New road safety strategy for
the Liverpool City Region given the green light
THE Liverpool City Region's Road Safety
Strategy 2017 to 2020 was approved at Liverpool City Region Combined Authority
meeting, on 14 July 2017. This 3 year strategy aims to reduce the number of those
killed and seriously injured on Merseyside's roads.
The plan outlines the methods and measures that will be used by partners who
make up the Merseyside Road Safety Partnership; Merseyside District Councils,
Merseytravel, Merseyside Police, the Office of the Police and Crime
Commissioner, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, North West Ambulance Service,
Highways England, and the health sector. This has also been shared with the
Cheshire Road Safety Partnership covering the Halton borough, who will be
adopting a similar approach.
The measures and methods used to help achieve safer roads include:- education
(promoting road safety messages through targeted campaigns and training),
enforcement (ensuring road users adhere to safety measures that have been
implemented, particularly driving at a safe speed) and engineering (identifying
and introducing remedial measures to improve road safety and ensuring new
highway projects operate safely).
Cllr Liam Robinson, Transport portfolio lead for the Liverpool City Region
Combined Authority said:- "We all have a role to play to ensure our roads
are safer and the number of accidents and injuries on our roads are reduced. We
can play our part, but we also need our residents and road users to play their
part too by listening to and taking on board the information around road safety
awareness and adhering to road safety law, particularly around speed limits and
to not be distracted whilst driving, for example, by using your mobile phone."
The strategy also includes targeted action plans to keep cyclists, motorcycle
users, senior road users and pedestrians safe on and around Merseyside's roads.
Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram added:- "I want the
Liverpool City Region to be safe for all road users, cyclists, motorcyclists and
pedestrians alike and through collaborative working, we can achieve more by
pooling our resources and expertise. Through this strategy, all agencies and
road users have shared goals to work towards reducing the number of casualties
and fatalities on our roads."
Jane Kennedy, Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner, said:- "Every
death or serious injury on the roads of Merseyside is one too many. By working
together to manage education, enforcement and engineering, we hope that
Merseyside's roads will be safer. From an enforcement perspective, Merseyside
Police will play its part by ensuring those disregarding road safety are
robustly dealt with through the appropriate penalties, but we can reduce the
need for enforcement action through better education, awareness and
understanding the consequences if people continue to flout the law."
CCTV images issued as part
of appeal into disturbance at McDonalds, Bootle
MERSEYSIDE Police Detectives
investigating a disturbance at a fast food restaurant in Bootle have issued CCTV
images of 3 men who they believe could assist with their enquiries.
Officers were called to reports of 5 men having fled the McDonalds restaurant
following a fight shortly before 6.30pm, on Monday, 26 June 2017. It is believed
that 3 men, 1 armed with a metal bar, had entered the restaurant and then
started to attack 2 other men in the restaurant.
All 5 men then left the restaurant, with the 3 attackers seen getting into a
dark coloured car which was driven off along Stanley Road towards Liverpool City
It is believed that there were a number of
other customers in McDonalds at the time of the incident and Officers are
appealing to anyone who was in the restaurant and who may have information which
could help them with their inquiries to call them.
1 of the men is described as white, aged mid to late 20's, of slim build with
dark shoulder length curly hair and facial hair. He was wearing a blue T-shirt,
which was later removed, dark coloured shorts and dark footwear.
The 2nd man was white, also aged mid to late 20's, of slim build with short fair
hair and facial hair. He was wearing a black T-shirt, black shorts and dark
The 3rd man is described as a white man, aged mid to late 20's, of medium build
with short dark receding hair. He was wearing a red T-shirt, black shorts and
Detectives have issued photographs of 3 men who they believe could help them
with the investigation.
Officers are also keen to speak to anyone who may have any footage of the fight
on their mobile phones to get in touch.
Anyone who recognises any of the men, or has any information which could assist
the investigation is asked to call Detective Constable Dave Rutherford on:- 0151
777 3035, or the Crimestoppers line anonymously, on:- 0800 555 111.
Liverpool ready for License to (street) party!
LIVERPOOL City Council is boosting
community spirit with plans to waive the legal costs of staging street parties.
Currently, any individual/group who wants to host a street party needs to apply
for a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) which can cost in excess of ₤2,000.
The recommendation, which will be presented at a Cabinet Meeting, on Friday, 21
July 2017, looks to establish a Community Events Order which would allow residents to
apply to hold community events in their neighbourhoods, with the Council
covering the cost of a TRO which would cover a 12 month period.
The order would allow the City Council to close roads so that community events
or street parties could take place. It also has the benefit of allowing children
to play safely in traffic free areas, creating safer zones and encouraging young
people to get active outdoors, improving their health and wellbeing.
If approved, it would come in to force from April 2018 for 12 months, renewing
each year. This means residents will have until 31 December 2017 to submit an
application for a street party which will be assessed in the New Year, and if
it's successful they could hold their event from April 2017.
Initially closures in the same area would only be permitted once a month to
ensure minimum disruption to the road network.
The City Council's Highways Team will provide a full guidance note for anyone
thinking of applying, which includes:-
► Events are to be organised and funded by the applicant, not by the
► The applicant must consult with all residents in the area. If any objections are
raised, the Council will work with the person who has submitted the request to
identify a solution. Ward members will make the ultimate decision.
► Not all roads can be closed, so alternative options should be considered; major
roads and bus routes are exempt from the scheme.
► Road closures can't exceed 3 hours.
► Applicant must be able to demonstrate they have the appropriate Public Liability
Insurance to cover the event.
► All signs and barriers would need to be
organised and paid for by the organiser. If it's going to be a regular event it
is recommended the applicant purchase the traffic management equipment.
► If applications for events in 2018 are made after 31 December
2018, residents will
have to pay for the TRO which could be around ₤2,400.
► The initiative forms part of Play Streets; a nationwide drive for local
authorities to develop a scheme that will encourage young people to play safely
on the streets.
Liverpool City Council's Cabinet Member for Highways and City Services,
Councillor Steve Munby, said:- "We often receive requests from residents
who wish to close their road to host a street party, but the costs associated
are prohibitive for both Council and the individual.
This Community Events Order would enable the City Council to cover the costs of
a 1 off, annual Traffic Regulation Order which would then give communities the
freedom to put on an event in their area.
Not only is it a simple and effective way to encourage children to play out on
traffic free streets, but in turn, it gives neighbours the chance to socialise,
growing the community spirit and engendering pride in where people live.
I'm sure residents will be thrilled with the prospect and I look forward to
seeing a whole host of events taking place in communities across the City in
Thousands to Attend
Jehovah's Witness Convention in Liverpool
AN estimated 18,000 people will travel
to Liverpool, in August 2017, for the annual convention of Jehovah's Witnesses.
We are told that the theme of this year's convention is:- "Don't Give Up!"
This will be the 6th year the event has been held at the Liverpool ACC
"Arena." However, for the 1st time, this year there will be 2
That news has gone down well with members of staff at the ACC. Christine
Robinson, concierge at the arena, said:- "It is a joy to work with you.
Myself, the supervisors, event managers and staff all look forward to working
this event every year and have done for the past 5 years."
Other members of staff made similar comments like:- "Delighted to care for
another convention. Great to work with you again. The staff ask to be on duty."
The 1st 3 day event will begin on Friday, 4 August 2017 and the 2nd will take
place on Friday, 25 August 2017. An open invitation has been issued to the
Jeff Stacey, a convention spokesman, states:- "With so many tragic events
happening both nationally and internationally, we truly believe the theme of
this year's convention couldn't be more timely! We will discover how the Bible
and even nature teach us lessons about how to endure. There will be a feature
film to enjoy each afternoon and on Sunday morning we are looking forward to the
encouraging discourse:- 'Never Give Up Hope!' Everyone is welcome, even if it is
just for an hour or 2 over the course of the weekend. We warmly invite all to
come and benefit from the educational programme!"
The convention is free to attend, and no collection will be taken. The
Liverpool events are among over 40 being held in the UK.
Merseyside man wanted on
recall to prison
MERSEYSIDE Police is appealing for the
public's help in tracing a 32 year old man who is wanted on a recall to prison.
In February 2017, Anthony Hughes was released on license after serving a
sentence for kidnap and blackmail. Hughes was recalled to prison in April 2017
after he was found to have breached the conditions of his license. Extensive
efforts have since been made by Merseyside Police to find Hughes. Hughes is
described as:- white, about 6ft 1in, of average build, short brown hair, blue
eyes, unshaven, with a Scouse accent. Hughes also has tattoos of Mum and Dad and
a "large praying hands" tattoo covering his back. Hughes is known
by the nickname:- "Yozzer." He is known to have connections
to the Fazakerley and Kirkby areas of Merseyside and the Halton Brook area of
Runcorn in Cheshire. Anyone who has seen Anthony Hughes or has any idea of his
whereabouts, is asked to call Merseyside Police either on Crimestoppers on:-
0800 555 111 or on the non-emergency contact number:- 101. Alternatively you can
provide information to Crimestoppers