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Agencies launch community campaign across Merseyside for Arson Awareness Week

Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service is joining forces with partner agencies to highlight the dangers of deliberately setting fires as part of Arson Awareness Week.

The initiative, which runs from Monday March 20 to Friday March 24, will see Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service team up with Merseyside Police, local authorities across Merseyside and housing providers to highlight the consequences of setting fires.

Teams of staff, advocates, PCSOs and volunteers will visit homes and businesses in Kirkdale, Everton, Litherland, Kirkby, Speke, St Helens town centre and Egremont in Wirral throughout the week to carry out Home Fire Safety Checks, distribute information leaflets and identify residents who may be vulnerable to arson attacks.

They will also provide skips to remove fly-tipped rubbish from communities, give advice to business owners about waste management, engage with homeless people to raise awareness of the dangers of fires and provide support to residents concerned about anti-social fire setting in their neighbourhoods.

‘Mini’ Police Officers from Hatton Hill Primary School in Litherland will join the teams around Litherland to hand out safety leaflets and give advice.

Station Manager Paul Kay, Arson Reduction Co-ordinator for Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service, said: “This campaign will see organisations from across our county come together to raise awareness of the dangers of arson and the impact fires have on our communities.

“Arson is a serious criminal offence which puts people’s lives at risk, causes damage to homes, businesses and community facilities and impacts on wildlife and the environment.
“It can range from mindless criminal damage to a deliberately-targeted attack but, either way, the potentially deadly consequences remain the same.

“If fire appliances are called out to deliberate fires this may delay the response to other emergencies, which could endanger lives elsewhere.
“We want to make people aware that deliberately setting fires in a public place is arson and, if caught, those responsible may face legal action.”

Merseyside Police Chief Superintendent Peter Costello, Head of Local Policing, said: “Merseyside Police is delighted to be supporting Arson Awareness Week, and we will be carrying out extensive work alongside MFRS and our other local partners throughout the week.

“We will also be using this as an opportunity to target serious and organised criminals operating across the county, in order to disrupt their criminal activity.

“The consequences of arson can be catastrophic in our communities, putting lives and businesses under threat and greatly impacting on the response of Merseyside’s emergency services.

“Educating people about the dangers of arson in all its forms is vital in reducing this impact. Alongside MFRS, we will robustly investigate incidents of arson and prosecute all those identified as being responsible.”

Cllr George Davies, Wirral’s Cabinet Member for Community Safety, said: “Arson attacks not only put lives at risk but also people’s homes, businesses and local facilities.

“In Wirral we have been working closely with Merseyside Fire Service to combat the problem of fires in fly-tipped rubbish.

“We would urge residents to report any suspicious activity immediately, particularly the initial dumping of rubbish as this can give us the opportunity to get it removed before an even more serious incident happens.”

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “Sadly, deliberate fires take up a large amount of firefighters’ time which could easily be avoided.

“Many fires are started deliberately and this irresponsible behaviour needs to stop so supporting Arson Awareness Week can really help raise awareness about this.

“It is great to see pupils at Hatton Hill Primary School in Litherland getting involved in the project and I hope that it will have a lasting impression on them and their local communities.”

Cllr Eddie Connor, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said: “We are delighted to be working with Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service to help raise awareness of this important issue. Arson can not only cost lives, but also costs a lot of money in repairs and we will do everything we can to support this campaign.”

Crosby Library to host special community meal

One pot will be plenty for local residents as Crosby Library hosts a special community meal on Monday, 27 March.

If you have a glut of ingredients that you need to use or fantastic personal recipes that the world is missing out on, the Fairland Collective of professional artists, are inviting you to be part of the One Pot Project in Crosby Library to cook a meal for your local community. 

This unique event will give local residents insight into all aspects of food production, from how produce is made to getting the best from your ingredients to create delicious, nutritious meals.

The day will start at 11am, as participants make their own pasta, print food labels, share recipes and document those recipes in zines they will design with the help of artists from Fairland. This will be followed by an informal lunch for participants and library staff before the day is rounded off by making chutney, including chopping, cooking, jarring and labeling.

There is no need to book a place on the One Pot Project and you can turn up any time during the day.

 The partnership between the Fairland Collective and Sefton Library Service is part of At The Library, an Arts Council England funded programme of commissions, projects and residencies inviting artists and communities to be creative in Sefton’s libraries.

To learn more about At The Library, visit:

Art at the Library Facebook and Instagram

Alternatively, you can visit the Fairland Collective Tumblr page

 

Skimming Pebbles’ at Formby Library

The next in the series of monthly talks at Formby Library will see local poet, Shirley Tomlinson, reading from her latest book “Skimming Pebbles”.

Come and enjoy an afternoon with the award winning poet as she reads her poems of warmth and wit and explains what inspires her to write.

The talk starts at 2pm on Tuesday, March 14 and places are free, however booking is essential. To secure a place please phone Formby Library on 01704 874177 or email Formby.Library@sefton.gov.uk.

For more information about Sefton Libraries, visit www.sefton.gov.uk/libraries

Klondyke Letters

Letters are being delivered to homes in the Klondyke area of Sefton informing nearby residents on the progress of the latest housing development.

The letters, signed by Cllr Trish Hardy, Cabinet Member Housing and Communities, will drop through letterboxes in Annie Road, Marion Road, Thornton Avenue, Springwell Road, Menai Road, Netherton Road and Monfa Road giving an update on the scheme.

As part of the development, Bellway will provide 142 new homes bringing significant regeneration benefits to Bootle, including greater footfall into local shops and businesses.

Demolition works were completed in October 2015 and the letters explain how legal matters are all now in place and subject to some final details, Bellway will have the opportunity to start on site shortly.

Cllr Trish Hardy, said: “We are very keen to ensure that all residents living in the proximity of the proposed new development are fully informed on the progress that is being made to getting these new homes on site.

“We totally understand residents’ frustrations with the length of time it has taken for work to begin on the site. This is due to a number of legal agreements taking much longer than expected which are now thankfully resolved.

“Once work starts we are confident that this will be another popular location for homebuyers and further information will be made available by Bellway when they are in a position to be in touch directly. We will also give further updates to residents as this exciting housing development progresses.

“One of the main outcomes from the Sefton 2030 Vision consultation was the need for more quality housing across the borough and we believe this development will help fulfil these objectives.”

Improving the customer offer for bus users

Bus passengers travelling around the Liverpool City Region can benefit from an improved ticket offer from this week. (Monday 30th January).

   The introduction of a new ticket and new way of buying existing ones, are a result of Merseytravel, Arriva and Stagecoach working together through the Bus Alliance.

Arriva’s Merseyside Adult and Young Person’s Weekly Saver tickets and Stagecoach’s Adult and Young Person’s 7 day Merseyside Megarider plus+ tickets are now available to buy and renew on a Walrus Card on the bus.

There is no change to prices or validity and Walrus cards are reusable and allow customers to simply top it up on the bus when they need to.

This is all about the next stage in the journey to ensuring transport tickets are available on smart platforms. Customers are asked to retain their Walrus card for future use especially as there are plans to start an activation fee on all new cards in the near future.

On the same day, Merseytravel has also launched a new adult One Day Solo bus ticket. It’s available to buy on bus services within Merseyside and gives customers the freedom to travel on any bus, any time with just one ticket for £4.70. It is valid through peak times.

Arriva day saver tickets for £4.30 and Stagecoach dayrider tickets for £4 are unchanged and will remain accepted by either operator on Quality Bus Network journeys.

Smart card and multi operator ticketing are the key focus of the Bus Alliance a formal agreement between Merseytravel, Arriva and Stagecoach (who together operate 90 per cent of commercial bus services in the Liverpool City Region) with the aim of getting more people travelling by bus and driving up investment for all who use them.

Significant investment in recent years has seen the customer experience on bus improved and we expect this progress to continue.

As 80 per cent of public transport journeys in the City Region are made by bus, there is potential for bus to play a much more significant role in growing our economy, better linking people with jobs and opportunities, education and leisure.

Said Cllr Liam Robinson Chair of the Merseytravel Committee:

“The Bus Alliance is transforming the approach to tickets and ticket buying to make the process more convenient and efficient for customers by making the most of technology and offering new products.

“The new Adult One Day Solo is an example of how we are improving the customer offer to help make bus a mode of choice rather than last resort.

“This ticket could benefit those who don’t travel regularly or have different working patterns including part time workers, students and leisure travellers. Some of these bus users may be spending unnecessarily, on a weekly ticket or a season ticket or in a single day, or may have had to buy a number of different bus tickets across different services.”

 

Howard Farrall, Managing Director Arriva Merseyside said “The new one day multi-operator Solo ticket is a great step forward for the Bus Alliance, giving increased flexibility to the travelling public in Merseyside.

“By adding the Arriva Weekly Saver Ticket range to the already successful Walrus card, customers will have even more flexibility when choosing their best ticket option.”

Rob Jones, managing director of Stagecoach Merseyside and South Lancashire, said: “This is great news for bus users across the Liverpool City Region who will enjoy a more accessible ticket range as a direct result of the partnership between Arriva, Merseytravel and Stagecoach.

“Using technology is a great way to deliver greater convenience for passengers and we’re pleased that customers purchasing Stagecoach’s Adult and Young Person’s 7 day Merseyside Megarider plus+ tickets on the bus can now do so using the Walrus card.

“Dayrider tickets remain available on the bus or the Stagecoach bus app.”

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