Welcome to Wray with Botton Parish Council website.

The ordinary meeting of the Council was held on Monday 9th January 2023, 7p.m. in the Meeting Room at the village institute.

Minutes for January meeting can be found below:

Please clean up after your dogs:

The Parish Council is aware of, and shares, Parishioner’s concerns about dog fouling in the Parish. This is not a new problem and various actions have been taken to encourage dog owners to be responsible and not allow their dogs to foul in public places. These have included installing signs, installing additional dog waste bins and placing ‘dog pooh’ bags at various problem locations. Despite this, the problem persists as a result of the laziness of a few dog owners.

Allowing a dog to foul in any public area is both irresponsible and illegal. To deal with the issue, it is important that the Community works together to solve the problem in a responsible way and doesn’t inadvertently cause further issues. Where a resident sees dog fouling take place it is also important that they are sensible in how they respond and most importantly consider their own safety in actions they take. To avoid any confusion, this article sets out the correct legal position and process for reporting dog fouling.

The law requires that anyone walking a dog in a public space picks up any fouling by their dog and disposes of it correctly. Correct disposal is either in a dog waste bin, a normal litter bin or it should be taken home for disposal. Dog owners should always carry suitable bags to put the waste in.

Public footpaths, Bridleways and other areas open to the public are subject to the restrictions and rules for dog owners and yes – this includes footpaths across farmland.

Dog fouling should be reported directly to the Lancaster City Council; it has a process for reporting and is empowered to issue fixed notice fines for anyone caught allowing their dog to foul and not picking it up. The Parish Council can’t issue fines. The Lancaster City Council website has details of what information it requires when reporting dog fouling.

See: Dog fouling – Lancaster City Council

A person who allows their dog to foul and doesn’t dispose of it properly is liable to a £80 fine (fixed notice penalty). If they fail to pay the fine, then a prosecution might follow, and if successful this could lead to the court issuing a fine of up to £1000 (maximum).

On occasions, dog bins and/or other waste bins can become full. When this occurs, disposal of additional waste on top of the dog/waste bins so that they become overflowing or placing waste beside the bins is illegal and is technically considered to be ‘fly tipping’. Offenders risk a £400 on-the-spot fine. Therefore, please either inform LCC or the Parish Council Clerk to arrange for the bins to be emptied and take any waste that needs to be disposed of to another bin that is not full.

Rural cost of living Survey (complete by 31st March 2023)

Today we featured the following article in our weekly rural newsletter:

https://rsnonline.org.uk/suffering-from-the-rural-cost-of-living-make-your-thoughts-known-in-household-survey

As a community contact, we would appreciate your help in getting as many people as possible to complete the survey.

The survey is being held in partnership with the Citizens Advice Rural Issues Group.

Research commissioned by the RSN last year shows rural areas are suffering more acutely from the rise in the cost of living compared to urban areas. 

The purpose of the survey is to understand more about rural household budgets at, what is, a very difficult time for many.

Results from the survey will help us to engage more effectively with Government Departments, MPs and other policy makers.

  • The survey can be found at the following link:

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Rural_Households_Cost-of-Living

We have also featured the survey via the following social media channels:

Facebook

Rural Services Network& Citizens… – Rural Services Network | Facebook

Twitter

RSN Online on Twitter: “@RSNonline & @CitizensAdvice Rural Issues Group have launched a rural cost of living household survey. Research has shown that those living in rural areas face extra costs & we now want to explore the impacts for households #ruralcostoflivingcrisis https://t.co/JmZNfIVnlb https://t.co/Zadlro6ORs” / Twitter

LinkedIn

Rural Services Network on LinkedIn: #ruralcostoflivingcrisis #ruralfairfunding

Please share the survey with all your contacts, networks, family and friends living in rural areas – the greater the response the better.

Note the survey closes on 31 March 2023.

Families of children with special needs and disabilities can qualify for help from a Lancaster district charity.

Families of children with special needs and disabilities can qualify for help from a Lancaster district charity.

The charity, the James Bond / Henry Welch Trust, encourages grant applications to benefit children with special needs and also adults suffering from chest or lung disease.

Applications are encouraged from residents of the administrative area covered by Lancaster City Council who have limited income to apply for grants towards equipment or services to improve the quality of their lives.

If you – or others you are in contact with – would like further information or to apply to the Trust for help, contact (preferably by email):

The Clerk to the Trustees

The James Bond / Henry Welch Trust

c/o Democratic Services

Town Hall

Lancaster

LA1 1PJ

or telephone:  01524 582135

or email:  democracy@lancaster.gov.uk

The James Bond / Henry Welch Trust

Registered Charity No: 222791

Have your say about highways and transport services by end of Feb 2023:

Lancashire County Council is asking for residents’ views on their highways and transport services – from the condition of roads and footpaths to the quality of cycling facilities. The results of the annual survey will be compared with the views of other members of the public across 111 local authorities in England & Scotland to help the council make future decisions on where they prioritise resources. 

Complete the survey before the end of February 2023 at https://www.nhtnetwork.co.uk/isolated/data/scorecard/new/bespoke/122

Please support our digital campaign by sharing and commenting on our social media posts:

 Follow us on Twitter @lancashirecc and search #LancsRoads for messages to re-tweet from your Twitter account.

 Like us on Facebook from your Facebook profile and share our #LancsRoads posts.

Follow us on Instagram and re-gram our #LancsRoads posts.

Remember to download the Love Clean Streets app for the fastest way to report a highways fault or go to Lancashire.gov.uk/report on our website

New £2 flat fare scheme on most Lancashire bus services

New £2 flat fare scheme on most Lancashire bus services

All main Lancashire bus operators are taking part in a scheme offering a maximum fare of just £2 for any single journey between 1 January and 31 March 2023. 

Passengers will benefit from three months of bus fares of no more than £2 for a single journey as part of the Department for Transport’s new fares initiative. 
 

All adult, concession and child single tickets on eligible routes will be capped at £2, with any single tickets previously cheaper than this remaining the same price. School only buses are not part of the scheme.

Find out more about the £2 flat fare scheme

Find out how the Parish Council works and what it is responsible for:

CONTACT US

Email: wrayclerk@gmail.com

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