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Consultation archive 2016-17

Green Infrastructure and Cycling Strategy

We consulted on a draft Green Infrastructure and Cycling Strategy for the borough. The draft strategy looks to establish a high quality, accessible network for Green Infrastructure and cycling that links the borough’s major settlements with one another and with visitor attractions. The consultation ended on 10 March 2017.

Homelessness strategy

We consulted on a Homelessness Strategy for the borough for the years 2017 - 2022..

Banning dogs from children's play areas

We consulted on proposals to ban dogs from a further 26 children’s play areas in West Lancashire in order to help keep children safe and reduce problems with dog fouling. We also consulted on plans to require dogs to be kept on leads in five specified areas in public parks and playing fields. The deadline for comments was 3 January 2017.

The responses were taken into account before the final decision was made at the West Lancashire Borough Council meeting on 22 February 2017. The new measures came into force in 1 April 2017.

Consultation on garages in Tanhouse and Digmoor

We invited views on  garages in Tanhouse and Digmoor. The consultation closed on 9 December 2016 and the results are under consideration.

Interim Polling Review

In October 2016 the Polling Districts and Polling Places Review Committee decided to review the arrangements for the BEC Polling District within Burscough East Ward and also the WRD Polling District within Wrightington Ward. consultation closed on 22 December 2016.

Private sector housing strategy

Residents, service users and local organisations were invited to give their views on the Private Sector Housing Strategy 2017-2020. The new strategy sets the aims and objectives for improving standards in the private housing sector. The closing date for comments was 18 November 2016.

CIL Funding Programme for 2017/18

How should we spend funding from the Community Infrastructure Levy? We invited people to give their comments. The consultation ran from 6 October to 4 November 2016. We are now reviewing all the comments we received, and will use them to help inform our final recommendations on the funding programme. Cabinet members will make the final decision in January 2017.

Meeting the budget challenge 2016

We invited residents and community groups to give their views on policy options for making savings, efficiencies and increases in income to balance the budget for 2017/18. The surveys closed on 4 September. At its meeting its meeting on 19 October 2016, the Council made decisions to:

  • Introduce an annual charge of £30 to collect garden waste from next year
  • Charge £25 per year per bin to have an extra green bin emptied
  • Remove static recycling sites across the Borough
  • Reduce the time period for discretionary Council Tax discounts on empty properties
  • Reduce the car allowances paid to staff and Councillors for business mileage

Councillors also agreed not to cease garden waste collections during the winter, and deferred decisions on a range of matters including: modest reductions in the number of CCTV cameras in the lowest priority areas and in live monitoring in off- peak periods; a  review of street cleaning work; new approach to public toilet provision.

Survey for Council tenants

The Council invited tenants to give their views on options for making savings for housing services. The consultation closed on 4 September and the Council made decisions at its meeting on 19 October 2016 and approved a £6 million package of measures to tackle the gap in the housing budget.