Posted by: westlancashirerecord | November 14, 2017

One Of Those Nights At The Aughton Parish Council

 As you look at this chart above you might wonder how and why it connects to the APC, but all will be revealed.

Last night at the APC would, we who attended thought, be fairly mundane. The Clerk, seven councillors, eight members of the public, and Wally, Mrs Wally, and Sam Currie, the recent failed aspirant to represent us all by replacing Rosie Cooper as our MP. Nothing too taxing on the agenda, although the Chairman promptly suggested he would later ask Wally for his “advice” on the “Motion/Resolution proposed for the LALC General Meeting in respect of the forthcoming Review of the Land Drainage Act (1991) (notes circulated to members)” but not circulated to the public.

I can’t in all honesty recall Wally ever showing, or even knowing, anything useful about the matter of land drainage, but apparently hope sprang eternal for the Chairman. And Wally proved my point by declaring he knew nothing about it but would need to go away and do some research. Not to be deterred the Chairman insisted the APC needed to know now in order to instruct the Clerk how to vote at the LALC. Wally could not help him.

Briefly on other matters, 13 assorted crimes were reported since the last meeting. And the APC would receive circa £23,000 for Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) based on new housing developments in the parish. How might that be spent? Your guess is as good as mine, it could take five years, as in 2015/2016 the APC reports on £2,771.91 CIL received, CIL expenditure NIL.

Following the departure of the borough councillors, the APC members then discussed the matter of the LALC Motion/Resolution, and notwithstanding expressions of bewilderment about the repercussions of the review including who would foot the bill for flooding events, the Clerk was instructed to abstain at the LALC meeting. As for the chart above, that’s the calculation of the hydrology relating to water runoff. We can only wonder what Wally might think of that little gem of information!

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