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No Covid-19 Rule Changes For West Lancashire, Yet!

Despite the new Covid-19 restrictions banning household mixing across parts of the North West having been announced, Lancashire has not been included despite having the area with the worst infection rate in all of England.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock told the House of Commons that the Liverpool city region and Warrington, as well as Hartlepool and Middlesbrough, will have tighter measures in place.

The measures will legally stop people from meeting with those they do not live with in any indoor setting. Hancock confirmed “rules will not change in Lancashire at this point”.  But Dr Jim Gardner, medical director at the Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, has said further lockdown measures “for all of Lancashire” are being discussed.

Sad News For West Lancashire As More Coronavirus Deaths Are Reported

We are sorry to report the Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust hospitals today recorded the biggest rise in deaths from coronavirus in Lancashire with four deaths. One patient died on September 25, two on September 26 and one on September 28. The West Lancashire total case infections rose by 20 to 1,121, that’s now 980.7 infections per 100,000 of the population.

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Lancashire has jumped by 413 in the last 24 hours, the highest number for 3 months, new official figures show. Sadly there were 10 deaths.

Coronavirus Infections Surge Again In West Lancashire And The County

The West Lancashire Ormskirk & Southport NHS Trust hospitals reported an increase of 25 new coronavirus infections today, and the total reached 1,101, that’s 963.2 infections per 100,000 of the population.

Sadly a coronavirus patient died at Southport and Ormskirk Hospitals NHS Trust on Sunday (September 28).

There were 390 new coronavirus infections reported in the county today.

Public Health Message NHS COVID-19 App

This is a public health message from NHS Test and Trace

As part of the government’s coordinated response to Coronavirus, NHS Test and Trace has developed the new NHS COVID-19 app. It is now available for download to all residents of England and Wales. We strongly recommend that everyone over the age of 16 downloads and uses it.

Download the ‘NHS COVID-19’ app from the App Store or Google Play. There is more information at

The app will help you to understand and manage your personal risk and reduce the spread of Coronavirus. The more people who use it, the more effective it will be.

The app requires operating system 13.5 or above if you have an Apple iPhone. It requires Android 6.0 or above if you have an Android phone. If your smartphone is not compatible, you can still access full support from the NHS Test and Trace service.

NHS Test and Trace

All individuals over the age of 16 who are registered with a GP in England and have provided an email address to the NHS are receiving this email. Some people will receive a text message instead, if an email address has not been provided.

West Lancashire Records Coronavirus Major Surge In Infections

In a major development, sadly there has been one death, and the biggest daily rise in Lancashire, registered in West Lancashire for the first time since the start of the pandemic, with 30 new cases. West Lancashire has now recorded 1,059 infections, that’s 926.5 cases  per 100,000 of the population.

Lancashire recorded a further 228 positive coronavirus tests in the last 24 hours as a government expert warned new lockdown measures are not solving the problem. Sadly four other deaths have been recorded.

NHS Coronavirus Testing Failing As West Lancashire Surge Continues

The West Lancashire Ormskirk & Southport NHS Trust hospitals have reported 27 new coronavirus infections today, The cumulative number is now 1,029, that’s 900.2 per 100,000 of the population.

There have been 335 new coronavirus cases recorded across Lancashire, new figures reveal.  Two Lancashire hospital trusts earlier announced more coronavirus related deaths. All 14 local county authorities registered new positive tests in the last 24 hours.

Results of coronavirus tests carried out in an NHS hospital or Public Health England lab cannot be linked with the newly-launched NHS Covid-19 app, officials have admitted.

Tax Funded Council Benefits From Public Taxes

In an apparent  blatant hijack of taxpayers’ money, West Lancashire Borough Council has grabbed another £755,000 of my, and your, income taxes on top of the annual council tax amount for ‘average’ Band D properties (excluding parish council precepts) of £1,891.02. You might be paying more.

They’ve grabbed it and relish the fact of Historic England receiving £87.1 million in grant-in-aid from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport that’s funded from income and other taxes.

“Our Management Agreement with Government provides the context and framework for our work and sets out our key activities for the money we receive. “£755,000 Funding Success For West Lancashire”

“We are pleased to announce that £755,000 match funding has been secured from Historic England to deliver the High Street Heritage Action Zone programme in Ormskirk.

“West Lancashire Borough Council and Lancashire County Council will also be contributing significant amounts of funding which has previously been allocated, to deliver a number of projects within the HAZ programme, which will be delivered over the next four years. Some of the match funding allocated includes improvements to the bus station and further improving the public realm in Moor Street and other parts of the town centre.

“Councillor Ian Moran, Leader of West Lancashire Borough Council, said “We are laughing all the way to our bank [we think that’s what he’s thinking!] which holds £25,728,000 in useable reserves. This is great news and will help us build on the proud heritage Ormskirk has.

“This scheme was for historic town centres and high streets, which is why the Council bid for Ormskirk. We are ambitious for the whole of West Lancashire and constantly looking for external funding schemes that might be used to enhance different areas. Prior to the pandemic construction work had begun on the Skelmersdale town centre regeneration scheme and we have been in discussions with the owners of the Concourse Shopping Centre on possible future phases of development.”

“The High Street Heritage Action Zone is an initiative from Historic England to use a place’s heritage to create economic growth and improve quality of life to help revive our high streets.

“Working with local people, partners and Historic England, We are helping to breathe new life into [half-dead] Ormskirk town centre which is rich in heritage and full of promise. The programme will unlock Ormskirk’s potential and make the area more attractive to residents, businesses, tourists and investors. The programme will be delivered through joint-working, grant funding and sharing the skills of experts at Historic England.

“The High Street Heritage Action Zone programme will include physical improvements and cultural activities to help to regenerate Ormskirk town centre. We will be working with local partners to develop and deliver this by implementing projects that draw upon and enhance the town’s historic character.

“Projects included within the programme are the improvements to public realm areas, enhanced connectivity to access the town centre by walking, cycling and public transport and visual improvements to alleyways and public realm, to better highlight the town’s heritage. An associated cultural programme focussed on working with communities and local cultural organisations in developing site-specific events will also be designed to encourage local people to engage with the heritage on their high street”.

What a load of old bollocks, if you will pardon the expression. It’s a heist from the public money-go-round. Let us know the last time you thought about “public realm” or engaged with the heritage, as you strolled through Burscough, Skelmersdale, and Ormskirk, so we all know what it means! We must all cherish this “culture” paid for unknowingly by us all!

West Lancashire Coronavirus Infections Continue Surge To Over 1,000 Cases

West Lancashire Ormskirk & Southport NHS Trust hospitals reported 26 new coronavirus infections today, that takes the cumulative total to 1,002, that’s 876.6 infections per 100,000 of the population.

The county reported 414 new infections. The Office for National Statistics stated the number of people with active coronavirus cases in England almost doubled in a week.

No deaths from coronavirus have been reported in Lancashire today.