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Public consultation of the Flood Investigation and Ordinary Watercourse Regulation Documents (containing policies)

Lancashire County Council has launched (on 3 July 2023) an eight week public consultation inviting people to have their say on two new documents containing policies which outline our proposed approach to flood investigations and to the regulation of ordinary watercourses.

The existing ‘Flood Investigations Policy’ and ‘Ordinary Watercourse Consenting and Enforcement Policy’ documents were adopted in 2014, and since then we have all learnt a lot. Our Lancashire Local Flood Risk Management Strategy 2021 – 2027 commits the county council’s Lead Local Flood Authority to reviewing and revising these policies.

As an important stakeholder we are inviting you to take part in a consultation on two draft documents:

  • Ordinary Watercourse Regulation
  • Flood Investigation

We welcome your views via our surveys (one for each document) which you can find on our website as well as the consultation documents: https://www.lancashire.gov.uk/flooding/consultation/

The public consultation closes on Sunday 27 August 2023. 

Your views and comments are important to us and we will consider them in shaping our final approach. We thank you in advance for your input.

Warm regards,

Flood Risk Management Team

Mrs Louise Taylor of Granville Avenue was voted onto the Council to fill the existing vacancy at the October meeting of the Parish Council.

Hesketh Bank Parish Council has today announced its ‘Love Hesketh Bank’ award winners for the sixth year running.

The campaign, celebrating what is great about the village, launched on 14th February 2014.

In these individual awards, introduced in 2016, the Parish Council is recognising those that have made an outstanding contribution to the village, showing their love for Hesketh Bank.  It is therefore fitting that the winners are announced each year on St Valentine’s Day.

There are twelve winners this year as follows:

  • John Birchall, who is at the Allotments every day not only tending to his plot but has been helping others with theirs whilst they have been unable to do so.
  • Mike Ellis, who designed the Helping Hands newsletter that was set up to reach out to residents with useful information.
  • Diane Mackley and Vivien Mumford, who are behind the Tarleton and Hesketh Bank Helpers which was set up to provide support to those self-isolating.
  • Suzanne Stephenson and Linda and Mark Hawksley, the mainstays in the Helping Hampers food parcel initiative.
  • Margaret Harper and Val Carter, who have been making masks.
  • Tony and Valerie Barrow, who maintain a community garden in Sydney Avenue.
  • Denise Johnson, who has been picking up litter on her daily walks.

Speaking about this years’ awards, Paul Sergeant, Chairman of the Parish Council, said “This last twelve months have been difficult for everyone and there are so many people who have stepped up and helped our village in lots of different ways.  This is our way of recognising those efforts and saying thank you on behalf of Hesketh Bank.”

If you would like to nominate someone for the 2022 awards contact the Parish Clerk on 01772 812681 or clerk@heskethbankcouncil.uk

Work on upgrading the Glen Park Drive Play Area and Public Open Space is now complete and was re-opened on Monday 17th August. The cost of the work, which included drainage improvements, was subsidised with a £10,000 grant from the Borough Council. During the coming weeks, the Parish Council’s CCTV system will be extended to the site to improve security.20200818_125910

FLY TIPPING (June 2020)

Every single Council-tax payer in the village pick up the costs of disposing of the rubbish that lazy people fly tip!

At the January meeting of the Parish Council it was resolved to give the go ahead for a complete refurbishment of the Glen Park Play Area including the provision of sustainable drainage and CCTV.  

Parish Councillor Norma Goodier laid a wreath on behalf of the whole community at the Remembrance Day Service on 13th November at the Parish Church.
ACCESS Granville Ave – Sidney Ave (August 2019)
Private land at the end of Granville Avenue giving access to Sidney Avenue has now been fenced and the actual path rebuilt and metalled to give safer access for pedestrians. The land was generously gifted to the Parish Council by the Etough and Plant Family. The pathway has been widened to an unimpeded standard 1.5m width to allow access for Mobility scooters and horse riders.
This year’s “Best Kept” awards have now been announced:-
Best Kept Front Garden – May Cottage on Meadow Lane
Best Kept Street – Rose Gardens
Best Kept Allotment – Plot 37
There are five winners this year to mark the fifth anniversary of ‘Love Hesketh Bank’ as follows:
  • Darren McDonald, who tirelessly tended the new Hesketh Bank Football Club pitch during the six-week heatwave we had last summer.Darren LHB
  • Richard Shirres, who recently retired from the Environment Agency but still supports our award-winning Hesketh Out Marsh development.
  • Brian Parkinson, who is always on call to help with keeping the village looking spic and span.
  • Geoff Warminger and David Baines, who led the new Poor Marsh Allotments Peace Garden project.

At their meeting in December, the Parish Council, along with ten other West Lancashire Parish Councils, resolved to support the “CPRE“s objections to the proposed “Preferred Options” currently out to consultation. The deposition can be downloaded HERE.


From the 12th of October until 13th December 2018, The Borough Council will be consulting on their plans and options for the development of the Borough over the next 30 years. To see what is being proposed and have the option to give your views CLICK HERE.

The Hesketh Bank Football Club’s new £60,000+ pitch and drainage system at the Council’s Centenary Sports Ground was christened on the 1st of September with a 2-1 win over Coppull United. The  3 month scheme, entirely financed by the club and expertly managed on behalf of the Council and Club by Darren McDonald, should see the cancellation of matches due to a waterlogged pitch being a thing of the past.
First Match 2018-9

This year’s winners have been announced by Cllr Steve Kirby.

Best Kept Large Garden –
Jumps Farm, 3 Rose Gardens – Karen and Dave McDonnell

Best Kept Small Garden –
6 Woodlea Road – Derek Cookson

Best Dressed Cottage

Fisherman’s Cottage, 39 School Fold – Linda and Phil Stringer

Best Kept Street 

Pardoe Close (Off Chapel Lane)

Community Garden of the Year 

Barrow Gardens, Sydney Avenue

The long list for judging was produced by Margaret Kirby and the short list was decided by Councillor Ron Tyson and his wife Liz. The final judging was done by Duncan Taylor of Arden Lea 

Work will commence by the end of the month on replacing the faulty land drain outfalls servicing the Council’s Recreation Grounds, Play Area and Car Park at Shore Road. This will necessitate the closure of the Car Park  for up to five working days; access will also be unavailable from the Delta Park Drive path to Shore Road. This is part of the major works costing some £37,000 to overhaul the park including the previously completed major pruning works to the Crack Willows copse and the major reduction of the hedge to School Fold.


LOCAL PLAN (November 2017)
A special “Working Group” of the Council met in November to consider the merits of sites put forward for possible development in the next review of the “Local Plan”. Some twelve sites put forward were considered in  depth which the Council will discuss with the Borough Planners in January 2018.
The sites being considered can be viewed by clicking  HERE

The Council has awarded Contracts for the three year period commencing April 2017 as follows :-
Grounds Maintenance                         Brian Parkinson Maintenance
Lengthsman Functions                       Brian Parkinson Maintenance
Quarterly Play Area Inspections     Yates Playgrounds Ltd
Annual Play Area Inspections          The Play Inspection Company
Newsletter Printing                              Rufford Printing Ltd
Tree Safety Inspections                      WLBC
Wireless Internet  Provision              Virair Networks Ltd
CCTV Maintenance                               Unity Wireless Ltd

In the Council’s quest to source local historical information, Chairman Paul Sergeant has been pleased to receive an original copy of the “Great Sale” of 1915 when the Hesketh Estate offered for sale some 2,590 acres of the village on the northerly side of the former West Lancashire Railway. Click on the “Library” link above to view a copy of the document. The photographs contained in the prospectus will be published on this site in due course; the complete original will be deposited with the Lancashire Records Office in due course.


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