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Minutes of meeting Wednesday, 18 November 2020 of Chorley Liaison pdf icon PDF 212 KB


Welcome by the Chair


Demonstration of the new council website

Simon Charnock, Digital Transformation and Information Officer will give a demonstration of the new council website which went live on Monday, 1 February 2021.


A lot of work has taken place over the last 12-18 months to get to this stage. The new improved website:

           has an improved customer journey and experience

           improved structure and search functionality

           content has been rewritten to make it easier for our users to understand

          is mobile responsive meaning it is equally as accessible on a mobile phone and tablet as it is on a laptop or computer

          is compliant with new accessibility regulations to enable users with disabilities equal access to our website


In this session Members will receive a demonstration of the new website, go through the importance of encouraging members of the public to interact with the council online, as well as an opportunity to provide any feedback or ask questions about the new website.


Item requested by Anderton Parish Council

One of our councillors who has previously been helping out with the Chorley Health Walks has been told by the Ramblers Association that Chorley Council no longer supports these. Can the Council please tells us what the current position is regarding these organised walks and if they are likely to resume once the current Covid 19 restrictions are relaxed enough for group activities to take place.


Response from Angela Barrago, Service Lead - Communities 

We do still support the Health Walks in Chorley however the scheme it operates under was requesting some monitoring that was felt to be over burdensome.  We were working with the group to continue the walks but under an independent arrangement.


We have not met with the Walk Leaders due to CoVid restrictions but we do plan to arrange a get together to regroup and look at how we re-start the walks once the time line is clearer from government on removing some restrictions.


Item requested by Croston Parish Council pdf icon PDF 82 KB

Cllr Peter Fenemore has suggested a project to improve the River Yarrow and tributaries as part of an effort to improve the environment in this area.


The document enclosed details the suggestion. 


Response from Lindsey Blackstock, Open Space Strategy Officer


The suggestion below naturally sites within the remit of the Douglas Catchment Partnership with regard to aims, project ideas and partnership working. This also links strongly to the Climate Change remit.   We are already doing much of what is suggested on a small scale.


There is a meeting with all partners on 17 where it could be discussed further and the outcome reported back to a future meeting.


Questions from Members of the Liaison and the public

In order to allow members of the Liaison and members of the public to raise issues of local concern, a period of 20 minutes has been set aside.


A member of the public may speak for no more than 3 minutes.  Members of the public are not required to give notice of the issue they intend to raise, although it is expected in the case of service issues that the appropriate mechanisms for resolving the issue have been explored. 


Where a question is raised which cannot be answered at the meeting, a record will be kept by officers supporting the meeting and it will be responded to via the appropriate mechanism.


Items for Future Meetings pdf icon PDF 95 KB

A schedule setting out deadlines for items to be requested on the agenda for the Chorley Liaison and dates for future meetings is enclosed. 


Any urgent business previously agreed with the Chair