February 2017
In this month's edition have your say on the 2017/18 Budget proposals, find details about the On The Ladder training course plus information on the changes to household waste collections, and much more!
There will be changes to train services through Chorley and Bolton on weekends between 21 Jan - 5 March. Please check before you travel at nationalrail.co.uk
1. Budget 2017/18 - Have Your Say
It’s really important that we spend the money you pay in council tax on the things that matter most to you, your family and your community. The council is facing enormous reductions in its funding sources over the next few years and our budget proposals set out how we will deal with these changes while protecting vital services.

We would like to hear your view on our plans, along with your suggestions for how we could improve the way we do things.

The consultation, which can be completed by following the link below, will be open until the 10th of February and all feedback will be considered as part of the final presentation of the budget to Council on the 28th February.
Click here to view the 2017/18 budget proposals.

Click here to complete the survey.

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2. On the Ladder – Volunteer Training
Chorley Council is committed to supporting people to be in involved in making a difference in their local community and has organised this course on Tuesday 7 February at Lancashire College, Southport Road, from 9.30am to 12.30pm.

On the Ladder has been created to support the delivery of training and advice for both existing and new volunteers by providing a range of courses which contribute to the development of community-led activity.

This session is for people who are currently managing volunteers. It will enable you to consider the main skills, qualities and characteristics required and outline the purpose of managing volunteers well, recruiting the right volunteers for the role and how to retain them.

Click here to book on the course.

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3. Changes to Household Waste Collections
We are going to be making significant changes to household waste collections to help us balance the books as we continue to see our funding reduce.

The main changes to come in to effect from 1 May are:

• Garden waste collections will be a voluntary opt-in scheme – it will be £30 per bin, per year
• Paper and cardboard will be collected mixed together every four weeks in a bigger bin (currently green box and black pod)
• Your domestic/non-recyclable waste collections (green bin) and plastics, glass and cans (blue bin) will not change

For full details and a list of FAQs visit chorley.gov.uk/bins. You will be able to sign up to the garden waste collections from 1 March.

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4. Planning in Practice
A reminder that this year's Planning in Practice is on 13 March at 5.45pm. Officers from Lancashire County Council's Highways service will be in attendance to provide an insight into how responses to consultations on planning applications are formed. This session is open to all members and parish/town council representatives.

The session will take place in The Lancastrian, and refreshments will be available from 5.30pm.

Places are limited but if you would like to attend this training session, please can you let Cathryn Filbin in Democratic Service know on cathryn.filbin@chorley.gov.uk or call 01257 515123.

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5. Draft Employment Skills SPD
The draft Central Lancashire Employment Skills Supplementary Planning Document is out for consultation for a 6 week period until Monday, 13 March 2017.

The draft SPD has been prepared jointly by Preston, Chorley and South Ribble Councils' and introduces Employment Skills Plans. An Employment and Skills Statement will need to be submitted with a planning application which exceeds the thresholds of commercial floorspace (1,000spm) and housing developments (30 units). Criteria set out in the statement can be individually tailored to ensure the right skills and employment opportunities are provided at the right time to benefit both the developer and local population. The SPD does not introduce new policies. The SPD provides clarity on how policies and requirements of the Central Lancashire Core Strategy and the Chorley Local Plan will be applied.

Responses to the draft SPD should be sent to planning.policy@chorley.gov.uk by 5pm, Monday 13 March 2017.
Click here to view the Draft Central Lancashire Employment Skills SPD.

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6. Householder Design Guidance SPD
The Householder Design Guidance Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) was adopted by Chorley Council on 24 January 2017.

The SPD relates to the design standards set within Core Strategy Policy 17 on Design of New Buildings Local Plan Policy HS5 on House Extensions; Local Plan Policy BNE1 on Design Criteria for New Development and the Central Lancashire Design Supplementary Planning Document (2012). It sets out guidance to assist people who wish to extend or alter their property and aims to achieve high quality extensions which respect their surroundings and protect the amenity of neighbours. It sets out the general principles which should be considered when designing an extension and gives specific advice on particular types of extensions and alterations which should be addressed as part of any planning application. It replaces the 2008 Householder Design Guidance Supplementary Planning Document.
Click here to view the Adopted Householder Design Guidance SPD.

Click here to view the Householder Design Guidance SPD Adoption Statement.

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7. OHOC Public Engagement Event
Our Health Our Care are working together with all of the local health and social care organisations to design services that will improve the health and wellbeing of residents living in Chorley, South Ribble and Greater Preston. The scheme will be holding the third round of public engagement events on Thursday 9, March in The Lancastrian at Chorley Town Hall. The afternoon session will take place between 2pm-4pm and the evening session at 6pm-8pm.

The events aim to ensure community views are captured and to provide the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the progress of work on the Our Health Our Care programme.

Follow the link below to book your place on the event. Alternatively this can be one by calling 01772 214323 or email ohoc.enquiries@nhs.net.
Click here to visit the website for more information.

Click here to book your place on the event.

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8. GUAG - Half Term Activities
Our half term Get Up and Go activities are now available to book online by following the link below.

As part of our Get Up and Go scheme, Chorley Council will also be holding a winter playday on Wednesday, 15 February at 11.30am-3pm in The Lancastrian at the Town Hall.

Come and join the fun for all the family! There will be lots of information available about children and young people's activities around the borough, as well as a whole host of community groups and organisations to promote and improve the health and wellbeing of local families. Admission to the event will be free.

Click here for more information and to book online.

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9. Primary School Sports Competition 2017
The 2017 Chorley Primary School Sports Competition is now open for entries. All primary schools are encouraged to enter teams into these free events. The aim of the programme includes; encouraging children to take part in physical activity, build links between Chorley sports clubs and primary schools, allow children to gain the benefits associated with fun, light hearted competition and to measure the impact of these interschool events to improve the sports events of the future.

Working in partnership with many local clubs, who are offering free taster sessions to participants, which the Council hopes will progress from the competition into club membership. New events this year include exciting sports such as archery and rock climbing, of which we have clubs that can be accessed within Chorley.

For further information on this programme, please contact Tom Halstead on Tom.Halstead@chorley.gov.uk o call 01257 515806.
Click here for more information and to view the Primary School Sports Programme of Events.

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10. Doorstep Sports Club
Chorley Council are working in partnership with Blackburn Rovers Community Trust, Active Nation UK and local sports clubs to bring you exciting activities at our Doorstep Sports Club at Clayton Green Leisure Centre, every Friday 7-9pm.

This club will ensure that young people, aged between 11 and 19 years have the opportunity to play sport, get active, and spend time socialising with friends. Each session costs just £1.00.

To book or for more information please contact Tom Halstead on Tom.Halstead@chorley.gov.uk or call 01257 515806.

Click here to view the Programme of Events.

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11. Chorley Grand Prix Returns!
Chorley Council has once again teamed up with British Cycling to host and organise this year’s highly popular national cycle race; the Chorley Grand Prix. The event will see more than 100 professional riders take on a challenging course around the borough as part of the 2017 HSBC UK Spring Cup Series. It will also showcase the beautiful borough to a European audience when the event is broadcast on Eurosport.

The race will take in a 100-mile route with the start and finish line on Park Road, in Chorley town centre. It then takes the cyclists out to Rivington, Belmont, Abbey Village, Withnell, Brinscall, Wheelton, Buckshaw Village and back to Chorley. The riders will complete five laps of the circuit but there will generally be rolling road closures in place, which will mean very minimal disruption to traffic. The exact route will be confirmed in the coming weeks.

There will also be a return of the decorated bikes along the route, with residents, community groups and schools being encouraged to again decorate, donate and recycle unwanted bikes, to give the cyclists a warm and colourful welcome to the Borough. Bikes can be decorated with any suitable waterproof materials and then donated by contacting Chorley Council’s community team by Friday 31 March.

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12. News From our Partners
Chorley Roadworks Bulletin .

Road Traffic Regulation Order - Yarrow Valley Way, Chorley.

Proposed Road Traffic Regulation Order - Bolton Road, Adlington.

Road Traffic Regulation Order - Various Roads in Astley Village, Abbey Village, Clayton Green and Buckshaw Village.

Proposed Road Traffic Regulation Order - Brindle Street, Duke Street, Harrison Road, Pilling Lane and Poplar Street, Chorley.

Road Traffic Regulation Order - Bolton Street and Duke Street.

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13. Keep Informed
To view the latest notice of Executive Decisions click here .

To view a planning application click here .

To view a licensing application click here .

Click here to read the latest news .

To find out what events are taking place around the borough click here .

To view the latest edition of What’s Happening click here .

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