If you are between 14 & 19 years old and want to change things in Burscough, get in touch and be part of making it happen.
Burscough Parish Council has already set aside £30,000 towards the development of facilities for young people – that could be for a youth shelter or towards a skateboard park or other facilities that people between 14 and 19 want, but we need young people to work with us to design and plan what is needed.
Burscough Parish Council wants to encourage more activities and things to do for young people, but we can’t do that for you - we need your help and involvement to know what is wanted.
Too old for kids stuff – Too young for Pubs?
Please help make Burscough a Great Place for Everyone –
Come to the Grove, 7pm on Tuesday 25th April 2017
To book your place or find out more, email firstname.lastname@example.org,
text 07518 347 559, or call Tess at the Parish Council Office 01704 894914
WE CAN’T DO IT WITHOUT YOU
After a long wait, Burscough's Clock is now being repaired.
The clock, like most of the street furniture in Burscough Bridge has up to now been owned by West Lancs Borough Council and not by the Parish Council - hence, the repair therefore fell to the Borough Council to fund.
Some time ago the Parish Council agreed to take ownership of the clock if the Borough Council would pay to bring it back into good repair. Finally, WLBC have found the £2000.00 needed for the replacement movement and the repair is now going ahead.
A future maintenance contract will be in the region of £250 to £300 per annum and there will still be work to do at some point in replacing the images on the column which have deteriorated with age. This will need to be paid for from the precept paid by local residents.
Burscough Parish Council Newsletter Now Available in Braille
Burscough Parish Council is pleased to announce that its quarterly newsletter is now available for people with visual impairment to read in braille.
Each quarter, Burscough Parish Council’s newsletter is delivered to homes and businesses in Burscough and many residents look forward to reading stories of local interest to Burscough and about the work of the local Council. Now people with visual impairment who do not use their computers to access media are able to read about local issues without relying on someone else to read to them. The current newsletter in braille is now available at Burscough Library.
The service has been made available through the kind support of AA Transcription Services, who create braille and easy read formats for businesses, schools and the hospitality sector.
Cllr Julie Atherton said: "Burscough parish council is delighted to offer a Braille version of our community newsletter. It is so important to us that all of our neighbours can access our news & information more readily. We are very proud of our inclusive approach. Any Burscough resident can contact our parish office for a copy or visit Burscough Library. The parish council is now focused on improving the environment so that anyone with accessibility challenges can manoeuvre around Burscough much more easily".
Braille is a tactile reading and writing system used by blind and visually impaired people who cannot access print materials. There are 2800 people who are registered blind in Lancashire (RNIB.org.uk/site loss data tool version 3, 2014)
Burscough Parish Council’s Newsletter is delivered to homes in Burscough via the Champion and to a majority of businesses by hand.
It is also available here on the Parish Council website at http://www.burscoughpc.co.uk/newsletters.html. Members of the public and businesses can also request a regular electronic copy from email@example.com
PLEASE VOTE FOR THE BRICKPITS
The Brickworks site (between Abbey Lane and Mill Dam Lane) has been nominated for a grant from Tesco Bags of Help initiative, and we now need your help to vote for the scheme.
The project started with a request from a local resident in 2014 to look at how the Brick Works site could be improved and its rich wildlife preserved. Residents bordering the site were very supportive and recognised the importance of the scheme. Finally, with plans drawn, funding is being pulled together and application has been made to Tesco to help fund the project. We are also waiting on the success of a second bid to Lancashire Wildlife Fund. With the backing of the local community and a little luck, the site, which is owned by West Lancs Borough Council, will be completed during 2017.
Voting starts today, 31st October 2016, in your local Tesco store. Please help us reach our funding target so that improvements can be made to this important wildlife site.
Tesco has teamed up with Groundwork on its Bags of Help initiative in hundreds of regions across England and Wales. The scheme will see three community groups and projects in each of these regions awarded grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag charge.
Bags of Help offers community groups and projects in each of Tesco’s 416 regions across the UK a share of revenue generated from the 5p charge levied on single-use carrier bags. The public will now vote in store from 31st October – 13th November on who should receive the £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 awards. In total, there is over £12.5 million up for grabs.
For more details please go to www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp
There is still time to book onto a computer course in Burscough: The Weds morning course held at the Methodist Church in Burscough is full to over-flowing and people are enjoying developing their skills in computing. If you would like to put your name down for that course, please let us know. The Tuesday evening course is starting again on 8th November, from 6 till 8, and there is still time to sign up if you wish to join. The course is free to people on benefits.
Call 01704 894914 for further details.
t its last meeting the Parish Council approved the recommendation of the Tourism Working Group, to work with Martin Mere and businesses locally to create a strong brand for Burscough as “The Home of the Whooper Swan”. For information the full draft resolution is included below.
A first meeting will be held at Martin Mere on Monday 17th October to discuss what the branding will look like, how we will use it & the benefits for all stakeholders.
This is a new and exciting initiative that will bring benefits for leisure and hospitality businesses in Burscough and will raise the profile of Burscough regionally and nationally. Its not about changing what is good about Burscough, but adding to and complementing what we already have.
If you would like to get involved, whether on behalf of a business, an organisation or as a resident, please contact the Parish Council office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01704 894914.
Burscough Parish Council are pleased to announce the Winners of the First Bloomin’ Burscough Garden Competition.
The competition was judged by Jan Kellie, Chair of Burscough Allotments Society, Pam Greaves, Chair of the Sustainability Group and local environmentalist, and Graham Clarkson, a principle at Burscough Community Farm. They were supported by Nichola Makin who is the Parish Councillor leading on behalf of the Parish Council.
I am pleased to advise that after genuinely difficult deliberation, the results were as follows:
Best Hanging Baskets/Planters Winner: Linda Johnson, 57 Lordsgate Lane
Highly: Commended Mr J Baldwin, 5 Platts Lane
Best Front Garden Winner: Norma Mackrell, 52 Langdale Drive
Highly: Commended Des Fairclough, 14 Glenroyd Drive
Below are some of the wonderful images of the event.
On behalf of the Parish Council, thank you to everyone who took part, including the judges for helping to make our first Bloomin’ Burscough Garden Competition such a success.
Top Row, right - Highly Commended J Baldwin, Platts Lane
Middle row, centre - Highly commended Des Fairclough, Glenroyd Drive
Middle row, right - Winner Norma Mackrell, Langdale Drive
The Future for
Burscough Bridge Interchange
At its meeting on 13th July, the Parish Council considered the future of the Interchange Building and whether or not the Parish Council (or another community organisation) might take over ownership.
The ticketing facility is now closed, and we don’t know what equipment has been left in place: Burscough Parish Council could never, within the laws available to it, run a ticketing facility – but could, and still can if a deal can be found, take on the management of the building and so provide the space for a third party organisation, with the skills needed, to run that facility.
Despite LCC, (subject to suitable business plan) being prepared to hand over ownership of the building to the Parish Council, such a deal would not be the gift it first appears: When the information pack was received, it became clear that wrapped up with the handover of the building, came the car parks and responsibility for fences and surrounds; There are conditions that substantially restrict the type of use; Ground rent has to be paid to Network Rail, and there are rates and other charges to keep the building open; Funds for any internal reconfiguration would have to be found by the Parish Council; There are conditions on the lease which create a significant liability that is difficult to quantify, and if accepted, any and all costs would ultimately be passed on to residents.
LCC have stated that completed bids must be received by 14th August. The Parish Council have asked a series of questions, and sought to negotiate changes to see if an acceptable arrangement can be reached, and are waiting for LCC to respond, but the clock is ticking and there is at present a wide gap between what has been offered, and what would be reasonable for the Parish Council to accept.
Burscough Bridge Interchange was establishedin 2005 to provide a combined bus and rail interchange for the local community. The building contains a ticketing office (which closed on 29th June 2016), a manager’s office attached to the ticketing office, a café/meeting area and a fully accessible public toilet. The building has also served as a waiting area for passengers on the Southport bound platform of the station.
Since the closure of the ticketing office on 29th June, the building is no longer in use. It is not clear what the future may be for the building, if no organisation takes it over.
The Parish Council is keen to work with partners to save this community resource. The building may also provide suitable accommodation for a number of transport related private enterprises such as private hire. If you represent a community or private organisation and wish to use Burscough Interchange in any way, please get in touch with the Parish Council office and make your views known as quickly as possible.
Gardeners across Burscough are invited to take part in our very first Garden Competition. Entitled "Bloomin' Burscough, residents are encouraged to get green fingered and put their gardening skills to good use in order to help make Burscough Bloom with beauty! The Parish Council hope that it will be a light-hearted, fun competition for all the community to get involved in.
There are two distinct categories:
Judging will take place during the first two weeks of August. All entries must be visible from the roadside and without need to enter gardens. The judges are local people nominated for their love of and knowledge of plants, who will visit each garden that has taken part in the competition and score each against a set of criteria such as colour, interest and quality of plants.
We are delighted that new West Lancs Mayor, Cllr Liz Savage has agreed to award the prizes in this first year of what is hoped will become a regular event in Burscough's calendar
You can download an application form here