November 2012
Welcome
In this edition we have information about our new website, consultation on changes to Council Tax, Christmas festivities and much more...
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Chorley has the best recycling rates in Lancashire and has now introduced food waste collections to most households across the borough
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1. Chorley’s Christmas Crackers
Chorley town centre is the place to be this Christmas with more festive fun and entertainment than ever before!

The magic and excitement starts on Saturday 24 November with a festive market on Fazakerley Street and the Christmas lights switch on from 4pm on the Market Street stage. There will be something for everyone from tribute acts to the return of Jonjo Kerr to pantomime performances from CADOS and Buckshaw VAMP and the highlight of the evening – Chorley’s three medal-winning Paralympian athletes and rugby league superstar, Josh Charnley, will switch on the lights before an explosive fireworks display.

Then every Saturday in December, there will be something going on in Chorley town centre to keep the children and parents entertained.
For the full list of exciting events click here .



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2. New website has launched
As you may have seen the council’s new website has been launched.

It’s a completely new look with the focus on making it easier for people to find information and to do things online such as report issues or complete forms online.

New features include:
• A much improved search engine
• The ability to do more things online
• A new what’s on section
• A My Chorley area where people can find details of their local councillor and view a map containing items of interest
• New feature areas on the homepage, which direct people to important information and popular requests
Please take time to familiarise yourself – it can be accessed via the same web address.



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3. Adlington homes application put on hold
Plans to build over 170 homes in Adlington have been put on hold after the Government took heed of Chorley Council’s demand to ‘call in’ the application after fearing that planning inspectors were setting dangerous precedents for the borough.

The authority was pleased to hear that within 24 hours of making a stand at Tuesday’s development control meeting the Department for Communities and Local Government had issued a ‘holding direction’ on the application.

That means that the council has been told it cannot grant planning permission for the controversial development, off Bolton Road, until the Secretary of State has had chance to consider whether he should determine the application and call it in.
For more information click here .



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4. Changes to council tax benefit
The current system of distributing council tax benefit ends on 31 March - we are consulting on a new scheme to support working age residents so make sure you have your say on what replaces it.
For more information click here.



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5. Remembrance Sunday
Her Worship the Mayor, Councillor June Molyneaux, will attend the Remembrance Day Service at St Laurence’s Parish Church in Chorley on Sunday, 11 November 2012 at 10am.

Following the church service, the procession will make its way directly to Astley Park for a short service at the Cenotaph where wreaths will be laid.

There will also be a short wreath laying ceremony at the Chorley Pals Memorial on the Flat Iron Car Park, commencing at 12.00 midday and all are welcome.

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6. Primary school proposed expansion
Please find attached the consultation document and covering letter for the proposed expansion of Trinity C of E/Methodist Primary School.

A consultation event will be held on 19 November at Trinity C of E/Methodist Primary School.

Any responses, observations and objections can be sent to cyp.schoolreviews@lancashire.gov.uk
To read the covering letter click here .


To view the location plan click here .


To download the consultation document click here .


Instructions on how to book an appointment can be found on page 11 or by clicking here.



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7. Active Generation events programme
Chorley Councils Active Generation 50+ programme is launching its November to February activities, and bookings are now being taken for a wide range of activities.

The successful projects will offer a wide variety of sports, exercise and social events during the next 4 months. All the sessions are low cost or free and are aimed at the beginners stage.

Activities include Tai Chi for beginners, Pilates, Strictly Come Dancing for beginners, Table Tennis, Short Tennis, Beginners Orienteering, Christmas Tea Dance, Run Lancashire – Astley Park (recreational running group), Hockey for beginners, Basketball for beginners, Athletics for beginners, Tea Dances, Blackpool Tower Ballroom Trip in January, No Strings Badminton
To find out more click here to view the Council's What's on Guide.



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8. Community Safety Survey
A survey is being undertaken to plan and shape future community safety initiatives in Chorley and South Ribble and residents are being encouraged to take part.

The Safer Chorley and South Ribble Community Safety Partnership has a vision to ensure that Chorley and South Ribble remain two of the safest districts in the country to live, work, visit and play.

The Partnership wants to support communities to create safer, cleaner and sustainable neighbourhoods by providing access to first class, coordinated public services.

By completing this questionnaire you can assist the Partnership to plan and shape future community safety initiatives and prioritise resources to meet the needs of Chorley and South Ribble communities.
Click here to access the survey .



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9. Community Infrastructure Levy
Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL for short) is a new way that developers can be required to fund infrastructure –such as transport, education, health and open space facilities.
For more information click here .


To visit the Central Lancashire website click here .



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10. Dealing with seasonal weather
Members of Town and Parish Councils are welcome to attend a briefing session on 6 November from 5.30pm about Winter Maintenance.

Alan Capstick from Lancashire County Council will give a short presentation on Lancashire County Council’s strategy for dealing with the seasonal weather. The session will last no more than an hour.

A document has been supplied giving an overview of Lancashire County Council's winter service planning and operations for the 2012/13 winter period. It provides information on costs, our priority roads, salt stocks, key contacts and highlights new developments for this winter.
To view the document click here.



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11. Environment Commissioning for Chorley
The draft Lancashire County Council 2013/14 Environment Directorate Commissioning Plan for Chorley, which you can view by clicking on the link below. This will be discussed at the next 3 Tier Forum on 27 November 2012 so please forward any feedback to your 3 Tier Forum representative.
To view the Plan click here.



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12. Census figures
We often get asked about population figures by Town and Parish clerks. 2001 Census figures are available online - type in a postcode and select ‘parish’ from the drop-down menu.

2011 Census figures are not expected to be made available at parish levels until 2013.
To search for figures for your area click here .



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13. Solar panels cut Town Hall bills
Solar panels have been installed at Chorley Town Hall in a bid to cut electricity bills and bring in an income.

Forty five panels have been put on the roof of the landmark building and the electricity they generate will be used to run appliances and lighting at the Chorley Council offices.

The excess or unused electricity the Photo Voltaic (PV) cell system will generate, will then be sold back to the national grid. The 10 kilowatt system is expected to add more than £71,000 to the council's coffers over the next 30 years. It also means the council will cut its carbon footprint by reducing its Co2 emissions.
For more details click here .



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14. Prospective candidates briefing
A prospective candidates briefing is being held at Lancashire County Council in preparation for the LCC elections on 2 May 2013.

The event will take place at County Hall on 28 November at 5.30pm.
Click here for further information.



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15. Individual Electoral Registration
The system of voter registration is due to change in 2014 with individuals being required to register – rather than by household at present.

The transition to the new system will involve data matching of existing register entries with the database of the Department for Work and Pensions. Where information cannot be matched, individuals will be written to and invited to provide information – including National Insurance number and date of birth.

This will be done online, by phone or in writing. The process will start in 2013 for implementation in July 2014. Once individuals are registered, unless they move house there won’t be a need for us to go through the data matching process for them again, they will however still have to reply to an annual request for information as to who lives at the property who is eligible to go on to the register.
Further detail about individual registration is available on the Cabinet office website here .



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16. Road Traffic Regulation Orders
Lancashire County Council has given notice of a number of Road Traffic Regulation Orders for October 2012.
To view the details click here .



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17. News from our partners
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Youngsters urged to come back to libraries.


Don’t be left in the dark when it comes to home security.


Motorists warned to take care as darker nights creep in.


Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service HQ to Move Location.


Lancashire launches new adoption campaign .


Hard-hitting images highlight 20mph aims.


Would you know what to do in a life-threatening emergency? Click here to download the CPR mobile app.


Lancashire County Council roadworks bulletin.



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


To view the Events Calendar click here.


To view the Council's homepage click here.


Click here for information about the Police and Crime Commissioner elections to be held on Thursday 15 November.


Get Up And Go!.


To search for planning applications click here .



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