The parish council produces a newsletter periodically to keep you updated which you can see below.
Apr 2017 Oct 2017 July 2018 Oct 2018 April 2019
WLBC have announced that the options referred to below are to be reviewed and less Green Belt will be taken to build houses but they will not give details of the changes stating "The Council has still to complete its review of the comments" See planning page for more details.
CIL (Community Infrastructure Levy) money. It has been decided to use some of the money from the Community Infrastructure Levy to upgrade the public rights of way throughout the parish. We are particularly keen to make them accessible to disabled residents or residents with limited mobility if possible. A survey of the public footpaths has been undertaken and can be seen here
We have started work on this project and
ordered a further 6 fingerposts and determined our priorities. We have made a
list of works that we feel cannot be managed by councillors and have requested
costings for this work from the authors of the report (TEP The Environment
Partnership). We are using the report to as leverage to push Lancashire County
Council to undertake repair work listed as Health and Safety issues.
Footpaths and Fingerposts
This photograph shows local contractor, John Branson, straight after he had installed two fingerposts along Holland’s Lane. These fingerposts have been provided by the Parish Council (with vital 50% capital grant aid from West Lancs. Borough Council) as the first in a project to signpost in an informative way the network of footpaths within the Parish area.
Most of our footpaths cross private land and this Parish Council is extremely grateful to Bickerstaffe Parish Council Chairman, Mrs Hilary Rosbotham, for allowing us to install these two fingerposts on her land. We are also grateful for the ready co-operation of farmer John Appleton and his wife, Mary, in agreeing exact locations which would not interfere with their farming operations. This follows similar co-operation over the location of the Parish bench on Holland’s Lane.
Further fingerposts were erected were footpath 21 crosses the railway line and has fingers pointing to Plough and Blaguegate Lane and at the junctions of paths 21 22 23 with fingers pointing to Firswood Road Plough Lane and Blaguegate Lane
In 2013, Tree Warden Andrew Beeston helped Lathom St James plant a Bramley apple tree as part of Tree Council’s Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Tree Scheme. This is one of only 60 Jubilee Trees throughout the whole country, all part of an educational tree planting scheme with children. A commemorative book entitled “Our Diamond Jubilee Gift to Her Majesty the Queen” has been produced by the Tree Council and the Bramley apple tree is included. On 15th July 2015, Chairman, Cllr Alison Whitehead presented the book to Head Teacher Mrs Alison Albion, Tree Warden Cllr Andrew Beeston and the children of Lathom St James Primary School.
Huge thanks to Parish Councillor & Tree Warden Andrew Beeston who led the tree walk on 29th August 2015. Beautiful late summer sunshine brought out the ramblers and all enjoyed the guided tour.
Lathom South Parish Council has installed a wayside bench for walkers on Halfpenny Lane, a public right of way in Lathom, running from Hollands Lane to the Scarth Hill area. With the kind permission of Mrs Hilary Rosbotham, the bench is sited on the corner of Halfpenny Lane, where it meets Hollands Lane. The bench is the final part of a wider project begun last year to commemorate the Queens Diamond Jubilee and the bench is embossed to denote this. A free hedging pack was obtained from the Woodland Trust and this was planted by volunteers along Lyelake Lane and a Royal Oak tree, also donated by the Woodland Trust, was planted alongside the oak bench. The entire project was completed by the Parish Council with volunteers and the bench was supported by a West Lancashire Borough Council capital grant, so there was very little cost to the residents.
Weary travellers can now take a break and enjoy a picturesque view across the Lathom fields.
The parish council was successful in obtaining funding for wayside seating and has had 2 lovely benches placed on Blaguegate Lane and Vale Lane. Pictures can be seen on the gallery click here
Notice Boards were erected at Vale Lane and Scarth Hill Lane with a main one at the Cricket Club. We felt it only fair to erect 2 small notice boards at the edges of the area, as well as a main one, so as not to let any of our residents feel excluded. We experienced a few hurdles on the way, not least the fact that advertising planning permission had to be obtained and associated additional costs had to be found, but we achieved our objective in the end. The large one at the cricket club is available to all community groups: to display an item contact the parish clerk through the link at the left hand side
Road signs "Welcome to Lathom" have been erected in 11 locations to mark entry into Lathom and to finally establish the full area of Lathom. Again there where many hurdles along the way. Our original plans to have solid cast iron poles had to be reviewed after consultation with the Highways Authority. Being new signs they are subject to the latest Health and Safety guidelines: which means that poles have to bend so that if hit by cars the impact is reduced for the occupants. We also had to change some of our chosen locations so they did not interfere with other road signs or lines of sight. In some instances they had to be placed on the opposite side of the road, but we had no choice in this. The important thing is that we have established the full area of Lathom. We hope you like the signs.
Signs being made at the workshop