Trawden Forest Parish Council
Trawden Forest Parish Council

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Public Participation at meetings


We encourage our residents to attend Parish Council meetings and the item below is the guidance to how this part of the meeting will be conducted.

Each item will have 5 minutes only - and one of the Councillors will set a timer.  You must make your conculsion within these 5 minutes.  Councillors may ask questions following this 5 minutes, but no decisions will be made.


With reference to planning applications; if your application is on the agenda for discussion, you are welcome to attend and give the Council any information, other than that on the application, that you may have.  You will not be permitted to speak during the Council's discussion of the application, unless invited to do so, by the Chair.

Lanehouse Lane Playground

To clarify some confusion on this site; the Parish Council worked hard over a long period with the Friends of Trawden Playground, with 3 Councillors co-opted onto the Friendsgroup, and with many meetings (Council minutes openly available), discussions with interested parties including playground providers, and correspondence trying to find anacceptable,affordable, long-term design for the Playground. The Council has statutory duties, and responsibilities both to users of the playground and to local residents and these can sometimes, unfortunately, be hard to reconcile with varying visions being put forward with differing funding implications. The Council is currently repairing and refurbishing the existing equipment and has already budgeted for the installation of new equipment after the summer holiday. Anyone with practical ideas or suggestions is always welcome to contact the Clerk or attend any meeting of the Parish Council.



You probably know that there is already a defibraillator outside the Community Centre, and in addition to this, the Parish Council have recently installed 2 more in the Parish.


One is outside of the White Lee Head Club (Cockhill), at Lanehouse and the other is at the Recreation Ground.


They are live and available on The Circuit site which means they are visible to the Ambulance service.  If you ever need to use any of these machines, please call 999 and they will give you the code to access the box.


£2 flat fare scheme on most Lancashire bus services

£2 bus fare extended until 31 October to help passengers with cost of living and then £2.50 until November 2024

What to do if you find an issue:


Residents often become aware of problems that the Parish Council cannot rectify. We are here to help, but if you see any of the following, these are the phone numbers/web links to report them direct:


Highways issues including blocked drains, street lights, gritting issues - these should be directed to Lancashire County Council via the LoveCleanStreets App.


Refuse collections, full litter or dog fouling bins - these should be directed to Pendle Borough Council on 01282 661166 or go to:


If you have a query about housing benefit, council tax benefit or the like, please go to


If you need to report an Environmental Health issue report it via


Colne Youth Action Group - CYAG

Covid 19 changed everything it seems. Residents and the Police reported an unprecedented rise in anti-social behaviour, not just in Colne, but in Trawden, Laneshaw Bridge and Foulridge too. Planters were turned over. Trees were uprooted. Play equipment was damaged. But why? Margaret Foxley and Sarah Cockburn-Price set out to find out. After speaking to Police, schools, businesses and councils they realised that something had to be done to create societal change locally, as the generations were in conflict. They also realised it couldn’t be a short-term fix. From this, CYAG was born. It was soon clear that lots of other people agreed with us and we are indebted to them for their support.



To advance in life and help young people living in Colne and the surrounding areas through:

  • The provision of recreational and leisure time activities in the interest of social welfare, designed to improve their conditions of life.
  • Providing support and activities which develop their skills, capacities and capabilities to enable them to participate in society as mature and responsible individuals.
  • Discouraging anti-social and criminal behaviour by showing young people the consequences and likely outcomes of such activities.

To find out what's going on, please visit




Each year, the Parish Council budget for donations to local charities and community groups.  We also have a grant's fund, should your organisation need a small amount of additional funding for capital projects.


During the 2022/23 financial year, the Council chose to support the following:

£50 to Royal British Legion for the Poppy Wreath

£500 towards upkeep of the Church clock.

£500 towards the running costs of the Friendship Group.

£300 towards running costs for the Community Centre.

£200 to Mountain Rescue

£200 to Air Ambulance.


We hope that you agree that these donations are very worthwhile for the whole community.

CCTV Cameras


The Parish Council own 2 sets of CCTV cameras. One is on the Church corner, and the other is the set on Wycoller car park. They run 24 hours a day and are not monitored, but footage can be retrieved by the Clerk should there be an incident within the vicinity.


The cameras are registered with the Police, who will request footage, should there be an incident in the area. The purpose of the cameras is for the detection and prevention of crime.


These cameras are registered with the ICO for transparency.

Re-opening of the Victorian Pissor on Skipton Road

These are the photo's that were taken at the re-opening of the Victorian Pissoir yesterday (30th April 218). On behalf of Trawden Forest Parish Council.....
Thank you to David and Barbara Whalley - the Mayor and Mayoress - for attending the opening and cutting the ribbon.
Thank you to Sarah Cockburn-Price, Paul White and Margaret Foxley, the Borough Councillors for funding part of the renovation project.
Thank you to Martin and Jacquie Watson and Keiron Melling from Marlyn Engineering for completing the work.
Thank you to Craig Smith for taking up the old cracked concrete floor and replacing it with the black limestone flags.

Thank you to Gillian Greenwood for taking the photo's.
We have already received some lovely messages saying how good it looks and that people are glad that it has reopened.

Repair of the wall on Skipton Road

Sections of the boundary wall on Skipton Road have been falling down for quite some time now, and at the end of last year, quite a large section fell into the road.

With the support of our County Councillor, the wall was repaired on 12th April 2018, and as you can see, it looks much better and more safe than in recent years.

Planting the replacement 'Cotton Trees'

Following on from the decision from an independant report which stated that the existing 'Cotton Trees' located across from LBS and Trawden Road, were dangerous and had to be removed, yesterday (28th November 2016) replacement trees were planted.

Anne and Geoff Wolfenden, the owners of LBS and the land where the trees were located, purchased 5 replacement specimens to be planted along the side of the river around the Cotton Tree bend.  3 trees were removed, which are thought to be almost 200 years old.  They kindly invited Trawden Parish Council, the Ward Councillors and the local press to attend the replanting.

Michael Crawshaw took the Councillors to the area of planting from his farm with his quad bike and sheep trailer. 

We were able to use the Trawden Spade which is kept at Nelson Town Hall, for this planting which was an honor, as it was first presented to the Village when the first sod was cut for the light railway at Cotton Tree.

We hope that these trees, which are very rare, will last as long as their predecessors.

There will be a full report in the Colne Times.

"Be prepared" flood campaign launched in Lancashire

Lancashire County Council have launched a flooding awareness campaign today.  The campaign aims to help inform residents about their role during severe weather and seeks to contribute to an overall increased level of awareness, preparedness and resilience in the event of future floods. 


The campaign messages focus on the fact that, although flooding can never be totally prevented, the impact to people and property can usually be reduced. It promotes self-help messages for those members of the public who have been affected by flooding in the past and those who could be affected in the future. 


It also encourages householders and businesses to be more prepared for floods that may occur in the future.  They aim for it to help manage expectations around surface water flooding, while contributing to and reinforcing the work all agencies have been doing in some way to increase the level of community resilience in relation to both property level flooding and surface water flooding.


Please visit where you will find information, advice and short animations designed to help people prepare for and deal with flooding.



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