Monthly Archives: January 2020

How To Make Money Without Doing Anything But Talk

On Brexit night it seems appropriate to relate news of David Cameron and how he earns a crust or two after his swift departure from No 10.

Wrote “How much do you think Cisco’s paying erstwhile Brit PM David Cameron?
In July 2018 “He’s set to headline networking kit firm’s CIO golf-a-thon. Fearless scarperer-in-chief David Cameron is all set to dispense nuggets of Brexit wisdom to Cisco’s October CIO conference – making us wonder how much he’s earning for the stunt.

“The former prime minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is billed on Switchzilla’s CIO Exchange conference website as giving the keynote speech.

“Curious folk will note that day one of the three-day conference begins at 07:30 with golf, and that the ex-PM doesn’t kick off proceedings until 5pm. Which is entirely reasonable; after all, you wouldn’t want to spoil your time on the links by letting Cisco chief Chuck Robbins interrupt your perfectly perfected putting with a sales pitch.

“Cameron – who famously ragequit British politics altogether after committing himself to keeping the UK inside the EU, only for the vote to swing the other way in June 2016 – his potted bio runs to six full paragraphs puffing up his political achievements rather than the handful of sentences all the other speakers supplied.

“Oddly enough, old Call-me-Dave’s boasts to Cisco about offering “lessons in leadership at an extraordinary and turbulent time in global affairs” do not explain why he snatched up his toys and ran away from the Brexit mess he created, leaving such modern political titans as current prime minister Theresa May and Labour opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn to pick over the political nuclear wasteland left by the referendum’s fallout.

“Cameron, along with his former Chancellor George Osborne, is a member of the Washington Speakers’ Bureau

an agency that helps “Greatest Minds” ie ex-failed politicians, earn exorbitant fees for public speaking. The agency helped Osborne net a reported £500,000 in two months.

“With that in mind, then, dear readers, how much do you think Cameron is earning being paid for playing golf and recounting funny stories about his time at 10 Downing Street? More or less than Osborne, or fellow Washington Speakers’ Bureau members such as erstwhile Aussie PM Tony Abbott, former US NSA Peeping-Tom-in-chief Keith Alexander, Tony Blair (for it is he) or Gordon Brown?”.

Well, The Office Of David Cameron Limited. Company number 10421190 reports “Incorporation Statement of capital on 2016-10-11 GBP 100

Balance sheet at 30 April 2018 Fixed Assets. Tangible assets £6,350 and Other Financial Assets £119,395. Current Assets Debtors £239,395. Cash in bank and in hand £627,227 = £866,622. Creditors amounts falling due within one year (£209,580) Net assets less liabilities £782,787 Total Equity £781,580.

Balance sheet at 30 April 2019 Fixed and Tangible assets £297,856. Debtors plus cash in bank and at hand £758,394. Total Equity £873,821. The Company was exempt from audit under S477 of the Companies Act 2006.

Oh, don’t forget his fat PM pension we are paying for…pocket money?

Happy Brexit Day!

It’s only taken 1,317 days since the referendum was won.


We are so nearly there, writes Shanker Singham, who is Chair of Global Vision

CEO of Competere, Head of Trade at the Centre for Economics and Business Research, a senior advisor to Huntsworth and Grayling and Director of the International Trade and Competition Unit at the Institute of Economic Affairs. He also chaired the Technical Panel of Prosperity UK’s Alternative Arrangements Commission and was the author of a General Theory of Trade and Competition; Trade Liberalisation and Competitive Markets]

“After three long years, in which increasingly exasperated ordinary voters were pitted against the massed ranks of an establishment which seemed desperate to lock the UK into the EU, Britain is finally leaving. It is a testament to our fellow citizens’ indomitable spirit and the determination of the ‘little guy’ not to be bullied. Tonight will truly be an historic night.

“The key, now, is that we seize the myriad of opportunities which await us now we are free of EU institutions, regulations and bureaucracy and a political class which seemed unable to break free of its EU-mindset. By delivering a bright, broad, global Brexit, we will re-unite our country and ensure an outstanding future for everyone in it.

“That is what Global Vision is all about. As Chair, I want our mission as a news outlet to be two-fold: to cover Britain’s emergence back onto the world stage – including, we hope, trade deals with both the United States and our friends in the EU – but also to try and help shape what a global Brexit looks like. It’s about delivering for Brexit voters and holding our head high in the world. Positivity and optimism. But also responsibility and respect. For those who, like me, voted Remain and for those for whom 31st January will be a sad and not a joyous day, we want you also to contribute to finding the best solutions for Britain in the world so that we can create a truly aspirational society in which all boats can be lifted higher.

“A comprehensive free trade deal with the United States is something we can all champion. Ignore the scare stories about chlorinated chicken; we already eat chlorinated salad and it is harmless. The risk of campylobacter and other diseases is much higher in the EU than it is in the US. Moreover, a million British people work in America and a million Americans here. Our defence and security is uniquely intertwined. We are partners in trade, partners in security – but also cultural partners too. Deepening our friendship benefits the UK, benefits the US – and benefits both our many shared allies and the wider world too. Let us build a truly transatlantic marketplace in financial services, in defence and in the key area of technology, from bioscience to the future of the internet.

“Re-connecting with the Commonwealth

will be key too. For too long, while we have turned our focus to the EU, we neglected our oldest allies, but we are now forging FTAs with Australia and New Zealand. The Commonwealth is an alignment of nations, a powerful network which shares our commitment to the rule of law, sound commercial policies and economic democracy. We must re-embrace them; and work together to boost our shared prosperity and security.

“We need to work with the fast-growing markets of Asia by acceding to the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans Pacific Partnership which includes eleven of these nations, many of them Commonwealth nations. We must also reach out to Africa, both in terms of new development policies that actually stimulate growth and opportunity in those countries, too long mired in conflict and poverty, and in terms of genuine Economic Partnership Agreements that are not hand-outs but really involve us opening our markets to these countries on the basis of equals.

“We must not neglect Brexit voters at home. Repatriating our fishing rights, reinvigorating our fishing industry and supporting our fishermen is not just important for our economy, it has symbolic importance too. Our coastal communities must be rejuvenated; our fish must again be our own. We must also ensure we’re dealing with people’s concerns on immigration. Our country is by any reasonable measure one of the most open and tolerant in the world. Introducing a sensible, points-based immigration system will ensure it stays that way, whilst attracting the brightest and best from across the globe.

“And we should not be afraid to innovate. Our economy is in good shape – happily outperforming the EU, even during recent avoidable but extended periods of “Brexit uncertainty”. It’s time to turbo-charge our economy. Yes, that will mean making the most of our opportunity to improve our domestic regulation and make it more competitive. We should embrace a tax policy that rewards our hard working people and allows them to keep more of what they earn. But it also means boosting small businesses; saving the high street and ensuring there’s the money we need to smarten up our schools and history-proof our NHS. Let’s be ambitious: Britain outside of the EU should be the best country in the world to live in, a country where no matter from where you have come your aspirations can be realised and your dreams can become real.

“In December 2019, the public returned Boris Johnson to Downing Street with an 80-seat majority. The Withdrawal Agreement Act received Royal Assent and Britain leaves the European Union at 11pm on 31st January 2020.

Together, we are embarking on an extraordinary journey. The Prime Minister and the Government have our very best wishes as we move into this crucial new phase. We at Global Vision intend to be a supportive, though if necessary critical, friend”.

Railcard For Military Veterans

From the UK Department for Transport

You may have heard the Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP, Secretary of State for Transport, announcing there is to be a railcard for military veterans to provide discounted rail travel to veterans and their families.

Veterans are Individuals aged 16 and over who have served at least one day in the UK Armed Forces. This includes those of us who were conscripted to undertake our National Service.

Snowflakes may not know that National Service was a standardised form of peacetime conscription. All able-bodied men between the ages of 18 and 30 were called up. They initially served for 18 months. But in 1950, during the Korean War (1950-53), this was increased to two years. Between 1949 – when the National Service Act came into force – and 1963 – when the last National Serviceman was demobbed – more than 2 million men were conscripted to the British Army, Royal Navy or Royal Air Force.

UK Armed Forces veterans residing in Great Britain will be referred to as veterans throughout this report. Retirement age veterans are aged 65 and over.

“‘At the age of seventeen I received through the post an official letter inviting me, well, not exactly inviting, but summonsing me to register for National Service”. Private Gordon Kell, Royal Army Medical Corps, 1952-54

“Our military personnel are rightly valued throughout their service in HM armed forces. They make sacrifices and put themselves in danger to protect and serve our country. It is only right that we continue to show how much we value their efforts once they leave the armed forces too.

“In our manifesto we promised to introduce a railcard for veterans. I am delighted to announce that we will make it available from 11 November this year (2020). This railcard will extend discounted train travel to the more than 830,000 veterans not covered by existing discounts.

“We expect our service personnel to live and work all over the country, moving wherever they are needed to serve our great country. This often leads to service families, and former service families, living far away from friends and family and the communities they grew up in.

“Therefore, I believe it is important that our veterans have access to this railcard, supporting their access to vital work prospects and retraining opportunities, and making it easier for former members of the armed forces to stay in touch with friends and relatives.

“This railcard will also allow their family to travel with them, potentially saving military families hundreds of pounds a year. I am sure that you will agree with me that this is a welcome measure, alongside a much wider set of commitments which are being announced by the Minister for the Cabinet Office today in the government’s consultation response to last year’s consultation on the Strategy for our Veterans.

“This new railcard is one of the first parts of this government’s commitment to make the UK the best place to be a veteran anywhere in the world. My department is pleased to be supporting this ambition through this new railcard”.

It’s 17 million “Flag offs” From The EU!

From Facts4EU

It’s 17 million “Flag offs” from the EU, in a shocking final act of hypocrisy as the EU silences Nigel Farage, yet EU-loving MEPs are allowed to wave pro-EU banners.

Brexit triumphed over a day of nausea-inducing, maudlin, EU-speak from Rejoiner MEPs. Yesterday the EU Parliament approved the exit agreement of the UK from the EU. The vote (621 to 49, with 13 abstentions) had already been decided the week before, as we reported last week. The real news was that the EU also inadvertently chose this day to give an award-winning display of its breathtaking hypocrisy and totalitarianism to the British people and to the World.

Putting aside some typically-uninspiring speeches in the massive and very expensive hemicycle that is the EU Parliament in Brussels, the headlines were all about Nigel Farage and the Brexit Party.

Below we expose the staggering and suffocating hypocrisy which infects the EU from top to bottom, exhibited yesterday in one afternoon in Brussels. The EU cuts off Mr Farage for an invented offence, but allows blatant propaganda which IS an offence.

Yesterday Nigel Farage was finally allowed to speak in the EU Parliament’s debate on the Withdrawal Agreement which sees the UK formally end its membership of the European Union tomorrow (Friday) evening at 11pm GMT. As was to be expected after 20 years’ at this institution, Mr Farage delivered an excoriating speevch in the four minutes allotted to him. Towards the end of his speech Mr Farage waved his small Union Jack flag

in a gesture of farewell, upon which his fellow Brexit Party MEPs followed suit. The Anti-British Irish Vice-President of the EU Parliament cut off the leader of the largest single political party.

The Irish Vice-President of the EU Parliament promptly cut the sound from Mr Farage’s microphone. She then said the following. “If you disobey the rules you get cut off. Please sit down, resume your seats, put your flags away, you’re leaving, and take them with you” Mairead McGuinness, First Vice-President of the EU Parliament, Brussels, 29 Jan 2020.

Another example of how the EU makes up rules as it goes along. Brexit Facts4EU.Org took a look at the “Rules of Procedure of the European Parliament”. [More correctly the EU Parliament – Ed.] Rule 10.3 under “Standards of conduct” for MEPs states:- “Members shall not disrupt the good order of the Chamber and shall refrain from improper behaviour. They shall not display banners”.

So, banners are banned, flags are not – yet anti-Brexit banners were allowed everywhere yesterday. There are pictures of anti-Brexit British MEPs in the chamber yesterday, clearly waving banners. This below is prominent Labour MEP Richard Corbett.

Observations

Just when we think the EU can’t get any worse, it does. There is a serious point here apart from the blatant hypocrisy of the EU and its totalitarian and bureaucratic structures such as the EU Parliament, Commission, Council, and the EU’s hundreds of agencies.

Just think for a moment about the arbitrary banning of national flags in the EU Parliament – something which is not written in the rules but which exists in practice as readers can see above. The reason for this is simple. The EU is quietly airbrushing out the very concept of national identities from the minds of the citizens of all its member states. Thank goodness we are leaving this dystopian nightmare tomorrow evening – albeit in name only.

 

Burscough Flood Records Report

Executive Summary


On the 8th June 2016 Burscough Parish Council agreed that a residents’ group should be set up to collect flooding evidence and produce a report for a future Parish Council meeting. In response Burscough Flooding Group formed on the 12th July 2016 and subsequently collected evidence from witnesses and victims, contacted through leafleting, advertising and by knocking on doors.

It has met with, and made freedom of information legislation requests from, Lancashire County Council, West Lancashire Borough Council, the Environment Agency and United Utilities. Evidence collected has revealed that large amounts of flooding occurred in 2012, 2015 and 2016 with a peak of 73 internal and over 100 external floods occurring in Burscough in 2015. Information provided by residents about the long-term history of flooding showed that a significant number of areas were suffering long term repeat flooding.

The Group has found that the causes of flooding were predominantly water discharging from United Utilities surface water and foul sewers in the urban areas; and inadequate capacity of ordinary watercourses, fed with urban surface water run-off, in the downstream rural areas. In the course of the investigations the Group found that United Utilities surface water sewer network drains the un-attenuated surface water flows from several large housing estates into watercourses and believe that this is the primary cause of flooding in Higgins Lane, Crabtree Lane, Orrell Lane and the Truscott Estate.

In addition, the Group has found that groundwater flooding occurs around Martin Mere and Yew Tree Farm and that the infiltration of groundwater into watercourses and sewers is highly likely to have been a negative factor in the severity of flooding when it occurs.

Maps and photographic evidence of the nature and extent of the flooding in Burscough follow with the flood records at the back of the document containing a comprehensive recent record of the locations, frequency and causes of flooding in Burscough. The report can be seen in full, on request 

Copies are available on the Parish Council website, http://www.burscoughpc.co.uk, or to view at the Parish Council Office. We include the Burscough Flooding Group email address BFG@FullStopLtd.co.uk  and if the public email a request for a copy of the Flood Records Report for Burscough, they will be emailed a pdf copy of the report, just include full name and Town please on the email.

The “Complete Burscough Flood Records Report for BPC Rev 16 28012020.pdf” is an amazing document, both as narrated and its technical content, that will rival any and all official works and is a credit to those involved in it.

What Price ‘Localism’ Now?

Martin Goodall

is a Solicitor who has specialised in planning law for more than 30 years. A member of the Law Society’s Planning Panel and a Legal Associate of the Royal Town Planning Institute, he practises as a Consultant Lawyer with Keystone Law. He’s raised a case that should interest us all, and especially local politicians.

He wrote “I expect most of you will have heard by now of the controversy surrounding the South Oxfordshire Local Plan. This plan got as far as its formal examination in March of last year, under the former Tory administration in South Oxon, but was the subject of furious opposition by local residents who were horrified at the huge increase in housing development that was proposed across the area. This may well have been a factor in the defeat of the Tories in South Oxon in the May 2019 council elections, leading to control of the council being taken over by a coalition of Lib Dems with the Green Party.

“The new council withdrew the draft plan from examination in October, because of concern over the increased housing target in the new plan, coupled with the issues raised by the climate emergency, which they felt had not been given sufficient weight in formulating the plan. Most of all, the decision reflected the serious concerns of local electors, which had been expressed through the ballot box in May.

“The government had been attempting to bribe Oxfordshire authorities with a promise of more than £200 million in infrastructure grants if they would accept a substantial increase in housing in the county. The proposed withdrawal of the Local Plan promptly led to the government threatening to withdraw this funding. But SODC was not deterred, and made it clear that they would nevertheless persist in their intention of withdrawing their local plan.

“Having failed to bribe the council, the government then resorted to threats. A holding direction was issued by the Secretary of State in order to prevent SODC from carrying out their intention, and he followed this up with threats to call in the Local Plan, and then to hand it to the Tory-controlled Oxfordshire County Council to handle. (Unfortunately, it seems that MHLG did not warn OCC of their intention beforehand, and the County is still in the dark as to where the resources are to be found for taking on this task!)

“Robert Jenrick (Secretary-of-State-for-the-time-being-pending-Boris-Johnson’s-pleasure) demanded that South Oxfordshire Council should write to him by the end of this month to explain themselves. This they have now done, making a number of very reasonable points, and taking an emollient line (including a request for face-to-face talks with Jenrick, if he’s still there after the pending cabinet reshuffle).

“Perhaps the most important point in the letter, in addition to the need to address the climate emergency was the fact that the councillors now in office were elected on the basis of their opposition to the draft local plan, and that they therefore have what they believe is “a clear electoral mandate given to us by the residents of South Oxfordshire”. As the council leader pointed out in her letter, the proposed course of action threatened by Jenrick would be a dangerous precedent that would undermine local democracy. It is a great irony that John Howell, the MP for Henley whose constituency covers a large part of South Oxfordshire, was the author of the Tories’ ‘Green Paper’ before the 2010 General Election, which introduced the concept of “localism”, coupled with a commitment that the level of development should be determined at a local level, rather than being imposed from above.

“I am not trying to take sides in this dispute. Clearly there are arguments on both sides. The Secretary of State does have the necessary powers to take the action he has threatened, but he must act reasonably (in accordance with the Wednesbury principles). If the matter is taken out of SODC’s hands, an application to the High Court for judicial review seems a distinct possibility. At the moment, both parties seem to be circling each other warily, trying not to put a legal foot wrong. But I can’t help feeling that m’learned friends are already salivating at the prospect of a juicy case ahead”.

Ah, the power of opposition from local residents. Who among us, facing regular floods of sewage waste into our homes, or massive planned housing developments on prime agricutural village land, might envy the electorate of South Oxforshire for dumping out of office the nasty developers’ friends?

Cllr Currie Departs WLBC With A Message About Dog Poo!

Aughton & Downholland Cllr Currie

known best for his short but ill-fated attempt to become a national politician

has tweeted “This morning I spoke to my group leader at West Lancs and told him of my decision not to seek re-election in May. I still own my home in West Lancs but recently moved my life to London so it’s the only way forward. I celebrated by emailing the council about dog poo in my ward”.

What a strange epitaph “If your dog should do a plop, take a while and make a stop, just find a stick and flick it wide into the undergrowth at the side. If your dog should do a do, you don’t want it on your shoe, find a stick, pick a spot, flick into the bushes so it can rot. If your dog should do a poo, this is what you should do, just find a stick and flick it wide into the undergrowth at the side. If your dog should make a mess there really is no need to stress. Find a stick, pick a spot, flick into the bushes so it can rot”. [Source Anne Main MP]

Well, West Lancashire’s loss is London’s loss too! Aughton & Downholland residents will ask and wonder “Sam who?”. 

 

Fighting The Discriminately LCC For Safe Pavements In Halsall

The story of how elderly and disabled residents of parts of Halsall face appalling risks to life and limb shames the Lancashire County Council.

Halsall Parish Council (HPC)

has been involved for some years to highlight the appalling state of the footpaths and pavements along New Cut Lane, Halsall (PR83DW) which they have in the past brought to the attention of Lancashire County Council. LCC is quite simply in breach of the Disability Discrimination Act of 1995.

Now, during a planning application consultation (2019/1257/FUL), many residents submitted comments regarding the poor state and the sloping angles which makes walking on such pavements, to people with disabilities, “challenging, dangerous, and injurious”!

Halsall Parish Council has taken a series of photos demonstrating at present, the sloping pavements on various sections along New Cut Lane, Halsall. To illustrate the situation, a spirit level and straight sections of wood baton were used.

In May 2016, the HPC Clerk emailed LCC after a series of phone conversations first commencing 15th Feb 2016 to LCC Highways reporting the poor condition and standard of the footpaths.

Sent: 25 May 2016 09:56
To: LHS Customer Service
Subject: Ref: 1423875 Cracked and sloping pavements along New Cut Lane

Dear Sirs

I spoke to one of your representatives on Monday and she promised me someone would mail me re an update as to when the above issues might be addressed?

I look forward to a prompt response.

Parish Clerk
Halsall Parish Council

Our Parish Clerk received a reply later that day
From: LHS Customer Service
Sent: 25 May 2016 14:27
To: ‘davebondhpc@aol.com’
Subject: FW: 1423875 / Cracked and sloping pavements along New Cut Lane (our ref: 23266)

Dear Mr Bond,

Thank you for your email. The officer’s notes on Report It ref: 132768 / PEM 1423875 are as follows: “Defects outside 51 and 41 have been marked for repair and will be undertaken as part of the defect repair regime. Other issues at 53, 55, 57 and 74-80 are bigger issues and will need to be addressed in the new financial year as funding is currently limited”.

However officers will further investigate the matter under PEM 1488102 and we will provide you with an update within the next 20 working days.

Kind regards,

District Lead Officer | Highways
Lancashire County Council | 01772 531559 | http://www.lancashire.gov.uk

Some weeks later our Parish Clerk received another e mail from LCC Highways, District Lead Officer
—–Original Message—–
From: LHS Customer Service
To: ‘davebondhpc@aol.com’
Sent: Wed, 15 Jun 2016 8:05
Subject: FW: 1423875 / Cracked and sloping pavements along New Cut Lane (our ref: 23266)
Dear Mr Bond

Further to my email below, officers advise that the areas of footway that meet intervention levels within the defect code of practice have been marked for repair. The footways are in backfall to accommodate the houses being lower than the road. To alter the footways would require large scale reconstruction and extensive accommodation work on private property. The footway backfall is not considered excessive and is not unusual in this type of situation.

Kind regards,

District Lead Officer | Highways
Lancashire County Council | 01772 531559 | http://www.lancashire.gov.uk

HPC writes “The e mail from the LCC District Lead Officer, states that “To alter the footways would require large scale reconstruction and extensive accommodation work on private property”. 

“Whilst HPC fully appreciates that significant investment and reconstruction work is required, we do not see why the residents of New Cut Lane should be denied the necessary repairs to allow disabled residents full access to their own street and treated as any normal pedestrian without fear of injury or avoidable obstruction!

“It has been brought to our attention that there is a legal case against LCC for injuries which occurred from one resident who as a result fell on one poorly maintained section of footpath, requiring medical treatment.

“People who are unsteady on their feet, dependant on crutches or walking frames have considerable challenges covering any distance on pavements that are uneven and undulating”.

As mentioned in the LCC (Highways) e mail dated 25th May 2016, acknowledges defects outside No’s 41, 51, 53, 55, 57, and 74 to 80. As yet, we are still awaiting for works to be conducted;
“Defects outside 51 and 41 have been marked for repair and will be undertaken as part of the defect repair regime. Other issues at 53,55,57 and 74-80 are bigger issues and will need to be addressed in the new financial year as funding is currently limited”

LCC has known the issues and yet no funding has been earmarked nor added to the new financial year funding programme, essentially, New Cut Lane has been completely forgotten about. HPC request the reason or rationale behind the decision on not conducting any remedial works that has been highlighted for almost 4 years.

It could be argued that the pavement is without sound side foundations on the resident’s garden curtilage which is the reasoning for the pavement sloping, however it is noted that since 1978, the road surface of New Cut Lane has increased in height significantly due to LCC Highways resurfacing programmes which has raised the tarmac road and footpaths by quite a considerable height.

No remedial works have ever been conducted to shore or support the pavement. This work has created another issue as resident’s driveways now slope down and away from the road thus creating significant localised surface water flooding in front and rear gardens.

It is well known to LCC Highways that road and footpath gullies are completely inadequate to dispose of surface water which creates flooding events to properties, if LCC repaired the pavements and footpath gullies, the flood risk would no doubt be dramatically reduced.

We look forward to this serious issue being addressed in the very near future.

And the elderly and disabled residents of the area no doubt look forward to walking on safe pavements. Would this discriminated mess be tolerated in the middle of Ormskirk?

Working To Make Sure Ormskirk Market Has A Bright Future?

WLBC states “Ormskirk Market is one of the best street markets in the North West and West Lancashire Borough Council is working with traders to make sure it has a bright future.

“Across the UK, outdoor markets continue to be under pressure from changes in shopping habits which have had a significant impact upon the high street. Council staff, Ormskirk’s market traders and the National Market Traders Federation (NMTF) have been closely involved in developing new market arrangements. These seek to address the challenges brought upon by the changing times.

“Many existing Ormskirk market traders currently set up their own stalls on the market whilst others who work off the WLBC traditional stalls also have their own stalls which they erect on other markets they attend. By asking our traders to set up their own stalls we have been able to reduce all permanent traders’ overall annual rental charges. On top of this we can offer them up to three free months of trading between January-March inclusive to help them through the difficult time after Christmas. This is something traders have been requesting and has therefore been a change welcomed by them. We are also looking to provide storage for traders’ stalls if they will struggle to bring them in their vehicles. It is normal practice these days for market traders to set up their own stalls in many street markets across the UK, such as in Skipton (awarded Best Small Outdoor Market of the Year in 2019 by the National Association for British Market Authorities) and Lancaster.

“These measures are designed to ensure the market’s continued success and will be combined with efforts to find a wider range of traders to complement our current much valued traders and also at the same time answering the call from customers for such provision. Our intention is to very much grow the market and enhance the quality and variety of products on offer, which will be underpinned by the new improved trading terms being offered to traders. Council staff will continue to promote the market further afield to bring in more visitors and also look to develop a unique “brand identity” for the market”.

A number of traders are being very positive about the changes. Lisa Brown, who runs That Veggie Place, said: “It’s brilliant Ormskirk is preserving its heritage as a market town and I personally think all the different gazebos looked brilliant at the Christmas of tales and gingerbread festival events.

“I love trading on the Ormskirk market as it’s got such a great community spirit. I may only be a sole trader but don’t feel alone as all fellow traders are very helpful and honestly want to provide customers and passers-by with the best customer service experience.”

Gary Sutton, who runs the ladies clothing stall outside The Old Post Office, said: “I know if the market stayed the same it wouldn’t be here in years to come. I get a lot of people coming to my stall saying they wish they had a market like this. We can’t live in the past, we can only live in the future”.

Neil Thompson, who runs Thompson’s Bakery stall on Moor Street, added: “I think it will be good if everyone brings their own gazebos it will look more colourful and even more professional. I do other markets and bring my own gazebo. The market is moving with the times”.

Councillor David Evans

whose Cabinet responsibilities include Ormskirk Market, said “Ormskirk Market is extremely important for local people and the Council shares their passion for preserving and enhancing one of the Borough’s prize assets. We are constantly seeking to modernise the market while maintaining our investment and continue to work with traders to address any concerns they may have”.