Banning dogs from children's play areas
We are proposing 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 are also planning to require dogs to be kept on leads in five specified areas in public parks and playing fields. We sought the views of local residents, visitors and organisations on these proposed areas - the deadline for comments was 3 January 2017 .
Comments will now be reported to councillors at full Council in February 2017 for a final decision to be made. If the restrictions are approved, it is expected that they will be in place by 1 April 2017. Signs advising people of the new restrictions will be installed in the relevant areas.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ormskirk Night Time Economy Survey
We commissioned Lancaster University to conduct independent research to assist us in better understanding the positive and negative impact of the night time economy for those visiting, residing and working in Ormskirk town centre. The consultation period ended on Friday 6 March 2015. Results will be used to help shape future decisions for the town centre.
Economic Development Strategy
We invited comments from local businesses, partners and stakeholders on the Council's draft Economic Development Strategy 2015-2025 which aims to sustain economic growth across the borough over the next 10 years. The consultation was open from 27 January until 25 February 2015.
Yew Tree Farm
We invited comments on the masterplan to guide the development of the Yew Tree Farm site in Burscough. The consultation ran until 5pm on Friday 21 November 2014.
We invited local people and businesses to comment on the draft Licensing Policy – the document that will set out how the Council will continue to exercise its powers under the Licensing Act 2003. The consultation period ran from 1 August to 31 October 2014.
Burscough neighbourhood plan
We received an application from Burscough Parish Council, who wish to prepare a Neighbourhood Plan for their area. The consultation was open from 3 September to 17 October 2014.
Conservation area appraisal consultation
We sought the views of local residents on two draft character appraisals: Junction Lane Conservation Area and Fulwood Avenue / Douglas Avenue Conservation Area. The closing date for comments was Friday 26 September 2014.
If you own or run a business which is based in West Lancashire, we invited you to share your views and take part in the bi-annual business survey. The survey closed on Friday 1 August 2014. Thank you to all those who have submitted business surveys.
Additional CCTV cameras
In 2014 the Council made money available for additional CCTV cameras in Scarisbrick, Tarleton, Downholland and Burscough and invited people to give their views on where the cameras should be located. The closing date for comments was 31 July 2014.
The Council’s Corporate and Environmental Overview and Scrutiny Committee invited local residents to submit topic suggestions for reviews to be included in their work programme for 2014/15. Through its work the Committee will bring forward appropriate recommendations to Cabinet and Council. Find out about the work of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee.
Improving Ormskirk town centre
Businesses, market traders, organisations and residents were invited to give their views on major schemes to improve Ormskirk town centre. The consultation ran from 30 June 2014 to 27 July 2014.
Citizen and Stakeholder Survey 2014
The Council carried out surveys to gather the views of residents and stakeholders on spending priorities, community safety and satisfaction with important services. The results are being used by the Council as it makes plans for services, efficiencies and savings.
If you have any questions about the surveys, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
A range of surveys and research studies are carried out by the Council in relation to housing strategy. These include research to understand housing need, housing markets and economic issues.
Skelmersdale town centre
Extensive consultation has been carried out on the proposals to regenerate Skelmersdale town centre.