Posted by: westlancashirerecord | February 10, 2017

WLBC Chief Executive Reports On Meetings

wlnow1002 Over the last two weeks the emphasis has been on preparation for Council on 22 February 2017, key projects, including work on delivering the Economic Development Strategy, the next phase of the Council’s Leadership Programme, and work with Lancashire Councils and other public sector partners.

Over the weekend of 28 and 29 January, and into the following week, staff in Director of Leisure and Wellbeing Dave Tilleray’s team were involved in supporting and advising emergency services and others following the tragic incident associated with the fire in Parbold that has been reported in the press. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families, and all those affected by this terribly sad event. My thanks go to Andrew Hill, Environmental Protection and Community Safety Manager, and his staff, and in particular to Chris Carpenter, Senior Environmental Health Officer (Environmental Protection), and Jenny Jones, Emergency Planning Officer.

On 2 and 3 February, together with the Leader of the Council, I attended the first annual conference held by the District Councils’ Network. Key speakers included Gavin Barwell MP, Minister for Housing, Planning and London; Rt Hon Greg Clark, Secretary of State, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy; Rt Hon Sajid Javid, Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government and Sean Nolan, Director of Local Government, The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy. Discussion focussed on the key roles that District Councils play, for example in their local economies and in delivering housing, together with progress on combined authorities and devolution, business rates retention and the Housing White Paper amongst other matters.

In addition, on Thursday 2 February I was grateful to Dave Tilleray for attending the Joint Committee of CCGs, on my behalf, and on 3 February to John Harrison, Director of Development and Regeneration, who attended the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority meeting. On Monday 6 February I attended the regular meeting of the Lancashire Chief Executives Public Sector Group.

On Thursday 9 February I was delighted to visit NRG Fleet Services Ltd to meet Sid Sadique, Group Managing Director, and Martin Ashcroft, Chief Financial Officer for NRG. It was really interesting to see and hear about the development that had taken place since my last visit in September 2013.

Finally, on Thursday 9 February I chaired the third meeting of the Lancashire Economic Development Officers’ Group, and discussion focussed on project development, the refresh of Lancashire’s Single Economic Plan (SEP), and the recently published Industrial Strategy Green Paper.

A West Lancashire man has been prosecuted after dumping bags of household waste in the Denshaw area of Up Holland. Wigan Magistrates Court heard how Adam Mitchell had admitted depositing 12 bin bags in a ditch when interviewed by the Council’s Environmental Enforcement Officers. Mr Mitchell, of Denshaw, Up Holland, attended court and pleaded guilty to fly-tipping. He was given a fine of £300. Mr Mitchell was also ordered to pay £503.72 in costs to the Council and a victim charge of £30, making a total of £833.72. This case demonstrates the Council’s ongoing commitment to tackling fly-tipping, a criminal offence for which individuals and businesses found to have broken the law could face serious penalties.


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