Freckleton Parish Plan
For those of you who were unable to attend the presentation of the Parish
Plan Questionnaire I have put together a short summary of who was there
and the information being presented. I haven't covered everything or provided
detailed information about everything there, but I hope you get the 'gist'.
I must admit that whilst it was my intention to just 'pop in' I stayed
for over 3 hours looking at the displays and talking to the various people
on the stands. Everything presented here is my own opinion, from my own
viewpoint. It does not in any way represent any form of officialdom.
There were nine service providers represented, although other than a
brief mention I have concentrated on the ones that were attended.
Visitor attendance whilst I was there appeared good. Assuming it was
fairly constant throughout the day attendance should number several hundred,
which I would class as a very good result.
There was an official visit sometime in the morning by our local MP and
the press. As I was not present I can't comment any further. Apparently
they concentrated on the Parish Council and children's displays. The article
should appear in the Gazette sometime next week.
Clicking on the pictures will open a larger version in a pop-up window.
Councillor Colin Robb surveys the result of all
the hard work. In the background you can see the Lancashire Countryside
Service and the Fylde Age Concern stands.
I had a long chat with Terry Phelan of the Countryside Service
about the Lancashire Coastal Way and the state of the path in some
places. It was both interesting and informative about the difficulties
and challenges they face in their attempts to improve the path.
Those of you who walk along to Naze point may have noticed that
some work has already been done to improve the path. This work will
continue in the summer and should result in a major improvement
between Freckleton village and the Naze. The shore front from the
Naze to Warton presents a different problem due to the tide and
it being a preservation area. An acceptable solution has not yet
been found that would be acceptable to all the concerned parties.
If you have any ideas about a viable solution then I'm sure that
Terry would be pleased to hear from you.
Fylde Age Concern run a workshop/meeting every Wednesday at Croft
Court between 10:00am and 3:00pm. This is open to everyone, not
just the residents of Croft Court. Tuition on I.T. (computers) and
advice and information about pensions is available. They also hold
insurance events. Refreshments are available. Call in or contact
Jo or Abbe on (01253)725563
Results from the questionnaire were presented on
the notice boards down the centre of the room. Each board also contained
an extract from the comments, the observations of the Parish Plan
committee and a list of possible actions which could be taken. Spaced
around the room were the service providers. Most of the stands were
manned (or in these politically correct days - staffed?) for visitors
to ask questions and see what functions and tasks the service provides.
I'm not going to go into any detail about the results of the questionnaire
(you will have to wait for the official results for that) but I
will summarise from the information displayed, the printed comment
lists and the impressions I gained from them. Not in any particular
No more housing - except affordable for local people.
More information is desired about local events and actions.
Bad and inconsiderate parking, blocking access, on the pavement
and double yellow lines, is a problem.
Speeding and danger spots - There are a number of places that have
been highlighted by a large number of respondents.
There is a lot of support in favour of the proposed Multi-purpose
The public toilets are disgusting.
Youths hanging around and behaving in an anti-social manner is a
There exists a perceived lack of police presence/response.
The beat policeman, Andy Scarisbrick, was present.
As was his boss,
Sergeant Jackie Hurst. Seen here talking to a parishioner.
I found them both very friendly and approachable.
You can find the Freckleton beat officers on the Lancashire
police web site. Emma Bolton looks after Bryning with Warton
& Freckleton West Ward and Andy Scarisbrick patrols Freckleton
||Strike Lane School were present with information about the school,
the Breakfast and After School clubs and the School Council. There
were various items of promotional material available.
Mayor Fiddler also attended dressed in his chains. Seen here talking
to Terry Phelan.
At first look it was not clear exactly what service
this stand represented. What does 'Audit Public Consultation' mean?
For those of you as ignorant as I, this is the 'Fylde Community
Safety Partnership'. Their task is 'Striving for a safer Fylde'
and their priorities are driven by the results of a questionnaire
that was circulated some time ago. I think the mission statement
sums up what it is all about "Working together to tackle crime
and the fear of crime in the Fylde". Our very own Councillor
Bernard Whittle is the chairman of the Fylde Community Safety Partnership.
I must admit that I don't recall ever seeing anything about the
Safety Partnership questionnaire and I definitely never completed
one. However, the concerns expressed do seem to be broadly in line
with those of the Parish Plan questionnaire.
Christine Miller was on hand to talk about what they are doing
and what they hope to achieve. Christine is very enthusiastic about
her job and judging by the display has brought about some worthwhile
improvements in the Fylde. On a more local note CCTV is being installed
in the park, and the mobile CCTV van is available to Freckleton
to cover specific problems. Christine is also looking at the issue
of unlit areas and the provision of lighting. She made me much more
aware of the problems and difficulties she faces. When things don't
happen, or don't happen as quickly as we would like then there is
probably a very good reason why not! More details are available
on the Fylde
||Karen Friday, the Community Fire Safety Officer, was
on hand to talk about the Free Fire Safety Advice promotion being
run in Lancashire. A free 10 year fire alarm is being offered along
with the advice. There are also audio tapes and special smoke alarms
for the hearing impaired. Talks can be arranged for groups of people
and children. If you would like more information then call 0800 1691125
or log onto the lancsfirerescue
web site. You can also contact the Community Fire Safety Officer
||The children's presentation board displayed their wishes
and desires, mostly designs for a youth centre/internet cafe.
The Parish Council also had a display showing their areas of responsibility.
Powerpoint presentations of the Parish
Plan and the Council
web site were runnning on a continuous loop, being projected on screens
on the stage.