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Parbold Parish Council Notes

Clerk: 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, Cllr Robert Long.

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

Parbold Parish Council Notes - March 2023 Contact by e-mail: parboldpc.clerk@yahoo.com

West Lancashire Borough Council are currently reviewing their dog control policy. This falls under the Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) which helps to control dog fouling and other relevant dog control matters, including:

  • Keeping dogs on a lead in certain locations
  • The exclusion of dogs from certain locations
  • The immediate removal of dog faeces

Alder lane playing fields are one such area that is controlled, with an order to keep dogs on a lead. There have been many occasions recently where dogs have been allowed to run loose, and also foul on the football and rugby pitches, where children are then playing matches. The vast majority of our community are responsible dog owners but unfortunately these orders are necessary to ensure that our open spaces can be enjoyed by everyone. Regarding the Alder Lane playing fields, this order will be implemented by West Lancs Environmental Enforcement Officers and fines can range from £70 to £1000.

Parbold Parish Council Notes – Dec and Jan 2023

Contact by e-mail: parboldpc.clerk@yahoo.com

Our village performed well in the Best Kept Village competition this year, going through to the second round of judging and earning some lovely comments such as “charming” and “picturesque”. It was noted that there is obviously real pride in the community, of particular note were Our Ladies Church garden, the Queen’s Jubilee garden and some residential gardens. Although the village was considered outstanding in some areas, the presence of weeds and litter in other areas prevented the village going through to the final judging. This is perhaps something to work on for next year’s competition. One highlight was a Highly Commended award for the Village Hall play area, which was considered a real asset.


Unfortunately the delay caused by new and complex legislation around attaching Christmas lights to lamp posts may prevent this happening this year in our village. Efforts are underway but there may not be enough time now to complete the process.


Work is underway to refresh and update the Parish Council website, to improve accessibility and ensure that it is relevant and user friendly. It would be lovely to include photographs of Parbold, particularly through the seasons. If you have any photos that may be suitable and you would like to share them please contact the Clerk on parboldpc.clerk@yahoo,com.


The Parish Council would like to wish you all a safe and very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Parbold Parish Council Notes – November 2022

Contact by e-mail: parboldpc.clerk@yahoo.com

It’s the time of year again where falling leaves can block gullies and drains and this can cause localised flooding, so its good practice to clear leaves away where possible. The village no longer has the benefit of the Parbold Flood Group to monitor and advise of flooding risks so it’s more important than ever to minimise the chance of flooding. Any issues or concerns can be forwarded to Beth Joule (Parish Clerk) at parboldpc.clerk@yahoo.com.

Work will start this autumn on the path around Chapel Meadow, to improve the surface and again minimise flooding, particularly at the far end near the wooded area.

Just a reminder that the Parish Council is organising a litter pick around Parbold on Saturday 12th November, we will meet at 9.30am at the Village Hall. If you would like to help please contact Beth Joule on 07500 557347 or email parboldpc.clerk@yahoo.com.


Parbold Parish Council Notes – October 2022

Contact by e-mail: parboldpc.clerk@yahoo.com

It is now becoming even easier to report issues such as blocked drains, broken flags or obstructions on the pavement, potholes and broken streetlights. LCC have launched the Clean Streets App, which can be easily downloaded to your Android or Smartphone free from the App Store or Google Play. Photos of the issue can be uploaded and GPS maps will pinpoint where the problem is, if you report it at the site. This means that the problem can be highlighted quickly and accurately which helps LCC to determine the severity and precise location. Additional reporting issues will soon be added to the app, including overgrown vegetation, parking obstructions, unlit signs etc. Updates will be sent via email so that you can follow progress of the works.

At this time of year hedgerows around the village can become overgrown and obstruct pedestrian access along pavements and driver sightlines at junctions. Now that the nesting season has ended it is a good time to ensure that hedges are sufficiently trimmed back to prevent these problems.

On Saturday 12th November the Parish Council is organising a litter pick around Parbold, we will meet at 9.30am at the Village Hall. If you would like to help please contact Beth Joule (Parish Clerk) on 07500 557347 or email parboldpc.clerk@yahoo.com.

There are concerns around the misuse of the new cantilever basket swing in Burnside play area. It is not designed for youths to stand upon and it is asked that they refrain from doing this and give consideration to younger children to enjoy it safely.

Parbold Parish Council Notes – September 2022

Contact by e-mail: parholdpc.clerk@yahoo.com

Judging is ongoing in the second round of the Lancashire Best kept village competition. We are pleased to report that Parbold is through to this next round in the Large Village section, along with Lower Adlington, Higher Adlington and Pilling. Following this latest inspection the judges will decide who will then go through to the Final of the competition and this information will be released in due course.

Parbold Parish Council have adopted the small area of land adjacent to The Heys on The Common and plans are ongoing to clear and replant this area to improve its appearance and help to keep it in good order for the future. Any ideas of how this little area can be developed are very welcome.

The Parish Council are once again being made aware of the issue of dog fouling, both on the Alder Lane playing fields and around the village. This is particularly annoying at a time when our lovely village is being judged in the above awards, and also frustrating for the very many responsible dog owners that clear up after their animals. Please also be reminded of the rules for keeping dogs on a lead where directed.


Parbold Parish Council Notes – July/August 2022

Contact by e-mail: parholdpc.clerk@yahoo.com

A new piece of equipment is currently being installed at the play area in Burnside, Parbold. Last year the Parish Council obtained a grant to buy and install a cantilever basket swing which it is hoped that the young people of Parbold will enjoy. There are two play areas in Parbold, on Burnside and at the Village Hall. These playgrounds are regularly inspected by qualified service providers to monitor their condition and to ensure that they are safe to use. In addition, once a year they are inspected by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) which gives an extra level of monitoring and safety. If you have any concerns about the playgrounds or wish to discuss the equipment or grounds please contact the Parish Clerk on parboldpc.clerk@yahoo.com or 07500 557347. The Parish Council would like to thank all those volunteers who worked so hard to provide the community with a wonderful Jubilee weekend. The afternoon tea at the Village Hall was particularly well received by Parbold residents. There have been several incidents of anti-social behaviour around the grassed area between Mill Leat and the canal. Please can residents and visitors be vigilant and report any suspicious incidents to police. Finally, there are plans to develop the site of the Convent of Notre Dame on Lancaster lane. The development company the P J Livesey Group are keen to discuss the proposals with residents and can be contacted on richard.wilshaw@pjlivesey.co.uk or 0161 873 7878 for more details


Parbold Parish Council Notes – June 2022

Contact by e-mail: parholdpc.clerk@yahoo.com

The Parish Council held its Annual Parish Council Meeting on 6th May and can confirm that both the existing Chairman (Councillor Brian Arnold) and Vice Chairman (Councillor Charles Bithell) were duly elected back into their roles, with all other Councillors remaining in post. The dates for forthcoming meetings were also agreed and are now displayed on the Parish Council noticeboards and on the website.

The Parish Council are pleased to confirm that a recent Capital Grant bid from WLBC was successful, and this will be used to renovate the paths around Chapel Meadow. During the pandemic the meadow was a very popular place and inevitably the paths suffered wear and tear, making them difficult to navigate for the less mobile visitors. Work will begin in autumn to improve the path surfaces and make them much easier for those using mobility aids. We are very lucky to have this amenity to relax, exercise and appreciate nature and it is important to keep it in good condition.

We are drawing closer to the Best Kept Village inspection date and the Parish Council ask that every effort is made to keep all green spaces as litter and damage free as possible. Once again we have received complaints about dog fouling around the village and although this is a perennial issue it is most important that our streets and green areas are clean at this time.


Parbold Parish Council Notes - May 2022

Contact by e-mail: parboldpc.clerk@yahoo.com

There have been several complaints recently about the occupants of vehicles parked on Bramble Way displaying anti-social behaviour. This is unpleasant for users of the car park and those residents living nearby. It has been highlighted in Lancashire Constabulary’s Neighbourhood Alert and the Parish Council are working with the Police to reduce instances of nuisance or offences. The CCTV cameras sited on this car park are remotely linked to the Constabulary’s NICE system which allows police access to CCTV footage and two vehicles have already been identified. A very big thank you to all those volunteers who joined in the recent Parish Council Litter pick, many refuse bags were filled and the village looks so much better for it. Your help and community spirit is much appreciated. As we draw closer to the Best Kept Village competition it is important to keep the village as litter free as possible.

Parbold Parish Council Notes – April 2022

Contact by e-mail: parboldpc.clerk@yahoo.com

The Parbold “Queen’s Platinum Jubilee” weekend celebrations are being held 2nd to 5th June and the Parish Council is proud to support community events being held during that time. Plans are underway and more details will be available soon.

The Parish Council has once again entered Parbold into the Best Kept Village competition this year and it is a great opportunity to showcase our lovely village. In previous years there have been very positive comments from the judges, but the few areas of concern were around litter, weeds and a small amount of graffiti. The judging will start in June so there is plenty time to make sure that our village looks its best! In order to show the village to its best advantage residents are asked to ensure that their properties are neat and well maintained as the judges will be walking around the village during their inspection.

On this note, dog walkers are again asked to make use of the bins provided when disposing of dog waste and a reminder not to allow unleashed dogs on the Alder Lane pitches where there is an order carrying a fixed penalty charge.

Parbold Parish Council Notes  March 2022

Contact by e-mail: parboldpc.clerk@yahoo.com

The Parish Council have set the annual budget for 2022-23 and resolved to forgo an increase in the Precept for another year, which means that again there is no rise in the amount that each household contributes to the Parish Council.

On Saturday 26th March the Parish Council is organising a litter pick around Parbold, we will meet at 9.30am at the Village Hall. If you are interested in helping please contact Beth Joule (Parish Clerk) on 07500 557347 or email parboldpc.clerk@yahoo.com.

The Parish Council would like to congratulate the hardworking Parbold Flood Group who by negotiation with the Environment Agency, WLBC and LCC have secured funding of £200,000 to work towards protecting Parbold residents from further flooding.

Finally, we are looking forward to supporting local groups and organisations to run community events for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee over the weekend of 2nd to 5th June.


Parbold Parish Council Notes February 2022

Contact by e-mail: parboldpc.clerk@yahoo.com

The Parish Council are pleased to order a new piece of equipment for the Burnside play area. This has been funded in part by a WLBC grant and a Community Infrastructure Levy from the development project at the old royal Bank of Scotland building. In case you were wondering what has happened to the wooden bench in the Jubilee Garden and on the canal bank, the Parish Council have arranged for them to be refurbished and they will be back soon. The bench from the canal bank will replace an old bench on Chapel Meadow. It has been reported that vehicles are parking very close to the road junction of The Common and Lindley Drive, which makes entry and exit from the junction difficult. Drivers are asked to park considerately, and certainly no less than 10 metres from the junction, to allow vehicles to manoeuvre safely. In addition pedestrians have encountered difficulty with household bins left on the pavements after being emptied, especially when walking with a pushchair or mobility aid. This will be raised with WLBC by Borough Councillor Blake.


Parbold Hill update from the Stop Parbold Hill Landfill Group 18 May 2022

Following the County Council deciding in favour of the planning application for tipping, the Stop Parbold Hill Landfill Group, with the help of most gratefully received funding from the community, obtained a barrister’s opinion challenging the process and the decision. As a result the County immediately halted the process and didn’t issue a planning approval. Instead they advised the applicant that he must first apply to the Environment Agency for the permit which would also be needed before any tipping could be carried out. This permit is a more rigorous process and would expose the misinformation which the County Planners had failed to investigate.

The Group are in close contact with the EA but to date no permit application has been made and the time series monitoring needed to support an application has not even been carried out. It is currently unclear whether or not the tipping scheme will be progressed. However, if a permit application were to be made it would be publicised locally and representations could be made to the EA. The County Council would also need to reconsider their previous decision and again representations could also be made. John Sloane


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Alcoholics Anonymous

Meetings - Meetings have been running for approx 3 years with a regular attendance of 20/25 people. The only requirement for attendance at meetings is a desire to stop drinking. No appointments necessary. For further information contact Harry Richardson, Mobile: 07528 550054

Thursday - Hilldale Village Hall, Chorley Road, Parbold 6;30-7: 30pm

Saturday - The Hut on-the-Hill Parbold 11am-12noon

Sunday - The Hut-on-the-Hill Parbold 2:30-3:45pm


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

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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.
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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




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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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