Letters to Editor:-
"The death of Lord Street"
"CAN anyone from the Council please tell me what the h**l is going on with
Lord Street, Southport? I had to laugh when I heard a radio advert selling the
wonderful Town of Southport..... And it is wonderful, calling Lord Street
the jewel in Southport's crown! On my last count, there was 16 empty shops,
with an array of not so wonderful charity shops and 2nd rate cafes!!! Are
the Council and Church charging too much for rent that the shop owners can't
afford it, or is the retail demographics purely aimed at our senior citizen
and pushing our children to the much better shops of Liverpool!!!
Unfortunately, the slide started years ago, with the last nail in the coffin
being when Russell & Bromley left! My partner works in 1 of Southport's
famous department store, her area only took in £35 today...... So once
again, can anyone from the Council please tell me what the hell is going on
with Lord Street, as its dying???" Jim (A concerned resident)
Photo above was taken in Southport, but
not on Lord Street.
reply:- "Thank you for your email. We do agree
that the area is dying and needs CPR asap, not just Lord Street though.
The list of problems is very long sadly… First off we have some fantastic
cafes on Lord Street, so we can't support your view about 2nd rate cafes...
Also it's not the Church that is an issue for rent in Southport. They have
no connection to the shopping habits or the rents in the Town… Most property
is owned now by large businesses or pension trusts, based in London or
Manchester. The problem is that Southport’s been hit with the perfect storm.
Business owners, who just do not want to advertise with local media, like
ours and live in denial of the internet... When they do go ‘online’ the only
pay large businesses, like Google, Facebook, who take the cash out of the
area and do nothing for them. Then you have the massive issues over parking,
or lack of free and cheep parking. That has been proven time after time
again, but the Council, based in Bootle, will not change the way they work…
Rents are often astronomical and unrealistic for the footfall on the likes
of Lord Street, but again remember, they are set by groups often outside
Southport. Then you have a prolonged lack of investment in the buildings
themselves, plus the infrastructure with in the Town. That is partly the
Council, but also to blame are local businesses, and national businesses and
organisations that are in the Town. Add to this, the fact you can’t go down
the main roads without charity collectors asking for donations, along with
drunks begging and shouting abuse at people, and a host of other issues…
Sadly without proper investment and the support of locally businesses, by
local people, supporting businesses like ours, who try to help other
businesses, we will never rebuild our once amazing Town… It is not lots just
yet, but we will loose it, if action is not taken soon!"
foundation trust application of NHS trust in Liverpool
MONITOR has deferred Royal Liverpool
and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust’s application to become a
foundation trust for 12 months.
The trust provides specialist and acute services to more than 465,000 people
Following a rigorous assessment, Monitor concluded that the trust has shown
improvements in the way it manages the quality of its care, but its current
financial planning needs further work. The trust has taken steps to
strengthen its board, which needs to further develop robust plans to provide
good value for money services for patients in the long term.
Miranda Carter, Executive Director of Provider Appraisal at Monitor, said:-
“We are deferring our decision on whether Royal Liverpool and
Broadgreen should become a foundation trust for a year. In light of the new
hospital it is building we want to give the trust more time to improve its
financial plans. The next year will also give the trust time to induct new
board members and to develop its plans to participate in Healthy Liverpool
to improve care across Liverpool.”
There are currently 151 NHS foundation trusts in England; over 60% of all
trusts in the NHS. Foundation trust status gives patients a greater say in
their healthcare, and foundation trusts have more freedom to shape services
to match the needs of local people. NHS foundation trusts are:-
► Free from central government control and able to decide how to improve
► Able to retain any surpluses they generate to invest in new services, and
borrow money to support these investments.
► Accountable to their local communities, with local people as members and
Examine your options
before heading to hospital
EXAMINE your options if you need
medical help is the message from a health chief as the darker, chill autumn
nights draw in. “As we all get used to being back at work and school
after the summer holidays, it’s worth remembering that there are many routes
to getting medical care. Coughs, colds, sore throats, upset stomachs,
general aches and pains, and flu will usually clear up on their own. Keep
warm, drink plenty of fluids and, if appropriate, treat with over the
counter painkillers such as paracetamol. You should contact a GP or the GP
out of hours service for help with injuries or illnesses that won’t go away.
A&E is for people facing life threatening and serious emergencies such as
serious accidents, serious burns, breathing problems, heart attacks and
strokes. You don’t need an appointment at A&E but we’ll make an assessment
on arrival and, depending on how urgent treatment is needed, you may have to
wait up to four hours. The triage nurse or clinician may also signpost you
to a different health care provider such as your GP, dentist or pharmacy.
That’s why you might be better examining your options first and choosing
another NHS service; or even treating yourself. Alternatively, West
Lancashire Health Centre at Ormskirk hospital is open from 8am to 10pm all
year round. Skelmersdale NHS Walk-in Centre at The Concourse is open from
7am to 10pm weekdays and 9am to 5pm on weekends. Local pharmacies and NHS
Choices are also a good source of information and advice.” said
Simon Featherstone, Director of Nursing and Quality at Southport and
Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.