BRIERCLIFFE: New neighbourhood watch scheme set up

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PARISH COUNCIL – Briercliffe Parish Council held its annual meeting at the community centre in Jubilee Street. Present were Coun. Anne Kelly (chairman), Couns Lishman, Thomas, Bailey, Prince, Meeks and Frost, County Coun. Margaret Brindle and John Greenwood. There were a few members of the public present. Apologies were received from Coun. Royle.

CHAIRMAN’S REPORT – Coun. Kelly presented a report on the past year. New members Couns Colin Meeks and Paul Prince were welcomed. The former clerk, Lianne Abram, gave notice but has continued as financial officer. Steve Watson is the new clerk.

The precept has been spent on work undertaken by the lengthsman, such as clearing paths, planting bulbs, grass cutting, removing overhanging branches and gritting the streets in bad weather. The parish council now has its own gritting and chipping machines.

The backlog of work on the allotments is being tackled and there have been regular inspections. There has been an improvement in the appearance and productivity of the allotments.

Two of the bases for the new garage colony at the bus turning circle site in Harle Syke have been laid and the first eight garages will be ready for use soon. Garden extensions, on Burnley Council and Briercliffe Parish Council-owned land in Haggate, are nearing completion.

The Recreation Committee has chosen Lane Bottom to be nominated as a Queen Elizabeth II playing field, a project to protect play areas.

The parish council’s website has been improved and is being updated. The council’s newsletter is now published regularly.

A parish signs project has been started in memory of the late Coun. Michael Holsgrove, in partnership with Aircelle, his employers. The signs will mark the parish boundaries and there will be one for each of the villages. The first phase is to start in the coming weeks.

There has been a considerable landslip at a property owned by the council and work to find a solution is ongoing.

ELECTIONS – The new parish council chairman is Coun. Roger Frost with Coun. Margaret Lishman deputy chairman. Coun. Frost thanked his predecessor for her hard work.

POLICE REPORT – In her report, PCSO Rachel Lonsdale said there has been 74 reported incidents and 16 crimes in the past month. The crimes included a burglary in Halifax Road, three incidents of items being stolen from unlocked vehicles and theft of lead from the roof of Walshaw Mill. Also, damage has been caused at Briercliffe Nursery by youths who were gathering there. The nursery is to improve security.

PACT – PCSO Lonsdale gave an update on last month’s PACT priorities. A Neighbourhood Watch scheme is being set up in the Standen Hall Drive area. Extra patrols have been organised in the Briercliffe Primary School area where there are parking problems.