Well nearly Christmas...!
are by Patrick Trollope...
WELL it might not be
December yet, but it is getting near to the annual Christmas Lights
Switch On's in and around Merseyside. With all the budget cuts, it
is pleasing to see so many Christmas Light Switch On's coming up.
These events bring in huge amounts of income to the local economy
and are vital to small businesses, keeping our town centres alive,
along with bringing much needed cheer. So when visiting these
events, please visit the local shops as well! This year Liverpool's
City Centre is the first, as far as we know to start bringing
Christmas Shoppers out, when they turn on the lights on 8 November
2013. Next up will be St Helens Town Centre on 16 November, followed
by Southport on 17 November 2013. Next up on the hit list will be
Formby on 24 November 2013. We are still getting information in, so
keep an eye on the news feed and on our event
listings for a full update
very soon. One of the main attractions for festive spirit this year
will be Formby Village, who as Pat Wordley, owner of Woodwards and
Chair of the Formby Christmas Lights Appeal 2013 said:- "For
the first time we are holding a full day of events in the village.
There has been no funds whatsoever available from Sefton Council
this year, so we are totally dependent on contributions from local
traders and the parish Council. But we are pleased to say we have
had a fantastic response and now, undoubtedly, this will prove to be
one of the main highlights of this year's events programme for our
village. The Switch-on event will take place between 12pm to 7pm,
with live music, and an array of Christmas market stalls selling
seasonal gifts and produce; not forgetting traditional funfair rides
for children to enjoy. Also the star attraction, Father Christmas
who will be dishing out some festive cheer... So please come down
and join us all... Also please take a look in the local businesses
in the village centre and help them to survive into 2014, by getting
some of your, or all of your gifts from them. Rather than give in to
particular financial constraints, please do not forget that it is
the local businesses who are totally responsible for this year's
Christmas Lights! They need your support more than ever!" If
your area is holding Christmas Festivals, please let us know and we
will try and add you on to our event lists! For more information
about Formby Christmas Lights please visit the events Facebook
Page or pop in to
for witnesses and urge vigilance following stabbing in Chester
CHESHIRE Constabulary are
appealing for witnesses and urging the public to remain vigilant
after a man was stabbed in Chester.
A 57 year old man arrested in connection with the incident has been
eliminated from the investigation and inquiries are ongoing to trace
The victim, a 35 year old man was stabbed in the chest on the City
Walls on Monday, 21 October 2013.
Police are keeping an open mind regarding the motive for the attack,
but are considering the possibility it could be a hate crime.
Detective Inspector Helen Spooner said:- "While it is too
early to say for sure that this is a hate crime, we do know that the
area where this attack happened is a well known place that the gay
community frequent, so we have to consider this as a possible
motive. I must stress that I am keeping an open mind and there could
be another motive behind the assault, but my priority at this stage
is finding the man responsible for this viscous attack and ensuring
the public know what has happened so they can be aware of their own
safety. I am particularly keen to trace a group of people near to
Iceland that were close to where the incident happened and may have
vital information that could prove key to my investigation."
The suspect is described as a white man, aged in his early 20's, of
slim build and was wearing dark clothing. He was seen to run off
along the walls after the attack.
Chief Inspector Richard Rees said:- "This is clearly a very
serious and concerning incident but I want to reassure the community
of Chester that this is an isolated attack and we have, and will
continue to step up patrols in the area so that anyone that has any
concerns or information can speak to an officer. I would always
encourage people to continue to follow basic safety advice and be
aware of your surroundings and always tell someone where you are
going and when you are due to be back."
Anyone with any information in relation to the incident are asked to
contact Cheshire Police on:- 101 quoting incident:- '994 of 21
October 2013', or alternatively contact Crimestoppers
anonymously on:- 0800 555 111.
David Wilson Homes
FORMBY Residents Action
Group Opposition From Formby (FRAGOFF) have told the media that they
welcomed David Wilson's Homes decision to withdraw the application
to build 274 homes on a farmland, by Liverpool Road, Formby and the
An Objection was made to Planning Application based on the National
Planning Policy Framework Chapter 10 Section 100:-
"Inappropriate development in areas at risk of flooding should be
avoided by directing development away from areas at high risk, but
where development is necessary making it safe without increasing
flood risk elsewhere." See the objection this is quoted from
please click on here
PDF or visit Sefton MBC's
On Friday, 18 October 2013, Sefton's Planning Committee published
recommended that the application (S/2013/0905) be refused.
In a statement by the Group, they say that:- "As we understand
it David Wilson Homes were always going to fight a refusal solely
based on the Green Belt restrictions, so we see the withdrawal of
their application as a tacit acknowledgement of how strong the
argument about flooding and drainage was in this location. We
understand that the application has been withdrawn unreservedly, a
term we take to mean that they think their scheme simply could not
be adapted to cope with the ground conditions and drainage
complications and see it as further admission of the unsuitability
of this land for housing. Due to this we are calling upon
Sefton Council to reconsider the inclusion of this site within the
Local Plan and fully re-examine the Green Belt study that deemed the
Liverpool Road Site appropriate for development. We would like
to thank the people of Formby for supporting us in this campaign;
they have been a true example of what the community can achieve when
they all pull together. Although clichéd it is no less true to say
the FRAGOFF couldn't have achieved this without them. We also fully
acknowledge the help and support of residents from all over the
borough but particularly from Maghull and Lydiate set to suffer most
from the Local Plan, they have stood by us from the very beginning
and we would assure them and others that we will be standing
shoulder to shoulder with them when the Developers come knocking on
their doors. Finally we would also like to remember at this time Ted
Swift who fought tirelessly against this application but sadly died
earlier this year and is not here to share this day with us. We will
be keeping him in our thoughts today.
FRAGOFF aren't going away, this is
the time we have to be most vigilant."
Prompting the cancellation of an additional planning meeting that
was to be held on Monday, 28 October 2013, in Southport.
STEAM PACKET COMPANY
CONFIRMS TITLE SPONSORSHIP OF SOUTHERN 100
SOUTHERN 100 Racing,
organisers of the Southern 100 International Road Races, is
delighted to announce that the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company is
to continue as the event's title sponsor for 2014.
Also known as 'the friendly races', the Southern 100
has a history dating back to 1955, with the Steam Packet Company
becoming the title sponsor in 2000.
Steam Packet Company Chief Executive Mark Woodward commented:-
"The Company has a long association with motorsport in the Island
and we are looking forward to next year's event, which runs from 7
July to 10 July 2014. Many future British and World Champions have
tested their skills on the 4.25 mile Billown circuit on the
outskirts of Castletown. The 4 day Southern 100 event attracts a
truly international entry and is an established favourite in the
road racing calendar which attracts top class solo riders and
sidecar drivers from the British Isles, Europe as well as the
Antipodes and of course our local riders from the Isle of Man. The
mass starts and excellent vantage points on the circuit enable
spectators to really savour the atmosphere of this popular race
meeting which provides a focus for fans of Isle of Man road racing
between the TT and Festival of Motorcycling."
The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company will also continue to offer
special fares to competitors taking part in the Blackford's
Financial Services Pre-TT Classic Road Races which in 2014 take
place on:- 23 May, 24 May and 26 May 2014.
Southern 100 President, Derek Nicholson said:- "The Club are
greatly appreciative of the continued and much valued support of the
Isle of Man Steam Packet Company and look forward to working closely
with them as our 2014 event approaches."