Posted by: westlancashirerecord | January 13, 2017

WLBC Chief Executive’s Update

Otherwise known as meetings bloody meetings…Welcome to the first 2017 edition of West Lancs Now wlngeese. I would like to take this opportunity to wish those of you I have not seen a very happy New Year. The last two weeks have seen a focus on key projects and preparation for the first Cabinet meeting of 2017. On Thursday 5 January, I met with Ian Gill, Deputy Director of Development and Regeneration and Tracey Shaw, Business Engagement Officer, for an update on the Skelmersdale Ambassadors initiative.

On Friday 6 January, together with Dave Tilleray, Director of Leisure and Wellbeing, John Harrison, Director of Development and Regeneration, and Ian Gill, Deputy Director of Development and Regeneration, I was pleased to meet with Mike Maguire, Chief Officer, West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group and George Hurst, Estates Development, to talk about the work our organisations are doing together, particularly in relation to the Leisure Strategy and the Well Skelmersdale initiative.

On Monday 9 January, together with John Harrison and Ian Gill, I met with Homes and Communities Agency representatives Danielle Gillespie, (General Manager of the North West) Stuart Sage (Area Manager Lancashire and Cumbria) and Mark Vaughan, (Senior Area Manager) to stocktake progress on the work we are doing together in Skelmersdale.

On Tuesday 10 January, Cabinet met and made decisions on a number of matters, including in relation to the Draft Green Infrastructure and Cycling Strategy, Community Infrastructure Levy Funding Programme, Granville Park Conservation Area – Character Appraisal Review, Beechtrees Revival, Tawd Valley Park Project and New Leisure Facilities, and Procurement of Leisure Partnership. It was also good to see the public speaking facility being used at this meeting by a member of the public.

On Wednesday 11 January, together with Thomas Lynan, Electoral and Administration Services Manager, I visited Burscough to look at the possible site for a new polling place in Polling District BEC, to help inform the Interim Polling Review that is currently underway. The final report will be considered by the Polling Places Review Committee on 24 January 2017.

On Thursday 12 January, I chaired the second meeting of the Lancashire Economic Development Officers Group, and it was useful to receive presentations on a number of matters, including the work being undertaken on skills in Lancashire by Dr Michele Lawty-Jones, Director of the Lancashire Skills Hub – Lancashire LEP. Also on Thursday 12 January I attended a workshop session for Lancashire Chief Executives which focussed on the Shadow Combined Authority and related matters, and accompanied the Leader to a meeting of the Shadow Combined Authority.

On Friday 13 January, I attended the third meeting of the Skelmersdale Place Board. It was good to see the continuing enthusiasm for this initiative, and to welcome Graham Cowley from the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership, and Denise Williamson from West Lancashire College, as Members. Also on Friday 13 January, I met with John Harrison, Marc Taylor, Borough Treasurer, Terry Broderick, Borough Solicitor, Ian Gill, and Rachel Kneale, Estates & Valuation Manager, to stocktake on the One Public Estate, public sector property related project that we are engaged in, together with a number of other Lancashire Authorities. I am grateful to John, Ian and in particular Rachel Kneale, and Elaine Edmondson, Estates Technician, for their work on this project.


  1. FYI: They’ve started to build at the Turkey Farm on the A59 (High Lane).

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