The Archive: 2015
Way To Do It 18 Dec 2015 |
We report a milestone and wonderfully democratic meeting of Bryning with Warton Parish Council. We also speculate that they
appear to have threatened FBC with a Judicial Review regarding the local planning process.....
| The Great
Fylde Coast Bathing Water Con 8 Dec 2015 |
possibly our most important article ever, we expose how our bathing waters have been subjected to extensive disregarding and discounting of water testing samples to announce
'publicly acceptable' results - most of which we regard as pure fantasy......
Ward Runners and Riders 8 December 2015 |
A look at the runners and riders for the Clifton Ward By-election this Thursday. Five candidates - four
from political parties and one Independent - are doing battle for the hearts and minds of voters as Clifton Ward residents go to the polls.....
November 2015 5 November 2015 |
November news, including: Wrea Green planning, Lytham by-election, FBC meeting times, Fracking, Night time economy
moves, Looming bin costs, Christmas tree collection arrangements, Highway waste woes, Business rate news and Town hall news".....
Rocking the Boats 13 October 2015 |
break the story behind 2015's 'boating failure' at Fairhaven Lake. Serious allegations are made about Fylde's tendering process, and some suspect a move to keep Fylde's
councillors in the dark about what really happened. We have the story.....
Rejects Policy 1 October 2015 |
Development Management Committee vote not to adopt the resolution recommended to them by the Housing Committee which would have relaxed the tenancy criteria attached to
'Affordable Housing' and offer such housing to people living outside Fylde
Affordable Policy? 9 September 2015 |
deluded Local Plan says 207 'Affordable Houses' a year are needed. But in the real world, the banks and Social Landlords say there is not enough certainty of rental
demand to guarantee the rental income from Fylde tenants alone. So FBC is planning to import its housing need from elsewhere.
Hannah Cummings-Miller 31 August 2015 |
We record the passing of another of Fylde's long serving Councillors. Hannah was a lady who knew of
the savage and routine bombing of Liverpool in WW2, and whose experience gave her the determined and tenacious character which her Singleton electorate so respected.
6 July 2015 20 July 2015 |
A disaster of a meeting where Fylde fudged yet another governance issue. But it was most memorable for its pay
awards for Councillors - and especially the one that will pay Leader Susan Fazackerley four times as much as she should get in real terms.
and Democracy Committee 20 July 2015 |
Started well as Chairman Karen Buckley treated us to her very best 'sweetness and
light' mode only to descend into the worst form of party political 'jackbooting' (as one Cllr described it). We suspect what happened here was a test bed for sidestepping the
legal requirements of political balance in committees.
Management Policy Committee 20 July 2015 |
Another of Chairman Trevor Fiddler's awful stasi-style meetings with members asked
by officers to provide comment and changes to the latest draft of the local plan, only to find 'Chairman Trevor' blocking their input and criticising the officers for
suggesting it. An awful meeting.
Health and Housing Committee 20 July 2015 |
This meeting was only just above average in the way it was run. We thought that
was more down to how the Chairman chose to run the meeting rather than the procedures Fylde has put in place. To us it seemed to be the way he thought things should be done. We
Leisure Committee 20 July 2015 |
We thought this was a pretty well run meeting. Chairman Cheryl Little was competent and
consensual. There were a couple of interesting cameos during the meeting, and we note something one of the officers said in the meeting which we found a bit unusual.
Management Committee 20 July 2015 |
A first class example of how to run a committee meeting. Chairman David Eaves' handling of
the meeting was excellent. Furthermore, this committee has established the principle that items marked 'For Information' can become the subject of a resolution and
decision by the Committee.
|The New Committees
20 July 2015 |
We introduce the new processes that Fylde has set in place to administer its operations and decisions. We found the first committees went very
well, but they deteriorated badly as the cycle of meetings continued. We worry they will get worse, not better
|Oh Yes They Did!
24 May 2015 |
We expose investigative incompetence in relation to two councillors who failed to declare interests which should have prevented them from taking
part in meetings where matters regarding Cuadrilla were being discussed.
Election Analysis 2015 21 May 2015 |
Our promised (and personal) analysis of what the election results might mean for Fylde. Government gets a
green light to do what it wants, and an increased Conservative majority takes all the Chairmanships and Vice Chairmanships on Fylde's new Committee system.
Election Results 2015 8 May 2015 |
We bring the results of Fylde's Parliamentary Election. Mark Menzies retains his Parliamentary seat, and Fylde
Borough's Conservatives increase their majority on the Council. There were several surprises. An analysis of what it means for the people of Fylde will follow shortly.
and Riders 2015 3 May 2015 |
Our 'Pen Picture' for this weeks elections in Fylde Borough, (both Parliamentary and Borough). It's a difficult election to
call with lots of extraneous forces at play. Despite an incredible campaign by independent, Mike Hill we think our present MP will remain.
Chaos 29 Mar 2015 |
We report the constitutional chaos that was Fylde's 2015 budget council meeting. Freckleton Parish had asked for a grant of £50,000,
toward revamping a park but some things were not quite right, and other parishes had been refused. The meeting became a chaotic shambles....
| Another Whitewash? 13 Mar 2015 |
look in some detail at Fylde's investigation into Councillor's 'fracking interests' and we find weakness. We also report new research casting doubt on the findings. So are the
conclusions sound? Did the Police get the right story? Or is it a whitewash?....
24 Feb 2015 |
To St Margaret's, for the annual Shrove Tuesday debate: "This House Believes that Freemasonry and Christianity are incompatible." Not a
topic for the feint-hearted. The biggest audience we've yet seen at St Margaret's defeated the motion by a huge majority....
Masterplan? 16 Feb 2015 |
We take a rough and dirty look at LCC's draft Fylde Coast Highways and Transportation
Masterplan and we're, frankly, a bit underwhelmed. The vision of the Fylde Coast Easterly By-pass and the Fleetwood Relief Road have gone or been dumbed down quite a bit ....
|Render Unto Caesar
8 Feb 2015 |
We explore links between what's happening in Greece, the management of our own economy, and the appalling leaked letter from George Osborne that
is blatant in its support for fracking and its disregard for democracy. We think his dash for gas = desperate for cash....
Update January 2015 26 Jan 2015 |
A catch-up on some of the issues that have arisen since last summer, and we look
forward to the week in which LCC were supposed to have made the decisions. But they may not do after the local groups fired their cannons and Cuadrilla asked for a
Council? 04 Jan 2015 |
This May will see new councillors elected to town, parish and borough councils in Fylde and, as
the New Year starts, we report the Fylde Civic Awareness Group's plan for free workshops to explain what's involved in standing for election to one of our local