Blue Monday – Mental health is important and we need to talk about it


We all expect to feel under the weather sometimes but when it comes to the way we feel emotionally, it can be tough to recognise or admit that we’re not feeling 100%.

This Monday is titled ‘blue Monday’ because people can feel down at this time of year. Whilst ‘blue Monday’ might be a myth, it’s certainly true that winter can be a difficult time for lots of people in the UK.

Suffering with mental health problems is as normal as a runny nose and it’s something as a country that we need to talk more about. In fact 1 in 4 people in the UK will suffer with poor mental health at some point in their life. If that’s not you, it could well be friends or family.

So at this time of year I thought it might be useful to share a few links for local people who might not be aware of the help that’s available.

The help is there and it is for you, please use it if you need to.

Mind – Mind is an amazing charity that offers help to anyone struggling with mental illness.

Samaritans – The Samaritans offer support to anyone even if you just want a chat. They’re open for calls 24/7, 365 days a year. You can call them on 116 123 and speak to one of their volunteers. It’s completely anonymous.

NHS – Your GP can help you through a difficult time, as well as help assess you and find local links to help you through a hard time. You can also find details of how to get well at the NHS online here.

Lancashire pays out £435,260.63 for pothole damage

potholeLancashire County Council has paid out £435,260.63 compensating motorists for damage caused by potholes since 2012, figures uncovered by the Liberal Democrats have revealed.
Nationally a total of £12 million have been paid out over the last four years, with an average payment per person of £650.
The figures were uncovered by Freedom of Information requests to 500 councils by the Liberal Democrats.
Cllr Allan Knox said:
“This is a lose-lose situation for everyone, whether they are motorists, councils or taxpayers.
“People already have to fork out so much to drive a car, the least they should expect is that their vehicle doesn’t get ruined by a bumpy road.
“Nearly half a million pounds have been spent on pay-outs that could have been invested instead in fixing our roads.
“This is a symptom of the short-termist approach being taken to infrastructure investment.
“Roads should be fixed quickly so this compensation does not have to be paid out in the first place.”

Clitheroe Christmas Bin Collections 2016/7

Below are listed the bin collection dates for Christmas and New Year’s weeks in Clitheroe and the Ribble Valley.

Normal Collection Day Christmas Collection New Year Collection
Monday Tuesday 27 December Monday 2 January 2017
Tuesday Wednesday 28 December Tuesday 3 January 2017
Wednesday Thursday 29 December Wednesday 4 January 2017
Thursday Friday 30 December Thursday 5 January 2017
Friday Saturday 31 December Friday 6 January 2017

Voters backing Liberal Democrats in best results since ’96

The Liberal Democrats have just had their best year of Council by-elections in 20 years!

It ends a year of enormous growth for the Liberal Democrats, with fantastic by-election results, and tens of thousands of new members. People across the country are now voting to reject a politics of fear and division and instead voting for hard working Liberal Democrat Councillors who represent the united, open and tolerant Britain we live in.

Not since 1996 when records began have the Liberal Democrats been getting better results. Then John Major was still the Prime Minister, the Spice Girls were heading to their first Christmas number 1 and even Baddiel and Skinner couldn’t sing England to Euro victory.

Then like now there was change in the air, people were fed up with Thatcher, then Major, Conservative sleaze and hypocrisy – they wanted something new. Now, too, there is an ever increasing sense that people feel taken for granted and ignored by Labour and the Conservatives. By-election results from across the country show that they are now choosing to support the Liberal Democrats.

Net results in 2016 = Liberal Democrats +28, Conservatives -33, Labour -4, UKIP -3mycouncillor-by-election-results-2016

Roundabout gets Go-Ahead!!

On Wednesday 26 Oct, I presented the petition, to the Managing Director of Taylor Wimpey Manchester, calling on them to provide a roundabout at the A59 / Pendle Road junction, sooner rather than later and it appears it is going to happen!
Earlier this summer, hundreds of people just like you, who believed like I do, that we need a roundabout, signed the petition to have the roundabout built now, not after 50 houses have been built on the Standen estate. Continue reading

Council agrees new market consultation

Cllr Allan Knox has welcomed the decision by the Ribble Valley’s Policy & Finance committee to carry out a new consultation about Clitheroe Market.

Cllr Allan Knox seconded the motion to restart the consultation process and that representatives from the market traders be part of the market working group process.

Cllr Allan Knox said: “Clitheroe market has being going for 800 years. Ribble Valley Borough Council has been its custodian for just 42 years. Continue reading

Market Regeneration – I want your views

On Tuesday, Ribble Valley Borough Council will make a big decision about the future of the market.

Its options are to press ahead with the much derided current plan; or do what I (and many others would wish) start a new round of consultation. This should give a variety of options and involve all of Clitheroe, the market traders, market users and other stakeholders such as the civic society, chamber of trade etc. Continue reading

Market Consultation Campaign Success

Cllr Allan Knox & Vllr Mary Robinson discussing market plansCllr Allan Knox and Clitheroe’s Lib Dem team have welcomed a decision by Ribble Valley Borough Council to put a brake on the current market proposal and to launch a proper consultation before any plans are submitted.

Allan had previously called for an extraordinary council meeting where he would have been demanding that a stop be put on the current process and that the council consult widely, deeply and in a meaningful manner with residents, market users and traders about what they wish to see on the market site, before any plans were drawn up. Continue reading