Posts by Adrian Osmotherley:
Councillor Riley advised the parish council at the April monthly meeting that he will
no longer be standing as a parish councillor. Councillor Riley has been a valued
member of the parish council for over 15 years. The parish council would like to
thank Councillor Riley for his support and efforts during this period.
Adrian Osmotherley – Nether Kellet Parish Clerk.
Below are details of assistance and help that the parish council recently received
from Lancashire County Council Trading Standards Department which may be very
useful if you receive suspicious texts, emails or are directed to unwanted websites.
Contact the Trading Standards Service via the Citizens’ Advice consumer helpline
on 0808 223 1133.
Report suspicious activity: Forward texts to 7726
Forward suspicious emails to firstname.lastname@example.org
Report scam websites to www.ncsc.gov.uk
Individuals who think they have been a victim of fraud should contact their bank
immediately and report it to Actions Fraud online at www.actionfraud.police.uk or by
calling 0300 123 2040.
The annual audit of the parish council accounts for the period April 2022 to March 2023 has been carried out by a qualified accounting auditor. The accounts were found to be correct and well managed. The overview of the parish council accounting details for the period 01.04.2022 to 1.03.2023 will now be submitted to the Government appointed external auditor PKF Littlejohn Ltd.
A funding grant of £30,000 has been provisionally awarded through the Lancashire
Environmental Fund (LEF) towards the refurbishment of the parish council owned
play area. This grant in addition to other funds raised from the annual wind farm
grant, Aggregate Industries (quarry owners) and the village hall along with help from
local builders will be used to fund the works. It is hoped the works will be carried out
during the coming summer months.
Over the past few months there have been a number of reports of inconsiderate
and illegal parking of vehicles around the roads circling the village field and play
area. Residents who are concerned by the actions of a small minority of drivers
should pass on their concerns to Lancashire Police using the 101-contact number.
Details of vehicle registration numbers, and where possible backed up by
photographic evidence, can also be used when contacting the Police.
As you may be aware, the UK Government has introduced a requirement for voters to show photo ID when voting at a polling station at elections. This new requirement will apply for the first time in England at the local elections on Thursday 4 May 2023. Although there are no elections to Lancashire County Council, elections to the Borough and City Councils and some Parishes will be held in all of Lancashire’s twelve districts. Elections will also be held for the Unitary Authorities of Blackburn with Darwen and Blackpool.
Anyone who does not have an accepted form of photo ID will be able to apply for a free voter ID document, known as a Voter Authority Certificate. We know that some groups are more likely to experience barriers in preparing for this change and may need support to access photo ID.
The Lancashire District Election Managers are currently trying to communicate to as many people as possible and LCC has been looking at different opportunities to support this. For example, we have posted some Voter ID information on the Schools Portal for Headteachers to share with parents/carers, displaying Electoral Commission posters in all of our libraries etc.
Lancashire County Council’s online reporting system ‘Report It‘, has now changed, and all highways issues can now be reported using the new platform ‘Love Clean Streets‘. You can report a range of highways related issues, including potholes, fly tipping, faulty street lighting, broken road signs, litter, abandoned vehicles, etc
You can download the Love Clean Streets app on your smartphone, or log in via the website. You will need to create an account to report an issue, however, you will be able track the council’s progress in resolving problems you and others have reported in your community.
See a problem
Open the app
Take a picture
Your location is automatically detected
Enter some basic information and post the report—in seconds!
The local authority back office system receives and directs the report to the appropriate person/service
You can track progress of reports and see when the matter is resolved