Lancashire County Council
Boundary changes have occurred here. 2013 seats are an estimate of what the result would have been then if the new boundaries had been in place.
Election 2017 Results
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|Seats 201335||Seats 201746||Change+11|
|Seats 201340||Seats 201730||Change−10|
|Seats 20135||Seats 20174||Change−1|
|Seats 20133||Seats 20172||Change−1|
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By Sean Coughlan
BBC News family and education correspondent
Lancashire County Council is creating a number of virtual resources encouraging people to celebrate the VE day bank holiday at home.Copyright: Getty Images
The council's library service has opened up a variety of ebooks from the war, while Lancashire's museums have digitised a copy of Lancashire newspaper headlines from 1945.
The authority has also worked with care homes, with many holding 1940s themed parties including period clothing and packs containing bunting, flags and balloons.
Councillor Alf Clempson said:Quote Message: We want everyone to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day safely. We may not be able to have the public celebrations many people planned, but we can still remember the heroes of World War II.
Lancashire County Council is drafting a plan to reopen recycling centres as soon as possible once they have the go-ahead from the government.Copyright: Getty Images
The council says it is actively working to ensure people will be able to access the sites soon, with the aim of opening in the next few weeks.
A spokesman for the authority said that people will either need to call or go online to book a time, and there will be social distancing restrictions in place for residents and staff.
Local Democracy Reporting Service
Opposition parties on Lancashire County Council have called on the authority’s Conservative leader to put politics aside – and co-operate with them over the decisions being taken to get the county through the coronavirus crisis.Copyright: BBC
In a letter to Geoff Driver seen by the Local Democracy Reporting Service, councillors from Labour, the Liberal Democrats, the Green Party and Independents said that there needed to be a more effective method of answering questions raised by opposition members – and taking on board their ideas.
They wrote:Quote Message: Exiting the lockdown has risks and benefits and it is important that these are managed and the conflicting needs are balanced – which is best achieved through involvement of all groups on the council and with public consensus.Quote Message: Similarly, restarting Lancashire’s economy will require a significant amount of forward planning and engagement with local businesses and the public at large. We believe that the best outcomes for all will be achieved by working together as county councillors from all parties.
The lead signatory, Labour group leader Azhar Ali, said other parties had been sidelined so far – unlike in authorities elsewhere in the country, adding that he hoped the Tory leader "will listen to common sense and do what other leaders have done and work on a cross-party basis".
However, Mr Driver said all councillors were receiving weekly briefings from the council's chief executive, adding that it was "shameful" that Mr Ali was "playing party politics with this".Quote Message: If it was a genuine offer [to help], he would have just sent the letter to me, not copied it to the media and the Labour group whip before I’d even read it.Quote Message: We’re the administration and we’re running the county council, along with the officers, through these really troubled times [and] a cross-party working group would be more of a hindrance than a help in terms of trying to get through this major crisis.
Liberal Democrat councillor David Howarth said it was "very disappointing that when we raise the issue of having some input, [Geoff] Driver goes into petty yah-boo-hiss politics", while the authority's only Green Party councillor Gina Dowding said "relationships between the ruling Conservative group and other political parties have not been good for years – and things appeared to deteriorate at the beginning of this crisis", adding:Quote Message: I really hope that we can now put the past behind us – certainly for the next few months – and establish some trust that we are all working for the best for the residents of Lancashire. I’m totally convinced that’s what they want – regardless of who they voted for.
By Rob England
Local Democracy Reporting Service
Lancashire County Council has refused to reopen its waste and recycling centres after opposition councillors claimed it had led to an increase in fly-tipping.
Nelson East’s Azhar Ali, Burnley Central West’s Tony Martin , Burnley Central East’s Sobia Malik, and Brierfield and Nelson West’s Cllr Mohammed Iqbal had asked for their reopening, with particular reference to the Widow Hill Road, Burnley, and Barnoldswick recycling centres.
However, the county council’s head of waste management Steve Scott refused the request.
Mr Ali said the decision was "very disappointing, regrettable, and a lack of common sense", adding: "It’s leaving district councils to clear up the mess.”
He added:Quote Message: There is growing concern regarding the amount of fly-tipping going on across Burnley and Pendle [and] part of this is due to the closure of the recycling centres across both boroughs.Quote Message: This growing situation will create public health problems, with the rubbish being dumped attracting vermin.
Mr Scott said the centres were closed as the council "could not keep them operating safely while enabling anyone using them, and our staff, to observe social distancing rules".
He added: ““Even when sites do reopen this is likely to be on a very limited basis to allow people to dispose of excess household waste.”Quote Message: I accept this will have caused some inconvenience [but] we are being advised that we have not yet reached the peak of the pandemic in Lancashire [and] the overwhelming reason for our decision to keep our sites closed is to prevent the spread of the virus.Quote Message: We are working on proposals for how to begin to offer a service again once the lockdown is lifted.
Local Democracy Reporting Service
Lancashire County Council estimates that the final bill which it will face as a result of the coronavirus pandemic could be as much as £120m.Copyright: LDRS
The Local Democracy Reporting Service understands that the figure was submitted on an official return to government last week, outlining the additional costs which will be incurred by the authority.
Council leader Geoff Driver said he was following advice from Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick to "spend the money and seek forgiveness later", but warned there could be a shortfall in government funding.
“He has put £3.2bn in, but that will not even come close to meeting the additional expenditure local government has incurred," he said, adding:Quote Message: Over the Easter weekend, we had the opportunity to buy a supply of personal protective equipment – and it cost over £2m, but you’ve just got to go for it.Quote Message: It’s good that the government is recognising that councils are occurring additional expenditure, but our budget for the current year also includes significant savings of about £50m - much of those are not now likely to be achieved, but the government have said they recognise that and will have a look at it.Quote Message: We are obviously taking a big hit and we’ll have to give very careful consideration to our financial strategy going forward – but fortunately we started from a very sound footing.
Announcing the latest round of funding over the weekend, the communities secretary praised councils for everything they were doing to help the national effort and said the government "stand shoulder to shoulder with local government", adding that his priority was "to make sure they are supported so they can continue to support their communities through this challenging time".
Popular countryside sites have been closed after large numbers of people ignored "essential" government advice on social distancing, Lancashire County Council has said.Copyright: Steve Daniels/Geograph
Many of the county's 83 countryside sites do not attract large numbers of visitors, but the council will now close popular venues including Beacon Fell, Crook O' Lune, Condor Green, Spring Wood and Wycoller Country Park among others.Copyright: Ian Taylor/Geograph
Council leader Geoff Driver said:Quote Message: We would rather not have to prevent people from using our sites, but as many people are continuing to ignore the government advice on social distancing, we feel we must now close them.Quote Message: Many of our smaller sites will continue to be accessible as there is no reasonable way to close them. However, where possible, we will close access to car parks and post notices advising people of the government advice.Quote Message: The advice from government on why social distancing is essential is very clear and I would urge everyone to observe it to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, and help to limit the consequences for everyone in our society.