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Consultation archive 2015-16

CCTV camera

We invited people to give their views on the proposed location for a new CCTV camera in Skelmersdale. The new camera will bring the total number operated by the Council in West Lancashire to 106. The cameras are monitored 24/7 and play a vital role in helping prevent crime and disorder, reducing the fear of crime and increasing public safety.

The camera will be located at Acregate, Little Digmoor, outside the convenience store and near to the entrance of the play area. The location was suggested by Lancashire Constabulary and is supported by evidence of anti-social behaviour and criminal damage. It is hoped that the camera will be installed by early summer.

Taxi Licensing Policy

Following recent consultation we have developed a licensing policy for Hackney Carriages and Private Hire vehicles, drivers and operators. This policy statement was approved by the council’s Licensing and Appeals Committee on 2 February 2016 and is effective from 1 April 2016.

Ormskirk town centre market research

Ormskirk residents and businesses were invited to share their views to help the Council and key stakeholders to build a consistent identity and brand for Ormskirk which coordinates all activity and ensures a vibrant and prosperous future for the town. This is one of the key actions within the Ormskirk Town Centre Strategy.

Provision for Traveller Sites Development Plan Document

We consulted on the draft Provision for Traveller Sites Development Plan Document (DPD) from 3 December 2015 to 29 January 2016. We are now processing the comments received and intend to prepare a 'Publication' version of the Traveller Sites DPD later in 2016.

Citizen and Stakeholder Survey 2016

Residents and community groups were invited to give their views on spending priorities, community safety and satisfaction with important services in the annual consultation. The survey closed on 20 March.

Meeting the budget challenge

Residents, organisations and businesses were invited to give their views on the Borough Council’s policy options for making savings, efficiencies and increases in income to balance the budget for 2016/17. Consultation ran until 10 January 2016. The results of the consultation were considered by the Council at its meeting on 24 February 2016. The Council resolved to include the policy options in the 2016/16 budget with the exception of option PO5, charging for green waste collection.

Leisure Strategy and Playing Pitch Strategy

The Council at its meeting on 21 October 2015 approved a draft Leisure Strategy and a draft Playing Pitch Strategy for consultation. Public consultation ran from Monday 2 November 2015 until Sunday 10 January 2016. The Council approved both strategies at its meeting in February 2016.

Financial Inclusion Strategy

We consulted on a draft Council Tenants' Financial Inclusion Strategy, consultation ended on 31 October 2015. The strategy aims to help our most vulnerable and financially excluded tenants, supporting them to manage better financially. The Strategy was revised in response to the comments received and reported to Cabinet in January 2016.

Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)

We prepared a document, called the CIL Funding Programme, which sets out the options as to how we can spend these monies in 2016/17, and includes a number of shortlisted projects. We asked for your views in October 2015 as to how you thought the monies should be spent. Consultation on the funding programme closed on 30 October 2015.

A summary of the comments we received will be published on our website in the future. We will consider all the comments in preparing our final recommendations. A final decision on how we will spend CIL monies was made by Cabinet in January 2016.

Planning policy consultation exercises

A range of consultation exercises have been carried out. The Planning Policy Consultation page provides information about consultations and how you can get involved.

Gambling Policy

The Gambling Act 2005 requires the Council to review its Policy Statement every three years. To ensure this document reflects the borough of West Lancashire, we sought comments from all parties affected by the act. The deadline for comments was 16 October 2015.

Citizen and Stakeholder Survey 2015

We invited local organisations and residents to give their views on spending priorities and other issues. The consultation ran until 8 March 2015.

Draft disabled adaptations policy for council tenants

This draft policy is to assist disabled tenants or those with long‐term illness who require an adaptation to their home to enable them to live independently or to assist carers in their caring role. The public consultation ended on 1 September 2015.

Call for sites

We carried out a ‘Call for Sites’ exercise as part of our ongoing strategic planning work, and to keep our background information up-to-date.  We would like to hear about sites with potential for uses including housing, business, gypsy and traveller sites, commercial and other uses. The deadline for receipt of details of sites was 24 July 2015.

CCTV consultation

The Council has made money available for additional CCTV cameras in Tanfields and Castlehey, Skelmersdale and Burscough St, Ormskirk and invited people to give their views on the suggested locations.

Ormskirk Town Centre Strategy

West Lancashire Borough Council, along with partners, developed the draft Ormskirk Town Centre Strategy 2015 in order to help co-ordinate the approach of the Council, local retailers and other interested parties.  A public consultation period ran from 18 February until 14 April 2015.