What better way to buy those special Christmas Gifts and get into the Christmas. Following the very successful and hugely popular Christmas Lights switch on at Burscough Wharf a late night shopping and street food event is being held on Friday 12th December. All the retail outlets will open late into the evening with special offers being the order of the day. There will be an opportunity to support your local suppliers and purchase a wide range of unique gifts including original works of art and crafts, ladies and menswear at special discounts, haberdashery and much more. All the Wharf's eateries will be open as usual and in addition there will be a variety of festive street foods offered in the courtyard. Musical entertainment will be provided by the Ormskirk Ukelele Band who are based at The Arts Centre within the Wharf. Youngsters will also have a second opportunity to visit Santa in his Grotto and take in the spectacular light display which is second to none in the area. Festivities commence from 4.00pm and carry on to 10.00pm.
Burscough Wharf 2013 courtesy of Alan Birch.
Whilst other parts of the UK may appear to be heading for economic recovery, here in Lancashire the full force of the economic down turn is still being felt, with savage funding cuts being imposed on Lancashire County Council. Preliminary proposals for how to meet the indicated budget deficit are being discussed. These proposals include a review of the premises containing the ticket office at Burscough Interchange and halt to subsidies on bus services in Burscough. All bus services that serve Burscough are subsidised, so all may be affected. To keep update with the details, go to http//council.lancashire.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?Cld=122&Mld=3015
Complaints have been received from residents about what has been believed to be a Right of Way. The walkway between The Quays and Liverpool Road North has been blocked off as new owners have created a sales area for their fencing business. At its meeting in October, the Clerk was asked to investigate whether a right of way existed and if so, to ask Lancashire County Council to take action to reinstate it. At the time of going to press, it is clear that the route has in the past been used for access, but whether that usage amounts to having a right of way, or whether any there is any other legal right across the land, is not clear. The Parish Council would like to hear from people who have evidence supporting or not supporting it being a right of way, and if evidence is found that a right of way exists, Burscough Parish Council can ask that the route be dedicated under legislation contained in the Highways Act 1980 s31. This may be a lengthy process but there is a procedure in law to establish it one way or another.