Roughlee Parish News

May 2021 – Parish News

On Wednesday 5th May we held the Annual Meeting of the Parish Council (AMPC) followed by our regular Parish Council meeting. Both events were held via ZOOM which has been the arrangement for the past twelve months. For all its limitations this method of virtual meetings has served well and the Parish Council has discharged its duties and introduced a number of new initiatives throughout the year. However, the days of ZOOM are now past and for our next meeting, scheduled for the 5th July, we expect to be back in the Village Centre.

AMPC

The AMPC is something we are required to hold by law and includes a number of statutory duties including the receipt of accounts and the appointment of Council Officers. This year the existing members of the Parish Council all indicated their wish to serve for a further term. There were no external candidates for membership and the Council continues without the need for elections. After calls for nominations Andrew Walker was elected Chairman and Colin Williams Vice-chairman for the forthcoming year. The Council was also pleased to welcome Jon Bailey as the new Responsible Financial Officer and the Chairman expressed his thanks to the Council Clerk, Mary Reed and to Council Members for their hard work during the past year.

Ongoing projects

The regular meeting of the Parish Council reviewed a number of on-going projects including the proposed village green and the Roughlee Industrial Heritage Project. Both will be progressed during the summer. Funding for the Heritage Project is now available and the siting of two new benches on highway land at Thorneyholme has been agreed and they will be ordered for delivery within the next few weeks.

Village Centre

An important discussion took place on the future of the Village Centre. The Centre has its own organising committee but due to the restrictions of the past year activities have been almost totally curtailed. The Centre performs a vital role in the life of the village and engages with all sections of our community, for example the luncheon club and senior citizens Christmas lunch, exercise classes and Morris Dancing for the more energetic, quiz nights and fund raising events including support for Pendleside Hospice, arts events and the base for Parish meetings and the annual Parish Gathering which welcomes a large percentage of our residents. I have listed these to show how vital this facility is in the life of the village.

What is now clear is that the Centre is suffering from a number of maintenance issues due to the passage of time and general ware and tare. Particular problems relate to external rendering and water leakage from the elderly roof. It has, therefore, been decided to make an application to the Lancashire FCC Communities Foundation which offers grants to repair and improve community buildings such as the Village Centre. It also offers the possibility of a scheme to provide a better link between the building and the outside space which would greatly improve the potential or social and community gatherings. The grant applications have to be submitted by the beginning of June so fingers crossed and watch this space!

The Parish Council are committed to our work on behalf of the village but feedback on our work of any thoughts you may have for future schemes or changes would be welcome. Please contact Mary
with your thoughts. Many thanks.

— Andrew Walker – Chair, Roughlee Parish Council