Roughlee Parish News

Sept 2018 – Parish News

The really good news to emerge in September was that Roughlee is through to the last two of the Best Kept Village competition, the other village being Wiswell. Last year we were runners-up in this competition so we definitely cannot do worse than last year! Naturally we hope to do better and to take the winning spot. The results are due to be announced at a presentation on 15th October. Many villagers have been involved in the hard work which is needed to keep our village in great condition so thank you to you all. Special thanks though to Parish Councillor Nigel Brotherton for organising and prompting our efforts.

Footpath Repairs

The story of the repairs to the footpath between Thorneyholme and Whitehough is a case of one step forward and two back at the moment. This is a joint venture with Barley Council and just when we thought we were making progress a more accurate estimate arrived at over £60,000, over twice the original figure. Inevitably this will delay things whilst we explore cheaper options.

Wild flower planting

More positively we have now given the go-ahead for the restoration and planting of the wild flower planters on the river bank opposite the Bay Horse. Hopefully we will see the benefits next Spring / Summer.

Parking and Potholes

In the near future we will be installing three small discreet signs drawing attention to the fisheries public car park. This is a village car park but is largely underused. We hope the signage will help visitors to find somewhere to park.

In the past few weeks a number, but not all, of the potholes in the village have been treated by the County Council. It is a pity that some have been left dished which probably means they will not last the winter. We will continue to press for the remaining potholes to be treated properly.

Superfast Broadband

Some progress has been made to deliver Superfast Broadband to the village, for example a ring-main has been installed in Crowtrees Grove which allows those residents who want the service to connect relatively easily. However, the coverage is patchy so Simon Cronshaw is arranging for a follow-up survey to understand who currently has access, who still needs it and whether or not they are able to access it. If the demand is there for better access we will look at the possibility of a community scheme to help fund it. Please have a look at the survey at www.roughlee.org.uk/superfast so that we can assess the present situation.

Roughlee Village Centre

Pleasingly the Village Centre is being well used with increasing interest from outside organisations. For example the Colne Noyna Inner Wheel will be holding a Beetle Drive at 7pm on the 20th October. Contact 07725 614235 for details. Future events organised by the Village Centre Committee are detailed elsewhere in this News with the main event being the Halloween Festival on 27-28 October. This should be a great event so make a note in your diaries.

Finally, congratulations to villagers James and Janet Starkie. Their mayoral year is clearly hard work but they look to be thriving and doing a great job.

— Andrew Walker – Chair, Roughlee Parish Council