INVESTMENT IN TRAVELWISE CHOICES FOR MERSEYSIDE SCHOOLS
has awarded £391,149 to schools across Merseyside for School Travel
Plans. A total of 62 Merseyside schools will benefit from the
funding, which will be spent on initiatives to help reduce
congestion outside the school gates by encouraging TravelWise
choices such as walking, cycling and public transport.
The new funding will be split across 10 schools in Knowsley, 21 in
Liverpool, 13 in Sefton, 13 in Wirral and five in St Helens. Each
school will use the money to implement a School Travel Plan with
help and support from the Merseyside Transport Partnership’s team of
School Travel Advisors.
School Travel Plans can include all sorts of initiatives from
Walking Wednesdays, where pupils are asked to walk all or some of
the way to school every Wednesday, to new cycle storage facilities
and Bikeability cycle skills courses, designed to facilitate cycling
Neil Scales, Chair of the Merseyside Transport Partnership, believes
School Travel Plans really are making a difference in Merseyside in
terms of reducing congestion and improving safety around the school
gates. He said:- “This new funding from the Department
for Transport will provide a huge boost to Travel Planning for
Merseyside schools. I am confident the initiatives that will be put
in place as a result will help to reduce congestion, further improve
road safety near schools and ultimately encourage people to make
smarter travel choices.”
Since the region’s first schools started adopting their own Travel
Plans more than eight years ago, there are now 450 Merseyside
schools with a Travel Plan.
To find out more about School Travel Planning, visit:-
LetsTravelWise.org and check out the schools
pages, or call:- 0151 330 1290 for more information.
ROBBERY- MERTON ROAD,
3.40am Merseyside Police Officers were called to the Royal Bank of
Scotland on Merton Road, Wednesday, 29 July 2009,
following reports about a large
mechanical road digger having been driven into the bank. The large
digger had been stolen from roadworks on Christ Church Island just
prior to the incident and had been driven into the bank removing the
cash machine in the process causing extensive damage. Police
believe four offenders were involved in both incidents. The
offenders abandoned the digger in the middle of Merton Road and left
the scene in two vehicles, a white Ford-type flatbed truck with the
cash machine on it and a silver saloon type car. They drove away in
the direction of Hawthorn Road. Merton Road was closed between its
junction with Litherland Road and Hawthorn Road to allow for
forensic examination of the scene. Detective Inspector David
Keegan said:- "I would appeal to anyone who witnessed this
incident, in particular anyone who may have seen people acting
suspiciously on Christ Church Island or near to the bank at this
time to get in contact with police. The investigation is in its
early stages and both the digger and the scene are being examined by
forensic experts. Officers are also examining CCTV footage and
making enquiries in the area. Merton Road is a busy thoroughfare and
I would urge anyone who may have been in the area at the time and
may have seen either of these vehicles to come forward."
Detectives are urging anyone who
witnessed the incident of has any information to call Merseyside
Police on:- 0151 777 3165 or Crimestoppers on:- 0800 555 111.
ID CARDS TO PUMP CASH INTO COMMUNITIES
UK’s largest public sector trade union, called on the Government to
put a stop to costly plans for ID cards, calling on them to pump
cash into communities through spending on public services instead.
It was revealed that the ID card scheme has already cost more than
£215 million, and could need a further £5 billion funding over the
next 10 years. The union is calling on the government to use this
cash to fund services, including plugging serious shortages in
children’s social work, and care services, as well as expanding
their Future Jobs Fund.
Dave Prentis, UNISON General Secretary, said:- “Public
services are the rescue remedy for getting communities through
difficult times. From debt advice to housing, they are helping
families cope with the worst effects of the recession. Instead of
wasting billions on ID cards, the Government should be shoring up
public services now, and for the future. There are already
serious shortages of social and home care workers that leave
children and vulnerable people exposed. These billions could fund
new hospitals, schools and expand much needed job creation
programmes – a vital investment in our future.
This government has made good progress in moving away from the Tory
legacy by regenerating public services. But if cuts are made in the
future, we risk turning back the clock, leaving families and
communities to pay the price.”
Instead of spending £5billion on ID cards and biometric passports
and database, the Government could spend money on:-
· £500m would allow the government to recruit an extra 10,000
children’s social workers this year, bringing child protection
caseloads back down to manageable levels.
· £1.5billion would fund 50,000 more hospital cleaners for the NHS,
taking staffing back up to the levels of the 1980s before the cuts
that created current problems with hospital acquired infections.
· £2billion would allow local authorities to provide home care
services to 370,000 people currently denied it due to funding
constraints, and in the process create the equivalent of 80,000 full
· £2.8 billion would secure equal pay in local government, boosting
the spending power of hundreds of thousands of women providing vital
services to local communities.
· A one-off investment of £5 billion would fund a local
authority-led programme to improve energy efficiency by upgrading 10
million homes currently without cavity wall and loft insulation,
creating 20,000 new jobs.