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Crime Prevention Advice Issued in Blundellsands After Burglary Offences

Sefton Council and Merseyside Police have been visiting Blundellsands, to give local residents crime
prevention advice after recent burglaries in the area.

Blundellsands Cllr Diane Roscoe joined Merseyside Police officers and PCSOs this morning (Wednesday, 15 March) in talking to members of the community and giving out crime prevention leaflets.

Community Sergeant Kate Young said: “We have seen recent incidents where unfortunately access has been gained through insecure doors and windows. Everyone can take some simple steps to stop your home being an easy target.

“Information on how to do this is available on the force website or you can speak to our local officers to get further advice.

“We also have numerous successful Neighbourhood Watch schemes in existence across Merseyside, which make a big difference to the way we police local areas. I would encourage anyone who is able to spare some time to get in touch.”

Blundellsands Labour Cllr Diane Roscoe, added: “Time spent with Merseyside Police and local residents in this capacity has been really positive and worthwhile.

“Local residents need to be aware that opportunists have been operating in the area and will take advantage of unlocked doors and windows left open.

“These types of burglaries are preventable so please be as vigilant as possible.”

Crime Prevention Advice

· Opportunists may try dozens of handles in a street and it won’t be long before they find one that opens if people forget to lock their doors properly
· Improve any security features like locks and alarms, and making sure your house always looks occupied
· Always be vigilant about anyone suspicious in your area and report any concerns to police

For more information about keeping your home and property safe please visit https://www.merseyside.police.uk/advice-and-protection/ or call Merseyside Police on 101.

Lifeboat Road Drop In Event

Sefton residents and coastal users are invited to come along and find out more about the potential transfer of land at Formby Point to the National Trust at a special drop in event on Saturday, 18 March at the Lifeboat Road carpark from 11am to 3pm.

Staff and volunteers from the National Trust and Sefton Council will be on hand to talk to residents and users of the coast at Formby and to answer any questions. Children can get hands-on with free activities and coffee and ice creams will be available for purchase

The event follows the announcement last week that positive discussions have taken place between the National Trust and Sefton Council over the potential transfer of 204 acres of land at Lifeboat Road and Ravenmeols. If agreed, this would mean that the dunes and pine forests would be become part of the National Trust’s portfolio. 2017 marks 50 years of the National Trust caring for land at Formby and is also Sefton’s Year of the Coast. The area is of vital importance for its mobile dune habitat and is home to rare wildlife including sand lizards, Northern Dune Tiger Beetles, Natterjack toads and red squirrels. It is also much loved and used by local residents and visitors.

Joanne Hudson, General Manager for the National Trust in Central and South Lancashire said:

“We are really excited about the opportunity this transfer would offer to improve visitor facilities and access along the coast, working together with local people to shape future plans. We’ve already been talking to people over the past year about what they would like to see improved. So far, we know that they would like more toilets, to buy a cup of coffee and to continue to visit this special place. Our aim is to ensure that this amazing stretch of coast will be protected and can continue to be used and enjoyed by future generations. We hope you will come and talk to us, ask any questions you may have and tell us what you would like to see happen at Formby Point.”

Cllr Ian Maher, Labour Leader at Sefton Council, added:

“Positive discussions have taken place with National Trust with the view of transferring land to them to develop further and secure the future of this fantastic coastline.

“We see this as an amazing opportunity where National Trust can improve and invest on this piece of land for the benefit of our communities and the many visitors to our borough. The drop in session is a perfect opportunity for people to find out more about this exciting development so please come along and feel free to ask any questions. We really want to hear peoples’ views to help develop this site for future generations.”

Residents can also discover what makes this stretch of coast so special on a series of Spring walks and talks throughout April and May. These will provide a chance to explore the local wildlife, including learning more about its rare squirrel and toad residents. For more information please visit https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/formby/news/the-future-care-of-formby-point

 Any objections or representations to the proposed disposal must be made in writing and addressed to Mr David Street, Assets and Property Manager, Sefton Council, Magdalen House, 30 Trinity Road, Bootle, L20 3NJ, no later than March 22, 2017.

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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