Parish Council Meetings
In view of the Coronavirus outbreak, meetings of the Parish Council have been cancelled since the end of March.
Subject to ongoing Government guidance, it is proposed that meetings will resume from 5 October.
A one-off meeting was held on 24th August , primarily to approve the accounts for 2019-20.
Parish Council Vacancy
Election of councillors to North Turton Parish Council
Local Government Act 1972 (Sec. 87(2))
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN
that due to the resignation of Peter Birch, a vacancy has arisen in the Office of Councillor for the Belmont ward of the Parish Council.
If by 2 October 2020 (14 days excluding Dies Non, after the date of this notice*) a request for an election to fill the vacancy is made in writing to:
Denise Park, The Returning Officer
Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council
Town Hall Blackburn BB1 7DY
by TEN electors for the Electoral Area**, an election will be held to fill the vacancy, otherwise the vacancy will be filled by co-option.
If an election is called, it will take place on 6 May 2021 in line with the Local Government and Police Crime Commissioner (Coronavirus) (Postponement of Elections and Referendums) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020.
*In computing any period of time for this purpose, a Saturday, Sunday, day of the Christmas break, of the Easter break or of a bank holiday or day appointed for public thanksgiving or mourning must be disregarded.
“The Christmas break” means the period beginning with the last week day before Christmas Eve and ending with the first week day after Christmas Day which is not a bank holiday, “the Easter break” means the period beginning with the Thursday before and ending with the Tuesday after Easter Day, and “a bank holiday break” means any bank holiday not included in the Christmas break or Easter break and the period beginning with the last week day before that bank holiday and ending with the next week day which is not a bank holiday.
** The request must come from TEN Local Government Electors for the Parish or the Parish Ward where the Parish is Warded.
United Utilities have issued the following advice to anyone thinking of swimming in the local reservoirs:
- Reservoirs are very deep with sudden drops and steep sides, making it difficult to get out.
- It may be difficult for emergency services to help anyone in trouble in remote locations.
- There may be strong currents caused by machinery hidden under the water.
- The water in our reservoirs rarely gets above 11°C, even on the hottest of summer days. Cold water shock can take your breath away and lead to panic and death.
Last year, Edgworth and District Horticultural Society and North Turton Parish Council worked together on a joint venture to put planters full of flowers around village. Over 50 planters were positioned around the cross roads and down the part of Bolton Road where they are not obscured by cars.
Businesses and households along the route were asked to water them over the summer months and our thanks go to all who did so.
The planters were purchased jointly by E&DHS and the Parish Council. Myerscough College were approached to supply the filled planters which they created using their home-made compost and own-grown plants. We then replaced the summer blooms with spring bulbs which look lovely.
We had planned a second phase to extend the planters this summer, including to Belmont.
In view of the Coronavirus outbreak, this has had to be postponed, but we hope to be able to purchase further planters in the autumn filled with bulbs ready for next spring.
We would value your comments on the planters to help us to plan Phase 2. Please let us know what you think by e-mailing NTPC@edgworth-horticultural-society.co.uk
Flowers in Chapeltown
The Horticultural Society also plan to fund improvements to the gardens at four lane ends and the stocks garden on High Street.. In the meantime, the Parish Council has planted some shrubs and bedding plants in the High Street garden to add some much needed colour.
Annual Accounts 2018-19
These have now been audited and are now available for public inspection – see Finance page
Relationship with the Barlow Charity
Following a request from the Barlow Charity Trustees for the Parish Council to take out a public works loan to contribute to repairs to the roof of the Barlow, the Parish Council has sought advice from Stephen Claus, a solicitor specialising in charity law.
Mr Claus confirmed that, as Custodian Trustee, the Parish Council merely holds the title deeds to the estate. The Parish Council’s only role is, in the event of the Trustees wishing to dispose of some or all of the estate, to make sure that it is disposed of properly and legally. The Custodian Trustee has no role in the management of the Charity, nor does it have any responsibility for maintaining the estate.
In terms of the Barlow roof, Mr Claus advised that the Parish Council ‘has no legal responsibility to contribute towards repairs, and indeed it would be inappropriately interfering in the management of a registered charity in respect of any part of the property which is the sole responsibility of the charity trustees’.
He went so far as to say it would be unlawful for the Parish Council to consider raising monies for this purpose, resulting in an increase in the precept. Although a Parish Council has a limited discretion to apply certain funds for charitable purposes, it would plainly not extend to the refurbishment of a large building such as the Barlow Institute.
The Society of Local Council Clerks has also confirmed that a grant or loan by a Parish Council cannot be financed by a Public Works Loan Board loan.
The Barlow Charity scheme provides for the Parish Council to appoint four trustees.
These appointees become trustees in their own right, and do not represent the Parish Council in any way. The Parish Council may choose not to appoint any or all trustees.
Should the Charity wish to remove the right to appoint, it must seek the approval of the Parish Council.
Lancashire Best Kept Village Competition
The competition has been cancelled for this year because of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Belmont, Chapeltown and Edgworth were all entered into the 2019 competition, but unfortunately none of the villages were successful.
Belmont School was, however, placed joint third in the schools category in 2018.
The judge’s handwritten reports are available here:
The Pharmacy in Edgworth is under the threat following withdrawal of NHS funding for small pharmacies. More people need to patronise the pharmacy if it is to continue to operate.
The pharmacy offers an electronic prescription service whereby patients can nominate it to receive and dispense their prescriptions. Residents are urged to take up this facility.