A round-up of news in brief from across Lancashire
Questions over trading rules
Concerns have been raised over trading restrictions on Preston Market. Coun Christine Abram asked the ruling Labour party why a new trader is allowed to sell a variety of goods but if established traders want to expand their range they must seek permission of the management. Coun Robert Boswell said he would investigate.
Residents sign deal for power
A total of 5,950 Preston residents have signed up for People Power, a collective energy buying scheme led by 13 Lancashire councils. Residents can sign up, up to and including April 8. On April 9, an auction will take place with energy providers. Once the best deal isnegotiated, members will receive an offer by email or post.
House plans are put forward
The owner of a house on Cromwell Road, in Penwortham, has resubmitted plans to build a two-storey side extension and a single-storey extension to the rear. The proposals include the retention of a 1.4m wall and a 2.2m high fence to the rear.
Consultation coming to end
Time is running out for people to say what they think of proposals for new ward boundaries across Lancaster. The Local Government Boundary Commission consultation ends on March 18. Visit consultation.lgbce.org.uk to have your say.
Concern over dog fouling
Ingol and Tanterton Neighbourhood Council has raised concerns about dog fouling in the area. It claims the problem has increased because of a reduction in dog control enforcement officer hours. Preston Council said that 99 per cent of dog owners clean up after their pet and direct enforcement was not value for money. Instead, dog wardens, park rangers and PCSOs will seek to maintain compliance.
Community centre works
South Ribble Council has sought tenders for exterior works to be carried out at Penwortham Community Centre, in Kingsfold Drive. Works include replacing doors and fascia boards. The borough council is also preparing a new lease for the building.
Craft session at museum
An embroidery workshop led by Celia Whittaker runs on Saturday, March 9. From 10.30am to 12.30pm, guests are invited to take part in the session at South Ribble Museum and Exhibition Centre, The Old Grammar School, Church Road, Leyland. For more details, call 01772 422041.
Police covering the Larches and Savick areas are investigating residents’ concerns about speeding in Larches Lane, Greavestown Lane and Westpark Avenue. Officers have also been made aware of anti-social behaviour problems from school children in Lyndhurst Drive on their way to and from school.
Trees felled to start project
Four trees will be chopped down to make way a major facelift of Preston’s war memorial. The monument, which stands in Market Square, and the surrounding area, will undergo a major restoration worth £1m in time for November to mark the centenary of the First World War. Four trees will be felled by the end of this month to make way for the start of the works.
Community group to meet
A community group will hold a meeting to talk about progress on a major project. Buckshaw Village Community Association will meet to talk about progress being made at the new Waitrose distribution centre on Thursday at 7.30pm at Buckshaw Community Centre.
Concern over fence
The Open Spaces Society, a pressure-group for common land, says it is concerned the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has allowed fencing on Champion Moss in the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
However, the society is relieved that the consent is only for 10 years. An application was made by Thomas Woodcock, of Slaidburn, for the erection of stock-proof fencing around 11 acres of common land he owns at Champion Moss. It will create an area where sheep can graze. The society was concerned the fence would “intrude on the landscape”.