LCC response to Road Safety Petition

NEWSLETTER September 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.



It has been suggested that the cause of the flooding is a defective drainage tile under the road.The County Council has been asked to investigate. Flooding was also reported at Denham Lane and Pippin Street.


The repair of the stiles on the footpath near the M65 underpass and at Workhouse Lane are still to be completed. We have been advised that due to staff shortages the Countryside Service at the County Council prioritises its work and the repair of the stiles is on a list .


The County Council say the mound at the entrance to Pippin Fold Pippin Street is not shown as being on the highway and therefore is outside their responsibility. The Parish Council has asked them to hold a site visit.


Some time ago there were problems on Hillhouse Lane near to Mintholme level crossing due to icy weather the Parish Council requested a grit bin be located here. Also there were similar problems at the junction of Oram Road and Hillhouse Lane.

With regard to Mintholme the request has been declined as it did not meet the criteria.

The County Council is assessing the junction of Oram Road to see if it is a suitable location for a bin.


Chorley Council has been asked to sweep Duxon Hill and Water Street.


(A) Decisions:

The following decisions have been made since the last meeting of the Parish Council:-

1.Application to discharge condition 10 (written scheme of investigation) of planning permission 19/00705/FUL (Conversion of barn to dwelling and erection of detached garage) and condition 7(written scheme of investigation.) of listed building consent 21/00547/LBC. (Application for listed building consent for works in association with the conversion of the barn to a dwelling as permitted under planning permission 19/00705/FUL (Conversion of barn to dwelling and erection of detached garage) Tullis Farmhouse Barn Sandy Lane. - Granted

2.Building up the existing stone boundary wall to 1.5 metres in height , the provision of new replacement access gates and erection of a timber shelter within school grounds St. James CE School Water Street. - Granted.

3.Application to discharge conditions 9 (landscaping) and 13 (site access and the off - site works of highway improvement) attached to planning permission 20/01393/FUL - conversion of existing buildings to three dwellings and four workshop units (Use Class E (g)) App no 21/01221/DIS. - Granted.

(B). Applications:

The following applications have been made to Chorley Council since the last meeting of the Parish Council:-

1. Erection of a two storey side/rear extension following demolition of existing single storey side and rear extension and alterations to elevations and fenestration Brooklyn Sandy Lane (App no 21/01117/FULHH).

Comments were reported but it was agreed no observations be made.

2. Prior approval application under Part 3, Class Q(a and b) of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 (as amended) for proposed change of use of agricultural building to dwelling house and associated building operations Pippin Fold Pippin Street.

The previous history of developments at this site was discussed and comments made on the current proposals.

Objections have been made to Chorley regarding the application.


A half yearly financial statement and report was circulated dealing with the Parish Council’s Estimates for 2022/23 the report gave details of actual spending in 2019/20 together with an update of spending in the current financial year and set out the proposed estimated spending for 2022/23.

The Estimates were approved and the Parish Council’s 2022/23 precept on Chorley Council would be £6,800.00.


The new gate has now been erected to the Parish Pound.


Arrangements are being made to erect the signs within the next four weeks.


The Vice Chairman (Councillor D. Metcalfe ) will attend the Remembrance Day Service at the Parish Church of St. James on Sunday 14th November 2021 and lay a wreath on behalf of the Parish Council.


The Parish Council had been approached to see if it would provide a beacon to mark the Jubilee.


Monday 6th December 2021 at 7.30 p.m. at the Community Hall Water Street Brindle. ALL MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND. T. Harkness NOVEMBER 2021. <

Brindle Parish Council: local information

As we move into Autumn, cold caller frauds and online and telephone scams continue. We provide advice about avoiding these and also, on a more cheerful note, signpost you to fire brigade community events.

Roofing & Driveway Cold Callers

Say no to cold callers! Cold callers offering roofing services have been reported operating around Lancashire.
In Chorley, a resident agreed to driveway work and paid a deposit. The work began but the trader asked for further money and became aggressive, threatening to discontinue the job.
Always make sure you use local known traders and are given written contract details, including a valid name and address for the trader.
Remember if you have agreed a contract at your own home you have a 14 day right to cancel which should be provided in writing. The Safetrader scheme can help you find a trader. Telephone 0303 333 1111 or go to

Cold Callers offering Energy Measures

Residents in the Chorley area have reported pushy doorstep callers offering free loft insulation, boiler replacement and other energy saving measures.
Be aware the measures will be free only to households claiming benefits or with low income.
Often these cold callers will pass leads to companies and reports have been received of households who do not even know who has done the work. Always make sure you have details of who your contract is with. If you wish to enquire about eligibility or for further information on energy saving measures, contact Cosi Homes in Lancashire (CHiL) at or on 03306 061 488. CHiL is a partnership set up by the 15 local authorities in Lancashire.

Investment Scam

A Lancashire resident was scammed out of £23,000 by a sophisticated cold-called scam offering investments in forex, oil and bitcoin.
Website details were provided, with false Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) registration details and positive reviews were falsely placed online.
The scam began with a request for £200 (with the company contributing £50 as a goodwill gesture). After a month of trading with apparently good results of £1000 profit, a withdrawal of £20 was permitted.
More and more money was then requested from the consumer, with account details showing a healthy profit.
Then, when the consumer tried to withdraw money, this was blocked and the investment began to show losses until nothing was left.
Always make sure that all financial transactions are with FCA-registered companies by checking at If a company is based outside the UK it can be extremely difficult for anyone to take action against fraud.

UK Holiday Scam

Residents searching for UK breaks have been contacted by Facebook sites claiming to be letting agents.
These offer cheap deals at legitimate UK caravan sites and require a deposit of between £50 and £300, by bank transfer.
The 'letting agent' then claims to have been scammed by the caravan owner who has pocketed the money and when consumers attempt to get their deposits back they are blocked.
When booking holidays, check that the company is legitimate. Do not make bank transfers to anyone who contacts you online.

Covid Passport Scam Email

Be aware of a fake email purporting to be from the NHS that claims to provide people with a “digital passport” that “proves you have been vaccinated against COVID-19”.
The links within these fake emails lead to genuine-looking websites that steal personal and financial information.
In the UK, coronavirus vaccines will only be available via the NHS. Your vaccination status can be obtained for free through the official NHS app, NHS website, or by calling the NHS on 119.

Become a firefighter

On a more cheerful note, Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service wants to recruit full-time firefighters and is running community events in Lancashire to show people what they do, including hose-running, equipment-carrying and dummy-dragging:
• Saturday 11th September - 12.30 - 3.30pm @ Nelson and Colne College, BB9 7YT
• Sunday 12th September – 1.30 - 4.30pm @ Pendle Leisure Centre, BB8 9NP
• Saturday 18th September – 9.30am - 12.30pm @ Central Lancs High School, LA1 3LS
• Saturday 25th September – 1.30 - 4.30pm @ Nelson Fire Station, BB9 7QH
• Sunday 26th September – 1.30 - 4.30pm @ Sprit or Sport, Burnley, BB10 3AA
• Sunday 3rd October – 9.30am - 12.30pm @ LFRS Training Centre, Chorley, PR7 6DH
• Saturday 9th October – 12.30 - 3.30pm @ Nelson & Colne College Sports Centre, BB9 7YT
• Sunday 10th October - 9.30am - 12.30pm @ Preston College Sports Centre, PR2 8UR
• Saturday 16th October – 2.30 - 4.30pm @ Audley Sports Centre, BB1 1DW
• Sunday 17th October – 2.30 - 4.30pm @ Witton Park Sports Centre, BB2 2TP
• Saturday 23rd October – 9.30am - 1pm @ Blackpool Sports Centre, FY3 9HQ
• Sunday 24th October 9.30am - 1pm @ Blackpool Sports Centre, FY3 9HQ

That’s all for this month. Keep safe and well!

Brindle Parish Council