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Lancashire County Council
Boundary changes have occurred here. 2013 seats are an estimate of what the result would have been then if the new boundaries had been in place.
Election 2017 Results
|Party||Seats 2013||Seats 2017||Change|
|Seats 201335||Seats 201746||Change+11|
|Seats 201340||Seats 201730||Change−10|
|Seats 20135||Seats 20174||Change−1|
|Seats 20133||Seats 20172||Change−1|
|Seats 20131||Seats 20171||Change-|
|Seats 20130||Seats 20171||Change+1|
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Lancashire County Council is creating a number of virtual resources encouraging people to celebrate the VE day bank holiday at home.
The council's library service has opened up a variety of ebooks from the war, while Lancashire's museums have digitised a copy of Lancashire newspaper headlines from 1945.
The authority has also worked with care homes, with many holding 1940s themed parties including period clothing and packs containing bunting, flags and balloons.
Councillor Alf Clempson said:
We want everyone to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day safely. We may not be able to have the public celebrations many people planned, but we can still remember the heroes of World War II.
Lancashire County Council is drafting a plan to reopen recycling centres as soon as possible once they have the go-ahead from the government.
The council says it is actively working to ensure people will be able to access the sites soon, with the aim of opening in the next few weeks.
A spokesman for the authority said that people will either need to call or go online to book a time, and there will be social distancing restrictions in place for residents and staff.
Local Democracy Reporting Service
Opposition parties on Lancashire County Council have called on the authority’s Conservative leader to put politics aside – and co-operate with them over the decisions being taken to get the county through the coronavirus crisis.
In a letter to Geoff Driver seen by the Local Democracy Reporting Service, councillors from Labour, the Liberal Democrats, the Green Party and Independents said that there needed to be a more effective method of answering questions raised by opposition members – and taking on board their ideas.
Exiting the lockdown has risks and benefits and it is important that these are managed and the conflicting needs are balanced – which is best achieved through involvement of all groups on the council and with public consensus.
Similarly, restarting Lancashire’s economy will require a significant amount of forward planning and engagement with local businesses and the public at large. We believe that the best outcomes for all will be achieved by working together as county councillors from all parties.
The lead signatory, Labour group leader Azhar Ali, said other parties had been sidelined so far – unlike in authorities elsewhere in the country, adding that he hoped the Tory leader "will listen to common sense and do what other leaders have done and work on a cross-party basis".
However, Mr Driver said all councillors were receiving weekly briefings from the council's chief executive, adding that it was "shameful" that Mr Ali was "playing party politics with this".
If it was a genuine offer [to help], he would have just sent the letter to me, not copied it to the media and the Labour group whip before I’d even read it.
We’re the administration and we’re running the county council, along with the officers, through these really troubled times [and] a cross-party working group would be more of a hindrance than a help in terms of trying to get through this major crisis.
Liberal Democrat councillor David Howarth said it was "very disappointing that when we raise the issue of having some input, [Geoff] Driver goes into petty yah-boo-hiss politics", while the authority's only Green Party councillor Gina Dowding said "relationships between the ruling Conservative group and other political parties have not been good for years – and things appeared to deteriorate at the beginning of this crisis", adding:
I really hope that we can now put the past behind us – certainly for the next few months – and establish some trust that we are all working for the best for the residents of Lancashire. I’m totally convinced that’s what they want – regardless of who they voted for.