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West Lancashire North:

Banks, Hesketh Bank, North Meols, Rufford & Tarleton

We have two 'activists' in this area, which is part of the South Ribble Parliamentary Constituency; for local government the area comes under West Lancashire Borough Council...

Banks:

Between Southport and Preston, many residents travel out of the village for work, but agriculture remains a significant employer. The excellent soil means that local farmers are able to supply the most highly rated supermarkets. Fishing, or more specifically shrimping, was also once a typical local occupation.

In Banks, like in many villages, there have been significant housing developments over recent years, but these have not been accompanied by any additional facilities for the village. However, the one pub, the New Fleetwood, has recently been joined by Ralph's Wife's, a café bar named after the neighbouring lane. Legend has it that Ralph's Wife's Lane itself is haunted.

St Stephen's Parish Church is part of the Diocese of Liverpool and can be found opposite the pub and Ralph's Wife's. The vicar is Rev Rebecca Clarke. The other church building the village is Banks Methodist, which is opposite Briarlee Garden Centre. The minister is Rev Wilfred Robinson. There are two other Christian churches in the village, the Church at the Centre, an Anglican church plant which currently meets at St Stephen's Institute and Club, Hoole Lane; and the Farm Fellowship, which meets at Banks Leisure Centre. The churches now all join together for the annual walk of witness, which takes place in June and is accompanied by Banks Brass Band.

Banks Leisure Centre is a community leisure facility offering a gym, all weather pitches and a sports hall which is ideal for sporting and non-sporting events. It is located on Greaves Hall Avenue.

The village has two primary schools, Banks Methodist Primary School and St Stephen's Church of England Primary School. Children leave the village for their secondary education.

Despite its recent growth in size, Banks remains at heart a village and has an active local community, as is demonstrated by recent initiatives such as the now annual Scarecrow Festival and the village litter pick. One of the best things about living in Banks is hearing Banks Brass Band playing carols around the village on Christmas Day morning.

Our 'Group Activist' in Banks is Karen Taylor.


Tarleton: A bustling farming community.

Tarleton is a village and civil parish in the Lancashire Mosslands north east of Southport and South West of Preston. The rich soil from land which has been reclaimed from the sea is why the area is so fertile for growing salad crops and vegetables.

The village has seen much housing development over the last twenty years as the village is commutable by road to Preston, Southport, Ormskirk and Liverpool. Unfortunately the Preston to Southport railway line which stopped at Hesketh bank, was closed in 1964.

Tarleton has 2 children's playgrounds, a Cricket Club, Bowling Club and Football Club as well as an active W.I. There are 2 Primary Schools and a High School; a Parish Church, a Methodist Chapel and a Catholic Church. The original church, formerly known as St Mary's on the A59 opens once a month.

There are shops for everything one may need on a daily basis and plans to demolish a previously listed building in order to build an Aldi have just been passed.

The village Library has recently been saved from closure by the formation of a Friends Group. It is now used as a meeting place for a variety of clubs, talks and activities and is used by many people of all ages.

I have lived in Tarleton since 1995 and seen it grow in size recently. I have , with some other residents, represented the villages in an Appeal against the refusal of planning permission to build yet more houses on the last remaining field in the Village Centre. The Application was originally refused on the grounds that it would spoil the Consrevation Area. We are currently awaiting the decision.

The Residents are also campaigning for a relief Road to be built so that heavy lorries do not need to drive through the village to access the growers.

Our 'Group Activist' in Tarleton is Tina Stringfellow.