Please be aware that the Parish Council office is closed from 12 noon on Thursday 9th April and will re--open on Monday 20th April.
If you need to contact me, please go to the 'Contact Us' section of the website and complete the contact form. I will respond when I am back in the office.
Thank you and stay safe!
Information and Help
I've received a link from Lancashire County Council with the details of all the help contacts during this time. Please do take a look and contact someone should you need to:
WYCOLLER CAR PARK IS CLOSED. Please respect the residents of Wycoller by NOT visiting the Country Park. Many residents in Wycoller are in the 'at risk' group. Everyone should be adhering to the social distancing advice. Please, stay away.
Please note that from Wednesday 18th March until further notice, the Parish Council Clerk will be working from home.
If you need to make contact, please do so by calling 07496 041676 or email email@example.com
Normal office hours apply.
Monday—Wednesday 9am—2.30pm Thursday 9am—12 noon
The 2020/21 budget
As the new Council Tax bills will be coming out to all households very soon, I thought it important that the Parish Council shows you what we have budgeted for the year 2020/21.
The Councillors decided that, in order to protect Ball Grove Park, we should take ownership from Pendle Borough Council as soon as we are pleased with the quality of the maintenance on the Park. With this in mind, the amount of precept that the Parish Council has requested has risen from £52922 to £90000. The hope is that we can maintain Ball Grove for less in 2021/22 so the precept would be adjusted accordingly next April. All others areas of the budget have also been increased as the Councillors see fit in order to deliver the services that we do for the next year.
I have attached a pie chart showing the division of funds and an explanation sheet of what the actual money would be spent on.
Please see the pie chart and details in the attached files below.
Last year, we were lucky enough to secure funding for 2 community benches. One of these is at Boulsworth Drive, and the other is behind the Community Shop and Library.
Here are some pictures of how the one at the back of the Shop is currently looking. It's a real sun trap and is used regularly.
Thank you to our Borough Councillors and Pendle Council for the funding for these benches. Sarah Cockburn-Price Margaret Foxley, Paul Foxley
Great British Spring Clean Up - POSTPONED UNTIL SEPTEMBER
SAVE THE DATE.....
Trawden in Bloom are organising a litter pick for the Great British Spring Clean again this year. It is taking place on Saturday 4th April, meeting at 10am at the Community Centre. Please come along if you are able to do so.
Pendle Council is taking a tough line with people who are putting general rubbish in their recycling bins.
Our recycling crews will be stepping up their efforts to check the blue bins for paper and card recycling for contamination.
If people put things we can’t recycle in their recycling bins we won’t empty them until they’ve removed the wrong things which contaminate our loads.
This is because Pendle Council has had 156 tonnes of paper and card rejected for recycling because it was mixed up with other rubbish including nappies and food waste!
This is almost a month’s worth of paper and card recycling which has been wasted and put into landfill.
It costs £130 per tonne for landfill. So for a 156 tonne amount the cost to Pendle taxpayers is a staggering £20,280.
To help tackle this problem, our crews will be putting stickers on the bins asking people who’ve put the wrong things in the wrong bin to remove them.
People can recycle it right by checking on their recycling calendar or look online on our website: www.pendle.gov.uk/bluebin
The most complaints that the Parish Council receive are regarding parking and poo! As we always get an increase in the amount of complaints about dog poo at this time of year, at the recent Parish Council meeting, the Councillors decided that the issue should be highlighted.
As a result, I have purchased 10 cans of orange forestry paint (so that it washes away), to spray dog fouling around the Parish and then post the pictures. Hopefully this will make offenders aware that it is not acceptable, and then we can ask Pendle Council to monitor the areas with the biggest problems more often.
Here are the first few that have been taken since Thursday last week (12th December 2019).....
Trawden Forest Parish Council would like to make it clear that, the actions, comments and political affliction of Cllr Craig McBeth in no way represent those of Trawden Forest Parish Council.
Anything that Cllr McBeth posts on any of his Facebook pages, are not the views of the Parish Council, they are his personal thoughts and comments. Trawden Parish Council has their own facebook page and website for relevant information relating to Parish Council business.
Have your say on your roads
You can have your say on your roads and transport locally by completing a short survey. As part of a new campaign to promote the work of their highways service, Lancashire County Council is encouraging people to complete the National Highways and Transport (NHT) survey, which measures public satisfaction with services across different local authorities.
The campaign will also focus on their work fixing around 40,000 potholes a year, and ask people to report potholes on their website. This year, the council will spend £24m to maintain Lancashire's 4,600 miles of highways and 5,300 miles of footways. Continued investment has improved the condition of the county's roads, and helped to reduce the number of potholes by 38% in the last two years.
Find out more about how Lancashire's roads are improving and complete the survey at lancashire.gov.uk/roads
Lancashire County Council have produced a newsletter from the 50+ Assembly and Older Peoples Champions with details of support, groups and events for people with dementia. Please take a look at the newsletter below....
The Centenary of World War 1 was commemorated yesterday at the Church then the War Memorial. Lots of people attended and went without incident. Thank you to those who attended.
Also a huge thank you to William Walker, Harry Walker and Paul Wilson for ringing the Church Bell for 30 minutes yesterday to signal the end of World War 1. You made history by doing this for us.
I know that there is a lot of talk about potholes on various pages, but
I thought it would be useful to post the link to the County Council's page for reporting them, and the phone number to request a claim form if you've had your car damaged. They
Report a defect: http://www.lancashire.gov.uk/roads-parkin…/fault-search.aspx
Claim form: 0300 123 6780 or email highways@lancashire,gov.uk
Make sure that you take a picture of the pothole that you've damaged your vehicle on, and you'll need to get a quote for the repairs to your vehicle.
Ball Grove Website
Ball Grove have a new website. Why not take a look? There's lot of information and some fabulous photo's on there. The link is http://www.ballgrove.org/
Council Tax - 2019
For those who haven't already seen this, you'll be pleased to hear that the proportion of your Council Tax paid to Trawden Forest Parish Council has only been increased by £400. This is a 0%
rise to the whole bill as there are more properties in Trawden to share out this amount to.
As many of you know, the Parish Council are already responsible for ensuring delivery of some services within the Parish. These are currently all of the bus shelters, Lanehouse Lane Playground, roadside seating, Christmas decorations (the big tree at the Community Centre, the star at the Church and the star at Winewall) We also have to pay for the Countryside Footpath service, and have acquired the garage sites at both Cotton Tree and Ash Villa's on Colne Road.
The Parish Council also supply the dog fouling bags on the Recreation Ground and near to the school in a bid to combat the ever increasing issues of people not picking up after their pets. More signs have been recently erected to remind people that they must pick up after their dogs.
We also support the fantastic work that the volunteers of Trawden in Bloom do, which keeps our villages looking their best. This, of course is reflected in the prizes that the group win year after
From April, we will be contributing 75% to the maintenance costs of Ball Grove as Pendle Borough Council will cut back on the service it provides if not. We have also been transferred various parcels of land around the village that now require the Parish Council to pay for their mowing. The Parish Council also now owns the full length of the tram tracks.
We also support the fantastic work that the Community Centre trustees do, and have already helped financially to the set-up of the new building as it is an asset to the whole village.
The Parish Council have recently sub-contracted a new Lengthsman to do the jobs around the village that, would otherwise get left. So far this year, he's rebuilt part of a wall, cleared out
gullies and drains on Colne Road, and made some huge in-roads to the overgrown Harambee Surgery Garden. Please take the time to have a look at this garden; it really is surprising how big it
If you would like any more information about anything we do, please do get in touch
Councillors have an active interest and concern for their local community. They represent local people and work in partnership with them and others when necessary. They help facilitate the
provision of local services and facilities and take decisions that form the policy of the Council.
Councillors are not paid and have to abide by a local government code of conduct and declare their financial interests in the parish. Councillors must also declare a personal or prejudicial interest in any matter under discussion at a parish council meetings.
The Parish Council plays an active part in all local planning issues. It is probably the area of the Council's role that is best known to the community and which can be of the most importance.
Click here to go to the Local Council Planning Portal and enter the planning refrence number into the text based search system to show the application.