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Delivery Of An (Unwanted) Inclusive And Sustainable Community!

They want to put a “sustainable development site” on a historic working productive agricultural green belt site by claiming to be “Safeguarding Green Belt”!

 “The natural boundaries of the built site, with an established wooded area to the east, will restrict future growth and ensure that future development will not affect the strategic Green Belt, now or in the future”.

An open letter from Colin Atkinson, Chairman ARG (2012) to Rosie Cooper MP, all WLBC Ward Councillors, and Aughton Parish Council.

“I presume that by now you are all probably aware of the Barratt David Wilson Homes proposal for a housing development named Little Moor Hall Gardens at land bounded by Parrs Lane, Maltkiln Lane and Prescot Road, Aughton.

Details of this proposal can be viewed using  the link     www.littlemoorhallgardens.co.uk/our-proposals/

“I am sending you this email for your information as our elected representatives in the hope that you will give support to our Group and voice your objections to this unwarranted proposal at the appropriate time during the ongoing WLBC Local Plan processes.   

“This proposal is very similar to that submitted by Barratt David Wilson Homes in 2012/2013 and was rejected and not included in the current Local Plan. I have submitted the following comment/feedback on behalf of ARG (2012) to the developers by way of their electronic form.

“I have been the Chairman of Aughton Residents Group ARG (2012) since its formation in 2012 to resist unwarranted and uncalled for housing developments on sites in Parrs Lane Aughton and represent the views of hundreds of local residents.

“Our Group strongly and robustly object to your proposed development and will endeavour to do so at every opportunity during the formulation of the new WLBC Local Plan. We are against your development plans for a number of reasons including

1. The proposed development lies in the Green Belt and no amount of obfuscation can avoid this point.

2. The agricultural land in question is undoubtedly of the ‘Best and most versatile’ BMV type and as such the NPPF policies deem it way down the scale when land for building on is selected. Your similar proposal on the same area for an Aughton Village East submitted for consideration by WLBC in 2012 / 2013 was rejected and not included in the current Local Plan.

3. It is understood that the Local build requirements likely to be set by the Government will result in WLBC’S target being reduced to 193 per annum not warranting such proportional large scale developments in Aughton as your proposal.

4. Your ‘speculative’ proposal especially at this very early stage of the Planning process once again brings angst, distress and uncertainty to residents of this area of Aughton who have endured years of battling against unwelcome and unnecessary profit driven housing schemes which take little or no heed of Local views or the irreparable damage done to or loss of our precious Greenbelt. 

“There are numerous other reasons why we object to this proposal which no doubt will be outlined at later stages of the Planning process. I’m sure that in reading my submission you realise that there is already very strong resistance to this proposal albeit at this relatively early stage of the Local Planning Process.

“I’m aware that the Local Development Scheme (LDS) timetable was before WLBC Cabinet for approval yesterday and the target date for adoption of the new 17 year plan (2023 – 2040) is now December 2023.

“Our Group wish to make it clear to Barratt David Wilson Homes at this early stage that they will encounter strong local opposition to this proposal. I ask that as our elected MP, Aughton Ward Councillors and Aughton Parish Councillors you give due consideration to voicing your opposition to this unwarranted development on precious Greenbelt land”.

Of interest “David Madden, an analyst at CMC Markets, said Barratt would also be looking for good news from the budget. He said “The Company has benefited greatly from the help-to-buy scheme, and it is banking on further assistance from Westminster, especially on the back of the Tory party win at the back end of last year”.

The executive director of campaigning body Positive Money said “It’s now beyond clear that rather than helping those who can’t afford to buy a home, Help To Buy has mainly been a subsidy for a housing bubble, benefiting property developers and existing home owners”.

Should we really have these tax subsidised developers taking away our greenbelt? As for “natural boundaries” bounded by “established woods”, are they strategic green belt or not? Perhaps our elected members might tell us?

West Lancashire Respite From Coronavirus Short Lived

In our West Lancashire Ormskirk & Southport NHS Trust hospitals, 25 new people had a confirmed positive coronavirus test result reported on 2nd March 2021. Between 24 February 2021 and 2 March 2021, 112 people had a confirmed positive test result. This shows a decrease of 28.7% compared to the previous 7 days.

There were 2 deaths within 28 days of a positive test for coronavirus reported on 2nd March 2021. Between 24th February 2021 and 2nd March 2021, there have been 5 deaths within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test. This shows a decrease of 28.6% compared to the previous 7 days.

We are believed to have lost 398 members of our community, awaiting confirmation from Public Health England.

Lancashire Constabulary News

We’ve got good news for our rural communities. New, dedicated rural task force teams have now been set up across Lancashire to target the issues that matter most to residents, including machinery theft, rural, wildlife and heritage crime.


A total of 20 officers, funded through the police officer uplift programme, will form part of the local policing teams that already cover the rural communities and will based at Morecambe, Garstang, Ormskirk, Clitheroe and Waterfoot.

The new officers are intended to provide extra resources to target, disrupt and address crime in rural communities and their launch follows the investment in 40 task force officers located in our towns and cities last year.

With 74 per cent of Lancashire classed as rural, these officers will be a great asset in preventing crime and supporting our rural communities.


WLBC Member Training

Elected members of WLBC attend training courses. We recently highlighted the costs to taxpayers. Today we bring you the latest summary of member training events attended.

Highlights include one elected member attending a “Preventing Suicide at WLBC” at a cost of £389. We hope to learn in time a) why, in such a happy environment, are people suicidal, and b) what the success rate has been.

Another fascinating event was “Chairing skills: Virtual Meetings” at a cost of £198. This occurred in November 2020 when virtual meeting were normal. What took so long?

And the star event, in January 2021, “Leisure Workshop” provided by…West Lancashire Borough Council FREE to 6 top brass elected members. We can only imagine how bizarre this event was. The agenda must surely have included “How to manage a council owned golf course to ruination”, and “How to manage the distribution of golf course landfill royalties trying not to leave any trace of them”, not to mention “How to help Serco Leisure Operating Limited avoid the consequences of the humiliating Breach of Condition Enforcement Notice by “Regularisation” conditions that have not themselves been complied with”.

Don’t they have fun, at our expense, down at the Derby Street Towers!

West Lancashire Coronavirus Infections In Single Figures Today

The West Lancashire Ormskirk & Southport NHS Trust hospitals recorded 9 new coronavirus infections today. The cumulative total is 8,489, that’s 7,426.6 per 100,000 of our population.

Between 23 February 2021 and 1 March 2021, 103 people had a confirmed positive test result. This shows a decrease of 41.5% compared to the previous 7 days.

No deaths from coronavirus were reported today. Between 23 February 2021 and 1 March 2021, there have been 6 deaths within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test. This shows a decrease of 25% compared to the previous 7 days.

All Primary Care In West Lancashire Is In The Hands Of Virgin Care

a private provider. And all this happened on the Labour Party watch, writes Barrie French, a West Lancashire resident who submits news to us about the local CCG.

“I enclose copies of payments to Virgin Care in December 2020 and January 2021 the 9 payments are in January 2021 as they are the first since the CCG gave all the primary care to Virgin Care. The payments are all in coded invoices which the public have not the information to access.

“It’s on the CCG website called “How we spend your money”, I have asked if they can show what is being paid for each service but informed that the payments covers the whole contract rather than separating out individual services or in other words it’s too time consuming and you will know too much.

“So as West Lancashire has a Labour MP and a council run by the Labour Party, can you provide me with the correspondence you must have sent on your concerns on this, as there was no tendering and the people of West Lancashire were not asked for their views”.

Virgin Care is detested, as is Centene, for the money lost in profits out of the NHS. These companies use NHS money to make money. Maybe the local politicians will tell us how it is tolerated?

In fact Rosie Cooper has taken the local CCG to task as below when she raised the “Virgin Care operated Skelmersdale Walk-in Centre was rated as ‘Requires Improvement’ following an inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC)”.

Rosie Cooper MP calls on West Lancashire CCG to urgently improve standards – Rosie Cooper MP

Health and Social Care – Rosie Cooper MP

Centene, The Obscene Undemocratic Takeover Of GP Services

This

is Trowbridge surgery in Hackney Wick.

It is one of 11 GP surgeries in NE London and 49 across London that have just been sold to Operose, a subsidiary of Centene, which is a huge US health insurance corporate. This was all done with no public debate and no say for patients.

The expansion of Operose has raised concerns among campaigners who believe the take over demonstrates how much the role of private companies in the NHS has been strengthened in recent years, and may be further strengthened still.

Dr Jackie Applebee, chair of Doctors in Unite said “We have been warning for years that US healthcare firms are circling to swoop on the NHS. Our fears are dismissed by politicians and senior NHS managers. The public are constantly told that the NHS is not being privatised.

“The advent of Centene onto the general practice landscape reveals yet again, that this is a lie. In reality the NHS is being parcelled up and sold off under the radar”.

Politicians recently claimed that the leaked Health and Care White Paper would reduce privatisation. However, Centene, the huge corporate behind this take-over, is one of a host of mainly US companies already accredited  under the government’s new plans as part of the so-called ‘Health Systems Support Framework’. Companies in this list are likely to receive huge contracts to deliver the new structure proposed in the White Paper. Even before the new White Paper becomes law, this devastating take-over shows how easily and secretly a huge US corporate can take over even our local GP surgeries – the most familiar and valued part of our NHS.

Just so you know. When Centene comes for your local GP Surgery, you won’t know about it until its happened. Just like In Hackney Wick!

From Centene “Our subsidiary, Operose Health, enables and supports the delivery of integrated care in the United Kingdom through primary care, mental health, and community services. The UK team promotes the improvement of population health through the development and deployment of Centene capabilities”.

BBC Sends 30 Staff On A Course On How To Drink Water

Thirty BBC staff attended an online guide to drinking water funded by taxpayers. Critics criticised the hour-long webinar, titled Hydration, as “pointless and patronising”.

The event was among several courses aimed at supporting workers’ mental and physical health. A description of the event emailed to staff said “Attending this webinar will help you identify the importance of being fully hydrated and find practical ways to achieve this state every day. It will help you understand how being fully hydrated will improve health, wellbeing and performance”.

A Freedom of Information request revealed 30 staff took part but the BBC refused to disclose the cost of the course. A critic who worked for the BBC for 25 years said “It’s absolute madness, utterly pointless and incredibly patronising”.

John O’Connell, of the TaxPayers’ Alliance said “The BBC has been caught pouring taxpayers’ money down the drain yet again. Despite another licence fee hike hitting households in April, the Beeb is showing no sign of keeping a lid on wasteful spending. They should do us all a favour by axing the hated TV tax once and for all”.

The tax won’t end because lousy politicians don’t have the balls to do it. Boris Johnson threatened to take the BBC’s licence fee away as he called into question its status as a publicly funded broadcaster. He suggested the licence fee, which is guaranteed to continue until at least 2027, was a general tax that could no longer be justified when other media organisations had found other ways of funding themselves.

West Lancashire Records Its Lowest Coronavirus Cases Of 2021

The West Lancashire Ormskirk & Southport NHS Trust Hospitals have reported 9 new confirmed positive test results on 28 February 2021. Between 22 February 2021 and 28 February 2021, 126 people had a confirmed positive test result. This shows a decrease of 29.6% compared to the previous 7 days. The West Lancashire cumulative infections are 8,480 cases, that’s 7,396.8 per 100,000 of our population.

There were no deaths within 28 days of a positive test for coronavirus reported on 28 February 2021. Between 22 February 2021 and 28 February 2021, there have been 6 deaths within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test. This shows a decrease of 25% compared to the previous 7 days.

Rotten Boroughs Breed Rotten Development Companies?

How many rotten councils have set the example of corruption by their [our] own development companies? We are indebted to Private Eye for its regular briefings.

We recall Northumberland, with its “Arch” development company that developed free accommodation, meals, booze, and a meeting in Cannes. Nearly £250k spent on company credit cards. Arch became Advance Northumberland, in which fraud by use of fake bills and large bank transfers became rampant. It now reports “continuing weaknesses in governance” and the company now owes the council, ie taxpayers, £281million.

Labour Croydon is “Looking for a buyer for Brick by Brick (BxB)” which made the council broke! BxB owed the council £286million, and a likely loss on the sale will be at least £100million.

Tory Cambridgeshire loaned a huge sum to its own wholly owned building company This Land which then could not keep up the loan repayments and didn’t make profits anyway. Solution? Lend the company more money to cover the interest and sell off council land to developers!

Nottingham is infamous for its £1.1billion of debts due to its failed commercial property speculations and its disastrous Robin Hood Energy scheme. A Section 114 notice (bankruptcy) is due soon!

Labour Warrington, with debts of at least £1.6billion was reported to have bought the Bristol Energy (City Council energy) scheme after it went bust! The Warrington Council “Together Energy” saga seems hell bent on Section 114 action!

Labour West Lancashire with its Tawd Valley Developments Ltd

is a minnow by comparison. But already its early losses, £446,606, and more to come before homes are built while its new director is paid circa £100,000 a year, are causing some concerns.

The wholly owned company has a plan to build up to 340 homes over the next 5 years and is already working on plans to build 77 good quality homes in Skelmersdale in the next 12 months, including 48 to be retained by the Council for social housing. The other 29 homes to be sold must put cash in the bank quickly before doubts arise. Quality has costs but pays in the end.