Meols 2004 News Archive
to Cllr Robert Hodge
Lancs District Council 17/12/04:
is with great regret and sadness that we have
to announce the sudden death of one of the North
West's longest serving elected members, Cllr Robert
gave a lifetime of dedicated public service, serving
on West Lancashire District Council, Lancashire
County Council and also as a long-serving member
of Tarleton Parish Council.
was first elected to the District Council in 1973.
He quickly rose through the ranks becoming leader
of the Conservative Group and District Council,
with a similar distinction as leader of the Conservative
Group on Lancashire County Council.
Robert had many interests but his greatest passion
was housing. One of his greatest achievements
was the unparalleled range of sheltered housing
accommodation provided for the elderly in West
Lancashire, which was directly as a result of
Robert's leadership. Robert's interest in this
field was also inspired by his time spent in steering
Skelmersdale through its early years when he was
a senior member of the Skelmersdale Development
record of public service also saw him serve many
years as a Magistrate and as Chairman of the Chorley
Bench. He was also a member of the old Health
long service was recognised when he was elected
Chairman of the Council. He was indeed "the
father of the Council" and was often fondly
thought of as "Mr West Lancashire".
Robert's community achievements were many, he
will be best remembered for his sheer humanity
and friendship he displayed towards people. He
was also a very committed Christian and he was
a well-known preacher on the Methodist circuits.
Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones
at this very sad time.
Geoff M. Roberts, Leader of the Council, said:
"Robert's passing away is an immense loss
to the District Council. He was a guiding light
for so many years. One of his unique gifts was
not only to know what was the right thing to do
but to do it in the right way. "
leaves a gap which will never be fully filled."
SCHOOLS REPORT - Could do better?
controversial annual school "league"
tables for England have been published, showing
how well pupils did in their national curriculum
first table below shows how our local secondary
schools compared to all the 93 schools that fall
within the Lancashire Education Authority area.
second table shows the points attained by our
local primary schools. Primary schools are ranked
on their "aggregate" scores - the total
out of 300 across all three test subjects. The
average score for Lancashire was 243 with the
national average being 237.
on the School name to go to a comprehensive breakdown
of the results provided by the BBC.
GROUP NORMANDY HOLIDAY OFFER
you aged between 12 and 18, live in the Parish
of North Meols or in the Meols area of Southport
and attend Tarleton High School?
you fancy going on an adventure holiday with 40
other young people?
Piv Posse is a newly formed group who have obtained
funding from Awards for All Northwest to go on
an adventure holiday.
group holiday to Normandy will take place 29th
July to 5th August 2005 and there are only a few
places left, so act quickly if you are interested.
holiday is organised through a company, Acorn
Adventure, who are experienced in running programmes
for schools and youth groups. The company offer
a range of activities, which are aimed at developing
the personal skills of young people, which they
have been operating since 1982.
volunteers going on the holiday will be CRB checked
and Acorn staff are recruited in the UK and are
also CRB checked.
total cost of the adventure holiday is £320.
The cost to young people will be £120 this
will include travel by coach to Portsmouth for
a channel crossing to Cherbourg and onward travel
to the Acorn Village at Hauteville Sur Mer. The
accommodation is in a tented village, the tents
have beds and wooden floors, with a central marquee
for meals and the appropriate shower/toilet facilities.
you would like any further details please email
or ring Nadine Ashcroft on 01772 811552.
OPEN PUBLIC PROTECTION UNIT
Constabulary’s Southern and Central Divisions
have joined forces to open Lancashire’s
second Public Protection Unit (PPU) as part of
the Constabulary’s drive to protect people
from dangerous offenders.
Public Protection Unit will open on Monday 22
November and will operate initially from two sites
one in Ormskirk serving the people of South Ribble,
Chorley and West Lancs (Southern Division) and
the second site from HQ serving the people of
Preston (Central Division).
on from recommendations in the Victoria Climbie
Inquiry Report and after a successful pilot in
Accrington, the Constabulary, after an in depth
evaluation is in the process of establishing a
number of Public Protection Units. These units
will bring together various disciplines including
family protection, domestic violence and dangerous
26 officers from Southern, Central and Force Headquarters
will work from the re-furbished accommodation
at Ormskirk and HQ. The main aim of the unit is
to protect the most vulnerable members of the
community and to reduce the risk of abuse by those
who present a significant threat.
Detective Chief Inspector Graham Gardner and Detective
Inspector Graham Herrmann the opening of the unit
will play a crucial role in improving the exchange
of information between officers working with vulnerable
children and adults, victims of Domestic Violence
and Dangerous Offenders. The new unit will also
provide other agencies with a ‘one-stop’
point of contact in all three areas, which will
aim to break down communication barriers and enhance
Gardner commented: “People who suffer these
types of awful crimes are often the most vulnerable
in our communities. Anything we can do to improve
our service to them should be seized upon. The
creation of a Public Protection Unit is the start
point to closer working with other agencies and
voluntary groups. We will continue to improve
our efforts to arrest and imprison criminals intent
on attacking those least able to defend themselves”
Inspector Graham Herrmann said; “ The PPU
will allow the Constabulary to have a better platform
for implementing the recently introduced Crime
and Victims Bill. The units over-arching principle
will be to protect the most vulnerable members
of the communities of the Southern and Central
divisional areas and to prevent their abuse by
those who present a significant risk or threat.”
of the public are advised that with effect from
Monday 22 November they will be able to contact
officers from the Domestic Violence Team, Dangerous
Offenders Team and Family Protection Unit on the
following telephone numbers:-
(Covering South Ribble, Chorley and West
BANKS POSSE PLEA
Do You Fancy Helping in Your Community?
group has been set up in Banks to help the young
people have a place to go and to socialise in
a safe environment.
are needed to help open a facility at least once
a week and to help with trips and activities.
is a rewarding opportunity to work with young
people and help provide them with the means to
move forward successfully in as their lives develop.
help from volunteers Youth Groups like Banks Piv
Posse cannot survive. Ideally we would ask no
more than 2 hours per month from volunteers, training
and support will be given.
you require more information please contact Rod
Sears, Clerk to North Meols Parish Council, on
01704 533281 or Nadine Ashcroft, Youth Liaison
North Meols Parish Council, on 01772 811552.
£80 Fines For Firework Misuse
in West Lancashire will be launching Operation Cascade
this week to target and reduce juvenile nuisance
and anti-social behaviour throughout the Halloween
and Bonfire season.
Using new legislation that came
into effect last week, the police are warning
that the misuse of fireworks can not only be damaging
to your health but to your pockets too, since
officers can now fine youngsters under the Fixed
Penalty Notices for Disorder (PND’s) scheme.
The scheme introduced in April
2004, takes account of the new firework legislation
and means that £80 fines could be issued
to anyone committing the following offences:-
• Throwing Fireworks
• Breaching a fireworks curfew
• Being in possession of a category 4 firework
(a display type firework) either in a public place
• Being under 18 and in possession of an
adult firework in a public place
Inspector for Skelmersdale, James
Lee commented,” Police will be using this
new legislation and those people found to be committing
these offences can expect to receive a fine for
£80. We want people to be able to enjoy
Bonfire Night in safety and this is why any anti-social
behaviour and juvenile nuisance will be dealt
As well as enforcing this new
legislation, Police will be working in partnership
with local Fire Chiefs, Local Authorities and
Trading Standards Officers to reduce the nuisance
caused by fireworks and the number of offences
committed. This will involve all retail shops
licensed to sell fireworks in the West Lancs area
being jointly visited by police and Trading Standards.
Details of the initiative will be provided along
with the enforcement of the legislation in relation
to the storage and sale of fireworks. Any shops
found to be selling fireworks to persons under
the age of 18 will be referred to Trading Standards
for investigation and possible prosecution.
Information regarding unauthorised
“bonfire sites” will be forwarded
to the relevant agencies who will attend and assess
Letters will be sent to schools
informing them of Operation Cascade as well as
advising on firework law and safety. The Emergency
Services Community Support Officer will also visit
some primary schools to talk to the children about
The police will also be using
their Ringmaster messaging system to send messages
to Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinators giving details
of the initiative and requesting the assistance
of neighbours in the identification of apparent
breaches of firework legislation and bonfire sites.
Phil Melling, Geographic Inspector for Ormskirk
and Burscough commented, “Police officers,
Special Constables, CBM’s and PCSO’s
will be working together and conducting extra
high visibility patrols of areas that have been
indentified as “hotspots” in relation
to incidents of nuisance and disorder. Fireworks
will be seized from those people under the age
of 18 who are in possession of a firework in a
public place. Relevant details will be obtained
for the juvenile referral scheme and where appropriate
fixed penalty notices will be issued.”
back to work
I work for Shaw Trust as a Personal
Adviser covering the West Lancashire area.
Shaw Trust is a national charity
established over 21 years ago. Our aim is to support
people with disabilities or health issues into training/employment.
As you may or may not be aware,
these people face many barriers when trying to find
work, not only from employers and other organizations,
but also due to a lack of confidence, work experience
or low self-esteem.
We at Shaw Trust are committed to
supporting these people in every way we can so they
can gain, not only employment and income, but independence
and self-worth and a chance to live their lives
as an integrated part of society.
If a person is in receipt of any
of the following benefits then they are eligible
to get one on one support from Shaw Trust Employment.
• Severe Disablement Allowance
• Income Support with a Disability Premium
• Housing or Council Tax with a Disability
• War pension with an Un-employability Supplement
• Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
with an Unemployment Supplement
• Disability Living Allowance
Employment can support individuals with any of the
Access between £20
- £200 when the client starts work.
Identifying a career or education path to pursue.
Financial support for training, clothing for work,
equipment and travel to and from interviews.
One to one support in completing application forms,
writing letters of application and creating an updated
Liaising with benefit providers to protect benefit
payments once the client starts work.
Service of an Occupational Psychologist
Permitted work extension from the normal 26 weeks
to 52 weeks
Ongoing support for up to 6 months when in employment
plus a sustainability award
Anybody wishing for further information can call
freephone 0800 085 1001 or check our website.You
can also find out more about our services via your
Disability Employment Adviser at your local JobCentrePlus
Kerbside Recycling Collections To Increase
Lancashire district council is about to send out
leaflets to residents flagging up a new multi-material
kerbside recycling service that will be provided
for three quarters of the district from October.
council has used a £300,000 Defra grant to
purchase two new kerbsider vehicles and 40,000 blue-and-yellow
boxes for households to deposit cans, glass bottles
and jars and plastic bottles each fortnight.
the new service, the council's environment portfolio
holder, Cllr John Baldock said: "Recent public
consultation confirmed that the people of West Lancashire
are concerned about their environment and want to
be able to recycle their waste.
initiative shows that we are committed to providing
even more opportunities for residents to help preserve
council already collects green garden waste from
about 10,000 homes in the Rufford, Aughton, Banks,
Tarleton and Hesketh Bank areas each fortnight,
providing residents with wheeled bins. Fortnightly
blue bag collections for paper were extended and
re-launched for 38,000 homes in 2002, with a special
mobile service for parts of Skelmersdale that were
unsuitable for the collection service.
council recycled about 8.5% of its household waste
in 2002/03, and said it is "well on the way"
to achieving a 27% target rate by 2005/06.
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Boys, American Forces and Land Girls sought
am the Chairman of SSAFA (Soldiers, Sailors, Airman
and Families Association - Forces Help) Lancashire.
I am on the Blackpool organising Committee for the
60th Anniversary of the end of the War that will
be held on 10 July 2005. The intention, at the moment,
is that there will be a parade something similar
to the one held on Horse Guards Parade in London
in November of each year.
am trying to contact local "Bevan Boys",
"Land Girls" and any members of the American
Forces who were stationed in the North West to see
if they would like to either attend or take part
in the Parade.
you know of any and if so can you please ask them
to contact me either on this
e mail address or by phone, at home, 01772 863707
or the SSAFA Lancashire Office on 01772 260462.
Meols Parish Plan will be launched on Sunday 4th
July at 1pm at North Meols Community and Leisure
Centre, Greaves Hall Avenue, Banks.
launch is being combined with an Open Day for the
North Meols Community & Leisure Centre and will
include a demonstration by the Nifty Fifties, free
use of sports facilities (excluding fitness suite),
face painting and refreshments. The centre will
be open from 12pm until 4pm.
the Community Audit carried out last year many needs
were identified by the community of North Meols
and the Parish Plan funded by The Countryside Agency
and North Meols Parish Council includes a comprehensive
Action Plan that will be used to address these needs.
household will receive a summary of the Parish Plan
that includes an aerial view of the parish of North
Meols and the Action Plan.
identified in the Action Plan include members of
the communities wishes to see a reduction in the
speeding cars and HGV traffic, more facilities for
the young, open spaces to be retained and many other
items covering a variety of issues.
members of the community are invited to attend the
launch and if any one needs a lift to the launch
they should call 01704 213136.
the time to come along and find out more about what
has been happening in North Meols to get to this
momentous occasion of launching this most important
Parish headcount information
count of all people and households in the ONS-2001
Census key statistics.
Applications received between 05/05/04 to 11/05/04
are now posted on the West Lancs District Council
website - click
here to view.
Location: 9, Church Road, Banks
Proposal: Two storey side extension
Applicant: Mr S Roebuck, 9 Church Road, Banks
Location: 4, Glebe Lane, Banks
Proposal: First floor rear extension
Applicant: Mr & Mrs A Dodgson, 4 Glebe Lane,
Location: 6,Fleetwood Drive,Banks
Proposal: Single storey extension and conservatory
at rear. Detached double garage.
Applicant: Mr J Gearie, 6 Fleetwood Drive, Banks
Location: Land rear of 17, Church Road, Banks
Proposal: Conversion of outbuildings into two self
contained accommodation units to let and
Applicant: Mr & Mrs J Broadley, 4 Shore Road,
Hesketh Bank, Preston, PR4 6RB
Location: 57, New Lane, Banks
Proposal: Conversion of existing outbuilding to
form granny flat
Applicant: Mr & Mrs J Caunce, 57 New Lane, Banks
Location: 68, Guinea Hall Lane, Banks
Proposal: Single storey extension to side and rear
Applicant: Mr T Murphy, 68 Guinea Hall Lane, Banks
Location: 32, Hoole Lane, Banks
Proposal: Variation of Condition No. 2 imposed on
planning permission 8/2002/0648 to allow opening
on Sundays & bank holidays 5pm until 10pm &
extend the opening hours on Friday & Saturday
Applicant: Ms M F Greenall, 32 Hoole Lane, Banks
Front" News now available on the Internet
Brow Local History Society’s team of volunteers
recently completed over 2 years of intensive work
transcribing each of the 310 “Rector’s
Weekly” World War II newsletters in order
to make them accessible to everybody over the
much acclaimed newsletters were originally sent
by the Rector of Tarleton, Reverend L.N. Forse,
to all the local men and women serving with the
forces during World War II. The newsletter provided
regular updates of events “back home”
in the villages of Tarleton, Hesketh Bank, Mere
Brow, Sollom, Rufford, Bretherton, Hoole and Banks
and also provided a conduit by which contact with
family and friends also serving their country
could be maintained.
of the work of the Rector and the significance
of the newsletter to its recipients was widespread
and similar initiatives were later introduced
in many more villages across England. Over 78,000
copies of the Tarleton Rector’s weekly newsletters
were posted out between 1940 and 1946. These important
historical documents which captured the events,
thoughts and emotions of a rural Lancashire village
as the war unfolded are now available for all
to read at http://www.tarletonvillage.com/history/rectorsweekly
handful of the newsletters remain elusive and
the History Society is hoping that the raised
awareness of the project may well flush out the
few missing issues and, probably for the first
time ever, allow a complete set of the Newsletters
to be available for reading.
April to early May is the time for potential
giant pumpkin growers to start nurturing their
prize winning pumpkins if they hope to compete
at the Mere Brow Giant Pumpkin Competition
To encourage more novice pumpkin growers to
take part in the competition two new categories
were introduced last year; one for local pumpkin
growers and one for juniors. These have been
retained and so the 10th Mere Brow Giant Pumpkin
event will again have the three separate competitions
with prizes for the winner and runners up:
All England Shield - Open to Anyone
Mere Brow & District Shield - 10
mile radius of Mere Brow
Shield Open to under 14s
very warm welcome is extended to our regular contestants
and novice pumpkin growers alike and it is hoped
to see more of the local schools joining in the
friendly rivalry this year.
For more information on the competition weigh-in
event, the competition rules, advice on growing
giant pumpkins and some photos of previous winners
please visit the website:
Location: 99, Gravel Lane, Banks
Proposal: Installation of security shutters to front
elevation windows and doors
Applicant: Mr I Bapu, 99 Gravel Lane, Banks
bombarded by new Netsky.D virus wave
WAVE of new computer worms and viruses has been
sweeping cyberspace over the past few days, and
has now reached "epidemic proportions worldwide".
MX Logic, a security firm based in Denver, Colorado,
said the Netsky.D worm "has reached a critical
threat level, with one in every 71 emails infected
by the worm". The British firm mi2g called
the latest outbreak a "tsunami" of malicious
computer code, or malware, saying it is "overwhelming
both its victim organisations as well as anti-virus
toolkit companies and security professionals across
first two months of this year have been marked by
an unrelenting onslaught of mass mailing worms and
their variants, including Mydoom, Mydoom.F, Bagle
and Netsky.D. We are convinced that the frequency
and potency of mass mailing worms and their variants
is likely to increase - making it critical that
email users take every precaution to protect their
inboxes," said Scott Chasin, chief technology
officer, MX Logic.
the past days, virus fighters have battled a number
of new releases of the Bagle and Netsky internet
worm families, and Tuesday afternoon some 10 per
cent of all emails in Europe were contaminated by
bugs, statistics showed. In contrast to most other
viruses, Netsky.D does not have an expiration date,
and it will therefore remain a menace for some time
to come, experts pointed out.
Storey Extension Requested
Location: 65, New Lane Pace, Banks
Proposal: Two storey rear extension
Applicant: Mr & Mrs Iddon, 65 New Lane Pace,
Planning Permission Sought
Location: Riverside Caravan Park,
Southport New Road, Banks
Proposal: Certificate of Lawfulness
- Use of land as caravan site for the stationing
of up to 450 static caravans.
Applicant: Riverside Touring &
Holiday Home Park, Southport New Road, Banks
things alright as they are or is it time for a
change? Would joining Sefton really be the end
of the world or would South Ribble be the best?
Will any of it make a difference or will Banks
be ignored by whoever is in charge?
Day nears for West Lancs District Council with
only two weeks remaining in which you can submit
YOUR views and feedback to the Boundary Committee
on their much publicised proposed changes. Enter
your feedback here.
with a View
Location: 17,Guinea Hall Mews, Banks
Proposal: Conservatory at rear
Applicant: Mr & Mrs Wilson
17 Guinea Hall Mews, Banks
Date Valid: 22/01/2004
Location: Land adjacent, 5 Gravel Lane,Banks
Proposal: Extensions and change of use
of matrons lodge to dwelling.
Applicant: Mr T Blaine,
5 Gravel Lane, Banks.
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