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Consumer alerts for May 2022 (pdf)

Nominate a neighbour for Wyre’s Terrific Tea Party 

On Friday 3 June, Wyre Council is hosting a Terrific Tea Party for some of the borough’s most isolated residents to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Residents from local care homes have been invited, and the council is working with local NHS services and other partner organisations to identify people to invite who wouldn’t normally get the chance to attend such a social occasion.

50 spaces have been reserved to allow people in the community to take part and the council is encouraging local people to nominate a friend, family member or neighbour. If you know someone who has found the last couple of years a challenge, you can now make a nomination for the chance to attend.

Councillor Lynne Bowen, Portfolio Holder for Leisure, Health and Community Engagement at Wyre Council comments, “We have a whole host of events organised to celebrate the Jubilee and the tea party is one that we are proudest to be organising. The pandemic has been tough for us all but especially so for those living alone and those in care homes who weren’t able to have contact with people for such a long time. This event will give people a chance to reconnect and come together to celebrate such a momentous occasion. There will be food, fun and music for everyone attending to enjoy.”

If you would like to make a nomination contact the council by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If more than 50 people are nominated a ballot will take place. The deadline for nominations is Friday 6 May 2022.

To read more about Wyre’s Jubilee celebrations visit www.wyre.gov.uk/jubilee

Have your say on the future of business support from Wyre Council

Wyre Council would like to hear from businesses in the borough on their priority business support needs.

In 2008, Wyre Council created the Wyred Up networking group to help enable businesses to connect across the borough and to encourage local businesses to trade with each other.

Now, as we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, the council is relaunching this service to create a network to help local businesses access government grants, identify training & networking opportunities at preferential rates, and take advantage of business support services.

Councillor Alice Collinson, Portfolio Holder for Planning and Economic Development, commented, “It is our vision to create a new group that businesses can join, free of charge, to get support and advice from the council and selected partners.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has been incredibly difficult for many business owners and, as we start to recover, we’d like to know what support businesses would like to receive.

“I would urge existing and new business managers, owners and entrepreneurs to take part in our short questionnaire to help us understand local business support needs and priorities.”

The consultation is open from 11 April 2022 until 16 May 2022. To take part, visit www.wyre.gov.uk/wyredup

Businesses can also subscribe to the council’s e-newsletter to get up-to-date information on business grants and existing support. Visit www.wyre.gov.uk/enews to subscribe.

TTRO - Brock Mill Lane, Claughton on Brock - 03.05.22

temporary road closure on Brock Mill Lane (pdf) Brock Mill Ln diversion (pdf)

Please find attached details of a proposed temporary road closure on Brock Mill Lane, Claughton on Brock on 03.05.22 until 06.05.22 to enable the completion of essential carriageway patching and relining works to be carried out by LCC Highways.

If you have any comments or observations regarding the closure please contact the LCC contact indicated in the attached closure details or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Wednesday 13th April 2022.      

You can also find details of any other planned works via our Highways Bulletin website which links to all planned works in Lancashire.

Please click on the attached link and select the area that you are interested in.

http://www.lancashire.gov.uk/roads-parking-and-travel/roads/roadworks-and-traffic-regulation-orders.aspx

Get your walking boots ready for the Garstang Walking Festival

The Garstang Walking Festival is back for 2022. Taking place from Saturday 30 April to Sunday 8 May, visitors can experience the best of spring countryside around Garstang, Rural Wyre, the Forest of Bowland and the Fylde Plain.

The Garstang Walking Festival, coordinated by the Friends of Garstang Walking Festival and supported by Wyre Council will be returning this month.

Walks for all abilities are available throughout the festival, with trampers (all-terrain electric vehicles) also available to assist users with differing abilities to access the countryside on some walks.

Enjoy moorland views, sun-dappled woodlands, riverside wildlife, local history and canal and farmland scenery.

This year the festival has expanded to include some events in surrounding local villages and neighbouring towns. On some walks, special permissions to gain access to rural Wyre and Garstang will allow you to meet local land managers, farmers and exerts in wildlife and heritage.

Highlights at the festival include exploring ‘Garstang to the fells and back’ - from Garstang we rise through pastures and villages to high moorland, taking in some fantastic views before returning along different paths to Garstang.

If you’re a fan of history, join the team on the ‘Of Roman Legions and Pendle Witche’s walk – you’ll walk the skirts to the east of the Bowland Fells before picking up the Roman road up to the head of Whitendale, then follow the River Dunsop back to Dunsop Bridge.

Don’t worry if you need assistance to take part in the festival. There are also events taking place for Tramper users – an all-terrain mobility scooter. Join the team on the ‘Lapwings and Hares Tramper Trek’ – look for lapwings (and hopefully their chicks) and maybe a hare or two. Walkers are also welcomed to join this event.

There’s something for everyone at this year’s Garstang Walking Festival.

Councillor Lynne Bowen, Portfolio Holder for Leisure, Health and Community Engagement at Wyre Council comments, “Whether you are visiting the area or if you have lived here all your life, each walk gives you the opportunity to see parts of Wyre you might not have visited before.

“I guarantee you will learn something new about the area, surrounding towns, the wildlife or the heritage whilst you enjoy getting out in the fresh air.”

To see the full programme of events, visit www.wyre.gov.uk/garstangwalkingfestival      

To book your place, contact Garstang Tourist Information Centre on 01995 602125, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or drop into the site on Cherestanc Square, Park Hill Road, Garstang, PR3 1EF.

Consumer alerts for April 2022 (pdf)

Have your say on proposed projects in Garstang

Following a consultation with the public last year, the Greater Garstang Partnership Board would like to hear from the public on their proposed projects for the town. Comments can be made from Monday 4 April until Sunday 24 April.

The Greater Garstang Partnership Board, established to help facilitate a vibrant future for the town and surrounding villages, is asking for final comments on the board’s Regeneration Framework and the proposed projects outlined within the framework.

The board, supported by consultants from the renowned IBI Group, have worked closely with local organisations and stakeholders to identify projects which will benefit local people, local businesses and tourists.

Proposed projects in the framework include, introducing pedestrian priority along the high street, Cherestanc Square improvements, improving the market offer and making Garstang a low carbon/zero carbon town, to name a few.

Jan Finch, Chair of the Greater Garstang Partnership Board, commented, “There are no huge changes from the last draft which people could see in December last year but some projects have been merged and others moved from one theme to another.

“However, we wanted to give local people a last chance to comment before the document is formally adopted by the Board. I would encourage everyone to have a look at the latest version and let us have any final comments”.

Councillor Alice Collinson, Portfolio Holder for Planning and Economic Development, commented, “I would urge local people and local businesses to view the projects and have their say on the framework.

“The Board have worked incredibly hard over the last year to create a framework in which Garstang can thrive over the next 15 years and I would like to thank them for their hard work.”

The public are invited to make comments on these projects from Monday 4 April – Sunday 24 April by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To view the framework in full and the proposed projects, visit www.greatergarstangpartnership.co.uk    

Celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee in Wyre 

Wyre Council is excited to announce plans for the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations later this year. Whether you are looking to host a street party or join an event there are plenty of ways to mark the occasion.

The celebrations will begin on Wednesday 1 June with the opening of the Through the Decades exhibition at the Jubilee marquee at Wyre Council’s Civic Centre. The Mayor of Wyre will open the exhibition at 3pm which will then be open until 6pm, as well as on Thursday 2 June from 10am to 5pm and Friday 3 June from 10am to 12 noon. The exhibition will span the 70 years of Her Majesty The Queen’s reign. Come along and see replicas, scrap books, quizzes and fashion of the eras. You will have an opportunity to guess the objects, play traditional children’s games, make music on old bottles, rummage through button boxes and browse comics, knitting patterns and annuals.

On Thursday 2 June communities from the four corners of the nation and the Commonwealth will come together to light over 1,500 Platinum Jubilee Beacons. Beacons will be lit locally at the Mount in Fleetwood and at Cherestanc Square in Garstang.

There will be plenty to enjoy on the day in the lead up to the beacon lightings. Bring the whole family to the Mount gardens to enjoy free outdoor theatre performances of Alice in Wonderland at 11am, 1pm and 2.30pm. Then, why not head down to the beach, you could even make your own sandcastle palace or treat yourself to a chippy tea before heading back to the Mount for the beacon lighting which starts at 9pm. There will be live music, entertainment and speeches before the lighting of the Beacon at 9.45pm as the sun goes down.

In Garstang celebrations will begin as Garstang Town Crier will deliver the Platinum Jubilee Cry at 2pm. Then in the evening Garstang Town Council is organising entertainment from 7.50pm in Cherestanc Square and will also be lighting a beacon at 9.45pm.  

On Friday 3 June, the council is hosting a Terrific Tea Party for some of Wyre’s most isolated residents. Residents from local care homes have been invited, plus the council is working with local NHS services to identify people to invite who wouldn’t normally get the chance to attend such a social occasion. There will be food, fun and music for everyone attending to enjoy. 50 spaces have been reserved to allow people in the community to take part and the council is encouraging local people to nominate a neighbour. If you know someone who has found the last couple of years a challenge, or someone who could use some company to celebrate with, you can put their name forward by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If more than 50 people are nominated a ballot will take place.

Also on Friday 3 June, the family fun continues as the free Alice in Wonderland performances take place at Jean Stansfield Park in Poulton at 11am and 12.30pm and at Cleveleys Plaza at 2.30pm

On Saturday 4 June in Garstang there will be free performances of Alice in Wonderland at Millennium Green at 11am, 1pm and 2.30pm. You can also pack up your picnic and join the Giant Jubilee Picnic at the green from 11am to 3pm. Sit back and enjoy the performances or have a go at some fun family games.  

Sunday 5 June is marked nationally as the day for The Big Jubilee Lunch and people are invited to share friendship, food and fun with neighbours as part of the celebrations. A big jubilee lunch can be big or small - street party or picnic, tea and cake or a garden barbeque so get planning with your neighbours and make it an occasion to remember. The council has set up a simplified application process to encourage as many people as possible to get involved. Advice and the street party application form for Wyre can be found at www.wyre.gov.uk/jubilee

Councillor Lynne Bowen, Portfolio Holder for Leisure, Health and Community Engagement at Wyre council comments, “This is an occasion to celebrate! There are so many ways to get involved and we are delighted to be hosting a range of events to bring the community together. If you’re planning a street party we are here to help, just complete our simple application form and we can let you know what you need to do. Similarly if you are hosting an event for the public, let us know – we’d love to promote everything that’s going on across Wyre.”

Digital sessions for the local community

Wyre Council recently joined forces with Torentum Primary Care Network to deliver a training course to enable residents to get online. The course ran throughout February and into March at Thornton’s Medical Practice on Church Road, Thornton.

The course, delivered by Wyre Council’s Digital Web Officers covered a range of topics including emails, search engines, web browsers, social media, online banking and shopping, video calling and information on how to stay safe online.

Wyre Council is aware of the need for local communities to obtain skills and knowledge to access information and perform key tasks online, and help reduce social isolation through online engagement.

The training provided attendees with the confidence to use their technological devices easily and access the internet safely.

Malcolm Holroyd, a resident in Thornton who attended all five sessions said ‘I found the course really informative and useful. Plenty of time was spent with each attendee to ensure they got the help they needed. There was a lovely atmosphere and it was a great way to meet other people’.

Jo Carson, Social Prescriber Team Leader for Torentum Primary Care Network said ‘Our patients really benefitted from these sessions. They received invaluable advice on how to use their devices to reconnect and tackle problems they previously came across using these devices.

Wyre Council and Torerntum Primary Care Network plan to continue working together to deliver monthly drop-in sessions for residents who would benefit from support to use their devices and access the internet safely.  

Councillor Lynne Bowen, Portfolio Holder for Leisure, Health and Community Engagement at Wyre Council comments, “Our ambition is to help residents with their health and wellbeing. These sessions have supported residents to connect with friends and family online, access essential services and much more. I hope the sessions in Cleveleys will benefit many more people and encourage them to enhance their digital skills". 

The monthly drop-in sessions will be held in the Community Room at Cleveleys Health Centre on Kelso Road on Thursday 14 April, Thursday 12 May and Thursday 23 June from 10am-12.30pm. The sessions are free and anyone who is struggling using their device to get online is encouraged to come along. 

Walking and cycling survey

Everyone is invited to take part in a survey to help shape future plans for cycling and walking in Lancashire.

Lancashire County Council wants to join up the gaps in our existing network of footpaths and cycle routes and provide safer, direct and more convenient routes.

Working in partnership with Blackpool Council, they are developing Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans, providing long term solutions for our future cycling and walking networks throughout Lancashire.

A plan will be produced for each of the following seven geographical areas of the county; Central Lancashire, Ribble Valley, Hyndburn and Rossendale, Burnley and Pendle, West Lancashire, Fylde Coast and Lancaster. The Fylde coast plan will include Blackpool alongside Fylde and Wyre.

To help the council, they are asking for feedback from across the county on current cycling and walking provision in their area. They want to know what the gaps are in the network and what facilities would enable people to walk and cycle more.

The survey will be available on the council's website until 5 May 2022.

Additional design and feasibility work will be needed to take any of the proposed schemes forward.

You can find out more about the Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans, and take part in the survey at www.lancashire.gov.uk/activetra

Wyre Wheels returns to Memorial Park

Wyre Council’s inclusive cycling sessions are returning to Memorial Park, Fleetwood next week, giving those who are disabled or recovering from injury a chance to enjoy bike riding.

Wyre Wheels is run in partnership with the Wheels for All initiative, a nationally recognised programme that encourages people with disabilities and differing needs to engage in cycling. By using specially adapted cycles, the activities are both physically and mentally stimulating and above all fun for everyone involved.

If you have limited mobility and would enjoy cycling in the park, you can join the Wyre Wheels sessions every Friday starting on 25 March. Sessions run from 10.30am until 1pm (with the last admission at 12.30pm) and cost £4. There is no need to book, just come along. Individuals and groups are welcome.

You’ll have the opportunity to ride adapted bicycles including trikes, side-by-sides, hand bikes, quad and wheelchair bikes. The sessions are run by trained leaders who have the knowledge and confidence to work with adapted cycles.

Councillor Lynne Bowen, Portfolio Holder for Leisure, Health and Community Engagement at Wyre Council comments, “After so long spent under coronavirus restrictions it’s great to be able to launch our health and wellbeing programme again. Wyre Wheels gives everyone the chance to enjoy the benefits of cycling. It’s a great way to be active and enjoy some fresh air now that the weather is improving and spring is approaching. Join us every Friday and enjoy the benefits of cycling in a sociable environment.”

The council is also looking to expand its volunteer pool to allow even more people to take part in Wyre Wheels and is hosting an open day for anyone who wants to find out more. The Wyre Wheels volunteer open day is on Friday 1 April from 10.30am – 1.30pm at Memorial Park. You can learn about becoming a volunteer, try out all the adapted bikes, meet the friendly team and see the bikes in action with some of the regular participants. Alternatively get in touch with the council at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 01253 887234.

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Wyre’s budget for the year ahead 

Wyre Council’s budget for the year ahead was approved at Full Council on Thursday 10 March 2022. The council has decided to follow the government’s lead to maximise spending power potential whilst keeping costs low for residents, raising council tax by just £5 a year, or 10p per week on a Band D property. 

Councillor David Henderson, Leader of Wyre Council comments, “We continue to provide excellent value for money for our residents. From April, the overall cost of our services for a Band D property will be just 59p per day. 

“Wyre Council collects Council Tax on behalf of all the authorities that provide services in the area, however Wyre's portion represents only 10.5% of your total bill. If you live in a Band D property for example, you will pay £214.74 Wyre Council for the year.  

“Over the last 12 years Wyre has along with other local authorities experienced a reduction in government funding. We have prepared for this by reducing spending, not increasing the level of borrowing and balancing the books through efficiency savings, income generation and prudent financial management including exploring commercial opportunities. We also have an excellent track record in efficiency savings which has protected residents from the full impact of reductions in funding. We've saved nearly £7m between 2010/11 and 2020/21 that's an average of £626,000 per year. We are proud of what we have achieved this year and what we have planned for the future.   

“We have committed, for the tenth year running, to protect our most vulnerable residents by limiting the localised council tax support scheme for those previously on full benefit to a contribution of 8.5%, which is significantly lower than most neighbouring local authorities. 

“Citizens Advice will continue to receive funding from Wyre at the same level to support their free debt advice service, which helps those affected by welfare reforms, and we will continue to deliver a care and repair service which offers free advice and support to both the over 60s and disabled people. 

“The Household Support Fund launched in January and we have distributed tens of thousands of pounds already to those on low incomes to support fuel poverty. Following the government’s announcement in February, the council will be pivotal in delivering the Energy Bill Rebate scheme with payments of £150 to households in council tax bands A to D. 

“We have launched our Citizen Access Portal to allow residents and businesses access to services online 24 hours a day, seven days a week and have over 13,000 users signed up already. 

“We have continued our support for the NHS, using our venues to host vaccine clinics, allowing thousands more people to get their vaccines and give themselves the best protection possible against COVID-19. Wyre has one of the highest vaccine rates in the county and we are proud to have played our part in that. 

“We have declared a Climate Emergency and committed to reducing the council’s emissions by at least 78% by 2035, before achieving net zero by 2050. We are leading by example and have become the first carbon literate council in Lancashire. We have started a review to look at how mitigating the impact of climate change can be better considered in our Local Plan. We are in the process of installing rapid charging points in our car parks for taxi drivers and residents, and have added electric vehicles to our fleet. We have also begun the planting of 25,000 new trees across Wyre. 

“We have Introduced a ban on the release of sky lanterns and helium balloons on council land to reduce plastic waste locally and begun to trial meadow creation as part of our grassland management. More recently we have secured a grant to put in place de-carbonisation measures at Fleetwood market to allow the installation of renewable energy technologies. We are working on a number of flood protection schemes to protect homes and businesses in Wyre including the Wyre Beach and Dune Management Scheme - a £42 million scheme which will protect over 11,000 properties. We know there’s still a long way to go; but together, we can make a difference. 

“We are working hard to help businesses get back on their feet. Since 2020 we have paid £52 million to businesses in grants. Through our Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) scheme we have helped businesses to open in vacant town centre premises and at Fleetwood Market, giving our high streets a boost. We are re-launching our Wyred Up, our business support network and are pleased to be hosting the Wyre Business Awards again later this year. 

“We have set up town centre partnership boards across Wyre to boost regeneration bringing together key stakeholders to form future plans for our town centres. 

“Work on Project Neptune has begun and is due to finish this spring. The ‘Neptune Fish and Food Processing Park’ development located on Fleetwood Docks will provide a modern facility to support  fish processing businesses, safeguard jobs in the industry and create up to 100 new ones. 

“A key priority for us is to welcome people back to Wyre. We are working with event organisers to enable events across the borough once again, as well as hosting a number of events of our own to help boost visitor numbers and provide entertainment for local people. Our theatres have reopened and we have made improvements to Fleetwood Market including a new outdoor street food courtyard and an art gallery space as an extension of the Market House Studios. 

“We have invested £1.5 million of funding into our leisure centres and have launched two new weight management programmes to help people reduce their health risks and improve wellbeing. Our Healthier Wyre and Great Outdoors activity programmes are back up and running, offering a wide range of activities for people of all ages and abilities, many of which are free. 

Ferry Beach, Marine Beach, Rossall Beach and Jubilee Beach have all received Seaside Awards. Poulton's Vicarage Park, Hawthorne Park and Wyre Estuary Country Park in Thornton and Fleetwood’s Memorial Park have all received Green Flag Awards again alongside the Mount gardens which received a Green Flag Award this year for the first time. 

“The Mount Pavilion is now open following extensive refurbishment thanks to a £1m personal donation from Mrs Lofthouse and a further £2.4m of grant funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, and is being used to host events including weddings. In recognition of Mrs Lofthouse’s generous personal donations and the work she has done for Fleetwood, we have created a commemorative memorial board in the gardens at the Mount to memorialise the tremendous impact she had on the town. 

“As we look to the future with positivity following the pandemic, we are working on a garden of reflection at the front of the Civic Centre in Poulton. It is hoped this will provide a peaceful space for people to sit and take a moment to reflect. 

“Communities remain at the heart of everything we do and we will continue to find new ways of working, improving our services and providing excellent value for money so that we can achieve our vision to ensure Wyre is a healthy, happy and greener place where people want to live, work, invest and visit. 

Find out more at www.wyre.gov.uk/budget

FREE Creatival event coming to Wyre this spring! 

Wyre Council is hosting a FREE creative arts festival at Fleetwood Market and Cleveleys Plaza this month. 

Creatival is a brand new artistic event packed full of performing arts, exciting interactive workshops, live music, entertainment and more on Saturday 26 March. 

Taking place across two locations in Wyre, visitors will experience incredible performers, take part in hands-on art and craft workshops and get to enjoy some live music too, all completely free. 

The event begins at 10am at Fleetwood Market with free artistic workshops and performances from a variety of brilliant interactive acts, including the hilarious Dancing Grannies, Giant Seagulls, Angie Mack, Dan the Hat, Skiband, Jones and Bernard and more! 

Activities will also take place in Cleveleys at the Plaza, located at the top of Victoria Road on the promenade. With special performances from 2pm until 4pm from the dynamic and creative performers. There will be crowd interaction, live music and hilarious comic antics, with something for everyone to enjoy!

The free art workshops taking place at Fleetwood Market all day are perfect for budding artists or anyone who enjoys getting creative. Visitors will get to make their own slime, sock puppets and even create a moving, drawing robot! Participants will get to take home and treasure the art they create too. 

The workshops at Fleetwood Market will be split into sessions and entry will be offered on a first come first serve basis. Parents can help, watch or shop in the Market whilst the kids get to be creative, learn new artistic skills and most importantly have lots of fun! 

Cllr Lynne Bowen Portfolio Holder for Leisure, Health and Community Engagement says, 

“Creatival is a new and exciting event that will be free for all. As we step into springtime we want to offer residents and visitors the opportunity to experience some brilliant free entertainment across the borough welcoming them back to our Market and community spaces. The event is certain to be a success and we are pleased to offer a dynamic day of art and entertainment for everyone to enjoy.” 

Fleetwood Market –

·         10am – 4pm Draw Bots, Slime & Sock Puppet workshops. Sessions will be split throughout the day. Suitable for kids 7+ with parent supervision or 10+ with parent consent. 

·         11am – 2.30pm Interactive street performers

Cleveleys Plaza –

·         2pm – 4pm Interactive street performers

Don’t miss this fantastic free event, Saturday 26 March at Fleetwood Market and Cleveleys Plaza. 

Find out more information on our social media pages and here on our website: www.wyre.gov.uk/events

Consumer alerts for March 2022 (pdf)

Fyer advising about the COVID-19 Vaccine at home service. Those who need it can now get a COVID-19 vaccine from the comfort of their own home. The NHS in your area has launched a new initiative allowing anyone who cannot attend a vaccine clinic can get their vaccine at home. CLICK HERE FOR FLYER (pdf)

Wyre Moving More - Consultation survey

We are working on a new physical activity and sport strategy to achieve our vision to get Wyre moving more. We would like your views on what would help you to become more active, to help us shape future plans around leisure provision in Wyre.

Have your say - complete our online survey.

Temporary road closure on Saturday 19th March 2022 to enable Motor Sport North West to stage the North West Stages Car Rally.

TRO - 16 and Schedule Beacon Fell, Goosnargh (pdf)

Road closure map (pdf)

 

New rapid charging points in Wyre’s car parks 

Four new rapid charging points have been installed in some of Wyre’s car parks, with more fast chargers on the way later this year. 

Wyre Council declared a climate emergency in July 2019 and are working towards reducing carbon emissions by 78% by 2035 and ultimately become net zero carbon by 2050. 

Rapid charging points allow drivers of electric vehicles to fully charge their vehicle in 40 minutes to 2 hours, depending on the car model. 

The council is eager to provide electric charging points in its car parks to help the Government meet their target of making all new cars and vans be zero emissions by 2035. 

The rapid charging points are now in place and ready to use at Rough Lea Road car park – Cleveleys, Custom House Lane – Fleetwood, Thornton Little Theatre and Wheatsheaf Way – Poulton. 

Fast charging points will also be added to Wyre’s car parks in April 2022 to Marine Hall – Fleetwood, Custom House Lane – Fleetwood, High Street – Garstang, Derby Road East and West – Cleveleys, Civic Centre – Poulton and Quail Holm Road – Knott End. 

The charging points can also be found on the EG Go mobile app and drivers can view the ‘live status’ of the points to check ahead of charging if the point is available or not. 

Councillor David Henderson, Leader of Wyre Council, comments: “These new charging points will make it easier than ever for electric vehicle users to travel across the borough and wider. 

“We know that there’s still a long way to go to help tackle climate change, but we’re proud of the actions we’ve taken so far.” 

Last year, the council also added a new set of electric vehicles to its fleet. These are now being used by the council’s environmental team as they tackle environmental crimes and help Wyre cleaner and greener. 

To find out more on how the council is acting on climate change, visit www.wyre.gov.uk/climatechange.

 

Consumer alerts for February 2022 (pdf)

Time to get walking again! 

At this time of year we start to think about the mud drying up and getting out to walk in the beautiful English Countryside again, but where to find new and interesting walks? 

Walking in Lancashire https://www.walkinginengland.co.uk/lancs has hundreds of walks to download and print, free, it also has books of walks, details of all the walking groups in the county and much more. Whether you want to walk on your own or with a group all the information is there in one place. 

John Harris (the custodian of the website) said ‘There is so much walking information on the web but it is difficult to find. Walking in Lancashire (part of the Walking in England website) has brought it together in one place so whether you are walking from home, or away on holiday, you will be able to find a walk suitable for you’. 

With walks from half a mile to twelve miles plus long, and a note of suitability for pushchairs and wheelchairs, everyone can find a walk to enjoy. 

So home or away, check out the websites and get walking! 

John Harris

www.walkinginengland.co.uk

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Keep your New Year’s resolutions on track with free access to Slimming World 

Wyre Council has extended their weight management programme with Slimming World so that you can now sign up for free without having to go through your GP. 

If you’re looking to lose weight and give your health a boost, this free 12 week weight management programme might be just the ticket. 

So far, over 300 people have signed up and have lost on average 13.8lbs throughout the programme. 

You no longer need a referral from your health professional and provided you meet the criteria you can sign up online at www.wyre.gov.uk/weightmanagement or call into a local meeting to find out more. 

Terence O'Neill from Poulton is 75 and has lost two stone since joining Wyre’s free Slimming World programme. He said: “I was initially sceptical about joining Slimming World as I have had weight problems for many years and never been able to lose any significant weight and keep it off. However, as my local GP practice was promoting the free 12 week membership I decided it was a no brainer and took up the offer. I have health problems that losing weight would help with. 

“Since completing the programme I have decided to renew my membership. I am feeling a lot better health wise and can walk a lot further and for longer, weather permitting! 

“All in all the sessions are a great help especially when I feel a bit down. I would recommend anyone who has a weight problem and may be a bit reluctant to join, to give it a try. I was not expecting it to be of great benefit to me but it has exceeded my initial thoughts and hopes.” 

Councillor Lynne Bowen, Portfolio Holder for Leisure, Health and Community Engagement at Wyre Council comments, “It’s great to see that so many people have been able to improve their health and make real progress by joining our free programme with Slimming World. 

“The friendly nature of the groups mean that you get more than just advice on weight management, you get to meet like-minded people in your local community who are all working towards better health and wellbeing. It is now even easier for you to join our programme so it’s the perfect time to get started.” 

Read more and find your local Slimming World group at www.wyre.gov.uk/weightmanagement

Frozen’s Anna and Elsa bring the chill to Wyre this February half term 

Everyone’s favourite Frozen characters are coming to Wyre this February half term with free outdoor theatre performances and workshops for families and children. 

Wyre Council is working with Gambolling Arena Theatre Company to host a number of free, chilly outdoor Frozen performances in Garstang and Poulton-le-Fylde, so wrap up warm. 

Meet Anna as she sets out on a journey to find her sister, Elsa, who has the power to turn items into ice. Singalong to all of your favourite songs and have your photo taken with the characters. 

Plus, join us for a fun workshop and learn how to build the perfect snowman with our princesses. Then, learn how princes and princesses dine for dinner with the royal etiquette class and how to curtsy or bow to the Queen of Arendelle herself, Elsa. 

Councillor Lynne Bowen, Leisure, Health and Community Engagement Portfolio Holder at Wyre Council, commented: “We are proud to be offering this free event for residents of Wyre. 

“Free events like these are made possible by the Welcome Back Fund, we hope you all enjoy meeting your favourite Frozen characters and singing along to your favourite songs.” 

The first event will take place at Jean Stansfield Park on Thursday 17 February 2022 with the Frozen workshop at 11am, followed by performances at 1pm and 3pm. 

On Friday 18 February, the Frozen workshop will be held outside the Visit Garstang Centre next to Booths (Cherestanc Square, Rope Walk, Garstang, Preston PR3 1EF) at 11am. There will also be two performances at Moss Lane playing field (Moss Lane, Garstang, Preston, PR3 1HB) at 1pm and 3pm. 

The event is completely free and there’s no need to book a ticket.

Hugely significant step forward for “Our New Deal for a Greater Lancashire” 

Bold plans to secure a devolution deal for Lancashire have taken a hugely significant step forward after Wyre Council’s councillors endorsed the proposals. 

Our New Deal for a Greater Lancashire sets out the areas where Lancashire's council leaders collectively believe more local powers over funding and decision-making could make the biggest difference. The themes identified are around the economy, transport, jobs, skills and the environment. 

At the meeting of full council on the evening of Thursday 27 January, councillors scrutinised the proposals before unanimously approving all recommendations. 

Cllr David Henderson, Leader of Wyre Council, said: "Since June all of Lancashire's 15 council leaders have been working together on these plans which we believe will benefit every part of our county. 

"This is collaboration on a scale that Lancashire has never seen before. It sends out the strong message that we are united and unwilling to be left behind. 

"We have a clear and ambitious vision to secure additional powers, decision-making, and significant additional funding which has the potential to transform our county and make a huge difference to the lives of all of our residents and I am looking forward to continuing discussing this matter further with my fellow Lancashire leaders.” 

The council considered a joint report which has been prepared for all 15 councils, who will all scrutinise it in the coming weeks. If approved by all councils, the proposals will be taken forward to government. 

Visit lancashire.gov.uk/newdeal to find out more about ‘Our New Deal for a Greater Lancashire’.

Have your say on Wyre’s Local Plan 

Wyre Council is inviting residents to have their say on the full review of the borough’s Local Plan. The consultation is open until Thursday 10 March 2022. 

A Local Plan outlines the vision for development in the borough and is reviewed at least every 5 years. The plan is used to help decide on planning applications and other planning decisions. It acts as a guide to what can be built in the borough and outlines the future patterns of development and designated sites. 

The council adopted their local plan in 2019 and are now looking to undertake a full review of the local plan over the next two years. 

Wyre Council declared a climate emergency in July of 2019 which was after the original plan was adopted. They are now looking at how mitigating the impact of climate change can be better considered in the local plan. 

This review could include the consideration of building designs, biodiversity and flood risk management. 

Initially, the council is inviting residents and other stakeholders to identify issues that the full review local plan should address and to identify the evidence required to support the plan’s preparation. 

Councillor Alice Collinson, Portfolio Holder for Planning Policy and Economic Development, commented, “It’s crucial for us to consider how developments of the borough can affect climate change and we’re determined to put standards in place that will help mitigate the damage on our climate. 

“This new plan will allow us to consider new options for how developments can help counteract climate change and build a biodiverse borough.” 

The council is also seeking to know of any sites, land or buildings in Wyre that could have potential for future development, redevelopment or designation for:

·         Renewable, community and low carbon energy;

·         Nature recovery/ biodiversity net gain;

·         Natural flood management;

·         Housing;

·         Employment;

·         Retail, leisure and commercial uses and

·         Gypsies and Travellers & Travelling Show people. 

The council will assess all submissions and consider what sites could be suitable for development or designation, if required. 

If you wish to submit any sites for consideration, visit www.wyre.gov.uk/localplanreview

Comments for the consultation and the submission of ‘Call for Sites Response Forms’ should be made by email or post to:

·         Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

·         Post: Planning Policy, Civic Centre, Breck Road, Poulton-le-Fylde, FY6 7PU 

The consultation will close at 5.00pm on 10 March 2022.

Mental health support organisations across Lancashire and South Cumbria (pdf)

Consumer alerts for January 2022 (pdf)

Extra help for residents with their household fuel costs this winter 

Wyre Council is working in partnership with Citizens Advice West Lancashire to help residents on low incomes meet the increasing cost of their household fuel bills. 

Residents who are struggling to pay their gas and/or electricity bills and are on a low income can apply for help from the council’s Household Support Fund. 

The funding comes from Government’s Household Support Fund, which has been established to help residents on low incomes with the essentials over winter. A total of £500m has been given to councils in England to help residents as the country continues to recover from the pandemic. 

Councillor Michael Vincent, Deputy Leader of Wyre Council and Portfolio Holder for Resources, commented, “we recognise that winter is a difficult time for many, with dropping temperatures and the rising price of gas and electricity. 

“This time of year can be incredibly stressful, so to help, we’re delivering support with household fuel costs and I would encourage residents to apply today.” 

In order to benefit from the support residents must meet a set of eligibility criteria and will be required to provide proof of their financial circumstances. 

Applications for the support are now open. All applications will be processed in order of date received. 

To apply, visit www.wyre.gov.uk/householdsupport

 

The Mayor Of Wyre Christmas Card (pdf)

Covid Plan B guidance for Parish and Town Councils.

The government last night issued guidance https://www.gov.uk/government/news/prime-minister-confirms-move-to-plan-b-in-england and expects to issue more guidance and regulations in the coming days. We will update as and when we have the information. For member councils we note in particular the following: 

From Monday 13 December, those who can will be advised to work from home. We already advise that clerks and staff can attend council meetings remotely. The Plan B guidance does not bring back the ability to hold remote meetings.  We therefore suggest that councils consider not meeting in December. 

The guidance says “From Friday 10 December, face coverings will become compulsory in most public indoor venues, such as cinemas, theatres and places of worship. There will be exemptions in venues where it is not practical to wear one, such as when you are eating, drinking or exercising. For that reason, face masks will not be required in hospitality settings”. 

 

We await further information on the meaning of “most public indoor venues”. 

Consumer alerts for December 2021(pdf)

Holiday clubs are back in Wyre this Christmas 

Following the success of the summer holiday clubs earlier this year, Wyre Council is launching a programme of free activities this Christmas for children on benefits-related free school meals. 

The local holiday clubs are part of the Government’s Holiday Activities and Food programme (HAF). Backed by a nationwide investment of up to £220 million, the programme will enable children and young people to enjoy fun activities with friends and learn and develop new skills. 

A range of clubs across Wyre will run from 20 December to 30 December 2021 and will be free for primary and secondary aged school children who are eligible for benefits-related free school meals. 

The sessions include a variety of fun activities alongside a nutritious meal each day. They are a great opportunity for young people to get out and about, get active and meet new friends. There’s plenty to enjoy including Christmas arts and crafts, bowling, football, team sports, swimming, trips to the beach and local parks, and even a visit from Santa! 

Councillor Lynne Bowen, Portfolio Holder for Leisure, Health and Community Engagement at Wyre Council, commented, “We are pleased to be able to offer a holiday programme to eligible families this Christmas. 

“The summer clubs were such a success, I’m sure the children will look forward to returning during this next holiday. The programme is really varied and allows people to take part in fun activities with friends and indeed meet new friends. The children are able to learn new skills, socialise and enjoy lunch in a safe and welcoming environment. If you are eligible, I would encourage you to book a place and enjoy the sessions that are on offer.”

Details of all the sessions can be found at www.wyre.gov.uk/holidayclub. Places need to be reserved and full details of how to book are also on the website.

Lend a green thumb to help tackle climate change 

As National Tree Week begins, Wyre Council is continuing their work in creating woodlands and hedgerows as part of a commitment to plant 25,000 trees in Wyre. 

As part of this, volunteers are being invited to help lend a hand in planting trees this winter.

Wyre Council declared a climate emergency in July 2019 and have since been working to reduce the council’s emissions by at least 78% by 2035.

To help achieve this, the council is working with the Woodland Trust to create 10 hectares of native woodland and hedgerows across its open spaces by 2025.

The planting will begin during National Tree Week, with the first events taking place at the Civic Centre in Poulton.

Councillor Simon Bridge, Portfolio Holder for Parks and Open Spaces, commented, “Trees offer huge benefits for mankind, wildlife and the environment. From filtering out air pollution, improving our wellbeing, providing habitat and foraging opportunities for birds, bats and other wildlife, to helping mitigate against flooding.

“This is just one step we’re taking in tackling climate change but we’re pleased of the progress we’ve made so far.”

The tree planting sessions will be held at the playing fields behind the Civic Centre in Poulton on Tuesday 30 November between 9.30am – 12 noon and 1pm – 2:30pm and also on Thursday 2 December between 9.30am – 12 noon and 1pm – 2.30pm.

To book your place please call, Visit Garstang Centre on 01995 602125 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

To find out more on how the council plans to tackle climate change in the borough, visit www.wyre.gov.uk/climatechange           

 

Christmas festivities are back in Wyre!

Festivities are back with a bang in Wyre this year with plenty for all the whole family to enjoy. There are light switch ons, Christmas markets, festivals and more taking place in town centres all across the borough in Poulton, Cleveleys, Thornton, Fleetwood, Garstang and Preesall. 

What’s more there’s free parking every Friday and Saturday throughout December in all Wyre Council car parks meaning you have time to visit your local shops, pubs and restaurants too.  

In Poulton the annual Christmas Festival has been extended to take place over two days on Friday 3 and Saturday 4 December. There will be market stalls open from 12pm to 9pm both days selling festive food and drinks. There will be live entertainment plus an appearance from Santa himself, and the annual lighting of the crib and Christmas lights will take place on the Friday. 

The Cleveleys Christmas light switch on will take place on 25 November 2021 and then on Saturday 18 December there’s a full day of festivities planned.  This includes fun for all the family at Cleveleys Artisan Market at St Andrew’s Church and throughout the day there will be street theatre and entertainment, cheeky elves and festive face painting. Visit the Santa truck outside Philips Jewellers and there will be carol services at 11am outside Poundland and at 12pm at St Andrew’s Church, plus a Christmas sing along at 2pm at Victoria Road. 

In Thornton the light switch on event at Marsh Mill is back on Sunday 21 November from 1pm to 5pm. Marsh Mill shops and businesses will be open plus there will be family entertainment and stalls with lots to see and buy. There will also be a ‘Big Red Button Switch-On Event’ at the shopping centre on Victoria Road on 30 November at 4pm. The Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Wyre, Cllr Andrea Kay and Cllr Howard Ballard will be in attendance and Santa will be arriving to say ho, ho, ho. The big red button will be pressed by school children from Thornton’s primary schools, followed by carols sung by the school choirs. 

In Fleetwood there is a magical Christmas Festival Weekend planned on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 November. Wyre Council in partnership with Fleetwood Town Council and the Festive Lights Committee are hosting a variety of festive celebrations across the town. 

The Marine Hall and gardens will host a Festive Fayre each day from 10am filled with delicious festive food and drinks, Christmas crafts, gifts and more, it’s perfect for your Christmas shopping! There will be a festive funfair, Christmas-themed walkabout theatre acts, live singing, competitions and lots more to experience. On the Saturday the event will close at 4pm so that families can get ready for the annual Festive Lantern Parade which starts at 5pm on 27 November, from Fisherman’s Walk/Ash Street and arriving back at Marine Hall at 6pm for the incredible Festive Lights switch on event. These events are free to enter with free parking available. 

Be sure to also visit Fleetwood Market on Saturday 27 November, where you can buy lots of Christmas gifts and experience a wonderful winter wonderland with a huge interactive snow globe. Get your family and friends to come along and take a magical photo of you all inside the globe. You’ll also be treated to some traditional Victorian Carol singers performing delightful festive hymns throughout the day as well as our very own Harmony and Health singers performing all the Christmas classics you love! Fleetwood Market is open from 9am until 4pm. 

In Garstang on Tuesday 30 November “The Light Up Garstang Christmas Fair” is taking place from 6pm to 9pm at Wyrebank. There will be over 20 stalls selling unique Christmas gifts, treats, crafts and food and there will be a bar open for a festive drink while you shop. 

There will also be a virtual lights switch on in Garstang on the 22 November from 6pm, live at www.facebook.com/garstanglights, plus the Santa Dash returns on 5 December at 11am! Open to people of all abilities including children, adults, people with buggies and those using mobility scooters. You don't have to run, many just walk. If you would like to take part in this please visit www.garstangsantadash.com or pop down to Sainsbury’s in Garstang on Saturday 20 November where there will be a stall you can register at. Spectators will be in for a treat too as we have street entertainment planned along with carol singers performed by Garstang Musical Productions, entertainment by DJ Darrel Edwards, and festive tunes performed by 25 piece brass band, Blackpool Brass.  

Also the Visit Garstang Centre on Cherestanc Square is holding mini arts and crafts Christmas festival with live music throughout on 2, 3 and 4 December from 10.30am to 4.30pm. 

In Preesall on Saturday 11 December the Mayor of Wyre and Mayor of Preesall will be judging the Christmas lights displays with an award for the best dressed shop window and one for the best domestic property. The local Christmas events committee will be welcoming Santa at 5.30pm from and there will be a sleigh tour around both Preesall and Knott End with sweet treats for the children. 

  Councillor Lynne Bowen, Portfolio Holder for Leisure, Health and Community Engagement at Wyre Council comments, “After last year’s subdued Christmas it’s so good to see all these wonderful events back up and running. We are proud to support the annual light switch ons, providing funding to make our town centres sparkle, and this year thanks to the Government’s Welcome Back fund we have been able to provide further support to make Wyre’s Christmas events bigger and better than ever. We hope everyone enjoys the chance to meet up with family and friends and celebrate in style this year. 

“A huge thank you goes to all the community groups and local businesses who have worked hard to put these events together. If you are visiting an event, make sure you pop into the local shops, pubs and restaurants. I hope everyone has a lovely festive time, let’s make it a Christmas to remember.”

 

Your local County Councillors (pdf)

Planning Policy Newsletter November 2021 Edition.

Dear Consultee,
Statement of Community Involvement (SCI)
The Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) sets out how the council will engage with local people and organisations in the planning process through the preparation of planning policy documents such as the Local Plan and during the consideration of planning applications. The SCI is a public statement and sets the minimum standards we aim to achieve in this process.

The SCI was adopted by the council in August 2021.

Further information can be seen here.

Local Development Scheme (LDS)
The LDS sets out the main local planning documents the Council will produce, including details about content and purpose and the timescales for preparation. This 2021 LDS is an updated position on the timetable and supersedes the 2020 version, setting out the timescales for the preparation of a revision to the Local Plan.

The LDS was adopted by the council in November 2021.

Further information can be seen here. 

Housing Implementation Strategy (HIS)
The council has produced a Housing Implementation Strategy (HIS) 2021. This HIS sets out the council’s position on housing land supply in accordance with the requirements of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and National Planning Practice Guidance (PPG) and supports the Wyre Local Plan 2011-2031 (WLP31).

This HIS has a base date of 1 April 2021, it takes account of all available information up to and including 31 March 2021.

The council’s HIS demonstrates a deliverable housing land supply position of 6.4 years.

The HIS was adopted by the council in October 2021.

Further information can be seen here. 

Holiday Accommodation (EP9) – Advice for applicants
The Wyre Local Plan 2011 – 2031 (WLP31) contains Policy EP9 Holiday Accommodation, which sets out under what circumstances development of holiday accommodation will be permitted. 

The document provides guidance to support the reading and understanding of Policy EP9, it will assist applicants needing to satisfy the requirements of the policy. It provides information on how the council approaches the application or implementation of Policy EP9.

The EP9 advice for applicants was adopted by the council in October 2021.

Further information can be seen here


Should you require further information, please contact us via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Kind Regards,
Planning Policy and Economic Development
Wyre Council
5 November 2021