Graffiti tag ‘Tuna’ blighting Ashton-on-Ribble

A spate of graffiti across a number of roads in Ashton-on-Ribble is being tackled by the city council.

Tagged ‘Tuna’ the coloured paint has been sprayed on a number of walls of homes, bridges and other structures in a number of roads.

One angry resident, who asked not to be named, has sent pictures to Preston City Council and expressed his disgust at the actions.

He said: “We need to be taking better care of these roads.

“I was going along and it’s a blight on our city seeing this everywhere.

“It’s always the same tag so I hope they catch whoever is doing this.”

The tag in different colours has been appearing in Tulketh Brow, Stocks Road and Waterloo Road.

The city council confirmed they have begun clearing the tag off various public walls and have been scrubbing it since last week.

Each hour spent removing graffiti costs the city council around £35 per hour for man hours and materials.

A council spokeswoman said: “Residents don’t like to see graffiti, which ultimately costs the taxpayers money for us to remove. Anyone reporting graffiti incidents is asked to provide a specific location.”

How to report graffiti

You can log graffiti using an online form on the city council website.

Or you can call the city council on 01772906909

When do the council remove it?

All public buildings, street furniture and monuments are the city council’s responsibility and they will remove the graffiti.

Privately owned properties such as telephone boxes, bus shelters and electricity boxes are the responsibility of its owner.

Graffiti on a private household cannot be removed without the owner’s permission, and the council may give a small charge for this service.

A council spokeswoman said: “When graffiti is reported to us we aim to clear it as soon as possible. Any graffiti which is classed as racist or offensive in nature should be removed within two working days.

“Graffiti removal is normally free for domestic property and public owned areas or buildings. There may be a charge for repeat removal or removal from a commercial property.”

What is the penalty for graffiti?

Graffiti is a criminal offence and comes with a fixed penalty notice of £80. It can also lead to arrest with large fines or imprisonment if the matter goes to court.

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What’s the difference between Preston City Council and Lancashire County Council?

It’s one of the most common refrains heard in comments thread on social media and down the pub – ‘bloody council’ – but which council do you mean?

There’s a common confusion about what Preston City Council and Lancashire County Council are responsible, or not responsible for.

Many will say they are both as bad as each other but it’s important to know what their jurisdiction is and ensure you’re complaining to the right place.

Preston has a two-tier local authority, well technically three in some places, with parish councils being the base level of democratic action – such as Grimsargh Parish Council or Broughton for example.

What is Preston City Council?

It represents the urban area of the city of Preston, with the River Ribble being the boundary with South Ribble in the south and east, Fylde borders us on the west down Blackpool Road and the northern edge stretches up to border with the Wyre and Ribble Valley. Preston is classed as a district council. It was previously Preston Borough Council but was renamed when Preston received city status in 2002.

What does it do with my council tax?

The city council takes a percentage of the council tax payment and it is also the body responsible for collecting it, even thought it doesn’t receive all of the money. If you don’t pay your council tax it is the city council who come after you, on behalf of the other bodies. A small percentage of council tax goes to the fire service and also to the Police and Crime Commissioner.

Which services does the city council have responsibility for?

Bins is the primary one to think of, anything to do with picking up waste from your house is the city council’s responsibility – be that recycling or waste.

Planning decisions and licensing decisions rest with the city council, so if you were to make modifications to your house then you may need a planning application and it is the city council you would contact. A new pub or shop asking to sell alcohol also sits with the city council.

They run the leisure centres (until 1 May), and other services like the Guild Hall, but these have been transferred into third party hands.

Keeping the streets clean is a city council responsibility as is picking up litter and dog poo.

The city council also looks after environmental health, which is pest control, stray dogs and food hygiene. So when you see a food hygiene rating on a door that’s the council inspectors.

Preston City Council also operates the crematorium and is responsible for the cemetery, along with other services such as football pitches and the city’s award-winning parks.

The city council is also responsible for the economic regeneration of the city, but this is increasingly a responsibility shared with a number of other bodies such as the Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire City Deal and the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership.

Elections, local, regional and general are also facilitated by the city council.

Who controls it?

There is an elected group of councillors who are elected in thirds, so there’s an election three out of four years for the city council. A political party – currently the Labour group – will hold a majority and they make up the cabinet which can make executive decisions about the future of the city and how the city council should move forward. There is a leader of the council which is chosen from whichever party holds a majority. The most senior staff position, so unelected role, is the chief executive.

What is Lancashire County Council?

The authority which represents the county area of Lancashire – although this doesn’t include Blackpool or Blackburn as they have chosen to be unitary authorities. Preston is not a unitary authority, so this means a number of services are provided by the county council to residents in the city. A unitary authority is where a council provides all services to its residents.

What does it do with my council tax?

The county council receives the greatest share of the council tax bill, and there’s a good reason for that.

What services does the county council have responsibility for?

The big ones, education, public health and social care, transport and highways, they all come down to the county council.

Moaning about potholes? It’s the county council you need to call for it to be filled in. And if you see roadworks, it is LCC who carry these out or co-ordinate them with utility companies.

If your child is in a state school it is an LCC education they are getting, employs the teachers, supports the schools and has responsibility for all the buildings.

Health and social care is the single-biggest cost to the county council, with the county council spending £300 million each year on residential care and providing care for people in their own homes.

They also are also responsible for protecting children and young people, providing adoption and fostering services.

The county council also provides libraries and facilities such as children’s’ centres and museums across the county, although a number of these have closed in recent months.

If you have a child, get married or someone in your family dies, it is the county council you have to tell through one of a network of register offices.

The county council supports business and ensures that they stay on the straight and narrow through its Trading Standards Service.

The county council also operate tips, or recycling centres, across the county including in Preston.

Who controls it?

Councillors are elected to serve four-year terms on the county council. Each area of Lancashire is made up of different wards e.g. Preston Central South and a councillor is elected for each of these. A largest political group will then normally form an administration and make decisions about the direction of the council – at present this is the Labour group. From this group of councillors a cabinet will be formed, and one of these councillors will be the leader of the council. The most senior staff position is the chief executive.

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Preston home of NEW BIG GLASS BOX!

Ambitious plans for the next phase of Preston’s Market Quarter are moving forward, with the announcement of public consultation into the scheme.

Bringing £50m of new investment into the City Centre, the plans comprise a new 11 screen cinema with a large format experience screen, 7 family restaurant units and a new replacement multi-storey car park (593 spaces).

Mike Horner, Regional Director for Muse Developments, said:

“We are working extremely hard to deliver a high quality scheme which is long overdue for Preston City Centre.  The proposals are truly spectacular and will include views out across the City Centre and beyond.

“The Light are making a name for themselves in new cinema experiences and they are a great fit for Preston as they do not solely show mainstream cinema releases but also a wide range of other arts, culture, sporting and educational productions – it is not ‘more of the same’ in terms of cinema provision but a destination that will truly excite local residents and get people back into the City Centre.

“The Markets Quarter redevelopment is a once in a generation opportunity to transform the perception of Preston City Centre and establish it as the premier family-focused leisure destination.

“It is not a quick fix solution but instead represents the critical part of a long-term strategy for the successful regeneration of an area within the City Centre which contains a number of historic buildings and assets.

“We are extremely confident that local residents and businesses will recognise the significant benefits that the Markets Quarter will deliver to the City Centre as a whole.”

The scheme forms part of  the construction of a new glazed Market Hall under the larger of the two canopies, to accommodate market traders relocated from the existing indoor market.

whats being said

John Bridge, Frank Whittle Partnership, said:

“As a company based in the city we are delighted to be working on the Markets Quarter development, along with Greig and Stephenson Architects. We’re really looking to change the face of Market Quarter and to build a lasting legacy for the future, by both respecting our city’s heritage and moving with the times.

“It’s an ambitious project and rightly so, as the development is the key to unlocking wider development in Preston city centre.  In our sensitive vision for the new Market Hall we believe we’ve created an exciting new space for traders and customers. And we’re working with those traders to retain and enhance the city’s vibrant market offer. We’re very keen to listen to what people think.”

Chair of the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership, Edwin Booth, said:

“Our multi-million pound investment in major new infrastructure via the City Deal is helping to strengthen Preston’s position as a thriving and well connected commercial centre in the Northern Powerhouse.

“A successful Markets Quarter will make an important contribution to the growth of Preston City Centre which lies at the heart of the City Deal area. It’s great to see new investment proposals coming forward which will generate new jobs and new private investment with more people also visiting the city.”

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Here’s how the new Adelphi roundabout is due to work

One of the main roundabouts in Preston is to change beyond all recognition.

Adelphi roundabout – to be renamed Adelphi Square – is to see up to £60million spent on changing the road layout in the area and new buildings.

The University of Central Lancashire has been working with Lancashire County Council to create a layout with a similar feel to the Fishergate scheme.

Plans agreed by cabinet member for highways, county councillor John Fillis, show a new layout for the Adelphi area.

The main change is Adelphi Street becomes one-way heading into the campus, and the roundabout itself is filled in with three smaller mini-roundabouts taking its place.

A one-way system is effectively created around Fylde Road, Adelphi Street, Brook Street and Fylde Road.

Entry into the roundabout area from Moor Lane, Walker Street, Corporation Street and Fylde Road is maintained.

You can see a detailed architects drawing of the new road layout on the county council website (pick Appendix A).

what the new public square will look like on what was the Adelphi roundabout

Work on the new layout is to cost the county council around £157,000 in design fees – and the actual roadworks will be paid for by UCLan as part of its multi-million pound masterplan.

UCLan says it wants the new public square to create an ‘attractive and inviting environment’ for residents and students.

Chief operation officer Michael Ahern said: “We’re working very closely with our partners Lancashire County Council to produce these early stage designs. We have already shared our proposals with the local community including disability groups and cyclists. Feedback has been good, with more sessions for the general public planned during the spring. We are very keen to hear views from the entire community and incorporate suggestions where possible.

“The objective of our finalised designs is to help knit together a campus which is safe and accessible for all.”

If agreed work could begin within the next 18 months and would lead to two years of roadworks.

What do you think of the proposals?

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Charges frozen on Prestons brown bin collection for the year a head

The cost of having your brown bin collected in Preston looks set to be frozen for the year ahead.

Preston City Council introduced a £30 per household charge in April.

No change is being made to the cost of the green waste collections.

Since the charges came in during July last year a total of 18,639 properties have signed up to pay for their garden waste to be collected.

The city council offers an ‘early-bird’ discount for those signing up before 10 March this year, with a fiver off. Although this discount is not as much as last year, where the early bird fee was £20 for the partial year collection.

Anyone signing up after this date will be charged £30.

The city council said it has no ‘statutory duty’ to collect garden waste and was introducing the charge to cover a cutback in its central government grant, which is due to come to nothing in 2020.

You can apply for or renew your brown bin collection on the city council website.

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