Important notice regarding use of Silverdale Playground


The children’s playground on Cove Road is now open. However, families are strongly advised to read the notice from Lancaster City Council before entering. As Trustees of the playground, although the Parish Council cannot keep this area COVID-19 free, there are measures we advise you to take to minimise the risk to you and your family:

·       Only one child should use each piece of equipment at any one time

·       Clean your child’s hands before and after they touch any equipment

·       Please clean the equipment your child wants to use

·       Do not eat or drink in the playground area

·       Keep your distance and tell your children to keep away from other families (two metres or one metre if face masks are worn)

·       Use paper tissues to catch coughs or sneezes and dispose of them in the bins provided.

You will notice some equipment has been removed. This is a result of an overdue playground inspection by Lancaster City Council which has identified some equipment that needs to be replaced or repaired.

Silverdale Parish Council

19th July 2020

2020/07/16 – Parish Council News


Monday 6th,  at the meeting of the Parish Council a number of local issues were raised, including speeding within the village and parking. Several residents have written to the Council about speeding and it was noted that comments had been made on Facebook.  Some comments noted that it was not just visitors to the village who were speeding.   The Speed Indicator Devices will be fitted to their brackets soon. Purchase of a newer version that records data on speeding vehicles will also be on the Agenda for discussion at the August meeting.  Council are working with interested residents to overcome these issues, further details when available.  Parking provision in the village is another problem which requires a joint solution from various landowners and residents.

The playground on Cove Road will be reopened on Saturday 18th July, among other things this will allow some newly planted grass seed to grow and strengthen. Those supervising children will need to be aware of the Covid-19 risks involved for their children and take appropriate measures.  Notices will be displayed about this.  Which nicely leads on to noticeboards – the Healthy Village Communication Group has completed a review of the noticeboards throughout the village [not all owned by the PC] and Council will consider their recommendations and cost them with a view to implementation.

Ash Dieback is fast becoming a problem, and some of the Parish trees are suffering, particularly those on the Scroggs. A survey is required with a view as to how many can be saved, which will be happening in the near future.

A new Parish Councillor was co-opted, Liz Unsworth, whose experience in public relations and campaigning will be useful to the Council.   The PC are also asking for a review of the number Councillors on the Parish Council with a view to increasing from a maximum of 8 to a maximum of 9 councillors.

2020/6/22 latest information regarding scams

Criminals are exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic to try and get their hands on your money and personal information. To date, Action Fraud has received reports from 2,378 victims of Coronavirus-related scams, with the total losses reaching over £7 million.

How you can protect yourself from Coronavirus-related scams:

There are some simple steps you can take that will protect you from the most common Coronavirus-related scams. Here’s what need to do:

1 – Watch out for scam messages
Your bank, or other official organisations, won’t ask you to share personal information over email or text. If you receive an email you’re not quite sure about, forward it to the Suspicious Email Reporting Service (SERS):

2 – Shopping online
If you’re making a purchase from a company or person you don’t know and trust, carry out some research first, for example, by checking to see if others have used the site and what their experience was. If you decide to go ahead with the purchase, use a credit card if you have one, other payment providers may not provide the same protection.

3 – Unsolicited calls and browser pop-ups offering tech support
Never install any software, or grant remote access to your computer, as a result of a cold call. Remember, legitimate organisations would never contact you out of the blue to ask for financial details such as your PIN or full banking password.

NHS Test and Trace scams:

The NHS Test and Trace service plays an important role in the fight against coronavirus and it’s vital the public have confidence and trust in the service. However, we understand the concerns people have about the opportunity for criminals to commit scams.

What you need to know:

Contact tracers will only call you from the number 0300 013 5000. Anyone who does not wish to talk over the phone can request the NHS Test and Trace service to send an email or text instead, inviting them to log into the web-based service.

All text or emails sent by NHS Test and Trace will ask people to sign into the contact tracing website and will provide you with a unique reference number. We would advise people to type the web address directly into their browser, followed by the unique reference number given to you, rather than clicking on any link provided in the message.

The NHS Test and Trace service will never:

  • ask you to dial a premium rate number to speak to them (for example, those starting 09 or 087)

  • ask you to make any form of payment or purchase a product or any kind

  • ask for any details about your bank account

  • ask for your social media identities or login details, or those of your contacts

  • ask you for any passwords or PINs, or ask you to set up any passwords or PINs over the phone  

  • ask you to download any software to your PC or ask you to hand over control of your PC, smartphone or tablet to anyone else

  • ask you to access any website that does not belong to the government or NHS

If you think you have been a victim of fraud, please report it to Action Fraud at or by calling 0300 123 2040.

2020/6/23 News from University Hospitals Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation trust

Please click on the link to see the latest bulletin about morecambe bay hospitals 22 June 2020 update

2020/06/02 News from University Hospitals Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation trust

A cross-bay service is continuing to support people in Lancaster, Barrow and Kendal, with eye conditions during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemicThe Eye Clinic Liaison Officer (ECLO) service is based in the Macular Clinic at Westmorland General Hospital and also offers a service at Furness General Hospital and Royal Lancaster Infirmary. The ECLO service is still helping to support people via telephone and email whilst abiding with social distancing guidelines that have been put in place by the Government.

The service offers patients with eye conditions the following:

  • information about conditions and emotional support

  • advice about different equipment including magnifiers, lighting and reading and writing aids

  • help to obtain transport to and from appointments, if possible, during the pandemic

  • advice about digital support (phones, laptops or iPad)

  • advice about education, employment, housing and leisure

  • support to register for talking books

  • referral to organisations such as Galloways Society for the Blind, Barrow Society for the Blind and the Macular Society for peer support and access to social activities.

  • support for inpatients including giving advice about communicating with a sight-impaired person.

Joan Lindsay, of Bolton-le-Sands, who has Macular Degeneration and has used the ECLO for the past 12 months, said: “The service is absolutely brilliant and very supportive. I have used the service during lockdown and they have helped me to access a new magnifier for reading and helped to support me to set up my iPad.”

Jackie Bateman, Eye Clinic Liaison Officer at Westmorland General Hospital, said: “We want to remind people that we are still running and are here to help them. If people do feel that they are struggling with their condition or need advice and support then please do contact us.”

The service usually runs Monday to Wednesday from 8.30am to 4.30pm but a message service is available at other times during the pandemic. People can contact the service at 01539769055 or email

You can find out more about the ECLO service at

2020/06/02 Carnforth recycling centre now open

Carnforth Household Waste Recycling Centre reopened on Thursday 4 June, along with the sites at Haslingden and Longridge

They operate in the same way as the 12 sites which reopened earlier this month with a booking system and restrictions in place to manage demand and ensure social distancing. The feedback on these new arrangements has been very positive from visitors to the first sites that were reopened.

You must make an appointment before visiting a recycling centre or you won’t be allowed access. Appointments can be made online at the link below or by calling 0300 123 6781 (Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm). Appointments are limited to one visit to one site per calendar week and you will not be able to book multiple visits to different sites. Your vehicle registration will be checked on arrival to ensure you have a valid appointment.

A link to the booking system is below: 

2020/06/01 New business grants available

Discretionary Grants Fund

The government has launched a new round of business grants and Lancaster City Council will be awarding grants of a minimum of £2,000 to eligible applicants.

In the first instance Lancaster City Council will only accept applications from the following businesses, which the government has asked all local authorities to prioritise:

·        Small businesses in shared offices or other flexible workspaces. Examples could include units in industrial parks, science parks and incubators which do not have their own business rates assessment

·        Regular market traders with fixed building costs, such as rent, who do not have their own business rates assessment

·        Bed & Breakfasts which pay Council Tax instead of business rates

·        Charity properties in receipt of charitable business rates relief which would otherwise have been eligible for Small Business Rates Relief or Rural Rate Relief


There are four key eligibility criteria which must all be met.

1. Small and micro businesses, where two of these three conditions are met: 

·        Turnover: Not more than £10.2 million  

·        Balance sheet total: Not more than £5.1 million  

·        Number of employees: a headcount of staff of less than 50 

2. Businesses with relatively high ongoing fixed property-related costs  
3. Businesses which can demonstrate that they have suffered a significant fall in income due to the COVID-19 crisis  
4. Businesses occupying all or part of a property, with a rateable value or annual rent or annual mortgage payments below £51,000. 

Businesses that have already received a government support grant are not eligible for this grant.

Businesses that have received assistance from the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme are eligible as long as they fulfil the four key eligibility criteria.

·        Further information on eligibility and how the grant will be administered and funds awarded is available on GOV.UK

How to apply

·        Apply for a discretionary business support grant

Please see the following guidance to support your application:

·        Guidance on completing a discretionary grant application form (PDF)

·        Lancaster City Council guidance on the eligibility criteria for awarding discretionary grants

·        Government guidance on the discretionary grant fund

Paper applications are available on request. Please email or telephone Customer Services on 01524 582000.  

Closing date

Applications for this round of grants must be received by 30 June 2020.

2020/05/02 Useful contacts from Lancashire County Councillor, Phillippa Williamson

Some useful contacts for you

Lancashire County Council

T: 0300 123 6701

Minicom: 01254 220 666



Facebook –

twitter – @LancashireCC.

Lancashire Resilience Forum – you can follow them @LancsResilience.

Public Health England is continuing to publish confirmed cases of coronavirus, and give specifics for each part of the country, including Lancashire, on their website.

Lancaster City Council

T: 01524 582000

E: (for residents)

E: (for businesses)

NHS Status Checker – The Coronavirus Status checker was launched on the 4 April 2020. The information gathered will help the NHS to plan its response to the outbreak. You can more at

Highways – If you want to report a Highways fault you can do this on line at:

Household Waste – If you spot any fly tipping, please report this to Lancaster City Council on 01524 582000 or online at

Supporting Business – Businesses can find out more about the #AskforHelp online at, or call 0800 488 0057.

The Government has several financial support schemes to help businesses pay their bills and pay their staff. These include grants of £10,000 cash grant to small businesses, grants of £25,000 to those in the retail, leisure and hospitality sectors (subject to rateable value), increased Business Rates Relief, a Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, and support for the self-employed.

More information and links on how to apply for financial support is available on Lancaster City Council’s website or you can contact their business support team at or 01524 582000.

Libraries – You can renew items on line at renewing online or using the automated phone line 0300 123 6704.

Help Paying Bills – If you’re struggling to pay your council tax the council can help, including restructuring your payments. You can do this by emailing There is also a council tax support scheme for residents on low incomes. You may get up to 100% support in paying your bills. Residents in receipt of Universal Credit, are also likely to be eligible for full council tax support, More information is available from the customer services centre 01524 582000 or

Emergency Food – If you are aware of someone who needs help, you can find the contact details of people and organisations who can make a referral on If you don’t have access to the internet you can telephone the food hub on 01524 932001.

If you are just struggling to get out yourself to buy essential food, drink and household supplies, you can find a list of local retailers that are able to deliver at or phone 01524 932001.

Scams – Events such the coronavirus outbreak, bring out the scammers and fraudsters. Advice on scams is available on the Action Fraud website at or you can contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 0808 2231133.

Volunteering – There are many organisations that would welcome you as volunteers, either individually or as part of an organised group. Lancaster District CVS are coordinating volunteers to support community organisations across the district. To volunteer, you can phone the CVS or visit and fill in the form to register your interest.

If you are part of group providing mutual support at this time, and it hasn’t connected with either the CVS or the city council, please email so that they can support you in your work.

The County Council has published a new 7 minute briefing for use during the COVID-19 pandemic intended as an introduction to safeguarding guidance for volunteers at:

Job Opportunities The County Council has launched a campaign to recruit more social care staff for Lancashire to meet the extra demand that the coronavirus crisis is creating. This will run over the next couple of weeks. If you know anyone who may be interested, information is at:

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What can I do to help my family, friends and neighbours?

·        Please follow the latest advice from the government in relation to self-isolation, to protect yourself and others

Wherever possible people who are self-isolating are being encouraged to ask for help from family, friends, and neighbours. We would encourage everyone who can help others to let their family, friends and neighbours know if they are available and what they can do to help.

The type of help which could be offered includes:

·        collecting and delivering shopping – leaving deliveries on the doorstep or safe place to avoid close physical contact

·        suggesting local shopping options and trusted suppliers

·        collecting and delivering prescriptions if you are the nominated person registered with the GP

·        caring for pets

·        regular social contact via telephone, FaceTime, skype calls or other methods that will avoid physical contact (offering to call your neighbour who can’t get out so they have someone to chat to on the phone could make all the difference)

·        encouraging people to contact others in the same situation by linking people together

·        delivering books and magazines or materials to support hobbies such as wool for knitting or art materials

·        reassuring people with accurate and up to date advice and information

·        signposting people to other sources of help if needed

What else can I do to help?

We are aware that informal networks of volunteers are being set up within the district.

·        Lancaster district CVS is asking people to complete an online form to coordinate these efforts. If you’re able to offer support, please register your interest and someone will then be in touch to discuss your interest or your offer

·        If you can’t donate your time but would still like to help, an urgent appeal for financial donations has been launched. This is to help provide financial support for those organisations that are providing support for vulnerable people

·        Local foodbanks are also grateful for any donations you may be able to provide, particularly from any cafes and restaurants that have perishable stock that they need to dispose of

I need help and support

There are a number of local organisations offering support to local people in need. They include:

·        Morecambe Bay Foodbank offer emergency food and support to people in crisis

·        The Olive Branch supports vulnerable local people and those who are socially disadvantaged

·        Stanley’s Community Centre in Harbour and Heysham North Wards are offering food delivery through their food club on a Tuesday evening as well as telephone support on 01524 410076

·        Marsh Community Centre is providing telephone support on 01524 843300 as well as food club services and distribution on Thursdays

·        West End Impact are offering telephone support and advice on 01524 888929 or email – they also offer takeaway food in Harbour / Heysham North on Thursdays and Sundays   

Information for voluntary organisations, charities and community groups

The city council is in the process of establishing a district-wide voucher system for emergency food that will cover all charities, community centres, churches, schools and vulnerable individuals.

Community partners are being asked to provide the following information to assist in making arrangements:

·        Your organisation name

·        Staff contact(s)

·        Contact details (email, phone address)

·        Your logo if possible

·        Details of whether you are currently operating and what those hours are

Please email these details to so that we can collate a list of those organisations who would like to be able to refer clients. We will also have a hotline for organisations on the front line who can call with any questions: 01524 932001.

Last updated: 27 March 2020