Sabden road closure to allow work on bridge

Closure - Residents are reminded that Padiham Road through Sabden will be closed for a week from February 19th to allow for roadworks on the Bull Bridge.

Lancashire County Council highways department is to construct a new footway across the Bull Bridge which means there will be no through access along Padiham Road. The work is to restrict the width of the carriageway to a single lane and introduce a priority traffic scheme and make a footway for pedestrians. The road will be closed from 9 a.m. on February 19th to 6 p.m. on February 27th, or until work is completed. Details of the closure and diversion routes are on notices posted on lamp-posts in the vicinity, and road signs have gone up on the routes into the village. Changes to the bus routes will be posted on bus stops. Sabden Parish Council has campaigned for years to have the bridge made safer for pedestrians. If residents have any queries they can contact Lancashire County Council on 0845 053 0011.

Fouling - Owners of dogs which foul in public places will be slapped with a £50 fine. Village community beat manager PC Sally Biggar said they will be working with the dog warden in coming weeks and offenders will be given a £50 on the spot fine. Villagers are asked to attend next Wednesday’s PACT meeting to meet the community officers who look after Sabden. The meeting, on February 16th, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the White Hart. The venue has been changed back to the White Hart as there was a poor attendance at PACT meetings in St Nicholas’s Church Hall.

Stamps - Please continue to save used home and foreign postage stamps to help charity. They are passed on “Occupy Till I Come” to help needy people, by Mrs Eileen Pearson, at 4 Alston Close, Sabden, or leave them at St Nicholas’s Church.

Coffee break - There is to be a coffee morning on Saturday, March 5th, in aid of St Nicholas’s Church. It will be hosted by Bernard and Marion Parfitt at 17 Pendleside Close, from 10 a.m. to noon and there will be a raffle, tombola and cake stall. The next meeting of the church Ladies’ Circle will be on Wednesday, March 2nd, at 7-30 p.m. in the Institute and the next PCC meeting is on February 24th.

Charity - A member of the congregation at St Mary’s RC Church has been chosen to head a new Catholic charity set up by the Diocese of Salford. Caritas Diocese of Salford is the new charity which will take over the work of the Catholic Children’s Rescue Society and Catholic Welfare Societies and will be headed by Sabden church member Mr Mark Wiggin. The charity will be involved in adoption, fostering, and a range of children’s welfare services as well as helping the homeless, disabled adults and older people and general work in the community.

Council - The February meeting of Sabden Parish Council was attended by Coun. Tony Haworth (chairman) and Couns John Shorter, Marion Procter, Michael Calvert, Frank Goss, Michael Hodds, Jean Haythornthwaite and Ricky Newmark and four members of the public. Coun. Bernard Parfitt sent apologies.

Guest speaker was County Coun. Mike Otter the “parish champion” on Lancashire County Council whose job is to liaise with parishes in the county and offer help where he can. He has a budget of £10,000 which goes to help parish projects and in the past year he has distributed grants for a range of projects ranging from £50 to £800. There is just £1.52 left in the coffers in this financial year, but he assured Sabden councillors the grant fund will be available again from April. He said he had already had preliminary bids in from some parishes and past projects had included providing cash for grit bins, websites, bulb planting, noticeboards, playground equipment, speed signs, war memorials etc. He said he had helped 50 parishes in his two years in the job and invited Sabden to bid for grants if they had any suitable projects. He thanked the parish council for the work it does, said it was often a thankless task but without such councillors parishes would not exist. He added there were also county council grants available from the older and younger persons champions and the disabled persons champion. Details were on the LCC website. The chairman asked if they could have an assurance money earmarked for “local use” by developers planning to build housing developments in the village, would remain in Sabden. County Coun. Otter said when developers were asked to provide a pot of money for local use when they build such developments, it could go anywhere in the district, but added that if Sabden asked for it for a particular project they would have a good case and should benefit. The clerk said the parish council was given very little information by the LCC about things that affect the village, the proposed Bull Bridge roadworks being an example. She said people had not been informed about traffic diversions or bus services, and local businesses were concerned there was no signage to say their businesses were open as normal.

She added that despite contacting the LCC about traffic problems in the village they often did not get a response or even an acknowledgement. Councillors agreed they feel like the “forgotten village”. Coun. Otter said he would take up their concerns.

Environment - A stone trough that has been kept in storage is to be placed in Padiham Road near junction with Wesley Street in the village centre. It will be planted with flowers and should make an attractive feature come spring. Councillors agreed to enter the Best Kept Village competition this summer and will consider which features and premises to enter, before the next meeting.

There was concern about the amount of litter around the village, and the number of unsightly wheelie bins at the front of people’s properties, but were happy the problem with bins at a Whalley Road property had been solved by the owners fencing off an area for storage of the bins.

Coun. Calvert gave an update on his Sabden Action Plan and said things were starting to happen with the three-year project. Holme Committee member Enid Boyd-Martin reported on the committee’s attempts to find a permanent site for the village bonfire on the Lower Holme. They had liaised with the fire brigade and were still looking at all the options so they would not have to pay £100 annually to re-turf or re-seed the Holme after bonfire night. She will report back to the council when she has a definite proposal.

Reports - Reports were given on meetings of the Ribble Valley Area Committee and the Parish Council Liaison Committee and there was further discussion on celebrations for the Great Poppy Party Weekend to mark 90 years of the Royal British Legion. The parish council is not to run its own event but will encourage and support celebrations by local groups. The next parish council meeting is on Tuesday, March 1st, at 7-30 p.m.