Church Ward Councillor appointed a school Governor 

Church ward councillor Loraine Cox has been appointed to the governing body of St Nicholas’ Church of England Primary School. The school is a one form Primary School in the heart of the community of Church. Located just of Dill Hall Lane Accrington. Cllr Cox has been a prominate member of the recently formed Friday praise group and has volunteered at several events at the school. Earlier this year the local elected member Mrs cox was asked to become one of the schools Governers 

Cllr cox said 

The school has  lovely bright classrooms and beautiful grounds. It has a extensive playing field which contains a wonderful forest school and outdoor classroom where lots of exciting learning takes place. They also have a purpose built Multi Activity Games Area which children access during PE lessons; before and after school clubs; and at lunchtime with their own  sports coach. I’m really honoured to accept this position and will use my skills to help promote the school and the work it does within our community. 

St Nicholas primary school strives to live up to its motto: GROWING TOGETHER IN OUR LOVE FOR GOD, LEARNING AND LIFE. 

They believe that learning should be fun and challenging but encourage children to develop skills that will help them succeed in the future. 

Dog chipping event 

The law has changed and micro chipping is compulsory for all dogs in England. The Council’s Dog Warden service is again joining forces with the Dog’s Trust to offer another free micro chipping session in Accrington.

 Milnshaw Labour Councillor and cabinet member for Enviromental services Paul Cox said 

The session will be outside Accrington Market Hall on Monday 5th September from 11am until 3pm and there is need to book, just turn up and join the queue. I would urge any Milnshaw residents who are dog owners to make use of this no cost service and get their dog chipped. 


Micro chipping your pet gives them the best chance of being identified and returned to you if they become lost or stolen. A tiny microchip is inserted under the animal’s skin, which gives the pet their own unique code. The microchip can be scanned and matched to the owner’s contact details, which are kept on a database.

Milnshaw Councillor undertakes Manchester to Blackpool 60 mile cycle ride 

Milnshaw ward labour Councillor Paul Cox took part on the 10th of July 2016 in the Christie Manchester to Blackpool Charitble fund cycle ride. The event, which is the largest charity cycle ride in the northwest, takes in a route which heads out from a start point at Salford keys through Leigh, Heigh Hall, Preston, Warton and finally finishes beneath the Mirrorball located on Blackpools south promenade. Cllr Cox was also cycling in support of this years Mayrol charities, which include northwest Air Ambulance, Clayton Amatures Boxing club and Riding for the Disabled. 

Cllr Cox said 

The Christie is the largest single site cancer centre in Europe and treats more than 44,000 patients a year. Making it an international leader in the care, treatment and research of cancer. I also wanted to use the event to highlight some of the good causes our mayor, Cllr Tim O’Kane, has chosen to support this year. 

Councillor Cox added

The ride took about six hours, including a couple of stops on the way. We set off at approximately 8am from just outside the Imperial War museum of the north. It was certainty different from my pervious rides, but was something I was keen to complete. I’m just very greatful to all those who sponsored me for this event, all we receive is very welcome and will go to supporting some really important local charities. 

Other Mayrol charity events are being planned for later this year including an evening at the Balti Stan restaurant in Clayton le moors in October. A glitz and glamour night at the Dog & Otter in Great Harwood in November and of course the Mayors Ball in Febuary. 

If you would like to make a donation to any of this years Mayrol charities please simple contact 01254388111 and ask for the mayors office. All donations would be welcomed and appreciated. 

Cabinet member for Highways at LCC visits Church ward 

Following on from recent road and traffic incidents along Queens Rd West in Church. Residents contacted there local Councillor Loraine Cox to see if anything could be done. Cllr Cox contacted the areas County Councillor, Clare Pritchard, who asked that a site visit was made to access the issues first hand. 

Lancashire County Councillor John Fillis, cabinet member for Highways joined both Cllr Cox and CC Pritchard looking at traffic problems and associated parking problems on Queens Rd West. They also looked at continuing problems facing residents at both Elmfield St and Heywood Road. 

Church Ward Councillor, Loraine Cox said 

When I was contacted by residents concerned about this road and the speed of traffic, I knew we needed to highlight these concerns and look at ways of helping improve this. 

Accrington North County Councillor Clare Pritchard added. 

Working as an effective team has enabled us to get the cabinet member from County Council on site to see first hand the points residents have made. Hopefully now we can work toghther to come up with some solutions. 

Second Community clean up in Church 

The Second community clean up day in Church Ward to place on church lane this Saturday morning from 8 till 12pm. This was the follow up day organised to link up with the previous skip drive held last weekend on Meadoway estate. Both these events were made possible thanks to funding obtained from both Lancashire County Councillors that represnt parts of Church. 

Cllr Loraine Cox said

Getting Church Kirk a skip drive was something that residents had wanted following a local area meeting. I approached both County Counillor Clare Pritchard and County Councillor Munsif Dad to help in achieving this. Both days have proved to be very successful. 

County Councillor Dad added 

Using some of our local member grant I was happy to help out to see this area of Accrington West, I also know Clare was keen to see her area of Accrington North have a community clean up day. 

The event collected almost two tons of waste and was well received by many locals who took advantage of the skips being placed on the main drive through Church Kirk 

Community Clean up on Meadoway estate 

Over the weekend Cllr Loraine Cox was hard at work helping out on a community clean up day on the Meadoway estate in Church Ward. A skip plus caged van spent the morning on the estate and acted as a hub for residents to dispose of any unwanted waste. 

Church Labour Cllr Loraine Cox said 

I’d noticed that the area was in need of some help in getting rid of its rubbish. Especially the things that are difficult to move without transport. The skips give everyone the chance to have a good clear out before summer rally gets going. 

The skips collected over two tonnes of rubbish with a constant stream of residents making the most of this project. 

Hyndburn Council does offer a free bulky goods collection service, which can be accessed via the HBC home page or via the new bin app launched late last year. 

Cllr Cox added. 

I would urge all resident to download the bin app and use the free services still available from Hyndburn Borough Council. They can report fly tipping, request new collection container as well as check their next collection day. 

Police Cadets help in Milnshaw Park litter pick 

On Monday evening, Councillor Paul Cox, Milnshaw Ward, was joined by over 20 Hyndburn & Ribble Valley Police Cadets in a litter pick in and around Milnshaw Park. The event was planned to help tackle some of the litter problem that excists mainly in the area that links Milnshaw park and Asda. 

Milnshaw Councillor Paul Cox  said 

I contacted our police cadet liaison officer, Matt Honey, and enquired about the cadets coming along and helping us tidy this problematic area. The idea was to give the foot way and entrance to the park a real lift. Especially now that  the new multi use games is now all but complete. 

The cadets spent almost two hours collected several bags of rubbish from the park using litters pickers and bags donated by Hyndburn Borough Council. Along with the litter picking a small group of cadets, with support officers, undertook patrols around the Milnshaw estate. During these patrols the cadets handed out summer home safety leaflets and chatted with residents as they toured the estate. 

Cllr Cox added 

I’m really great full to the Police cadets for taking the time to come out and help in this community clean up. They really worked hard and should be really proud of their efforts. The park is looking a lot better. All this just adds to the fact that Milnshaw park is improving. I know it has taken time but I can assure residents this park will not be left behind. I will continue to strive to make this Park one of the best in Hyndburn

Church Kirk Residents meeting. 

On Monday night, 06/06/2016, at 7pm both labour Church Ward Councillors attended the latest Church Kirk residents association and gave the local community a update from the Frist Church Gateway meeting held earlier that day. Also at the meeting was Hyndburn Borough Council landlord licening officer Paul Gordziejewicz. 

Councillor Loraine Cox said,

Over the last few months we have had Cllr Paul Cox, head of Enviromental Services, and Cllr Miles Parkinson, leader of the Council, attend these meeting. Asking our landlord licening officer to come along was something the residents wanted and we felt this would help keep people informed. 

At the meeting, Paul Gordziejewicz, addressed concerns about rented properties in the local area. He also gave a outline as to how Hyndburn Council deal with issues relating to landlord licening. He then took questions from residents. 

Both Cllr Jean Battle and Cllr Loraine Cox gave the meeting information about two skip drives planned in Church and the community cohesion day taking place at Ernest Street Baptist Church from 2-4pm this Saturday the 11th of June.  

Cllr Cox added 

We are happy to promote, or attend any community event in Church. These well attended resident meetings allow us the chance to get some important messages out and help keep Church informed. 

Traffic issues reported by Local Councillor

Over the last few weeks several residents around Milnshaw have complained about the speed of traffic along Ribblesdale Ave Laneside and Lancaster Ave Milnshaw estate. Local ward Councillor, Paul Cox, has attempted to address these issues by approaching Lancashire County Council and the new Community Police team in Milnshaw. 

Cllr Cox said 

The speed of the traffic along both theses roads has been raised by a few local people. I asked County Council highways to undertake a traffic survey and assess the speed of the traffic along these roads. If we are going to tackle this problem then we need an understanding of when the traffic is predominantly driving to fast. I have also arranged for one of these locations to be a location for the police road watch team.

Milnshaw community police have agreed to also take a look around the area and target the vehicals that are risking lives by traveling to quickly in the heavily populated areas where both these roads are located. 

Paul Cox added. 

I will keep pushing all local services to try and help with this issue, but as unfortunately is is the few irresponsible people who are risking lives just to make up on time. I would urge all road users to reduce there speed in these locations and observe the 20mph limit. 

Resurfacing Works to start on Ribblesdale Ave Laneside estate Accrington 

After many years of constant campaigned and diologe with Lancashire county Council, Milnshaw labour team of local Borough Councillor Paul Cox & Accrington North County Councillor Clare Pritchard, can finally announce that work to resurface the entire length of Ribblesdale Ave Accrington will commence from the week beginning the 7th of May 2016. 

The condition of this road has been the source of many complaints, with the road dubbed as the worst in Hyndburn by many residents, over several years. Carriageway resurfacing works will take place during the entire month of May. Ribblesdale Avenue will be closed between 07.30 and 1700 hours, so that the works can be carried out safely and efficiently. There will be no parking during these times on the dates mentioned. However, access will be maintained when and where possible for residents and businesses.  

 Milnshaw’s Labour local Councillor Paul Cox said 

This road has been in a dangerous condition for a while, I have made sure that the local communities complaints have been heard by Lancashire County Council Highways department. Working in cooperation with our County Councillor for Accrington North has allowed this project to happen. The Laneside estate deserves this much needed road improvment. Unfortunately it has taken longer but as we all know Lancahire is under extreme finacal pressures from Central Government. 

CC Pritchard added. 
We plan to plane off the old road surface on the 12 and 13 May, followed by the adjustment of any ironworks and kerbs, with the final surface course being installed on the 25 May.  I apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and would appreciate your co-operation whilst the highway improvements are carried out. If you have any queries or concerns please contact me or your local Ward Councillor Paul Cox. 

A spokesperson for Lancashire county council commented by stating  

We would welcome your feedback following completion of the works; this feedback will enable us to ensure we are consistently delivering a high service and to help inform future improvements. If you can take a few minutes to complete a short online survey which is available at it would be appreciated. If you don’t have access to the internet and would like to complete the survey please call us on the number above.