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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.

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

Parbold Parish Council Notes - June 2023 

Once again the Parish Council have agreed to enter the Best Kept Village competition this summer, having just missed out on reaching the final judging round last year. Preparations can now start to be made to ensure our village is looking its best when judging starts in June. Judges comments last year were generally very positive, the judges thought the village was charming with a real pride in the community for both private and community gardens; their overall impression was of a lovely well-kept village.

The main areas of improvement were litter, overflowing wheelie bins behind the shops and weeds growing in several communal areas. Please can every effort be made to keep the village clear of litter and dog fouling, as we are once again receiving complaints about owners not clearing up after their dogs.

It would be wonderful to reach the final stage and perhaps win the Lancashire Best Kept Village this year!

Thankfully the occurrences of anti-social behaviour in our village is comparatively low, but if you witness any anti-social activity please contact the police directly on 101. You can also make the Parish Council aware of the location as there are PC owned CCTV cameras in operation at several locations.


Parbold Parish Council Notes - May 2023 

Parbold Parish Council would like to thank you all for your patience and co-operation whilst the car park in front of the shops has been resurfaced, it is a great improvement.

Look out for the new Parish Council website, it is in its final testing stages and will be live shortly. This will provide a wealth of information about how the Parish Council is run, the work it does and will also have links to relevant sites of interest. Any feedback on the new website will be welcome.

In order to celebrate the King’s coronation the Parish Council would like to give every child at Parbold’s two primary schools a packet of wildflower seeds. The King is well known for his love of nature and conservation and it would be lovely to see wildflowers growing all around the village this summer.

This year, for the first time, voter ID will be required in order to vote in the local elections. Please remember to bring this with you when voting. If you do not have photo ID or need support to access photo ID there are drop in sessions at the WLBC Derby Street Offices - Monday to Friday throughout April, 9.30am to 4.30pm, and Customer Service Point, Concourse Shopping Centre, Skelmersdale, 19 April, 10am to 3pm.

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

The Parish Council has authorised the repair of pot holes in the car park in front and to the side of The Common shops parade. This work will obviously require the car park to be closed for a couple of days as the surface is removed and re-laid. This is scheduled to take place in mid-April and further details will be published on the PC website, noticeboards and social media. The Parish Council would appreciate your help in keeping disruption to a minimum by considerate parking elsewhere during this time.

Members of the Parish Council are meeting with representatives from United Utilities this month, as part of a regular liaison programme. This is a good opportunity to address any ongoing issues and discuss how best to minimise future odour events that can affect Parbold residents so much.

Spring is good time to check that hedges, shrubs and trees do not overhang your properties and interfere with pedestrian access along roads and pavements. The Parish Council may ask for overhanging foliage to be cut back to make the pavements safe for all users.

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

As you may have noticed, the work on the development of the old Railway pub on Station Road has slowed of late. The Parish Council was updated by the development company who stated that work is continuing on site, but the weather has really held them back in recent weeks. It is expected that progress will now improve on both the residential and commercial buildings.

The Parish Council have made improvements to the fencing along the path that leads to Chapel Meadow from Bramble Way car park. Sections of rotted fencing have been removed and will be replaced with new fencing in the coming weeks.

A replacement is being sought for a piece of ageing equipment on Burnside play area. All play equipment is routinely inspected for safety and advice is given by inspectors on the longevity of each item. This way the Parish Council can plan ahead for a replacement – in this case the seesaw will need to be replaced either with a similar item or a new design.

The Parish Council have set the annual budget for 2023-24 and resolved to increase the Precept by 5% to cover the uplift in outlay incurred by the council.

Parbold Parish Council Notes - February 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 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


Lancashire Police

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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

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

Broadband deals in Parbold.

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