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News Report Page 6 of 18
Publication Date:-
2021-08-29
 
 
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Call for those with a love of the outdoors to take part in Green Sefton customer satisfaction survey

SEFTON Council’s Green Sefton Service loves the Borough’s parks, green spaces, playgrounds, sports pitches and beaches just as much as its residents, which is why they want the community’s views on their management of these vital outdoor spaces. The customer satisfaction survey is now open for contributions until 31 October 2021 (Halloween) and can be easily completed online at:- Sefton.Gov.UK Green Sefton Rangers will also be out and about over the next fortnight at popular parks and coastal locations, to help gather feedback and encourage people to submit their thoughts online.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said:- "Sefton has 22 miles of stunning coastline, more than 30 parks and around 180 open spaces. All these places have been more popular than ever over the Pandemic for residents and visitors as people have enjoyed spending time outdoors. We have an incredibly passionate workforce who look after these sites, many of whom are experts on conservation and environmental issues. They work side by side a network of enthusiastic volunteers and community groups who together ensure our outdoor spaces are great places for people, animals and plants to thrive. It’s really important that we take time to stop and reflect on what has been an incredibly busy and demanding 18 months, and so conducting the survey at this time will allow us to make informed decisions on our management and development of the service area over the next few years."

Feedback will be gathered from people who use Sefton’s parks, open spaces and coastal gateways to see how they rate the services provided by Green Sefton and to set a baseline for future customer satisfaction surveys. The survey also looks to provide an understanding of the expectations of visitors which needs to be balanced with the Council’s commitment to managing recreation pressure on the Sefton Coast. The Council must also fulfil its legal duties under the Habitats Regulations to protect these internationally important nature sites.

Cllr Moncur added:- "We have faced backlogs and delays to many of our normal maintenance schedules this summer, as we’ve continued to feel the effects of the Pandemic. We know that some of our outdoor spaces are not looking up to their usual standards, which people may well reflect on when answering our survey. But the management and maintenance of our green spaces also needs to take into account the need to reduce the impact of climate change moving forward, and how we can boost our biodiversity so that rare species and habitats are not lost. We are interested in opening this dialogue with our residents as part of this survey, so that together raising the standards of our outdoor spaces doesn’t just mean regular mowing and pruning, but more sympathetic and sustainable approaches that benefit both people and planet."

Once the consultation period has concluded, the results will be used to inform and shape management and development decisions for the Green Sefton Service, for example where resources could or should be directed, to maintain and improve satisfaction levels.
 


Greener, longer goods vehicles could be rolled out from next year

IT is odd to think we would be looking at using even longer lorries, due to them being seen as putting other "drivers and other road users at risk" due to the fact many of the UK's country roads already struggle with them. In fact it was only in 2008 that the then transport secretary Ruth Kelly announced that longer and heavier lorries (LHVs) will not be permitted to use Britain's roads, at least "for the foreseeable future," due to this risk. yet, 13 years later, following a 9 year trial and public consultation, they could now be on the roads from next year!

The 9 year trial, that had vehicles up to 15.65m in length found them to be safer, more economical and better for the environment. According to the research, it's estimated LST's could remove up to 1 in 8 freight journeys by carrying the same amount of cargo in fewer lorries. This would support the UK Government's Transport Decarbonisation Plan by reducing mileage, congestion and carbon emissions. Following the successful trial and consultation, the Department for Transport will now consider the use of LSTs on Britain's roads outside trial conditions, and the environment boosting vehicles could be rolled out sometime in 2022.

The official announcement by Department for Transport was made on 24 September 2021, following the publication of the Department's consultation on the introduction of longer semi trailers (LSTs), for which the majority of respondents were in favour of their use. This announcement is seen by the about steps to reduce the impact of the haulage sector on the environment comes as the UK prepares to host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in November.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said:- "This Government is committed to fighting climate change and decarbonising our transport network, and we are working at pace to achieve net zero by 2050. This announcement is a vital step forwards as we work to introduce more environmentally friendly freight to our roads and build back greener."

Some 57% of those surveyed in the Government consultation felt LSTs should be in general circulation and could see the positive effects the move would have on both the road haulage industry and Britain's efforts to lead the fight against climate change.

The 9 year trial saw a reduction in the number of lorries making journeys across the country, with an average 8% reduction in miles covered by freight, as well as a 6.2% reduction in pollutants expelled. It also found the use of LSTs reduced the number of road traffic collisions, resulting from fewer journeys being made.

Road safety continues to be of paramount concern, and while the trial showed the use of LSTs caused fewer collisions, additional mitigations are under review to ensure hauliers and road users are kept even safer still. The Government will also soon launch a separate trial using heavier than normal, 48 tonne lorries, following a positive response from the consultation on their introduction. These lorries will be able to transport heavier containers directly to and from rail depots, so that goods can be transported across the country by train. Currently, the maximum weight of a lorry (44 tonnes) makes it difficult to carry heavier goods to rail depots, meaning goods are dispersed between more lorries to be taken to their end destination by road. Taking more goods in heavier trucks to rail depots to be transported by train will help reduce congestion across the country and also slash emissions.

The trial would ensure these heavier lorries are only used on specific routes and would limit their use to a maximum journey length, to help shift more cargo from road only journeys onto rail.

Yet, some groups are very worried by this move will increase accidents on our narrow and winding, as already HGV's on some single carriageways, within Town Centres and Villages are increasingly problematic, with many finding it hard to navigate through them safely. The biggest group saying they are at risk are cyclists. Issues like Direct Vision have also been looked at in recent years, like a consultation that took place in London, back in 2019, but . Interestingly, according to RoSPA, Cyclists are less likely to be involved in a collision with an HGV than a car, but when they are, they are more likely to be killed or seriously injured. So, what are your thoughts on these changes? Please email us to:-  News24@SouthportReporter.Com.

 

 
      
 
   
 
 
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