LCC response to Road Safety Petition

NEWSLETTER January 2021.
The Parish Council wishes to remind everyone that their meetings are open to all residents and that there is an opportunity to have your say at these meetings.


Several complaints had been received from local residents regarding drug taking and anti social behaviour at Denham Quarry and about policing in the Parish generally. The Clerk had written to the Chief Constable requesting more robust policing and the matter had been referred to the Management Operations Team at Chorley. A Member had recorded various events at the Quarry and suggested taking further action. He had been in contact with the police at Chorley and had been informed that a new Community Beat Manager had been appointed for the area. The Officer had agreed to meet him at the Quarry to discuss the issues with him.


As widely reported PC Exley is the new NHPT member for the Chorley rurals area, which includes Brindle, Hoghton, Brinscall, Abbey Village, Withnell, Wheelton, Higher Wheelton, Heapey, Withnell Fold, White Coppice, Adlington, Anglezarke, Rivington and Heath Charnock. He can be contacted by email at His aim is to try and help with the issues in the area. He is trying to obtain as much information about the area problems, and is doing this through a police system called 'In The Know'. This allows local residents to tell us their issues, and allows us to contact them via text or email telling them of what we have been doing. He is a firm believer of bobbies back on the beat, and will try to do this in the next year.



The County Council Public Rights of Way Team has informed the Parish Council that They are still experiencing a large backlog of over 300 reports awaiting inspection and they are down 2 officers. 


Flooding has been reported to the County Council at Pippin Street, Private Road, Holt Lane and at Copthurst. With regard to Water Street , the County Council say it is on their list to do an investigation - they are just stretched on the front line with government lockdown restrictions, social distancing, covid cases and trying to keep essential services running. But they will investigate as soon as resources allow.


A Member of the Parish Council referred to the dangerous condition of Hillhouse Lane in icy weather particularly near the level crossing and requested that the County Council should be asked again to provide a grit bin in this location. There are also problems at the grass triangle near the junction of Hillhouse Lane and Oram Road and it was suggested that a grit bin be located on the grass triangle. The Parish Council has approached the County Council about the provision of a grit bin here.


It was reported that the recently repaired sinkhole near Holly Bank on Private Road was subsiding again. The County Council are at present repairing it. They have also been asked to consider improvements to the drainage scheme near St. Joseph`s Church Hall on Private Road.


Duxon Hill needs sweeping and Chorley Council has been asked to do this.


Details of the actions taken by the Council in relation to the Pandemic were reported and the arrangements for the proposed 2021 National Census including details of possible scams.
PLANNING REPORT: Applications had been granted for a development at Lower Copthurst and for tree pruning at a property on Sandy Lane since the last meeting of the Parish Council. Applications for developments at Gowans Lane and Denham Lane had been submitted since the last meeting.


The Parish Council thanked the residents who had organised the siting of a Christmas Tree in The Parish Pound. This had been donated free by Goosefoot Nurseries Samlesbury. The Parish Council had agreed to the cost of providing lights for the tree. Arrangements have also been made for the Pound to be a food bank collection point. It is intended to improve the Parish Pound when conditions permit.


Monday 8th March 2021 the Annual Parish Meeting at 7.30 p.m. to be followed by the Parish Council Meeting. ALL MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND. T. Harkness JANUARY 2021

Brindle Parish Council: local information

By the time you read this, we hope that Spring is in the air! Here are the March alerts:


There are two temporary road closure to enable Network Rail to carry out work on the level crossing at Gregson Lane. These are: from 10/04/21 to 11/04/21 for annual level crossing inspection works and from 08/05/21 to 09/05/21 for rail corrosion inspection works. There is also a proposed temporary road closure on Hill House Lane, Brindle on 13/04/21 to enable British Telecom to carry out customer connection service works.

Roofers Cold Calling SCAM

Once again you should be aware of several scams that are circulating. Residents in the Chorley area are advised to be on their guard following an incident where roofers knocked at the door of an elderly lady’s house and claimed that work needed to be carried out on the front roof then the back roof. A minor repair was carried out and over £1500 paid by the lady, with a further attempt to obtain another £1000. Remember, a trader should always give written cancellation rights where you agree to work being carried out in your own home. In this case no paperwork, or trader name and address details were given, which makes it difficult to trace the perpetrators. In another incident in the Chorley area a householder agreed initially to pay £1,300 for roofing repair work but this was then increased to £17,000! The householder alerted the authorities and the work did not proceed. Be on your guard and use local, known, recommended traders. Get 3 quotes before agreeing to any work, especially for larger jobs. Never feel pressured into making a hurried decision to agree to work.

National Insurance Number SCAM

Reports have been received from worried residents throughout the county who have received an automated message on their mobile phone which states their National Insurance number has been compromised and to 'press 1' to be put through to the Fraud team. This is a scam - the fraudsters may try to obtain your bank account details or secure a payment.

NHS Covid Vaccine TEXT SCAM

Every month there are scams that relate to Covid. This month, a fake text has been reported nationally telling people they are eligible to apply for the Covid 19 vaccine. The text reads “we have identified that you are eligible to apply for your vaccine” and takes you to a link which is an extremely convincing-looking fake NHS website asking for personal details and bank details. This scam preys on people’s vulnerabilities at a very stressful and difficult time. Beware a Royal Mail scam text asking for a shipping charge payment. The link will take you to a cloned Royal Mail site, designed to steal your personal and banking detail. Do not select the link or reply. Delete or block.

TV Licence text SCAM

Fraudsters are sending out fake texts to BBC TV licence holders offering a Covid refund payment, in an attempt to steal personal and financial information. Again the text offers a link to a very convincing website where people are asked to put in their bank details to claim a refund. Note that any scam can be reported to Action Fraud at 0300 123 2040 or at You can also contact the Trading Standards Service via the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 0808 223 1133.


There are a range of Police support services for victims of crime. Sexual violence can affect anyone regardless of age, gender, background or sexual orientation. Lancashire Victim Services offer specialist and independent emotional support and practical help. They offer support and guidance even if the crime has not been reported to the police. There is a phone service and online chat as well as self-help resources for anyone that doesn’t quite feel ready to talk about what has happened. Anyone in need of support can get in touch by calling 0300 323 0085 or at You can also email at: Domestic abuse services and refuges across the county are also open. Lockdown instructions as a result of Covid do not apply if you need to leave your home to escape domestic abuse. It is never acceptable and you are not to blame if it is happening to you. You can find details of support organisations across Lancashire at Specialist support for young victims of crime (8-18 years) is available through Nest Lancashire. Young people or anyone wishing to find out more can contact the service by texting NEST and their number to 60777, by emailing or by calling 0300 111 0323. To find out more about the services visit Anyone affected by hate crime can contact Lancashire Victim Services. If you have experienced hate crime you can find out more about the support available or chat online at, by calling 0300 323 0085 or emailing A final point is that Lancashire Victim Services can offer emotional support and practical help following any type of crime. Find out more or chat online at, call 0300 323 0085 or email


Arthritis Action Groups are an opportunity for people with arthritis to talk with others and share their tips on how to manage their arthritis and stay active whilst at home and discuss a variety of self-management techniques. They welcome new attendees. To find out more about the North West Group, go to

Keep safe and well!
Brindle Parish Council