Roughlee Parish News

Oct 2018 – Parish News

Well, we actually made it! The reward for all of the hard work over the summer has been to win the Hamlet class in the Lancashire Best Kept Village competition. Congratulations to all of the many villagers who helped to improve on last year’s second place. Particular thanks to Nigel Brotherton and the FoRA group for providing the organisation and leadership. The prize was collected by Nigel and Bob Yates at a ceremony on 15th October. There is a good picture on the Roughlee Then and Now Facebook page showing the winners with the Mayor and Mayoress. Have a look.

Ongoing Issues

Back to more mundane things the Parish Council continues to work away at a number of intractable problems. The list is not exhaustive but includes the footpath at Thorneyholme, (cheaper options are being explored), the water flowing down the lower end of Pasture Lane (the problem seems to stem from defective field drains but the County Council have a responsibility to keep the highway safe), and Superfast Broadband. Simon is still looking at the results of the survey announced in last month’s News but if you have not taken part please visit www.roughlee.org.uk/superfast to let us know the present situation.

Habitats

Work continues on the Habitat page of the village website and thanks go to Gill Fawcett for the time she is devoting to this. You will hopefully see the result by Spring next year. Related to this we are looking at a possible grant application to the Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership community grant scheme. This may help us to do more wild flower planting, to display interpretation panels explaining the importance of flowers and pollinators and to relate this to ongoing work by FoRA and Roughlee School.

Lomeshaye Development

A late item on our last Parish Council meeting was to consider the Lomeshaye Development Brief. This deals with the expansion of the existing industrial estate onto land alongside the A6068 Barrowford Road. Although details are sketchy this will probably involve a new industrial access onto Barrowford Road and there is real concern about traffic issues both on the road and on Junction 13 of the M65. Although put out for consultation in September the consultation exercise was of a limited nature and did not include local Parish Councils or the Barrowford and Western Parishes Area Committee. We hope to see the consultation relaunched so you may wish to look out for this.

Village Centre

It’s getting to that time of year again and Christmas events are fast approaching. The Roughlee Village Centre Committee has been busy so look out for local publicity. The next major event is the return of season of plays and events starting with Osuns Story on the 15th November.

Finally we have, again, been forced to change the date of our next Parish Council meeting which will be on Monday 12th November. This is because a number of Councillors are on holiday. My apologies for any inconvenience.

— Andrew Walker – Chair, Roughlee Parish Council