Domino’s coming to Ormskirk?

Domino's Ormskirk?

Domino's PizzaContinuing my series of posts about businesses that may or may not be coming to Ormskirk something interesting came into my inbox this morning. is a site which monitors council websites for planning applications in your specified areas and sends you an email when new applications appear. This morning one came up for 7 Aughton Street, Ormskirk:

Change of use to pizza takeaway. Installation of new shop front and air conditioning unit and extract duct to rear.

Interesting! Looking into the detail on West Lancashire Borough Council’s website shows the applicant as none other than Domino Pizza Group Ltd! Maybe I could become the Mayor on Foursquare and get a free pizza every Wednesday!

Dear Mr Owens

Dear Mr Owens,

Thank you for your letter dated 26th April in response to my suggestion that you look into completing the survey from TheyWorkForYou. I noticed the Guardian today published a story about how a number of Conservative PPCs have refused to answer the questionnaire:

Many Conservatives had explained their failure to answer using an identical phrase: “Surveys like this can often simplify policies too far and might not properly represent the nuances of party policies.”

I’m sure you (and the other candidates who said this) have a point but I believe it’s missing the bigger issue at play. That is, if you wish to involve the public in government – the “Big Society” if you will – then being able to express your ideas in new ways that are more accessible to your electorate is essential.

The Conservative party have said some very encouraging things about using new technologies to “crowd source” policies yet when one comes along it is shunned.

On the specific issue of the survey from TheyWorkForYou, it has space for you to add comments for each question to go into more detail of your views. Maybe an alternative would be for me to meet you in person, record your answers on video and I’ll publish it online – that way you can get your message across in your own words?

Yours sincerely,

Michael Nolan