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Residents in West Lancashire are being urged to be more vigilant and follow government advice as the number of Covid cases rise to a level that may mean more lockdown and intervention measures in the borough.
Hospitality owners in West Lancashire can now apply for a Temporary Pavement Café Licence to offer their customers outdoor seating areas in the pavement areas in front of their businesses.
The Mayor of West Lancashire, Councillor Terence Aldridge, has met with the Ormskirk Ambassadors to thank them for their hard work and services to Ormskirk Town centre. The community group have been volunteering their time to ensure residents and visitors feel safe and informed when returning to Ormskirk Market. They're also acting as a point of contact for anyone who has questions about staying safe when out and about.
The Mayor of West Lancashire, Councillor Terence Aldridge, is urging everyone in West Lancashire to stay safe and follow the national guidance about Coronavirus as areas across the north west are needing to impose local lockdown measures.
An Artisan market is to be held on Moor Street on the first Sunday of each month from August to October to offer visitors an exciting range of foods, clothing, jewellery, homeware, crafts and gifts
We are setting out our Council Plan to make West Lancashire an even better place to live and work and we hope you will take a few minutes to tell us what you think of our ideas
Ormskirk Market may look a little different when you come to visit next as we are trialling a new layout of the stalls to help give extra space to support the many pavement cafes which are now opening
We are delighted to be working with the Jigsaw Homes Group to provide 51 new properties available for affordable rent at the former Atkinson Kirby site in Ormskirk
We would like to warmly welcome Councillor Terence Aldridge as the new Mayor of West Lancashire
We hope you will all join us in a safe celebration of Armed Forces Day on Saturday 27 June
Eligible small businesses can now apply under phase 2 of the Council's Business Grant Fund Scheme
Ormskirk Market will return 18 June with the traders planned to be selling groceries, fast food, clothing, accessories, bedding and towels, sportswear and children's clothing.
It has been wonderful to hear that three local volunteer groups in West Lancashire have received the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service
We are still welcoming applications from eligible small businesses under Phase 1 of the Council's Business Grant Fund Scheme which closes at midnight on Monday 15 June
We want to support local retail businesses and shoppers as much as possible and to ensure everyone is safe when the shops can once again reopen
As part of the celebrations for Volunteers Week, West Lancashire Borough Council is highlighting the great work that volunteer food hubs have played in the response to Coronavirus.
Join us as we pay tribute to the volunteers and voluntary organisations who work tirelessly for the people of West Lancashire by celebrating National Volunteers Week (1-7 June 2020).
Statement on travellers on Churchfields
We are working hard to help the local economy and welcome news that Government has allocated £1.075m to help us set up a new grant scheme for small businesses
We are working hard to help the local economy and welcome news that the Government has published guidance to local authorities on how they can set up a new discretionary grant fund scheme for small businesses that have not been eligible under existing grant schemes. This means businesses that have not received any financial assistance so far.
At a time when accurate information on streets and properties has never been more important, we have been given a Gold Award by industry experts for the way we manage such information
The Garden Waste Collection Service is really popular across West Lancashire and, although not an essential service for residents during a pandemic, the Council is offering a continued service through online subscriptions for 2020/21
The Council has put together some great ideas to help everyone celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day at home this weekend
To help and support everyone to stay at home the Council will introduce Skype Council meetings so you can keep in touch with the important decision making in your local area
If you usually pay your Council Tax or rent when you are out at the Post Office or at a local shop by using your payment card, there are other easy and secure ways to pay whilst you stay at home
The Council is sorry that it won't be able to carry out its annual grounds maintenance programme in full as staff are re-deployed to maintain essential and statutory services in these difficult times
As local businesses are facing more pressures, West Lancashire Borough Council is pulling out all the stops to help the local economy
Sadly the Council has had to cancel spring and early summer parks and countryside events to comply with government social distancing advice
With many of us currently spending more time at home we may have more food waste and garden waste to deal with, particularly those keen gardeners amongst us
15 staff from across the Council have joined the Financial Inclusion Team to provide up-to-date advice to residents suffering financially due to the Coronavirus pandemic
Residents can continue to keep in touch and access many services online whilst our Customer Service Points are closed for the time being
There have been delays to garden waste collections due to take place in the Burscough area today (31 March)
To help our suppliers process invoices quickly and efficiently, service managers from across the Council are proactively contacting their suppliers to explore better ways of receiving their invoices at this time
If you are a West Lancashire Borough Council commercial tenant struggling to pay your rent because of the Coronavirus Pandemic we are keen to help
Residents are being asked to help NHS workers by donating any adult-sized bikes they don't use anymore
Refuse, recycling and garden waste collections due to take place in some areas today (27 March) were delayed.
Residents can help us to keep refuse and recycling collections running smoothly during the Coronavirus Pandemic.
We are here to support local businesses in receiving support during the COVID-19 pandemic and will be contacting all eligible businesses before the end of next week with information on grant funding.
If you are a West Lancashire Borough Council tenant struggling to pay your rent because of the Coronavirus Pandemic please contact our Financial Inclusion Team who are here to support you.
West Lancashire Borough Council's HomeCare Link service supports 8,500 vulnerable citizens to live independently across the North West and is working round the clock to support them during the Coronavirus Pandemic.
People will understandably be concerned about paying their bills during the current Coronavirus pandemic. We know that loss of income may leave many residents struggling to pay key bills such as Council Tax, or cause worries about making rent payments.
Ormskirk Market has been cancelled by West Lancashire Borough Council until further notice to prevent social gathering during the coronavirus pandemic
All West Lancashire Community Leisure Trust-run leisure centres have been closed following government instructions regarding Coronavirus
The Charity Commission and Fundraising Regulator have urged people to ensure they are giving safely as people continue to respond with generosity in the current COVID-19 pandemic.
We are committed to supporting businesses in dealing with the disruption caused by the Coronavirus.
The Council recognises that during the current Corona virus pandemic residents may struggle on occasion to pay Council Tax bills
The Council welcomes the latest government guidance with regards to those struggling to pay rent as their ability to earn has been impacted by Coronavirus
To support and maintain our critical services during this time, we have closed the Customer Services Point at the Concourse, Skelmersdale
We know that you, our residents and business owners, are concerned about the impact of Coronavirus and what it could mean over the coming weeks
We have been asked to pass on the following information from Skelmersdale Foodbank.
We are backing a new initiative to cut bills for local retailers
West Lancashire Borough Council would like to give assurances to people living and working in West Lancashire that we have flu policies and business continuity plans in place to deal with the pressures presented by pandemics such as Coronavirus
West Lancashire Borough Council is working hard to meet financial challenges and provide the services local people need
If you have a view on how and when West Lancashire Borough Council should consult residents on planning matters, the Council would like to hear from you
The new Skelmersdale town centre development will be respectful of the environment
Homeless people are among the most vulnerable in our society and West Lancashire Borough Council wants to know what you think of the plan it uses to help them
The Council would like to pay tribute to its first Chief Executive, John Cowdall, who sadly has passed away
West Lancashire Borough Council is undertaking a ‘Call for Sites’ exercise as it starts work on its new Local Plan for 2023 to 2038
With celebrations of the 75th anniversary of VE Day fast approaching West Lancashire Borough Council is asking for anyone wanting to host a street party to complete their online application by 8 March 2020.
The Chapel Gallery in Ormskirk is the place to go for great design and music in the coming months
Are you a business who wants to connect with fellow business leaders, reap the benefits of helping to promote the area and connect with those organisations who are here to support business development and growth?
A FABS new fitness class designed specifically for the over-60s is being launched in West Lancashire as part of a national campaign to help people stay active and independent as they get older
Ormskirk Market is one of the best street markets in the North West and West Lancashire Borough Council is working with traders to make sure it has a bright future
Update on delays to refuse and recycling collections in Newburgh and Burscough due to take place today
The start of 2020 marks a new dawn for Skelmersdale with building work beginning on the long-awaited town centre redevelopment
West Lancashire Borough Council is pleased to announce that work will begin on Monday 20 January to upgrade the existing footpath between Ormskirk bus and rail stations to create a new shared use footpath and cycleway
Recycling collections due to take place in Hesketh Bank today (14 January) have been delayed.
Our new Chief Operating Officer Jacqui Sinnott-Lacey believes exciting times lie ahead for the Borough and its people
Tis the season to recycle as much of your Christmas waste as possible to prevent it going to landfill
Steve Fogg, the new Chair of the Lancashire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) recently spent an afternoon in West Lancashire with representatives from the Council, key business leaders and leading academics
Councillor Ian Moran, Leader of West Lancashire Borough Council, would like to wish everyone a very happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year
With the festive season around the corner drunk drivers are being warned they could be caught on CCTV
The festive season should be a happy time for all, but for anyone living with domestic abuse, the risks increase over Christmas
Even though the West Lancashire Borough Council Offices will be closed over the festive period refuse and recycling collections will continue to operate
We have made it quicker and easier for tenants to set up a direct debit and stay on top of their rent to help with budgeting over the Christmas period
We are helping visitors to Ormskirk save money this Christmas by offering them the chance to park for up to five hours for just £1 when shopping and socialising in the town centre.
You can get lots of information to help you be prepared if there is any local flooding this winter on our website
Families can enjoy a fantastic day out and uncover a host of fairy stories at Ormskirk's free Christmas of Tales event on Sunday 24 November
If you live in West Lancashire and want to have your say in the General Election on Thursday 12 December 2019 you must ensure you are registered to vote
A great new way for our tenants to give their views on repairs carried out to their homes is being introduced