Last Chance for Schools to
Showcase Budding Artists
SCHOOLS across the Liverpool City
Region, Cheshire and Warrington have until 21 December 2016, to sign up to the annual
dot-art Schools programme, an inter school, online art competition culminating
in a public vote and gallery exhibition.
dot-art Schools is a well established fixture in the academic calendar for many
local schools; since its inception over 3000 students from almost 170 schools
have taken part. This is the 5th year it will take place in the Liverpool City
Region and due to its success and a new partnership with Liverpool John Moores
University, this year sees the launch of a pilot scheme covering Cheshire West
Chester, Cheshire East and Warrington, with further expansion across the North
The scheme is open to Year 5 and Year 9 pupils from both mainstream and special
schools. It is designed to nurture talent, raise aspiration and take art out of
the classroom into the real world.
The exhibition in Liverpool will take place at the Grade 1 listed St Georges
Hall, with the Cheshire exhibition venue being announced in January. For the
second year, award winning international haircare brand Tangle Teezer will be
the principal sponsor.
Lucy Byrne, Managing Director of dot-art commented:- "We are very excited
about the launch of our new scheme across Cheshire but also intend to keep
growing and building on the success of the Liverpool programme. As the effects
of cuts to arts subjects in the curriculum begin to be felt, we feel it is more
important than ever to ensure children all have access to a creative education."
Carolyn Murray, dot-art Schools Project Manager added:- "We know the run
up to Christmas is a busy period for teachers so all we need from them is a
simple form which takes 5 minutes to complete. The programme will then begin in
earnest in the new year."
Schools need to sign up to the programme before Christmas. Find out how by
or via emailing
them. You can also call them on:- 0345 017
Should a new Community
Police Station be created in Maghull Town Hall?
MERSEYSIDE'S Police Commissioner is
asking people living in Maghull tell her if they think it's sensible to open a
new Community Police Station, in Maghull Town Hall.
Jane Kennedy is proposing to locate a new, accessible Community Police Station
in the Town Hall on Hall Lane to replace Maghull's existing Police Station on
the Town's Westway, which is 20 years old and is currently closed to the public.
The proposals are part of the Commissioner's 10 year investment plan which will
modernise Merseyside Police's stations and facilities. The proposals were
unveiled by the Commissioner in October 2014 when she launched a 2 month,
pan-Merseyside consultation which included an online survey, community road
shows and public meetings.
The proposals received overwhelming support, with 92% of respondents agreeing.
At the heart of the proposals was the creation of a network of modern, fit for
purpose Community Police Stations across Merseyside, where neighbourhood police
officers and PCSO's would be co-located in busy local hubs alongside partners.
Since 2014 the Commissioner has been working with Merseyside Police's estates
and facilities team to identify appropriate venues for these new stations to be
located across Merseyside.
Now the Commissioner wants to see if local people agree that Maghull Town Hall
would be the best location for their Community Police Station. It would be the
first Community Police Station to be located in Sefton. Jane said:-
"People across Merseyside overwhelmingly gave me their support for my proposals
to improve Merseyside Police's stations and make them more accessible to the
I think Maghull Town Hall is an excellent location for this Community Police
Station. It is centrally located and will see the policing team co-located with
Councillors, Council workers and a host of voluntary groups which serve the
Now I want to hear the views of local people and make sure that they agree. It
is vital we put these Community Police Stations in the best place for the people
they serve so I really want to know if we've got it right."
Leader of Maghull Town Council, Cllr Patrick McKinley said:- "We welcome
the proposals from the PCC for a new community Police Station in Maghull. A
small group of us have been working and negotiating with Merseyside Police over
the past year to bring this to fruition for Maghull.
We should not underestimate the achievement or the importance of this for the
Maghull Community. We will be the first area to have one of the new generation
of Community Police Stations in the whole of Sefton and this will bring
community police back into the heart of Maghull. It is a clear demonstration of
the PCC's commitment to local Community Policing."
Deputy leader John Sayers said:- "This is a unique opportunity for Maghull
and fits in perfectly with our neighbourhood and antisocial behaviour plans. We
have been working closely with our police on a range of issues and the Community
Police Station will further cement our partnership to help us to address some of
the issues facing Maghull, particularly during times when resources are
stretched. I would like to thank the PCC for demonstrating this commitment to
People are asked to share their views to Merseyside Police directly by sending
Also please tell us your views on the Community Police Station program that
Merseyside Police are putting in place across the Merseyside region. Do
you agree with it or do you think it will leave large sections of the community
without proper cover? Email our newsroom at:-