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1 in 3 people who have coronavirus do not show symptoms so it’s important to get tested.

West Lancashire Borough Council is now offering free rapid testing for people without symptoms (asymptomatic).

If you cannot work from home or if you have physical contact with other people as part of your job or you are an unpaid carer and do not have any COVID-19 symptoms, you can attend the symptom-free testing site at

All Saints Church Hall Car Park
Station Road
Hesketh Bank

every Tuesday between 12pm & 6pm

No need to book.

Consumer Alert – March 2021

There will be a mobile testing unit at

All Saints Church Hall Car Park
Station Road
Hesketh Bank

between 10am and 3pm on the following days:

Thursday 4th March
Thursday 11th March
Thursday 18th March
Thursday 25th March

You must book in advance in order to get a test and you will only be able to book from the previous evening.  For any members of the public displaying symptoms of COVID-19 and wanting to apply for a test, visit

www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test alternatively, you can dial 119
(translation services are available on this number)


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

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Consumer Alert – January 2021
It is now an offence to allow dogs (on or off a lead) into the Council’s Play Areas at Station Road, Glen Park Drive and Shore Road and the private Play Area at Poppyfields. Offenders are liable to a £75 fixed penalty fine.

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

The present Clerk to the Council will shortly be retiring from the post to move on to pastures new. If you think this position may be of interest to you, which involves up to twenty hours per week, drop the present Clerk a line and he will forward full details.

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!20200607_142806


It is with great sadness that we report the death of Hesketh Bank’s County Councillor, Malcolm Barron (77) who died on the 13th May 2020. Malcolm had been unwell for some time and spent the last two weeks in hospital before succumbing to Kidney Failure and Lung Congestion.

RUBBISH (28th April 2020)
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Well Done West Lancashire Borough Council for shifting 15.2 tonnes of rubbish from over 200 people at the Centenary Sports Ground today.
RUBBISH REMOVAL (21st April 2009)
With the problems caused by waste recycling centres being closed, West Lancs Borough Council has teamed up with the Parish Council to provide a facility to accept bulkier household refuse. This, in the form of a large skip, will be available on the Parish Council’s Centenary Sports Ground Car Park on Station Road on Tuesday 28th April from 9-30am until 2pm. West Lancs Borough Officers will be present to ensure that only household waste is left.
Regretably we have some irresponsible individuals, mostly teenagers, but others as well, who are ignoring the requirement not to use Play Areas or who are congregating in groups of more than two. The Council has passed photographic and video evidence to the Police who will pursue individuals who offend and also parents of offending teenagers.
In view of the current public health emergency, all meetings of the Parish Council have been cancelled until further notice; similarly, all Parish Council events/activities are also cancelled, including meetings at the Poor Marsh Allotments, until further notice. The Shore Road Sports Pavilion is closed until further notice.
The Councils Play Areas at Station Road, Glen Park Drive and Shore Road are now also closed and MUST NOT BE USED in any circumstances. Similarly the Outdoor Gymn Equipment at Shore Road MUST NOT BE USED. There is a real risk of cross contamination between persons from the metal surfaces of the equipment at these locations.
The Play Area at Poppyfields is still owned and controlled by the estate developers but we would again advise that THIS MUST NOT BE USED.

We can also confirm that:-
Hesketh Bank Association Football Club – League and Friendly matches are cancelled until further notice.
* 3G All Weather PItches are closed until further notice.
* South View Lodge Care Home have suspended all visits to residents for the time being.
* Becconsall U3A has suspended all meetings.
* Hesketh Bank Youth Groups have suspended all meetings.
* All Saints Parish Church have suspended their regular services until further notice. The Church building will now remain closed.
* Hesketh Bank Methodist Church have suspended their regular services until further notice.
* All Saints Church Hall is closed until further notice.
* Hesketh Bank Bowls Club is closed until further notice.
* Hesketh Bank Community Centre – all meetings are suspended and the facilities are now closed until further notice.
* Hesketh Bank Silver Band have cancelled all events and practice sessions until further notice.
For advice on Self-Isolation or what to do CLICK HERE
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ELECTIONS 2020 (March 2020)
Central Government have cancelled the local authority elections (including this Parish) due to be held in May. All Councillors whose term of office was scheduled to finish in May 2020 are being asked to serve for another year.

The Council is inviting 4 year tenders for the various works and maintenance functions it undertakes. Full details are available from the Parish Clerk.
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.
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  The Chairman, Parish Clerk
   and all Members of the
   Parish Council
   wish everyone
   a Blessed and Happy Christmas.

Borough & Parish Councillor Iain Ashcroft laid at wreath on behalf of the whole community at the Remembrance Day Service on 10th November at the Parish Church.
Funding for the proposed replacement Community Centre moved a step closer with the Parish Council, at its October meeting, allocating up to £50,000 from its allocation of the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) to the rebuilding scheme.
The Council has launched a consultation on the future of the Play Area. Residents are invited to let the Parish Clerk have their views by the end of October.

DOUGLAS LINEAR PARK (September 2019)
A Working Group has now been set up to formulate initial plans for the new Linear Park on the Westerly Banks of the River Douglas. The Park will include an all weather pathway running from the new Persimmon development in Hesketh Bank to the Tarleton Academy with additional access points along the route. The Parish Council have allocated up to £80,000 from its allocation of the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) to the ambitious scheme.
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.

CAR CLONING (August 2019)
The Parish Clerk has been made aware of 2 incidents of the cloning of local cars that came to light when the cloned cars were involved in accidents resulting in the real owners being pursued by the DVLA and Police. If you are aware of any similar incidents, please advise the Parish Clerk to enable the incidents to be co-ordinated. Please also report any incidents of persons noting Registration Plates and VIN numbers of cars.

The Council Office will be closed until the 27th August 2019 for the Annual Recess.
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
SHUTTLE BUS (July 2019)
From Wednesday the 31st July until the completion of the works on Station Road bridge, the Council has negotiated with Stagecoach to run a circular shuttle bus from Tarleton to the North end of the village. This will ensure that residents on the north side of the bridge are not isolated from either the Southport or Preston Buses. The Shuttle will run from Tarleton (Cock & Bottle) on the hour from 9am until 3pm and from Hesketh Bank (Methodist Chapel) on the half hour from 9:30am until 3:30pm. Cllr Ashcroft who negotiated the deal, thanked Stagecoach for their quick help and support in arranging this service.
Severe inconvenience will be caused with the closure of Station Road bridge to vehicular traffic at the end of July when Electricity North West will be installing a new 33,000 Volt cable. Closure is unavoidable as works are required in both the carriageway and footpath. Queries should be directed to Lancashire County Council who control the closure.

It was with great sadness that the Council learned of the death of former Parish Councillor Maureen Baldwin; Maureen served as a councillor from 2008-2016. A funeral service will be held at All Saints Church on Station Road on Monday 10th June at  11:45am.

An new outdoor multi-user gymnasium has been installed at the Council’s Shore Road Recreations grounds suitable for all ages. Enjoy and keep fit!

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The Council has installed two new seats (with the Environment Agency providing a third) on the re-furbished outer sea defence embankment running from Dib Road to the confluence of our two local rivers.

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.

A West Lancashire man was fined £440 for dropping a cigarette butt whilst a dog owner was fined £1,095.65 for failing to have identity tags on his dogs and not having the microchips updated correctly. 

Recruiting for this new role is now underway. If you think this is something that you would like to get in volved with, follow the This Link.

The Police have made us aware of an incident at an Aughton Play Area where razor blades have been attached to the sides of a Children’s Slide apparently designed to cause serious injury to children using the slide. PLEASE BE EXTRA VIGILANT AND INSPECT ALL EQUIPMENT BEFORE ALLOWING YOUR CHILDREN ON ANY PLAY EQUIPMENT

The Parish Council has today signed up to a new initiative with the Lancashire Volunteer Partnership which will see “Uniformed Local Community Champion Volunteers” out and about around the village and at local events. The role of the Champion is about building resilience, encouraging social action and empowering local residents to help each other to resolve local issues of concern.

FLY-TIPPING (November 2018)
West Lancs Borough Council secured two further convictions at Wigan Magistrates Court this month amounting to fines totalling £1,030.07 and £547.17 respectively.

ARMISTICE DAY (November 2018)
Parish Councillor Norma Goodier laid at wreath on behalf of the whole community at the Remembrance Day Service on 11th November at the Parish Church.

The Borough Council is re-launching its bulky household waste collection service on Tuesday 6 November 2018 to help residents dispose of their waste responsibly.Residents will be able to book collections from Monday 29 October 2018, online or by contacting Customer Services and collections will start the following week.  Collections will take place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays depending on the area you live in.For more details about the service and to book a collection, please visit www.westlancs.gov.uk/refuse and click on the link for collections of bulky household items.

BEST KEPT STREET (October 2018)
Residents  Louise, Ramzi and Carol of Silverdale proudly showing off their new sign. Will your street win next year?

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.

PLOTTERS’ ANNUAL SHOW (September 2018)
The Annual Open Day at the Council’s Allotments organised by the “Poor Marsh PALS” was again a great success seen here from the Council’s security camera.
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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.
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Consequent upon difficulties with the acoustics within Booths Cafe, the Council resolved at it’s July meeting to move back to the Community Centre for it’s monthly meetings from September 2018. The next meeting will be on Monday 10th September at 7:30pm.

This year’s winners have been announced by Lead Member Cllr Diane Earles.
Best Kept Front Garden –
May Cottage, Meadow Lane
Cynthia Collister
Best Kept Allotment –
Plot 37
Fred and Susan Smith
Best Kept Street –
This year’s judges were Ray Roukin (CEO Southport Flower Show);  Liz Tyson (Lansdowne Camping) and Sue Watson (Becconsall U3A).

After long delays on the re-draining of the Shore Road Ground and Car Park due to very wet weather earlier in the year,  the work is again at a standstill due to the extremely dry weather which has prevented the Sand Banding and Vert-Spiking from being completed.

Billowing smoke from the burning moorland at Winter Hill clearly seen from the Council’s CCTV cameras whilst the radio and TV transmission masts are completely obscured.CSG1_01 Winter Hill

The Parish Council has  launched the fourth annual “Best Kept” competition for Allotments, Front Gardens and Street. Judging will take place between the 16th of June and the 15th of July.

A casual vacancy has arisen in the Office of Councillor for the Hesketh with Becconsall Ward in the Borough of West Lancashire due to the resignation of Councillor Paul Moon.
An election to fill the vacancy will be held within 35 working days after notice has been given in writing by two local government electors requesting that an election be held.

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Bank Holiday Monday saw work commenced on the Hesketh Bank Football Club’s pitch at the Council’s Centenary Sports Grounds. The £50,000+ scheme entirely financed by the Club will hopefully see the end of postponed matches as the result of a water-logged pitch.

                                         22nd May 2017
                                        “IN MEMORIUM”

A dog owner has been handed a bill of £830 after being prosecuted for failing to get his dog microchipped and ensuring it was wearing a collar and tag in public. West Lancashire Borough Council took legal action  after the dog was found straying and handed over to the Council by a member of the public. The dog was not wearing a collar and tag and was not micro-chipped.

Out of control hooligans apparently decided that chasing sheep around a private field in Hesketh Bank is an acceptable activity; shamefully they left behind a dead sheep and a distressed flock. Extensive Council video footage is now being examined to identify those responsible. If you can throw any light on the incident please leave anonymous information (in total confidence) on the Council’s Nuisance Hot line –  01772 977 513 

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.

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)

West Lancashire Council Planners have approved the building of 10 semi-detached 3 bedroom homes on the East side of Boundary Lane.

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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.

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.

At the monthly meeting of the Parish Council, donations were agreed to “The Douglas Cardiac Trust”, “The NW Air Ambulance” and “Queenscourt Hospice”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The 3 Parish Councils of Hesketh Bank, Banks and Tarleton have now concluded a 3 year deal withB&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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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”. Parkinson Lengthsman 2Company owner Brian Parkinson is seen here displaying the new partnership logo.

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.

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.

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.SR Play Mar17

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.xmas-lights-2016-cropped

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

Hesketh Bank again narrowly missed the awards in the “Best Kept Village” competition coming in 4th place in the ‘Large Village’ section.

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:

Derek and Maureen IrvingBest 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.



roy-and-janet-wrightBest 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

Pardoe Close GreenThese 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.


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 LancasterIt 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 HindDorothy 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

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

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 DawsonBarry 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 KirbySteve 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 PickeringCarl 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.




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.


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.


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.


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.

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