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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