Christmas comes late for 2,000 elderly people in Ribble Valley

Christmas bonus payments for 2,000 elderly people in Ribble Valley to help with winter fuel bills will not be paid until nearly Easter, warns a leading local Liberal Democrat.

According to research carried out by Liberal Democrats in Parliament, nearly one in ten older people will be getting their Christmas bonus at a time when their grandchildren are getting their Easter eggs. Read the rest of this entry.

Tories Veto Much-needed Residents’ Parking Scheme

Attempts to move forward with a much needed residents’ parking scheme for residents of York Street and Church Street have been kicked into the long grass by Tory councillors, for yet another round of “unofficial” consultation.

The consultation will include more meetings with the same vested interest group who have vehemently opposed all forms of residents’ parking for over 10 years. Read the rest of this entry.

Save Clitheroe’s Fire Service

Clitheroe Fire StationChanges to European working time laws could lead to dangerous shortages in fire cover in Clitheroe, Cllr. Allan Knox has warned.

The European Parliament recently passed rules that would scrap Britain’s opt-out from the European Working Time Directive. This could mean that retained firefighters, who often have other jobs, would have to drastically cut the hours they are available to the fire service. Read the rest of this entry.

War Memorial to be Cleaned

War memorial Clitheroe Town Council is to spend £3,500 cleaning the statue of the soldier on Clitheroe’s cenotaph.

The project, which had long been a goal of Mayor, Cllr David Berryman came to fruition at the Town Council meeting of  Monday 26th January, when it was agreed to appoint Anelays as the contractor to carry out the work and to fund the project from savings in this year’s budget.

This will mean that work can start as soon as possible on the site, the only query now is whether Listed Building Consent is required from  Ribble Valley Borough Council.

Cllr Allan Knox who proposed motion at the Town Council said: “Hopefully the work will be carried out speedily. The fact that Anelays have been appointed as contractor should help as they are on sight already doing work on the rest of the Castle Scheme.”

Government waste – you couldn’t make this up!

There have been some unbelievable examples of Government waste recently. At a time when everyone else is belt-tightening, we see Labour ministers pouring our money down the drain.

“After all the lectures Gordon Brown gave us over the years about being prudent, his own government is wasting massive sums of taxpayers’ cash,” said Allan Knox.

Labour’s shameful list of waste Read the rest of this entry.

Local church receives climate change cash boost

A Clitheroe Church is to benefit are to benefit from over £7,000 thanks to the Lancashire Locals Climate Change Fund. Clitheroe United Reformed Church has been awarded £7,273 towards its restoration project to insulate roof space within the church.

The Lancashire Locals Climate Change Fund seeks to support community and voluntary groups, or Parish Councils, on local climate change measures. These projects can either be aimed at ‘reducing greenhouse gas emissions’, or help communities to ‘cope with the impacts of climate change’. Grants will normally be in the range of £500-£15,000. Read the rest of this entry.

Christmas Refuse Collection

For obvious reasons there will changes the Ribble Valley Borough Council refuse collection dates over the festive period.

The changes are: Normal collection date (rearranged date), December 24 (23), 25 (24), 26 (27), January 1 (2), 2 (3).

There will be no refuse collections on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day, and no green waste collection during the week beginning Monday, December 29. Read the rest of this entry.

Underage drinking

The issue of youngsters found in possession of alcohol in different areas of Clitheroe is still a concern for the police, particularly with the festive season upon us.

They have informed Councillor Allan Knox that that they will continue to confiscate the alcohol, but they need as much information as possible about where the youths are getting alcohol from.

Any information received is checked and if an adult has supplied it or a shop has allowed it to be purchased by youths they will issue Penalty Notices to anyone found to have committed an offence. Read the rest of this entry.