Regional fund boost for
transport in Wirral
SCHEMES to improve the safety and
efficiency of many key routes in Wirral will be made possible thanks to a
funding boost from Liverpool City Region.
Cabinet this week agreed to accept funding of ฃ1,375,000 from Liverpool City
Region Combined Authority's Integrated Transport Block.
This money will support delivery of schemes to improve capacity and safety on
our road network and improve cycling and walking routes all of which contribute
to the economic development of the borough and commitments made in the Council's
Transport Strategy, Connecting Wirral.
Each of the 4 constituency areas: Birkenhead, Wallasey, Wirral West and Wirral
South; will each be allocated ฃ32,500 out of the funding for their own local
schemes which contribute to these objectives.
Cllr Stuart Whittingham, Cabinet member for Transport and Infrastructure, said:-
"As a council, we are doing all we can to develop Wirral's economy and
encourage investment and jobs to the area, with all the benefits that will bring
to the community. Having a safe, efficient road network is a key component
to that and we are delighted to receive this financial boost to help us make a
raft of improvements on many of our key routes over the next year (2016-17). In
addition to assisting economic growth, the schemes we are putting forward will
also reduce casualties on the roads and contribute to reductions in carbon
emissions by encouraging more walking and cycling."
The projects proposed for progression as a result of this funding include work
on the A41 New Ferry by-pass to encourage drivers to adhere to the speed limit,
improvements to roundabouts at Clatterbridge Road/Thornton Common Road and
Column Road/Caldy Road, Caldy and the conversion of obsolete 'pelican' crossings
to Toucan or Puffin crossings at various locations across the borough.
Proposals for improved cycling provision are earmarked for the A41 at Eastham
and near Pool Lane, Bromborough and alongside the River Birket between Pasture
Road to Reeds Lane in Leasowe.
Liverpool Pride 2016
THE Chief Constable of Merseyside, Andy
Cooke alongside ACC Ian Critchley, Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Cllr Sue
Murphy and representatives from Merseyside Police will once again be taking part
in this year's Liverpool Pride Parade, on Saturday, 30 July 2016. This is the
1st time a Chief Constable of Merseyside has marched in the Parade, and is Chief
Constable Cooke's 1st Pride event as Chief. Officers will be in uniform for the
march through the City Centre, alongside civilian staff, friends, families,
lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) allies, as well as partner agencies and
other organisations. This is the 6th year that officers and staff from the force
will be taking part.
The Force's LGBT support network is organising
Police Officers and Staff taking part and they will march under the banner of
"Police with Pride." The march will process through the City Centre
before finishing at St George's Hall Plateau where an afternoon of events will
be held. The force will have a stall in the marketplace area with information
about hate crime, recruitment and the force's insight scheme where people can
join the Police for a day to see what happens.
For the 1st time this year, the force will also have a "Police with Pride
Car" and those involved in the march will see in situ at (TBC). The
Force will also be taking part in the "Come out of the Shadows"
event, in the run up to this year's Pride. Force headquarters at Canning Place,
will be 1 of a number of iconic buildings across Merseyside to be lit up in
rainbow colours in support of the LGBT community.
Supt Jenny Sims, Silver Commander for the event, said:- "Once again
Merseyside Police would like to welcome everyone, both residents and visitors,
taking part in this year's Liverpool Pride, to the City. "Officers will be
visible throughout the event to help make sure everyone has a great time and
enjoys it safely, but as with any event there are also some simple steps people
can take to help protect themselves and their belongings:-
► Be aware of your surroundings and those around you as Pride will be a
really busy event.
► Take care of your property and keep valuables close; don't leave bags
and mobile phones unattended at any time.
► Keep wallets, purses and cash safe and out of sight.
► Pride is very much a family event so keep children close by as there
will be large crowds.
► If you are going to enjoy the city's renowned pubs, bars and clubs,
please do so safely. Drink responsibly, stick with your friends and plan your
route home and you should have a great time. Pride promises to be another
fantastic day in a summer of big events for Liverpool and I'm confident this
year's event will be a success"
Merseyside Police Chief Constable, Andy Cooke said:- "I am delighted that
once again our force is taking part in Liverpool Pride 2016 and I am proud as
Chief Constable of Merseyside, to be marching alongside LGBT colleagues from
Merseyside Police. It is an opportunity to show our commitment to helping the
communities we serve become places where people can truly be themselves, free
from prejudice and discrimination. Merseyside's support of an event which
celebrates diversity and takes a united stand against hate crime is particularly
important given the terrible incident in Orlando in June in which so many
innocent people lost their lives while simply enjoying a night out. We cannot
allow the minority of people in society who are motivated by hate because they
resent, disapprove of or are ignorant of diversity to intimidate or hurt other
people just because they perceive them to be different. By celebrating diversity
through events like Pride we make it clear that Merseyside Police will not
tolerate hate crime of any kind and that those who commit hate crimes have no
place in our communities. We will continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with
our LGBT partners in both Policing and participating in today's event and I hope
everyone enjoys what will undoubtedly will be a very safe and successful
Liverpool Pride 2016."
Merseyside's Deputy Police Commissioner Cllr Sue Murphy said:- "I am
thrilled to be joining in with the Pride celebrations this year. It will be an
honour to march with members of the Commissioner's team, the Chief Constable and
officers and staff from the Force alongside hundreds of members of the LGBT
community and their family and friends. Liverpool Pride is not only an
opportunity to celebrate the diversity of our region, it is a chance to raise
awareness of homophobia and transphobia and send out a powerful, united message
that hate will not be tolerated in our communities. In the wake of the awful
incidents in Orland last month this message has never been more important. Pride
goes from strength to strength every year and I hope this year's event will be
the biggest and best yet, with even more people coming out to show their support
and demonstrate that there is no place for hate in Liverpool."
Enjoy The Summer Holidays
But Stay Safe
THE summer holidays are finally here
and as children and families make exciting plans for the coming weeks, North
West Ambulance Service is asking everyone to take extra care to make sure their
holidays don't get spoilt by harm or injury.
The majority of emergency 999 calls the Trust receives are for seriously ill or
life threatening conditions, but over the summer calls significantly increase
for incidents that can be easily prevented if everyone took care of themselves
and each other.
Ged Blezard, Interim Director of Operations explains:- "We all want to
enjoy the long summer days, but no 1 wants a visit to A&E interrupting their
holidays. This time of year we traditionally see a rise in the number of
children and young people involved in accidents which can be easily avoided.
Last summer we had 90 call outs to water related incidents during July and
August so we are urging parents and care providers to keep an eye on what their
children are doing over the holidays. By keeping safe, we can all enjoy
the Summer, however brief it may be, and it helps to ensure that those who
really need our care can receive a timely response."
Here are some top tips to help stay safe throughout the summer months:-
In the Heat...
► Drink lots of water It is important to keep hydrated as you lose more
fluid than you take in during hotter temperatures, this is also vital if you are
doing any physical activity and when you are travelling long distances.
► Keep out of the sun It is best to try to stay in the shade between
the hours of 11am to 3pm, as this is when the sun is at its hottest.
► Wear sunscreen and sunglasses Apply a sun cream of at least factor 15
that includes UVA protection and make sure your sunglasses have UV protection
lenses to protect your eyes.
► Loose clothing Wear light, loose fitting cotton clothes along with a
► Look out for others Keep a check on those vulnerable to the effects
of heat, especially the elderly, young children and babies and those who have a
heart or respiratory condition such as asthma.
► Never leave babies, young children or animals in a parked vehicle
Temperatures can soar in a parked car very quickly, and children under the age
of 2 are particularly at risk of getting heatstroke or heat exhaustion.
► Unsupervised water Don't be tempted to take a dip in reservoirs,
canals, lakes and rivers to cool down. There are hidden dangers lurking under
the surface such as deep and cold water, debris and underwater currents which
can result in drowning.
► Keep an eye out Children should always be supervised when they are in
or around water and make sure they are swimming within designated areas.
► Don't be pushy Never run, push or jump on others when in a swimming
pool or at the beach and if you see someone in difficulty tell a lifeguard or
► On the water If out in a boat or canoe always wear a lifejacket.
Out and About
► Pokemon Go As children and adults alike are getting busy playing the
latest mobile app it's important to always be aware of your surroundings to
avoid any accidents and not get too absorbed looking at your phone screen.
► Road safety When out on a bike or scooter always wear a helmet, be
aware of busy roads and cross roads safely.
► Dangerous playgrounds Make sure you know where your children are
going to ensure they aren't playing in any hazardous areas such as railway
tracks or abandoned buildings and always arrange a time for when they are going
to be home.
► Stick together Don't walk away and leave friends to get home on their
Medical help and advice is also available at your Local Urgent Care Centre, by
contacting your GP, calling NHS:- 111 or visiting a Pharmacist.
By taking these steps it will help to keep our services free for those who are
most in need and also ensure everyone has an enjoyable summer.
56 year old assaulted in Bootle
MERSEYSIDE Police Detectives are
appealing for information after a man was assaulted in Bootle on Friday, 15 July
2016. The 56 year old was walking along Trinity Road, at the junction with St
Albans Square, at approximately 7pm, when he became involved in a confrontation
with 2 males in a parked car who he believed had dropped litter. The driver and
passenger got out of the car and confronted the man. It is believed the
passenger was carrying a sharp implement and the victim suffered a wound to his
arm. Both males then got back into the silver car; which had the registration
plate MJ55 ZZO and left the scene, turning right onto St Albans Road. Both are
described as white, of muscular build, with beards and wearing sports clothing.
Detective Inspector Mike Dalton said:- "This incident happened early in
the evening and I believe a lot of people may have been in the area and either
witnessed what happened or saw the car and its occupants either before or
afterwards. I would appeal to anyone who has information to contact us."
Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to contact Merseyside Police
on:- 0151 777 3059 or the confidential Crimestoppers line on:- 0800 555 111.