October 2012
Have your say about a whole host of different services and issues across the Borough, there's an invite to a Winter Maintenence session and find out about the Town Hall Open Day....
That the Register of Electors for 2012/13 will be published on 16 October?
1. Planning for Chorley's future
A plan detailing areas of future development in Chorley is nearing completion with the last round of consultation about to start.

The final version of the Chorley Local Plan has been approved by Chorley Council and is now ready to be submitted to the Government for consideration and adoption.

This consultation is not intended to invite comments on how the document could be amended but inviting you to submit comments to be heard by an inspector at an independent examination, currently timetabled for April 2013.

The final plan can be viewed at the council’s offices, on Union Street, or alternatively copies of the plan can be viewed online www.chorley.gov.uk/planning, at your local library or at post offices in villages with no library.

The consultation will start during October.

If you would like Council officers and members to attend your Parish Council meetings in October or November, please contact Rachael Sutcliffe in the Planning Policy team on 01257 515283 or email rachael.sutcliffe@chorley.gov.uk

To view the plan click here.

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2. Winter Maintenance presentation
Parish council representatives are invited to attend a short presentation which will provide information on Lancashire County Council's strategy for dealing with the winter weather.

The presentation, which is also open to Chorley Councillors and County Councillors for the Chorley district, will be held on Tuesday, 6 November 2012, 5.30pm-6pm in Committee Room 1, Town Hall, Chorley.

To reserve your place please contact Cathryn Filbin on 01257 515123 or email cathryn.filbin@chorley.gov.uk

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3. Town Hall Open Day
People are being invited to come and see what happens inside the Town Hall as well as learn a bit more about what Chorley Council does for you.

The authority is hosting a Town Hall Open Day on Saturday 20 October and among other things you’ll be able to meet the Mayor, take part in a consultation on the future priorities of the council, see the plans for re-opening Market Street in Chorley town centre, learn about some of the environmental services available to you and children can take part in some fun get up and go activities.

The Town Hall will be open between 1.30-4.30pm and everyone is welcome.

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4. News about Market Street
We’re looking for people to take a look at the plans to re-open Market Street in Chorley town centre and give us their thoughts.

Draft schemes have been prepared for the trial re-opening of Market Street and a new parking layout for St George’s Street in order to increase footfall and improve trade in the Town Centre.

The schemes will be on display from Monday 15 October to Friday 26 October in the Town Centre. There will be 2 staffed open days on Friday 19 October and Tuesday 23 October. There will also be an additional displays on the Ground Floor of the Civic Offices, Union Street, from Monday 15 October to Friday 2 November and plans will be available to view at www.chorley.gov.uk.

All comments should be submitted by Friday 2 November, either by e-mail to edu@chorley.gov.uk or by post or by hand to Economic Development, Civic Offices, Union Street, Chorley, PR7 1AL

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5. Corporate Strategy:Consultation
Parish Councils and residents are invited to have their say on the Council’s proposed new Corporate Strategy in October. An online survey will be posted on the Council’s website on the 5 October 2012.

There will also be display boards at the One Stop Shop and a stall at the Town Hall open day on the 20th October where people can have their say.

Paper copies of the survey will be available at the One Stop Shop or on request by contacting 01257 515151. The results of the consultation will be shared prior to a Special Council on the 6th November where a final Corporate Strategy will be agreed on.
To access the online survey click here.

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6. Election update
The Electoral Register is being published early in time for the Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner Election taking place on Thursday 15 November and Lancashire Police Authority have put together a slideshow and handout to give some information on the forthcoming election.
To view the slideshow click here.

Click here for the handout notes.

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7. International Older People's Day
A week-long celebration packed with a whole host of activities and events has been planned for people in Chorley to enjoy.

They are aimed at people aged 50 plus and will mark the annual International Older People's Day on October 1.

Chorley Council's Active Generation project has joined forces with the town's Older People's Forum (COPF) and a huge variety of other organisations, to make the week-long event the best yet.

For further information on the events that are taking place click here.

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8. Help improve local rivers
Groundwork is working with the Environment Agency on the River Douglas Catchment Pilot Project with the aim of improving the water quality of the river and its tributaries.

The catchment area consists of the streams, rivers and water courses which feed into the River Douglas and covers areas such as Wigan, Horwich, Skelmersdale, Leyland, Chorley, Bamber Bridge, Hesketh Marshes, Rufford and all the areas in-between.

If you live or work within the catchment area, please give your views and opinions on the water environment so that an action plan can be put together to help improve the water quality and ecology.

Click here to fill in the questionnaire.

To find out more about Groundwork click here.

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9. Three Tier Forum
At the last meeting of the Three Tier Forum, it was requested that the Performance Dashboard for the Environment Directorate at Lancashire County Council be circulated for information.

If you require further details please contact Joanne Wilkinson on 01772 530897 or email joanne.wilkinson@lancashire.gov.uk
To view the Directorate's Performance Dashboard click here.

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10. Lancashire Time Credit
The Executive Cabinet agreed in March to support a new project to encourage volunteering in the borough. Working in partnership with Lancashire County Council and Spice Innovations (a social enterprise), the council has developed a new scheme.

More information about the project can be found by clicking the link below. It will launch in the coming weeks, and be initially concentrated through a small number of organisations to ensure that the launch is successful. The organisations initially involved in providing volunteering opportunities will be; Genesis Care, Help Direct, the Lifestyle Centre and Cotswold Supported Housing.

For further information about the project click here.

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11. Road Traffic Regulations Order
Lancashire County Council has given notice of a number of Road Traffic Regulation Orders for September 2012
To view the traffic regulation orders click here.

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12. News from our partners
Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service welcomes their newest recruit S.A.M (Smoke Alarm Man).

To find out about the latest flood warnings or the risk of flooding in your area click here.

To register for new Dental Practices that are opening in Chorley click here.

click here for contact details for the Benefits helpline for Older Peoples Week.

Lancashire Roadworks Bulletin: Chorley.

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13. Keep in touch with Chorley Council
To view the latest licensing applications that are out for consultation click here.

Click here to view a particular planning application.

For Press Releases click here.

To view the Council's homepage click here.

To view the Events Calendar click here.

To find out about FREE Business Workshops click here.

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