SHALE GAS SITE (April 2018)
Cuadrilla have confirmed that they are starting work to plug the exploration well at the Becconsall (Banks Marsh) site with cement and remove the wellhead. They say once these works are complete, their site restoration programme will begin and the site will be restored to its original “greenfield” status. They expect the well work to take approximately one month and the subsequent site restoration to take to take 6-7 weeks in total, weather dependent.
HISTORY ON OUR DOORSTEP (April 2018)
With our local history steeped in the adventures of the Vikings, we’re proud to promote the largest exhibition of Viking artefacts ever put together by the British Museum and the York Museums Trust. The ‘Atkinson‘ at Southport is staging this once in a lifetime exhibition until the 7th of July 2018. (Click here)
AFFORDABLE HOUSING (March 2018)
West Lancashire Council Planners have approved the building of 10 semi-detached 3 bedroom homes on the East side of Boundary Lane.
SHORE ROAD CAR PARK (March 2018)
The next phase of the improvements at Shore road was completed in early March with the resurfacing of the Council’s Car Park.
CENTENARY SPORTS GROUND CAR PARK LIGHTING (February 2018)
Work started at the beginning of the month on the installation of security lighting at the Council’s Centenary Sports Ground on Station Road. Here we have a view from one of the security cameras as a lighting column is installed.
LOVE HESKETH BANK AWARDS 2018 (February 2018)
This year’s winners are:-
Mary Scambler, who has been a driving force in the community from youth clubs to improving the general area around All Saints Church and Church Hall.
Trish Whitehead for all the good work she does as a Friend of Becconsall Old Church.
Tarleton Fire Fighters who bravely serve Hesketh Bank and the surrounding villages.
SHORE ROAD RECREATION GROUNDS (January2018)
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.
CHARITABLE DONATIONS (January 2018)
At the monthly meeting of the Parish Council, donations were agreed to “The Douglas Cardiac Trust”, “The NW Air Ambulance” and “Queenscourt Hospice”
CLOSURE OF SHORE ROAD CAR PARK & PATH TO DELTA PARK (December 2017)
Significant tree works to the copse of ‘Crack Willows’ at the rear of the car park will for reasons of safety necessitate the closure of the car park and the path to Delta Park for long periods on Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd December. The works include major pruning and the felling of dead boughs and trees.
HESKTH BANK SILVER BAND (December 2017)
At the December meeting of the Parish Council, a grant was made to the Village’s own Silver Band to assist in the purchase of new instruments.
“LOVE HESKETH BANK” NEWSLETTER (December 2017)
This month, a new Editor, Cllr Mike Ellis, takes over the job of producing the Council’s Quarterly newsletter.
We owe a big thank you to Cllr. Diane Earles who was the instigator of the new style publication which 18 months ago took over from the “Shoreline Summary” first launched in 2005. The “Love Hesketh Bank” newsletter was just part of a campaign which Diane conceived and launched on behalf of the Council to encourage ‘ownership and pride’ in our village and has included the highly successful “Best Kept” annual competition for gardens, business premises and allotments.
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
POST OFFICE – SHORE ROAD (November 2017)
We have to report that the Council has not been able to agree terms with the Post Office to provide an outreach service within the Sports Pavilion at Shore Road. At the Council meeting in November, Members were concerned that the proposed conditions of contract were too onerous and would place an unacceptable burden on the Council.
WAR MEMORIAL (October 2017)
Historic England has added the Village War Memorial to the List of “Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest” ; it is now listed as Grade II.
SPEEDING (October 2017)
The Council, at their October Meeting, approved the installation of Vehicle Monitoring and Recording equipment to be installed in Moss Lane. The Device will not only warn motorists if they are speeding but also record vehicle details, time and speed; the information will be passed to the Police.
POST OFFICE FOR SHORE ROAD (October 2017)
The Council is presently negotiating with the Post Office to allow the Sports Pavilion on Shore Road to be used to provide a mobile Post Office Counter on one morning each week. If negotiations are successful, the scheme could be in operation by Christmas.
ALTY/BRICKWORKS PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT (October 2017)
Approval was finally given for the development of the former brickworks site by the West Lancashire Planning Committee at their October meeting. The scheme provides for some 212 houses of various sizes spread across two distinct areas of the Alty site. The permission is subject to a S106 agreement to provide affordable and specialist housing for the elderly, on-site public open space and phased development of the land designated for employment.
ALTY/BRICKWORKS PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT (September 2017)
The WLBC Planning Committee will consider the application for approval of reserved matters (212 new houses) at their meeting on Thursday 5th of October 2017.
HESKETH OUTMARSH (East) (September 2017)
Following a presentation by the Environment Agency, RSPB and Natural England, the first breach of the former outer sea wall was successfully completed this month returning a 154ha area of land to salt marsh.
NEW BUS SHELTER (July 2017)
The Parish Council, at their July meeting, agreed to provide a new Bus Shelter for Preston bound buses to the benefit of residents on Chapel Road and Greenfields. Subject to consultation, this should be completed in August.
BEST KEPT COMPETITION (July 2017)
The 2017 winners have now been announced, they are:-
Best Kept Front Garden – 34 Becconsall Lane
Best Kept Business Premises – Leighton Watkinson Oils
Best Kept Allotment – Plot 15
The winners will each receive two tickets to the “Southport Flower Show” as main sponsors of the competition.
FLY TIPPING (June 2017)
A West Lancashire man has been ordered to do 100 hours community service after dumping 147 bin bags of household waste.
The County Court heard that the bags were found in a ditch at the side of the road. This was one of the biggest amounts of fly-tipped waste West Lancashire Borough Council has ever had to deal with.
Following a lengthy investigation by Council officers, the waste was traced back to a Mr Sean Ward. He pleaded guilty to fly-tipping and as well as being ordered to do 100 hours community service he was also told to pay £1,223.10 in costs.
“Fly tipping is a serious criminal offence with unlimited fines for individuals and businesses found guilty; guilty parties can face other penalties including prison.” said the Council.
NEW COUNCILLOR (June 2017)
Mr Jeff Christie of Becconsall Lane was Co-Opted onto the Council to fill the existing vacancy at the June meeting of the Parish Council.
BEST KEPT COMPETITION (June 2017)
The Parish Council has once again submitted an entry to the Lancashire Best Kept Village Competition, which it faired well in last year and is now hoping to do better As part of that, and its continued ‘Love Hesketh Bank Campaign’, we are once again running our own ‘Best Kept’ competition too.
The local competition will see judges tasked with finding the best front garden, business premises and allotment in the village. Residents will be pleased to know that they do not have to do anything other than keep their part of Hesketh Bank tidy.Judging will take place between 3rd June and 16th July, and winners, who will receive two free tickets to Southport Flower Show, will be announced from 25th July. All those shortlisted will also receive two free tickets to the ‘Hesketh Bank Show’ on 16th September.
NEW BUS SHELTERS (June 2107)
The 3 Parish Councils of Hesketh Bank, Banks and Tarleton have now concluded a 3 year deal with ‘B&C Shelters’ of Burscough to be their preferred supplier of Bus Shelters. These quality shelters represent excellent value for money and will include perch seating and timetables. The first examples can now be seen on Station Road, Hesketh Bank opposite Rankin Avenue, and at Hoole Lane Banks opposite the Fleetwood Arms. The agreement also provides for rapid response maintenance and repair.
HESKETH BANK GP SERVICES (May 2017)
NHS England (Lancashire & South Cumbria) and NHS West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) have put arrangements in place to ensure patients of Viran Medical Centre have continued access to primary medical care services after June 30, 2017.
They have now (as of 30 May 2017) identified a new provider Beacon Primary Care to deliver GP services for the patients of Viran Medical Centre from Monday 3 July 2017. This arrangement will be a short-term contract of 12 months, with the potential to extend it by a further six months, while more permanent arrangements are put in place.
When the new provider takes over the running of the service, the practice will relocate to new temporary premises. This will be a Care Quality Commission approved, medical grade temporary unit, which will be located in the car park at Tarleton Health Centre, approximately one mile away from the current practice premises. The CCG say that this is a temporary solution while they work to identify a permanent arrangement for the practice.
MANCHESTER ARENA (May 2017)
The Council Chairman, Paul Sergeant, on behalf of the whole Council, has expressed his sadness and sympathy to all the families and friends of the victims of the recent atrocity in Manchester. “We especially remember our two local girls senselessly murdered” said Paul.
Saffie Rose Roussos and and Georgina Callander
STATION ROAD PHONE BOX (May 2017)
BT have announced that they will not be replacing the Public Call Office located at the junction of Station Road and Becconsall Gardens which was recently demolished in a road traffic accident.
ALTY DEVELOPMENT (May 2017)
Persimmon have submitted a fresh application for the development of 212 dwellings on the former Brickworks site and the adjacent land to the south. Under the Planning Regulations, a further application can be submitted within 6 months of a refusal rather than going to a full appeal.
COUNCIL VACANCY (May 2017)
For personal reasons, Simon Kenyon has resigned from the Parish Council; as a result a Casual Vacancy will be formally declared at the June meeting of the Council and unless a formal Bye-Election is called, the Council will look to co-opt a new Member. If you are interested in becoming a Parish Councillor, please contact the Clerk at your earliest convenience.
FLY TIPPING (May 2017)
Fly Tipping continues to be a problem throughout the Borough and no less in Hesketh Bank. The Parish Council, through its own surveillance, has identified two offenders depositing waste at the Centenary Sports Ground and is presently considering what action to take. The last case taken to court in April by the Borough Council resulted in a £1,316 cost to the perpetrator.
LENGTHSMAN (April 2017)
From the 1st of April this year, the Parish Council commissioned a new scheme to enhance the general appearance of the village by appointing a ‘Lengthsman’. The contract for this work was won by “BP Maintenance”. Company owner Brian Parkinson is seen here displaying the new partnership logo.
NEW NOTICE BOARD (April 2017)
A new Council notice board is now in use within “Booths Foodstore“. Located behind the basket checkout, you can find the contact details of Councillors and the Clerk along with Agenda of forthcoming meetings, local Planning Applications and our NewsLetter.
CONTRACTS AWARDED (April 2017)
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
DOGS – IT’S THE LAW (March 2017)
Mr Bradley, a West Lancashire resident was found guilty and fined £660 for his dog not wearing a collar and tag, £220 for the dog not being micro-chipped, and was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £66 and costs of £382.37. In total, Mr Bradley’s failure to comply with laws regarding his dog has cost him £1,328.37.
SPRING SUNSHINE (March 2017)
The first signs of Spring bring out the children and parents at the Council’s popular Shore Road Play Area seen here from one of the Council’s Security CCTV cameras.
HESKETH BANK GP SERVICES (March 2017)
South Ribble MP, Seema Kennedy met with Health Minister David Mowat on Monday 6th March to discuss the provision of GP services in Hesketh Bank.
HESKETH BANK GP SERVICES (March 2017)
The Vice-Chairman of the Parish Council and Borough Councillor Iain Ashcroft last week met with our MP Seema Kennedy, Dr Hindle and others to review the situation regarding the future of GP services within our Parish. Semma Kennedy said ” It is clear to me that it is imperative to retain a surgery in Hesketh Bank to serve the population there…..” Following on from the Parish Council’s approaches to NHS England and the West Lancashire Clinical Commisioning Group (CCG), Cllr Ashcroft attended a further meeting this week to discuss their intentions and possible options. We will update residents as and when the matter progresses.
“LOVE HESKETH BANK” 2017 AWARDS (February 2017)
The 2017 winners are:
- Martin Forshaw, who ‘badgered’ the Council for new kitchens in Cropper Gardens when he was a Borough Councillor.
- Andy Simpson, for his involvement with the Scouts for over 30 years.
- Pat Hankin and Jennifer Wright, for their involvement with Cubs.
- Maureen Baldwin, who stood down last year from the Parish Council and Hesketh Bank Community Centre after many years of service.
- Terry Baldwin, who will stand down as the first Chairman of Becconsall U3A this year, which now boasts 140 members.
- Harry Edmondson, who does a lot to support the community including sponsoring Hesketh Bank Football Club.
Speaking about the winners, Paul Sergeant, Chairman of the Parish Council, said “All eight are very worthy winners and have put a lot into Hesketh Bank over the years. This is our way of recognising those efforts and saying thank you on behalf of all the residents.”
G.P. SERVICES IN HESKETH BANK & TARLETON (February 2017)
The Parish Council is presently in communication with the “West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group” with a view to establishing consultation on the planned future of GP services within the area.
COUNCIL MEETINGS (February 2107)
The Parish Council will not be meeting during February, the next meeting will be in Booths Café at 7:30pm on Monday the 13th of March 2017.
COUNCIL CONTRACTS (February 2017)
The Council is seeking tenders for various maintenance and supply works (from Grounds Maintenance to Newsletter Printing) for the next three years from April 2017. Details for interested parties can be obtained from the Parish Clerk.
COUNCIL DONATIONS (January 2017)
The Council were pleased at the January meeting to award a £200 grant to the local Air Ambulance Service. During 2016, the ambulance attended several incidents in the locality; it is considered a vital asset, especially in rural areas. The Council, in conjunction with Tarleton Parish Council, also agreed to donate a video projector to the Friends of Tarleton Library to help promote their initiative of Monthly Talks.
ARCHIVES (January 2017)
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.
PARISH COUNCIL PRECEPT (January 2017)
At the January meeting of the Parish Council, the Precept for the 2017/2018 financial year was set at £41.08 for a Band D residence; this is just a 40 pence per annum increase on last year and is in fact lower than the charge ten years ago in 2007.
ALTY DEVELOPMENT (December 2016)
A shock decision by the West Lancashire Borough Planning Committee to refuse Planning Consent, in respect of Reserved Matters, was confirmed at their December meeting. The decision was against the advice and recommendation of the Chief Planning Officer of the Council and seemed to be against some matters that had already been approved at the ‘Outline Planning’ stage. It is not known at present whether or not an appeal will be lodged against the decision.
CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS (December 2016)
The Parish Council is again marking Christmas with illuminated trees on most of the commercial premises in the centre of the village along with decorative features on the village centre lighting columns. Our thanks to those traders who have again supported the scheme. Our sincere thanks also to Duncan Taylor of Arden Lee Nurseries for supplying and fitting the beautiful festive wreaths on the lighting columns.
ALTY DEVELOPMENT (November 2016)
The long awaited detailed plans for development of the former brickworks and railway site in the centre of Hesketh Bank will be considered by the West Lancashire Planning Committee on Thursday 8th December.
CASUAL VACANCY (November 2016)
At a General Meeting of the Council on Monday, 14th November, a vacancy was declared resultant upon Mrs Jillian McKean ceasing to be a Member of the Authority.
A bye-election to fill the vacancy will be held, if within 14 days (not counting a Saturday or Sunday) from the date below ten electors for the parish give notice in writing claiming such an election, to the Returning Officer whose address is:
West Lancashire Borough Council, 52 Derby Street, Ormskirk, L39 2DF.
If no such notice is given the Parish Council will fill the vacancy by co-option.
Dated – Thursday 17th November 2016
BEST KEPT VILLAGE AWARDS (September 2016)
Hesketh Bank again narrowly missed the awards in the “Best Kept Village” competition coming in 4th place in the ‘Large Village’ section.
BEST KEPT COMPETITION (July 2016)
Hesketh Bank Parish Council has announced its winners for this year’s ‘Best Kept’ Competition. The judges, Liz Tyson of “Landsdowne Camping”, Duncan Taylor of “Arden Lea” and David Rose, Chairman of “Southport Flower Show”, were tasked with finding winners in three categories as follows:
Best Kept Front Garden From a shortlist of ten, the judges felt that 7 Meadow Lane was a worthy winner and also awarded highly commended to 24 Silverdale and 189 Moss Lane. Liz Tyson said “As we were presented with such a long list of nominations this year it was very difficult to get down to ten, and then to decide on an overall winner took quite a bit of debate. Therefore, the gardeners at 7 Meadow Lane should be very proud of their achievement.”
Best Kept Business Premises The judges unanimously agreed that “R&J Wright Haulage” was the outright winner from the shortlist of three. Duncan Taylor said “The winners clearly take a lot of pride in their premises and is very well deserving of the recognition.”
Best Kept Allotment From a shortlist of seven, the judges chose, for a second year running, Number 15, with highly commended being awarded to number 9. David Rose said “The most difficult part was understanding the numbering system of the allotments, but after several circuits we finally tracked them all down which made for an enjoyable afternoon.”
In addition, but not on the shortlist, the judges wished it to be noted that there were some roads that were a credit to the village
These were Pardoe Close, Cropper Gardens and Rose Gardens, which they felt was an example to which the whole village could aspire. The winners will each receive two free tickets to ‘Southport Flower Show’, which takes place between 18th and 21st August. Councillor Diane Earles, who led the working party for the project said “We would like to thank our judges for their hard work and deliberations. It is clear that we have a lot of people who take pride in their part of Hesketh Bank, which is what this competition is all about.” She continued, “Congratulations to the winners and to everyone in the village for making it a pleasant place to live.”
BEST KEPT VILLAGE COMPETITION (June 2016)
Hesketh Bank Parish Council has again submitted an entry to the Best Kept Village Competition, which it faired well in last time and is hoping to better this year.
As part of that, and its continued “Love Hesketh Bank Campaign”, we are once again running our own ‘Best Kept’ competition too. The Hesketh Bank ‘Best Kept’ competition will see judges tasked with finding the best front garden, business premises and allotment in the village.
Residents will be pleased to know that they do not have to do anything – other than keep their part of Hesketh Bank tidy – and the judges will do the rest. Judging will take place between 4th June and 17th July, the shortlist will be announced from 18th July and winners will be announced from 25th July.
Winners will receive free tickets to Southport Flower Show, which runs from 18th to 21st August, and all those shortlisted will receive free tickets to the Hesketh Bank Show on 17th September.
The judging panel will include David Rose, this year’s Chairman of Southport Flower Show. Judges will have a completely open criteria for their choice but will be asked to give an explanation for their decision.
JULIE LANCASTER (May 2016)
It was with great sadness that Members learned of the death of former Parish Councillor Julie Lancaster. Julie had served as a Councillor from 2012 but did not offer herself for re-election this year owing to poor health. She died peacefully at Queenscourt Hospice with her husband and family around her.
LOVE HESKETH BANK (March/April 2016)
The “Love Hesketh Bank Campaign”, designed to celebrate what is great about the village, launched on 14 February 2014 and this year the Parish Council has introduced Annual Awards to continue this work. With these new awards the Parish Council is recognising individuals that have made an outstanding contribution to the village, showing their love for Hesketh Bank. Badges are being presented by Cllr. Diane Earles on behalf of the Council.
Speaking about the winners, Chairman of the Parish Council, Paul Sergeant said “This is our way of recognising the efforts of individuals who have put a lot in to Hesketh Bank over the years and saying thank you on behalf of all the residents.”
Dorothy and Mike Hind were presented with their awards in recognition of their hard work in running the village Post Office for 31 years. They are pictured here in front of the store, from which they retired in 2015, wearing their ‘Love Hesketh Bank’ pin badges. Upon receiving the award, Dorothy, whose parents ran the Post Office for 30 years before that, said, “The village has changed so much since 1984 when we took over the shop, and before that when I was growing up just next door.”
Lawrence Smye-Rumsby was presented with his award in recognition of his hard work as Head Teacher at All Saints School for 15 years. He is pictured here in front of the school, from which he retired in 2015, wearing his ‘Love Hesketh Bank’ badge. Upon receiving the award, Lawrence said, “I am very happy to receive this award, but want to point out that it represented the efforts of the whole team that I had the privilege to lead up until last August.”
Duncan Taylor was presented with the award for brightening up the village with hanging baskets and Christmas decorations, which he has done for many years for the Parish Council. He is pictured here in one of his greenhouses at “Arden Lea”, the business his father started and his two sons now run, wearing the ‘Love Hesketh Bank’ badge.
Barry Dawson was presented with the award for the Hesketh Bank Village Show, which is now in its ninth year in its present incarnation. He is pictured here with the bill board announcing this year’s show on 17th September wearing the ‘Love Hesketh Bank’ badge.
Steve Kirby was presented with the award for leading the Heritage Trail project, which was launched in 2015. He is pictured here in front of the trail notice board, wearing the ‘Love Hesketh Bank’ badge, and holding a village trail leaflet, these are available from “Booths Café” and “Tarleton Library” or can be downloaded on this WebSite.
Carl Pickering from “Top Shop News” was presented with the award for putting Hesketh Bank on the map when he was pronounced the national ‘Independent Newsagent of the Year’. He is pictured here in his shop wearing the ‘Love Hesketh Bank’ badge.
PARISH COUNCIL ELECTIONS (January 2016)
The term of office for the present Members of the Parish Council come to an end in May 2016. Now is the time for all residents to consider if they would like to put their name forward to become a Councillor. Further details will be in the next “Shoreline Summary” which will be delivered in late February.
PARISH COUNCIL MEETINGS (December 2016)
Following a trial of holding the Council’s monthly meetings in Booth’s Cafe, the January, February, March and April 2016 meetings will also be held there. Tea and Coffee will be available.
BEST KEPT VILLAGE AWARDS (September 2015)
Hesketh Bank narrowly missed the awards in the “Best Kept Village” competition coming in 4th place in the ‘Large Village’ section. We were however successful in being awarded the “Certificate of Merit” along with the ‘Pendle Shield‘ for the Council’s Public Garden in front of the Community Centre on Station Road. “Booths Foodstore” also collect a Certificate and the ‘Horsfall Trophy‘ for their Station Road premises. The Certificates of Merit were won against 71 other entries.
BEST KEPT GARDEN and ALLOTMENT (August 2015)
The Winners of the Best Kept Garden was announced as Allan and Nan Clark of 34 Becconsall Lane and John Birchall for the Best Kept Allotment who cultivated Plot 15 on the Poor Marsh.