LETTERS TO EDITOR:- "Parking and Merseyside Police in Formby"
"PLEASE publish our letter.
Merseyside Police in Formby, Ainsdale and Birkdale, have been
consulting residents and businesses regarding what they consider to
be issues requiring attention in those areas. The matters raised are
being given attention, but it is clear that there is a general worry
about the illegal and inconsiderate parking of vehicles.
The problem seems to exist throughout the area, but it is
particularly prevalent near to Formby Railway Station, the Squirrel
Reserve and in the area of schools. Vehicles are being parked on
grass verges and pavements, on yellow lines and in places where they
cause an obstruction.
The police are asking drivers to be careful where they park their
vehicles. Careless parking is not only a nuisance for residents; it
can be dangerous and can lead to accidents. Illegal parking can be
anti-social and selfish. It causes safety problems when the view of
drivers is obstructed, when parents pushing prams have to move into
the road to get round them or when children and other pedestrians
have to cross busy roads when their view is obstructed.
The police in the area will be monitoring the situation and are
asking that people think carefully about the problems they are
causing before leaving their vehicles in illegal and dangerous
positions. If necessary, action will be taken to enforce parking and
Yours Sincerely, Inspector Pauline Trubshaw".
For readers who do not know:- Inspector
Trubshaw is the Neighbourhood Inspector for Formby, Ainsdale and
Plans for Stockton
Heath Primary School are in the spotlight
A MEETING to consider a planning
application for Stockton Heath Primary School will take place on
Monday 20 March 06 at the Town Hall, Warrington.
The special meeting of the Development Control Committee will take
place at 6:30pm in the Council Chamber.
Cllr Terry Whelan, Chairman of the Committee, said:- "The
decision to hold a special meeting to discuss this one application
reflects awareness of the range and extent of views held locally
about the proposed development of the school. A special meeting
allows for interested groups and bodies to be afforded appropriate
opportunity to make their comments known to Councillors, while not
delaying or imposing upon the committee process."
The accommodation and PA system at the Town Hall will allow
representations to be heard and for the committee to properly debate
the planning issues, which relate to this proposal. This has not
always been easy to secure when committees have been held in other
Officers are already in contact with local residents groups to
ensure that provision can be made to enable representatives from
those groups to have the opportunity to properly express their
points of view.
It is not possible to accommodate all those who have commented for
or against the application, but is considered that this process
enables the committee to hear from those putting themselves forward
as representatives of various parts of the local community.
Members of the Committee have already decided that they will visit
the area before the meeting to ensure understanding of the context
of the site.
note:- AGE POSITIVE LAUNCHES NATIONAL AWARDS TO FIND BRITAIN’S AGE
THE hunt is on to find employers
and individuals from the North West challenging workplace ageism Age
Positive, a Department for Work and Pensions’ campaign to remove age
discrimination in employment, has launched the Age Positive Awards
06. The Awards recognise employers and individuals who are positive
about age and challenge ageist attitudes and stereotypes in the
The Awards are a key part of Age Positive Week, a series of
awareness-raising events to inform employers and the public about
age discrimination and to celebrate the benefits of age diversity.
Age Positive Week 06 will take place from 8 May to12 May 06.
Launching the Awards, Stephen Timms, Minister for Pensions Reform,
said:- "It’s time to bring ageism to an end. The Government is
introducing new laws this October to make age discrimination
illegal. Discrimination is not only bad for individuals who suffer
the adverse effects, it’s bad for business too. Companies of all
sizes have realised that a successful workforce is a mixed-age one
that includes older workers, bringing business benefits such as
reduced recruitment costs, higher retention rates, greater
flexibility, higher productivity, and a broader range of skills and
Through these Awards, Age Positive is calling upon everyone to
demonstrate real commitment, to focus on what the individual has to
offer and not on their age. Being positive about age means building
an effective workforce of different ages. It's about making sure
that employees have the skills and the support they need to develop
their own potential and improve business performance.”
The Age Positive Awards 06 invite entries in two categories:-
• Employer category:- Employers who can demonstrate that they have a
positive attitude towards age diversity in recruitment, training or
• Individual category:- Individuals who can demonstrate how they are
defying ageist stereotypes or have overcome ageism.
Judged by an independent panel with representatives from England,
Scotland and Wales, the winners and finalists will be honoured by
the Minister for Pensions Reform at a special awards ceremony in
London on 10 May 06. Awards for outstanding achievement will also be
presented to the best entries in each category.
65 year old Malcolm Pounder from Barrowford in the North West of
England was the first person to be allowed to stay on at the Post
Office over the age of 65. This marked a big change in attitude and
a growing awareness that it is experience, and not age, that counts
in the workplace.
The closing date for entries is 14 April 06. For an entry form to
nominate yourself, a colleague or your employer, visit
more information and application forms.