The Archive: 2009
Walton 30 December 2009|
We are sad to report the death recent death of Colin Walton, former Alderman and Councillor for Ashton Ward, St Annes, and County Councillor.
Fylde has lost yet another man of firm and traditional conviction, a staunch conservative whose views were tempered with Christian kindness.......
21 December 2009|
At this time of good cheer, we muse about redundancies and double (or triple) taxation, the loss of public services, and income generation schemes being
imposed on a generation already overburdened with banking debts.......
| Exclusive. No
Smoke Without Fire? 17 December 2009|
counterbalance breaks this story as UKIP members in Fylde smoulder about 'unsuitable' candidates being selected over
their heads and the party being hijacked by the pub and pro-smoking lobby......
We bring our readers the day to day events at the Queensway Inquiry in public at the Bedford Hotel into Kensington's plans for 1,150 new houses......
Inquiry 16 November 2009|
We preview the Inquiry that starts next week and bring you QED's statement about it. David is taking on Goliath - again!.......
16 November 2009|
Unusually, we bring our readers a view expressed by someone else. Anne Palmer from Wolverhampton - counterbalance salutes you.....
Ward By-election 31 October 2009|
We bring our readers the runners and riders in the Clifton Ward contest. New names, old hands, and potentially another Lytham
Green make this and interesting - if fairly predictable - contest....
Council 30 October 2009|
An un-scheduled Council meeting changes the Constitution yet again, and the Conservative block vote abandons £ 800,000 worth of planning
already done, to go back to the drawing board for another £ 25,000 worth of resurrected plan to sell off the Town Hall, and build a new Ivory Tower on the car park at the
back of the Public Offices. So who voted for that daft idea then.......
Republic of Fylde 30 October 2009|
Whilst moves are afoot to consider twinning St Annes with Japan, we ask why not twin Fylde with Zimbabwe. After all, there are
just so many similarities....
Committee 24 September 2009|
It was supposed to be a Scrutiny inquiry but it was always going to be a whitewash - and it was - but it was not without heated
exchanges and a few surprises. We report on the meeting that saw a call to censure Fylde's current Chief Executive.....
Whitewash 20 September 2009|
Monday sees a Scrutiny Committee investigate Streetscene's financial black hole that closed the swimming pool. But guess what... after two
years of investigation, no-one's to blame. What a surprise. So will the full council be allowed to debate it? Will St Paul of Elswick shine the searing light of truth into
Fylde's dark corners? We make some predictions.
Cllr Bill Thompson 7 September 2009|
We mourn the passing of one of Fylde Council's most respected Councillors. He treated people fairly and earned their respect by doing
so. Never afraid to speak his mind and to vote according to his conscience, Fylde is a lesser place without him.
|Ashton Beer Gardens?
28 August 2009|
The Commissar wants Ashton Gardens to become a vibrant outdoor leisure centre. So he's breaking his covenant and bringing in the booze. But it's
already an Alcohol Free Zone isn't it? And the police confiscate alcohol in the Gardens don't they? Well yes, but in his great scheme of income generation, those are
Bubble, Toil, and Trouble.... 25 August 2009|
Fylde rejects Queensway, and for the moment turns its focus on the M55 Hub as a possible site for most of the 5,500 houses
it has to build. Trouble is, Blackpool wants the same land for its Growth Point Scheme that will fund inner Blackpool regeneration. Are things about to get nasty?....
Planning 10 August 2009|
Fylde's Development Control Committee prepares to consider Kensington's Queensway Application, but it will be decided by a appeal in November.
Officers are preparing to contest the appeal because they would have recommended refusing the application as it stands. So what's going on and what does it mean?.....
|SHLAA 5 August 2009|
Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (where future house building could take place) is considered amid nervousness that it will frighten the horses (that's you and
me) if we get to see the 'Urban Extension Maps'. We provide a link to them......
|Glowing in the
Dark? 28 July 2009|
SITA plan to expand the disposal of low level nuclear waste at Freckleton marsh tip next to the River Ribble. What does this mean for locals? We give
our take on what's happening.....
Ideas? 17 July 2009|
He's emptied the pool but he can't stop the leaks. The Commissar sidelines a plan for a combined pool and leisure scheme that might have seen St
Anne's pool re-open in January and opts to 'tender' it out - which will take longer. What's going on? Who made the offer, What did they say, and why didn't other elected
Councillors know about it? We have the inside track for our readers.....
|Porn Pawn? 15 July
The Chief Executive makes allegations to Fylde's Standards Committee about 'porn' being found on a Councillor's laptop. Cllr Renwick leaves the Politburo Cabinet. He is
'mistakenly' nominated to another committee then removed. A member of staff is understood to be off work. Are there any links between these events? Did anyone jump or were they
pushed? As the Standards Committee inquires, we speculate on what could have happened.....
Road - The Endgame? 4 July 2009|
What's the delay? We report on the blog and media musings of the Commissar, published a week or so before the Cabinet had met to make the
decision. So what's going on then?.....
|Snippets - June
09 26 June 2009|
A collection of tit-bits and scraps of news, including: Street Trading - a good decision, Newspaper sales surge in the Kirkham area, Multi Area Agreement
put on hold, New cabinet posts, Is the wind of change blowing for the Commissar? St Anne's Pool update. North Beach Car Park - change is in the air here too, as with the Town
Hall 'Accommodation Project' - Wherever next?.....
|Council - June 09
6 June 2009|
Two items on Monday night's Council agenda have far reaching implications for all Fylde residents for the next 20 years or more.....
|LCC 2009 Results
5 June 2009|
We bring our readers the results of the Fylde wards for the Lancashire County Council election. Who got in and who missed out?.....
|Dune and Dusted?
22 May 2009|
Controversy surrounds the bulldozing of a sandhill back onto the beach. Normally balanced and measured people are screaming for the blood of a surgeon. We say,
hang on a minute, is this all getting a bit out of perspective?.....
Doghouse 22 May 2009|
Changes to the former dog control byelaws have generated some unwelcome adverse publicity just before an election for the County Council. We look
at the background to the original byelaws and what has changed. The answer is not what you might think......
Elections 2009 - Runners & Riders 13 May 2009|
The runners and riders are declared, and the date for withdrawals is passed. We bring our readers the definitive list of
candidates for the LCC 2009 election, and who got missed out
| Capital, Dear
Commissar, Capital 6 May 2009|
With empty coffers at the Town Hall, the credit-crunched, sub-prime Cabinet at Fylde resorts to borrowing money to make its staff
redundant. Find out how much in debt FyldeCouncil is, and how much this latest loan will cost us all......
Nurseries Planning Inquiry 6 May 2009|
We pay tribute to the Council as they resist the mighty Kensington who want to develop an isolated former nursery at Whitehills for
housing. We have a day-by-day blow-by-blow account and pen portrait of the Planning Inquiry......
to Riches? - or Ruin? 5 May 2009|
With growing interest in the proposed road across the moss, and the proposed 'Blue Route' that might make a connection with it at
Whitehills, we look into the background of these roads and ask where did the idea for the road come from? Why is it needed? And if the road is built,
will it be a good thing or a bad thing?......
Re-shuffle 29April 2009|
Fylde's Leader reshuffles his Cabinet. Four heads roll into oblivion as the axe falls, but only three replacements are being made. Find out who's
in and who's out - and what the implications might be.....
Fylde's Worst Decision? 2 April 2009|
Cash strapped Fylde insists it can still afford to turn down an offer of £310,000 and give away another £250,000 to Muir Group in
what one Councillor calls the worst financial decision Fylde Council has ever made. We give the low-down on an exchange of letters between the Council and would-be purchaser -
property development company 'Town Manor Developments Ltd'....
|4.9% = 5.1% 22
When is 4.9% equal to 5.1% ? - when its a Geographically Adjusted Council Tax Rise, that's when. We stand open mouthed and in awe as the Commissar tells us
an increase of 5.1% is really 4.9%. Mind you, financial incompetence is becoming the stuff of legends for Fylde ......
March 2009 19 March 2009|
UKIP lands in Fylde with an open meeting next week. Sour grapes from the Commissar on not getting the MP's nomination? Warton and
Hollywood Nurseries planning appeal news. 'Cheap Staff' jibe. Donkey Work. and the Hostel Saga Continues - all the tit-bits of news for March 09....
Snapshot: March 2009 17 March 2009|
A picture of Fylde's Budget meeting for 2009 as the Council is conned into morphing into yet another operating format. We now
seem to have an official 'Opposition' party resplendent with a shadow Leader and shadow Politburo Cabinet types.....
|Riots in the
Streets? 5 March 2009|
The second in what we expect to be a trilogy or quadripartite of musings on the state of the nation's finances. On the day the UK starts
Zimbabwe-style 'Quantative Easing' we look at what it's all about and what it means for people. Will it lead to riots in the street?
| Obituary - Milton
Lane 4 March 2009|
We mourn the passing of a man of the people dedicated to representing his electorate and keeping Fylde's water pure......
| Planning and
Parking 23 February 2009|
Queen Elizabeth Oades calls in a decision about cheaper parking to highlight the filching of money FBC was given for a new planning
system. We show how Fylde is being inundated with planning applications because of terrible financial decisions the Politburo Cabinet has made.....
the Towel ? 20 February 2009|
The swimming pool standoff between John Coombes and the YMCA nears its climax - who will blink first? Will any of Fylde's swimming
pools stay open?.....
No 2 19 February 2009|
We say 'well done' to some of the currently deserving members and staff of Fylde Council for their work above and beyond the call of duty.....
Corruption in Fylde? 13 February 2009|
Cash-strapped Fylde turns down an offer of £310,000 to buy the Heeley Road site and sells it for £250,000. Then it bungs the
buyer a grant of £250,000. We ask: Can they do sums at all? Is this just incompetence? Is it corrupt logic? Is it the right way to run a council? Has there been a deliberate
intention or conspiracy avoid tendering this site - and if so, why?....
Paul Hayhurst's Tribunal
1 February 2009
Fylde's Councillor Paul Hayhurst is this week tried at the Dalmeny Tribunal. It will decide if he has committed misconduct by publicly calling for the
resignation of those on the Council who overspent £1.2m of our cash. We provide day by day accounts of the proceedings.....
|Snippets February 09 01
Swimming pools news, the 'Blue Route', the St Anne's Link Road, Staff transfer to Wyre council, School expansion and plans to cut the number of Fylde
Standard Conduct? 26 January 2009
Fylde's Councillor Paul Hayhurst was reported to, and investigated by, the Standards Board for England. He is now to be hauled
before a Tribunal for alleged misconduct. What dreadful thing has he done? We bring you the background to a case to be held in public at the Dalmeny next week.....
Metacre Wakes Wesham 25
The recent 'Metacre' exhibition has awoken Wesham's residents. A public meeting packed by 200 people heralds the start of a campaign of objection. We bring you
a report of the meeting.....
By-Election Result 22 January 2009
We bring you the result of the by-election where the people of Fairhaven Ward have chosen for their new Town Councillor.
We also speculate on the implications for the St Anne's on the Sea Town Council and the wider Fylde....
Development Discord 16 January 2009|
We break news that Fylde's Development Control committee sees tempers flare and a Vice
Chairman resign over the BAE Warton retail and leisure development that Fylde was set to oppose at a Public Inquiry this spring - or is it? Who was angry - and
who has resigned?.....
Housing Growth 12 January 2009
We break news of two secret plans to develop acres of housing in Fylde, the M55 Hub scheme is
moving forward behind closed doors, and we also bring you Fylde's as yet unseen plan for 'Potential Urban Housing Extensions' Huge swathes around St Annes, Wesham,
Warton, Lytham and the M55 Hub.....
TC Budget 2009-10 10 January 2009|
Saint Annes Town Council considers a draft budget for next year that would double the precept and spend £1,000 a week on admin
and overheads. How popular is that going to be?.....