Posted by: westlancashirerecord | June 4, 2017

Latest Report From WLBC Chief Executive

 The last two weeks have been overshadowed by the tragic events in Manchester on Monday 22 May. The Council joined others around the country, during the week of 22 May, in paying our respects to those who lost their lives or were injured, their families and friends, and those caring for them. Our sympathy and thoughts continue to be with them, and especially those directly affected in West Lancashire.

On Tuesday 23 May, and for the days that followed, the Council flew the Union Flag at half-mast. Two minutes’ silence was observed in Council offices on Tuesday 23 May, and the Council joined the rest of the country in observing one minute’s silence on Thursday 25 May.

I am grateful to Dave Tilleray, Director of Leisure and Wellbeing; Andrew Hill, Environmental Protection and Community Safety Manager; Jenny Jones, Emergency Planning Officer and Cliff Owens, Community Safety Officer, for their work with the Lancashire Resilience Forum and the Constabulary throughout the period. Whilst nationally the threat level remains at severe, in Lancashire the threat level remains low. The usual vigilant approach, however, continues.

I continue to chair Lancashire’s Economic Development Officers’ Group, and the group met on Thursday 25 May, with a focus on developing a strategic approach to economic development amongst councils across the county, and positioning ourselves to maximise the benefits from national policy.

Also on Thursday 25 May it was fantastic to visit Ormskirk Market, and to see people enjoying the “Love Your Local Market Day” activities. My thanks go to Ian Gill, Deputy Director of Development and Regeneration and the team, with particular thanks to Dominic Carr, Senior Planning Officer (Regeneration); Kate Pierce, Principal Economic Regeneration Officer; Lisa Ratican, Economic Regeneration Officer; Steve Wilson, Markets and Parking Officer and Suzanne Hill, Engineering Assistant for all their work on this.

Thursday 25 May also saw a continuation of the planning work for the forthcoming General Parliamentary Election on Thursday 8 June and by-elections: Aughton Park Ward on Thursday 8 June and Derby Ward on Thursday 29 June. I held my regular election planning meeting with Terry Broderick, Borough Solicitor; Matthew Jones, Legal and Member Services Manager; Tom Lynan, Admin and Electoral Services Manager and Susanne Malmgren, Senior Admin and Electoral Services Officer. Furthermore on Thursday 25 May, together with Tom Lynan, I met with DI Hurst, our Police Single Point of Contact for the elections on 8 June, and held the planned briefing for candidates and agents. My thanks go to Terry Broderick, Matthew Jones, Tom Lynan and his team, and also to Julie Lacey, Executive Assistant, for their assistance in this phase of the work towards 8 June.

On Friday 26 May I attended the Annual Meeting of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, the first meeting to be chaired by the newly elected Mayor of the Liverpool City Region. Also on Friday 26 May it was emotional to say goodbye to John Nelson, Deputy Director of Leisure and Wellbeing, after over 16 years of service with the Council. John will be greatly missed, as will the contribution he made over many years to the work of the Council.

Thursday 1 June saw a further election planning meeting, and I am grateful to Marc Taylor, Borough Treasurer, for representing me at the regular meeting of the Corporate Consultative Group, and to Dave Tilleray for attending the Lancashire and Cumbria Joint Committee of Clinical Commissioning Groups, on the same day.

Voters living in the Council’s Derby Ward will go to the polls on Thursday 29 June 2017 for a by-election to elect a new councillor. Council CCTV operators assist with more than 100 incidents in West Lancs every week. West Lancashire’s new Mayor looks forward to meeting voluntary groups in the borough. Amateur and professional artists alike have chance to display their work at the Lancashire Open Exhibition at the Chapel Gallery. The whole family can enjoy a great time at the Richmond Park Fun Day.

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