Wyre Together Best Community Group 2010

Minutes of the meeting held on 28th Feb 2018 at Thornton Methodist Church


2.WELCOME: J Doby & Cllr Walmsley were welcomed to the meeting

3.COUNCILLORS IN ATTENDANCE: Cllr Lynn Walmsley attended the meeting

4.MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETING: The minutes were proposed as correct by J Quine and seconded by M Whelan.


5.1 Christmas Lights

H Phillips told the meeting that the final bill for the Xmas Lights was £4206.98 plus approx £10.00 for electricity. The final accounts would be sent into Wyre shortly. All cables have now been taken down.

5.2 Traffic / Pollution

P Jenkins told the meeting that he has now located the pollution sensor by the Post Office on Fleetwood Rd Nth. It might have been better if the sensor had been on the opposite side of the road because of wind direction. Wyre will let us know the results.

5.3 Bus Service

It is believed that the Catch 22 bus service will continue to provide a service. It is believed that the Operator's License will be allocated to a different member of the bus company.

5.4 Local Plan

There is now an amended version of the Wyre Local Plan available online. The link is as follows: policy/1183/

5.5 Memorial Benches

The memorial bench in memory of Joseph Blackburn will now be dedicated during Armed Forces week which is in June. Further information will be sent out nearer the time.


Thornton Library reopened on Monday 26th February. C.Cllr J Shedwick performed the opening ceremony, supported by staff and pupils from local schools and nurseries, Thornton residents, Councillors and P Maynard MP.

The library has had a new lick of paint and is light and airy inside.

TAG would like to thank everyone who helped to bring the library back for the community. Opening times are as follows:-

Monday 9am – 7pm Tuesday 9am – 1pm

Wednesday 9am – 5pm Thursday 9am – 5pm

Friday 9am – 5pm Saturday 9am – 1pm



P Jenkins reported back to the meeting.

The Wardens have been out looking at the dykes behind the houses and school on School Rd. They were able to locate various culverts but these appeared to be almost blocked. Paul Long has been in contact again with Railtrack to try to get them to clear the dykes adjacent to the railway line and culverts which go beneath the railway line. It is believed that this is Railtrack's responsibility due to riparian ownership.

The Wardens have spent a day with United Utilities, Environment Agency, LCC and Wyre Council. The morning was spent looking at all the areas which were most affected by flooding on 22nd November. The afternoon was office based when the issues were discussed. As a result of the discussion it was decided by the agencies that priority must be given to inspecting and clearing culverts which could restrict the flow through the system. A detailed list will be generated by the agencies and hopefully this will result in a list of work and the agency responsible for carrying it out.

United Utilities informed the FLAG that there were issues with the drainage system on Fleetwood Rd Nth near to Springfield Drive. The group has requested more information.

With regard to Sewer operation in Thornton, the group has requested further information re the system and pumping stations. The group has asked for information about the location of the pumping stations and how many were affected by power failure on the night of the 22nd November.

One of the wardens has received communication from Ben Wallace MP who has been in touch with UU re 22nd Nov and is awaiting a response. He also indicated that he had held a meeting with Lancs MP's, the Minister for the Environment, Theresa Coffey MP, UU, EA, and LCC. The objective was to raise the profile of flooding in Lancs and to secure greater funding for flood protection schemes in the county. C.Cllr Albert Atkinson gave assurance that the county would be clearing all dykes/gullies which fall under their responsibility, 4 times per year.

P Maynard MP has also requested a meeting with the Chair of the Thornton FLAG which will take place later in March.

The FLAG has been informed by S Currwood from Fleetwood Town FC that a plan has been devised to solve the flooding issues on Springfield Drive. He has arranged a meeting with S Towers from NPL Estates and hopefully this work will be started ASAP. The FLAG will monitor this.

A resident has notified TAG of flooding to the play area at Kenyon Gardens. It is understood that this is in hand and has already been reported to local Councillors who will take this forward.

The FLAG is mainly concerned with flooding to property.

Resilience measures were discussed with one member telling us that he had now fitted vent covers to his property

Cllr L Walmsley and J Phillips both thanked the Flood Action Group for the work they have done since the group was set up.


Wyre Council has 6 years remaining on the lease for Marsh Mill before it reverts back to Melrose.

The Mill, which has been in existence since 1794, is very important to Thornton and concerns have been expressed to TAG as to how it is going to be looked after in the future. It is believed that a Community Interest Company has been suggested to fulfil this role.

Following much discussion it was suggested and agreed that the issue of the future of the Mill would be discussed by the Executive Committee.

9. A585 / RAILWAY

It is believed that the work on the railway is expected to be completed on schedule.

Work is being carried out on the A585 from Windy Harbour to the motorway roundabout. The work will be overnight, from 8pm until 6am, with closure of the road and a signed diversion in place. This will continue until 10th April but will be suspended during the Easter weekend.

There was some discussion about the potholes in the roads. Residents should report road defects on the LCC website – Report a Fault.


The consultation re the Enterprise Zone will be online – Wyre Council website – from 2nd April – 13th May

11. AOB

Good news for the planned improvements to King George’s Playing Fields --the Lancashire Environmental Fund will contribute £30, 000 towards the cost. This grant together with the Section 106 funding already in place will allow work to begin soon.

A resident who is concerned about possible pollution from the diesel engine, acquired by PWRS, for use on the Thornton railway, has contacted TAG. It was suggested that PWRS could be contacted to see if they have any plans to mitigate any pollution from the engine.

DATE OF NEXT MEETING – Wednesday 25th, April 2018 7.15pm at Thornton Methodist Church.

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