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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.
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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
Following a statement by County Councilllor John Filis on 8th March, we understand that that 3A bus service (Burscough- Skelmersdale-Wrightington) has been saved. We dont yet know the timetable but we expect it to be changed from its previous schedule. This is excellent news for all those who rely on the service. It is, we understand, a one year contract, and there is still no solution to how LCC can fund future years with the cuts to budget that have been imposed on it by central government.
The Parish Council has precepted for an additional £25,000 to develop Community Transport for Burscough that would contribute to continuing some provision on that route and to developing improved local public transport across Burscough. The decision was taken, and support given by the Community for that, largely due to the issues with the 3A, but also in part in the knowledge that public transport could be so much better for people to get to the industrial estate and living away from the main routes. The long term future of bus services is still uncertain, and community transport to extend the existing network of commercially operated routes is still a possibiity if residents and the Parish Council think it is the right way to go. All decisions of the Parish Council are made at public meetings, and this is included on the agenda for tonight's meeting (9th March 2016 7 pm at the Grove)
Burscough Parish Council has delayed making a decision on its budget till the last possible time to give more consideration to whether or not to get involved in bus service delivery.
The parish council will need to make a very quick decision about whether they could and should consider helping to bridge the gap in bus service provision. It would be a huge learning curve here – Ideally, if there was a separate community transport organisation who we could work with it would be much better. It could be that the parish council might kick start this but hand over to a community organisation as soon as it was set up and had capacity to take this on - All views welcome.
Lancashire County Council have invited parish councils to take part in a scheme that would enable them to provide some bus services. This may help to fill the gap now that existing services may stop.
There is the possibility that, on some of the more profitable routes, once subsidies are removed, bus operators may find they can actually provide services without subsidy. We hope some of the services on the A59 will survive – but we don’t know – we hope that in the coming weeks it will become clearer.
As a parish council we can’t hope to replace all present services – for example, the Burscough to Skelmersdale service alone, we are advised, costs in the region of £100,000 per year of which only about £40,000 is recovered in fares. The Parish Council could work to fund some limited services, or support a community organisation (if formed) to run local services, but whatever it does is likely to require an increase in precept, and would fall on local rate payers to cover the cost.
At Wednesday evening’s meeting, the Parish Council delayed setting its budgets to give more time to investigate what can be done and what residents might feel is reasonable to pay.
Inevitably, there will be other cuts to services – LCC have enormous savings to make, enforced by Central Government.
It would help enormously if residents let us know how they feel about the loss of the bus services, and what they think about increasing the precept to pay for services to continue. We would also really like to hear from people who would like to get involved in developing new locally owned services.
Please either email email@example.com, or contact your local parish councillor direct. Contact details are on the website or on all our notice boards
Thank you so much to all the shops for taking part in the Christmas Shop Window Competition.
Below you can read the outcome and some of the comments of the judges.
Our judges this year were children from St John’s RC School in Chapel Lane, teachers and parents. Their decision was made on the afternoon of Tuesday, 15th December. The weather was awful, but the children with their staff and parents went around the village giving careful consideration to the all the window displays. Over refreshments at Infusions, they chose VIP as the Winner. The group completed 14 nomination forms. Each of the judges wrote down three nominations and wrote down why they thought those windows were best, and then they voted for the winner. I have listed below the businesses that received a nomination with some of reasons given.
VIP have been awarded a £100 cash prize and their name will be engraved on the shield which they will hold for one year.
We think the shop windows are wonderful and that the shops add to the sense of community and we hope attract business to the centre of Burscough. We have followed the same format for four years now, but before we plan next year, I wondered if shop owners/staff or Burscough residents had any thoughts about whether we should change anything.
If you would like to provide feedback about the competition, or about any other aspects of the work of the Parish Council please contact me or any member of the Parish Council.
Christmas Shop Window Competition 2015
Judged by St John’s RC Primary School Pupils
Hiltons Carpets Good idea to have Santa’s legs coming out of the carpet!; carpet roll and Santa’s legs; very good, It is cool and reminds me of when I was little;
Little Flower Shop Super look! Fantastic Elf!, Nicely put together, cheerful; very artistic; very festive Night Before Christmas; It had Santa and Elves which was very nice; everything!; It is very creative and artistic;
Post Office Informative and sweet
Villages in Partnership Brilliant – really beautifully put together; Well built, lots of effort, homely and welcoming scene, very Christmassy; child friendly; absolutely brilliant; I like this because it makes you feel warm inside and puts a smile on your face; the fire makes it stand out; I think it should be the winner out of all the shops; It was the best of them all; It is very cosy and it cheered me up; I like this shop because it makes me feel that I am in a dining room;
Profile Hair I like this because the decorations are hand-made and it is different to everyone elses;
Bronze Boutique Nice and Sparkly; It is very pretty and I like that they have not used a real Christmas Tree, used a sparkly metal tree. Very Neat; Little houses make It feel alive; Nice sparkly lights; What I liked about this shop is all the beautiful decorations and it is very colourful;
Queenscourt Hospice Lovely effort; it was beautiful, nice and had lots of lights;
Hayes Opticians They put up lots of trees and lights; I like this shop because I like the lights and the Christmas trees – they make me feel Christmassy;
K C Computers It was AWESOME with lots of reindeers;
Walton Carpets loved the tree;
Lynne Isherwood fun, feelgood factor about the décor;
Blue Mallard loved the flashing lights
The group voted for the winner on forms provided as follows
What the Judges said about being judges….
Winning window from VIP
This is how our memorial looks today: Over the past month work has taken place to complete Booths Memorial Garden, and the Ringtail Memorial (shown above) has now been moved from its old position just a few yards away on the grass verge of the Tollgate Road /Pippin Street roundabout, to its new location within the Memorial Garden. The new-look memorial was unveiled today by Chairman of the Parish Council, Alderman Alan Bullen, during the rededication ceremony.
The Ringtail Memorial is complimented by a life-size sculpture of an airman, looking to the memorial and on to the site of the airfield.
Finally during October the Ringtail Memorial which has stood at the side of the Tollgate Road/Pippin Street Roundabout for ten years, has now been moved to the Memorial Garden outside Booths cafe.
Its plinth has been raised to make it more visible and it is now joined by the sculpture of a life-size airman, placed to look towards the memorial and out over the site of the air field. The sculpture, created by sculptor, Peter Hodgkinson, was commisssioned by the Booths family. The move was required because with the bulding of the Ringtail Retail Park, the memorial's original site was no longer safe for the public to gather.
The Ringtail Memorial in its new position within the Memorial Garden
Right: The new life-size sculpture of a lone airman looks over the memorial and out towards the site of the airfield. The statue, which was created by sculptor, Peter Hodgkinson, was commissioned by Booths family as a focal point for the Memorial Garden.
Below: We estimate more than 150 people attended the re-dedication service, when the repositioned memorial was unveiled by Alderman Alan Bullen, Chairman of Burscough Parish Council.