NEWSLETTER June 2020.
            The Parish Council wishes to remind everyone that their meetings are open to all residents and that there is opportunity to have your say at these meetings.

The meeting was held virtually via Zoom

CHAPEL LANE/HOGHTON BOTTOMS:

The problems relating to the general public visiting Hoghton Bottoms and the huge increase in cars parking on Chapel Lane were discussed.

The police have been asked to make regular patrols. Chorley Council and County Councillor Snowden have been informed. Sir Lindsay Hoyle had been notified of the issues and has for an investigation to take place.

LEEDS - LIVERPOOL CANAL LITTER/DOG BIN:

Dog fouling had become a serious problem following the Coronavirus Lockdown and it was suggested that Chorley Council should be asked to provide a litter/dog bin either on the canal towpath or on Bolton Road.

A similar request had been made to Chorley Council some time ago but nothing had been done about it. Chorley Council and the Canal and Rivers Trust have been asked to reconsider the provision of a litter/dog bin in the locality.

RAT INFESTATION - CRIPPLEGATE LANE:

Chorley Council has employed a specialist firm to deal with the problem and following the resolution of the issue will undertake an ecological survey to assess what improvements can be made to the area.

HIGHWAYS AND FOOTPATHS:

FLOODING:

The blocked culvert on Dover Lane has been reported to the County Council. The County Council has the added the gulleys at St. Joseph`s Church Hall Private Road to their gulley clearing routes programme.

HEDGE - QUAKER BROOK LANE/THE STRAITS:

Following the grant of planning permission for a house on land adjacent to the Post Office on Hoghton Lane The Parish Council asked the County Council To remove the existing hedge should be removed to improve the sight lines at the junction of Quaker Brook Lane and Hoghton Lane the County Council had carried out a site investigation and had merely decided to ask the landowner to trim back the hedge. The County Council has been to give further consideration to improving the sight lines at the junction.

GIB LANE - OVERGROWN HEDGE:

The landowner was asked to trim the hedge and verge in April by the County Council they have been asked them to do this again in Autumn.

STATION ROAD - HEDGE:

BT has agreed to cut the hedge at the appropriate time.

FLY TIPPING:

Fly tipping was reported in the passing places on Private Road and Chorley Council has removed it.

OVERGROWN HEDGES:

It was reported that the hedges on Blackburn Old Road (A675) near the Boars Head needed cutting back. The hedge at the Old Vicarage on Blackburn Old Road was also overgrown causing pedestrians to walk in the road. It was understood the hedge near the Boars Head was cut annually by Chorley Council and this would be done later in the year. The overgrown hedge at the Old Vicarage would be reported to Lancashire County Council Highways Department.

TRAFFIC SPEEDS - HOGHTON LANE:

Concerns were expressed about the speed and parking of public transport on local roads during the Lockdown. The police have been informed.

PLANNING APPLICATIONS:

Two applications for a development at Chapel Lane had been withdrawn since the last meeting of the Parish Council and applications for development at Bolton Road and Riley Green had been granted.

Applications for development in Private Road, Hoghton Tower. Gib Lane and two separate developments in Quaker Brook Lane had been submitted to Chorley Council since the last meeting.

WAR MEMORIAL:

Discussions have been held with Chorley Council about alleviating the flooding problem and a local contractor has been approached about doing the work.

NOTICE BOARDS:

A new notice board has been put up at the land near the Post Office with one side having a locked door, a locked door has been added to one section of the notice board at the Boars Head. Further consideration is being given as to how to change the one at Riley Green to include doors.

PROVISIONAL DATE OF NEXT MEETING:

Monday 3rd August 2020 .

Subject to the lifting of restrictions in connection with the Coronavirus Pandemic

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND. TONY HARKNESS CLERK. JUNE 2020