Posted by: westlancashirerecord | December 16, 2016

Meetings Bloody Meetings!

The WLBC Chief Executive’s Update DEC 2016 Christmas lights Ormskirk Clock tower2. “Welcome to the last 2016 edition of West Lancs Now. It has been a busy and fulfilling year, and the last two weeks have been no exception. The focus here has been on preparations for the Council meeting which took place this week, the next Cabinet meeting to take place on Tuesday 10 January 2017, and also on key projects.

“On Monday 5 December, I was pleased to host a session with our Senior Managers to discuss progress in delivering the Council Plan, the emerging health and Wellbeing Strategy, and balancing the budget to reach a self sustaining position by 2020. I am grateful to Julie Lacey, Executive Assistant, for her support in organising these Senior Manager events, and also to Caroline Robinson, Health and Wellbeing Strategy Manager, and Marc Taylor, Borough Treasurer for their presentations. Thanks also go to the managers who facilitated and attended, for their input to a very worthwhile set of discussions.

“On Tuesday 6 December, together with Dave Tilleray, Director of Leisure and Wellbeing, I met with Chief Superintendent Chris Bithell for our regular catch up session. It was good to receive praise for the work being done by the West Lancs Community Safety Partnership, and thanks in this regard go to Dave Tilleray, Andrew Hill, Environmental Protection and Community Safety Manager, and Cliff Owens, Community Safety Officer, in particular.

“On Thursday 8 December, I was grateful to Dave Tilleray for representing me as an observer at the first meeting of the Joint Committee of Clinical Commissioning Groups for the Lancashire and South Cumbria area. Also on 8 December I attended the regular meeting of the Corporate Consultative Group, and held a planning meeting for the next annual Citizen and Stakeholder survey with Marc Taylor, Borough Treasurer and Edwina Leigh, Communications and Consultation Manager.

“On Friday 9 December, together with Martin Kelly, Director of Economic Development at the County Council, I was involved in a briefing of the Lead Shadow Lancashire Combined Authority Members.

“Monday 12 December saw Jacqui Sinnott-Lacey join the Council as Director of Housing and Inclusion. I was delighted to welcome Jacqui on her first day with the Council. Jacqui has over 25 years’ experience in the housing field, most recently as a Director with the Peaks and Plains Housing Trust. Prior to this Jacqui worked for a number of Cheshire, Merseyside and Manchester organisations, including a number of Councils. Jacqui has a strong track record of leading and managing housing services, and of delivering housing-led regeneration. She joins us at an important time for the Council and Housing Service, and will be a valuable addition to our senior team. Thanks go to Pat Wright, Executive Assistant and Claire Durrans, PA to the Director of Housing and Inclusion for overseeing the induction and practical arrangements for Jacqui’s first few weeks. I’m grateful also to Shaun Walsh and the Housing and Inclusion Service Management team for overseeing the service in the interim.

“Also on 12 December, I was pleased, together with key Members to meet with Bob Stott, Director of Children’s Services, Lancashire County Council to talk about how the two Councils might work together, and with others in the community to further educational attainment in the Borough, and particularly in Skelmersdale.

“Furthermore, on 12 December, we received the sad news that Frank Riley who was a Deputy Leader, and a Councillor for Birch Green and Moorside from 1976 to 1994, had passed away. Our thoughts are with his family. Details of the arrangements for the funeral, which takes place on Thursday 22 December at Hexham Abbey, are available from Jacky Denning on 01695 585384.

“On Wednesday 14 December, Council met and made decisions on a number of matters, including in relation to the Revised Capital Programme and Mid Year Review 2016/17, Appointment of External Auditors and Budget Update, and Appointment of Vice Chairman of Planning Committee.

“On Friday 16 December, I attended the planned meeting of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.

“Next week, in the run up to Christmas, the focus will be on a series of Lancashire Shadow Combined Authority related meetings, and key projects, including the regular Election Planning meeting with Terry Broderick, Borough Solicitor, and his team. I would like to take this opportunity to wish you a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year, and to thank staff for all their efforts throughout 2016. I look forward to working with you all in 2017”.

PS Don’t get stoned like me 

A woman with black hair, wearing a purple turtle neck sweater, dark gray shorts and black shoes, looking so drunk, struggles to find balance while walking, right hand holding a brown bottle of beer on Council premises!

The next edition of West Lancs Now will be issued on Friday 13 January 2017.

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