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Parbold Parish Council Notes

Clerk: Mrs Elizabeth-Anne Broad JP, LLB (Hons), MA, CiLCA.  E:parboldpc.clerk@yahoo.com

Current Council Members (Feb 2019): Cllr Brian Arnold (Chairman), Cllr Charles Bithell (Vice Chairman), Cllr May Blake, Cllr Denise Butts, Cllr Sarah Carruthers, Cllr Ellis Gill, Cllr Susan Holland, Cllr Tony Schaffel, Cllr Justin Stopford, 

The Parish Concil have a website www.parbold-pc.gov.uk/ where agenda, minutes and general information can be seen.

Parbold Parish Council Notes - October 2020

Clerk: Mrs Elizabeth-Anne Broad JP, LLB (Hons), MA, CiLCA

e-mail: parboldpc.clerk@yahoo.com

There will be a Community Litterpick starting at 9.30am on Saturday 10th October 2020, meeting on the car park at Parbold Village Hall. If you wish to volunteer, please drop us an email at the above address or to Cllr Charles Bithell (cbithell@btinternet.com) who is co-ordinating the event. Alternatively, if you decide to join us on the day, just come along. We are following government guidelines so please read our risk assessment which can be viewed at parbold-pc.gov.uk.

Autumn is a great time for a tidy up, so hopefully this event will be well attended and provide some outdoor exercise whilst helping to keep the village tidy. If you are not able to take part but wish to cover an area of the village at a different time, please let us know.

If you have watercourses going through your land please check that the water is running freely; keep any pavement or roadside hedges trimmed back and please, don't park in an obstructive or inconsiderate manner. Finally, please remind your older children that the play areas are for daytime use and not to go in after dark. Younger children get so upset to find their swings are hooked over and tangled and there is debris left everywhere from older children using the area to party the night before.

For the time-being, meetings continue via electronic conferencing, so please let the Clerk know if you have any items you wish your Parish Council to consider.


Parbold Parish Council Notes - September 2020

The Parish Council has continued to hold meetings via Zoom conferencing to ensure smooth running of the council is continued. If you do have any issues that you want them to address, please email these to the Clerk.

Parbold Village has been an amazing community during the pandemic Lockdown and Councillors praised shop owners who were able to stay open and go above and beyond in helping those in selfisolation. There was recognition too that, those services that were forced to close, were sorely missed and we welcome them back.

Some challenges have arisen, particularly keeping our public parks and play areas clean and safe for all. In this respect the Council would ask that older children be discouraged from entering the play areas late at night as this does create noise nuisance for those living around them. A reminder too that the Village Hall is protected by CCTV, so any evidence of antisocial behaviour will be forwarded to police. It is clear that people are taking their dogs into the Village Hall play area, particularly in the early mornings. There is a No Dogs order in place so should this practice continue the photographs will be supplied to the Dog Warden to take further action.

CCTV with automatic number plate recognition technology will shortly be installed at Alder Lane Playing Fields car park at the end of Bramble Way. This is in response to a number of incidents of night-time disturbance and the continuation of anti-social behaviour. So please be aware that in using the car park you may be recorded on CCTV. The playing fields are used by children and as such are inappropriate areas for exercising dogs. A Public Protection Order is in place so if entering the fields keep your dog on a lead and pick up after your dog or you risk a fine.


Parbold Parish Council Notes – April 2020

Parbold Parish Council Annual General Meeting will be held on Friday 1st May 2020 in Parbold Women's Institute Hall at 7:30pm and residents are cordially invited to come along. (Please check that the meeting is still being held).

The Parish Council has had a busy year. The financial year ended with the conclusion of a joint project with the PCA to replace the heating in the village hall, following the successful application for grant funding to assist with the costs. Community Infrastructure Levy has been committed to renovating the two play areas, new play area surfacing, bins and benches have been installed at the village hall. A new tarmac pathway with drainage has been created at Burnside, and we hope to continue by replacing the swings and installing a new piece of equipment to replace the racing cars, removed last year. CCTV was installed at the village hall to protect the building. Community litter-picks last year were well attended and thank you to all those who volunteered. In the coming year attention will be given to combating antisocial behaviour, particularly youths gathering at the play areas, causing noise disturbance and damage after dark and unauthorised activities at Bramble Way car park.

Last year's Best Kept Village Competition was successful with encouraging judges' comments and commendations for Our Lady's Church grounds and the Old Post House. As we enter again this year please help to keep the area looking good, remembering to take litter home and clean up after your dog.


Parbold Parish Council Notes – March 2020

A Spring Litter Pick is being arranged for Saturday 28th March 2020, meeting at 10am on the car park to the Village Hall. If you wish to join in, please drop an email to Cllr Bithell (cbithell@btinternet.com) to let him know.

Thank you for your help and patience during the heating renovation work at the village hall. The project is nearing completion and hopefully will enhance experience for hall users.

If you have any posters to go on the parish council notice board outside McColls, please give them to the staff behind the counter of the DIY shop and they will be picked up on a fortnightly basis. Please give lot of time if advertising a village event and if it is a short deadline please email the clerk to let her know that there is a poster needing to be put up. The notice board is large but there is not always room for everything, so preference is given for council notices first, then local village events, those further afield and commercial advertisements are only included where there is room.

We continue to have issues with inconsiderate parking around the schools, particularly on Lancaster Lane and request as many as possible walk or park a little further from the school and walk the last bit to reduce risks around the school.

To report road issues, including potholes: https://www.lancashire.gov.uk/roads-parking-and-travel/report-it/

To report dog fouling: https://www.westlancs.gov.uk/environment/dogs/dog-fouling.aspx



Lancashire Police

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Alzheimer’s Society Outreach Workers

We can arrange to visit you at home or a venue of your choice and provide information, advice and emotional support. We also provide DROP IN SUPPORT GROUPS where you can meet and share your experiences over a cup of coffee as well as enjoy a variety of activities such as arts and crafts, music, games, guest speakers and much more. 

Please note new contact:
Alzheimer's Society Central Lancashire on 01772 788700. Please forward any information to Pam Bolton, email address pam.bolton@alzheimers.org.uk

Drive safely for longer - A free course for drivers aged 65+

This course will help you enhance your practical skills and continue driving safely for as long as possible.

Learn how to stay safe in what is  becoming a challenging driving environment.  Brush up on your observation skills, be better able to cope with themistakes of other road users and address any driving concerns you may have.

The course will be arranged at a time and place that is convenient for you.  the Apporved Driving Instructor will collect you from and return you to your home.

Contact: 01772 536074  Email: www.access@lancashire.gov.uk Web: www.lancashire.gov.uk

Lancashire Community Car Scheme

Operated by Preston Community Transport Ltd. Charity No. 1114100

If you have a car, can spare an hour or so a week and want to assist people in your community, we’d love to hear from you.
Please call Julie on 01772 516208

West Lancashire Carers’ Centre

Certacs House • 10/12 Westgate • Skelmersdale • Lancashire • WN8 8AZ
Tel: 01695 711243      Email: enquiries@westlancscarerscentre.org.uk

If you are looking after someone at home who needs your help due to disability or illness, make sure you contact your local carers’ centre who will be able to provide you with a range of support and advice, including accessing funding.

If you are able to volunteer for a couple of hours a week to support carers, either at the centre or in people’s own homes, (sitting-in service) then call us. Training and expenses provided.

ONEVOICE westlancs

Welcomes parents/carers of a child with a disability or additional needs (with or without a diagnosis). Drop in to our parent-led, friendly groups to share experiences, information, advice and support . The Grove Children’s Centre, Burscough L40 0RZ   12.30-2.30pm on Thursday 25 April

For further information please contact Victoria on 07423 392694 onevoicewl@hotmail.co.uk

Hoscar WWTW

Following last years petition from Parbold residents demanding action to reduce the odours from the Hoscar treatment works there have been a number of meetings between the various parties and progress has been made.

In order to keep the pressure on United Utilities to invest at Hoscar it is important that residents report each and every occasion they experience sewage smells to the odour hotlines.

 WLBC Environmental Health:  01695 577177 or email wwtw.odours@westlancs.gov.uk

United Utilities:  0345 0726 083 office hours and 0345 672 3723 out of office hours

Email United Utilities kcuoperations@uuplc.co.uk

Parbold Parish Council has been working with residents and United Utilities to reduce the odours from the Hoscar treatment plant. In an effort to improve the reporting system United Utilities now have a direct email link which allows them to see every complaint in real time.  Could residents use it each and every time they experience offensive odours.


If you want a regular update on progress please email Parbold resident paulquirk@aol.com and he will add you to his mailing list.

Lancashire Fire and Rescue service

Community Fire Safety Practitioner. Telephone 01695 723853 or email shelleygregory@lancsfirerescue.org.uk

Promote Free Home Fire Safety Checks

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service offer free Home Fire Safety Checks to every householder in the county. These checks involve a crew visiting your home and giving fire safety advice, as well as fitting smoke alarms where necessary. Any resident within Lancashire can request one and they are completely free of charge. The Home Fire Safety Checks include:

  • Providing and install FREE 10-year smoke alarms where necessary.
  • Giving life saving advice in the event of a fire in your home.
  • How to make a fire escape plan for you and your family.
  • Practical advice on identifying fire hazards in the home.

All Home Fire Safety Checks are carried out by employees of Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service who will show identification when they arrive. To book a free Home Fire Safety Check, please contact us by calling Freephone 0800 169 1125 or visit www.lancsfirerescue.org.uk.

The Community Fire Safety Team are available to deliver Fire Safety advice to groups.  If you would like further information or to book this, contact Shelley Gregory at the CFS Team on 07920291869.

Community Fire Safety Practitioner. Telephone 01695 723853 or email shelleygregory@lancsfirerescue.org.uk

Age UK

Have a new handyman initiative.  Working with Lancashire County Council it has launched a scheme called HandyVan, aimed at older people in the district.  It offers fitted carbon monoxide alarms, door chains, window locks, mortice locks and door viewers.

Dennis Jones, HandyVan man for the district will also undertake small home improvement jobs for the price of the materials.

For more information tel: 01255 473999 or see www.ageuk.org.uk

UpHolland Tawd Vale Lions

UpHolland Tawd Vale Lions are seeking donations of second-hand furniture, household goods, ornaments and toys for resale at their “Lions Den” Charity Shop in Skelmersdale. 

Phone Chris Lawn 01257 462283 to arrange collection (Charity No. 1109274)

Douglas Valley Lions Club


Douglas Valley Lions Club have signed an agreement with the Canal & River Trust (which was British Waterways and is now a charity) to adopt a 2 mile length of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal.

The agreement is for 12months and Lions members will pick up litter on a length of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal from the Appley Bridge road bridge to the Parbold road bridge.

Lions members will be supplied with High visibility waistcoats, litter pickers and bin bags and they will walk the section at least once a month picking up litter from the bank and reporting any problems.

At the start and finish of the length there will be a notice showing the Lions Logo and information for the public.

As the project becomes established Lions hope to co-operate with Canal & River Trust and local communities on projects such as re-painting railings and fences, etc. making the canal area a better environment for the public with materials and supervision being provided by Canal & River Trust.

Information on volunteering and the Canals in general can be found at:www.canalrivertrust.org.uk or by ringing 03030404040  Douglas Valley Lions can be contacted on 0845 8335739 or at www.lionsmd105.org




(Not for profit community interest company)
Based in Skelmersdale - will collect FREE of charge any unwanted, re-usable items of furniture.  This will then be made available for sale at their showroom at:

17 Gladden Place, West Gillibrands, Skelmersdale WN8 9SX

OPENING HOURS: Mon - Fri 9 - 4 Saturday 10 - 4

For more information see www.exselcic.com Tel: 01695 557 230

Blood Donors

To book an appointment visit www.blood.co.uk or phone 0300 123 2323

ESF Families Programme – Via Partnership

The Families Programme is a Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) / ESF funded programme with the primary aim to support individuals to overcome barriers which prevent them from going into or moving towards work. These ‘barriers’ could be confidence and self-esteem issues, health related issues, a need to up skill or gain work experience or could be the practical skills needed to balance work and home life, etc, etc.

If you  OR family are affected by unemployment, are aged 16+ and legally able to work, are you or at least one member of your family claiming a DWP working age benefit and do you  wish to access support to help you move back into work opportunities?

If ‘YES’ to all of the above, then we may be able offer up to 52 weeks support, to help you and members of your family move into or towards work.

Want to find out more?  Please call 0800 085 8544 or Peter on 07792 058362 Email: peter.mccann@via-uk.com


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