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Horrific assault in Ormskirk Town Centre

20th January 2019

'Glassing' attack in Ormskirk town centre raises concerns for authorities
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Serious Questions raised over proposed new Council House Building Arm

2nd January 2019 UPDATED: 8th January

OWL Finance Spokesman writes to council Chief Executive as connection between council advisers and major landowner emerges
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Residents benefit from extra parking spaces

20th December 2018

Westhead residents have more parking spaces after intervention from OWL councillor
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OWL councillors call for Government Action on Leasehold Reform

7th December 2018

Borough Council to debate problems faced by local residents on some housing estates
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Another example of the Influence of Independent Councillors

21st October 2018

Labour adopt OWL idea to reduce councillor numbers
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Community Christmas Tree to return to Ormskirk Parish Church

15th October 2018

Christmas Tree and Crib set to return again after successful reinstatement last Christmas.
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Council can't answer resident questions over Local Plan Consultation

13th September 2018

Police called to packed council cabinet meeting
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Safer junctions needed to reduce injury toll on County Road

28th August 2018

Petition launched by campaigners for red light cameras to be installed
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Labour propose using taxpayer money to boost student landlord profits

22nd July 2018

Half-baked proposal from Labour contrasts poorly with OWL policy on surplus student housing
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Call to turn surplus student houses into low cost family homes

15th July 2018

Council motion seeks a £1 million fund to start to address housing imbalances
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Kate Mitchell selected to fight Knowsley ward by-election

28th June 2018

Fed up of same old “perfect on paper” council candidates? – Then please vote for me says Kate Mitchell.
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Current state of roundabout gives the impression of a miserable and neglected market town

20th June 2018

Kate Mitchell says council should be ashamed and calls for effort to resotre roundabout to its former glory
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Finally Cllr Moon resigns

1st June 2018

Statement on resignation of Cllr Paul Moon
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Council must act justly over blue box users

13th May 2018

Our West Lancashire contacted by concerned residents over plans to charge them over blue box use
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Come and join us say Independents after further election success

4th May 2018

Strong increases in support for Independents in Election show an increased desire for change among local voters
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OWLs unveil a £1 million fund to buy back former student houses

10th March 2018

New fund is just part of a radical new approach to tackling Ormskirk's unbalanced communities
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Facilitators or Barrier Builders?

7th March 2018

If maximising the use of Ormskirk's historic town centre is of interest to you, please read on.
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Dismay over proposed changes to car park charges

25th February 2018

Proposed changes fail to recognise how the high street has changed
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Spring Clean of Ormskirk Town Centre - 3rd March - Can you help?

19th February 2018

Community clean up of town centre's alleyways as part of the Great British Spring Clean
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Town Centre paving 'an obstacle course in places'

5th February 2018 UPDATED: 17th February 2018

Ormskirk activist criticises slow action in carrying our repairs to loose and damaged paving
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Let community run Skelmersdale 3G Football Pitch

28th January 2018

Skelmersdale Community Group should be given the keys to run Glenburn's 3G football facility for benefit of town
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End Delay and make Promised new Car Parking Offer

15th January 2018

Hard-pressed Ormskirk retailers need to see an end to the five-month delay
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New seating welcomed in Ormskirk Town Centre

3rd January 2018

Needs of older and less mobile shoppers recognised by council after OWL intervention
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Watch our 2017 Annual Report

31st December 2017

We feedback to local residents on our activities during 2017
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Cut 'jobs for the boys' at County Hall

27th November 2017

OWL call for the number of extra councillor allowances to be massively cut.
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Community Christmas Tree Light Switch On

18th November 2017

Arrangements announced for Community Christmas Tree Lights Switch On as Ormskirk responds magnificently to fundraising appeal
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Labour Council Group 'out of touch'

4th November 2017

Every Labour councillor present votes against motion for fair contribution from student landlords
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Let's bring back the Christmas Tree by Ormskirk's Parish Church

23rd October 2017

A Community Fundraising Appeal is launched to reinstate town's much-loved feature from Christmases past
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Looming £1.3m Budget Gap set for Council Debate

15th October 2017

The effect of student housing making no contribution to council coffers to be discussed
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Possible Site for Park and Ride Identified

10th October 2017

Renewed Call for Park and Ride to ease Ormskirk's Congestion and Parking Problems
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Persistence and Community Effort finally pays off

5th October 2017

After 2 years, success for OWL activist, Jane Thompson
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Pressure on County Council sees restored grass cutting service

14th September 2017

However, now Borough council plans to reduce grass cutting!
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County Council decision branded 'crazy'

21st August 2017

County Council decline offer of FREE professional grounds maintenance on gateway roundabout
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Proposals to reduce budget for grass cutting should be rejected

31st July 2017

Residents urged to make their views known in public consultation
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Victory- Plans for Search & Fine Cameras Abandoned

22 July 2017

Labour council confirm their plans have hit the rocks
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Motions tabled for council debate on concerns of residents

16th July 2017

Car Parking charges and poor grounds maintenance put for debate by Our West Lancashire
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Much-loved Ormskirk Man Commemorated on Roadside Planter

8th July 2017

Our West Lancashire unveil plaque on roadside planter they maintain in memory of well-known Ormskirk man
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Second Independent elected in West Lancashire by-election

30th June 2017

OWL victory for Ian Davis in Derby Ward
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Green bin fiasco at sheltered housing

23 June 2017

Council asks residents to pay twice for the same service!
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Council make £391,000 cash surplus

19th June 2017

Call for reversal of cuts as council make large surplus
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Time to halt house conversions to student accommodation

22nd May 2017

There's a glut of student property in Ormskirk - we don't need council planners to agree the loss of more family houses
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Our West Lancashire reaction to Lancashire county council election results

6th May 2017

OWLs gain support of 1 in 5 voters in major boost
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Revealed -Confidential Council Plans to install Enforcement Cameras on Car Parks

25th March 2017

Our West Lancashire criticise move to install cameras on Ormskirk council car parks saying it will drive away trade
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Improvements possible at Fiveways junction

15th March 2017

Improvements still possible at accident blackspot after one way plans ditched as council finaly listens to resident concerns on Halsall Lane
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OWLs would have scrapped planned green bin charge in council budget

23rd February 2017

Green bin charge completely unneccessary to balance the books and bad for the environment
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New Questions arise for Cllr Moon

17th February 2017

Where does Cllr Paul Moon live? UPDATED: MP calls on Cllr Moon to resign
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OWL Action Plan for pot-holed roads

13th February 2017

Ian Davis and Gordon Johnson call for a new approach to dealing with roads maintenance
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Resident concerns on health services taken to decision makers

8th February 2017

OWL's Resident survey on local health services sent to local health chiefs
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OWLs welcome new steam room for Park Pool

3rd February 2017

Large public petition against pool's closure marked a sea change in council attitude
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Resident concerns over Ormskirk junction must be heard

18th December 2016

Residents in Halsall Lane, Ormskirk have questions that require answers
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West Lancs councillor shouldn't claim two full allowances

15th December 2016

Cllr Paul Moon from Hesketh Bank is also a councillor in Wyre and clearly can't fulfil both jobs
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Council Leader put on the spot

11th December 2016

OWLs ask resident questions on potholes and parking charges at this week's council meeting
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Labour show contempt for local voters as they impose a green bin charge

25th October 2016

83% opposition to the charge ignored with the elderly and disabled most impacted
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Local councillor revealed to be a councillor in two areas

23rd October 2016

OWLs ask Cllr Paul Moon how he can do his job effectively and whether he was straight with Hesketh Bank voters. UPDATED:OWLs call for Cllr Moon's resignation
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960-strong petition against planned green bin charge

4th October 2016

Residents from every ward in the Borough unite to oppose £30 waste removal charge
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Spare capacity in student homes in Ormskirk should lead to change in council's approach

26th September 2016

A halt should now be called to HMO conversions say Ormskirk OWL activist
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Ormskirk churchyard spruced up

18th September 2016

Two dozen volunteers for our latest community action
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West Lancs Roads the worst in Lancashire

12th September 2016

Information reveals the raw deal West Lancashire gets on road maintenance
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Opposition to green bin charge grows

9th August 2016

First Lancashire council to introduce similar charge reports increase in general waste generated
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Residents can now check councillor attendance records

2nd August 2016

Another policy success for OWL
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Budget Cut Proposals should be scrapped

15th July 2016

Proposals show Labour council is out of ideas and utterly cynical
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Publish Councillor Attendance Records

5th July 2016

Residents should be able to easily check that their councillor is diligently representing them
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Ormskirk historic brand retained

26th June 2016

Public outcry ultimately secures commitment from Council Leader
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Ask Us before you rebrand Ormskirk

30th May 2016

Town's residents call for a full public consultation
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Another policy success for OWLs

19th May 2016

Council take up OWL policy of purchasing shop units in Ormskirk
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OWLS win first seat on Borough Council

6th May 2016

Victory for Our West Lancashire in yesterday's elections
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Get in the Know on Planning

17th March 2016

New guide allows residents to register to find out about planning applications in their area
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"Extreme" litter picking

13th March 2016

OWL volunters get stuck in among the thorny bushes and brambles on latest litter pick
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We Did It! Vital local bus service saved

9th March 2016

Success for residents after our petition reaps reward
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Make your voice heard on bus service cuts

28th February 2016

Come to the event stall at Ormskirk Market this Thursday
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New Pools for All by 2025

24th February 2016

Our West Lancashire commit to building new swimming centres in Ormskirk and Skelmersdale in their budget proposals
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Not one young recruit at council in 2015

1st February 2016

New figures obtained by Our West Lancashire show Council need to do much more on apprenticeship and opportunities for young people
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New car park for Ormskirk town centre first suggested by OWLs coming to fruition

14th January 2016

Council approves funding for new car parking at rear of town's station Park and Ride
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Impact of Our West Lancashire in 2015 hailed as membership grows

5th January 2016

Our West Lancashire mark 1st anniversary with news of new recruits
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Skelmersdale residents quite justified over Christmas decorations

21st December 2015

Our West Lancashire support calls for council to raise standards for Skelmersdale Christmas decorations
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At last, the Council opens the door to Residents' Voice

13th December 2015

Good progress in Our West Lancashire campaign - though concerns remain
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Tackle rash of To Let signs that blight Ormskirk

9th December 2015

Local activist asks council to take action to curtail the rash of To Let signs in the town
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Flytipping rises sharply after county council introduce new waste disposal charges

9th November 2015

Question from local resident reveals a near 20% rise in flytipping
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Press Statement on reduction from Two Managing Directors

28th October 2015

Main parties finally listen to our 400 name petition
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Resident action while councils squabble

22nd October 2015

Jane Thompson organises a makeover of a prominent roadside planter neglected by local councils as they squabble over ownership
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Victory for People Power - Thank You

19th October 2015

Statement on the commitment from both main parties not to close Park Pool
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We're Listening to West Lancashire

3rd October 2015

News from the First of our Listening Events
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Welcome for use of stickers to guide new residents in what waste goes where

28th September 2015

Idea suggested by a member of Our West Lancashire introduced by the council
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Aluminium and more plastics can now be recycled

18th September 2015

A question from a resident posed by Our West Lancashire provides good news on recycling
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Renewed call on Ormskirk Town centre

September 2nd 2015

Allow mobile phone payment for parking and buy retail property say Our West Lancashire as council considers town centre strategy
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Spruce up for Ruff Wood

August 24th 2015

Our West Lancashire's latest community action day sees local gem sparkle.
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Throwing open the doors of the council

5th July 2015

Ask a question of the council Leader in full council
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Concern mounts over future of area's leisure centres

June 29th, 2015 UPDATED 1st July 2015

Council's Illegal delay is a cause of concern
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Listening initiative launched

June 15th, 2015

On 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, the launch of a local listening initiative to ensure residents feel part of democracy in 21st century West Lancashire
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Warm welcome for council planners' decision

June 13th, 2015

Our West Lancashire's, Peter Banks welcomes planners' decision but says council must get more hands on.
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Decisions on Whitemoss and Glenburn cynical

May 22nd, 2015

Labour and Conservative parties have acted cynically in delaying decisions until after the General Election
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OWLs will continue to work for local residents

May 10th, 2015

Cllr Adrian Owens makes pledge as new party outpolls Greens and UKIP and takes votes from both Labour and Conservative
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Eve of Poll Message

May 6th, 2015

Vote for Change at West Lancashire Borough Council
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Greater Voice for Residents

April 20th, 2015

Where we lead the main two parties scurry to catch up
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The OWLs are coming

April 8th, 2015

Our West Lancashire candidates unveiled for local elections on May 7th
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Our West Lancashire move to protect Leisure Facilities

March 29th, 2015

Council Independents nominate 4 leisure facilities as Assets of Community Value as consultants test "impact of closure".
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Pressing need to boost opportunities for young people at Council

March 24th, 2015

Former council apprentice speaks out in favour of Our West Lancashire plans
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Our West Lancashire support Skelmersdale residents in fight against tip expansion

March 21st, 2015

Our West Lancashire urge supporters to write to Eric Pickles urgently
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Moving West Lancashire car parks into 21st century

March 16th, 2015

Mobile phone payment and top ups would reduce hassle for shoppers and boost trade
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Ormskirk footpath given spring clean by OWL

March 7th, 2015

Volunteers removed twenty bags of rubbish from popular footpath in community action day
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Warm welcome for council commitment on Grove Farm

March 3rd, 2015

No student housing commitment
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Budget Meeting turned chaotic thanks to "David and Goliath"

February 27th, 2015

"Goliath" parties blunder on regardless
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Restrict Student Housing on new Grove Farm Development

February 24th, 2015

Limitations on conversions to student houses need to apply to new Grove Farm estate in Ormskirk says Our West Lancashire member
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"Obscene" to propose increase in councillor allowance budget when Chapel Gallery could close

February 22nd, 2015

Council meeting papers show proposal to raise councillor allowance budget while same meeting papers reveal leisure review is underway that could close leisure facilities.
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Ormskirk town bus saved for now

January 30th, 2015

Our West Lancashire activist who organised petition welcomes reprieve
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Council should look at purchasing shop units say Ormskirk members of Our West Lancashire

January 24th, 2015

More imagination needed from council on Ormskirk town centre say Ormskirk candidates
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New Party Launched

January 12th, 2015

2015 sees the launch of a new group. Two party politics is failing West Lancashire
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