October 13, 2015

Cosy scheme could help you save money on energy bills

Homeowners in West Lancashire could reap the benefits of a 6 million scheme that will help keep their homes warm and their bills down.

Cosy Homes in Lancashire (CHIL) will provide free or subsidised boilers and insulation measures as part of a partnership between every Council in the county and a number of energy industry companies.

That means that, depending on the type of energy efficiency measures you need and your personal circumstances, almost all residents could benefit, some to the tune of thousands of pounds.

To find out more call the Cosy Homes in Lancashire team on 03306 061 488, or e-mail at info@chil.uk.com .

They will guide you through the application process and if the scheme can assist you then they will arrange for a free survey of your property to confirm what can be done.

Private landlords and organisations working with clients who could benefit are also encouraged to get in touch.

Cosy Homes in Lancashire is a 12-month scheme and has been set up by all of Lancashire's local authorities to help households get the most out of the Government's Green Deal and ECO schemes. These have been designed to help insulate homes and make them more energy efficient. This in turn saves money on bills and helps people keep warm and well. To find out more about these visit www.energysavingtrust.org.uk .

Councillor Yvonne Gagen, portfolio holder for Leisure, said: The Cosy Homes in Lancashire scheme is great news for West Lancashire residents. It gives people eligible for the scheme the opportunity to make their home as energy efficient as possible in order to reduce their bills and stay warm and well. I would urge people to get in touch now.

Councillor Jennifer Patterson, portfolio holder for housing, said: Tackling fuel poverty is very important and West Lancashire Borough Council has taken many other measures to help make its housing stock more energy efficient. By taking part in this scheme the Council is aiming to help homeowners and people living in private accommodation to save money on their energy bills.

Funding for the scheme comes through grants from energy giant SSE and other energy companies.

Experienced Lancashire company Firefly Energi are managing the scheme with a number of trusted installers responsible for fitting the heating and insulation measures into homes.

Beyond the core work of heating and insulation measures, the scheme will also develop offers for households around renewable energy technologies and energy tariff switching.

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October 12, 2015

Aughton Brownies with something to shout about!

Its hard enough to keep girls quiet for all of 20 seconds never mind 20 minutes but Aughton Brownies managed it and had something to shout about last Monday after meeting Mayor Nikki Hennessy.

She was entertained by the 8th Aughton Brownies at a special Tea Party and was presented with a cheque for her charities following a sponsored silence which raised over 120.

The youngsters also had a chance to quiz Nikki about her job and she in turn congratulated them for their hard work in raising the money.

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October 12, 2015

Donation Appeal for Byng House Christmas Fair on 29th November 1pm – 4pm.

Byng House are appealing for donations to be made towards their Christmas Fair tombola.

All monies raised at the Christmas Fair will go towards the running costs of The Royal British Legions Northwest Poppy Break Centre for the Veteran and Armed Forces communities and their families.

If you could spare a prize or a bottle please bring it to Byng House on the promenade or call 01704 537875 to arrange collection.
Thank you in advance and we hope to see you all there.

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October 12, 2015

Crackdown On Anti Social Behaviour In Run Up To Mischief Night

West Lancashire Community Safety Partnership is cracking down on anti-social behaviour in the run up to Mischief Night and Bonfire Night.

The annual multi-agency Bright Sparx Campaign aims to build on the success of previous years. The Partnership will aim to reduce anti-social behaviour, such as the misuse of fireworks, criminal damage and the number of anti-social fires started deliberately.

Dave Tilleray, Community Safety Partnership chairman, said: "We believe our comprehensive action plan is an excellent way of tackling potential problems and dangers."

Councillor Kevin Wright, portfolio holder for Community Safety, said: "With Mischief Night, Halloween and Bonfire Night coming up we know some members of the community feel a little nervous at this time of year. But the Bright Sparx action plan will help to keep our streets safe."

In the run up to bonfire night neighbourhood policing teams will be conducting visible patrols and will deal robustly with incidents of anti-social behaviour.

The Council, police and fire service will undertake a number of other initiatives, including:

* Visiting people who have been attacked in previous years and other vulnerable residents to provide reassurance and advice

* Taking fireworks from children who are under age

* Removing bonfires from unauthorised sites

* Giving children information about activities organised by Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service and Lancashire County Council's Wellbeing Prevention and Early Help Service during this period

* Joint visits to schools from Lancashire Fire and Rescue and the Police to warn children of the dangers of playing with fireworks and the consequences of Anti-Social Behaviour

* Directing young people to fun activities being delivered at local community centres

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October 12, 2015

Mid-sized key to economy

A report arguing that devolving to mid-sized cities is the future of economic growth received support from Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Rt Hon Greg Clark MP (Tuesday 6th October) and Councillor Peter Rankin, Leader of Preston City Council.

'The Missing Multipliers: Devolution to Britains Mid-sized Cities' was launched at this years Conservative party autumn conference.
Commissioned by Key Cities from think tank ResPublica, the report identifies Britains mid-sized cities as the missing multipliers in the Governments current drive to generate both economic growth and public service transformation.
Speaking at the 'Britains Key Cities: Is devolving to mid-sized cities the future of economic growth?' launch event, Greg Clark MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government said:
This is an exciting time, and I very much welcome this valuable contribution to the devolution debate. The role of Key Cities is critical to the UKs economic growth, and I am pleased that so many of they are playing a central role in shaping the devolution proposals currently being negotiated with the Government. I would encourage them all, individually and collectively, to ensure that they continue to influence these negotiations to ensure they deliver the powers and flexibilities they need to maximise their future economic growth.
The report makes the case for granting mid-sized cities like Preston, significant fiscal powers to transform their ability to invest in essential public services. Allowing cities to retain a greater proportion of tax revenue they generate will increase their ability to stimulate economic growth, attract businesses and deliver better services for residents.
This would ensure that Preston City Council is more accountable to local residents for the money it raises and how it is spent. Devolution on this scale would also enable the council to use its creativity to generate additional income to benefit Preston's economy. Local authorities would have the powers to offer tax incentives and other schemes to make our cities more attractive to business, bring in further jobs and revenue.
As a member of the Key Cities Group, Preston City Council is seeking a commitment that the new Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill will enable the fullest possible devolution of funding and powers to all cities, towns and counties, including over tax raising powers. It is calling on the Government to agree five year funding settlements options with Key Cities. Any settlement being based on an initial core package of economic powers with the facility for cities to negotiate individual City Deals including devolved funding for employment, skills, business support, housing and transport.

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October 12, 2015

Three admitted to Blackpool hospital after taking ‘suspicious’ substances

Two men and a woman have been admitted to Blackpool Victoria Hospital after they are thought to have taken a so called 'legal high'.

Police were called to the hospital at around 11.50pm last night after staff raised concerns.

One of the patients, a man aged 26 from Staffordshire, was unconscious when he arrived and the other man, aged 33 also from Staffordshire, was suffering an adverse reaction after consuming some sort of tablet.

Whilst officers were at the hospital a woman, aged 26 from Blackpool, was also admitted suffering from what hospital staff suspect to be an adverse reaction to some sort of drug.

A small quantity of tablets with the word 'Gold' on them were recovered from the men and a white powder was recovered from the woman. Forensic tests will be carried out in due course to try to establish exactly what the substances are.

All three have since recovered and been discharged from hospital.

DC 3208 Gelson of Blackpool CID said: "Our message is clear and simple - users of any drug can never be really sure of the contents of anything they take and the potential health issues are very real and potentially fatal. What's more is that possession of illegal drugs could also get you into serious trouble and could result in a criminal conviction.

"At this stage we do not believe that the two incidents are connected, but we are making enquiries to establish what the substances were, whether they were illegal or a new psychoactive substance, sometimes unhelpfully referred to as 'legal highs', and where they came from."

If you have information about this incident please contact us on 101 quoting log number 1864 of October 9th or pass information anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

For drugs information and advice visit the "Talk To Frank" website www.talktofrank.com or call the National Drugs Helpline on 0800 77 66 00.

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