LCC response to Road Safety Petition


NEWSLETTER September 2021.
The Parish Council wishes to remind everyone that their meetings are open to all residents and that there is an opportunity to have your say at these meetings.



The Parish Council considered the following matters:-

FORMER COUNCILLOR T. SHARRATT:

The Chairman (Councillor D. Cranshaw) referred to the recent death of former Councillor T. Sharratt. All present observed a minute`s silence as a mark of respect and offered their condolences to his family.

THE POLICE AND CRIME PLAN 2021- 2025:

Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner, Andrew Snowden, has set out his four-year plan detailing how he will lead the fight against crime in the county. The Police and Crime Plan 2021 - 2025 announces the largest investment into Lancashire Police in living memory, with a £300m, 10-year commitment to overhaul police critical infrastructure, including sustainable new fleet, police stations and training facilities, digital and cyber capabilities, alongside hundreds of extra police officers delivered through the Government's uplift programme. The Police and Crime Plan is required by law and outlines the needs and priorities of the people of Lancashire in relation to policing, crime and criminal justice. The top priority is to get tough on anti-social behaviour, with £1.2m announced for a new problem orientated policing command and taskforce.

Other priorities include disrupting and dismantling organised crime, cracking down on burglary and robbery and targeting dangerous drivers. A dedicated rape and sexual assault unit will be created to target offenders and to ensure better outcomes for victims. To support these priorities a Safer Lancashire Neighbourhoods Scheme has also been announced to invest up to £5m into initiatives that tackle crime hotspots. Lancashire will see increased asset seizures and high-profile operations to take the fight to criminals. The plan is grounded in the work the Commissioner has already started, including the reopening of police station front counters and the disestablishment of the hybrid model, creating dedicated neighbourhood and response teams for every area. Its publication follows extensive and wide-ranging consultation and will be used to hold the Chief Constable and the police service to account on behalf of residents of Lancashire. The Plan can be viewed on the Police Website.

HIGHWAY MATTERS:

FLOODING - WATER STREET:


The County Council has been asked to carry out further investigations into the cause of the flooding Flooding was also reported at Denham Lane and Pippin Street.

WITHNELL FOLD NATURE RESERVE:


At the site meeting with the County Council`s Countryside Officer on Wednesday 29th September 2021 it had been agreed the the County Council would undertake some work at the site. The Parish Council would look into the improvement of the public footpath from Water Street to the nature reserve in conjunction with the landowner. A copy of an information leaflet on the footpath was circulated. Members of the Parish Council would carry out an inspection of the footpath to decide what work was required and meet the landowner to discuss his involvement in the proposals.

GINNEL SMITHY CLOSE:


Following an inspection of the Smithy Close and Sandy Lane ginnel it was considered that it did not need complete re-surfacing.  There were two potential trip hazards around the manhole and the concrete around a fence post that needed attention. A contractor would be contacted and asked to carry out the repairs suggested.

STREET SWEEPING:


Chorley Council has been requested to sweep Duxon Hill, Sandy Lane and Water Street.

CHORLEY COUNCIL REPORT:

The Parish Council was reminded that the Neighbourhood Projects scheme was now in operation.

PLANNING REPORT:

(A) Decisions:


The following decisions have been made since the last meeting of the Parish Council:- 1. Prior approval application under Part 3, Class Q(a and b) of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 (as amended) for proposed change of use of agricultural building to dwelling house and associated building operations Pippin Fold Pippin Street (App no 21/01202/P3PAO). - Granted. 2. Single storey rear extension 9 Smithy Close (App no 21/00574/FULHH). - Granted. 3. Erection of agricultural livestock building and agricultural storage building Tullis Farm Sandy Lane (App no 21/00610/FUL). - Granted.

(B). Applications:


The following applications have been made to Chorley Council since the last meeting of the Parish Council:- 1. Application to discharge condition no. 6 (bird and bat boxes) of planning permission 21.00375/FUL (Conversion of existing barn to dwelling) Pippin Street Cottage Pippin Street, (App no 21/01301/DIS). 2. Application for a certificate of lawfulness for a proposed detached outbuilding Windmill Hill Farm Sandy Lane. (App no 21/01369/CLPUD).

PLANNING ENFORCEMENT:


The Planning Enforcement Officer has been asked to investigate developments at Thorpe Cross, Oram Road and Breworth Lane.

GRANT:

A grant of £150.00 has been made to the re - formed BOFFs.

PARISH POUND:

The Christmas tree lights have been replaced.

DAFFODILS:

Chorley Council has donated a supply of daffodil bulbs for planting in the Parish and these have been distributed to various organisations.

DATE OF NEXT MEETING:

Restrictions permitting Monday 10th January 2022 at 7.30 p.m. at the Community Hall Water Street Brindle.

ALL MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND. T. Harkness DECEMBER 2021.

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Brindle Parish Council: local information



Brindle Parish Council: local information

Hi, everyone! Here’s the latest crop of scams:

Scam Omicron message

There is a scam email currently doing the rounds which claims to be from the NHS and asks you to 'Apply now for Omicron PCR test to avoid restrictions'. The scam message suggests the PCR test kits on offer will detect the Omicron variant and preys on people's concerns about getting ill. A link within the email leads to a fake NHS website that may ask for payment or bank details. Get a free PCR test to check if you have COVID-19 at www.gov.uk or by calling 119.

Cold callers selling household items

Ex-offenders have been cold calling in the West Lancashire area offering kitchen wares and household goods. The doorstep salesmen can be very pushy, heading to the back of the property if the householder does not answer the door, making residents feeling ill at ease. Please be aware that neither the Council nor the Probation Service run schemes where ex-offenders call door to door selling such items. Often items offered for sale on your doorstep can be expensive and of low quality.

Cold callers offering energy measures

Reports are being received from the Chorley area about cold callers offering free energy measures such as free loft insulation, cavity wall insulation and boiler replacement. Please be aware the measures may be free to some households, but eligibility criteria do apply around receipt of benefits, low income and fuel poverty. If you wish to enquire as to your eligibility or for further information on energy saving measures, contact Cosi Homes in Lancashire (CHiL) via www.chil.uk.com or 03306 061 488. CHiL is a partnership set up by the 15 local authorities in Lancashire. Concerns about participating businesses can be made via the Green Deal Oversight and Registration Body (www.beis.gov.uk ) who manage the authorisation scheme and to OFGEM who administer the scheme.

Scam email targeting eBay sellers

Ebay sellers please be aware of an email from a scam purchaser. The email is misspelt and from an incorrect PayPal address. It states that the seller has been paid but that, because of a new PayPal policy, the seller must send the purchased goods before the money can be released by PayPal. Sellers and buyers on Ebay are advised not to carry out transactions outside the safeguards of the platform itself.

BT scam telephone call

Please be aware of a phone call alleging to be from BT that requests that software called Any Desk is installed to fix faults. Whilst the software itself is genuine, the scammer will then remote onto the customer's computer in an attempt to get payment for fixing the non-existent fault and for possible access to personal information.

Bit coin scam seller

Residents are warned about a bitcoin investment scam currently doing the rounds, after a Lancashire consumer lost almost £500 following a personal recommendation on a friend's Facebook page (the friend had been hacked). The resident clicked on a link to a personal recommendation and article supposedly from billionaire Elon Musk and several other articles from around the world about the benefits of Bitcoin. She was then contacted by phone and advised on the benefits of Bitcoin investment and led through a process of making a Bitcoin wallet, using a shared screen showing balance, equity and profit, with scam security features. She was completely unaware that the screen was not set up in her name, and when she went to sign in at a later time, she was denied access. The traders appear to be based outside the EU, and she cannot now get in touch with them.

Advanced fee lottery scam

The City of London Police is warning people to be aware of lottery scams. Lottery fraud occurs when criminals use fake messages and calls to convince a person that they have won a lottery or a prize draw. The victim is then informed that there is an advance fee payable in order to receive the winnings. Victims are commonly asked to pay these advance fees by purchasing gift cards and relaying codes to the fraudster. In some instances, victims have reported being asked for personal and financial information in order to obtain their ‘winnings’. Some victims reported providing their bank details thinking they would be sent a small payment to verify the account. In reality, criminals use these details to steal the victim’s money.

That’s quite enough scams for this month. Keep safe and well! Brindle Parish Council

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