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Issue:- 9 May 2015

Delayed Edition - Published on Saturday, 9 May 2015  -  Sorry, due to Election coverage commitments we had to delay publication of this edition.

Trams can provide fast connections between Blackpool and Lytham Station

THE group TramForward have told the media that they welcome the petition to Lancashire County Council by the "Trams to Lytham" Group.

TramForward applauds the moves by "Trams to Lytham" which wants to restore rail services from Squires Gate to Lytham Station and has launched an online petition to Lancashire County Council (LCC) to extend the recently upgraded Blackpool tram service.

The group's support of last November's announcement of a £160,000 joint project between LCC and "Sintropher", a European Union project to improve local and regional transport in a number of areas, to investigate extending the tramway will be crucial. Expanding the existing Blackpool tram system as a light rail link to Lytham using the railway infrastructure will be beneficial for residents, businesses and organisations of all types.

The "Sintropher" study had noted that the South Fylde railway line had become mediocre in recent years, and there is recognition that its services must be improved. The EU sponsored study envisages full or partial conversion of the line for use by Blackpool's tram fleet between Squires Gate and Lytham Station, involving a link between Starr Gate and the rail line.

International and UK tram expert Jim Harkins, Secretary of the All Party Parliamentary Light Rail Group, said:- "I'm pleased that this group has been formed. It is always key in studies such as "Sintropher" that there is a strong functioning local group to campaign for and assist the project, and the APPLRG, Tram Forward and the light rail's industry's trade organisation UKTram will be happy to assist Fylde Council."

TramForward is pleased that Fylde Council and Lancashire County Council are supportive of the project and that Fylde recognises that a multi-million pound investment project such as this will take some time to come to fruition but it could be a catalyst for growth.

Light Rail Transit Association Chairman Andrew Braddock said:- "I look forward to the results of the study when they are released in early autumn and I'm hopeful that in the not too-distant future St Annes and Lytham will be once again linked to the tram network in Blackpool and this will provide opportunities for economic growth, particularly by improving people's access to job opportunities."

Now some in Southport are asking if it would be possible to run a Tramline down the A59, from Preston to Southport?

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Reminder - VE Day 70th Anniversary Commemoration - Formby

THE Formby Royal British Legion, on Sunday, 10 May 2015, will be holding a Service of Commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of VE Day, at 3pm. Following the Service at Our Lady of Compassion Church, School Lane, Formby, Merseyside, a reception at Formby Sports and Social Club, Whitehouse Lane, formerly the Royal British Legion Club. Marshside Brass Band will entertain there.

The Big Screen to be dismantled

LIVERPOOL'S Big Screen is set to be removed after coming to the end of its operational life. The digital screen, in Parker Street, was installed more than 12 years ago but has not been used by the BBC since early 2014 and is currently turned off. The structure has come to the end of its design life and some of the screen panels are not working or serviceable as parts are no longer manufactured so it cannot be put to meaningful use. It is 1 of the last remaining big screens which were rolled out nationally by Phillips Electronics UK. They will remove the screen at no cost to the City Council. Preparation work will start on 8 May 2015, with the main removals work taking place on the evenings of 10 May and 11 May 2015. The pavements where the screen stood will be fully reinstated.

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Deceased estates notice - Lilian May Jackam

Pursuant to the Trustee Act 1925, any persons having a claim against or an interest in the Estate of Lilian May Jackam (also known as Lillian May) Jackam (Deceased), late of Birch Abbey Rest Home, 55 Alexandra Road, Southport, Merseyside, PR9 9HD, UK, who died on 04/10/2018, are required to send particulars thereof in writing, to the undersigned Solicitors, on or before 24/05/2019, after which date the Estate will be distributed having regard only to claims and interests of which they have had notice. Churches Solicitors, 12 High Street, Fareham, Hampshire, PO16 7BL, UK. Ref:- 'T553015.'

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