The following is a summary of the main points discussed at the Parish Council meeting held on the Tuesday 11th February 2020

CCTV

A CCTV system is to be installed in Newchurch. The system will consist of six cameras covering the roads into and out of the village. They will be positioned in the centre of the village and at the entrance to Well Head road. A grant from Barrowford and Western Parishes Committee has been gained which will cover the majority of the cost. The Council is seeking to extend the CCTV coverage to Spenbrook and Sabden Fold in the future. The system will act as a deterrent whilst also providing potential evidence of crimes committed.

Sit on mower

A sit on mower has now been purchased by the Council. It will be operated by volunteers following training. The mower will save the Council money after a short pay back period.

Spenbrook mill

There are still issues being raised about the operation of the site. Whilst some disruption can be expected, the Council is doing all it possibly can to raise and resolve these issues through Pendle Council and Lancashire County Council.

Tree planting

The Council is to receive 420 tree saplings to be planted in Sparable Wood. The trees have been donated by the Woodland Trust. The Council is asking any resident who wishes to help plant, to attend Sparable Wood on Sunday 29th March 2020 at 11.00am. Help would be greatly appreciated on the day and some refreshments will be available. Please bring a spade if possible.

Fibre optic broadband

The Council has been informed that fibre optic broadband is now available throughout Spenbrook and Newchurch. Anyone interested should contact a provider.

Annual Parish meeting

Members discussed the format for the APM. The usual PC meeting on Tuesday 12th May will commence at 6.30pm and be followed by the APM at 7.30pm. The APM will start with any questions from members of the public, followed by talks relating to local history, climate change and information from Pendle Hill Partnership, after which, refreshments would be served. Visitors would be updated with discussions relating to the expenditure of the Section 106 monies.

Web site

The new website is still undergoing development and will be available soon.