Brow Village News Archive 2008
TEA TOWEL TRADERS WARNING
Source: Lancashire Trading Standards
Residents are advised that canvassers were in the Penwortham area on 9 December selling tea towels and other items door to door, the group consists of several staff being driven around in a White Transit van. They are all believed to be from Mansfield, currently staying in the Blackpool area, and may be in Lancashire for some time.
Please be warned that these people are believed to be targeting the elderly and that they should not be allowed into houses on any pretext.
We strongly advise consumers never to deal with cold callers. However, consumers who do should be aware that they will have a seven-day cooling off period for any purchases made at the door costing over £35. Also be aware that the contract will not be enforceable against the customer unless information about your right to cancel is given in writing. Please refer any complaints or information to Lancashire Trading Standards Service, 56-58 Guildhall Street, Preston, Lancs via Consumer Direct tel 08454 040506. If there is any loss of money the matter should also be referred to the police.
WLDC try to ban Motorbikes on Leisure Lakes
Source: Southport Visiter
MOTORCYCLISTS are being banned from using land at Leisure Lakes by WLDC council officials after the planning department issued an enforcement notice stopping them from using the area.
The notice alleges a breach of planning control where the land has been used for ‘recreational motor activities, including bikes and cycles, and for motor vehicle racing activities, including bikes and cycles’.
Officers claim having motorbikes using the land for this purpose is inappropriate and that there is ‘the potential for noise generation adversely affecting the amenity of local residents’.
Tarleton Parish Councillor Dave Rydings said: “The parish council has raised an objection to the use of this land as a cycle track. Residents are fed up of the noise.”
Philip Whitter, boss at Leisure Lakes, has appealed against the decision on behalf of the people who organise the activities.
FARMER FINED FOR CARAVAN FIRE
Source: West Lancashire District Council
A farmer from Mere Brow has been hit with a massive fine for setting fire to caravans and burning dangerous waste.
Ormskirk Magistrates gave Timothy Edwards, of Banister House Farm, the maximum fine of £5,000 on 30 October after they found him guilty of allowing dark smoke to be emitted from his land.
Officers from West Lancashire District Council were called to Mr Edwards’ farm on the 16 May 2008 after a fire the previous evening. Upon their visit they found the remains of what looked like a caravan and other materials that would have given rise to dark smoke.
Dark smoke is a clear indicator that serious environmental pollution is being caused and under the Clean Air Act 1993 it is an offence to do this.
Magistrates were so incensed by his activities and the fact that he failed to turn up in court they dished out the maximum fine allowable. Together with court costs, Mr Edwards will have to pay a total of £5,225.
Cllr Geoff Hammond, Portfolio Holder for Community Services, said: "This is an excellent result for us and demonstrates the seriousness of the offence. The magistrates clearly recognised this, which is why they dished out the maximum fine to make an example of his irresponsible behaviour. This should act as a warning to others thinking of burning waste in this hazardous manner and of detriment to the environment. I hope this case will encourage other people to dispose of their waste properly."
Over the last couple of years, the Council has successfully prosecuted a number of people for dark smoke cases, particularly on farmland.
DOORSTEP CRIME UPDATE
Source: Lancashire Trading Standards Service
Residents are asked to be wary about three separate traders currently operating in the Preston, and Chorley areas at the moment.
We have reports of a tree service company cold calling and leaving leaflets in the Chorley area (6 November 2008), the trader is believed to use insufficient safety equipment and precautions, and does not give required cancellation rights. He has recently dumped grass cuttings on the consumer’s drive when payment for work was refused.
There is also a trader with an Irish accent driving a plain white 55 registered van, working in the Fulwood, Preston area (6 November 2008) approaching and cold calling consumers and using pushy selling practices to sell allegedly left-over tarmac. He gives out a Liverpool (0151) landline number.
Finally, we have a roofing contractor in a white transit van cold calling elderly residents in the Ribbleton, Preston area, handing out paperwork with a 0800 number and a mobile number, and offering to replace or install plastic guttering and fascias. Again written cancellation rights are not provided and the traders appear to be uncontactable on the numbers we have.
Residents should be aware that several roofing companies are currently using the 131 Friargate address on paperwork, this is simply an accommodation address where mail may be collected from time to time, no roofers are actually based there.
Consumers agreeing to deal with traders where the contract is agreed at the consumer’s home should be aware that they will have a seven-day cooling off period to cancel any work agreed to, or any purchases made over £35, although in certain circumstances the customer may have to pay for any goods installed or work carried out so far. Also be aware that the contract will not be enforceable against the customer unless information about your right to cancel is given in writing.
We advise residents never to deal with cold-callers, to ensure you obtain full name, address and landline details from all workmen, and to double-check identification and references from other customers- do not assume credentials are genuine. Also ensure any price you are quoted is fair and genuine by obtaining estimates from other traders, and by ensuring the work agreed and the price to be charged is written down on a quotation before you agree to the work starting.
Please refer any complaints and further information to Lancashire Trading Standards Service, 56-58 Guildhall Street, Preston, Lancs via Consumer Direct tel 08454 040506. If there is any threat or fear of burglary contact the police at once.
MORE GLORY FOR BIG PUMPKIN
Source: Chester Cronicle
A Chester restaurant has commissioned some spooky artwork using one of the massive Mere Brow Giant Pumpkins.
Chris Baker, owner of an Italian restaurant, bought the 535lb pumpkin from Josh Whiteside, from Hesketh Bank. The mammoth pumpkin was placed outside the front of the restaurant for all to see. Chris commissioned tree surgeon and wood carver Simon O’Rouke from Wrexham to carve the monster pumpkin into a spooky face.
Chris added: “It’s fantastic - we are really pleased with the end result, it makes a great feature for the restaurant and will hopefully get people popping in to have a look.”
ACTION TO HELP LOCAL SMALL SHOPS
Source: Press Release
Lorraine Fullbrook the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Tarleton, Banks, Hesketh Bank and Rufford has launched a campaign to help small shops in the villages save money by claiming Small Business Rate Relief.
Roughly half of eligible local businesses do not claim the relief, according to the Conservative Party. The reason is that many of them simply don't know it exists. Yet it could save local shops up to £1,100 per annum. So the Conservatives have created a simple online tool to help firms check their eligibility and print off the form.
Lorraine urged local small businesses to go to http://www.conservatives.com/smallshops/.
If a business is eligible it can then print out a form, fill it in and send it to their local council.
Our local shops and businesses are facing tough times but they are the life blood of our economy and our community. I want to help them and this new online tool is simple way I and the Conservative Party can help firms survive."
MERE BROW GIANT PUMPKIN COMPETITION
A whopping 717lb was enough to secure the NFU Mutual All England Shield for Clive Bevan who travelled up from Wellingborough, Northamptonshire with his pumpkin. The Mere Brow & District Shield was won by Josh Whiteside who's giant pumpkin weighed in at 535lb.
Winner of the
NFU Mutual Insurance All England Shield
Winner of the
Mere Brow & District Shield
For the full weigh off results please see www.merebrowgiantpumpkins.com
Mere Brow Giant Pumpkins Video Report
6th August 2008
HIGH SCHOOL REUNION - CLASS OF 1998
Source: Nicola Cubbin
A school reunion for the Tarleton High School class of 1998 has been organised.
If you attended Tarleton High School from 1993-1998 then you are invited to the 10 year reunion which will be held at Mere Brow Village Hall on Saturday 27th September.
Tickets cost £5 each, and are available from Sarah Bridge at Chameleon (the printing shop), Church Road, Tarleton or via Nicola Cubbin at nic_noc1 (at) yahoo.com. More details and the latest information can be found on Facebook.
|MBE FOR ALAN
Alan Johnson has been given a MBE in the 2008 Queen's Birthday Honours List. Alan received the award "For services to Vintage and Veteran Vehicle Restoration and Heritage."
|LOCAL MEP WEDDING EXPENSES ROW
Source: Sunday Times Online
The Sunday Times Online today reports that local MEP Sir Robert Atkins used his parliamentary expenses to fly to his son’s wedding in America. Sir Robert Atkins has claimed that the wedding “coincided” with an official invitation, making it possible for the taxpayer to pick up travel and hotel bills.
Atkins has insisted that he has fully complied with parliamentary rules for the wedding trip. He said the event coincided with an invitation from the Republican National Committee and in a statement this weekend emphasised that his expenses were approved by the parliamentary authorities.
For the full article click here
Sir Robert Aikins Website
HIGH MOVES TOWARDS TRUST STATUS
bt Shirley Rooney, Tarleton High School
the 9th April 2008 Tarleton High School’s
Governing Body made the decision to consult parents,
pupils, staff and the community about their plans
to become a Trust School. Tarleton High is the
first Lancashire secondary school to take this
step. The implementation of these plans will result
in Tarleton High being a pathfinder within the
County for the Government’s flagship education
programme that sees schools harnessing the energy
and experience of external partners to raise standards.
What does this mean for Tarleton High School?
Schools are maintained foundation schools supported
by a charitable Trust. They:
• are part of the maintained family of schools
with funding on the same basis as other local
authority maintained schools and subject to the
same accountability regime;
• are similar to Voluntary Aided (VA) and
existing foundation schools with foundations –
the Trust holds the school’s land and buildings,
the Governing Body employs staff and sets admissions
arrangements (in accordance with the law and the
• must adhere to National Curriculum / School
Teachers’ Pay and Conditions document.
are now 42 Trust Schools up and running. Tarleton
High’s decision brings the number of schools
currently working towards Trust Status to over
390, exceeding the Government’s aspirations
and proving the popularity of the scheme with
schools and local authorities.
of Runshaw College, the International Aid Trust,
Preston and Lancaster University’s Department
for Educational Research will form the Trust in
partnership with the school. They will work together
to build on the current successes of the school
and develop further the quality of education within
school will also form a Parents Council to seek
the views of parents about important decisions
in relation to school matters. These may include
school uniform, healthy eating, enabling parents
to have realtime reports about their children’s
progress and further developments in pupils’
Anthony Hardiker said “This is an exciting
development for our school. Our Trust partners
will offer their encouragement, expertise and
support in helping us to offer the best education
for all our pupils. We hope that the consultation
process will gather widespread agreement with
our proposals and enable us to build on our past
achievements and fulfil our ambitious vision for
Reverend Bernard Cocker, CEO and Founder of International
Aid Trust said “Since the tsunami in December
2004 Tarleton High School and International Aid
Trust have successfully worked together on various
projects, so we at IAT are both blessed and excited
with this latest initiative.
it is a privilege to be in partnership with the
students, governors and staff, who so obliviously
follow with a passion the lead and example of
look forward to an exciting and challenging time
of supporting and encouraging Tarleton High to
reach these ambitious but achievable targets.
alone we are all very limited, but when we bring
our gifts, talents and resources together we can
make a huge difference, not just to our own particular
organisations, but also to the ever growing needs
in the world around us. May God bless this venture
school is having an Open Meeting at Tarleton High
School on Wednesday 21st May for discussion on
the school moving to become a Foundation with
Trust School. The meeting will commence at 7.00pm
in the School Hall. All are welcome.
SALES WARNING - CARPET CLEANER
by Lancashire Trading Standards Service
are alerted to concerns about a high pressure
sales team selling carpet cleaners.
company is contacting residents and offering to
clean carpets for free in return for comments
on the cleaning performance. However, once in
the house to provide this free service, the salesmen
refuse to leave until they have sold one of the
cleaners. In one house they stayed for over two
hours until the sale was finally agreed.
are believed to be targeting elderly and vulnerable
consumers with hard line sales techniques.
warned that if you or your neighbours deal with
this company you may end up paying £2000
for an unwanted vacuum cleaner.
advise residents never to deal with cold callers.
who does deal with a tradesman who cold-calls
will have a seven-day cooling off period to cancel
any work agreed to, or any purchases made over
£35, although if the trader has already
begun to carry out any job when you cancel, you
may have to pay for the work carried out so far.
be aware that the contract will not be enforceable
against the consumer unless information about
this right to cancel is given in writing.
refer any complaints to Lancashire Trading Standards
Service, 56-58 Guildhall Street, Preston, Lancs
via Consumer Direct tel 08454 040506. If there
is any threat or fear of burglary contact the
police at once.
HIGH SCHOOL UKRAINE CHALLENGE
group of six pupils from Tarleton High School
are working with International Aid Trust to produce
a video on the disadvantaged children in the Ukraine.
The aim of the trip is to produce a video to help
promote the work of International Aid Trust and
inform people of the rescue work they do in the
Ukraine. The video will be shown to a range of
Aid Trust is a UK Charity, based in Much Hoole.
It has charity shops throughout the UK and helps
underprivileged people, in Eastern Europe, Africa
and Asia. Much of the work International Aid does
is in Eastern Europe; they have created orphanages
for street children and rehabilitation centres
for adults. Tarleton High School’s student
Council decided to adopt International Aid Trust
as one of the two school’s charities. Previously
the school has provided shoeboxes for the charity,
created publicity material and helped out at the
recently there has been a rigorous selection process
from 320 years 9 and 10 pupils. 21 pupils applied
for the trip with a letter addressed to the Head
teacher who together with Mrs Sides (senior at
Tarleton High School), Mr Bernard Cocker (IAT
Founder) and Mr Stringfellow (Chair of Governors)
whittled it down to just 6 members of the team,
and further roles were decided with an interview
process. The six selected members were:
Briscoe – selected candidate to go to the
Rachel Goulding – selected candidate to
go to the Ukraine
Chris Meadows – reserve to go to the Ukraine
Ruth Malcolm – reserve to go to the Ukraine
Claire Tetlow - press officer
Natalie Firth-Cook – press officer
High School is working with International Aid
Trust to create a video to highlight the plight
of European countries trapped in extreme poverty.
The two pupils will travel to Kiev to film the
footage and talk to families in desperate need
of help, children living in orphanages and also
children living on the streets.
six members will be working as a team to create
the video when the chosen two candidates return
from the trip. The edited video will then be used
by International Aid Trust to show people of all
ages the work International Aid does helping the
children of Ukraine.
REV UP ABOUT NOISE NUISANCE
90 residents and users of the Leisure Lakes clashed
during a lively meeting held at Mere Brow Village
Hall. The open meeting had been called by Cllr
Rosie Evans and Cllr Joan Hunter to discuss recent
developments at the Leisure Lakes.
County Councillor Malcolm Barron chaired the meeting
with Cllrs Jim Kay, Rosie Evans, John Mee and
Parish Council Chairman David Rydings answering
questions from the floor.
were vocal in expressing their concerns over present
nuisance and proposed developments. Questions
about the noise and legality of a number of different
sports operating from the Leisure Lakes were raised.
Evans responded saying that the Leisure Lakes
had been issued with a noise abatement order on
the 3rd of Jan and there was a court hearing due
shortly. There had been several enforcement notices
served and the Council Officers had asked Mr Witter
(the owner) to come up with a business plan. The
situation was unsatisfactory and she was in constant
touch with the planning Department at West Lancashire
of the sports said that they should leave the
owner alone and just ask him to keep the noise
down. Mrs Dedman from the Ribble Valley who regularly
takes Youth Groups to the Leisure Lakes site also
spoke in favour of the many activities being undertaken
at the site.
Jim Kay said he wondered if planning permission
had been granted for the new developments and
asked residents to pass on their concerns to the
planning department. Residents blamed the council
for not taking enforcement action but Cllr Evans
said there had been no response to complaints
about the site from the owner. Cllr Barron pointed
out that if any one in the room wanted an extension
to their house they had to have planning permission
and the same procedures should apply to the Leisure
Lorraine Fullbrook the Conservative Parliamentary
Candidate and a resident of Tarleton said there
appeared to be many issues about the site; semi
built buildings, environmental issues and licensing
issues. The best way forward would be for Cllr
Evans and two other Cllrs to meet with the owner
of the site to arrange for proper planning applications
to go forward taking into account the concerns
of residents and that Cllr Evans should call another
meeting to discuss the proposals and she would
attend and advise.
Evans agreed and the meeting was closed.
PUMPKINS FUEL AIR AMBULANCE
A picture of Trevor Wilson parting with
Mere Brow Giant Pumpkins have once again
helped to keep the North West Air Ambulance
Saturday Trevor Wilson handed over a cheque
for £1311.50 which was raised at
the October 2007 Giant Pumkin "Weigh
Northover received the cheque on behalf
of the Air Ambulance.
here for details of the 2008 Mere Brow
Giant Pumpkin Competition.
police appeal to help trace the male identified
in the CCTV photo (see 17th January below) has
successfully led to an arrest.
Joe Murphy has today said that as a result of
the coverage given to this in the media and the
response from the public, the male in the photo
has now been identified and arrested and the matter
is currently being dealt with. The laptop has
also been returned to its rightful owner.
TRIMBLE BACKS LOCAL CONSERVATIVES
Trimble boosts Lorraine's Campaign to become next
MP for Mere Brow
Peace Prize Winner and former First Minister of
Northern Ireland, Lord David Trimble was in Leyland
last Thursday supporting the Conservative campaign
to get Lorraine Fullbrook elected as the next
MP for the South Ribble Constituency that includes
Tarleton, Banks, Hesketh Bank and Rufford.
Trimble spoke to over 100 local activists including
a number of West Lancs Councillors at the Annual
Chairman’s Dinner of the South Ribble Conservative
Association held at the Wellington Park in Leyland.
During his speech Lord Trimble explained that
Mrs Fullbrook was someone he wanted to support,
because having seen her in action he was convinced
of the contribution she will make at Westminster.
He also spoke at length about his experiences
in Northern Ireland, and his new role as a Conservative
member of the House of Lords.
after the dinner, Mrs Fullbrook the Conservative
candidate for the South Ribble Parliamentary Constituency
was a great honour to have the support of Lord
Trimble for my campaign – to have him here
in Lancashire shows just how serious the Conservative
Party is about winning back this seat at the next
Trimble and Lorraine Fullbrook are pictured with
some of the Conservative activists who attended
the dinner at which the Nobel Peace Prize Winner
was the guest of honour.
TO KEEP MERE BROW POST OFFICE
Fullbrook, the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate
for the South Ribble Constituency (which includes
Mere Brow), has announced that over the next four
weeks, she is to deliver a “Have Your Say
on Post Office Closures” petition form to
the 45,000 homes she hopes to represent in Parliament
after the next General Election. Mrs Fullbrook is
determined to make sure that everyone of her future
constituents has a real chance to have their say
on the proposed post office closures that have been
announced this week.
Commenting on her plans, Lorraine said, “The
Labour Government has closed over 3,800 Post Offices
since 1999 now they want to close 2,500 more,
five of which are in the new South Ribble Parliamentary
Constituency (the five are Eccleston Bridge, 106
Towngate Eccleston, 63 Bent Lane Leyland, 167
Liverpool Rd Hutton, 27 Gravel Lane Mere Brow
and Smithy Lane, Much
Hoole) and I believe that enough is enough!
is no denying that numerous Post Offices are making
a financial loss, but I still believe that many
people, especially the elderly, consider their
Post Office to be a lifeline, relying on it as
a one-stop shop to access cash and benefits, pay
bills, get advice and information, and socialise.
For that reason I am against these closures.
Post Office says they will listen to what local
people want. I intend to give local people the
chance to have their say”.
SEEK CCTV SUSPECT
Lancs Police release CCTV image of suspected Burglar
in West Lancashire have released a CCTV
image of a man they want to question in
relation to a burglary.
burglary happened at approx 1am on the 15th
December at Orme House in Ormskirk when
the male gained entry to the premises and
stole a Sony laptop.
Joe Murphy at Ormskirk CID commented, ”We
have a clear CCTV image of the offender
and are confident that someone will know
him. I would urge members of the Public
who may know this person to come forward
and contact the police.”
with any information can contact Ormskirk
CID on 01695 566442 or via Southern Communications
Centre on 0845 1 25 35 45.
can also be given about crime anonymously
by telephoning Crimestoppers on 0800 555
out more about becoming a Special at event to
be held at Skelmersdale Police Station.
of the public that live in West Lancashire will
have the chance to find out more about the Special
Constabulary next week.
event has been organised at Skelmersdale Police
Station on Monday 14th January from 5.30pm –
8pm. The event will give Members of the Public
the opportunity to find out more about the Special
Constabulary, the work these officers carry out
and the training they receive.
will also be able to speak on a one to one basis
with Specials already doing the role and will
be offered a behind the scenes insight into the
work of Special Constables. You will also be able
to register your full details and take home a
full application pack.
interested in attending these events need to report
to the enquiry desk on arrival and if they need
any further information they can contact Laura
Hesketh on 01772 412127.