Roughlee Parish News

Aug 2021 – Parish News

September promises to be a busy month in the village most of if focused on the Village Centre. The first of two big events will be the Pendle Pub Walk on the 18th September when the Centre will be open to provide refreshments to the many walkers. Previous years have been a great success with significant funds raised for the Pendleside Hospice charity. Let’s hope that the weather is kind.

Roughlee Parish Gathering

The other big event of the year is the Annual Parish Meeting. This is a meeting required by law when every resident of the Parish is able to attend to hear what the Parish Council have been doing, to ask questions and to hold the Council to account. For the past few years we have incorporated this formal meeting into the Parish Gathering which includes presentations on matters of local interest followed by a short drinks reception. This year the Parish Gathering will be held in the Village Centre at 7pm on Monday 27th September 2021.

Amongst the items of interest will be a presentation by the local Bythell family who are very successful hockey players and have strong hockey links both locally and nationally. The success of ladies hockey at the last two Olympics will form part of their talk. Other presentations will include an update by the Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership and a talk by Simon Cronshaw on a new local employment initiative.

Whilst Covid restrictions have been eased the Parish Gathering will respect the need to maintain safety measure. The Centre will be fully cleaned beforehand and social distancing will be maintained as far as possible. Wearing masks is also encouraged. It is intended that the drinks reception will be held at the end of the Gathering but the usual nibbles will not be available due the Covid restrictions.

New benches

The last Parish Council meeting was held on 2nd August and we continue to progress a number important items. The benches which will be positioned in the grass area opposite Thorneyholme Hall have been delivered and permission for this and for the heritage plaque is expected shortly from the Highway Authority who is responsible for this area. The other heritage plaques should also be positioned this summer.

CCTV Upgrades

Our application to the Borough Council for capital funds to upgrade the CCTV cameras at Happy Valley has been approved. The upgrade will help to identify the vehicles in dark hours which should help to reduce criminal activities including fly tipping.

Planning

A retrospective application to site four additional holiday homes on the Pendle Forest Leisure Park was considered. Whilst deploring the manner in which the unsightly works were carried out without permission we decided that approval of the works subject to proper planting and landscaping works was the better outcome. The final decision rests with the Borough Council.

Platinum Jubilee 2022

The celebrations for the Queens Platinum Jubilee in June next year are already under consideration. It has been agreed that we will join with Barley and Goldshaw Booth Parish Councils to hold joint celebrations on June 4th 2022. This follows the pattern of the two previous major jubilee events. A working party from the three Parishes has been set up to make arrangements.

Parish Council dates

Finally, due to the date of the Parish Gatherings, we have changed the dates of the September and October Parish Council meetings. The Parish Council will hold these meetings at 6pm on Monday 27th September immediately before the Gathering. I expect our normal monthly schedule to resume on Monday 1st November 2021.

IN THE MEANTIME PLEASE DO TRY TO ATTEND THE PARISH GATHERING ON 27TH SEPTEMBER.

— Andrew Walker – Chair, Roughlee Parish Council