Posted by: westlancashirerecord | November 25, 2018

Aughton SPID Secrecy Continues

Having asked the Aughton Parish Council about the provision of SPIDs  after a funding deal was agreed with the WLBC, and that the July APC Minutes state “Parish Council Capital Schemes 2018/2019: i) to report on the bid for partnership funding towards the provision of Solar Powered Speed Indicator Devices and to receive and consider approval of the Terms and Conditions which apply to the grant funding (details circulated to members) – the successful bid was NOTED, ie £6000 – percentage grant rate 50% (£3,000 APC £3,000 WLBC) and it was AGREED to approve the Capital Grant Agreement (document executed as a deed) to be signed by the Clerk/Proper Officer. ii) to consider a Working Group – it was AGREED to set up a Working Group to consider the most appropriate locations for the Speed Indicator Devices (SpIDs), liaison with Lancashire County Council Highways, arrange site visits, etc. Additionally, consideration would be given to the use of CIL monies for SpIDs if the location(s) met the specific criteria. The Scheme would be reported back to the Parish Council for approval, once all issues relevant to the project had been completed”, I asked for a copy of the Minutes of the SPID Working Group Meeting held on 16 July 2018.

APC states “The Working Group is Parish Cllrs Jones, Boulton, Grant, Mercer and the Clerk in attendance, and that “Working groups are not obliged to produce minutes”. But, as explained to them “The matter of the Aughton SPIDs has been of grave concern, expressed publicly and often in APC Meetings, for a long time and a policy of secrecy is hardly conducive to good parish governance and transparency”.

Aughton still has no SPIDs.


  1. What’s the point of Panto Jones and his fellow circus clowns? All they seem to do is dance to their own tune and spit their dummies out when the residents ask for a little accountability. What a pompous arse APC truly is.

    • No point at all. We might as well do away with APC. They raise OUR money and then bank it, accruing over years to twice the precept plus all the CIL.

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