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Next of Kin Appeal for Southport Woman

Sefton Coroners Office is asking for the family of Margaret Reymueller to come forward.

Ms Reymueller,, 89, of Manchester Road in Southport passed away on Sunday, 25 June.

There were no suspicious circumstances.

Anyone who can help the coroner identify and trace Ms Reymueller’s next of kin, should call 0151 777 3422 or email Sefton.Coroners.Office@merseyside.pnn.police.uk.

Merseyflow tolling registration opens on 17th July

Registration for www.merseyflow.co.uk opens on Monday 17th July.

From 8am on Monday 17th July you will be able to register for the merseyflow tolling system that will operate on the new Mersey Gateway and Silver Jubilee bridges.

Merseyflow and Halton Council are urging people to register online as quickly as possible to ensure they don’t get caught in a last minute rush when the new bridge opens in the autumn.

Registering with merseyflow is the only way to get discounts or, if you qualify, free travel across the new bridge and the Silver Jubilee Bridge.

From the morning of 17th July anyone can visit www.merseyflow.co.uk and sign up for the merseyflow account that is right for them.

Signing-up online is the easiest way to register, but the locally based walk-in centre and the call-centre will also open at that point so anyone who wants to register in person or by phone will be able to do so.

Anyone who is eligible for the Halton residents’ discount scheme must register and pay their £10 annual fee in order to claim their free trips.

People will also be able to register for a pre-pay account, monthly pass or Blue Badge holder pass from next month, all of which give discounts on the full unregistered toll fee.

The free-flow tolling system will mean journeys across the Mersey in Halton will be quicker, easier and more reliable, because drivers won’t need to stop or use a toll booth bucket.

It will still be possible to cross the bridge without registering but, if you do, you will have to pay the full unregistered toll fee which is £2 per car per crossing, with additional charges for larger vehicles.

Anthony Alicastro, who is Chief Executive Officer of Emovis Operations (Mersey) Limited., a wholly owned subsidiary of emovis, which runs the merseyflow operation, said demand for registration is expected to be high as we approach the opening of the bridge, and urged people to register as soon as they can after 17th July, to avoid delays.

 

He said: “We’ve had a lot of enquiries from people wanting to know when they can register, so it is good to be able to confirm 17th July as our registration date. From 17th July you will be able to register to use the brand new Mersey Gateway Bridge, and – once refurbished – the Silver Jubilee Bridge.”

“If anyone isn’t sure what this means for them, I would encourage them to visit www.merseyflow.co.uk and look at all the detail there about different registration options to make sure they don’t miss out. Whilst there will be a range of ways to sign up, we’d like to encourage people to register using the merseyflow website, as this will be the quickest method.”

David Parr, Chief Executive of Halton Borough Council said,

“Anyone who wants to be ready to benefit from the improved connectivity and reduced journey times provided by the Mersey Gateway Bridge should sign up from Monday, 17th July.

“To provide everyone with plenty of time to sign up, registration is starting well ahead of the bridge opening in autumn this year,”

“It’s also really important that eligible Halton residents register in order to get the special discount deal the council has been able to fund for local people.

“It’s inevitable that there will be a last minute rush to register, so the best thing to do is sign up as early as possible so you don’t have to worry about doing this in the autumn.”

 

To be eligible for the Halton residents’ discount scheme, you must:

  • Hold a valid UK drivers licence showing your address in Halton
  • Live in Halton in a property with a council tax band of A-F
  • Have a vehicle (a car or a small van) registered in your name on the V5C vehicle registration document

All three documents must have the same address in Halton.

How to register 

To make the registration process as easy as possible there will be a range of sign up methods available, however registering on the merseyflow website – www.merseyflow.co.uk – will be the fastest method.

You can also register in person at merseyflow’s new walk-in centre, which will open soon in Runcorn.

Or register by telephone. If you choose to register over the phone, eligible Halton residents and Blue Badge holders will then need to email copies of your documents to merseyflow.

If you’re an eligible Halton resident and would like to register online, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Take photographs or scan copies of your driving licence, your council tax bill and your vehicle registration document (the red and green V5C form) to prove you are eligible.
  2. Visit merseyflow.co.uk, click on ‘Register Now’ and select ‘Halton residents’ account. Complete the registration process and upload the photographs/scans.
  3. Pay the annual £10 administration fee. Once you have successfully registered, you will receive a confirmation email and your special merseyflow sticker will be sent through the post.
  4. Display your merseyflow sticker in your vehicle, following the instructions provided.

If you’re a Blue Badge holder, and would like to register online, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Scan or take a photograph of both sides of your blue badge to prove you are eligible.
  2. Visit merseyflow.co.uk, click on ‘Register Now’ and select ‘Blue Badge holder’ account. Complete the registration process and upload a copy of both sides of your blue badge.
  3. Pay the £5 one-off registration fee. Once you have successfully registered, you will receive a confirmation email and your special merseyflow sticker will be sent through the post.
  4. Display your merseyflow sticker in your vehicle, following the instructions provided.

If you live outside Halton and would like to register for a pre-pay account, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Visit merseyflow.co.uk, click on ‘Register Now’ and select ‘Pre-pay’ account. Complete the registration process, entering all details as required.
  2. Pay the £5 one-off registration fee for each vehicle you register. Once you have successfully registered, you will receive a confirmation email and your special merseyflow sticker will be sent through the post.
  3. Display your merseyflow sticker in your vehicle, following the instructions provided.

The new bridge is scheduled to open in autumn 2017. When the new bridge opens the Silver Jubilee Bridge will be closed to road traffic for up to 12 months while it is refurbished.

During this time the Silver Jubilee Bridge will remain open to pedestrians and cyclists.

All Liverpool City Region travellers advised to plan ahead of rail strikes

All travellers in the Liverpool City Region are being urged to plan their journeys and check before they travel ahead of strike action on both the Merseyrail network on and Northern services in early July.

Merseyrail services are affected on Saturday 8th and Monday 10th July, Northern Services are affected on Saturday 8th, Sunday 9th and Monday 10th July.

While train users will be most directly impacted, the whole transport network is expected to be busier as people find other ways to travel.

Most Merseyrail services are planned to run every half hour from around 7am to 7pm and services will not stop at some stations. Passengers are strongly advised to check the Merseyrail website and Twitter feed before travelling  as it is possible that timetables will change prior to, as well as during, strike action. 

Meanwhile, passengers who travel with Northern are also advised to check before they travel as Northern is planning on running more than 40 per cent of services on revised timetables between 7am and 7pm on Sat 8th July and Mon 10th July and between around 9am and 5pm on Sunday 9th July.

Services by other mainline train operators will continue to run as normal.

Key advice for everyone in the City Region needing to travel on these dates is:

  • Check before you travel: If you’re a rail user plan based on current information available, but be prepared to adapt your plans as timetables may change on these dates 
  • Rail stations are likely to be busier as a result of reduced rail services. Don’t aim for the last scheduled train, get there early.
  • If you’re not a rail user, you’re still likely to be affected as people find alternative ways to travel. Leave longer for your journey and avoid travelling at peak times where possible.
  • Bus may be a good alternative, with an extensive network across the Liverpool City Region. Some services will be monitored and strengthened on key routes.
  • The Mersey Ferries will be a good alternative if you’re travelling cross river, free car-parking at Seacombe for 370 cars with frequent commuter services Monday to Friday.
  • Cyclists can use valid cross river tickets on the Mersey Ferries.
  • Stick to public transport wherever possible to reduce congestion on key routes such as the Mersey Tunnels and roads in and out of the City Centre.
  • If you have no option but to drive, consider car sharing.
  • Speak to your employer about whether there is any flexibility in working times or the possibility of working from home.

Further information and travel options are available:

For the latest on Merseyrail services visit the website  or follow @Merseyrail on Twitter. You can also call 0151 555 1111.

For the latest on Northern services visit the website follow @northernassist on Twitter or visit National Rail Enquiries.

Use Merseytravel’s journey planner to see your travel options and visit the travelling around section of the website for more details on routes and timetables.

If you need additional help in planning your journeys call Merseytravel on 0151 330 1000

Information about services for industrial action on Sunday 23rd July will be published nearer the time.

Share your Views about Caring for the Formby Coast

The National Trust at Formby is inviting local people to share their thoughts about caring for the coast at an Open Day on Monday 17 July 2017 from 9.30am to 7pm.

The Trust is encouraging people to share their views and stories about the Formby coast past, present and future. The event will explore ideas for how this special place can best be cared for and benefit the people who love it and the wildlife that makes its home here.

The day follows announcements earlier this year that the Trust is in discussions with Sefton Council about the transfer of an additional 204 hectares of land at Lifeboat Road and Ravenmeols into its care. The transfer has been approved by the Sefton Cabinet and positive discussions are ongoing, with further announcements expected later this Summer.

Formby Point is much loved and used by local people and is home to rare wildlife including sand lizards, Northern Dune Tiger Beetles and the rare Natterjack toad. The pine woodlands that fringe the coast provide a wonderful habitat for rare red squirrels.

Joanne Hudson, General Manager for the National Trust, commented:

“2017 marks 50 years since the National Trust took on the care for the land here at Formby and it is a fitting time to be celebrating that work and looking to the future. We’ve already been speaking to local people about what they would like to see at Formby and this Open Day will provide further opportunities for people to share their ideas, thoughts and stories.

‘We’ll be exploring everything from challenges around traffic and access, to opportunities to get involved through volunteering and how we can manage the landscape for wildlife and nature. We hope you’ll be able to come along and get involved and explore how we can continue to work together as a community to enhance this special place.”

Cllr John Fairclough, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Locality Services, said:

“Our entire stunning coast is very important to us and we are always looking at ways of improving it for the benefit of our local communities and visitors to the borough.

“The Open Day hosted by the National Trust will give people the chance to share their thoughts on how the Formby coast can be enhanced even further. Please take the time to attend and get involved.”

Stalls will be open throughout the day for people to drop in and chat to National Trust staff and other members of the local community. A series of workshops (booking required) will also be running focused on themes of access and facilities, caring for the coast and working with local businesses and the community. For more details of how to join visit:

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/formby/features/formby-coast-open-day

Workshops:

  • 00-13.00: Experiencing Formby, Access and Facilities: we will discuss: traffic and access, car parking, dog walking, facilities (toilets, coffee shops, food offer), memberships, events and how to manage busy days.
  • 00-16.00: Caring for the Coast, Caring for Formby: we will discuss nature and wildlife, car park location, sand dunes and woodland management.
  • 30-18.30: Working with local businesses and the community: we will discuss opportunities for businesses and communities in Formby to work with the National Trust: catering and retail opportunities, volunteering and work opportunities.

Bootle Schools Come Together to Celebrate Local History

A digital map of Bootle’s captivating history has been developed by pupils of Bootle schools.

Each of the schools focused on a specific aspect of local history and found out about the history of their schools and their connections with famous people; they discovered about mysterious buildings on the Leeds Liverpool Canal, as well as Johnson’s dye-works.

The pupils did their own research and investigations into their chosen area, taking part in ‘History Days’, outdoor visits and engaging with re-enactors who brought aspects of the history to life in the classroom and provided artefacts for the children to handle.  For many it was the first time that they had been able to visit The Atkinson.

The Atkinson has supported this project as part of the programme of activities linked to the museum development, which has been funded by the Heritage Lottery.  This has enabled the schools to work with leading web designers Fuzzy Duck in creating the Bootle History Website – which means the schools are able to digitalise the map and add new important discoveries  all the time.

The Strand Partnership is a collaborative of 24 schools in South Sefton, who work together to improve the training and development of staff, programmes for pupils and to develop collaborative working across the sites.  

Every year the Strand Partnership schools come together to work on a project and this year we are delighted that it was with The Atkinson, who were able to help them develop this incredible  map of historical events and places for their local area. This new digital resource will be added to for years to come and act as an educational resource to teach local heritage in schools whilst helping to instil a real sense of pride of place in their home town. 

David Atkin – Strand Facilitator said:

Everyone agreed that the project was a great success, but we also agreed that it was just a start!  There was plenty of work left to do, much more research to undertake, many more things to be discovered!

The Strand Schools Council History Project, ‘Our Bootle History’ has engaged pupils and staff across South Sefton and created a very modern new resource which will benefit our schools forever.”

Emma Anderson, Director, The Atkinson said:

“This has been a fabulous project for us to be involved in. The schools have worked incredibly hard and have developed something very special and that they can be proud of and develop further. Bootle has such an interesting and varied history that it is important that local pupils learn about it and can feel proud of where they come from.”

The Bootle History Map is being launched on 6 July at a special event at Bootle Cricket Club for everyone who has worked and been involved in the project.

To see what the pupils discovered check out the digital map at  ourbootlehistory.co.uk.

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