Roughlee Parish News

July 2017 – Parish News

Roughlee Parish Gathering 2017

The 5th June saw our Parish Gathering which was attended by nearly 60 villagers. We received updates on the Bay Horse and the work of FoRA. Jayne from the Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership then gave a presentation on the importance of Habitats within the Parish and this was followed by the Pendle Hill History Group who gave a highly interesting presentation on the history of Roughlee. It is intended that a copy of this presentation will be available via the village website. The evening concluded with wine and snacks which appeared to go down very well! Thanks to all who attended and to the presenters.

Bay Horse Inn

The future of the Bay Horse continues to look promising. A company, Roughlee Properties Ltd, has been formed and has agreed to buy the pub. Things are moving quickly and updates will be on the website.

Himalayan Balsam

The invasive Himalayan Balsam is now emerging and the Parish Council has taken expert advice on how to eradicate the problem. The simplest and most effective way is to pull up the plant as it emerges, shake off the soil, and leave out to dry. Ideally this should be done before the plant flowers and the seeds set. If the seeds have set the seed heads should be carefully removed from site and burnt. Individuals out walking are encouraged to pull up any plants they see. More organised Balsam Bashing events are planned and we hope to co-ordinate action with Barley Parish Council. Information on how to recognise the plant is on the notice boards and the website.

Friends of Roughlee Appearance

FoRA continues to organise village clean-up events so please keep your eye on the notice board and website for details. Please help if you can.

Footpaths

To improve footpath routes around the village we are seeking capital programme funding from Pendle Council to replace a number of difficult stiles with gates. This should improve access for the less agile members of society and remove a number of potentially dangerous stiles. We will report on progress.

Next Meeting

Our next scheduled Parish Council meeting is at 7pm on Monday 3rd July. Amongst other things we will be discussing how to take forward the work to protect and improve habitats within the Parish. If you are interested in this or any other items of business please come along and join in our discussions.

— Andrew Walker – Chair, Roughlee Parish Council