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Issue:- Thursday, 22 September 2016

Headlines and reports on this page = 5 news items.    Page - 1.

Delivering important advice for van drivers

WIRRAL'S Road Safety Team is planning a special, free seminar later this month aimed at van drivers and fleet managers in the borough. The event, which takes place in Seacombe, on Tuesday, 27 September 2016, is about supporting local business owners to meet their responsibilities in protecting their vehicles, staff and ultimately their business. Department of Transport statistics reveal that in 2015 there were 4,750 casualties involving occupants of vans or light goods vehicles. This is almost four times more casualties than occupants of Heavy Goods Vehicles, during the same period. The seminar will feature guest speakers from independent fleet risk advisors Prestige, Merseyside Police, the Freight Transport Association representing the Van Excellence Scheme and the Council's Road Safety Team. Cllr Stuart Whittingham, Wirral Council Cabinet member for Highways and Infrastructure, said:- "Driving for work, particularly in liveried vehicles, presents a whole range of potential issues for both the drivers and the organisations they are working for. Ensuring that both driver and vehicle are suitable for the job is essential and the aim of this seminar is to help raise awareness of the various issues companies may face. Providing such support to businesses is an important part of achieving our pledge to provide transport fit for the future.“

The seminar lasts from 9.30am noon. Booking is essential as places are limited? To book, email details; names of attendee, name of organisation, contact details and any dietary requirements.  To attend you must send it to Carl Loughlin via:- carlloughlin@wirral.gov.uk or by calling:- 0151 606 2501.

Van suspected of being used for fly tipping seized

A van suspected of being used for fly tipping in Liverpool has been seized by City Council officers. Working in partnership with Merseyside Police, they seized the white Ford Transit in Ingoe Lane, Fazakerley. Councils have the power to carry out such seizures if they have evidence to suspect a vehicle is being used to illegally dump waste in a way that could cause pollution to the environment or harm to human health. It is the 1st time these powers have been used in Liverpool. An application can now be made to the magistrates' court for the van to be forfeited. Councillor Steve Munby, cabinet member for neighbourhoods, said:- "Fly tipping is a criminal offence. It is anti social, causes a blight on neighbourhoods and results in distress and nuisance for residents. We have always said we will take any action we could against those responsible, and now that we have powers to seize vans suspected to be involved in this illegal activity we will use them. If you use a 'man and van service' to dispose of waste or unwanted items, you should always make sure that it is somebody who is properly licensed as a waste carrier and will responsibly dispose of whatever you give them. Ask for a receipt and make a note of the registration number of their vehicle. Residents can dispose of most unwanted household items for free by using the Bulky Bobs service or a their nearest Household Waste Recycling Centre. Our newest facility is located in Cheadle Avenue, off Green Lane, in Liverpool 13. Anybody who has information about fly tippers should contact Liverpool City Council's Street Scene Team in confidence on:- 0151 233 3001, you don't have to give your name or contact details"

Mersey Mermaid takes to the water for R Charity

A retired Liverpool nurse has set herself a challenge of swimming more than 17 miles of open water across the UK, ending in a 4 person relay across Loch Lomond.  Julie Lloyd has already completed swims in England, Ireland and Wales and now has her eyes set on sharing 24 miles of Great Britain's largest inland stretch of open water, on Sunday, 25 September 2016, to raise money for the new Royal Liverpool University Hospital. The Mersey Mermaid; the keen swimmer's nickname given to her by her husband; will turn 58 on the day she takes to Loch Lomond in Scotland. Julie, from Wallasey, said:- "I love swimming and I love to set myself challenges and tick things off my bucket list; this has been on my list for some time. I feel at home in the water and can't wait to be able say that I've done it. I just hope that whatever I raise will help to make someone's stay in Hospital is as happy and enjoyable as it can be."

Julie's UK swims include:-

► Bala Lake (Wales) 3.1miles

► Coniston Water (England) 5.25miles

► River Liffey (Ireland) 1.4miles

► Loch Lomond (Scotland) sharing 24 miles

► Julie also crossed the Firth of Forth (Scotland) – 1.4miles

Find out more about Julie's challenge; including teaching herself the front crawl and how she prepares for the challenge; by watching a short video online.

More time to bid for environmental improvement funds

COMMUNITY groups have been given extra time to apply for grants to make their neighbourhoods greener. The deadline for applications for the second round of the Environmental Initiatives Fund has been extended to noon, on Friday, 30 September 2016, from its original date of 26 September 2016, after a large member of inquiries had been received. The Fund was set up by the Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, following a recommendation in the Interim Report for the Strategic Green and Open Spaces Review. This called for community groups, schools and small businesses to be helped to play more active roles in improving their local environment. A funding pot of £20,000 was set up and groups were invited to bid for grants of up to £500. In the 1st round of applications, 23 groups were awarded a total of £10,430 for projects including improvements to community gardens, clean ups and children's gardening schemes. Councillor Steve Munby, cabinet member for neighbourhoods, said:- "There has been a lot of interest from groups in this initiative so we want to make sure that they have enough time to submit their applications. It is encouraging that many groups want to make their neighbourhoods greener."  Information about the Environment Initiatives Fund is available online.

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