Roughlee Parish News

March 2021 – Parish News

As I write the lockdown continues but important items of business continue to flow and our challenge is to allow for the best way to involve all villagers in the decisions which the Parish Council take on your behalf. There are three key issues this month which could have a major impact on the village and where your interest and involvement would be most welcome.

Industrial heritage project

First, and as mentioned in last month’s News, we are progressing the Roughlee Industrial Heritage Project. We now have agreement from the Borough Council for a £2500 Capital Programme allocation and are close to securing a further £1500 from other sources including the Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership. This will allow us to commit the first phase of the project at Thorneyholme and may be sufficient for phase two at Dam Head.

Roughlee mills talk – 8 March, 6pm

The project is being supported by the Pendle Forest History Group who will be giving a presentation to the Parish Council at 6pm on Monday 8th March. The presentation will be via ZOOM which can be accessed on www.roughlee.org.uk/mills and will be followed by a question and answer session. If you are interested please join us at the presentation.

Pendle Local Plan

The second important item is to consider the Pendle Local Plan, Part 2. This takes forward the existing Core Strategy which was adopted in December 2015. The Part 2 plan includes specific site allocations and policies for dealing with planning applications for the period up until 2030. It is great importance to the future of our village and the AONB which includes our surrounding countryside. It is intended that the Parish Council will receive a report at our meeting on 8th March and agree our response to the Part 2 plan which is currently out for consultation. The Parish Council will meet following the heritage presentation at 7.15 pm and will be open to the public via the ZOOM link mentioned above. Please join us to discuss this important item.

Elections

Finally please be aware that elections are currently scheduled for early May this year although due to coronavirus restrictions details have yet to be finalised. Primarily these are to elect County Councillors and Borough Councillors but may include elections to the Parish Council if there are more than seven candidates. At the moment the seven serving Parish Councillors have indicated their willingness to stand again but if any villager wishes to put themselves forward an election can be held. Anyone who is interested in serving on the Parish Council is invited to contact our Clerk, Mary Reed, who will be happy to give further details.

We hope that by the 8th March we may be clearer on the easing of the current lockdown but, in any event, I hope that many of you will join us on ZOOM for the business mentioned above.

— Andrew Walker – Chair, Roughlee Parish Council