What is the proposed change?

We are consulting on possible changes to the boundary between Westby with Plumptons and the presently unparished area of Ansdell. This is part of a wider review of parish council areas across Fylde. There is government guidance about how we should carry out the review, which you can look at here.

The boundary of Westby with Plumptons around West Moss Lane would move southwards to Moss Sluice. This means that the land between the present boundary and Moss Sluice, which is presently not part of any parish, would become part of Westby with Plumptons. You can see the proposed change on the map below, where the current boundary is shown in pink and the proposed boundary is shown in green.

We are using the reference BW4 to refer to this possible change.

Why are we considering a change?

The Government Guidance says that parish council areas should be reviewed every ten to fifteen years. It is twelve years since parish council areas in Fylde were previously reviewed. The guidance describes the kind of changes that we should consider. These include changes to make parish boundaries reflect today’s patterns of settlement and community identity and to tie them to strong, clearly-defined ground features.

Changing the boundary of Westby with Plumptons would incorporate into the parish an area that has much more in common with the rural communities of Westby-with- Plumptons than with any parish council that may be established in the future to cover that part of the unparished area.  The sluice is a well-defined physical feature which is more identifiable, logical and relatable than the present boundary.

What do you think?

You can let us know what you think about the proposal on this page by filling in our questionnaire at https://forms.office.com/r/pg6VtqiVXD. You can also comment in the questionnaire on other changes to parishes that we are considering .If you prefer, you can send your views to: Parish Review, Fylde Council, Town Hall, St Annes Road West, Lytham St Annes FY8 1LW or email them to parishreview@fylde.gov.uk. Please reply if you can by the end by the end of March.