Cllr Joanne Gardner’s Diary Winter 2023 / Spring 2024

A year goes extremely quickly for a Councillor, and once again I have engrossed myself into the various Committees and Working Groups that I have been elected onto.

Fylde Borough Council

Cllr Henshaw and I continue to work closely with the Independent Group of Cllrs.

I remain on the Internal Scrutiny Committee and have been heavily involved in scrutinising the Council’s approach to: Climate Change, Affordable Housing and Regeneration. I have to say as these are such important issues for the borough, I believe the outcomes could be improved - in particular with regards to the Climate Change issue, which is still being questioned by the Lib Dem’s, the Independents and Labour. The outcome of which will be challenged again at the next Full Council meeting in July. I hope we get the outcome the future generations of Fylde deserve. At the moment we have a ‘watered down’ version of what the Scrutiny Committee agreed.

I am also on the Audit and Governance Committee, which oversees Council policies and controls. I have very few issues with this committee, which operates well.

I remain the Shadow Lead for the Environment, hence why I have pushed for Climate Change and Fylde Council’s approach to it, to be scrutinised in more detail. I also joined the Council’s Community Scrutiny Committee, (as a Sub), when they brought the Environment Agency and United Utilities to answer questions in a public meeting. I brought up the issue of sewage being pumped into Liggard Brook, a grave concern which I and other Cllrs have. As a Liberal Democrat we see this as one of our key priorities to resolve - Govt and Councils must work together to hold those responsible to account.

One of the most proud moments of my first 12 months as our Cllr, was when Cllr Karen Henshaw JP asked me to be her Deputy Mayor - a wonderful priviledge and honour. I hope to support Karen in all her Community events throughout the year.

St Anne’s Town Council

I am really pleased to be your elected member on St Anne’s Town Council. They do some great work on behalf of residents. The CAN and TEN committees have now amalgamated and I remain a member. Sounds in the Square was extended into the winter and was really appreciated by the regular audiences. The Christmas Lights Switch On, and Santa Around Town were even more popular than usual, with a great family atmosphere. We are preparing for this year’s Music Festival, which has some great acts, unbelievable for a FREE EVENT. The group continues to produce some excellent projects such as the unique painting of telecom boxes and tree carvings around the town. There will be lots more to come in the Summer. 

I continue to be the Town Council’s Representative on Blundell Road Allotments and have just agreed to be the Town Council’s representative for St Anne’s in Bloom and I’m really looking forward to this role.

I am also a member of Policy and Resources.

My Diary


  • Sounds in the Square
  • TEN Committee Meeting
  • St Annes Town Council Meeting
  • Internal Scrutiny Committee
  • St Anne’s Christmas Switch On
  • Audit and Governance Committee


  • Event Space Presentation
  • CAN Committee Meeting
  • Mayor’s Christmas Cheer
  • Policy and Resources Committee
  • Fylde Borough Council - Full Council Meeting


  • St Annes Town Council Meeting
  • Sounds in the Square
  • Community Scrutiny Committee (Substitute)
  • CAN/TEN Meetings
  • Internal Scrutiny Committee


  • Audit and Governance
  • Extrordinary Town Council Meeting
  • FBC Full Council Meeting
  • Policy and Resources
  • Sounds in the Square
  • Internal Scrutiny Meeting
  • Planning Briefing
  • Elects Meeting


  • FBC Full Council
  • Regeneration Working Group
  • St Annes Town Council Meeting
  • Sounds in the Square
  • FBC Full Council


  • Climate Change Working Group
  • Affordable Housing Working Group
  • Cyber Training
  • Sounds in the Square
  • SATC - Activity Sessions Meeting
  • Mayor Rehearsals


  • FBC AGM and Mayor Making
  • Twinning Event at the Town Hall
  • CAN Meeting
  • Civic Sunday
  • Buckingham Palace (WOW) - such a shame it rained!


  • Speeding Issues
  • Illegal Parking Issue
  • Potholes and resurfacing requests
  • Fly tipping Issue
  • More Parking Issues
  • Housing Problems
  • Allotment queries
  • ASB issues
  • Zebra Crossing requests
  • Planning questions and concerns

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you need my advice or help with any matter.


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