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I am a pensioner. I was a strong supporter of the rights of elderly and disabled residents of West Lancashire to receive equal treatment from the old Tory WLBC that unfortunately did not agree, leading to the social exclusion of some immobile disabled residents. My personal suggestion of honouring the County Regiment led to us having probably the proudest day ever in West Lancashire, with the help of Cllr Adrian Owens who wrote "You will be pleased to learn that this evening the motion passed unanimously. Colonel Amlot from the Regiment was accorded a standing ovation and we look forward to a parade and march through Ormskirk next year. Thank you". After the Parade I wrote to Cllr Owens "I was reading through the emails we exchanged after I made the suggestion to honour our County Regiment. As you said today, we got there in the end, and what an end? This celebration of our Regiment was quite simply, as my original mail said, the greatest honour of all. To see all these young people who risk their lives for us was so moving. Little did I know what Council could do and how our residents would react to it all. Well, we should all be so proud of this great day. I know I am".

Get Vaccinated At The Covid-19 Pop-Up Sites And Bus

People living in West Lancashire have been urged to take advantage of COVID-19 pop up sites and a vaccine bus that will be visiting the area over the next three weeks.

Starting on Wednesday 23 June 2021 at the Tanhouse Community Centre in Ennerdale and running until Saturday 10July 2021 at sites across our borough, the pop-up sites and mobile bus will aim to reach out to people who as of now, may have had difficulties in visiting the existing permanent sites.

The local NHS is working with GP practices and West Lancashire Borough Council to provide the service in areas where vaccine uptake is lowest in a bid to ensure as many people as possible are protected against COVID-19.

Councillor Vickie Cummins,

portfolio holder for Health and Wellbeing at West Lancashire Borough Council, said “We have witnessed a huge uptake of COVID-19 vaccinations across West Lancashire, which has been fantastic. However, we would like to see this increased further across the whole borough. 

“I would encourage anyone who is yet to make an appointment for their COVID-19 vaccine to pop over and get a vaccine at one of our pop-up sites or via our vaccine bus, so they are protected against the virus. We all want to see a return to normality and to make sure as many people as possible are vaccinated.

“A real collaborative approach has been applied to staffing and supporting these sites and I would like to thank all GP, local authority, CCG staff and volunteers for all coming together, illustrating once again how everyone is working together to help us get through this national health crisis.”

Locations, dates and times are to be confirmed – please visit the NHS West Lancashire CCG and West Lancashire Borough Council website as well as Facebook and Twitter pages for up to the minute updates. They include Tanhouse, Concourse, Parbold, Wheatsheaf Walk, Clock Tower Ormskirk, Upholland and Tarleton.

Bookings are not required for any of the pop-up sites or vaccine bus and vaccines are available to anyone who is 18 or over. If attending for a second vaccine, please ensure that this is no less than eight weeks after your first vaccine dose.

West Lancashire Coronavirus Infections Rise Again

The Ormskirk & Southport NHS Trust hospitals have advised us 23 new people had a confirmed positive coronavirus test result reported on 19th June 2021.

Between 13th June 2021 and 19th June 2021, 161 people had a confirmed positive test result. This shows an increase of 75% compared to the previous 7 days.

76,391 people had been given a first vaccine dose by the end of 18th June 2021, and 62,340 people had been given a second dose by the end of 18th June 2021.

There were 0 deaths within 28 days of a positive test for coronavirus reported on 19th June 2021.

The estimated R number for the North West including West Lancashire is 1.3 to 1.5 with a daily infection growth rate range of +5% to +8% as of 18th June 2021.

Rosie Cooper MP Presents British Sign Language Bill To Parliament

Rosie Cooper MP has introduced her Private Members Bill, the ‘British Sign Language Bill’ to be debated in Parliament. The British Sign Language (BSL) Bill will declare BSL an official language of the United Kingdom and provide for a BSL Council that will be able to promote and advise on matters relating to the language.

At the Parliamentary session, Rosie named 28 January, 2022 at the date for the second reading of her Bill in Parliament. She said “As the daughter of profoundly deaf parents, BSL is my first language.  I know first-hand the difficulty that deaf people face every day. So often they are ignored, misunderstood or have to fight for attention.

“Acknowledging BSL as a language is a simple, principled step towards ensuring the needs of deaf people who rely on their language are met, and met correctly. Similar pieces of legislation have been passed and made a positive impact in Scotland and New Zealand.

“I am hopeful that the benefits of this Bill will be clear to the Government and that they will do what they can to support its passage through Parliament.”

David Buxton, from the British Deaf Association

and Lead Trustee for the BDA’s BSL Act Now! Campaign, added “We are absolutely delighted that Rosie supports our work and is bringing this Bill forward.  As a sign language user herself from a Deaf family, Rosie shares and understands our lived experiences and knows the barriers we face.

“We will continue to work with Rosie to achieve a legal status for BSL– something the Deaf Community has been waiting for many, many, years. Only then will we have equality, access and provision for our language and our needs.”

UK Hits Milestone Of 100 $1bn Tech Companies

That’s more than rest of Europe combined. The UK tech sector has now 100 UK tech companies valued at $1bn or more, according to new data from Dealroom and Tech Nation, shared with City A.M. 

The UK is leading Europe in terms of investment, as well as the number of unicorns, private companies worth more than $1bn, created.

The UK’s 100th tech unicorn, Tractable, an AI startup building computer vision tools, announced a $60m Series D raise, which takes the company’s valuation to $1bn. 

Tractable joins the likes of travel search engine Skyscanner, from Scotland, Durham-based challenger bank, Atom Bank, and Cambridge-based Darktrace, who utilise AI to develop cyber security solutions.

Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden told City A.M. “Smashing through this milestone cements the UK’s place as one of the world’s top tech hubs.”

So far in 2021, 13 UK tech unicorns have already been created, compared to 7 in the whole of 2020, and UK tech unicorn creation has increased by 127% since 2017, when the UK was home to 44 tech unicorns. 

The UK now joins the US and China as the only nations to have triple digit tech unicorns globally, and is the first country in Europe to reach 100 tech unicorns, with more tech unicorns than Germany (42), France (22) and the Netherlands (18) combined.

Hiring in the tech sector has surged to its highest level in five years as venture capital investment booms despite the impact of the pandemic.

The London Stock Exchange announced 5 listings in a single day on Thursday! More than the rest of the #EU put together get in several weeks. Booming UK!

More School Laptop Donations

It seems housing developers are falling over themselves to show how charitable they are.

Following the example of publicly owned Tawd Valley Developments Ltd we now read how Laurus Homes,

the development arm of Trafford Housing Trust (THT) has donated 20 more laptops to St. James’ Catholic Primary school after a visit by James Upjohn, the independent councillor for Ashurst.

Pupils will now have their own computers instead of sharing. The Trafford Housing Trust shared this photograph

on its website.

Has Tawd Valley Developments Become The LCC Schools Education Fix-It Service?

Is the LCC responsible for schools repairs? We read that when publicly owned Tawd Valley Developments Ltd heard about the plight of a local primary school that had suffered significant flood damage they knew they had to help.

As the children of Westhead Lathom St James’ Church of England Primary School in Westhead were about to return to school following lockdown, a water pipe burst causing significant damage to both a classroom and resources, meaning the children would once again be separated from their friends and teachers and sent home.

Not only was the physical structure of the school affected, but carpets, reading books and computers were also damaged. To make matters worse, their insurance didn’t cover the damage.

That’s where Tawd Valley Developments came in. Having started work just metres away from the school on a new development of ten high-quality energy efficient homes on the site of the former Halton Castle pub, the council-owned company threw a lifeline to the school. They offered to repair the damage to the building at no cost as well as offering to make a donation towards replacing books lost in the incident. Whitfield & Brown, contractors from other live Tawd Valley developments in Skelmersdale spent one week repairing the damage to the school which is now complete.

Aughton’s Town Green Primary School is regularly flooded. Could we expect Tawd Valley Developments Ltd to come to Aughton and throw it a lifeline at no cost?

Meanwhile the LCC Education Service must be relieved to find this alternative to its own responsibilities.  


Coronavirus Infections Increase Again In West Lancashire

The Ormskirk & Southport NHS Trust hospitals have advised us 19 new people had a confirmed positive coronavirus test result reported on 18th June 2021.

Between 12th June 2021 and 18th June 2021, 157 people had a confirmed positive test result. This shows an increase of 103.9% compared to the previous 7 days.

76,095 people had been given a first vaccine dose by the end of 17th June 2021, and 61,816 people had been given a second dose by the end of 17th June 2021.

There were 0 deaths within 28 days of a positive test for coronavirus reported on 18th June 2021. 

Asmall Primary School Fire Aid

“As you all will know our lovely school suffered a fire this evening, 17th June 2021.

“I’m sure many of you will agree that there is no other school quite like Asmall Primary School.

I have been part of the Asmall family since my eldest daughter started at nursery in 2009, and have seen how amazing the staff and families are.

“Please join me and give only what you can afford to help this fantastic school overcome its loss.

“Thank you” Anne Linden 

Update, the fund has raised its first target but please keep on giving?

Parish Outrage At High Court Planning Decision

The Court of Appeal has rejected an attempt by Abbotskerswell Parish Council to block Teignbridge District Council’s plan for a 1,500 homes development at Wolborough Barton.

Although the judgment is not yet available, the district said in a statement “All arguments put forward by Abbotskerswell for a review have been rejected by the court which concluded ‘there is no discernible error and no other compelling reason for an appeal to be heard’”.

Teignbridge said this ended a dispute that started in 2014 and “which has seen significant public funding spent reviewing this application through every possible planning and legal process”.

It said the Court of Appeal ruling showed Teignbridge followed “the correct planning processes and gave sound professional advice on planning, ecological and environmental issues”.

A statement on the parish website said “This is a travesty of justice because it means that piecemeal developments can now be progressed with no overall control of the environmental protections that are needed to ensure sustainable security for biodiversity and climate change issues”.

The Implications Of This Judgement Are Of National Importance

“In the High Court the Judge has said, despite the law saying that environmental matters need to be dealt with at the earliest possible date, that such matters can be delayed and should be dealt with in reserved matters at a later date.  In effect further delaying all environmental surveys until the very last minute. 

“The decision to persistently delay or avoid being presented with key environmental information and protection is alarming. We believe that the lack of firm environmental protections is unacceptable”.

West Lancashire In New Wave Of Coronavirus Infections

The Ormskirk & Southport NHS Trust hospitals have advised us 26 new people had a confirmed positive coronavirus test result reported on 17th June 2021.

Between 11th June 2021 and 17th June 2021, 149 people had a confirmed positive test result. This shows an increase of 91.0% compared to the previous 7 days.

There were 0 deaths within 28 days of a positive test for coronavirus reported on 17th June 2021.

Between 11th June 2021 and 17th June 2021, there has been 1 death within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test. 

75,763 people had been given a first vaccine dose by the end of 16th June 2021. And 61,462 people had been given a second dose by the end of 16th June 2021.