Parish Council meeting cancelled

Please note that due to the Village Hall showing the Euro semi final match, the Parish Council meeting will not be held on Wednesday 7th July. The next Parish Council meeting will be on Wednesday 4th August 2021 at 7pm in the Village Hall. Good luck England.

Annual Parish Meeting

Annual Parish Meeting, Village Hall, 7.00pm on Wednesday 26th May

The Chair of the Parish Council invites all residents of the parish to attend this year’s meeting. Social distancing and face mask rules will still apply, unless otherwise specified.

Purpose of the Annual Parish Meeting
The purpose of the meeting is so that the Parish Council can explain what it has been doing over the last year and it enables electors to have their say on anything they consider is important to the people of the Parish.

Who can attend the meeting?
The Annual Parish Meeting is a meeting of all the local government electors for the Parish. It is NOT a meeting of the Parish Council. Anyone may attend but only registered electors of the village may speak and vote.

Will I be able to ask questions and make suggestions?
Any registered elector may ask questions of the Council, which will usually be answered by the Chair, the Clerk to the Council, or a designated Councillor.
It is requested that questions are sent to the clerk,, no later than 18th May, so that they can be added to the agenda, which will be circulated on the 19th May.
Only items on the agenda can be decided by a vote of those present.
An elector may also make suggestions and comment on anything pertinent to the people of the village. This will be welcomed and is the whole purpose of the meeting.

Who will chair the meeting?

The Chair of the Parish Council will chair the meeting, or in their absence the Vice Chair. If neither is able to attend, then the meeting will elect a chairman from those electors present.

Will Parish Councillors be there?
Yes, however, the purpose of the meeting is to enable the ordinary electors to have their say. Councillors will listen with interest and as electors themselves, also have the opportunity to raise questions and make comments if they wish.

Will notes be taken of the meeting?
A written record of the meeting will be taken and presented at the next Annual Parish meeting for approval.

What else happens at the meeting?
In recent years we have invited SELRAP and statutory organisations to speak about their work.

How long will the meeting last?
As long as need be within reason.  It really depends on those present and the number of questions and the discussion that is raised.  Generally, the meeting will last no longer than 2 hours.

End of Remote Meetings

From 7th May 2021 all Parish Council meetings will go back to Face to Face in the Village Hall. The first face to face Parish Council meeting will be on 2nd June 2021 at 7pm. Social distancing and any other Covid19 restrictions that are still in force will be adhered to.

NALC statement on Handforth PC

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) is aware of the recent news regarding Handforth Parish Council’s Planning and Environment Committee meeting going viral.

Most of England’s 10,000 local (parish and town) councils are run well by councillors, clerks and council staff, who collaborate to deliver their communities ambitions. People get involved in their local councils because they are passionate about their communities and committed to making a difference.

NALC is aware of the negative impact poor behaviour can have. NALC is committed to promoting and supporting good governance and the highest standards of conduct and behaviour in local councils, by councillors, clerks and council staff. NALC also continues to call for the strengthening of the standards regime by introducing sanctions, a single code of conduct and mandatory training.

Local councils and their 100,000 councillors play an essential and growing role in democracy, delivering public services and building stronger communities. They have continued to evolve, take on additional responsibilities and innovate by tackling challenges such as health, housing, climate change, transport and public spaces. Local councils mobilised quickly to be at the forefront of the national coronavirus response, stepping up to support local communities by using the flexibility of remote meetings, which NALC called for, to continue to make decisions and engage with their community.

Communities thrive when people volunteer to get involved and come together to take action on local issues. The upcoming local council elections in May 2021 provide a fantastic opportunity for more people of all backgrounds and experiences to stand as councillors and make a change in their community.

Cllr Sue Baxter,

National Association of Local Councils

changes to bus times

The Pendle Wizz Burnley/Skipton service now no longer operates on Sundays and is reduced to two hourly on Saturdays. 

I understand these reductions were introduced from Sunday on a temporary basis and are a direct result of the latest English lockdown.

The Preston to Skipton 280 is, however, continuing to provide a full service seven days a week and is available to all those needing to travel to/from work or make other essential journeys.

There are hourly services on weekdays and Saturdays and every two hours on Sundays and Bank Holidays.

First and last buses TO Skipton are as follows :

MONDAYS TO FRIDAYS            0824/1755

SATURDAYS                                0829/1749


FROM Skipton first/last buses operate as under :

MONDAYS TO FRIDAYS            0910/1820

SATURDAYS                                0910/1815


Full details of the timings can be found online or in the printed Lancashire County Council/Stagecoach timetable dated July 2020.