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Keeping yourself safer for longer

Sefton Council’s Highway Safety Team are holding an event for people aged over 60 to bring the latest information on road safety.

There will be a range of speakers on the day, including representatives from Merseyside Police, Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service, Arriva along with an information ‘Market Place’.

Free lunch and refreshments will be available on the day. But places are limited so be sure to book your place early

Thursday 14th September 2017, Gild Hall, Formby, 10.00am – 2.00pm

For more information or to book your place call: 0151 934 4259 or email at: road.safety@sefton.gov.uk 

Leader blasts decision to build road through Rimrose Valley

The leader of Sefton Council blasts the decision to build a road through Rimrose Valley.

Leader of Sefton Council Cllr Ian Maher, said:

“I am completely astounded at the way Highways England have handled this whole situation and sent letters out by mistake to announce their preferred option is to build a dual carriageway through Rimrose Valley without notifying us in advance. All along they have stated there would be a decision in September and then jump the gun without informing us when they know how strongly we and our communities feel about this. Once again we have been railroaded. They will be hearing from us as it’s a farce the way the whole process has been dealt with.

“I’m not only furious at the way it’s been handled but they have completely ignored our calls for the tunnel option to be properly considered and consulted on as an alternative option to ease traffic on the A5036. To not even at least investigate the feasibility of this alternative shows a complete disregard towards our local communities once again. These communities already suffer from some of the poorest air quality and the Government’s response is to build a road through the Rimrose Valley which by Highways England’s own admission will make things even worst. It beggars belief.

“We have been clear throughout the consultation that the two options presented – a revamped A5036 Dunnings Bridge Road, which is already one of the busiest roads in the north, or a new £200m road through Rimrose Valley Park in Litherland – would both have a significant negative impact on local people. Our suggestion to fully explore the idea of building a tunnel between Switch Island and the Port of Liverpool should have at least been acknowledged. It remains my view that this option was rejected on cost grounds.  Whilst I accept that it would ultimately cost more money, tunnels have been built elsewhere across the country and I can’t help feeling that because we are in the north we are being treated as second-class citizens. This Government says that improving air quality is a priority but then makes decisions that are completely contrary to this.

“To just drop it on us early that their preferred option is to build a new road through Rimrose Valley will devastate the local community.  Not only will it remove much loved and vital green space provision in Sefton, but will cause air pollution and threaten the environmental and ecological systems which local people enjoy and which supports their health and wellbeing. I feel that the people of Sefton have been completely shafted in what is to me a very flawed decision and one that is completely out of our hands to do anything about, simply because the relevant national agencies have failed to co-ordinate a true multi modal solution to this issue.”

Mayor throws open doors to Bootle Town Hall

The Mayor of Sefton’s office are throwing open the doors of Bootle Town Hall next month for National Heritage Open Day.

Hour long tours of Bootle Town Hall will be available throughout Saturday September 9, forming one of over 5,000 events across England to reflect the rich and diverse cultural heritage of our communities.

Four tours will take place from 10:30am, 11:30am, 1.30pm and 2.30pm, showing off the Assembly Hall, Ballroom, Committee Room, Council Chamber and Mayor’s Parlours

Places on the tours can be booked via the Mayor of Sefton’s Office on 0151 934 2062, or by email mayorsoffice@sefton.gov.uk.

Commissioner reopens fund to help communities prevent crime

Organisations which help to reduce crime and protect communities in Merseyside are being invited to apply for a share of a fund aimed at helping building stronger, safer communities.

This is the third year that Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy has opened the Crime Prevention Fund which is used to help charities, community groups and social enterprises stop problems before they occur, by reducing the opportunities for crime and by deterring people away from becoming involved in anti-social and criminal behaviour.

A total of £135,000 is available from the fund and the Commissioner is inviting groups to submit bids of between £5,000 and £25,000 for innovative community safety projects or schemes that will be run between now and April 2018.

This year, the Commissioner is specifically urging organisations that are working to tackle the causes of serious and organised crime to apply for funding.

Jane said: “Serious and organised crime is, for many people, their greatest concern. It blights our communities, bringing misery and suffering and causing lasting harm.

“Merseyside Police allocates extensive resources to tackling this issue, but they cannot succeed alone. Local people understand their communities better than anyone and know what will work best to improve their area. We are fortunate to have a wealth of voluntary and community groups which are working hard to prevent people, especially young people from getting involved with this type of crime and I want to hear from them.

“Through the Crime Prevention Fund, I want to see what more can be done to tackle this issue and with these grants I hope I can give organisations which are trying to address the root causes of this issue a valuable cash boost which will help to make a difference to communities across Merseyside.”

Last year, 12 grassroots organisations were chosen to share £132,000 from the Crime Prevention Fund from a total of 116 bids submitted. Many of the projects focused on preventing young people from getting involved with crime.

Lord Street to undergo resurfacing works

Sefton Council has sent out letters to residents and businesses on Lord Street, Southport to let them know about an upcoming carriageway resurfacing project.

Through a series of technical surveys and engineering analysis undertaken across the borough, Lord Street has been identified as a priority for resurfacing works.

Lord Street will undergo an important series of resurfacing works, to improve the carriageway, commencing on Monday, September 18 and taking approximately six weeks to complete.

In a bid to minimise disruption, the works will be managed in four stages:

Stage 1: Duke Street to Eastbank Street
Stage 2: Eastbank Street to Nevill Street
Stage 3: Nevill Street to Manchester Road
Stage 4: Eastbank Street junction and Nevill Street Junction

Each phase will be carried out between 8am-5pm with the exception of Phase 4, which will be carried out after 7pm.

Pedestrian access to shops and amenities will be permitted at all times, while access for deliveries is restricted between 7.30am to 9am and 5pm to 7pm daily.

There will be ongoing liaisons with properties affected as the works progress.

Diversions will be in place via Duke Street, Victoria Way, Esplanade, Promenade and Seabank Road.

Cllr John Fairclough, Cabinet Member for Locality Services, said: “We are eager to improve the road surface on Lord Street, especially in the run up to Christmas time which sees a lot of people visiting Southport.

“The timing of the works has been designed to minimise the impact on businesses, residents and visitors

“Sefton is a borough on the move and regenerating the carriageway on Lord Street is a key priority for us.

“The scheme will be carried out by Dowhigh Ltd and we expect any disruption throughout the improvement works to be kept to a minimum.

“Additional information will be posted out to residents and businesses at least two weeks in advance of the works to update people further.”

For further information on road closures across the borough visit www.sefton.gov.uk.

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