Village parades at risk from from police cuts – councillor
A Lancashire councillor fears traditional village parades across Lancashire are in jeopardy owing to police cuts.
Now Coun Malcolm Barron has tabled a motion to the next full meeting of Lancashire County Council on February 27.
He is responding to complaints from churches and other organisation that police may no longer marshall parades and walking days owing to economic and staffing cuts.
Lancashire police says each case is considered on its own merits.
Coun Barron, whose area covers Hesketh Bank, Tarleton and Banks, said he had been approached by a number of concerned organisations.
Coun Barron’s motion reads: “Lancashire County Council regrets reports that the Lancashire Constabulary will no longer marshal traditional parades and walking days which contribute so much to the traditions and life of the county.” He asks “the Chief Constable and Police and Crime Commissioner to reconsider this action and requests that in future they will continue to marshal these parades.”
Coun Barron said: “These are important local events and a great public relations opportunity for the police to be seen mingling with the community.
“If they refuse to marshall these events it will be a real shame. I hope to get all party support.”
A spokesperson for Lancashire Constabulary said: “Due to the significant resourcing implications in attending the numerous events and parades held across the area on an annual basis it has become necessary for us to review all occasions where we provide policing services.
“We understand that there has always been a perception and expectation that it is the police’s role to provide resources and manage the events, however this is not the case and it is the responsibility of the event organiser to ensure the safety of those attending and to undertake all stewarding and traffic management requirements. We are more than happy to continue our engagement with events organisers who require guidance on their responsibilities when organising a community event or parade.”