Is the Library
Service in Sefton to feel the axe?
THE Formby Library, along
with 13 others in Sefton, is facing the axe after Sefton's budget is
set to be slashed by £43.7m over the next 2 years. If this cost
cutting takes place, Southport's library, set to move in to the
Atkinson Art Gallery area again, along with the one in Netherton
Activity Centre and at that the Meadows in Maghull, could become the
only three left open in Sefton. Back in 2009 a back lash was felt by
Wirral MBC when that area planned the same type of move.
Another and more pleasing option
would be to keep them, but with reduced opening hours. Sadly, many
of the buildings are in desperate need of improvements and some need
"considerable restoration work", Sefton MBC says that
they just do not have the funds to do that. With 1.2million people
visiting them each year, the loss would deeply be felt. So far the
Liberal Democrats, who are the only real opposition in Sefton to
Labour have said that it would be:- "completely unacceptable
and should be fought every step of the way!" Do you think
Sefton needs the service as it is, or do you feel it should be cut?
Email your views to us at:-
firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know what you
get chance to cut red tape
SMALL businesses are being
encouraged to tell EU leaders what rules and regulations they find
most of a problem. The European Commission has promised to do
all it can to reduce unnecessary burdens upon business, so long as
this human life and environmental protection are not put a risk.
North West MEP Chris Davies welcomed the move but claimed it was time
for business to put up or shut up.
The Liberal Democrat said:-
"People often grumble about EU rules but
usually they exist to protect lives or prevent environmental damage.
If regulations can be shown to be unnecessary then let's get rid of
them, but the starting point is to identify the specific problems.
99% of all businesses in the EU are small companies and they employ
65% of the private sector workforce so a lot of people in Southport
could benefit from a business boost."
The Liberal Democrat group of MEPs is pushing for measures to make
life better for small and medium sized businesses such as simpler
financing and a reduction in red tape.
The consultation runs until the end of the year and businesses with
strong views can respond
challenged to Make a Difference
VOLUNTEERS in Merseyside are determined to
make this year's CSV Make a Difference Day the biggest yet! With a
host of events already planned, the nation is challenged to think
even bigger and better than before. CSV Make a Difference Day, the
UK's single biggest day of volunteering is for many a first chance
to volunteer. Two thirds of people who volunteer have not done so
before, and of those, two thirds go on to volunteer again. For 2
weeks, Girl Guides in the South District area in St Helens will be
planting spring bulbs making their parks and community green spaces
a more pleasant place ready for spring. They will also be picking up
litter in the parks too! The Kensington Fields Community Association
in Liverpool (Community Centre, 24 Hall Lane, Liverpool, L7 8TQ) is
hosting a fundraising evening on Friday, 12 October 2012. There will
be bingo, tombola and raffles to raise money for an orphanage in
Nepal. Charity shops throughout the country are also welcoming
volunteers to try being part of the team sorting, displaying and
selling the donated items in store. Volunteering in a charity shop
is an incredible opportunity to gain retail experience and meet new
people. This year CSV Make a Difference Day takes place on Saturday
27 October, with activities taking place the two weeks either side.
Whether you want to take part with your company, school, community
group, or even go it alone, get in touch now by visiting:-
calling FREEPHONE:- 0800 284 533.
Hearing loss patients benefit from
THE audiology service at Southport and
Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust has launched new clinics to help
patients access expert services at times to suit them.
Patients requiring follow-up appointments can now be seen at Formby
Clinic every Thursday between 9am and 12 Noon and in Skelmersdale at
Sandy Lane Clinic every Tuesday between 1pm and 5pm. New and
follow-up patients can also be seen at Southport or Ormskirk
hospital every Saturday between 8am and 1pm.
"We want to make sure our services are easily accessible for
all our patients. It was them who told us they wanted more services
closer to home and at more flexible times." said Audiology
Manager, Francis Williams.
The audiology team at Southport and Ormskirk have been providing
services for patients in north Sefton and West Lancashire for over
20 years. The 12 audiologists have over 160 years' experience
between them and have specialist knowledge in a range of adult and
child conditions including tinnitus, vertigo and complex hearing
Patients who visit the team at either hospital will be seen a
purpose built audiology suite with five large soundproof rooms.
State-of-the-art equipment is used to provide real ear measurements
and ensure hearing aids completely match a patient's hearing needs.
Francis continues:- "We pride ourselves on offering a quality,
friendly service to all our patients time and time again and I look
forward to welcoming new and returning patients to our new clinics."
ISSUE ADVICE TO WARD OF BURGLARS THIS WINTER
WITH just over 2 weeks to go before the clocks
go back and winter officially begins, officers are encouraging
people to seek help in securing their possessions and property.
Free security assessments are being offered to residents in
Litherland and Netherton where people can get quick, easy and
practical advice on how to deter burglars.
Anything from improving door locks and burglar alarms to fitting
outside lights and putting down gravel in back yards can be
discussed during the short home visit.
Officers will also be taking along free security products like
timers for lights, door chains and mirrors, lock boxes for car and
house keys, and shed alarms.
Neighbourhood Inspector Simon Thompson said:- "With the nights
drawing in, now is the time for people to speak to us about how to
better protect their homes and property. The shorter days mean
people's houses are left in darkness for longer and can give
criminals the opportunity to break in, knowing someone isn't in.
However you can make life as difficult as possible for them by
making your home anything but an easy target. Improving security
features like locks and alarms, and making sure your house always
looks occupied can make a big difference. All people need to do is
pick up the phone and call us and we will offer them all the help we
Police community support officers from Inspector Thompson's
neighbourhood team and others across Sefton will also be continuing
Operation Handle, an initiative aimed at reducing the number of
people who fail to lock their UPVC doors properly.
Inspector Thompson said:- "People not locking their UPVC
doors remains a big problem as it is giving criminals far too easy a
ride. Opportunists can try dozens of handles in a street and, at the
minute, it won't be long before they find one that opens. Often
people are either forgetting to both push the handle up as well as
turn the key, or they are leaving it unlocked while round at a
neighbour's or elsewhere in the house. Operation Handle aims to
highlight just how vulnerable that can leave your property. My
officers will be continuing to go from house to house trying
people's handles and speaking to those who leave their doors open
about the risks. Hopefully they will appreciate that it could have
been a burglar in their home instead of the police."
Neighbourhood officers are also continuing to use the new
colour-coded zones in Rimrose Valley Country Park to pinpoint where
particular crimes seem to be happening and how criminals are using
the park to go from one part of Sefton to the other. Insp Thompson
said:- "By breaking the park down into manageable and distinct
chunks, we can get police officers to specific incidents more
quickly and also spot any emerging crime patterns."
As well as supporting the public in protecting their homes, police
in Sefton are also launching targeted operations against known
prolific burglars and have made several key arrests.
Detectives from Sefton CID's acquisitive crime team will work
alongside uniformed patrols to locate and arrest wanted or suspected
burglars. And while high-visibility patrols will act as a deterrent
to criminals and a reassurance to residents, plain-clothes officers
will be scouring the area for known suspects.
Detective Chief Inspector John Roberts, who heads Sefton CID, said:-
"We take burglary very seriously and we want people to feel safe in
their own homes. By taking prolific burglars off the streets and
putting them before the courts, we are removing the cause of a large
number of crimes. Acquisitive crimes such as burglary, car theft and
robbery have a really damaging effect on people's lives and it is
important that the police and the public work together to drive it
One recent success was the charging of 32 year old Bootle man, Simon
Benjamin McCormack, with burglary after he was caught stealing
copper piping from a business on Trinity Road in the town. Officers
were called to the premises after a man was seen on CCTV inside the
building and, after a chase down an alleyway, arrested McCormack,
who was covered in water and anti-vandal paint. He was recently
sentenced to 16 weeks in prison for the offence.
Another was the arrest and charging of Paul Stephen Austin, aged 33,
from Bootle. Austin was sentenced to 24 weeks in prison for breaking
into a property in Salisbury Avenue and stripping it of copper and
other metal. Patrols had been called to the building late one night
after someone was reported being inside. When officers arrived they
found Austin in the back yard with stolen metal and various tools.
DCI Roberts said:- "These arrests are just the tip of the
iceberg in terms of the work that is being done to catch offenders
who are making money out of other people's misery. Most burglars are
opportunists who will select their target because it offers them the
best opportunity to carry out their crime undetected. A few simple
measures can make all the difference in protecting your home in the
darker months and ensuring criminals have a long, bleak winter."
Top Ten Tips for keeping your house and car safe:-
► Lock all your doors and windows before
you go out or to bed (almost a third of all burglaries in Sefton
this summer happened when a door or window was left insecure).
► If you have any external UPVC doors,
always push the handle up AND turn the key otherwise it will not be
► Invest in a burglar home and make sure
you use it.
► Use timers on your internal lights and
buy motion-sensor outside ones.
► Keep house and car keys out of sight and
out of reach to stop thieves reaching in and then being able to
steal your car. Buy a lock box or secure tin to keep them in.
► Keep expensive items in your downstairs
rooms out of sight. Use blinds and either bushes or fencing to stop
opportunists peering in.
► Lock bikes and expensive garden
appliances in a solid shed or garage and fit an intruder alarm.
► Use a ultra-violet pen to mark valuables
with your postcode and house number, or better still, register them
immobilise.com; a secure
database the police can access to return stolen goods to their
► Be vigilant when cold-callers come
knocking and insist on checking their ID and with their company
before you consider letting them in. Use a door chain and ask them
to wait outside while doing this.
► Call Copy Lane Police Station on:- 0151
777 3117 to book your free home security or visit:-