The BBC Trust has launched a second public consultation on proposals from BBC management
to close BBC Three as a broadcast channel and reinvent it online; launch
a BBC One +1 channel; evolve BBC iPlayer; and extend the hours of CBBC.
Cabinet Member for Education, Leisure and The Arts, Cllr Ken Moss,
said, "I am extremely passionate about the BBC. It is one of the
cornerstones of Great Britain and it shapes our media in a way unlike
any other country. It is the biggest broadcaster on the planet and sets
the benchmark for how others create their output. I feel that the
licence fee is far more important than people think so consultations
like this are an excellent way of making sure that money is well spent."
The online consultation runs until 30th September 2015 and can be found here:
The next meeting of the Switch On Rishton group will take place at 6.30pm on Wednesday 9th September at the Conservative Club on Cliff Street. Anyone wishing to get involved with the group's fundraising activities is welcome to simply come along and contribute ideas.
The road surface along St Albans Road has been gradually deteriorating and several larger potholes have now formed. Although some have been marked for attention previously, the Rishton Councillors have now requested that Lancashire County Council prioritise them for residents.
Following a summer break, the Rishton Prospects panel will be starting up their regular monthly meetings from Tuesday 1st September. The group is made up of volunteers who take an active interest in the green areas of the village, notably the railway station and the canal, and their work can be seen all year round in the form of flower planters up and down Rishton.
The agenda for Tuesday's meeting is as follows:
Minutes of the meeting 5th May 2015
Matters arising: Project Update
Rishton Prospect Panel’s response to the Public Consultation on the Electoral Review of Lancashire
Redevelopment Project (Rishton Canalside) Supplementary Planning Draft (SPD)
Green Spaces Forum
Magazines & Newsletters report
Any other business
The meeting starts at 7.00pm in The People's Centre on School Street and is open to all residents.
A query has been raised by a resident at Eachill Gardens regarding security tags on the fire doors and concerns that this would impede exit in the case of an emergency.
Sandra Freza, warden of the complex, said, "Some residents have been using the fire doors as exits but they cannot be locked from the outside which means that the building is then left unsecured. Fire extinguisher tags have been placed around the fire exits to deter people from doing this and special approved glass locks will now be fitted."
Cllr Ken Moss said, "I have spoken to Sandra and am happy with the safety measures she has put in place. The security tags being used at present are very easily broken and wouldn't stop anyone from escaping in the event of a fire. Fire doors should only be used in an emergency and it is her job to see that all the residents are kept safe, I have absolutely no concerns about the security procedures in place at Eachill Gardens."
The Rishton Labour Councillors are supporting Jeff Scales as the preferred choice to succeed Cllr Harry Grayson in the 2016 local elections.
Jeff has been involved in several community projects in recent years, notably a campaign to improve the planning application specifications for the Co-op store on Harwood Road and he is currently secretary of the Piggy Park Community Garden Association. He has also had involvement with St Charles School and corresponds regularly with the Rishton Councillors regarding faults around the village which the Council have been able to rectify successfully.
Cllr Harry Grayson said, "All of us thought of Jeff immediately as the ideal candidate to replace me when I step down. He has been involved with us on various projects and always has a measured approach, he'd be ideal as a Rishton Councillor. I'm happy to support Jeff so I will be out on the campaign trail to make sure people vote for a good candidate and I leave my beloved Rishton in safe hands next May."
Cllr Ken Moss said, "How do you replace Harry Grayson? We'll be sad to see H leaving Team Rishton but he's given Jeff a ringing endorsement and will be canvassing with us over the next few months in the run-up to the election. I'm currently working with Jeff to get the Piggy Park project finalised and think he would make a great Councillor."
Cllr Clare Cleary said, "We've known Jeff a few years now and he has always had something positive to contribute. His work at Blackburn with Darwen Council gives him a good background, particularly where grant funding is concerned, so we feel that he would be a fantastic asset to Rishton."
Council Leader Miles Parkinson said, "The Rishton Councillors are backing a sound potential candidate. I've met with Jeff and he has a working knowledge of how Councils operate which will be a tremendous asset in the future."
Graham Jones MP said, "It is vital that any prospective candidate can work with the existing members and there is clearly no doubt in this instance. We need people to stand for Council who have practical working experience and who can bring something to the table. Jeff fits the bill perfectly and I look forward to campaigning for him."
Formal selection of Labour candidates for the local elections in 2015 are taking place shortly and Jeff is currently the frontrunner in Rishton.
Following an accident earlier in the year, complaints were made regarding the length of time allowed for pedestrians to cross and County Councillor Miles Parkinson asked for an investigation.
A spokesman for LCC said, "I wanted to carry out extensive observations of the signals in a number of morning and evening peaks. This was carried out and the signals were found to be operating well for pedestrians and vehicles with acceptable levels of queueing and delay. I did not observe any short greens to Harwood Road as reported."
He added, "I realise that it is currently school holidays and the traffic levels are lower than normal and will carry out further observations to ensure the signals are operating as efficiently as possible when we return to higher traffic levels after the school holiday period."
Cllr Ken Moss said, "I've used the crossing myself and don't have a problem with the length of time allowed by the green man. However, it cannot be denied that there is a tendency for drivers to nip through on red and we saw the terrible consequences of this when a little boy was badly hurt over the summer. The crossing is perfectly safe if it is used properly by both pedestrians and drivers."
Rishton resident Steph Clarkson organised a cleanup of the Rishton section of the Leeds-Liverpool canal on Sunday 23rd August and the event was a great success.
Steph, 23, said, "I've been travelling but I came back to Rishton recently and was appalled at the amount of litter along the canal. I advertised a cleanup day and I'm so pleased at the response. We've had the cleaning barge out today and the grappling hook has been fishing out larger items. We've got so many bags of rubbish picked up today, it looks a lot better now."
The Canal and Rivers Trust sent out a cleaning barge to clear items from the far bank whilst volunteers picked litter form the towpath and the nearside of the water.
Over 20 people gave up a few hours of their time, including volunteers from Prospects, The Great Harwood and Rishton Rotary Club and several members of the public.
Cllr Ken Moss said, "Rishton Prospects adopted our section of the canal some years ago and whenever there is a cleanup operation there is always good support from the community. We've dragged allsorts out of the water today, including trainers, tyres and even a scooter. I just wish people would treat the canal with a bit more respect. It's something for Rishton to be proud of, not a dog toilet or a dumping ground. Hats off to Steph for caring enough to organise this and make a difference."
Laurel bushes at the old Gaskells Carpets site are still obscuring a street lamp, despite work having taken place to cut the shrubs back.
Cllr Ken Moss said, "The owners need to take some responsibility here. We've asked time and again for the shrubs to be cut down as laurel is a fast-growing bush and this is now a perennial problem. I will be speaking to the enforcement team about this, it's not fair on the residents."