Posted by: westlancashirerecord | August 15, 2017

Aughton Parish Council News

The Aughton Parish Council  website states “Notice has previously been given pursuant to Section 87(2) of the Local Government Act 1972 that 3 vacancies have occurred in the office of Parish Councillor for North-East Ward (2) and Town Green Ward (1) of the above named Parish. The Parish Council is still seeking to fill the vacancies by co-option in accordance with the Local Election (Parishes and Communities) (England and Wales) Rules. Applications are invited – for further details please see General Notice in Vacancies Box. Irene Roberts Clerk to Aughton Parish Council May 2017”.

But with two resignations, Glenn Wohlers and Mark Gibbon, APC now has five vacancies, including one in Christ Church ward and one in Delph ward, although it is now apparent that two new members including former Cllr Dr David Gallagher are under consideration. Who next for the merry-go-round?

Incidents of disorder, crime, anti-social behaviour and criminal damage in Aughton are on the increase and concerns have been expressed regarding the level of policing. The Community Beat Officer Constable Ivan Leivers has now left to take the post of “wildlife officer” at Hutton HQ and has not been replaced. This leaves Aughton currently policed by two PCSO’s who have no power of arrest. The APC is writing to Lancashire Constabulary expressing their concerns. What a question, does wildlife matter more than lowlife?

During the recent meeting Cllr Grant mentioned the absence of any of the WLBC/LCC Councillors at APC meetings. It was decided that APC will write to the Councillors suggesting that they should create a rota to ensure that at least one of them attends each APC meeting. Why bother? As we regularly comment, only one of five local Tory WLBC members lives in the parish, the others being three from Halsall and one from Haskayne. If the political party they represent dumps candidates on us what else do we expect other than to be ignored?


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