If you want to know what’s happening where you live, go along to Poulton Forum.
Hosted by Poulton & Carleton Residents’ Association
At St Martin’s & St Hilda’s Church Hall, Carleton on Tuesday 12 February at 7pm
Poulton Forum 12 February 2019
Summary of main points discussed, decisions and actions agreed
1. Welcome and Introductions
Lesley Middleton introduced herself and Bill Waller (Residents’ Association Chair and Vice-Chair respectively) and welcomed those present to the 28th Forum meeting.
Attendees: Approximately 90 members of the public and Wyre Councillors Roger Berry, Barry Birch, Colette Birch, Simon Bridge, Peter Gibson, David Henderson, Tom Ingham, Lesley McKay and Michael Vincent plus Lancashire County Councillor Alf Clempson. Apologies for absence had been received from some members of the public and LCC Councillor Alan Vincent.
Lesley reported that, after this meeting, there would be approximately £100 in the Association’s bank account and consequently donations were being sought to help meet administration costs such as room hire and publicity.
3. The Work of Trinity Hospice
Beryl and Peter Moran gave a presentation about Trinity Hospice. The hospice provides palliative care to those suffering from life-limiting conditions including, but not exclusively, cancer.
The project to build a hospice for the Fylde started in 1979 and the first patient was admitted to Trinity in June 1985. The range of services provided there has grown from a simple inpatient unit to now include a day therapy unit, a range of clinics and various complementary therapies. Brian House Children’s Hospice was opened next door in 1996 followed, in 2001, by the Linden Centre which provides information, support, counselling, training and research facilities. In 2014 a ‘Hospice at Home’ service was launched which delivers care in the community.
Trinity provides services for the 360,000 population of the Fylde. It supports both adults and children and care is free to patients and their families. With a workforce of 200 and 950 volunteers, Trinity costs £7.5 to £8 million p.a. to run. Within that total Brian House, which currently supports 86 children, costs £1.5m. Trinity receives just £2m p.a. from the NHS and has to raise the rest of the money needed. It does so through its 15 shops, regular fund raising events and the receipt of donations and legacies.
Volunteers are key to this, working in shops and organising and supporting events. They also provide services such as driving people to the hospice, manning a trolley service on site, doing flower arranging, providing a letter reading/writing service and more. Anyone wishing to volunteer in a shop can simply call in to one, while those wanting to volunteer at the hospice itself can contact the voluntary services department on 01253 359374 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Residents who have other queries or wish to support fundraising efforts can call 01253 358881 or check the website www.trinityhospice.co.uk .
Also, look out for local publicity material from the Poulton Friends of Trinity group. This group, which Beryl and Peter have been involved with since it began, has raised almost £500,000 and will be celebrating its 40th anniversary with a coffee morning at Poulton Bridge Club on 27th July.
4. Poulton Port 1577 – 1839
Dr Graham Evans gave a brief overview of his recently published book about the stretch of the River Wyre known as ‘Poulton Port’. Residents interesting in hearing more may wish to attend the Poulton Historical & Civic Society meeting at 2.pm on April 12th in the Methodist Church Hall on Queensway, Poulton where Dr Graham will be giving a fuller talk. (For more information see www.poulton-le-fylde-hcs.co.uk.) Copies of the book – Poulton: Life, Trade and Shipping – are available from the Best Friends gift shop on Ball Street, Poulton or direct from the publisher, post free, on 01524 840111.
5. Carleton Updates
LCC Councillor Alan Vincent had provided a written report, the contents of which were conveyed to the meeting by Councillor Alf Clempson. Details were provided of the roads that have been scheduled for repair this year. The next priorities are the main arterial routes round Carleton and flooding impacts. Residents who wish to raise any issues can contact Cllr Vincent on Alan.Vincent@lancashire.gov.uk
6. Planning Updates
6.1. Councillor Michael Vincent gave the following update. Green Belt land between Carleton and Poulton has been re-designated as suitable for development. This is a Central Government decision and as such cannot be challenged further. However, the developer is required to submit a Master Plan and the Council can set out criteria this plan must meet, allowing them to influence issues such as type of development, school needs, parking requirements etc. There will be full public consultation about this. At the moment, residents can make their Ward Councillors aware of their views but formal objections cannot be submitted until the developer’s Master Plan has been received. In response to questions, Cllr Vincent confirmed that any issues about wildlife, such as Natterjack Toads, would be considered as usual in the planning process. He also expressed confidence about fending off further development although that could not be guaranteed.
6.2. Bispham Road: Blackpool Council have identified an area to be designated a permanent Travellers’ site. Wyre and Cllr Vincent are making their objections known and he invited residents to do the same. The deadline for objections is 28th February and details of who to contact can be obtained from Cllr Vincent (Michael.Vincent@wyre.gov.uk)
6.3. Councillor Berry confirmed that the issue of how much affordable housing will be included in the Holts Lane development is still being investigated. It will be referred to a Planning Committee hearing if necessary.
6.4. It was also confirmed that Lancashire Police have declined to consider any ‘Saturation Policy’ implication when considering new Licensing applications in Poulton.
7. Other Updates since last Forum
LCC Councillor Alf Clempson reported the following:-
7.1. Latest plans were detailed for closures and re-surfacing work on Moorland Road, Higher Green, Moorfield Avenue, Wyresdale Avenue, plus patching work on Hardhorn Road and a road closure at Carleton Crossing overnight 9/10th March. Additional LED lights have been installed at the pedestrian crossings near Queens Square and Alf continues to press for more safety measures. He will follow up the issue of a push button crossing at the Breck Road/Station Road junction.
7.2. Other priorities include the uneven paving in the Market Square, working with schools to improve road safety, including emphasising enforcement of parking restrictions, road patching outside the Thatched and the New Penny, parking issues at Normoss, now exacerbated by the Newton Arms car park restrictions, and getting an HGV ban in Poulton.
7.3. Alf would welcome residents’ views on the idea of a one-way system on Park Road and a 20mph limit on Station Road. (Alf encourages residents to contact him about their concerns at any time. His contact details are: email email@example.com , Mobile – 07983335630, and at his informal surgery in the New Penny Cafe between 10.00 and 12.00 on Saturdays.)
8. Any Other Business
8.1. Rubbish Collection – following feedback that some residents find that the green boxes used to collect glass/metal/plastic are too small and that lifting them has caused injury to residents and bin men, it has been decided to replace the green boxes with wheelie bins (colour yet to be determined). The green boxes will be taken back and discussions are underway as to their eventual disposal. As the new bins will hold 3 to 4 times more than the boxes, collection of them will be at 4 weekly intervals (instead of 2). There will be no change to the frequency of grey and green bin collections which will remain fortnightly.
8.2. Friends of JSVP – will be holding an event in the park to celebrate installation of their new play equipment. This will take place 1pm – 4pm on 5th May and will involve a Theatre Group with a show for children, bands, stalls, a fair, birds of prey and more.
8.3. YMCA membership charges – Lesley reported she had been approached about the recent changes to Gold and Silver membership rates which are seen as unfairly affecting retired people. Councillors Henderson and Clempson are following this up.
8.4. Poulton Gala Fundraiser – there will be a ‘Poulton’s Got Soul Night’ held at the Vicarage Park Community Centre on Friday 15th March. Tickets are available from Occasions card shop in the Teanlowe or Roger Critchley at firstname.lastname@example.org
8.5. Banks/Police Station – In response to a question, Councillor Henderson advised that he had no information about when the former NatWest building conversion might start, no information about the future of the former RBS site and none about the soon to be closed Barclays branch – although office space seemed the only sensible option for the latter. The only enquiries received by Wyre about the former Police Station concerned office accommodation and luxury apartments.
9. Date of Next Meeting
The next meeting will be in August 2019 in Poulton – date and venue to be confirmed. As previously announced, in the absence of offers to help run them, Forum meetings have been reduced to two meetings a year, in February and August. It will always be possible to set up an ad hoc meeting if a significant issue crops up and Lesley will continue to send the various updates and other information to her email distribution list.
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