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Mayor’s Musings: A New Year and a new beginning for our citizens

Happy New Year and welcome to the first edition of the Mayor’s Musings! For those of you who don’t know me, I’m Mayor of Sefton Councillor Dave Robinson.

Along with my wife Mayoress Wendy Robinson and my team of civic helpers, I get to see the very best of what our beautiful borough has to offer – from welcoming new citizens to fabulous theatre performances from our talented troupes and much more in between.

The start of 2018 has been a rollercoaster of Mayoral engagements! We started on January 5 with a trip to the Showmen’s Guild of Great Britain  Annual Luncheon. Around 35-40 other Mayors from the North West attended along so it was a great opportunity for me to meet the other mayors and to see what they’re doing in their terms of office. 

But there’s little time to take in the busy diaries of my contemporaries as the very next day I was honoured to attend the Sefton Children’s Trust Christmas Party at the Plaza Cinema where I got to meet and greet the families of the children I had previously met at the Children’s Trust House in Shropshire.

Not everyone realises part of the Mayor’s duty is also to give tours of our fabulous town halls – the following Monday I was delighted to welcome Formby U3A (University of the Third Age) to Bootle Town Hall; a building of much grandeur! 

And from Formby it was onto Romania…and India…and Eqypt! I welcomed nine lovely people from a variety different countries including Romania, Philippines, Egypt, America, China, India, Australia and Malaysia as part of one of our many citizenship ceremonies we host throughout the year.

Finally, just before I hung up my robes for another week, it was on to Merseyside Police HQ for a fantastic initiative between our friends in Blue and Sefton Council to help warn children of the dangers of scrambler bikes. A special competition saw some of our fabulous local school kids win a one of a kind ski-trip to Scotland.

 Five different schools throughout Sefton including Lander Road, The Grange, English Martyrs, Hatton Hill and All Saint took part where they were asked to make short videos about the dangers of scrambler bike use and the impact they have on the community. 

Now it’s time for me to look forward to my next set of adventures and start planning for the Mayor’s Charity Dinner in March! Plenty of more details soon to come! 

Cllr Dave Robinson
Mayor of Sefton

 

Holocaust Memorial Service 2018

Sefton will remember victims of the Holocaust during a special memorial ceremony open to everyone.

This years’ service will be attended by the Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Dave Robinson and takes place on Sunday, January 28, at Christ Church, Lord Street, Southport at 1.30pm.

Partners including Sefton Council, the Association of Jewish Ex Service Men & Women, Sefton Equalities Partnership, Sefton Unison, students from local schools and colleges and Christ Church all help organise the annual service.

It will be the 18th tribute paid in Sefton as the ceremony is held on the nearest Sunday to Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD). Each year, Holocaust Memorial Day falls on January 27 – the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Poland.

Councillors and council officers will attend the memorial ceremony in Southport as well as members of the public. All will take part in a minute’s silence.

Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Dave Robinson, said:

“Each year on January 27, the world reflects on Holocaust Memorial Day.

“It’s a time for us all to pause to remember the millions of people who have been murdered or whose lives have been changed beyond recognition during the Holocaust, Nazi persecution and in subsequent genocides.

“At the annual service in Southport, we unite the many diverse strands of our communities and demonstrate how the lessons of the past can inform our lives today for a safer, better future.

“The service is an important event in our calendar and if you have the time, please join us to mark this day.”

The service in Southport is open to everyone, with refreshments served at the end.

For more information visit www.hmd.org.uk

Tree work to begin on Chapel Lane, Formby

Vital tree works are to begin later this month along Chapel Lane, Formby. 

The street tree management, which begins on Monday January 29, is expected to take around one week to complete.

Chapel Lane will be temporarily closed to vehicles while the works take place each day. The road will reopen to traffic during the evenings.

The works will also allow for the planting of seven new trees before the end of March 2018, with replacement trees expected to be a mix of species including non-fruiting horse chestnut.

A study of the Chapel Lane trees by Sefton’s Parks and Greenspaces team have found that five existing trees are in need of pruning works, while five horse chestnut trees were found to have severely declined in recent years.

They must be removed before they pose a significant health and safety risk.

A spokesperson for Sefton Council said: “The condition of the five large horse chestnut trees has declined significantly over the past few years and sadly they will not recover.

“We have decided to remove them before they pose a more significant risk to the public

“It is always regrettable when we have to remove trees, especially such large, prominent trees that have been part of the landscape for many years. 

“Sefton Council, along with ward and parish councillors, have secured funding to replace the trees.

“Seven new trees will be planted before the end of March 2018.

“We apologise in advance for any disturbance and inconvenience while the works are taking place.”

 

 

 

Merseyside Police Dismantle Cannabis Farm Worth Over £1 Million a Year at House in Bootle

Merseyside Police have discovered a cannabis farm worth more than £1 million per year in Bootle today, Friday 12 January 2018.

At around 7.10pm yesterday (Thursday, 11 January), officers were called to a house on Hawthorne Road after reports of squatters in the premises.

Officers from the force’s specialist Cannabis Dismantling Team (CDT) attended and made the property safe. A large cannabis farm with 271 plants was found across four floors of the property. The electric supply was found to be have been bridged. Enquiries are ongoing to identify those responsible.

Sergeant Gary Sorrell from the CDT said: “The excellent result shows the scale and organisation that some criminal groups are capable of. But more importantly, it demonstrates that we can and do identify such significant farms on a regular basis, taking away the harm and risk that they bring to our communities.

“If anyone has seen suspicious activity in or close to the South Park end of Hawthorne Road in recent days, please pass the information on, which may prove vital in tracking down those responsible and bringing them to justice.

“Criminals who set up these farms cause considerable misery for hard-working people who just want to earn an honest living, and attract violence including knife and gun crime to those communities in which they operate.

“Nobody wants to live near a magnet for crime. And as in this case, electricity is often bypassed, causing a huge fire risk to neighbours. If you are aware of cannabis being grown in your communities, please let us know and we can remove these potential death traps. If you recognise some of the signs, you can report any concerns and we will do the rest.”

Some of the signs that cannabis is being grown are:
• Strange smells and sounds
• Frequent and varied visitors to a property, often at unusual times
• Gardening equipment being taken into a property, such as plant pots, fertiliser, fans and industrial lighting
• Windows are sealed and covered or the curtains are permanently closed
• Heat from an adjoining property
• Birds gathering on a roof in cold weather
• Individually these activities may seem common place, however, together may indicate something more sinister

Anyone with information on the cultivation of cannabis can call police on 101. You can also call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously and for free on 0800 555 111 or via their online form: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/give-information-online.

Road closures in place following Southport RTC

Merseyside Police can confirm that emergency services are in Southport following a road traffic collision this morning, Thursday, 11 January.

At around 10.30am, a call was received of a female pedestrian hit by a lorry on Cambridge Road. The woman has been taken to hospital where she is in a serious condition.

The driver stopped at the scene and is helping with enquiries.

There are currently road closures in place on Cambridge Road and Manor Road and Preston New Road while enquiries are carried out.

Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to call Roads Policing on 0151 777 5747 or 101 quoting incident number 270 of 11 January.

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