From early September to mid October 2009, the Council asked people how they thought West Lancashire should develop over the coming years to 2027. We received several hundred responses in writing from many different individuals and groups. We also listened to a variety of views from local people at a number of public meetings ("Spatial Forums") held across West Lancashire. The consultation results helped the Council choose a "Preferred Option" for the future development of the borough.
The Government requires all local authorities to have a Choice Based Letting Scheme. In preparation for this, the Council reviewed its Housing Allocations Policy and invited people to give their views during Spring 2009. The new allocations policy was agreed and came into effect in October 2009.
In October 2009 the Council published the West Lancashire Economic Study prepared by consultants GVA Grimley. The study was commissioned to allow West Lancashire to continue to target resources to improve the economic performance of the area.
The SHLAA was carried out by West Lancs Council in partnership with neighbouring authorities and led by Sefton Council. The study looked at how much land could potentially be available for housing over the coming years. All the comments made on the draft report were passed to the consultants and taken into account as they prepared the final report. Find more information about SHLAA and read the final report
The Council adopted a new interim housing policy on 21 July 2010. The policy allows for market housing in most of the borough’s settlements. It aims to maintain a healthy supply of housing land and to secure more affordable housing in the villages. Prior to its adoption, consultation was carried out from 18 February to 18 March 2010.
West Lancashire Borough Council, acting as Licensing Authority, under the Gambling Act 2005 must publish a statement of policy as to how it will administer its responsibilities under the Act. The Council's policy was revised in 2009, and having been approved on 19 January 2010, was published and came into force on 31 January 2010. The policy was subject to a 12 week consultation period during the latter part of 2009, which involved all major stakeholders in the gambling industry and the public of West Lancashire.
The Council invited local people and businesses to comment on the Licensing Policy - the document that sets out how the council licenses the premises and people within its boundaries. From August 1 to October 31 2010, the council asked people to send in their views on a revision to the policy, with the aim of making sure it continues to reflect the opinions of residents and businesses in the borough. The Council has now published its revised licensing policy.
Older people attended special events where they gave their views on how well local services meet their needs. As part of the national Older People’s Day celebrations on 1 October, the West Lancashire Older People’s Partnership Board staged two “Experience Matters” events hosted by Dave Guest from BBC TV.
The Council responded to the Government's consultation paper that looks to change the way that council housing is financed. The Council invited the public to give their views and all the comments received were considered when the Council discussed the matter at its meeting on 23 June 2010.
Consultation on the West Lancashire Core Strategy Issues Questionnaire took place between December 2008 and January 2009. Approximately 100 comments were received identifying a number of issues that it was felt the Core Strategy should tackle. The information collected through this questionnaire fed into the West Lancashire Core Strategy Issues and Options Paper, published later in 2009.
Consultation on the draft West Lancashire Heritage Strategy was carried out in summer 2009. The strategy aims to provide an overview of how we will undertake our duty to preserve the historic environment of the borough and promote awareness of the value of our shared heritage. The revised strategy was approved by Cabinet in September 2009.
The Council developed a new licensing policy for Hackney Carriage and Private Hire vehicles, drivers and operators, on which we sought public opinion. The policy has been established to provide clear guidance to the taxi trade, as well as the travelling public. We analysed the 130 responses (including 2 petitions) that were received and extended the consultation period. The policy was given final approval by Council in February, and came into force on 1 April 2010.
Local residents and schools gave their views about proposed improvements to Richmond Park. A development programme was drawn up in response to people's wishes and a number of improvements have been carried out including demolition of the old pavilion, installation of a new pavilion, tree management and drainage improvements. Further improvements are planned.
Edge Hill University and West Lancashire Borough Council have established a special Forum to ensure they work together more closely for the benefit of Ormskirk and the district as a whole. The Forum brings together senior university board members and district councillors to discuss issues of mutual concern and meets four times a year.
In Autumn 2009 the Council invited people to join its Standards Committee, which promotes and maintains high standards of conduct for the 54 Borough Councillors as well as all Parish Councillors serving on 20 Parish Councils in its area.
In autumn 2009 we asked for your suggestions for how the sports centres and swimming pools in the borough might be improved. The feedback will help the Overview and Scrutiny Committee to make improvements.
We invited a selection of play manufacturers to submit designs for new play facilities in Summer Street, Ashurst. In August 2009, the designs went on display and local residents and children chose their favourite. Work began at the end of October to install the new equipment in time for Christmas 2009.