Hosted by Poulton & Carleton Residents’ Association
Meeting held 19th November 2012
Summary of main points discussed, decisions and actions agreed
1. Welcome and Introductions
Lesley Middleton (Residents’ Association Chair) welcomed those present, including Alf Clempson (assistant to Ben Wallace MP) and the Wyre Councillors in attendance who introduced themselves. Lesley conveyed thanks to Jake for help with the sound system and congratulations to Councillor McKay on the very recent birth of daughter Holly.
Attendees: 255 members of the public and Councillors David Bannister, Roger Berry, Barry Birch, Simon Bridge, Peter Gibson, Ron Greenhough, David Henderson, Gordon McCann, Lesley McKay and Pete Murphy.
Apologies for absence received from some members of the public and from Councillors May Gandhi and Jim Hargreaves; Norman Irish (Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator) and apologies for expected late arrival from Councillor Graeme Cocker.
Some time ago the forum had received a donation of £350 in memory of the late Steve Rolland but, with costs averaging £80 per meeting, the balance in the Association’s bank account now stood at £213. Donations towards the ongoing costs of publicity and hall hire would be gratefully received. Residents were also asked to provide email addresses wherever possible so as to minimise address costs.
3.1. Tesco Parking: It should have been noted that Councillor Simon Bridge had also helped achieve the placement of bollards outside the Tesco Express Store on Garstang Road.
3.2. Carleton Drains/Flooding: the two broken drains have been repaired and Fleetwood Road South resurfaced.
3.3. Castle Gardens Parking: discussions are ongoing and there will be a further update at the next meeting.
4. New Provisions for Local Healthcare
Dr. Adam Janjua, Vice Chair of the Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) gave a presentation about the new arrangements that will replace the Primary Care Trust (PCT) from April 2013. He explained why the changes were being made, what the new national structure would be and the roles and responsibilities of the CCG. The Fylde and Wyre CCG would involve 21 practices with some 87 GPs and covering a registered population of 152,000.
Dr Janjua described the CCG’s vision and outlined the local challenges it faced, the key health issues in the area, what had been achieved so far and the current main focus. In response to a question, he confirmed that PCT assets will pass to PropCo, a part of the NHS. The CCG will rent offices from PropCo but will have no responsibility for premises issues such as whether a super-surgery is built. Dr Janjua also confirmed, in response to a further question, that there were currently no arrangements for public involvement in setting and supervising standards. However it was fundamental to the CCG philosophy that the public make known their views about what they wanted in terms of health care provision. Dr Janjua also offered to answer any questions residents had about the new arrangements – email to Lesley and she will forward on.
5. Railway Bridge Closure/Effect on Trains
For the avoidance of doubt, Lesley confirmed the information given at the last meeting that the Tithebarn Street Bridge would be closed between 7th January and 22nd May 2013. There would be a pedestrian bridge to cross the railway line. Lesley also advised that engineering works mean that trains between Blackpool and Preston are being replaced by coaches on Saturdays and Sundays between 10th November 2012 and 10th March 2013 except for the weekends 15/16, 22/23, 29/30 December and 2/3, 9/10 February. Engineering works were also affecting other areas in the North and residents were advised to check the website www.networkrail.co.uk/electrification or alternatively telephone 08457 114141.
6. Planning Application Updates
Councillor Gibson gave the following updates:
6.1. Booths: the planning application had been approved, Booths had completed the purchase of the Teanlowe Centre and car park, and they and the Council had reached an agreement on the provision of 3 hours free parking in the Teanlowe car park once the new Booths opened in spring 2015.
6.2. Dransfield: an application has been lodged but no planning committee date has yet been set. There are a number of issues concerning roads, air and noise pollution, the design, and conservation area impact which the applicants need to address. Officials are also awaiting LCC’s comments on transport issues. Dransfield have not yet bought the buildings and /or land they would need but have confirmed that if this is done and planning permission granted then they would sell to Asda who would then become the developers.
6.3. McCarthy & Stone: are in the early stages of discussion about a proposal to build fifty 1-2 bed Assisted Living (Extra Care) apartments on part of the derelict site at the junction of Station Road and Breck Road. They are said to be aware of the possible contamination on this land and not to see it as a problem. They are to hold a public exhibition in St. Chads Church Hall on 27th November between 3pm and 7pm. Further information can be obtained from their website www.mccarthyandstone-consultation.co.uk/poulton or by phoning 0800 298 7040.
6.4. Lockwood Surgery: discussions are underway about the possibility of relocating the surgery to the Civic Centre on Breck Road. This would have benefits for all concerned and if agreed could take place in approximately 18 months time.
7. Britain in Bloom
Lesley reported that the Poulton in Bloom team have gained a Gold Medal forBest Town in theNorth West. The Friends of Poulton Station and Poulton Methodist Church had both been awarded Level 5 – Outstanding in the Neighbourhood Awards. The Library, Burlington House and Elizabeth Court had also gained Neighbourhood Awards and The Bull Public House had been awarded a Silver Medal in the Small Businesses in theNorth West category. Congratulations were due to Carol Woolley and her team and everyone who had contributed to this excellent outcome.
8. What’s On – Dates for your Diary
1st December : St Hilda’s & St Martin’s Christmas Fair
8th December : Carleton Christmas Extravaganza:
2.30pm Carleton Community Chorus concert in St Hilda’s & St Martin’s;
4.00pm carols, fair, Carleton Community Band and Father Christmas in the Castle Gardens Pub
10th December : Seniors drop-in and Community Christmas Party from 1.00pm at St Hilda’s & St Martin’s Church
18th December : Community Concert at Carleton Green Primary School from 7.00pm
In between times the Carleton Community Chorus will be singing at The Plant Place and the Hospital.
29/30 Nov & 1 Dec : Chaddeans Christmas Show,7.30pm at St Chads Hall; tickets £5 (£3 children); (you can bring your own refreshments.) Tickets from Susan – 01253 884073 (Saturday sold out)
7th December : Poulton Christmas Festival:
9.00am Market Place /Church Street– about 20 stalls (mainly local traders) including children’s toys, sweets, jewellery, hot chestnuts
12.00 noon Teanlowe Car Park/PO forecourt – children’s rides
4.00pm Market Place lighting of the crib by Mayor of Wyre and Poulton’s Gala Queen
4.30pm Market Place Blackpool Sixth Form Quartet perform
5.00pm Poulton Station Father Christmas arrives on The Lapland Express
5.30pm Father Christmas at Market Square
5.45 Market Square Poulton People’s Choir
NB – free parking from 2.00pm in Hardhorn and Teanlowe car parks.
9. Any Other Business
9.1. 20 mph Speed Limit: LCC are proposing an advisory 20mph speed limit on Breck Road between the Station Road traffic lights and St John’s Catholic Church. Anyone wishing to make observations must do so by 3rd December either by email or by phone quoting a reference number – details available from Lesley at firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively check www.lancashire.gov.uk/20mph
9.2. Garstang Road East signage: Lesley will forward a comment she has received to LCC that the Poulton Le Fylde signs need cleaning.
9.3. St Chads Hall: The writer of a recent letter to the Gazette had reported the efforts of Singleton residents to secure Lottery funding to repair their village hall. St Chads Church Hall has many fine features but is badly in need of repair. It was suggested that funding grants might be available to help finance this. In the face of rumours that St Chads hall might be demolished, the question was posed as to whether Poulton residents would be willing to fight for funding to preserve it. In a show of hands, almost all the 255 present supported such a move. It was suggested that an action group needed to be formed to take this forward and to work with the Parish Church Council, Church and other authorities. Lesley agreed to start the ball rolling and anyone willing to help with such an action group should email their details to Lesley at email@example.com
9.4. Health Centre: It was confirmed that there had been no news of a new health centre as the PCT were understood to have no money for such a project.
9.5. Emily Hall: Councillor Gibson advised that a plaque was to be placed on a bench in theMarket Square to recognise the life of the late Emily Hall.
10. Date of Next Meeting
The next meeting will be at 7pm on 18th February 2013 at St Chad’s Church Hall.
You can also find agendas and notes of previous meetings as well as events in the local area on website www.visitPoulton-le-fylde.co.uk