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Monday, August 13, 2018

What's important to you? Give your ideas to the Council

West Lancashire Borough Council wants you to contribute towards delivering improvements that can benefit the residents of West Lancashire.

The Council is inviting you to submit topic suggestions for consideration for inclusion in their work programme for 2018/19. Through its work the Corporate and Environmental Overview and Scrutiny Committee will bring forward appropriate recommendations to Cabinet and Council which can influence future decisions on policy and important decisions the Council may make.

Cllr Nikki Hennessy, Chair of the Corporate and Environmental Overview and Scrutiny Committee, said: "Residents have a fundamental role in scrutiny and are welcome at meetings. The Council encourages residents to engage with the process so they can influence policies, make recommendations on improving services and gain a better understanding of how the Council makes decisions.

"The Committee has done some detailed investigations and a highlight for me has been our review - A Market Town Strategy for Ormskirk. In line with a review recommendation the Borough Council is currently working closely with Lancashire County Council – the highways authority for the Borough – to provide gates to restrict vehicle access to the town centre between 10am and 4pm in line with the current traffic regulation order restricting such access."


Topics can cover any area of the Borough Council’s work and in some cases the work of partner organisations that might have significance for the local community in West Lancashire. The reviews carried out by the Committee provide a valuable insight into issues facing local communities and can assist the work of the Council. This can lead to significant improvements for residents.

Reviews in previous years have covered a wide range of topics including; Cycling in West Lancashire; Healthy Schools; Alcohol and Associated Problems; Speeding Traffic; Climate Change; Affordable Housing; Neighbourhood Management; Older Peoples’ Services and more recently West Lancashire Tourism – The Visitor Economy, to name but a few.

If you have a suggestion that you think might be suitable then please let us know. Email your ideas to member.services@westlancs.gov.uk or call 01695 585016. The deadline for topic suggestions for the work programme is Monday 3 September 2018.

Corporate and Environmental Overview and Scrutiny Committee meetings take place at the Council offices, 52 Derby Street, Ormskirk. So please come along and hear the discussion and findings. Dates of future meetings are:

  • Thursday 11 October 2018, 7pm
  • Thursday 6 December 2018, 7pm
  • Thursday 7 March 2019, 7pm

Residents who want to speak on an agenda item must submit their request by 10am the Friday before the relevant meeting. Agendas are published on Council meetings and agendas a week before the committee.

The request can be submitted by email to member.services@westlancs.gov.uk or by sending it to: Member Services, West Lancashire Borough Council, 52 Derby Street, Ormskirk, West Lancashire, L39 2DF. Full details of the arrangements are provided in the Council’s Public Speaking Protocol which can be found at speaking at meetings of Cabinet and committees.

For more information about the work of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee please visit scrutiny.

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