News in Brief Timely Tales from around Wyre
Published on Tuesday 31st May 2011
1. Unpaid work for benefits cheat A Fleetwood benefits cheat must carry out 60 hours of unpaid work in the community and pay costs of £250.
Joanne Beavers, aged 29 of Chatsworth Avenue, was sentenced by Preston Crown Court after pleading guilty to claiming £4,455 of Housing and Council Tax Benefits plus Income Support she was not entitled to.
She failed to declare to Wyre Council and the DWP that she had a partner living at her property at the time of the claim and that she was working.
In his sentencing the judge stated that she had effectively stole the money from people that needed it, but took into account her guilty plea, the fact that she is now in lawful work and has pressing domestic obligations.
2. Council leading on garden recycling
A massive 162.14 tonnes of Wyre Council's own green and garden waste was recycled in the last financial year.
Determined to lead by example and reduce its carbon footprint, the council has ensured that none of the grass cuttings, old bedding plants or dead tree branches left following maintenance work end up on landfill.
Instead, everything is either taken to the waste treatment plant in Thornton as garden waste and chippings or mulched and composted on site.
3. Extra attention for gala weekend
Extra efforts are being made by Wyre Council to clean up Poulton ahead of this weekend's annual gala.
As part of the council's campaign to encourage pride in the borough, weeding and planting schedules have been brought forward slightly to ensure the town centre looks its best for the big day and priority will be given to addressing any issues that crop up during the course of this week.
The council is also liaising with Lancashire County Council regarding the repair of some lighting columns.
The same approach will be taken ahead of all Wyre's galas throughout the summer months.
4. Wyre celebrates Environment Day
A weekend of opportunities to enjoy Wyre's great outdoors is taking place to mark World Environment Day.
On Saturday 4 June the Wyre Estuary Country Park in Thornton will host a spring open day from 11am to 4pm. Family activities include a creepy crawly roadshow, tree dressing, nest box building and a woodland treasure hunt. At 11.30am the winners of the wildlife photography competition will be revealed and a display of all the entries will be posted up for all to see. Visitors can also find out about vegetable growing and take a high tide stroll along the estuary.
Then on Sunday 5 June, an annual open day and county fair is being held at Myerscough College in Bilsborrow. A superb range of displays, shows and interactive activities from all the college's subject areas are planned from 10am to 5pm.
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