for Wirral bathing water
THE Environment Agency has
given Wirral's bathing water top marks in annual ratings. Councils are
required to provide information at their sites for bathers and other beach
users. Standards for bathing waters are overseen by the Environment
Agency and are measured at 413 beaches and lakes across the England, with star
ratings being applied to bathing water site, using a simple 3 star system.
0 star = 'Poor'
1 star =
2 stars = 'Good'
stars = 'Excellent'
The Wirral's borough's 4
designated bathing waters, at:- Meols, , and , we can confirm, have been
awarded a clean sweep of top marks for their cleanliness. All 4 entrants
have been awarded the maximum 3 stars for 2016/2017. The
'Excellent' classification means the waters are of the "highest
microbial quality required." Also these results have been achieved under
new, more stringent regulations which came into force in 2015.
In 2015, Wallasey was classed as Good, just 1 rating lower than Wirral's other 3
bathing spots. Cllr Bernie Mooney, Wirral Council member for Environment, said:-
"I'm personally delighted that the standard of Wirral's bathing water has
improved even further to reach the highest of standards. The quality and
cleanliness of Wirral's coastline is a key part of our tourism offer and
supports hundreds of jobs in the borough. Last year I said I hoped that we would
be able to uphold our standards, and I'm pleased to say we've done that."
Flares and smoke canisters stop
Southport FC v Fleetwood FC Match
Police are appealing for information after spectators at the Southport v
Fleetwood Football Match, on Monday, 7 November 2016, disrupted the match, by
throwing flares and smoke canisters onto the pitch. Officers will be
speaking with representative from both Clubs, and an investigation into the
circumstances is ongoing. This will include Officers viewing televised footage,
to identify those involved. Chief Superintendent Paul White said:-
"The Police and Courts take these offences very seriously and prosecution can
result in a prison sentence. Flares burn at extremely high temperatures and can
easily ignite combustible materials such as clothing. They can also cause severe
burns if they come into contact with a person's skin and could cause life
changing injuries. The smoke canisters that were thrown disrupted the match,
causing play to be stopped whilst the pitch was cleared and smoke dissipated.
This could have resulted in the evacuation of the ground, and the end of the
match, but fortunately play was able to go on. I?d ask anyone who was at
the game, who has any information on those involved in the throwing of flares or
anyone who has mobile phone footage of the incident to contact Merseyside
Police. Anyone who has any information is asked to call on:- 101 or
Crimestoppers, anonymously, on:- 0800 555 111."
Tourist attraction targeted by vandals
MERSEYSIDE Police are
appealing for the public's help in identifying offenders who have damaged
railway shed windows, in Southport. The incident is thought to have taken
place between 3.00pm, on Sunday, 6 November 2016 and 9:45am, on Tuesday, 8
November 2016, by unknown offenders, who have damaged 13 windows of the railway
sheds, at Southport Pleasure Lands Miniature Railway.
Neighbourhood Inspector Graham Fisher said:- "This behaviour is
unnecessary and will have caused distress to those who visit the Pleasure Land,
and those that work on the railway. I would urge anyone who saw or heard
anything to contact us immediately. We would particularly be interested in
hearing from anyone who has seen people acting suspiciously near to the Pleasure
Land in recent days. I would like to reassure our community that with your help
we will make every effort to trace those responsible."
Anyone with information is asked to call the Merseyside Police on:- 101 or the
confidential Crimestoppers line, anonymously, on:- 0800 555 111.
Not so neighbourly nation - Are we ignoring the older generation?
33% of people in the North
West have deliberately avoided their neighbours on at least one occasion, while
25% might not even recognise their neighbours if they bumped into them out of
context, according to new research by Churchill Retirement Living.
In a sign that the nation is not as neighbourly as we used to be, 25% of adults
in the region say they have argued with their neighbours, with the most common
disagreements caused by:- loud music, unruly kids, noisy pets, boundary issues
and car parking.
The survey also found that older people want to be far more neighbourly than
their younger counterparts, with 90% of over 55's who don't know their
neighbours saying they would like to get to know them better, compared with just
71% of 18 to 24 year olds. And less than half of 18 to 24 year olds said they
exchange Christmas cards with those living next door to them, compared with 8 in
10 of the over 55's.
Despite the worrying trend, 8 in 10 of all those surveyed think people should do
more to get to know their neighbours, with three quarters thinking it is
important to get on well with them. However, less than a third of people said
they would ever consider inviting their neighbours around for a meal or social
The research of 2,000 UK adults was commissioned by retirement house builder
Churchill Retirement Living to find out more about people's attitudes towards
those living around them, in particular the older generation.
Of those surveyed, 45% have elderly neighbours, with 25% of those anxious they
might get lonely. 20% of those polled say they have been concerned for their
neighbours at some point, with health problems, age and loneliness the most
Dame Esther Rantzen DBE,
Churchill Ambassador and founder of The Silver Line, said:- ?We have a
huge loneliness epidemic in this country, and looking out for those next door to
us can be a big step towards curing it especially if they are older people who
might be feeling isolated or not as active as they used to be. Although it's a
sad fact of life that not everyone gets on with their neighbours all the time,
it's also encouraging to see that most of us can still see the value of getting
to know our neighbours better. I have personally witnessed the benefits a strong
sense of community can bring, and we can all do something to make that
difference to the people who live around us.?
The research also found:-
► Only ? of respondents think there is a sense of community in their
► 6 in 10 respondents would rather their neighbours kept themselves to
► 72% have never had their neighbour over for dinner or any other type of
► The average Brit knows 6 of their neighbours by name, but this increases to 7
among those aged 55 and over, and it falls to 4, among those aged 34 and under.
► 14% don't even know what their neighbour's name is.
► Over a 5th of people have forgotten a neighbour's name, but found it too
awkward to ask them what it is.
► Around ? of Brits described their relationship with their neighbours as...
"neutral," neither friendly nor unfriendly.
► Less than a 5th of Brits are friends with their neighbours on social media.
Spencer McCarthy, Churchill Retirement Living's Chairman & CEO, said:-
"It's perhaps no surprise that the older generation are more
inclined to be friendly towards their neighbours and value a strong sense of
community. I've witnessed this at our retirement living developments, where we
bring good neighbours together to share a more sociable and fulfilling lifestyle
in their retirement. But there is hope yet for the younger generation too. We
all have busy lives, but we can all take small actions that make a difference to
the people living around us. The evidence from our research suggests that there
are plenty of people of all ages willing to embrace that and be better