A round-up of news in brief from across Lancashire
Units to ‘boost employment’
Plans for new industrial units at a business centre look set to be approved tomorrow.
Pentagon Investments Ltd has applied to renew its planning consent for a scheme which would create 25 units at the Walton Summit Centre near Bamber Bridge.
A new report advises South Ribble councillors: “It is considered that the scheme is well designed, will enhance its setting and provide an important employment source.”
Call-out for kitchen blaze
fire crews tackled a blaze in a kitchen.
Firefighters were called to a house in Gamull Lane, Ribbleton, Preston, at 7.40pm on Sunday, after reports a cooker fire had started.
The crew remained at the scene for around 20 minutes and the ceramic hood was damaged by fire, while there was light smoke damage in the room.
Nobody was injured in the blaze.
Sign removed in heavy wind
A sign was removed after it became unsafe in heavy wind.
Firefighters were called to Glover’s Court in Preston city centre at around 7.15pm on Sunday, after reports a sign had become loose.
On arrival the crew found a plastic sign between two poles had become loose and was unsafe.
The sign was taken down by the firefighters as a safety precaution which took around 10 minutes.
Date for PACT meeting set
The date for the next meeting of the Police and Communities Together PACT group in Avenham and Frenchwood has been set.
The meeting will take place on Wednesday August 8 at St James Church, Knowsley Street, Avenham.
For info visit, lancashire.police.uk/my-area/avenham.
Garden party for charities
The Mayor of South Ribble, Coun Colin Clark, will host a fundraising garden party on Sunday.
The party will take place at Worden Park, Leyland, to raise money for his chosen charities, St Catherine’s Hospice, the North West Air Ambulance and The Prostate Cancer Charity.
Park activities for youngsters
There will be a series of free activities taking place at Preston’s Ashton Park on Friday. The activities are part of ‘Park it’ a scheme aimed at diverting young people from anti-social behaviour.
The fun will run between 5pm and 8pm.
For info call 01772 253731.
Get ready for Guild walking
The first leg of the Guild Walking Weekend starts this weekend.
The walk will start at the Pavilion on Avenham Park at 9.30am on Saturday.
The 12 mile walk will go through Brockholes and finish at the King George V car park at Broughton.
Give blood at church session
Blood donation sessions will be held in Fulwood this week.
The sessions will be held at Our Lady and St Edward’s Church, Marlborough Drive, on Thursday.
They will be on between 2pm and 4pm and 5pm and 7.30pm.
Show date set for weekend
The 197th annual Garstang Show is on on Saturday.
It runs from 8am - 6pm and will include agricultural and horticultural displays, craft tents and a fair.
Drugs to be targeted in pubs
Landlords and police in South Ribble have joined forces in a bid to tackle drug taking in rural pubs.
Police officers will visit pubs in Longton, Much Hoole, Hutton and Walmer Bridge to check for drug usage and will have a specially trained police dog, Flash, to help detect illegal substances.
The move comes after landlords voiced it as a priority at a Pubwatch meeting.
PC Dave Pentall said: “We have around 12 licensees in our Pubwatch scheme which covers the western parishes of South Ribble.
“The message is simple – don’t turn up to pubs to take drugs when responsible people and families are trying to enjoy themselves. The constabulary, along with local landlords, have zero tolerance for this sort of stupidity and are determined to stamp it out.”
Licensee Andrew Worthington added: “Local landlords are looking forward to working with police on this initiative which I am sure will become another success for Pubwatch.
“It is only a very small minority who are doing this sort of thing, but it still needs to be erased as drugs are not welcome in our communities.”
Dog issues are worry at shops
Nuisance caused by dogs has continued to be a problem for worried residents.
People in Ingol and Tanterton have told police there is a problem around Kidsgrove and shops in the Tanterton area.
Earlier this year, the Evening Post reported how a pensioner had been bitten by a stray dog in the area.
Stop checks on school cars
Police are conducting stop checks on vehicles around the grounds of a school at night after residents reported concerns.
Fears have been raised to police about the presence of cars around All Saints School, Hesketh, at night.