• Community Skip in Haskayne (5/1/2020)

     Wednesday 13th May 2020, from 9.30am until 2pm

    Parish Council Chair Mike Wainwright and Lancashire County Councillor David O’Toole have arranged with West Lancs to get a community skip on the car park next to the park on Wednesday 13th May 2020, from 9.30am until 2pm…

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    Don’t tip it, Skip it! With many of us spending more time at home this can often mean we have more waste. We are providing community skips in different areas on different days between 9.30am and 2pm to help residents dispose of some excess rubbish to prevent fly-tipping as Lancashire County Council has closed the household waste recycling centres.

    These skips are for all residents, not businesses, and are for getting rid of excess domestic waste and small amounts of garden waste rather than furniture or other large items. Please remember the whole community needs to use these skips when thinking about how much rubbish to dispose of in them. The following specific items cannot be put in the skips: oil, paint, tyres, fridges, freezers, gas bottles, asbestos.

    Anyone who has large items to dispose of can use our bulky household waste collection service. We are sorry but this service can only currently be booked online.

    Please stay safe when bringing waste to the skips and remember government social distancing guidelines. Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people at all times.  Residents will be expected to put rubbish in the skips themselves.

    Items that CANNOT be disposed of in the skips are:

    • Oil
    • Paint
    • Tyres
    • Fridges
    • Freezers
    • Gas Bottles
    • Asbestos
    • Trade waste
    • Commercial waste

  • West Lancs Together: Helping you if you are vulnerable (4/10/2020)

    West Lancashire Borough Council, in conjunction with all local health and community partners supporting West Lancashire, have launched a new Local Support System, West Lancs Together, which will offer support to those most vulnerable within the borough.

    This will offer help and support to those who have been identified by the NHS as being at risk of severe illness if they contract COVID-19 and have been asked to isolate themselves (referred to nationally as ‘shielding’) for a period of at least 12 weeks. For more information on who this may involve, visit –

    We understand these extremely vulnerable people may not have a support network to rely on and West Lancs Together will pool together resource to be able to provide support with food, medicines and social contact during this phase of isolation.

    Please be aware that we will be prioritising those who will not be able to rely on family and friends for practical support while they remain at home. If anyone is feeling vulnerable you can contact the service so we can understand your needs and what level of support we could provide.

    If anyone would like further information on Coronavirus, the main Government website is kept up to date with key information:

    If you are experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 and feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, please visit – only call 111 if you are unable to get help online.  For life threatening emergencies call 999 for an ambulance.

  • Parish Council News from the Spring 2020 Kit Newsletter (4/10/2020)

    Looking out across the fields, across the beautiful area we live in, it’s hard to believe what’s happening in the outside
    world. The positives I’ll take from all this, are the actions that recent events have prompted. Far and wide people
    are reaching out, stepping up, and offering help where they can.

    Downholland Community Association have offered to help with shopping if people are unable to go out or are self isolating, and the Resident Association are busy compiling neighbourhood lists matching up those offering help to those in need, and they are even starting a book loan scheme now that the mobile library service has been
    suspended. Both organisations have our heartfelt thanks, as do all the others in our community who are looking out
    for one another.

    More details of both groups’ efforts and contact details are contained in this edition of KIT.

    I’ve included below the contact details of many local business who are now offering help and deliveries to our area –

    (Thanks to Cllr Maureen Mills and Kathy Cunliffe from the Residents Association).

    This list keeps changing so I’ll keep
    this up to date on

    Please consider printing the updated list for anyone you know who needs
    it and doesn’t have access to the internet.

    For now, all Parish Council meetings are obviously suspended but the park remains open (please follow government
    advice about safe distances) and similarly, for now, the Post Office remains open every Monday 11 to 1 from the

    Update: the children’s play area is now closed, and we’ve taken the decision to protect our employees by asking them to stay at home. Consequently, the bins in the park won’t be getting emptied, so please help us out and
    take your rubbish home.

    I’m struggling to get this edition printed and distributed so apologies that some of the content will be out of date in the midst of rapidly changing events. I’d like to express my thanks to Cllr. Gareth Dowling from Rosie Cooper’s office, Kev from Price Right Print and Cllr. Ele Gawne for their efforts in making sure this edition is delivered.

    Stay safe
    Mike Wainwright

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  • Bins in Park (3/25/2020)

    To help protect our employees the Parish Council has stopped emptying the bins on the park and ask all residents to help us out and take your rubbish home.

  • Play Area Closure (3/24/2020)

    Following direction from West Lancashire Borough Council and Government advice the children’s play area on Haskayne Jubilee Fields Park has been closed.

    The rest of the park remains open for now but please exercise common sense, observe social distancing guidelines and avoid crowds.

  • Help Being Offered By Local Businesses (3/21/2020)

    Update 8th April 2020

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    Delivery offered:  
    Ainsdale Fruit and VegMandy & Pete, 01704 577686Fruit and Veg, herbs etc.
    BSA Foods, Ormskirk01695 581867Frozen food, pies, quiches, chilli, lasagne etc.  Also dried foods.
    Barn Owl Produce, Ormskirk07557 796867/07850 016556Fruit and veg.
    Bates dairy01704 567595Milk, cheese, butter, drinks yoghurts, bread, eggs and other things.
    Birkdale Cheese Centre01704 568822Cheese and will also pick up other stuff if they can source it.
    Birkdale health shop01704 564353Health products.
    Broughs butchers, Ainsdale01704 574069Meats etc.
    Cake Creations Southport01704 541137Cakes!
    Cakes4YouSouthportCarol, 07780 356977Cakes!
    Church View Farm, Lydiate0151 520 2673Fruit & Veg etc.
    Hallidays, BirkdaleJoanne, 01704 551524/07875 082019 Fresh and frozen fish.
    Halsall Garage01704 841188Groceries and food from Keli’s Deli.
    Grimshaw Lane Dairy/DC Scott, Ormskirk01659 577573/01695 572104All sorts of dairy and meat supplies.
    J&A Japonicas. Formby07511 177519Plants.
    Jennings Greengrocers, Birkdale01704 553775Fruit, veg, etc.
    Jo Kelly’s Off-Licence, Southport01704 232740Off Licence and groceries.
    Kellen Meats, Southport01704 807474Butchers.
    Londis, Lydiate0151 526 4412General store; groceries etc.
    Massams Supplies, Halsall01704 840265Logs, coal, poultry/bird, dog and cat food.
    Peets Plaice, SouthportKevin, 01704 809340Fish.
    Primrose Hill Nurseries, ScarisbrickIan on 07862 275464Gardening supplies, shrubs, plants, equine products etc.
    Stanleys Fruit Stores, Birkdale01704 568503Fruit, veg and some grocery items, home-made soups. 
    The Village Bakehouse, Halsall01704 840916Pies,cakes, bread, sandwiches & home cooked meals.
    Wesley Fish, Southport01704 542778Fish.
    Master McGraths01704 880050Takeaway food launching Monday 23rd March.
    Order/carry to car  
    Diglake Farm Shop07807 229736Text your order Fruit, veg etc.
    Other offers of support  
    Acorn Cattery, Halsall01704 841991Pet boarding/collection and pet food for local delivery
    Nellie at ScarisbrickSal, 01704 841222A cooked meal for children.
    Blueline Five-0 Taxies0151 525 5050/App24 hours a day service.

    Thank to Maureen Mills

  • Website Accessibility (12/16/2019)

    Downholland Parish Council is committed to providing equal access to its services and resources. To aid this commitment we have recently added several features to our website to ensure it’s is easily accessible to everyone.

    By clicking the blue and white icon in the top left of any page you can access a number of features to help you.

    • Increase the text size
    • Enable navigation without a mouse
    • Hear the site read to you
    • Enable high contrast colours
    • Increase the text spacing
    • Change the font to make it clearer
    • Use a large cursor
    • View tooltips to help you find features

  • SLOW DOWN sign on Delf Lane (10/31/2019)

    Over the last few years the Parish Council has undertaken a program of addressing resident’s concerns regarding speeding. To this end we worked with Lancashire County Council (LCC) and identified seven locations for the placement of a Speed Indicator Sign (SPID).

    Consequently, the Parish Council purchased a moveable, battery powered sign and LCC put up six brackets for us. We move the sign round and swap the battery over every 10 days or so. The statistics from the sign show that they do slow drivers down and the average speed has fallen as a result. It’s not perfect but it’s something.

    The seventh location is on the bridge on Delf Lane near the Kings Arms, but LCC won’t allow us to have such a sign in that location due to safety concerns, and the volume of traffic would drain the batteries in a few hours.

    There is however, an unused sign post poll, with an electricity supply, just over the bridge. So how about using that supply…

    1. Apply for permission to erect a permanent electric sign.
    2. Find out the power consumption of the sign, per activation.
    3. Find out from LCC that the average number of activations (i.e. vehicles speeding) is 3000 per day!
    4. Work with LCC engineers to establish verified unmetered power consumption (a few pounds a year)
    5. Apply to SP Energy for a supply number with unmetered supply data.
    6. Try and get the hedge cut back sufficiently to expose the hidden sign post.
    7. Find an energy supplier… No one wants such a small supply contract.
    8. Repeat step 6 and 7 until all will to live is lost.


    Turns out there are Steps 9, 10, 11 and 12 involving electricians, cables and hedges (again)……

    So after 300 emails and 2 years….

    Road Sign
  • Haskayne Jubilee Fields Play Park has won “Best Playing Field in Lancashire”, in this year’s Lancashire Best Kept Village Competition (10/24/2019)

    Downholland Parish Council is delighted to announce that Haskayne Jubilee Fields Play Park has won “Best Playing Field in Lancashire”, in this year’s Lancashire Best Kept Village Competition.

    Mike Wainwright, Chairman of Downholland Parish Council said

    “The award is a testament to the hard work put into by the Parish Council, Fran Dean who keeps the park clean and tidy, and to Rawsthorne Landscapes who maintain the grounds to a very high standard. The “Orchard & Wild Flower Garden” was also 3rd in the Public Gardens category.

    Elsewhere in the Parish, a concerted effort by the Residence Association, doing litter picks and tidy ups in Haskayne also resulted in a “Highly Commended” in the Small Villages category.

    And not to be outdone, the Downholland Community Association won “Highly Commended” in the Public Buildings Category for Haskayne Village Hall.

    All round it goes to show that community involvement and hard work can pay dividends, and I pay tribute to all involved.”

  • Buses back on (10/12/2019)

    I’ve just been in touch with Gerry O’Leary, the MD of Arriva Northwest to find when the buses will be back on now that there’s a traffic light system through the emergency sewer works in Lydiate and his reply was “We are sending our buses through from now”..

    Mike Wainwright

    Chair, Downholland Parish Council

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