May Newsletter

Inconsiderate Dog Ownership
This continues to be a problem and the issue is frequently raised at meetings. Two dog wardens from Lancaster City Council came to our meeting in March and advised that they can act on information given to them (this can be given anonymously) e.g. by issuing a fixed penalty fine. The telephone numbers for reporting problems are 01524 582000/ 582935. Posters asking people to clean up after their dogs can be downloaded from the City Council website should residents wish to display one. The wardens reminded everyone that excrement can be disposed of in an ordinary litter bin or taken home and placed in a grey wheelie bin; some new litter bins have been supplied by the City Council at various locations around the village. We are speaking with the National Trust about the possibility of making a wooden dispenser for dog waste bags at The Lots – this would be a trial to see if the provision of free bags encourages dog owners to clear up after their dogs.

The tender for cleaning the public toilets has been given to Mr Paul Williams; Mr Neil Pharoah (Envirocare) has been given the contracts for grass cutting, Parish Contractor and playground (grounds maintenance); Mr Steve Lamb continues to maintain our website. We look forward to working with Paul, Neil and Steve over the next 12 months.

Annual Assembly
At the Assembly in March we had reports from Geographic Police Inspector Vickers, Ms Diane Baxter (Lancaster District Manager for Libraries), Mr Alan Ferguson (National Trust), County Councillor Sarah Fishwick and Councillor Ribbons (Playground Management Committee). The Chairman gave the annual report of the Council’s work and Mrs Anne Burrow gave a talk on the work of the North West Ambulance Service.

Annual Meeting
At our annual meeting in May Councillor Terry Bond was re-elected as Chairman and Councillor Tony Houghton as Vice-Chairman.

Faster Broadband
We will be arranging a public meeting soon to discuss ways of enabling faster broadband provision in Silverdale – please look out for more information and come along if you can!

Please find contact details below for our Councillors:
Chairman Terry Bond 01524 702693
Vice Chairman Tony Houghton 01524 701416
Harriet Bradfield harriet.bradfield@hotmail.co.uk
Shirley Mason 01524 701162
Keith Palmer 01524 702039/ 07969658547
Nigel Ribbons 07710044053
Paul Williams 01524 701513
Angela Woods 01524 701968
The Clerk, Denise Challenor, can be contacted on: 01524-761824, or clerk@silverdale-pc-lancs.gov.uk