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Issue Date:- 23 June 2008

RESPECT success in Liverpool

A CRIME and grime-busting initiative in Liverpool has had a massive impact on crime and anti-social behaviour.  An independent study shows the RESPECT weeks of action, which start again next week, have proved hugely successful in tackling issues such as vandalism, litter, fly tipping and truancy as well as providing education, employment and training opportunities.

The city kicks off its 2008/9 programme of activity on Monday 23 June 2008, in Kirkdale with a massive clean up of a grotspot which has become a real eyesore.  It is the first of a new series of 9 weeks of action taking place between now and March 2009.  An evaluation of last year’s programme from May 2007 to March 2008, commissioned by Citysafe, Liverpool’s crime and disorder reduction partnership, reveals:-

• 338 people were arrested for offences including robbery, drugs, assault and criminal damage

• 119 dispersal order warnings were issued

• 92 litres of alcohol were seized

• 1500 vehicles were stopped at roadside points

• 462 vehicles were seized for insurance and driving licence offences

• 600 penalty notices were handed out to offending drivers

• 3000 people received crime prevention advice

• 128 fly tipping sites were cleared

• 150 community skips with 200 tonnes of rubbish were filled

The weeks of action are organised by Liverpool First partners including the city council, Merseyside Police, Mersey Fire and Rescue Service, the Primary Care Trust and others.

The study shows that 6 of the 9 areas targeted saw reductions in crime in the month following the initiative.  They were: Tuebrook and Stoneycroft; Lodge Lane; Croxteth; Everton; Speke-Garston and Kensington and Fairfield.  There were also reductions in calls about anti-social behaviour in Lodge Lane; Speke-Garston; Kensington and Fairfield and Anfield.

Councillor Marilyn Fielding, executive member for safer, stronger communities, said:- “This report demonstrates quite clearly that our weeks of action have had a major impact on crime and anti social behaviour.  Liverpool is already one of the safest metropolitan cities in the country and this excellent programme has helped contribute to the massive 28% drop in offences registered in the most recent British Crime Survey.”

Councillor Berni Turner, executive member for environment, said:- “We are absolutely committed to making Liverpool cleaner and greener and the RESPECT weeks of action are making a visible difference to local communities right across the city.  By working closely with our partners in the public and voluntary sector and targeting areas with a significant amount of resources we can make a really positive difference.”

52% of the 1779 residents surveyed said they were aware of the weeks of action, while 22% said they had felt encouraged to become involved.  49% said the weeks of action had a positive impact and 43% felt the council and its partners had done a good job.

Comments from residents who attended a debrief meeting following the event included:-

“Our area is spick and span now”

“It was lovely to see people working together”

“It works”

The report also shows that hundreds of people got involved in positive activities which took place as part of the weeks of action.  They included:

• 3500 people advised about employment opportunities resulting in 300 individual referrals

• 400 young people took part in football coaching or cycling proficiency tests

• 500 young people attended discos

Liverpool’s Head of Community Safety, Alison Stathers-Tracey, said:- “The feedback from residents and our partners will be used to make sure that we make an even bigger impact during the 2008/9 RESPECT programme.  The success of the weeks is testament to the hard work and co-operation of many different organisations and the challenge now is to build on that during this year’s programme.“

During the week of action in Kirkdale, there will be a series of enforcement activities such as police patrols, truancy sweeps and litter picks.  A number of events for the local community will also take place, including:-

Monday 23 June at Jobs Café at the Community Justice Centre, Boundary Street - 10am to 4pm and Crime Prevention advice at League of Well Doers, Lime Kiln Lane from 11am to 1:30pm

Tuesday 24 June at Pamper day with health, lifestyle and beauty advice at Kirkdale Neighbourhood Centre - 9am to 5pm and Fagends stop smoking support group at Bousfield Surgery, Westminster Road from 3pm

Wednesday 25 June at the Cycle for health bike ride at Walton Hall Park from 10am (book a place on 0151 234 5064) and at the Jobs Café at Kirkdale Neighbourhood Council, Stanley Road - 10am to 4pm

Thursday 26 June at Crime prevention roadshow at Paradise Island bingo on Carisbrooke Road - 2 to 4pm and at the Healthy community information session at Fountains Road Children’s Centre - 1 to 3pm

Friday 27 June at the Crime prevention roadshow at Paradise Island Bingo on Carisbrooke Road - 9am to 4pm and also at the Health, wellbeing, parenting and jobs advice at Power League on Whittle Street - 9am to 3pm

A full calendar of events for the Kirkdale RESPECT week is available at

Screen Test

THERE'S no doubt that modern cars are structurally far superior to models widely available in years gone by.  One of the recent trends in structural safety has had a possible downside in terms of driver vision - the growth of the A pillar.

The A pillar is the engineering term for the area dividing the windscreen and the windows.  In recent years the A pillars have become sturdier in a bid to improve the structure of the car as a whole.  In response, car designers have made them thicker.  But the A pillar has created a blind spot which campaigners have pointed out obstructs the vision of thousands of drivers. 

A study commissioned by the Department for Transport (DfT) from the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) found that, while the A pillar can obscure vision, there is rarely only one factor that contributes to an accident.   The study therefore found that there was not enough evidence to suggest that changes to current legislation regarding A pillar design would be of benefit. 

That means the onus is on drivers to cater for possible A pillar restriction.  So what should we do?

More than 90% of the information from the car's external environment is viewed by the driver through the windscreen and windows.  So, firstly, you should be aware of the potential restriction the A pillar may cause in your ability to scan the road ahead. 

It is vital to check that nothing is hidden from view by the A pillar before making a manoeuvre.  Pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists are easy to "lose" in the space behind a pillar.  Make sure you take time to look around the pillar, not just take a quick "snap-shot" look which could allow a cyclist to be hidden from view.

As you are driving in a straight line in approach to a junction, look further ahead, and scan to the left and right on your approach.  That way you will see things through the windscreens before they become "lost" behind the pillars. 

Remember - good, all round vision is vital.  The onus is on you, as the driver, to see what is there.

More information about the DfT study click here. 

Knowsely College are finalists in AAT accounting competition

CHERYL Johnson, Helen Jones and Karl Kerr from Knowsely College have reached the final of the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) category of the WorldSkills UK competition.  The final to be held in London on 28 June 2008, will decide who the overall winner is.  Six teams of three contestants from across the UK will be battling it out.  This competition will test accounting skills in the following areas:- financial accounting, preparing ledger balances, preparing reports and returns.  To be eligible, entrants had to be studying the AAT Accounting Qualification Level 3 and have completed their Level 2.

WorldSkills UK is a portfolio of 70 skills competitions designed by leading industry experts and training providers aimed at students, trainees and employees.  Run annually these competitions aim to encourage young people and adults across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales to excel in their vocational skill area.  Top performers in certain competitions could get the opportunity to enter an international WorldSkills Competition.  The most recent was Japan 2007.  The next will be Canada 2009 followed by London 2011.


IN May the company contacted customers in Upper Aughton Road to confirm that work would be suspended for four weeks due to the potential effect it may have had on local businesses.

The time has come however for engineers to return to site Monday, 30 June 2008 and carry out their work until its completion, which is expected to be by 31 July 2008.

United Utilities' Project Manager Ken Gee said:- "During our work we will need to close Upper Aughton Road between Andreas Close and Everton Road for three weeks to allow for some further excavation work which will stabilise the 100 plus year old brick sewer.  We will then insert a liner so that the sewer can be restored to full serviceability.  At the end of the project, almost half a kilometre of sewer will have been fully refurbished.  We are doing everything we can to keep disruption to a minimum.  We understand that our work may cause some short-term inconvenience for local residents but the long-term improvements will make it all worthwhile.  This is one of the many improvement schemes our customers' bills help to fund."

These improvements are part of United Utilities' £2.9 billion water quality and environmental improvement programme between 2005 to 2010.

‘Pool Party at the Bluecoat

AS part of June’s Garden focus the Bluecoat has invited Pool to host a midsummer eve’s picnic in their newly refurbished garden. Part garden party and part networking event, bring food and drink and share ideas and experiences as we celebrate our community of local growers. We guarantee you will meet some other interesting characters who can tell you stories about the food chain all the way from the seed to your plate.  Do you want more local food in the shops, on your plate or from your garden?   Have you always wanted to buy local but wondered about the expense? ‘Pool’s programme for 2008 is about local production and how we can grow food everyone can afford. ‘Pool has developed links with people who grow food all over Merseyside, from commercial organic farmers to people with allotments and rooftop gardens.  We’re developing a plan to grow more food locally in our open spaces.   Whether you grow, sell or enjoy eating local food and want to find out more this is an important date for your diary. 

If you grow your own in Merseyside and want to get involved or simply want to find out more bring a picnic to the Bluecoat, the site of Liverpool’s oldest garden on Sunday 29 June 2008 from 6pm ‘til late.  Meet others who want more local food, discuss the future, share ideas, make plans and have fun!

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