WORSTHORNE - Reports of near-miss with lorry

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PARISH COUNCIL – The September meeting was attended by Couns A. Lawson, P. Frost-Hardwick, K. Smith, S. Walsh, and County Coun. M Brindle. Apologies were received from D. Heginbotham, B. Lambert, T. Lambert, C. Towneley and PCSO D Johnson.

Residents reported dangerous driving when a wagon turned down Hope Street and damaged the road surface, nearly knocking into a cottage. The highways authority had been told and it was noted the issue may have been due to a sat-nav system on the vehicle. The chairman will contact the mill owner to ascertain if new signs had been ordered and the clerk will write to the haulage company advising of new school finishing times, suggesting it avoids mill deliveries then to reduce congestion.

Residents reported school will finish at 3-25 p.m for all classes and more congestion was feared as children attend from other parts of Burnley. Also, the bus arrives in Worsthorne at 3-30 p.m. and wagons to the mill often arrive around that time. It was agreed to monitor the situation. The clerk had no response from the highways authority.

County Coun. Brindle reported on Cobden Bridge road works, saying workers are unable to put plating over the road each night as it would delay the project. Double yellow lines above Brownside Bridge will be enforced by Lancashire Parking Services once the legal process has been completed. Water Street problems are to be chased up. The hospital shuttle bus has been cut as services in the middle of the day were not being used. The clerk will send a letter of objection to the MP and Hospital Trust. Coun. Frost-Hardwick reported the CCTV monitor in Church Square needs a converter costing £30-£40 and it was agreed this be bought.

The clerk is to contact the planning department to ascertain why nothing has been received regarding change of use of 11 Church Square from a house to tea rooms/cafe.

REPORTS – Coun. Smith visited the allotment on August 13th and the water reading was 1,430. Everything appeared OK but three allotments looked unused. The clerk will send the tenants a letter inquiring if they would be giving up the tenancy at the end of year as there was a waiting list. Coun. Smith also reported all was well at the graveyard.

QUEEN’S DIAMOND JUBILEE – The clerk will write to Coun. Towneley requesting the cost of trees for the Community Orchard project. The clerk will ascertain the views of residents on the gateways into the village project.

POLICE REPORT – PCSO Dave Johnson said Briercliffe’s PCSO had visited him to ascertain views on the closure of the police house. He indicated he was not in favour of closure and suggested they rent the house to obtain extra income.

LEPROSY MISSION – The coffee morning in the Church Rooms was well attended and musical entertainment by Di and Martin appreciated. Thanks to all who supported the event, organised by Jan.

MAMMA MIA – You are invited to sing along on Friday, when the film with soundtrack will be presented at St John’s Church. Doors open 7 p.m. Tickets, at £5 for adults and £2.50 for children, including supper from Worsthorne “Chippy”, are available from Janet (428622).

PENDLESIDE HOSPICE – An evening of music and laughter presented by Malcolm C. Gent and Friends will be held in St John’s Church Function Rooms on Saturday, October 8th, at 7-30 p.m. Tickets priced £11.50 include a glass of wine and cheese and pate buffet. Ring 433279 or 431296. All proceeds for Pendleside Hospice.