The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group met on 15th January. There has been some progress recently. As we reported in the autumn, developers have put forward a number of potential housing sites in our parish, and we will have to consider them using a “Site Allocation Approach”. This will have more strength than our previous approach to the issue. Planning Officers have already visited all the proposed sites, with two members of our Steering Group walking round with them. Independent landscape assessors will determine the impact on and capacity of the landscape for development here. We
FLOODING - Drop-in event about flooding and flood prevention This informal event will take place on Monday 19th February at the Victoria Institute from 4pm to 7pm. Residents are invited to call in and discuss flooding and flood prevention with representatives from local organizations with responsibilities in this area, including Lancashire County Council’s Flood Risk Management team, United Utilities, the Environment Agency and Lancashire County Council’s Highways Department. You’ll be able to talk about how flooding has affected you, get advic
Immediate crisis – ring 999 for fire brigade, including help with flooding; ambulance; police
Lancashire Emergency Help and Information: 0300 123 6780
Environment Agency Floodline - 0345 988 1188 - To report a flood or if your property is at risk of flooding from a reservoir, river or stream.
United Utilities - 0345 6723 723 - If flooding is from sewers or burst water mains.
Flooding in Caton-with-Littledale on 22/23 November 2017
On the night of 22/23 November, many areas of Caton-with-Littledale were affected by flooding. The Parish Council meeting on 12th December began with an Open Forum, attended by about 25 local residents who had been affected by the floods. Cllrs Joan Jackson and Jane Parkinson, who represent our area on Lancaster City Council, were there too.
Areas/properties affected included (from West to East):
Berry Cottage on Lancaster Road (adjacent to Escow Beck)
There are a lot of Christmas services coming up!
This post is for ANYONE who was flooded 2 weeks ago (NO MATTER how small or whether you cleaned it up yourself without reporting it).
Monday 4th December Caton Leisure Club held their Christmas Celebration. There was a bright, happy and hopeful atmosphere as the day started with a Christmas themed quiz. Everyone sorted themselves into teams of 3 or 4 and hoped they would be able to answer the 60 questions and have bragging rights as the winners. Even if we didn’t know the answers we all came away having learnt something new. This was followed by a sumptuous buffet, the highlight of which was the fantastic Christmas cake provided by The Crazy Cake Company in Caton. Jolly good it was too.
The Parish Council on Tuesday 12th December will start with an Open Forum. People affected by the flooding of 22nd-23rd November are invited to come along and tell our councillors about what happened, to ensure they have a full picture. It is hoped to organise a meeting in January with authorities such as Lancashire County Council and Lancaster City Council and the Environment Agency to find out about the solutions they propose. If you can't come, do contact one of the councillors or the Parish Clerk with information. The meeting starts at 7.15pm and is in the Victoria Institute (Victor
FLOODING IN CATON
(Quernmore Road –> Copy Lane -> The Croft -> Ashcroft Close)
What you can do to help stop it
How prepared you are for the next emergency. What do you need to fix after the rain and wind in October and November? Next time it could be floods, high winds, snow, power cuts... You can have bad weather alerts sent to you by the Met Office as emails or texts - ask Peter Collins at the Victoria Institute for help setting these up if need be.
How ready are you and those you care for?
Get prepared well ahead - perhaps trimming back branches and checking drains when the weather is OK.
Affected by the November 2017 floods?
Grants may be made for charitable purposes to relieve hardship in Lancashire caused by flooding in 2017. Funding is available from our Lancashire Flood Recovery Fund, which was originally established in 2015 following Storm Desmond and from new donations from the general public. More information and how to apply available here: http://www.lancsfoundation.org.uk/funds/lancashire-flood-recovery-appeal
Welcome the Christmas Season at the Victoria Institute
One of the sites proposed for housing development is an area of land at Low Mill near the car park for the Fishery. The developers would like to gather initial local comments before putting in a formal application. They have left plans at the Victoria Institute, with feedback forms. Please could you have a look at the plans and leave your comments - by 14th November.
Korfball is a fast-paced game similar to basketball and netball, played by boys and girls together. A Korfball Club is starting in Caton on Thursday 9th November. 5.30-6.30 at Caton Community Sports Centre. £15 for 6 sessions. Emal firstname.lastname@example.org to book a place or have more information.
Caton Terriers JFC are now entering their second season and are continuing to go from strength to strength. Having recently become affiliated with Lancashire FA, the Terriers have two junior football teams in the Lancaster and Morecambe ‘Service to Youth League’ at U8s and U9s age groups. Matches take place on Sunday mornings at Caton Community School on Broadacre with training being held at the University of Cumbria on Friday evenings. New recruits from Years 3 and 4 will be most welcome.
POOR’S LAND CHARITY - The Parish Council runs this charity on behalf of the community. Each year there is a small amount of money available for gifts to local people in need. Application forms are available from the Post Office from 1 November; please return them by the end of November. Distribution takes place in early December. In recent years the amount given each applicant has been between about £30 and £60.
The Co-Op store in Caton is closing for refurbishment on Monday 16th October at 3pm, and will be closed for about 5 weeks. During this time a small "pop-up" store will operate from the forecourt, selling the basics.
Peter Collins at the Victoria Institute is updating our emergency plan, and would be pleased to hear from anyone who would like to get involved, perhaps as a Community Emergency Coordinator or by offering practical help. Our village - and the section of Quernmore from Crook o’Lune to the Lune Aqueduct - are working with Lancaster City Council, local universities and a local firm to develop an emergency communication system for vulnerable people to use in any emergency. More information later.