The month of March brings hope of Spring and the Parish Council are gearing up to improve our lovely environment.
Friends of Roughlee Appearance
The Friends of Roughlee Appearance group (FORA) are organising an event as part of the National Operation Spring Clean which encourages local Councils and community groups to clean up their areas. Our annual litter picking and clean-up operation is arranged for Sunday 4th March and volunteers are asked to meet at 10am at the Village Centre. Gloves and other equipment will be provided along with a supply of butty’s and coffee. Last year a huge amount of litter was collected, much of it hidden but still damaging to the environment. We hope to do as well this year so please come along if you can spare an hour or so.
Habitats in Roughlee report
Over the winter we have received reports prepared by Lancashire Wildlife Trust on habitats within the Parish. Details from these reports are displayed on the village website and show how our countryside has changed over time. There are also recording sheets where villagers are encouraged to list sightings of local birds, mammals, amphibians and plants. The idea is to build up a picture of our local environment to see how we can protect and improve valued habitats. We hope to organise local groups of interested people to take things forward. Support for this work will be sought from the Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership who have recently received significant lottery funding.
Following on from the successful programme of footpath stile improvements undertaken last year we are now looking to improve the riverside concrete retaining walls alongside the river opposite the Bay Horse using capital programme money from the Borough Council. A scheme for new planters and wild flower planting is envisaged. Also using capital programme funds we are hoping to do something to repair the damaged footpath at Thorneyholme.
Bay Horse Inn
Speaking of the Bay Horse it is pleasing to note that the pub has enjoyed a highly successful time since opening. If you haven’t called in yet please help support this wonderful local facility.
As you will have noticed Openreach have been busy over the past few weeks installing Superfast Broadband in the village. This is now available to about two thirds of the houses in the village which is very good news but the controversy relating to poles in the AONB still rumbles on. Led by Councillor James Starkie efforts are being made to keep poles to a minimum.
Annual Parish Meeting
Finally, a note for your diary. The Annual Meeting of the Parish is scheduled for 7pm on Monday 11th June 2018. This is the occasion for all residents of the village to come together to hear reports on what is happening, to ask questions and to raise concerns. Following on from last year’s very successful meeting we will be arranging for speakers on matters of interest and refreshments will be provided. It is your meeting so please make an effort to attend.
— Andrew Walker – Chair, Roughlee Parish Council