Roughlee Parish News

Nov 2019 – Parish News

The heavy rain in October has, once again, revealed the drainage problems in, and around, the village. Perhaps the worst problem is surface water entering the main sewer through the village causing waste water and materials to be discharged onto the highway and private access routes. Of the other issues, which include several blocked drains, it is the surface water cascading down Pasture Lane towards Barrowford which has the potential to be highly dangerous. In freezing conditions the road will become an ice sheet and it is unlikely that gritting will solve the problem. These issues fall to United Utilities and the Highway Authority to be addressed but, as a Parish Council, we will do our best to keep up the pressure on these authorities.

Best Kept Village results

Although we did not win the Hamlet Class of the Best Kept Village Competition this year, that honour went to Wiswell, we actually did very well overall coming third in the Hamlet competition, second, for the village centre, in the public building competition, 9th out of 29 entries for the war memorial and 5th out of 25 entries for our notice board. Also, the Bay Horse pub came 5th out of 32 entries. Overall a really splendid performance and congratulations to all involved.

Trees at Whitehough

At our last meeting the Parish Council were made aware of proposals to carry out works to the three protected copper beach trees in the Whitehough Conservation Area. These are hugely important and iconic trees, arguably amongst the most important in Pendleside. Although all trees need to be maintained it is important in this case that their shape and character is protected which means very close supervision and control of the works. Although the trees are in Barley Parish they are important to the character and amenity of Roughlee and, following an agreement to cooperate on matters of mutual interest, we have made joint representations with Barley Parish Council to the Borough Council’s tree officer asking that the works are closely supervised.

Village Greenhouse

Delivery of the village greenhouse is now imminent and works have been carried out to level the site and to prepare the base and pathway. Thanks to all of those villagers who put in the hard work, provided the digging machines and contributed materials. No doubt their efforts will be rewarded with a bunch of flowers next summer!

Climate Change

Climate change is, quite rightly, very much in the news both nationally and internationally. Most of us have probably been thinking what we can do personally at the household level but the Parish Council have decided to explore what measures we can take at our local level to help reduce carbon emissions. Any thought or suggestions would be much appreciated.

— Andrew Walker – Chair, Roughlee Parish Council