Roughlee Parish News

June 2019 – Parish News

The local elections on 2nd May saw the existing seven members of Roughlee Parish Council re-elected without contest. At the subsequent Annual Meeting of the Parish Council on 13th May it was decided that Andrew Walker would continue as Chairman and Colin Williams as Vice-chairman. Mary Reed will continue as the Parish Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer. In presenting his annual report the Chairman recorded his thanks to the hard work put in by Mary Reed and members of the Parish Council and to the great help and advice from County Councillor Christian Wakeford and the outgoing Borough Councillor and Mayor, James Starkie.


Progress can now be reported on a number of on-going items. The constant flow of water at the bottom of Pasture Lane appears to have ceased following actions by the County Council and United Utilities. We hope this is a permanent solution and not just a temporary relief.

CCTV at Happy Valley

The CCTV system covering the Happy Valley cross-roads is now operational. The system was installed following a number of criminal and anti-social activities and by monitoring activity at the cross-roads we hope to deter similar events in the future. The scheme has been financed by the Borough Councillor’s Community Investment Fund.

Wildflower planting

Wildflower planting to encourage pollinators is progressing and the Habitat interpretation panel explaining the importance of this work is nearly ready. This work will also be further explained on the updated Village web-site to be launched shortly.

Parish Gathering

The launch of the habitat work will take place at the Parish Gathering (the formal name for which is the Annual Meeting of the Parish) to be held in the Village Centre at 7pm on Monday 17th June. All residents of Roughlee are cordially invited to attend, indeed the Parish Council very much hope you will be there. The programme for the evening is designed to deal briefly with formal Parish matters followed by a number of presentations which we hope will be of interest to local people. This year we look forward to hearing from Mark Hartley who will talk about the family farming and leisure businesses, from Chris Swarbrick who will talk about the Bay Horse pub, an up-date from the Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership and a presentation on the history of Radicals in the area. The evening will conclude with a glass of wine and nibbles but should not take up more than two hours of your time.

Best Kept Village & Hanging Basket Competition

As you will recall we were successful in last year’s Best Kept Village Competition. This year we hope to repeat this success and the two stage judging will take place, firstly on or after 8th June and the second on or after 21st July. FoRA will be organising a clean-up day in early June so your help in looking after our village would be much appreciated.

FoRA is again organising a hanging basket competition this year. Three prizes are on offer comprising vouchers donated by Salterforth Nurseries and Garden Centre and this help is very much appreciated. Entry to the competition can be made online here or by filling in a form at the Parish Gathering. The planters throughout the village are now blooming and this has been helped by the donation of compost from Stuart who runs a small shop on the Pasture Lane allotments. Thanks to Stuart who would welcome a visit to his shop.

Village Centre

June will be a busy month at the Village Centre with the Victorian Day on the 9th and the Pub Walk on the 15th. See elsewhere for details. Finally, and again, don’t forget the Parish gathering in the 17th. We aim to provide a fun evening with plenty of interest.

— Andrew Walker – Chair, Roughlee Parish Council