National Trust to take over
Sefton Council Land at Formby Point
AN additional 204 hectares of land at
Lifeboat Road and Ravenmeols in Formby, home to rare wildlife, is now
safeguarded thanks to its formal transfer into the care of the National Trust. A
public consultation has taken place since
March 2017 over this issue and now the official transfer
documents have now been signed, seeing responsibility for its guardianship pass
from Sefton Council to the National Trust. As an independent conservation
charity, the Trust has already been caring for 210 hectares, at Formby, for the
past 50 years. The transfer means that the land is now protected forever
for the enjoyment of the people who love this special place and the benefit of
the wildlife that thrives here. Amongst the sand dunes and pine forests live:-
Sand Lizards, Red Squirrels, Northern Dune Tiger Beetles and Natterjack Toads.
Jo Hudson, General Manager for the National Trust, commented:- "The land
at Formby Point is absolutely exceptional, representing one of the very best
mobile sand dune habitats in the entire UK. Its significance is shown by much of
the land being designated as a Site of Scientific Interest, Special Area of
Conservation and Special Protection Area for birds. We are extremely proud to be
taking on the custodianship of this additional land and we cannot think of a
more wonderful way to mark the milestone of our 50 years working at Formby. We
have an excellent team of Rangers, staff and volunteers who are dedicated to
continuing our current hard work across this broader area. Our aim is to
continue to ensure that current and future generations can enjoy everything that
makes this place so exceptional."
Cllr Paul Cummins, Sefton Council's Cabinet
Member for Adult Social Care, said:- "Residents and visitors to the
borough made strong representation through the consultation process for the
Sefton 2030 Vision for their desire to access and enjoy all the benefits the
Sefton coast has to offer. We believe through the land transfer it will enable
the National Trust to develop a richer visitor experience with our local
communities and secure the future of this extraordinary coastline. We see this
as an amazing opportunity where National Trust can improve and invest on this
piece of land for the benefit of our communities, the many visitors to our
borough, the local economy and the environment. Working with the National Trust
has been very productive and we hope to continue this relationship over the
coming years in enhancing further this stretch of our amazing coastline."
In addition to the day to day management of the portfolio at Formby Point, the
National Trust is also starting to look to the future and the next 50 years, in
Formby. Work has already started in talking to people about what they would like
to see in terms of improvements to access and visitor facilities as well as how
to help the rare wildlife to thrive. The Trust will continue to work closely
with neighbours, stakeholders and people who love this special place to shape up
these plans. To find out more about how to get involved with future plans,
including the opportunity to chat to National Trust staff and volunteers about
the care of the Formby Coast, please click on this
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Eat your way around the borough with
new Eat Well Wirral map!
WIRRAL Council's Eat Well Wirral
project has a new online map making it easier to find your local takeaway
offering healthier options.
The map means you can see; at a glance; which takeaways and fast food outlets
in Wirral have changed the way they prepare and cook some foods, giving
customers the chance to take away a healthier meal.
This can include using lower fat options, healthier cooking fats and offering
fresh fruit as an alternative to biscuits, crisps and other snacks.
Originally launched in 2015, the Eat Well Wirral scheme has been a success,
providing financial support, incentives and advice to a wide range of businesses
across the borough. More than 100 businesses are now signed up to the scheme.
Cllr Chris Jones, Wirral's Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health, said:-
"We know people enjoy a takeaway now and again and Eat Well Wirral helps
people make healthier choices.
Our award holders provide a genuine alternative to customers who use takeaways,
and we'd like to hear from other businesses who would like to get involved."
To visit the map and find out more about the scheme yourself
Young people in the
Liverpool City Region buck trend of national bus passenger decline
THE number of bus journeys young people
are making in the Liverpool City Region has risen by 142% in the last 3 years as
a result of a trailblazing approach to bus. The figure was revealed on Friday,
22 September 2017, in an event to mark 12 months of the Liverpool City Region
Bus Alliance a formal partnership between Merseytravel and the area's 2 biggest
operators, Arriva and Stagecoach. Since 2014, bus journeys made by all paying
passengers have gone up by 16.2 per cent overall , smashing the 10% target set
for the end of 2017/18, and bucking the trend of long term bus passenger decline
nationally. The Bus Alliance is focussed on making bus a mode of choice, rather
than last resort, encouraging those people who already get the bus to make
more journeys, and encouraging people who currently don't use it, to give it a
try. Ultimately, increasing the number of fare paying passengers means more
revenue and greater investment to further improve services. While operating on
an informal basis since 2014, a formal partnership agreement was signed between
Merseytravel, Arriva and Stagecoach in September 2017 2016 committing to more
than ₤52 million invested in a the 1st year of a joint annual business and
Key achievements to date include:-
► 90% score for overall customer satisfaction in Bus Passenger Survey (Transport
Focus, March 2017 to the Liverpool City Region's best score to date and higher
than other Metropolitan areas which scored an 85% average.
► ₤37.5m investment in new buses, with the average age of bus fleets under 7
years old. WiFi and USB charging points fitted on new buses as standard and
retrofitted in older ones. 70% of buses are already low emission.
► A 142% increase in young people's bus journeys as a result of 'MyTicket'
a value day ticket offering unlimited bus travel, a 50% discount on adult fares,
and age eligibility up for special tickets and discounted fares up to and
including:- 18 years old.
► Walrus, the Liverpool Region's smart card, is the most used outside London,
with 2.5m tickets loaded onto it since its launch in November 2014.
► Customer service training to better help drivers support passengers, with 1070
due to be trained by March 2018, building on already high customer satisfaction
with our drivers (91% Transport Focus, March 2017)
► Pooling resources to clean buses after the morning peak to help keep them tidy
and inviting for the rest of the day.
► Trailblazing 'better by bus' campaign, speaking as 'bus' not as
individual operators with competing messages and tactics.
Said Steve Rotheram, Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor:- "Bus is often the
forgotten hero in the contribution it makes to the economy and in supporting
communities. It helps people get to work, education, do the shop or make their
Hospital appointments and is responsible for 136 million journeys a year in our
City Region alone. While there is much more to do to improve the bus offer, the
successes of the Bus Alliance are already notable and encouraging, not least the
massive increase in young people taking the bus, giving them greater freedom and
opportunity. I want us to continue to build on this success, looking at what
support we could offer to apprentices in their late teens and early 20's."
Said Kevin O'Connor, MD, Arriva, UK Bus:- "Arriva is a proud partner of
the Merseyside Bus Alliance. Our aim is to get more people travelling by bus,
both through promoting the benefits and improving the experience. From planning
their trip right through to getting off at their destination, we are working to
ensure the best possible travel experience for our customers. We look forward to
working in partnership to build on the success of the Alliance."
Said Mark Threapleton, MD, Stagecoach, UK Bus- England and Wales:- "The
1st formal year of the Bus Alliance has achieved a huge amount and shows that
strong and effective partnership working can deliver real results. In the
Liverpool City Region we're seeing more people taking the bus, higher passenger
satisfaction and significant investment in new vehicles for local communities.
We hope to create a virtuous circle where patronage continues to increase,
further investment is made and the local bus network sees continued growth and
further improvement and expansion. There is still work to be done, but this is a
very positive start to the Alliance which we will work hard to continue."
Said David Sidebottom, Passenger Director at independent watchdog, Transport
Focus:- "More than nine in 10 bus passengers in the Liverpool City Region
are satisfied with their service. This shows that the Bus Alliance's approach of
listening to passengers, and focussing on their key priorities:- a punctual,
reliable, and value for money service on clean and comfortable buses; can make a
Unite launches confidential hotline for
Liverpool Hospital workers
UNITE, Britain's biggest Union, has
launched a confidential hotline for workers employed by ISS at the Royal
Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals Trust, so workers can highlight
concerns they may have about their employer without fear.
On 20 September 2017, at a meeting of Liverpool City Council, Councillors unanimously
passed a motion requesting the Mayor writes to the chief executive of ISS
Facilities Management calling for the reinstatement of a fair sick pay scheme.
The Mayor and all the individual Councillors will now write to both ISS and the
Trust urging ISS to negotiate with Unite with a view to reinstating the full
sick pay regime, so that ISS staff have access to a scheme which mirrors the
scheme available to NHS workers.
The workforce were stripped of a fair sick pay policy. It has been replaced with
an inferior scheme where employees can only accrue 12 sick days per year. This
compares to the NHS sick pay scheme where workers get up to 6 months on full pay
and a further 6 months on ½pay. It would take around 15 years' service with ISS, without a single day off work sick to accrue 6 months on full pay.
Workers have also raised concerns about alleged bullying, problems with
equipment and standards. A hotline has been launched to help workers raise their
Unite Regional Officer, Keith Hutson said:- "The unanimous support of
Liverpool City Council for the workers' campaign for a fair sick pay scheme is
fantastic news and will give the workforce an added confidence.
The union has now opened up a confidential hotline for workers employed by ISS
at the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen Hospital Trust following a number of
concerns raised by workers. It is time for ISS to listen to its workforce, treat
them with dignity and reinstate a fair sick pay scheme."