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Anti-democracy in action

02.24.11 | Permalink | 4 Comments

1.  Yesterday for Full Council there was a Tory motion seeking to restrict the rights of journalists and members of the public to record Council meetings. 2.  Labour tabled an amendment to give recording, filming and photography rights to jouranlists and members of the public, in the spirit of open democracy and journalist rights. 3.  […]

About me

usa-is is no more

02.23.11 | Permalink | Comment?

As notified previously, Garry is hanging up his server boots, and my beloved First Class email server will be no more, from around 28th February. My home email will become pcotterill@live.co.uk  It is already receiving, though I’ve not yet got into the habit of looking very much. Thanks to Garry for 10 years of a […]

Bickerstaffe Thoughts, Breaking News

Bickerstaffe Children’s Services: a press release I’m proud of

02.21.11 | Permalink | Comment?

I do a lot of press releases, but I’m quite proud of this one.  The Big Society in action…. TV psychologist to open ‘Lodge of Little Angels’ in Bickerstaffe Profesor Tanya Byron, chancellor to also Edge Hill University and a psychologist perhaps best known for her work on the TV series ‘House of Tiny Tearaways’ […]

Breaking News, Cotterill on the Council

Nil satis nisi?

02.16.11 | Permalink | Comment?

It won’t, I’m sure, have escaped the eagle eyes of my readers that the newly published Key Decision Forward Plan for the March-June 2011 period has no key decisions on it beyond March. Apart from one ‘to be confirmed’ item (I think because the date hasn’t been formally agreed) on the regular Key Peformance Indicators’ – a monitoring […]

Cotterill on the Council, Leisure and culture

Tory promise vs Tawd River reality (5): cobbles and glass

02.15.11 | Permalink | Comment?

And the final bit of the photo essay…… Tory Promise 1, email 26th January 2011: We’ll ask Cleansing to sort out the glass at the bandstand, our Play Area Safety Contractor to visit the (disused) Play Area and we’ll ask the Rangers to sort out the cobbles/pathways. Tawd reality 1, photos taken 13 February 2011: […]

Cotterill on the Council, Leisure and culture

Tory promise vs Tawd River reality (4): Orange Tory sludge

02.15.11 | Permalink | Comment?

And so to stage 4 of the photo essay: Tory Promise 4, email 26th January 2011: 4) In relation to your query about the orange sludge, it is, as you anticipated, Iron Oxide and is part of the ‘washings’ coming out of the old coal mines in that area. Unfortunately we don’t have the ability to prevent it […]

Cotterill on the Council, Leisure and culture

Tory promise vs Tawd River reality (3): A burnt-out case

02.14.11 | Permalink | Comment?

And do to stage 3 of my photo essay: Tory Promise 3, email 26th January 2011: The burnt-out car has been referred to the officer in Street Scene that deals with abandoned cars and she will arrange removal (both with her Contractor and our Rangers). Tawd reality 3, photos taken 13 February 2011:     […]

Cotterill on the Council, Leisure and culture

Tory promise vs Tawd River reality (2): Tories off their trollies

02.14.11 | Permalink | Comment?

Continuing my photo essay on the difference between Tory promises and reality when it comes to Tawd Valley management, here’s trolley-based part 2: Tory Promise 2, email 26th January 2011: The Trolleys [sic] are being brought to the attention of ‘TrolleyWatch’ this afternoon with a request that they arrange removal. If they are unable or unwilling, then […]

Cotterill on the Council, Leisure and culture

Tory promise vs Tawd River reality (1)

02.14.11 | Permalink | Comment?

So, following on from the last post, how did the West Lancs Tory promise to clean up the Tawd Valley get on? Tory Promise 1, email 26th January 2011: The Rangers have been carrying out extensive tree management works all this week at Tawd Valley and they have been able to do some litter picking whilst […]

Cotterill on the Council, Leisure and culture

A walk along the Tawd

02.14.11 | Permalink | Comment?

On Saturday 23rd January, I took a walk with the dogs along the River Tawd, going north from the Skelmersdale Concourse area and out beneath the bridge under the ring road. The Council describes such a walk thus: Taking a walk in Tawd Valley Park can be a voyage of discovery in the midst of a bustling town, or simply a […]

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