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Is this the wrongest press release ever?

03.29.11 | Permalink | Comment?

This press release from West Lancs Toryland has to be one of the wrongest things I’ve ever seen: People earning a median annual wage locally of £21,529 will be handing over £1,400 (6.5%) of their taxes just to pay off the huge debt left by the previous Labour Government……it is wrong that local families’ hard-earned taxes are going […]

Being Labour, Breaking News, Cotterill on the Council

Labour’s complaint

03.23.11 | Permalink | Comment?

This is the text of the formal letter of complaint about the Tory Borough Council’s administration’s most recent abuse of democracy, delivered to the Chief Executive’s inbox this morning, after careful deliberation at Monday night’s Labour group meeting. The Labour group on the Council does not take such a formal stance lightly, but enough is enough.   Subject: […]

Bickerstaffe Thoughts, Breaking News

I have moved, apparently

03.23.11 | Permalink | Comment?

Actually, I haven’t moved.  The housing market is so dire as a result of Osbornomics that it looks like we’ll still be on Sineacre Lane for a little while longer. Nevertheless, that hasn’t stopped the Tory Borough Council producing an electoral register which tells me a) Sineacre Lane no longer exists b) I live in Stopgate Lane, Simonswood. I […]

Being Labour, Cotterill on the Council, Planning applications

Lord Derby steps in

03.18.11 | Permalink | Comment?

Lord Derby’s agent has sent out a very interesting letter to councillors about the Local Development Framework strategic options selection process, which the Tories have been trying to manipulate for short political gain.   This is the key sentence: [The Estate] wishes to draw to the attention of Cabinet members that, in its view, the document does […]

Breaking News, Cotterill on the Council

Serco says no

03.18.11 | Permalink | Comment?

West Lancashire Leisure Trust, the front organisation for Serco in West Lancashire, met on March 8th.  As ever, it met behind closed door to discuss public money and public services.  On the agenda, I understand, was the question of whether it should accept a voluntary reduction in its subsidy from West Lancashire Borough Council as its contribution […]

Being Labour, Bickerstaffe Thoughts, Breaking News, Cotterill on the Council

Police cuts hit Bickerstaffe hardest

03.17.11 | Permalink | Comment?

My statement on the police cuts only half made it into the press, so here it is in full: Press statement on policing reductions in Bickerstaffe Bickerstaffe Ward councillor Paul Cotterill has reacted to the plans, set out at a special briefing for councillors and the Community Safety Partnership last night, (Monday) to slash policing […]


Change of contact

03.17.11 | Permalink | Comment?

My old email address is now dead. It is an ex-email. You can contact me at

Cotterill on the Council, Leisure and culture

Ignoring scrutiny

03.12.11 | Permalink | Comment?

On Tuesday night the Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee voted unaninimously that Council officers should report on why commitments on the clean up of Tawd Valley park were not met by the Council, and how the park can be better managed in the future. In answer to the Skelmersdale Advertiser, ‘a [Council] spokeswoman said the park was not poorly managed’. […]

Being Labour, Cotterill on the Council

Concessionary travel: the betrayal is complete

02.28.11 | Permalink | 2 Comments

So the press release from West Lancashire Borough Council is out – funny how there’s still enough money for a press office.  The usual glossing over is there: Before coming to a decision, we gathered the views of groups who represent elderly and disabled people, and carried out a major survey involving around 1,300 people. We […]

Being Labour, Cotterill on the Council

Tory consultation response: a betrayal of vulnerable adults

02.28.11 | Permalink | Comment?

At the Corporate Overview & Scrutiny meeting on Thursday 8th March I’ll be calling the Tory Cabinet Member for Housing to account over her approval of an absolutely disgraceful response to her Tory colleagues so-called consultation Making Difficult Decisions about Funding Adult Social Care Services in Lancashire.  The consultation closed today, a week after the budget was […]

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