England, written for the 2006 World Cup.
Available for download from yesterday (Monday, November 21), it is hoped the song will gather support in the build-up to next summer’s games. Chloe’s proud mother, Gill, is keeping her fingers crossed the song becomes a hit.
She said: “Rod heard a recording of Chloe’s singing when he visited a member of the family and was so impressed that he decided there and then that Chloe should sing his new production.” Click here to read the complete Southport Visiter article
17th November 2011
Fears for homes, jobs and farmland were expressed following a meeting in Tarleton over Environment Agency plans to stop land drainage in the northern parishes.
More than 150 businessmen, growers and residents met at Huntapac last Friday to discuss the consultation plans.
The government agency has proposed scaling back pumping and increasing the use of natural flood plains in rural areas by 2015 due to funding cuts from Defra. A 12-week consultation over its proposals for the Lower Alt with Crossens catchment ends on December 16.
But many at the meeting, held by South Ribble MP Lorraine Fullbrook, felt the consultation document had not been publicised widely enough.
17th November 2011
Planning councillors refused to give permission for motocross racing to continue at Leisure Lakes despite 127 riders turning up to the meeting to support the case.
Motocross organisers had applied to have racing at the site in Tarleton 28 days each year.
But West Lancashire Council planning officers had recommended the application be refused at last Thursday’s meeting.
They believed the scheme to be ‘inappropriate development in the Green Belt’. Committee members accepted the recommendations and threw out the scheme.
The company behind plans to extract gas from under Lancashire are due to start ‘sonar’ studies of farmland in the county early next year.
Cuadrilla Resources, which is searching for gas reserves locked in shale at a site near Hesketh Bank, will have engineers carrying out searches on land across Wyre from February.
A spokesman said it was speaking with local landowners to secure access onto sites of interest. He said: “It is a feasibility study to look for areas where there is a large amount of shale to add to data we have already collected from our exploratory drilling.
“There will not be any work starting until the start of the year.”
Lorraine Fullbrook, Member of Parliament for South Ribble, which includes the villages of Tarleton, Banks, Hesketh Bank, Rufford, Mere Brow, Holmeswood and Solom, has announced that she will be holding a public meeting on Friday 11th November 2011 to discuss the Environment Agency proposals to stop land drainage in the Northern Parishes.
The meeting will be held at Huntapac, Blackgate Lane, Tarleton at 7pm.
The Environment Agency, Campaign for Rural England and representatives from the local Councils will be in attendance.
Lorraine would like to invite all interested members of the public to attend the meeting and make their views about this proposal known.
Lorraine said: “Land drainage is a very important issue for the people who live and work in the Northern parishes and I have called this public meeting so that all interested parties can discuss this issue and local people can make their views known.”
To view the Environment Agency consultation, please click here
Lorraine Fullbrook, Member of Parliament for South Ribble, has signed the following letter about how the Coalition Government is delivering for Women:
This Coalition Government is Delivering For Women
As Conservative MPs, we care passionately about the equal advancement of women, in both the political and the economic sense.
Women still lag behind men in both areas in Britain in the 21st Century. Far more women than men live in workless households. They own 17% less than men. Their incomes are 17% lower than men's in similar jobs. They are more likely to be in low paid work. They start businesses at half the rate men do. They have 14% less to live on in retirement and are relatively more dependent on means-tested benefits. Under Labour, far too many became trapped in 16 hour a week jobs, missing out on career progression. This is a scandal we plan to change.
With welfare reform, pensions reform, shared parental leave, financial support for part-time students, tax reform to lift hundreds of thousands of women out of income tax altogether and protection for the 80% female workforce which is the lowest paid during the public sector pay freeze, we aim to make working and saving pay for all the women of this country. Furthermore, under the Universal Credit, help with child care will start from the first hour of work.
In other important ways, this government has taken action. New rape crisis centres have opened; more money is being spent on women-focused international aid, helping girls to go to school. Sex worker jobs can no longer be advertised in Job Centres; the Bailey review has been commissioned, tackling the sexualisation of children. Parents have been enabled with more internet filters.
We don’t support all of this despite being Conservative. We support it because we are Conservative and believe in equality of opportunity for all.
Lorraine Fullbrook MP
This morning nine people from the national anti-fracking network Frack Off have halted work at Cuadrilla Resources’ drilling site on Banks marsh.
They ran on to the fracking site early this morning and scaled the drilling rig using climbing equipment. They aim to sit on top of the drilling rig for as long as possible to stop the drilling.
The action is aimed at highlighting what the protestors believe is the hypocrisy behind the ‘Shale Gas Environmental Summit’ starting today in London: a conference sponsored by a host of companies involved in the oil and gas industry and to counter the PR offensive of the shale gas industry and bring public attention to the harm fracking has been linked to.
Colin Eastman, one of the climbers, said, “Conventional fossil fuels have begun to run out and the system is moving towards more extreme forms of energy like fracking, tar sands, and deep water drilling. The move towards ‘extreme energy’ is literally scraping the bottom of the barrel, sucking the last most difficult to reach fossil fuels from the planet at a time when we should be rapidly reducing our consumption altogether and looking for sustainable alternatives. In the UK fracking for shale gas is planned alongside, not instead of, extraction of conventional fossil fuels like coal.”
Cuadrilla Resources, the British company exploring for natural shale gas on Banks Marsh, has today released the findings of the report that was commissioned following unusual seismic activity near Poulton-le-Fylde in April and May 2011.
“The Geo-mechanical Study of Bowland Shale Seismicity” confirms that there is little risk of future seismic events reoccurring in the Bowland Basin but proposes a series of mitigation measures in case of any future seismic activity. This report which fulfils a commitment made by Cuadrilla to be fully open with the community about all findings, is the most comprehensive scientific study ever undertaken on the geology of the Bowland Basin.
Cuadrilla intends to seek a peer review of the report and commits to publishing that review.
The report concludes:
Using the findings, the report sets out an early detection system which Cuadrilla can use to monitor seismic activity and implement a series of steps to prevent the escalation of any future seismicity. Very similar systems are in place in the Netherlands and Germany. The purpose of this system is to ensure that any seismic activity trigged by the hydraulic fracturing process, however unlikely, can be managed to prevent any impact to people and property.
Mark Miller, Chief Executive of Cuadrilla Resources, commenting on the release of the report said:
“We unequivocally accept the findings of this independent report and are pleased that the report concludes that there is no threat to people or property in the local area from our operations.
We are ready to put in place the early detection system that has been proposed in the report so that we can provide additional confidence and security to the local community.
Cuadrilla is working with the relevant local and national authorities to implement the report’s recommendations so we may safely resume our operations.”
The report has been submitted to the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and the British Geological Survey (BGS), the latter acting in their capacity as advisers to DECC. The report’s authors and Cuadrilla are in regular contact with government officials to provide further clarification on various technical aspects of the report.
The report was commissioned by Cuadrilla Resources in consultation with the Department of Energy and Climate Change. The study was carried out by a European team of independent seismic experts, all leading authorities on the subject, directed by Dr Hans de Pater.
28th October 2011
Lorraine Fullbrook, Member of Parliament for South Ribble, has today called for a meeting with Ministers from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to discuss controversial Environment Agency plans to stop land drainage in the Lower Alt and Crossens catchment which includes Banks, Rufford, Hesketh Bank, Tarleton, Sollom and Mere Brow.
In a letter to the Secretary of State, the Rt Hon Caroline Spelman MP, Lorraine warns of the devastating effects that flooding would have to some of the largest growing and export of food crop areas in the country, should the proposals be accepted.
Speaking today, Lorraine said: “I’m appalled at these proposals to stop land drainage in the Lower Alt and Crossens basin. Plans to cut money spent on flood risk management in one of the largest growing areas in the country are totally irresponsible.” “I have requested a meeting with the Minister so that they are aware of all the facts and the devastating effect this would have on this area, the local economy and people’s livelihoods on the Northern parishes.”
“These proposals, originally made by Labour, to prioritise protecting urban over rural areas are short-sighted. I want the Environment Agency to drop these proposals and continue with their duty of care to the people who live and work in the Northern parishes, which have been an essential part of the local economy for years.”
“I think this consultation should be dropped altogether but I will be making a submission and urge local residents to get fully engaged with the consultation process. These proposals if passed could have a detrimental effect not only on farmers but on the entire area.”
The Northern Parishes of West Lancashire have arranged for a Public Meeting to be held from 6:30pm at “Our Lady Help of Christians” Church, Hesketh Lane, Tarleton on Friday 4th November.
Cuadrilla Resources, the company presently granted an exploration licence in the area and Mr Simon Glover A.I.Mech.E, M.ENG, B.Sc, the Vice-President Europe of Altus Well Experts Inc, an Independent Industry Expert to give independent comment, will be on hand to answer the queries or concerns of members of the Public. The event will be chaired by BBC North West Presenter, Dave Guest.
Hesketh with Becconsall Village Centre (formerly Hesketh Bank Village Hall) would like to thank Hesketh Bank Bowling Club, who hosted a race night on Saturday 22nd October 2011 to help raise funds.
They would also like to thank everyone who attended the event, which raised £355 towards refurbishments of the Village Centre. Supported by local businesses in the area; Brentley’s Hair & Beauty, Victoria Health & Leisure, Amelio’s Pizzeria, Script & Trace, Tatters Fashion and Booths Supermarket, there were great raffle prizes taken away and everyone enjoyed the pie and peas supper.
For more information please visit www.merebrowgiantpumpkins.com
20th October 2011
A TARLETON pub is to undergo a makeover courtesy of a well-known sports commentator. The Lord Lilford will have a grand re-opening in November when it will be renamed The Village Inn, with TV presenter Glenn Turner looking forward to his new role as landlord.
17th October 2011
CONTROVERSIAL gas drilling DID cause Fylde coast earthquakes.
And now energy chiefs have sent a stark warning to shale gas company Cuadrilla Resources – stop the tremors or we will shut you down.
It comes as the company this week held urgent talks with the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to consider a report into the risk of earthquakes associated with fracking – the process used to extract shale gas from deep beneath the Fylde coast.
The meetings followed the British Geological Survey’s (BGS) conclusion two recent earth tremors felt nearby were most likely to have been caused by fracking.
17th October 2011
Ribble Estuary Against Fracking had a good turnout of local residents at their first community event held at Banks Leisure Centre on Friday night. Members of Friends of the Earth, Frack Off, The Green Party and Transition Southport also attended.
A short film 'Fracking Hell' by The Ecologist Film Unit was shown throughout the evening. REAF and Friends of the Earth members were available to answer questions on the consequences of shale gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing (fracking). Information boards and leaflets provided additional information relating to the fracking industry.
Doreen Stopforth, local resident and REAF member said "We were very pleased with the turn out to our first event. We are planning more outreach events in future to help raise awareness locally"
REAF invite you to drop in to our next Information and Film night on Wednesday 26th October, between 7.30pm–9.30 pm Tarleton Bowling Club, Sutton Lane, Tarleton. For more local events, attractions and activities visit the events page
The portfolio holder for Highways and Transport Mr Tim Ashton has agreed to fund the Green Lane Link under the Lancashire County Council Local transport Plan (LTP). County Councillor Malcolm Barron expressed his delight.
The Green Lane Link will connect the A565 with Taylors Meanygate which services the agricultural packhouses on the moss which provide our supermarkets with produce.
West Lancashire is the main provider of salads in the country and the Link will provide the sort of infrastructure that the horticultural industry needs to survive.
Hopefully many accidents will be avoided and lives spared by the inclusion of a roundabout on the A565 Southport New Rd and the instances of HGVs trundling through the villages of Tarleton, Hesketh Banks and Banks should be greatly reduced.
County Councillor Malcolm Barron said "I appreciate the help given to me by the Parish Councils. Hesketh Bank and Tarleton Parish Councils sent excellent letters in support of the link to the County commissioners who allocated funding to the LTP."
"I am also grateful to the officers who worked extremely hard in scrutinising the 400 submissions for funding and to those officers who provided me with the facts and figures required."
"Much evidence was provided by Mr William Hunter of Huntapac, Maurice Fletcher and many other growers, the CLA and our Borough Councillors (especially Rosie Evans) and our MP Lorraine Fullbrook this wonderful result would not have been achieved."
"I chaired the first public meeting promoting the Green lane Link in 1999 we had an attendance of 110 with 99% in favour. Since then there has been a great deal of publicity in favour of the link and also positive reporting of meetings with then Shadow Conservative Ministers Theresa May and Tim Yeo chaired by our now MP Mrs Lorraine Fullbrook".
The Link will cost approx £2 million and after preliminary work, construction should hopefully start in 2015.
12th October 2011
Friends of the Earth’s Executive Director Andy Atkins met with local residents and members of Ribble Estuary Against Fracking (REAF) in Hesketh Bank on Wednesday 5th October. After the meeting Andy travelled to Banks to see the Cuadrilla drill site.
Concerns over ‘fracking’ – the process of exploiting natural shale gas under extremely high pressure to force rocks apart – have been gathering pace ever since drilling firm Cuadrilla Resources’ fracking operations were suspended in May this year following a second earthquake in the area.
Friends of the Earth’s Executive Director Andy Atkins said: “I share the same concerns as people who live here – shale gas is neither clean nor proven to be safe, and drilling it will cause climate-changing emissions and could pollute water supplies. “We don’t need risky fracking or a dash for gas – we already have plenty of green energy solutions that we know are safe and will work, like the wind, the waves and the sun.”
“The Government should get on with developing the UK’s huge green energy potential – making better use of our energy will stabilise fuel bills long term and create thousands of skilled jobs in Lancashire and throughout the UK.”
Local resident and REAF member Doreen Stopforth added: “Andy’s visit shows just how important this issue is on a national and international scale. Fracking is a dangerous unproven technology which will put the whole of the Ribble Estuary at risk of environmental disaster.”
REAF have accepted an invitation to join with Friends of the Earth on this important issue and have been invited to a meeting next week at County Hall, Preston with Tony Bosworth the Senior Climate Campaigner.
Members of Ribble Estuary Against Fracking (REAF) have also been invited to travel to the Hilton Hotel in Blackpool next week, to join up with the Co-operative who are hosting an information evening on shale gas drilling and screening of the film Gasland, the Academy Award nominated documentary about fracking in the US.
REAF will have an information stand at the event and Banks resident Eve McNamara will be speaking during the evening along with Co-op representatives. The Co-op earlier this year commissioned a report from the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change at Manchester University Tyndall Report, which recommended fracking should be halted pending further research into its impact. The Co-operative have called upon the government to hold a moratorium on shale gas extraction in the UK.
REAF are also holding our own Drop In Information and film nights at -
For more local events, attractions and activities visit the events page
A brand new farmers market will be springing up on the car park of the Legh Arms at Mere Brow. The first market will be held on Saturday, November 12, from 10.00 to 14.30pm and thereafter on the second Saturday of the month.
There will be a veritable feast of produce from local farmers on display including: Lancashire cheeses, fresh meats, home made pies, herbs and chillis, fresh fish and various craft stands. The farmers’ market is free to visitors and two tasty food hampers will be given away on the day.
Children's attractions will include donkey rides by local Halsall's Donkey and face painting plus a slap-up BBQ selling local bacon and bangers.
Organiser and local businessman, Kelvin Pye, who runs the two Southport town and country fairs at Stanley High School, explained: “The Riverside used to organise a popular farmers’ market but it suddenly stopped. Some of my regular farmers’ market customers asked me to start one up again and I thought: ‘Why not ?’
I approached Ged Consett the licensee of The Legh Arms, who is a personal friend of mine, and he welcomed us with open Arms !” Attractions for the Christmas special farmers market on Saturday, December 10. will include Christmas gifts and crafts, donkey rides with Santa and hot roast chestnuts on the BBQ.
The Legh Arms will be open all day for food and drink with a special farmers’ market menu.
For enquiries contact Kelvin 01704 212734 or The Legh Arms on 01772 812359.
LANCASHIRE County Council is supporting calls for a government review into the sale of Chinese lanterns.
A notice of motion backing farmers' groups, fire services and the coastguard in urging the government to examine the issue has received all-party support at a meeting of the Full Council.
County Councillor Malcolm Barron, who represents rural West Lancashire North, presented the motion. He said: "These flying lanterns were first brought to my attention by a resident whose wife runs a riding school where some straw in the stable yard caught fire when one of these lanterns landed.
"Fortunately there were people on hand to put out the blaze but the consequences could have been very serious.
The authority is to write to the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, adding its voice to concerns already raised by the National Farmers' Union, the Coastguard and Fire Services across the country.
The lanterns, made of paper, wire and a block of solid fuel like a barbecue lighter, are widely sold for as little as £1 each and can travel for many miles before falling back to earth.
Popular at family celebrations and music festivals, it is estimated that their growing popularity now sees around 200,000 released in the UK every year.
Farmers have reported incidents of cattle suffering a painful death after swallowing sharp pieces of wire from lanterns which have been incorporated into bales of hay.
Calls to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency are now in the hundreds every year, as people mistake them for distress flares or even report them as UFOs.
County Councillor Michael Green, Cabinet member for economic development, environment and planning, added: "These lanterns can be very pretty but there's already too high a price being paid by farmers, both in terms of cost and the suffering caused to their livestock.
"As a county with an important rural economy it's vital that Lancashire's voice is foremost in raising these concerns.
"We want the government to look more closely at this issue as these lanterns are clearly causing a financial drain on public services and the rural economy.
"You can buy these lanterns for just a pound in Lancashire but now is the time to find out their true cost to the country and take steps to regulate their sale."
3rd October 2011
ALTERNATIVE proposals which would bring parts of West Lancashire into Southport have been put forward for review.
The plan is to create a new Southport constituency which would include Hesketh with Becconsall, Tarleton and North Meols.
This would mean Formby would not be split; the town would be in a constituency with Aughton and Ormskirk.
The proposals, put forward by Liberal Democrat councillors at Southport Area Committee last week, were passed by a majority who agreed to write to the Boundary Commission.
Liberal Democrat Cllr Simon Shaw said he was optimistic that the Boundary Commission would listen to their alternative proposal.
He said: “I would hope they would be very pleased that we have come up with a constructive alternative.
“You are not going to get anywhere if you say; this is terrible. You have to have an alternative proposal that knits together. The attraction for Southport is that there are historical ties to Lancashire. I have lived in Southport all my life and I am proud to call myself a Lancastrian.”
Cllr Iain Brodie Browne said: “I am not without hope. The same proposal was made [to split Formby] in the 1980’s and that was overturned.”
The Area Committee also resolved to write to all parish councils asking them to support thir plans.
But Cllr Iain Ashcroft, Vice Chairman of Hesketh with Becconsall Parish Council said: “I don’t know whether it would work at all and I don’t know whether our MP would be too happy about that.
“Things have been settled for a long time-if it isn’t broke why fix it.”
Conservative councillors voted against the proposal, accusing the Liberal Democrats of springing the decision on them.
Aindsale councillor Terry Jones said: “The Lib Dems threw it at us at the last minute. They could have called in an emergency meeting but they didn’t.
“We have attended some meetings and have still got plenty of meetings all over the North West. We will make a decision based on what is best for the residents.”
Southport MP John Pugh said: “The proposals are far more disruptive than everybody imagined.
“There are people on the fringes who already regard themselves in the Southport community. The Boundary Commission will be put under severe pressure from all parties and in all areas.”
There will be a public hearing on the changes at the Radisson Blu hotel, Liverpool on October 20 and 21.
A meeting of the Hesketh Bank Village Hall committee has agreed to rename the Village Hall site as Hesketh with Becconsall Village Centre.
“We feel this new name reflects the parish we are in and the range of facilities available,” said Peter Watkinson, Chairman of the group. “For example, we have Happy Days Nursery, Grace Church, Hesketh Bank Silver Band and the Multi Use Games Area, which opened in 2010, plus lots more activities going on throughout the year making this site a key focus for villagers of all ages.”
Future plans for Hesketh with Becconsall Village Centre include a new front garden, driveway and signage.
GOVERNMENT MUST NOT BE SEDUCED BY NEW GAS FIELD SAYS THE CO-OPERATIVE
On the day (Wednesday 21 September) that Cuadrilla Resources announced its shale gas reserves estimates for its Bowland shale site in Lancashire, The Co-operative pointed out that shale gas extraction risks diverting investment away from the UK ’s renewable energy targets. These targets are forecast to provide £100billion worth of investment opportunities and up to half a million jobs by 2020.
The Government must not be seduced by a new Lancashire gas field and should still impose an immediate moratorium on extraction from shale formations until all the ecological implications are fully understood.
That is the view of The Co-operative, which earlier this year commissioned a report from the internationally respected Tyndall Centre, part of The University of Manchester, on the impacts of shale gas and as a result believes that shale gas extraction represents a significant risk of groundwater contamination, brings new greenhouse gases into play and diverts much needed investment from renewable sources of energy and the jobs this would create and support..
Earlier this year, the Government’s Energy and Climate Change Committee report on shale gas ruled out a moratorium, but seemingly ignored apparent gaps in the regulation of the shale gas industry and failed to call for better evaluation of the pollution risks it poses.
A shale gas rig with the potential to contaminate groundwater is unlikely to be required to undertake a formal Environmental Impact Assessment whereas developers building a medium sized wind farm or hydro-electric power plant of 5MW most likely would. Furthermore, shale gas extraction sites appear unlikely to be required to obtain an Environmental Permit, as would be required for a biomass power station.
Moreover, the exploitation of gas shales is bringing new greenhouse gas sources into play and even a mid-range extraction scenario could see carbon dioxide levels rise globally by some 5 parts per million by 2050. This will further reduce any slim possibility of maintaining global temperature change, at or below 2oC, and thereby increasing the risk of entering a period of ‘dangerous climate change’.
Since 2007, The Co-operative Bank has ring-fenced £400m specifically to fund renewable energy projects and recently announced its intention to extend this lending to £1bn for the sector by 2013 as part of the Co-operative Group’s Ethical Operating Plan.
Paul Monaghan, Head of Social Goals at The Co-operative said: “On the face of it new natural gas finds appear to be good news, but the Government must not be seduced by this without considering all the impacts of shale gas extraction.
“That is why we are calling for a moratorium on any further exploitation of shale gas which will allow the wider environmental concerns to be fully exposed and addressed.”
Cuadrilla Resources today revealed there is around 200 trillion cubic feet of gas under Lancashire – an amount it believes is enough to create a staggering 1,700 jobs locally over the next decade.
And the controversial company’s CEO Mark Miller has said, if Cuadrilla decide to press ahead with commercial drilling, the operation could be up and running by 2013.
Mr Miller said: “The amount of gas is a very sizeable number. It has our interest to the point where we feel we can start to think about what it will look like going forward and developing this. “We’ve not made that decision yet but it is a large number.”
The company hopes 400 wells could be created in Lancashire over the next nine years – rising to 800 wells over the next 16 years if the operation is particularly successful.
And local councils are also set to benefit, with the company anticipating £120 million will be paid in business rates over the next 30 years with the whole UK set to reap a tax benefit of £5 to 6 billion.
REAF - Ribble Estuary Against Fracking
It was with dismay that we read the public notice from Hesketh Bank Parish Council regarding their ‘concerns over anti-fracking leaflets’ that was published on both their website and reported on the Hesketh Bank and Tarleton Village website [See NEWS 16th September].
We are a group of local’s from along the Ribble Estuary who wish to inform people of the possible consequences of Shale Gas Drilling by the use of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in this country and encourage them to join us and other groups/politicians nationally in asking the government to hold a moratorium on Shale Gas Drilling and ask that all drilling is stopped until this happens.
Ribble Estuary Against Fracking are very concerned about the allegations made in the Parish Council notice, although we are not named directly it is obvious to local people that they are referring to our group.
REAF were not approached by the Parish Council before they published the article but since being made aware of it we have spoken to a Councillor and have assured him that we have not printed/delivered any leaflets with the Council details on them. We have asked that their letter be removed from the Parish Council website and have said that we will investigate this incident further as we wish to clear up this misunderstanding with the Parish Council as quickly as possible.
REAF did give leaflets out in Banks, Hesketh Bank and Tarleton in the run up to the advertised ‘Gasland’ film screening and ‘Camp Frack’ but these were only printed on one side.
We would like to clearly state that the REAF group have not published or sanctioned any leaflets which have information regarding Hesketh Bank Parish Council on the reverse.
We have not removed any notices from official notice boards nor have we portrayed information knowing it to be untrue.
We understand and share the concerns of the Parish Council and feel that this may have been done maliciously to cause problems between us. As far as we are aware no one from either Tarleton or Banks received leaflets with Tarleton or North Meols Parish details on them.
We are trying to ascertain where and how many of the leaflets with the Parish Council details were given out in Hesketh Bank. If you received one of the leaflets printed on both sides, would you please contact the editor of the Hesketh Bank and Tarleton website firstname.lastname@example.org
Angela Cropper, Hesketh Lane, Tarleton Eve McNamara, Fleetwood Crescent, Banks
ABOUT 140 anti-fracking campaigners took to the streets in a protest march close to the Cuadrilla site in Banks. Cuadrilla started exploratory drilling for shale gas below ground off Marsh Road last month.
Residents and campaigners spent last weekend at Manor Farm in Hesketh Bank where they set up camp and held workshops. Click here for the full Southport Visiter Article
Cloudy skies failed to dampen spirits as yet again villagers came out in force to support Hesketh Bank Village Show.
Linda Sparkes took the prize for Best In Show with a floral arrangement. A list of the show cup winners can be found on www.heskethbankvillageshow.co.uk
As well as generating the usual entertainment value, the ducking stool provided a classic photo of show organiser Barry Dawson that was too good to miss....
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Hesketh with Becconsall Parish Council today expressed concerns about leaflets being circulated and distanced themselves from an "Anti Fracking" Group.
Leaflets distributed by the protestors have apparantly contained information which suggests the Parish Council is supporting their activities.
A statement issued today by the Parish Council on their website said "The Parish Council are deeply concerned that notices, apparently from the local “Anti-Fracking” activist group, are being circulated locally with details of Hesketh with Becconsall Parish Council on the reverse giving the impression that the Parish Council are supporting the work of this group. The actual Parish Council details are copies of the official notices recently stolen from the Council’s official village notice boards.
The Parish Council recognise Cuadrilla as a legitimate company, carrying out exploratory drilling and testing for hydro-carbons, operating under a Government Licence and with Planning Consent from Lancashire County Council. The Parish Council did not object to the Planning Application and do not have any Resolved views regarding the operations of Cuadrilla. As such they do not have any association with, or support the various anti-fracking groups carrying out activities in the area. The Parish Council do recognise the rights of any group to independently promote their views or opinions as they think fit"
15th September 2011
NEW proposals for motocross racing at Leisure Lakes could soon be back on the agenda.
The site has attracted a lot of controversy as residents complained to the council about the noise. A government planning inspector banned the activities at Leisure Lakes earlier this year. But Leisure Lakes MX Ltd has been running motocross racing at the site all through the summer after reaching an agreement with West Lancashire Council.
Now the organisers have submitted a planning application to the council to get that agreement cemented in place. Click here for the complete Ormskirk Advertiser article
Download the Boundary Commission Proposals for North West Constituencies: Click Here
9th September 2011
Dear Village Friends,
I attended the planning committee meeting with Carl Robinson, Maureen Baldwin and Mike Perkins of Save The Bec Action Team and am writing to confirm that outline planning approval has been given by West Lancs for the development of The Becconsall Hotel site.
Sadly, this means that the iconic Becconsall Hotel will be demolished, the last green space in the centre of our village will go and housing will be built on the site. As yet, I cannot confirm the timescale for demolition and will update you all as soon as we know.
Maureen Baldwin did a great job speaking about concerns for the loss of our only pub as a local amenity, concerns about added strain on the water pressure and also rare bluebells on the site. The council did show some concerns that United Utilities both assess the site and then provide the service. At our Lat Public Meeting for Save The Bec, Councillor Ian Ashcroft had committed to investigating residents complaints about low water pressure along Station Road, Rankin and Sydney Ave. I suggest to anyone affected by low water pressure, write to United Utilities and Ian Ashcroft re this and support him, to support you, to get their attention.
The developers have promised us to do everything to make sure the housing scheme is really good. The outline plans which have been approved, include dwellings for locals retiring, elderly downsizing, local disabled residents, first time buyers and some family houses. The quality of materials have been specified. Provided that Hollins deliver on all that is promised, the style of the development, pays respect to The Bec and will hopefully create an atheistically pleasing view, set back from Station Road Bridge. This is the best that could be achieved in a very difficult situation.
Mike Perkins of CAMRA kindly took the trouble to come the planning meeting. I would like to thank Mike and CAMRA for their ongoing support to “Save The Bec” and so many other hostelries as our traditional pub culture comes under threat throughout the UK. One day, people will look around and wonder how the UK let this happen throughout the land. It’s a sad result, but in Hesketh Bank, we know we have all done our best to “Save The Bec” and our village heritage for the community. Events have run their course and there will now be a different flavour to Hesketh Bank.
We wish you well and will update you when we know more.
With warmth and respect,
8th September 2011
John Ascroft has been scoring for the Station Road outfit ever since he joined as a schoolboy.
After averaging 17 goals a season for 12 years, John is the first player to reach the milestone at Hesketh Bank.
8th September 2011
PART of West Lancs could fall in to Southport’s parliamentary constituency if the town’s MP sees his plan for boundary changes become a reality.
MP John Pugh called on a commission which is expected to change Southport’s electoral boundaries on Monday to add Banks and Hesketh Bank to the resort’s constituency.
With the initial announcement from the Parliamentary Boundary Commission days away Dr John Pugh wants to expand eastwards into Lancashire.
Because of the reduction in the number of MPs, the present Southport constituency is too small to stay as it is and must increase to at least 72,800 electors. At the moment it has 67,800 registered voters.
Conservative MP Lorraine Fullbrook said what Dr Pugh wanted was “totally irrelevant”. Mrs Fullbrook said: “He can wish for the stars, but the commission will make their proposals on September 12 and I suspect there will not be much we will be able to change. “For John Pugh to ask for parts of my constituency is irrelevant.” And she added the people of Banks and Hesketh Bank would prefer to stay in a rural constituency rather than be absorbed by Southport.
7th September 2011
Homes across Lancashire, Cumbria and Merseyside were raided as part of a major investigation into the supply of heroin and cocaine.
A total of 18 men were arrested in the co-ordinated raids which included Moss Lane in Hesketh Bank.
Seven men were arrested in Preston including three 30-year-olds, two aged 27, a 31-year-old and a 26-year-old.
The men, all aged between 26 and 33, were arrested on suspicion of drug supply offences. They were all taken to police stations across Lancashire for questioning.
The last date to get in your entries for Hesketh Bank Show is only a week away.
This year's show categories include Flowers and Plants, Vegetables, Home Produce and Arts and Crafts.
Click here for the show schedule, entry forms and other downloads.
Entry forms and fees must be returned to Douglas View, 21 Guide Road, Hesketh Bank on the 12th September.
The village show is to be held at All Saints Church Hall on the 17th September at 12 noon.
Dear Village Friends,
We hope you are all well and enjoying the summer holidays.
Two years ago, Mrs Mc at 92, had the courage to launch a campaign to Save The Becconsall for the Hesketh Bank village community and I am writing to update you on the current situation.
As you know, an outline planning application from the developers Hollins Strategic Land went to the council some months ago. We held another public meeting to consult with the village in April, update everyone and explain that though we have systematically gone down every avenue to Save The Bec we are now onto Plan E.
Sadly, it seems that whether we want it or not, National government directs that our local area must absorb some housing and The Becconsall site is now ticking all the boxes for housing whether we like it or not. Rock and hard place spring to mind.
Save The Bec Campaigners have done our best to positively influence the plans. Everyone has had the opportunity to object in writing to the council and the planning meeting is now set for: Thursday 1 Sept 2011 at 7.30pm WLBC Offices, Derby Street, Ormskirk. All are welcome to attend.
Sadly, though The Becconsall is now in a terrible state of disrepair and no one wants it to continue as it is, as a community, I believe we are witnessing the end of an era for Hesketh Bank. Your children will no longer have their first pint with Dad, at The Becc, the heart of the village where so many happy memories were made by you, the community. Hesketh Bank is no longer a village, we are becoming a little town, the centre of which is now a very nice supermarket. How sad though for the generations of the future.
Please remember, that as a community, we did try very hard and we have pulled a significant Rabbit out of the Hat as a result of our intervention, by positively influencing the developers plans.
To remind you: We set off with a difficult starting price ticket set by Twirl International offers C£2million for The Bec and no money. Undaunted, we had public meetings, local consultation and have systematically investigated all the avenues possible for the community:
Plan A : Find an existing Pub / Hotel group / Individual, to buy it and restore as a pub / hotel – Found a family brewery who were interested until the trees and bowling green were destroyed. Price too high.
Plan B: Launch a Community Interest Company to buy The Bec and the village to own it and restore the building as a multi functional community asset. Possible, though price too high.
Plan C: The developers to investigate restoring the building to former glory to function as apartments. Developers did have structural survey done and costs of renovation prohibitive.
Plan D: The developers to investigate saving the facade of the building and build new build apartments at the rear of the facade. Again, costs prohibitive.
Plan E: To positively influence whatever development may happen on the site and answer some local social needs for the benefit of the whole community. Developers changed their plans to benefit local social needs, quality and style of archetcture. The original plans were for 30 x 4 bed detached family houses in rows.
Save The Bec opened up communication with the developers and because of our community intervention, we negotiated with them to redo their plans and change them to a mixed development which answers several local social needs. As a result of our negotiations, they have changed their plans to create a mixed development which pays respect to The Bec and local style of archetcture. They have included a large building to echo The Bec and dwellings for locals downsizing, retired, disabled, elderly. They have mews houses for first time buyers, the other houses are 3 bed semis and 3 and 4 bed detached. The whole facade of the development will now be set back , facing Station Road. It will be tree lined with green spaces and gardens facing the bridge.
Provided that they stick to these detailed plans in the quality materials agreed, though The Becc will be gone, when driving over the Bridge, the resulting development should also be a pleasant view again for everyone to benefit from.
I met with the MP who said it was remarkable that we got the developers to speak with us, 2, that they listened and 3, that they changed anything...this is as good as it gets. Two councillors at the last public meeting both said it was unusual for a community to have successfully opened up negotiations with developers. The chair of the HBPC planning group, congratulated us on the work we have done for the good of the whole community.
Sadly, even though The Bec is now in such a state of disrepair, it looks a sad mess and is too costly to save, at least we each know we have done everything we could to try to Save The Bec! It will be a sad day when the bulldozers arrive, but things have run their course.
Well done to you all for playing your part to try to Save The Bec and our village history.
Local Amateur Dramatics Group the 'Longton Players' need your vote to get a step closer to performing in the West End!!
This small group have entered a competition hosted by SkyArts Channel to find the 'Nations Best Amateur Theatre Group'.
All of the competition entries have been shortlisted to twenty, and will now be reduced to a final eight who will 'compete' against each other to win the opportunity to perform in the world's Theatre Capital.
The competition will be televised, and broadcast early next year on SkyArts Channel.
The message from the cast is: "Please view our effort and if you think we deserve it, vote for us to get through to the next round. The opportunity to compete with other groups and ultimately be on stage in the West End would be a dream come true!"
Please follow this link to register your vote.
The recently redeveloped 'Poor Marsh' Allotments on Shore Road, Hesketh Bank will be officially opened on Saturday by the well known botanist and TV presenter, Professor David Bellamy OBE.
The allotments will be open to everyone from 2:30pm The Official Opening will take place at 3.30pm There will be a marquee, music and a barbeque, with lots of fun and games planned to keep the children (and adults!) happy.
Entrance will be free for all children, and £1.50 for adults which will include entry into the Grand Raffle, and a free Burger / Hot-Dog.
For more local activities and attractions please see the Events Page
1st August 2011
Lorraine Fullbrook, MP for the South Ribble Constituency, is taking her summer surgeries around local towns and villages from Monday 8th of August.
Following the success of last year’s initiative Lorraine will be repeating her roving advice sessions. She is inviting her constituents to come and visit her to discuss any problems they are currently experiencing. This is in addition to the regular fortnightly surgeries she currently holds.
Lorraine will be visiting Penwortham, Leyland, Banks, Eccleston, Tarleton, Longton, Croston and Rufford throughout the week.
Lorraine will be in Tarleton on Monday 8th August at Tarleton Bowling Club at 10 a.m. and later that day will be in Banks at 1 p.m.; later in the week, on Friday 12 August, Lorraine will be at the Hesketh Arms in Rufford
'There is no need to book, just pop in and have a quick chat with me about your thoughts and concerns.'
For further information please contact Lorraine's office on 0207 219 7217 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
27th July 2011
As you are already aware, Cuadrilla holds several temporary planning permits to explore for shale gas in Lancashire and has been preparing its site near Banks over the past few months in order to begin drilling operations.
As part of our commitment to keep residents informed about our operations, I am writing to let you know that the drilling rig and other site equipment will begin to move from the our Singleton site to the Banks site on 1st August 2011.
The move will take around 12 days to complete, with operations expected to begin on/around 15th August.
Once a routine has been established on the site, we will be holding site visits for residents throughout September. During these visits, a member of the technical team will be on-hand to answer any questions you may have and to explain what we do in detail.
Should you wish to arrange a site visit or discuss any other Cuadrilla-related matter further, please call the Freephone Information Line on 0800 170 1115.
24th July 2011
Please could I appeal for any information regarding a hit and run car accident. It has been reported to the police but any information I can acquire would be helpful to them.
On Friday 22nd of July at approx 01.10hrs my sons Toyota Yaris was parked at the side of road opposite Arden Lea Nurseries on Moss Lane, Hesketh Bank.
This was hit by another vehicle traveling up Moss Lane from the direction of Hundred End causing extensive damage.
The vehicle that hit the Yaris has been identified from debris at the scene of the accident as being a White Vauxall Vivaro Van which has suffered extensive front end damage.
Any information regarding this incident would be appreciated.
I would also like to thank the local people in the motor trade who have been very helpful in identifying the vehicle responsible from the parts.
Mr David J Smith
21st July 2011
Last year more than 650 people were caught on the 285 fixed speed cameras sited in West Lancashire with the camera at Bretherton topping the list with 153 offences being recorded.
20th July 2011
The Office of Fair Trading 2011 campaign begins this week and is aimed at awareness and empowering people, particularly the over 70's and their friends and family, carers and medical professionals in relation to doorstep selling.
Areas specifically highlighted are maintenance and property repairs, garden repairs given the increase of these incidents in the summer months. The campaign will also raise awareness of buying mobility aids, encouraging people to shop around before making a decision. For more information see http://www.oft.gov.uk/news-and-updates/press/2011/83-11
As always, Trading Standards advice is never to do business on the doorstep.
Refer any complaints to Lancashire Trading Standards Service, Room D21, County Hall, Preston, Lancs PR1 3NU via Consumer Direct tel 08454 040506
19th July 2011
14th July 2011
GANGMASTERS who abused workers have been accused of a sneak bid to win back their licence.
Inspectors at the Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA) refused an application from Andrew James of Woodview Recruitment in Hesketh Bank because they say a Facebook link showed he was in a relationship with Sarah Edge, whose family ran Riccadonna Produce.
The company had its licence revoked after the GLA found it had been abusing workers. Riccadonna denied all allegations of abuse.
In a letter from the GLA to Mr James obtained by the Advertiser through a Freedom of Information request, the watchdog sets out is reasons for refusing its application. It reveals Mr James told inspectors he planned to turnover £500,000 a year despite not knowing what kind of contract he was giving his workers.
It further states that the contract he planned to present to workers was the same as the one handed by Riccadonna to their staff who went on to make a host of abuse allegations.
7th July 2011
Lead and copper were stolen from an Indian restaurant. Police said the offenders approached The Bayleaf Restaurant, Liverpool Road, Tarleton, which is unoccupied and boarded up, and stole the items.
The offence is believed to have happened between Wednesday, June 29th and Friday, July 1st.
30th June 2011
Katie Foster and Paul Taylor complete a charity skydive for Derian House, Sunday 26th June 2011
A very big thankyou to everyone who sponsored Paul and Katie on their sky dives and also for all the kind messages of support.
It was a fantastic morning for the sky dive and both Paul and Katie landed safely.
The purpose of the event was to raise enough money to buy a mobile sensory unit for Derian House.
Around £4000 has been raised so far and sponsorship money is still coming in. If anyone still wants to contribute it isn't too late as we will strive to buy as much as we can from the 'Children's Wish List'.
Well done Paul and Katie from your very proud families!
To make a donation please contact Alison Taylor on 01772 813210 or email paul.taylorplant (at) virgin.net
27th June 2011
METAL thieves have been targeted by police as part of a week-long campaign. The operation, code named Operation Starling, has seen officers from Lancashire Constabulary carrying out visits to scrap yards and metal dealers and doing roadside stop-checks of vehicles suspected to be involved in the transportation of meta.
The activity, which took place between Monday 20 June and Friday 24 June, has been supported by a number of other agencies including The Environment Agency, British Transport Police, VOSA, HM Revenue and Customs and The Department for Work and Pensions.
Between April 2010 and March 2011, there were 3,014 metal theft crimes in Lancashire. This is a 48.3 per cent increase - or an extra 1,456 crimes - from the 1,558 reported between April 2009 and March 2010.
Tarleton High School 30 years re-union at Mere Brow Village Hall at 8pm on Friday 1st July
On Sunday 26th June 2011, Paul Taylor (Paul Taylor Plant Hire) & Katie Foster will be doing a sponsored sky dive for Derian House children's hospice in memory of Katie's sister Alice Hannah Foster.
They are hoping to raise enough money to buy a mobile sensory unit, this unit will make such a difference to the children who sadly in their final days can loose their sight and so this equipment will give them some much deserved sense, touch & stimulation.
Many readers will welcome the thought of Paul jumping out of a plane, with or without a parachute, so donations, however large or small, will be very welcome as it will make such a difference to this wonderful charity.
To donate please contact Alison Taylor on 01772 813210 or email paul.taylorplant (at) virgin.net
16th June 2011
The National Farmers Union have revealed the impact of the German E Coli outbreak on West Lancs salad growers and is urging consumers to shop local after regional orders dropped by 75% in some cases last week.
Despite the outbreak being confined to Germany, UK consumer confidence has eroded.
Kathyrn Wright, NFU horticulture board member, said: “Buy British and, where possible, buy salad from West Lancashire.”
Ms Wright, who is also the spokesperson for producer organisation Glass, Field and Pack, said: “Salad from Lancashire is fresh, safe, nutritious and delicious.
“Consumers wanting to buy salads that have been produced by highly professional growers on well managed farms that have achieved high standards of food safety, hygiene and environmental protection can look out for the Red Tractor logo on the food they buy.
“The Union Jack flag within the logo also confirms that it has been grown here in the UK and on some packs it will indicate if the salad has been produced here in Lancashire.”
The drop in sales for Glass, Field and Pack’s group of six producers equates to an estimated £150,000 on what they’d usually make during that week of the year. Glass, Field and Pack’s growers are based in and around Hesketh Bank, Tarleton, Scarisbrick and Lathom.
It is one of many businesses which are currently suffering in the area.
14th June 2011
A government inspector banned motorbiking at the track, run by Leisure Lakes MX Ltd, with effect from last weekend.
He was called in after Leisure Lakes appealed against a West Lancashire Council enforcement notice against a breach of planning control relating to motorbike racing. Now Leisure Lakes MX Ltd is planning to apply to West Lancashire Council for permission to continue their activities.
Paul Smith, from the operator, said: “We intend to submit a retrospective planning application that includes the agreement over the noise issue that was agreed in court in March of this year, and address the second inspector’s objection, we have already made arrangements to move the containers.
“We are confident that we can reach agreement with West Lancashire Council’s planning department.”
West Lancashire Council took planning enforcement action in 2007 and 2008. Cllr Martin Forshaw, cabinet member for planning, said the authority had received more complaints about Leisure Lakes over the last four years than any other site.
Some residents welcomed the motocross ban, but parents of youngsters who use the site started a campaign to save it.
“Two petitions have been set up, one for the uses and supporters of the facility at Leisure Lakes which is nearing 2,000 signatures, and one is from local residents who support us.
“They believe that the total closure is a step to far, and are quite happy for Leisure Lakes MX Ltd to run the track under the conditions agreed in March.
“We appreciate noise is an issue, but we had agreed on days, times and engine sizes that were of concern with West Lancashire Council in court in March.”
9th June 2011
David Cameron’s boundary review – aimed at cutting the number of MPs in Parliament by 50 – is set to see four Tory stronghold wards absorbed from South Ribble.
The electoral map in 2015 will see 12,500 registered voters in the Northern Parishes – Tarleton, Rufford, Meols and Hesketh-with-Becconsall – absorbed into West Lancs for the first time.
Six thousand voters in Parbold and Wrightington are expected to move out of the constituency into South Ribble.
Andrew Cheetham, Conservative councillor in Tarleton, added: “I think we would all welcome the chance to finally cement a place in a clearly defined area. It’s quite frustrating that we’re between two authorities.
“We’re represented in Parliament by South Ribble but governed locally by West Lancs Borough Council.
“We do feel a little bit unloved and it makes total sense to be incorporated within a West Lancs constituency.”
The new seats will be announced in September.
8th June 2011
Cuadrilla is delighted that so many local people took the time to attend the Public Information Day held in Hesketh Bank on Monday and would like to offer its thanks to residents.
During the event, six members of Cuadrilla’s technical team were on hand to discuss in detail the company’s operations and to address any issues raised. Among the 100 locals were county, district and parish councillors who all took the time to chat with Cuadrilla, including CEO, Mark Miller.
The aim of the Information Day was to inform locals about shale gas exploration and to provide the opportunity for the team to personally address the questions raised by locals. Of the feedback forms returned, over 83 per cent of residents left the event feeling more informed about Cuadrilla’s operations.
Speaking about the Public Information Day, Mark Miller, CEO of Cuadrilla, said: "The event was a great way to speak to residents and learn first-hand which issues are of interest. As a company, we have come away with a better understanding of the surrounding communities."
"Some of the attendees wanted to seek assurances that the company is taking all the appropriate measures to protect the environment during our operations as well as finding out more about the geology of the Bowland Basin.
Others were interested in the technology and techniques used during the exploration of shale gas and the potential benefits it could bring to the local economy and the UK’s energy mix.
Most importantly though, we are all happy that most people left the event feeling more informed about our operations and we are committed to ensuring this is maintained."
If you missed the event you can download a pdf of the information boards used at the information day
6th June 2011
Police are appealing for witnesses after a man from Southport died following a collision with a car.
The incident happened on Sunday 5th June at around 4:40pm on the A565 at Tarleton. A Vauxhall Astra travelling towards Preston collided with a 52 year old pedestrian. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Specialist Accident Investigators attended the scene and the road was closed for 2 and a half hours to allow this work to take place.
Senior Investigating Officer, Sergeant Malcolm Bell from the Road Policing Unit said, "I would appeal to anyone who was in the area at the time to come forward and contact police.
"We need to establish exactly what happened so if anyone witnessed the incident then it is important that they get in touch."
Anyone with information is asked to call Lancashire police on 0845 1 25 35 45 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
In response to a direct request we made about the make up of the fracking fluid, Cuadrilla have provided the following information:
The fracing fluids used by Cuadrilla is 99.75% composed of fresh water and sand. This water and sand combination is supplemented with microscopic amounts of everyday chemicals typically found in people’s homes: Polyacrylamide friction reducers (00.075%), commonly used in cosmetics and facial creams, Hydrochloric acid (00.125%), frequently found in swimming pools and drinking water wells, Biocide (00.005%), used on rare occasions when the water provided from the local supplier needs to be further purified.
The actual combination of materials we use depends on the specific circumstances we encounter, but we take robust and proven precautionary measures to ensure that none of them can re-appear at the surface or contaminate the aquifer in any way.
Upon returning to the surface, they are stored in steel tanks and at no point come in contact with the ground. In the unlikely event that any liquid was spilt on the surface, seepage at ground level is prevented by the installation of an impermeable membrane on land at and surrounding the well site.
Cuadrilla have also provided a video demonstrating hydraulic fracturing. Click here to view.
Cuadrilla management and staff will be on hand to discuss the processs this coming Monday, 4pm - 8pm at All Saints Church Hall, Station Road, Hesketh Bank.
The sign at the site entrance on Marsh Road has caused further distraction with the incorrect spelling of Cuadrilla.
A resident quipped "For a Company that is trying to reassure us that the controversial fracking process is safe in their hands, it would be much more encouraging if they could read a map and spell their own name correctly".
On a more serious note, local farmers have expressed worries about the impact the fracking may have on their borehole water supplies and local environmentalists are pressing for disclosure on the 'rock dissolving' chemicals used in the process. (We have asked Cuadrilla about these two specific points but they have not yet responded).
Questions are also being raised about how the already poor water pressure in the area may be put under severe pressure as significant amounts of water are required to extract shale gas.
Added to the issues arising from the two earthquakes in the vicinity of Cuadrilla's Fylde operation, the 'Information Day' at All Saints Church Hall next week may prove to be quite an event.
Have your say on the Letters Page
1st June 2011
Residents of Lancashire, somewhat unsurprisingly, do not want to live in an earthquake zone. The idea then that the recent rise in seismic activity may be linked to the beginning of "fracking" in the area has prompted concern.
"Links between gas fracking, which is cracking up the underground structure, and the quake need looking at," demanded Alistair Parker, from the market town of Poulton, where an earthquake struck in early April. "We only have their word for the extent of the effects they are creating."
Despite the suspension of operations at the Singleton site, Cuadrilla Resources, the company behind the exploration for shale gas on the Fylde Coast, has confirmed that it plans to start drilling near Hesketh Bank.
31st May 2011
Shale gas test drilling in Lancashire has been suspended following an earthquake on the Fylde coast.
Cuadrilla, the firm behind the tests, said drilling had been suspended as a precaution after the 1.5 magnitude tremor - the second in two months.
It will now examine the data collected by the British Geological Survey (BGS) before deciding whether to resume.
The BBC is asking the people of Britain to take a walk down memory lane back to 1986 – when Margaret Thatcher was Prime Minister, mullets were the craze, Maradona's "Hand of God" destroyed a nation's World Cup dreams, the first Japanese car manufacturing plant opened in the UK and the ZX Spectrum was the game console of choice.
One of the most comprehensive digital time capsules has been unearthed through BBC Domesday Reloaded, providing a rarely-seen snapshot of what local areas looked like 25 years ago. The public is being asked to explore and, more importantly, update previously unseen images and articles from their local area by going onto the dedicated Domesday website.
The campaign, led by BBC Learning, runs throughout the summer of 2011 and invites you to participate by updating local photos and text which were submitted in 1986.
To Participate in BBC Domesday Reloaded The map on the website is divided into D-blocks and you can find yours by typing in your postcode.
When you click on your local D-block you may find photos and text from 1986, but please note not all D-blocks had submissions.
If there are photos and text on your local or neighbouring D-blocks we would like you to add your 2011 updates.
Cuadrilla Resources has announced that it will hold an Public Information Open Day on the 6th June at All Saints Church Hall, Station Road, Hesketh Bank (See Events Page for more details).
Members of the Cuadrilla technical team will be available to answer any questions residents may have about Shale Gas and the controversial Fracking process.
A recent MP's report has rejected a moratorium on shale gas exploration despite claims that there is evidence of environmental dangers. France recently agreed a moratorium on new shale gas projects (potentially with a view to a complete ban), and similar steps have been taken in several US states, after widespread reports of shale gas wells leading to contamination and dangers to homeowners.
The 'fracking' process is where underground shale rock is hydraulically fractured using a mix of water, sand and undisclosed chemicals which are released underground in high pressure bursts to free the trapped gas which then flows to the surface where it is collected.
The much publicised 'burning tap' where gas is claimed to have entered the water supply as a result of fracking activity has been a high profile PR problem for the industry but campaigners in the US say the biggest fear is that the mystery slurry could get into the water supply.
And there have been troubling safety incidents. In late April 2011 a big company, Chesapeake Energy, suspended its fracking in Pennsylvania after one of its natural-gas wells blew out and spilled toxic drilling fluid into a nearby creek.
Cuadrilla Resources point out that "United Utilities has publicly said our activities pose no threat at all to its water supply" and that "All the activity is taking place thousands of feet below the level of the local aquifer; and the site itself is protected by an impermeable membrane to guard against any on-surface spills."
With the rig due on site mid June, this phase of the operation is to explore how much gas there is and how easy it is to extract. Cuardrilla will need to get further approval to set up permanent facilities on the Hesketh Bank site.
26th May 2011
Riccadonna Produce, run by the Edge family, has “with regret” withdrawn an appeal against the Gangmaster Licensing Authority (GLA) to revoke its licence, while strongly denying the investigation’s findings.
The GLA investigation claimed abuses including Physical and mental mistreatment, Debt bondage and payments below the minimum wage. Along with issuing inaccurate wage slips and breaking safety rules, Riccadonna was given 166 penalty points by the GLA. 30 points is the fail mark.
This is the second time Riccadonna has had a licence revoked; the first was in September 2009.
25th May 2011
The resident is informed they are due a refund of bank charges of over £3,000 and advised to go to their local shop and obtain an Ucash voucher/moneygram for £200 which a representative from the business will be round to collect later in the day.
General advice is to never enter into any negotiation with these style of scams and never give money up front. If you are owed monies, for example for bank charges or for Payment Protection Insurance (PPI) deal direct with your bank.
Such practices can also be reported to Action Fraud, telephone 0300 1232040, website www.actionfraud.org.uk. Refer any complaints to Lancashire Trading Standards Service, Room D21, County Hall, Preston, Lancs PR1 0LD via Consumer Direct tel 08454 040506.
19th May 2011
THE first crop of this year’s ‘Dug Today’ potatoes has been delivered to Booths stores.
The delivery was made by farmer Sean Mallinson on Tuesday morning at 8am, using his tractor and trailer to take the freshly harvested new potatoes to the Hesketh Bank store.
Sean said: “Our new potatoes are very small and they hold the taste better. By getting them to store for the morning you can’t get any fresher. If it wasn’t for Booths and Sharrocks I don’t think we would be growing now. These have been a lifeline for us.”
Grown in a sheltered area in silty soil in a former river bed, the warmer climate and the use of fleece ensures the new potatoes are ready earlier than most others.
Chris Treble, Booths fresh produce buyer, said: “They are hugely popular. We anticipate selling around 60 tonnes this year.” The 'Dug Today' potatoes will be in store over the next month while they are in season.
19th May 2011
Parents and riders – some of whom are not from the area – are starting a campaign to keep motorbiking at Leisure Lakes.
One of the parents, Rebecca McArdle, said: “We are launching a campaign and we have been on the radio this week. Leisure Lakes is a family and they look after me and my four-year-old son Jacob like we’re one of their own. They give a lot of advice on what bikes to buy and Jacob is now on his third bike since Christmas.”
Andrew Thornton said: “My son Alex lives for motocross. If we had to curtail our weekends at the track because we were travelling further to a different track, it would break his heart."
"As a health and safety manager for a large manufacturing company, I can state with good authority that the track at Leisure Lakes is one of the safest and best run tracks that I have visited.”
Cllr Andrew Cheetham, Tarleton Parish Council chairman, said: "I have every sympathy for both sides, but where were all these supporters when the public inquiry was on?"
"Leisure Lakes is a wonderful facility for the community, but leisure facilities should not be provided at the expense of people’s quality of life."
17th May 2011
The Leisure Lakes motocross track has been ordered to close by WLBC planning inspectors.
The Leisure Lakes track attracted 33 complaints from people living nearby over a four-year period, mainly about the noise.
West Lancashire Council took action against the unauthorised use of the land and the disturbances to residents. At a public inquiry, planning inspector John Braithwaite said the noise was "irritating and impossible to ignore".
He ruled the track was an inappropriate use of land in the Green Belt and had a "serious adverse impact" on neighbouring properties. The council had initially refused planning permission for the track, but the operator appealed. Enforcement action was begun by the council in October 2008 but quashed in June 2009.
However, the council was able to successfully challenge this in the High Court and a judge ruled the original planning application should be re-determined. Leisure Lakes has until 4 June to cease operations at the site, and two months to remove the track and fencing.
The company was also given nine months to restore the land to its condition prior to use as a racetrack.
13th May 2011
A 12ft by 12ft tool shed came with the allotment plot Stephen has tended near his home on Shore Road, Hesketh Bank, for the last 25 years. But, after the four-acre site was recently redesigned to fit more smaller plots on it to meet demand, university technician Stephen has been told to remove the shed because it is now considered too big.
Stephen, 56, and wife Pat were sent a letter by site owners, Hesketh with Becconsall Parish Council, warning him the shed could be pulled down unless it is removed.
Ian Cropper, clerk to the parish council, said Stephen’s shed was deemed too large for the new, smaller-sized plots, but the council would look again at his complaint. Click Here for the complete Lancashire Evening Post Article
Following on from the resignation of Parish Councillor Mr. Chris Jones a vacancy has been declared on Hesketh-with-Becconsall Parish Council.
A bye-election to fill the vacancy will be held if ten electors reqest the Returning Officer at WLBC to hold an election otherwise the Parish Council will fill the vacancy by co-option.
If you would like to be considered for Co-Option onto the Parish Council, please contact the Parish Clerk.
11th May 2011
DETECTIVES have arrested two men after the theft of three oil tankers from Ellesmere Port worth more than £300,000.
Between 6.15pm on Tuesday, May 3 and 1.45am on Wednesday, thieves stole three articulated lorries from an industrial unit on North Road, Ellesmere Port.
All three lorries were tankers laden with nearly £150,000 worth of diesel, bound for various locations throughout the UK.
Two of the tankers were recovered by police the following morning at Mere Brow, Preston.
Extensive enquiries led by officers from Ellesmere Port CID led to the recovery of the three tractor units and the third tanker in Widnes, Warrington and Skelmersdale. All the stolen vehicles have now been returned.
Two men aged 25 and 52 from Tarleton, Lancashire, have been arrested in relation to the incident and following interview, have been granted bail until June 30.
11th May 2011
Tarleton Rugby Club has probably the youngest side in North Lancashire Division One right now, and they have big plans for the future of the club.
Currently celebrating their twenty-first season, they are still the only rugby club in England to have started as a junior setup, with their senior team being formed afterwards.
Newly appointed Director of Rugby Steve Wood is excited about the future for the club: ”We are an established junior club, and in order to develop further, we need to become a senior club”
“I’ve spent about four weeks talking to people from different areas of the club, and I’ve identified pockets of excellence, as well as areas for development”
“There have been some great successes during the short history of the club, but we now need to pull together to establish ourselves as a senior rugby club, and hopefully, put Tarleton on the rugby map”
Wood has previously coached at the club, having taken his junior side to county cup success at Under 14, 15s, and 16s, before taking the team to national finals as junior colts.
The club is located in the heart of the village of Tarleton, with a lease long enough to allow then to develop the facilities there. Plans are afoot to extend the range of sports played at the club, with negotiations ongoing with the Lawn Tennis Association to build all-weather tennis courts, which will be available for community use.
Along with their plans to extend their community base, they are working towards recruiting and retaining players at the club. Wood explained further the links that the club are putting in to local education establishments: ”One of the first areas of focus is the re-establishing and building of links with education”
“We’ve identified links that we would like with twelve local primary schools, and be a bit more active in the community” “There are projects on now, whereby we’re contacting schools, as well as three higher education colleges and universities; Runshaw College, Cardinal Newman College, and Edge Hill University”
The plans for the colleges and universities are to bring in young people to the club, and offer them coaching and refereeing qualifications, which should be a two-way process. This project, Wood hopes, should lead to a conveyor belt of rugby talent coming in to Tarleton at both colts and seniors level, and become a two-way partnership with the schools and colleges to promote the game of rugby, and the club within its wider community.
|28th April 2011
TARLETON TEEN EARNS A PLACE AT BRIT SCHOOL
Source: Ormskirk Advertiser
A TARLETON teenager is following in the footsteps of Adele, Jessie J and Katy B by going to the Brit School in Croydon.
Meghann Cheetham, 15, has earned a place at the prestigious performing arts and technology school and will start a two-year course in August.
|21st April 2011
parish Council concerns over Becconsall site plan
Source: Ormskirk Advertiser
HESKETH Bank Parish Council have expressed their concerns over a proposed housing development on the site of a former pub.
Councillors met on Monday evening to discuss plans to demolish the Becconsall pub and build 35 new homes in its place.
Whilst not objecting to the development of the site in general for residential use, the Parish Council voiced a number of observations and concerns.
Key issues raised included the lack of allocated green space and the detrimental effect to the residents on the north side of Cherry Vale through reducing the open aspect looking out onto Station Road.
|7th April 2011
BECCONSALL HOTEL SURVEY PICTURES AND REPORTS
Source: Hubmaker Media
Hollins Strategic Land have kindly given permission for us to reproduce the Becconsall Hotel Survey Report and Photographs which they recently commissioned. They are both big files so be patient.... Click here to download the survey and click here for the survey photographs.
Please don't forget the Save The Becconsall public meeting to be held this evening at 7:30pm. See the Local Events page for more details.
Mere Brow Village Hall is inviting the community to come and witness the descent of man in the performance Grand Theatre of Lemmings – The Descent of Man on Thursday 7 April at 7.30pm.
The show, commissioned by five rural touring networks including Lancashire’s own rural touring network Spot On, takes a sideways look at the future of the human race using a giant book of illustrations.
Working in collaboration with French improvisational musician Samuel Gardes, The Descent of Man is a terrifically surreal and comic descent into controlled chaos.
Sue Robinson from Spot On said: “The Grand Theatre of Lemmings is a fun night out for all, with film, animation, songs and live music. It combines the surrealism of traditional English humour with the surrealism of French physical theatre.”
To book tickets tel 01772 813516
1st April 2011
Residents of the West Lancashire "Northern Parishes" of Tarleton, Hesketh Bank, Banks and Rufford will fail to see the funny side of Lanacshire County Council's April Fools Day closure of Rufford Recycling Centre.
The closure of the Rufford Facility leaves all residents facing an additional 10 miles added to their journey each time they visit the next nearest facility located at the far side of Burscough.
Local landowners fear an escalation in fly tipping which is already a big problem in the area and residents have complained that the closure is a further erosion of rural services.
Conservative councillors protested loudly when the then Labour administration first muted that Rufford Tip might be included in a list of sites threatened with closure but then caused an outcry by agreeing to shut the site only 12 months after taking control of the Council. Lancashire County Councillor Malcolm Barron said at the time [News Archive 11/01/2007] "Residents in his area were horrified at the proposal. If the centre is closed they would have to travel to Burscough which is heavily congested and the exit from Abbey Lane very dangerous."
Future plans for the Rufford site have not been announced but staff are hoping to be redeployed at other recyling sites around the County.
31st March 2011
An Ormskirk Advertiser investigation today reveals Lancashire Constabulary officers and staff breached data protection laws 84 times in the past three years.
The results include a Policeman suspected of using a police force computer to obtain classified information about his prospective neighbours when buying a house in Tarleton.
28th March 2011
Dear Village Friends,
It is with great sadness that I am writing to report to you on the latest developments re The Becconsall Hotel site and the last green space at the heart of our village.
An outline planning application has been submitted to West Lancs CC by the property developers Hollins Strategic Land who are based in the Manchester area. They have applied to build 35 dwellings on the 2 acre site. This will require demolition of the iconic Becconsall Hotel building, which Save The Bec Action Group have been fighting to save for the community, to restore to its former glory as the jewel in the crown of Hesketh Bank and an asset to all.
It seems now, without a wealthy “White Knight” to step in, with sufficient funds and vision to take over this big project, DDay may be approaching for The iconic Becconsall building. Once The Bec is gone, it’s gone forever and all the history, fun, romances and memory building will be lost, for future generations to enjoy.
Though we may not have won the war, to date we have won several battles along the way. Even though The Bec is marked for demolition rather than restoration, Save The Bec campaigners, have been able to positively influence the new plans drawn up by the developers for the site.
Sadly, with the demise of The Bec, I believe, we are also witnessing the end of an era, not just for our village, but the end of an era for our UK culture. With 40 pubs a week closing and Punch Taverns putting a large number of their pub stock onto the market this week, we face the prospect of communities across the land dying a little bit every day, as the heart goes out of their villages. What is happening to community spirit everywhere? Soon your children and grandchildren, may never have the opportunity to experience, or understand, what it feels like to have a local hostelry to meet, mix and mingle in, rubbing shoulders with all generations and all walks of society as equals.
There is nothing to replace it. Meeting in the supermarket, on Facebook, phone, text and email, does not have quite the same feel. All this in the name of progress, how very, very sad for us all.
To remind you, of some events along the way to date:
Should you wish to object to the planning application as it stands, please ensure that your letter of objection gets to the planning office by April 13th 2011. [Click Here to view and submit comments to WLBC about this application]
A sad day for The Bec.
We wish you well and will update again soon.
With warmth and respect,
Dunscar Garden Centre has been a family gardening business since 1948, and is still owned by the same family 63 years on. From a road side business it has developed over time, and a fortnight ago it finally opened its doors to a new 6,800 square foot extension.
To celebrate, they have invited Carol Klein to sign books and meet customers as part of their opening weekend on the 16th and 17th April, and are announcing other events, such as face painting, an Easter Egg hunt and a visit from Barn Owl Bill. More events will be confirmed over the next few weeks: see the local events page for updates.
The business has fought hard during recent times; investing significantly into expanding their operations since the recession began. In addition to the latest development, a new gift shop extension was opened in 2007 and a cook shop in 2010.
24th March 2011
DIVISIVE plans to convert derelict Tarleton Mill into a prestige 70-home residential development have moved one step closer.
Independent property consultants have been appointed to market the seven-acre canalside Plox Brow unit. London-based Demick Shipping, which acquired the site in 2003, won planning permission in December for new homes and 37,000 sq ft of commercial space.
Plots of office and industrial units are already on the market, attracting “significant interest”. Demick has appointed Manchester-based Nolan Redshaw to seek a housing developer for the site, built in 1919.
Mike Redshaw, director of Nolan Redshaw, said: “This is the first significant piece of residential land to be released in Tarleton since the mid 90s. “Due to Tarleton’s reputation as a high value residential area, we have already received interest from a number of the major house builders, prior to the site coming on to the market. “We expect to see some strong competition for this site.”
West Lancs councillors had initially sought to preserve the former textile mill, which fronts the Leeds-Liverpool Canal, for industrial use. Click here for the full Ormskirk Advertiser article
West Lancashire Borough Council has received an application for outline planning permission to demolish the Becconsall Hotel and build 35 dwellings on the site.
To view a plan of the proposed layout click here
19th March 2011
POLICE are appealing for information about a car used in an attempted armed robbery at a jewellers shop in Tarleton on Thursday 17th March.
The offence took place around 11am at David Burns Jewellers on Hesketh Lane in Tarleton when three men wearing balaclavas entered the shop armed with a ball bearing air weapon and a hammer.
During the incident the offenders fired their BB gun at a member of staff who received minor injuries to his chest and his ear.
The men, who have been described as wearing jeans and black hooded tops, ran from the shop empty handed and got into a silver Renault Laguna car.
After the attempted robbery the car was seen to turn left from Hesketh Lane into Moss Lane and was eventually found abandoned just off Taylors Meanygate.
Witnesses have reported that the registration plate on that car was similar to MX52MLL, however police enquires have revealed it was bearing false plates and when the vehicle was found the number plates had been removed.
It is possible the number plates could have been discarded so police are urging anybody that finds any discarded number plates to contact the police.
Detective Inspector Graham Hill from West Lancashire CID said: "We know that this car was in the area shortly before the attack and has driven along Hesketh Lane in both directions, turning once at the mini roundabout near to Booths Supermarket.
"The car had two white fluffy cushions on the parcel shelf, along with a box of tissues and a 'baby on board' sticker displayed in the back window. Did anybody remember seeing this car in the area at around the time of the attack or beforehand?
"We believe there were four men on board so someone may have thought that they looked out of place within that particular car.
"In addition, the car was also found with some mechanical damage and was displaying its hazard warning lights when it was recovered. I do not think they parked the car up and then illuminated the hazard lights. It is more likely that they have sustained damage to the car during their getaway and have had to travel at a reduced speed for some distance with their hazard lights in operation.
"I would be keen to speak with anyone that thinks they could have seen this car travelling on Moss Lane or Taylors Meanygate that morning or indeed anybody that saw any other vehicles leave the area of Taylors Meanygate around the time of the incident with up to four men on board."
Anyone with information can contact police on 08451 25 35 45 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
17th March 2011
POLICE are appealing for information after an attempted armed robbery at a jewellers in Tarleton this morning.
At around 11am this morning police were called to David Burns jewellers on Hesketh Lane in Tarleton to reports that three men wearing balaclavas had entered the shop.
It is believed that they were armed with a ball bearing air weapon and a hammer which they used to smash a display cabinet and threaten the staff. During the incident the BB gun was fired and a member of staff received minor injuries to his chest and his ear – but he has not required any hospital treatment.
The men, who have been described as wearing jeans and black hooded tops, then ran from the shop empty handed and got into a silver Renault Laguna car. They drove off towards Moss Lane where the car was later recovered by police.
DS Paul Rudd said, “This is a serious offence which has left the staff extremely shaken and I would appeal to anyone who may have been in the area at the time who may have seen anything suspicious to come forward and contact police.”
Anyone with information can contact police on 08451 25 35 45 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Almost £15,000 worth of jewellery and a car were stolen from a house on Hesketh Lane between 3pm and 6pm on Friday, March 11.
Offenders damaged the conservatory doors of the property, gaining access to the house. Items of jewellery which were taken include; white gold diamond stud earrings worth £4,500, a pair of diamond stud earrings worth £1,000, a platinum 3/4 carot diamond engagement ring and a platinum diamond wedding ring worth £1,500.
The stolen car, a Audi S5 Quattro, was later found abandoned on Lunt Road, Sefton.
Anybody who saw anything suspicious is asked to contact PC Corrigan at Tarleton police station on 0845 1 253545.
Police have also released a description of men who threatened a lone cashier with a hammer and stole £2,500 at a petrol station in Tarleton.
Two men entered the Shell garage on Hesketh Lane around 8.30pm on Sunday, March 6, wearing black balaclavas. One of the men approached the counter and shouted the word ‘cash’ at the sales assistant whilst hitting the till with the hammer.
The man who was carrying a lump hammer is described as white, around 5ft 9, with a stocky build. He was wearing a black waist-length jacket zipped up with the hood up, which was made of a shiny material. He also wore black tight-fitting gloves with a Nike tick sign on the back of the hands. The second man was described as white, of a similar height, wearing all black and carrying a blue metal bar.
The men then stuffed around £2,500 in cash and loose change into their pockets and ran out of the shop. The cashier was not injured but was shaken up by the incident.
ROUND 5 – FRIDAY 11TH MARCH 2011
How does the judging work?
ACT 3 – LAUREN BROWN
ACT 4 – JORDAN DEMPSEY
ACT 5 – NICOLA LATHOM
ACT 6 – MITCH MIMMS
ACT 7 – MOLLY JONES
ACT 8 – CHOLE McLAUGHLAN
ACT 9 – CHOLE DENT
Dear Village Friends,
I hope that you are well and enjoying the sunshine wherever you may be. As you may know, Save The Bec has attracted some interest from a Film Company – Sort of Films...Ltd who are Sheffield based and want to feature our campaign in a documentary they are making. To remind you, the starting point for their interest is a scientific study which proves that there is a chemical released into the body which gives a feeling of wellbeing when people have face to face interaction. This type of interaction happened particularly in pubs where people met and mingled as a community. This chemical reaction is does not happen as a result of telephone communication, email communication or Face Book.
This study shows that the demise of pubs in our society is having a negative impact on communities in more ways than one, as there is nothing to replicate, or replace the pub as the hub of communities. Post Offices are also closing and this again reduces the opportunity especially for older members of the community to meet up and have this positive face to face interaction.
On TUESDAY 15th MARCH 2011, Sort of Films...Ltd , are coming over to Hesketh Bank and will be out and about (weather permitting) in the village filming. They want me to have chats with local people on camera and want to look at two main aspects:
1) Happy Memories – stories of good times at The Bec – May be you had your wedding there – 21st – engagement – Hesketh Bank Silver Band practiced there – Christmas Day at The Bec etc etc. They want to hear your stories about your happy times and about how you feel about how The Bec brought the community together and brought life and happiness to people etc
2) How you FEEL about the demise of The Bec, pubs, communities in general? Why do you think this has happened to The Bec and to other communities? What do you think The Bec in it’s hey day added and brought to the community? What do you think is the impact of its closure on the community now? Do you think all villages are becoming “ the same”? Do you think that community / community spirit is breaking down? This is your chance to have your say about how you feel.
Please have a think about these sort of questions and let us know if you, or your friends, neighbours, would like to be part of this film for posterity.
We will be out and about in the village from late morning on Tue 15th March, all are welcome to contribute.
I wish you well!
Kind regards Una McBride & Mrs Mc
10th March 2011
Lorraine Fullbrook, Member of Parliament for South Ribble has raised the issue of anti social behaviour in the House of Commons.
Lorraine is supportive of the tough stance that the Government has taken on this important issue so far, which blights villages like Tarleton, Banks, Hesketh Bank and Rufford. Lorraine asked Ministers about plans the Government has to assist the police in tackling anti social behaviour. In response, James Brokenshire MP, Minister for Crime Prevention, outlined proposals to reduce bureaucracy and costs for the police and the launch of the consultation for reforming the toolkit for dealing with anti-social behaviour.
Lorraine also raised the importance of engaging young people early in order to prevent anti-social behaviour and was pleased with the response from the Minister who outlined plans to intervene early through the early intervention grant, which will support activities for young people.
Lorraine said: “The problems caused by anti-social behaviour ruin neighbourhoods in local communities across the country. I am pleased that since its formation in May, this Government have shown that they are willing to take a tough approach to anti-social behaviour and not just accept it as a bit of a nuisance. Anti-social behaviour is a crime and a pre-cursor to more serious offending which is why we need to intervene early to stop young people living a life of crime and blighting the lives of others living around them. The early intervention grant and proposals for a national citizen service will encourage young people to choose to be a real part of their communities rather than tormenting them.”
“The Government’s radical reforms on policing give people a real say on how crime is fought in their local area. For the first time, local people in South Ribble will get the chance to elect someone to hold their local police force to account, through the policing.uk website local people can see where crimes are committed in their neighbourhood and I also urge local people to fill in the Government’s consultation on anti-social behaviour.”
WEEK 4 – FRIDAY 4TH MARCH 2011
How does the judging work?
ACT 1 – JENNY TAYLOR
ACT 2 – COLE EMESLEY
ACT 3 – MOLLIE JONES
ACT 4 – NATALIE BARBER
ACT 5 – JORDAN DEMPSEY
ACT 6 – MITCH MIMMS
ACT 7 – NICOLA LATHOM
ACT 8 – CHLOE DENT
ACT 9 – CHLOE McLAUGHLAN
ACT 10 – LAUREN BROWN
Who, what, and why are the questions being asked about one of the latest in a long line of interesting 'Projects' being undertaken at Hesketh Bank Boatyard.
If anyone knows the story behind this creation we would love to know.
4th March 2011
THE hunt has started for bands to play at one of the best open-air rock events of the year.
Last year’s Manor Farm Music Festival in Hesketh Bank was brilliant – this year’s is going to be even better, with the promise of great fun for all the family plus some excellent live music.
The event on Saturday, July 16, is organised by mother and daughter Christine and Suzanne Dickinson on their farm in Shore Road, Hesketh Bank.
It offers camping facilities for music fans, hot food and refreshment wagons plus children’s play activities and has been described as a mini-Glastonbury.
Last year’s festival attracted 600 people and raised £2,500 for Marie Curie Cancer Care and the Brain Tumour Trust. The event is a lasting tribute to Christine’s husband Keith, a keen live music fan and festival-goer who died from a brain tumour.
The 2011 Hesketh Bank Village Show Schedule is now available to download.
See www.heskethbankvillageshow.co.uk for more details and get making, baking, creating, colouring and growing!
SCHEDULE SPONSOR REQUIRED: In additiion to the downloadable version, some 2000 paper copies will be printed, folded, stapled and distributed locally over the next few weeks. The outside rear cover of the booklet is available for the advert of any sponsor(s) who can cover the costs of producing the booklet - please contact the editor urgently if you could help.
25th February 2011
MOTO CROSS prospect Finley Beard roared home to victory in the final race of the season.
The eight-year-old from Hesketh Bank stormed over the line in the final round of the British Supercross Championships held at Liverpool’s Echo Arena to end his campaign on a high.
Beard’s win at the dockside venue last weekend secured his second placed finish in the Auto Class standings and means the Tarleton Trinity School pupil heads up to riding 60cc bikes next season in top form.
How does the judging work?
ACT 1 – CHLOE WALKER
ACT 2 – JORDAN DEMPSEY
ACT 3 – LAUREN BROWN
ACT 4 – NATALIE BARBER
ACT 5 – JAMES BARKER
ACT 6 – GRAHAM
ACT 7 – MITCH MIMMS
ACT 8 – CHLOE DENT
ACT 9 – JIM LESLIE
ACT 10 - NICOLA LATHOM
ACT 11 - GEMMA DOYLE
ACT 12 – JENNY TAYLOR
ACT 13 – COLE EMSLEY
Please also note that the XKETH Factor will miss a week this Friday as the Locker Room is hosting a Michael Buble tribute act. The competition will return for Round 4 on Friday March 4th. More Local Events
21st February 2011
Between 1130pm 18th Feb and 0530 19th Feb several items of property was damaged in the area of Hesketh Lane & Sidney Avenue, Hesketh Bank.
A shop window on Hesketh Lane was damaged when a brick was thrown through it causing approximatlry £300 approx damage.
A detached property also Hesketh Lane had a window damaged when the offenders used a for sale sign found nearby to smash the window.
At least three vehicles parked on Sidney Avenue had wing mirrors damaged. The overall cost of the damage is in excess of £500 and local neighbourhood officers are conducting enquiries in the area.
Anybody witn any information is asked to contact PS Appleton at Ormskirk police station on 0845 1 253545 or alternatively crimestoppers (0800 555 111) anonymously.
19th February 2011
Lancashire residents have contacted Trading Standards to report a council tax refund scam.
Residents have received a phone call allegedly from their local District Council telling them they are entitled to a refund of their council tax and a payment of £7000 can be paid into their account. The caller requests confirmation of the consumer’s name and address and then asks for bank account details to transfer the money. The caller than asks for £100 fee to process the refund.
Trading Standards have confirmed that the caller is not calling on behalf of their district Council and advise that consumers should not give out bank details to unverified callers.
Anyone who has given out their bank details to a caller like this should contact their bank immediately. Anyone who thinks they might be eligible for a refund should contact their local council directly on a verified phone number. If you are entitled to a refund on your council tax you should never be asked to pay a fee to receive a refund.
How does the judging work?
ACT 1 – Ben Wake
ACT 2 – Shirley Sarginson
ACT 3 – Richard Bradshaw
ACT 4 – Molly Jones
ACT 5 – James Barker
ACT 6 – Natalie Barber
ACT 7 – Jordan Dempsey
ACT 8 – Chloe McLaughlan
ACT 9 – Cole Emsley
ACT 10 – Beauty and the Bear
ACT 11 – Nicola Lathom
ACT 12 – Daisy Wignall
ACT 13 – Graham Well
ACT 14 – Chloe Dent
ACT 15 – Jenny Taylor
ACT 16 – Jim Leslie
ACT 17 – Lauren Brown
ACT 18 – Gemma Doyle
Sadly two acts had to leave the competition this week. They were: Act 3 Richard Bradshaw and Act 10 Beauty and the Bear. Act 2 Jordan Dempsey and Act 7 Shirley Sarginson were in the bottom four.
Well, there you have it. The scores are close and anyone could make it to the finals! See you next week.
It was standing room only at a packed Locker Room for round two of the Xketh Factor last night when eighteen acts performed for the four judges.
In a controversial decision, the judges favoured karaoke backed singers over live music and binned off the only two truly live acts that were in the competition. The remaining acts return next week to battle it out in the next round of the £1000 competition.
The complete judges report on another first class evening of entertainment is expected to be posted later so come back soon.
Lorraine Fullbrook, Member of Parliament for South Ribble, which includes Hesketh Bank and Becconsall, has praised the staff of the new Hesketh Bank Children’s Centre in the House of Commons after officially opening the centre on Friday 28th January.
Lorraine chose to raise the topic of the importance of the quality of the workforce in early years education after her successful visit to the centre, where Lorraine was given a tour by centre manager Steph Critchley.
Lorraine told the Minister of State, Department for Education, Sarah Teather, about the essential work that the staff do to help families and communities in the local community and asked how more talented and committed people can be encouraged to work in early years education.
As well as opening the centre, Lorraine was also given a tour of Hesketh-with-Beconsall All Saints C of E Primary School by the Head Teacher, Lawrence Smye Rumsby and Deputy Head Teacher Steve Barrand and was thrilled to be asked to open the school’s new greenhouse ‘Worms and Wellies’.
Speaking today, Lorraine said: "I was absolutely delighted to officially open Hesketh Bank Children’s Centre and see firsthand what an excellent service and support it will provide for young families in the area. The success of projects like this really is dependent on dedicated staff, like Steph Critchley and her team. I’m pleased that the centre will also work closely with health visitors, midwives, community groups and local schools, particularly Hesketh with Beconsall School."
"This is a great example of ‘The Big Society’ in action. It is clear to see that this project has come about because of the hard work and co-operation of the school and its staff, the County Council and local enterprise."
What a night!
Were you at the Locker Room last night? No? Well you missed a great show with an astounding number of talented people taking part in the competition.
The Xketh Factor competition is set to run every Friday until the 25th March, when three acts will take part in the finals, where a total of £1000 prize money is up for grabs.
There are three resident judges each week and one guest judge and they have certainly got their work cut out. It is not easy to give constructive criticism to performers without sometimes hurting their feelings, but the judges will do their best to be fair and honest! Each judge mark the acts 1-5 (5 being the highest). Then the scores are added together for an overall total. Comments and advice are written down by each judge and then passed to the spokesperson, Sue Rigby, who then tells the act their total score and reads back the comments made by each judge.
ACT 1 - Jordan Dempsey
ACT 2 - Michelle Bayliff
ACT 3 - Jenny Taylor
ACT 4 - Shirley Sarginson
ACT 5 - Terry Taylor
ACT 6 - Georgine Haigh
ACT 7 - Natalie Barber
ACT 8 - Richard Bradshaw
ACT 9 - Beauty and the Bear
ACT 10 - Lauren Brown
ACT 11 - Cole Emsley
ACT 12 - Gemma Doyle
ACT 13 - James Taylor
ACT 14 - Graham
ACT 15 - James Barker
ACT 16 - Jim
Well, there you have it - a great night of entertainment! If you would rather see these acts, not just hear about them second hand, then get yourselves down to the Locker Room next Friday at 8pm!
|3rd February 2011
TARLETON BROWNIES SECURE STATIONERY GRANT
Source: Hubmaker Media
In November 2010, Croston based charity Villages in Partnership (VIP) opened up its first round of Community Grants enabling local groups to apply for up to £500 worth of funding for activities that have a positive effect on the community.
One successful group was 1st Tarleton Brownies. VIP awarded the Club £246 for stationery items for the Brownies such as felt tip pens, crayons, colouring pencils and a display board.
The spring round of VIP grants is now open until 31st March 2011.
For more information or to apply for a grant, please call the office on 01772 603591 or email email@example.com
|31st January 2011
NARROW ESCAPE FOR MOSS LANE DRIVER
Source: Hubmaker Media
A driver had a narrow escape this morning when her car went through two fences and landed across a ditch.
Tarleton Fire Brigade quickly attended the scene on Moss Lane, Hesketh Bank and, whilst visibly shaken by the incident, the driver said she was unhurt.
The car appeared to have bottomed out on one of the notorious bumps in Moss Lane and had the engine sump ripped off by a cast iron water cover, spilling oil and debris for 50 meters up the road.
The car lost control and went down a 2 meter embankment and through two of Whiteside's stock fences before finally coming to rest 110 meters on, across a ditch.
A nearby resident claimed that workmen had very recently visited the cast iron cover and marked it for repair.
A car left the road at the same point only weeks ago, demolishing Mr and Mrs Whiteside's hedge and ending up on their lawn.
Moss Lane residents have long campaigned for the road to be resurfaced but because of the significant subsidence the cost of repair has so far proved to be prohibitive.
An onlooker commented that "Moss Lane is no longer fit for cars".
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|27th January 2011
Chapel Road Robbery "MAY BE LINKED"
Source: Lancashire Evening Post
A ROBBERY in which thugs told four teenage boys they would be “beaten up” is being linked to a second crime minutes earlier, detectives said today.
The thugs, believed to be driving a small blue Renault type hatchback, are thought to have struck in the villages of Longton and Hesketh Bank, near Preston, in a half hour period on Tuesday.
At around 7.10pm three men in a car threatened to “beat up” two boys who were walking along Chapel Road in Hesketh Bank unless they turned out their pockets.
They stole mobile phones and an i-Pod.
Then at 7.30pm four youngsters on the car park of Longton Health Centre were challenged by two men who told them to empty their pockets.
They also had their i-Pods and mobile phones stolen.
Det Sgt Jon Cass, of Leyland CID, said: “We believe the incidents are linked and in both cases the men were seen in a blue hatchback.”
Witnesses call police on 0845 1 253545.
|21st January 2011
NEW CHILDREN'S CENTRE READY TO OPEN
Source: Hubmaker Media
A new "Phase III" Children's Centre is opening in Hesketh Bank in early 2011 to offer support and services for families with children 0-5 and children up to age 11 with additional needs.
Located alongside Hesketh with Becconsall All Saints Primary School on Shore Road , the new centre will help and support the communities of Hesketh Bank, Tarleton, Banks, Mere Brow, Holmeswood and Rufford by linking in with other local services in order to help children to reach their full potential.
Phase III Children's Centres offer communities an information point and link with existing pre-school providers, health and education professionals and community groups to support 0-5 year olds or parents, carers and children with additional needs up to the age of 11 to provide services and support within the community.
The official opening event is on the morning of the 28th January. Parents and Carers are very welcome to drop in and view the facility between 2 and 4 pm.
Staff at the centre have already consulted with local groups and parents with a view to launching a programme of events and activities that will begin soon.
|21st January 2011
TARLETON LAD WINS NATIONAL WORKING HUNTER TITLE
Source: Southport Visiter
A talented Tarleton boy has become a national horse riding champion after a season of gruelling county show events.
Mikey Sampson won the competitive Working Hunter class for picking up the most points over seven months of jump competitions.
Mikey’s mum, Penny, said: “When you win you get points and every time you win up and down the country they add up. “We never thought we had a chance, we just kept winning and hoping – it was a total surprise.
|21st January 2011
Body of teenage girl found in woodS AT BANKS
Source: Liverpool Echo
The body of a teenage girl was found in woodland off the A565 Dual carriageway at Banks.
A passer-by alerted police after discovering the body in woods near Gravel Lane, Banks, at around 10am yesterday.
An investigation is under way, but Lancashire Police say they are not treating the death as suspicious. The family have been notified, but police are not releasing any more information until they carried out a formal identification.
|18th January 2011
Source: Hubmaker Media
Lancashire Police have today forwarded a cctv image from the Co Op robbery which took place at 7:30pm on the 17th December.
3 offenders forced their way into the coop store and threatened the staff with violence if they didn't open the safe.
Stolen from within the store was the following:
It is believed the offender drove away from the scene in a small dark coloured vehicle.
No injuries sustained by any of the shop employees but they were shaken up by the incident.
MALE 1: WHITE MALE WEARING BLACK WATERPROOF JACKET WITH LOGO ON RIGHT TOP SIDE OF JACKET (POSS NORTH FACE). BLACK GLOVES WITH WHITE SIGN ON REAR OF BACK OF RIGHT HAND. FULL BALACLAVA AND BLACK BOTTOMS.
MALE 2: BLACK WATERPROOF JACKET WITH SMALL EMBLEM ON BACK OF NECK OF JACKET. BLACK LEATHER GLOVES BLACK TROUSERS
MALE 3: WHITE MALE WEARING CAMOLAGE FLOPPY STYLE HAT WITH MID LENGTH OLIVE GREEN NORTH FACE JACKET. BLACK SCARF OVER LOWER PART OF FACE BLACK GLOVES DARK TROUSERS WITH WHITE LOG ON LEFT LEG.
All 3 had Liverpool accents.
|11th January 2011
HAVE YOU GOT The 'X'keth Factor? £1000 TO BE WON!
Source: Hubmaker Media
Starting Friday 4th February 2011 the Locker Room begins Hesketh Bank's very own talent competition; The Xketh Factor!
With a first prize of £600, a second prize of £250 and a third prize of £150 locals with a wide variety of talents are expected to put on a cracking performance.
The competition will run for eight weeks through various heats. To take part in the show please either call into the Locker Room, phone on 01772 816562 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. A £5 deposit will be required to secure your place on the show however you will recieve this back after you have performed.
All are welcome to come along and support our local talent!
|10th January 2011
POLICE RELEASE CCTV IMAGES IN CONNECTION WITH SPAR SHOP THEFT
Source: Hubmaker Media
Police have today passed on the following enhanced images taken from the Tarleton Spar CCTV recordings.
If you can help identify the individual pictured, please contact Sgt Steve Monk on 01695 566441 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
7th January 2011
CHARITY BOX THEFTS FROM TARLETON SPAR SHOP
Source: Southport Visiter
ANGRY shop staff were left disgusted after a thief stole a collection box for a charity which helps sick and dying children.
The Spar chain is supporting the Derian House Children’s Hospice and the shop on Mark Square, Tarleton, had two collection boxes on the till.
Both have gone missing but the shop caught a man suspected of taking one of the boxes on camera. Shop manager Joan Delbridge said: "It’s absolutely disgusting. “I could not believe that someone has done this. He has stolen money from sick and dying children." "The boxes are emptied regularly but I think he got away with about £20 to £30."
“We think we’ve got someone on camera taking one of them but we’re not sure who took the other one. “Customers have been asking where the box is and they find it really hard to believe what has happened.”
Police Sgt Steve Monk said: "This is a despicable act." "To steal a charity box the person has to be quite desperate." "We will do our utmost to bring him to justice." "We appeal to the person who stole the box or anyone who knows him to come forward."
6th January 2011
BODY CAMERAS FOR LOCAL POLICE
Source: Lancashire Constabulary
NEIGHBOURHOOD policing teams in West Lancashire and Coppull have six new body cameras thanks to a donation from a Croston based charity.
Villages in Partnership funded the crime-fighting equipment, which can either be clipped onto an officer’s stab vest or mounted inside a vehicle and will help to capture crime on film.
Five of them will be used by officers in the West Lancashire area and one of them will be used by officers covering Croston, Bretherton and Ulnes Walton.
Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) Maria Fetherstone said: “We value Villages in Partnership’s support in funding this equipment which will help to gather video evidence that can be presented to the courts to show exactly what happened during an incident. “The cameras are also an effective deterrent to anyone engaging in or threatening violent or anti-social behaviour, helping to keep the area a safe place.”
Specialist body cameras are worn by many officers across the Force to gather both audio and visual evidence on a variety of crimes including domestic violence and anti-social behaviour.
They are a similar size and weight of a mobile phone. Projects officer for Villages in Partnership Annaly Percival added: “We have been able to provide grant money to a range of groups recently and were pleased that Lancashire Constabulary applied to us for the body cameras.”
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