Queen's Platinum Jubilee Beacon Lighting
Overton Events for The Queen's Platinum Jubilee
This weeks litter picking map.
Village Litter picking
This weeks village litter pick
Village litter pick
This weeks litter picking route
This weeks village litter picking map.
Covid 19 roadmap
Covid 19 emergency meeting
Volunteer Litter Picking
Keeping Overton Litter Free
"Ken" Webber is still looking for volunteers as part of the Green Team Litter Picking Group.
If you would like to take responsibility for an area near where you live and / or join Ken for "bigger" litter picks (for example Bazil Point, Trailholme embankment),
please contact Ken on 07957 899559 or email; email@example.com
Community connectors- Bay proposal
At the end of this email is a link to a survey where residents, businesses and organisations can have their say on a proposal to create a new unitary authority around Morecambe Bay.
Last month the Government invited a small number of local government areas across England, including Cumbria, North Yorkshire and Somerset, to come up with proposals for new ways of supporting local communities, known as local government reorganisation (LGR) inviting submissions on ‘locally-led proposals for unitary government’ in those areas . This would replace the existing tiers of County and District councils with a single tier (or level) of local government. The Government has announced plans to introduce these new councils across England. The whole of Cumbria is in the first wave of these.
In response, Barrow, Lancaster and South Lakeland have submitted proposals for a new local authority, known as The Bay. We believe the Bay area is unique, with shared opportunities and challenges, and would be better served by a more local authority. The alternatives include a single council for the whole of Cumbria, proposed by Cumbria County Council. For Lancaster, Lancashire County Council has proposed merging with Ribble Valley, Wyre, Fylde and Blackpool.
In a joint statement, the leaders of the three district councils, Councillor Ann Thomson from Barrow Borough Council, Councillor Dr Erica Lewis from Lancaster City Council and Councillor Giles Archibald from South Lakeland District Council, said:
“We agreed to submit the outline proposal at Full Council meetings last week and now we are inviting people to have their say on the idea. The feedback from this engagement will form an important part of the more detailed final submission to Government, which we need to send in by 9 December. It is a short timeframe and conducting a consultation exercise during a pandemic lockdown is not ideal, especially as we are already extremely busy with the Civid-19 response, but we are working to the Government’s timetable.
We have set up an online survey, have commissioned independent polling and are inviting people to email or write in with their views and comments. It’s important that people have their say, whether they agree or disagree with the proposals, as any local government reorganisation will have significant implications for our communities and the way services are delivered. We need to understand people’s views and any concerns and challenges they believe the creation of a new unitary may bring. We firmly believe that the option of a Bay unitary, linking up our three councils, has the potential to deliver the best outcomes for our communities.
We shouldn’t be constrained by lines on a map. We should be looking to a solution that offers the most positive benefits for our communities, one that builds on existing relationships and connections, one that is ambitious and supports innovation and sustainable economic prosperity. We already share a postcode and a mutual history due to, either whole or in part, being within the boundary of the old county of Lancashire before the last major wave of local government reorganisation in 1974.
We also have a shared health footprint, a shared economic and social geography and shared ambitions around critical issues like meeting the climate emergency and tackling wealth and health inequalities. We already have a strong track record working together and our detailed submission will highlight the undoubted opportunities that even closer working between our three councils could deliver.”
We therefore invite you to take part in the survey. The link to the survey is here:https://www.surveymonkey.co.
You can also email or write your views:
The Bay proposal
Lancaster City Council
Lancaster Town Hall,
Lancaster LA1 1PJ
Transforming Lancaster Travel
Transforming Lancaster Travel
Bus Service Improvement Plan
Please find the information on bus services below:
Dear Parish Council
Bus Service Improvement Plans 2021
Lancashire County Council is working closely with bus operators to prepare for a major change in the way buses are funded and organised following the government's launch of The National Bus Strategy, Bus Back Better in March 2021.
The strategy sets out an ambitious vision to improve bus services in England, with a focus on councils and bus operators working more closely together, and alongside local communities, to create a network that reflects local people's priorities.
The first step is for councils and bus operators to create a Bus Service Improvement Plan, which will act as a vision for how we try to improve bus services in Lancashire over the next few years. This will then be used to help create an Enhanced Partnership Scheme with bus operators, which will set the standards for all bus services running in the county.
The timescale that we must fulfil is extremely tight and our first Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP) must be published by the end of October 2021 Our Enhanced Partnership Scheme needs to be in place from April 22. These very tight timescales have been set by Government and failure to deliver on these will result in support funding for buses being withdrawn.
The BSIP should explain the current local situation. Provide information about passenger numbers, average fares, bus speeds, road congestion and other factors affecting public transport operations. It should detail information about local operators and how services are designed with local people in mind. How much funding does the LTA currently use to support services and what are the main barriers to bus usage and growth in the area?
BSIPs should then decide how Local Transport Authorities (LTAs) and operators propose to deliver the key goals of the Bus Strategy in the area, this includes;
- More frequent bus services with better provision in evenings and weekends. They should be faster and more reliable, cheaper and easier to understand. There should be better integration with other modes and innovation.
- There must be significant increases in bus priority, which means protected bus lanes and bus gates.
- Bus stations should be protected from closure and redevelopment, be improved and well maintained and there should be staff available for customer care and information.
- The local bus network should be presented as a single network with clear passenger information. There should be a strong network identity, bus stops should show accurate information, with real time where relevant, and timetable changes minimised.
- Buses should also be accessible for all, so stopping facilities need to be upgraded and be Equalities Act compliant. There will be options to bid for the Zero Emission Bus Regional Areas Scheme with partners, to deliver more modern buses and decarbonisation.
It is intended that BSIP's will give passengers more of a voice so there is a requirement for a Passenger Charter, for the Enhanced Partnership, giving users rights to certain standards and mechanism for redress at a local level .
It is intended that BSIP's will require regular updates, as a living document, at least every 12 months.
As part of this, we wish to gather the views of Lancashire residents and other stakeholders and we are conducting a passenger engagement survey. We would be extremely grateful if you could take a few moments to complete the survey as it would help us understand your views on the current bus network and highlight your priorities for the future. The survey can be found here www.lancashire.gov.uk/roads-
Thank you for your help and assistance in this. Should you require any further information or you would like to provide additional feedback then please contact the Public Transport Team at firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteer Development Coordinator Vacancy - Bay Volunteers
We would like to share with you a Job Description for a Volunteer Development Coordinator, which we have attached to this email.
The closing date for applications is Monday 4th October and you can email your CV and covering letter to:email@example.com
Please share this emailwith your friends, family & community.
Community Connector Team
Carbon copy, download your carbon story
The UK is soon to host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow on 31st October – 12th November 2021.
Carbon Copy are gathering case studies from around the country and are looking for projects big or small, in pilot stage or fully implemented, worked on together with other people that have/are in the process of being implemented in your area.
In order for Carbon Copy to publish your Carbon Story online, please describe it by filling in the template attached to this email and return your completed form to: communityconnectors@lancaster.
Please note that Lancaster City Council will use any case studies submitted, to showcase local action.
We look forward to receiving your story.
Community Connector Team