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Cycle Lane meeting at Holy Trinity Southport to be hosted by MP

THE Southport MP Damien Moore will host a public meeting at Holy Trinity Church on Hoghton Street next Saturday, open to any Southport resident or business who wants to see the Town Centre Cycle Lanes and bollards removed. The meeting will take place between:- 1pm and 2:30pm, with attendees being asked to arrive for 12:45. It comes following an announcement by Sefton Council that a decision on whether to keep, scrap, or amend the Town Centre Cycle Lanes will be taken in the Autumn. Mr. Moore says that there is overwhelming public opposition to the lanes and bollards brought in back in 2020, which replaced on-street parking on Hoghton Street and closed off Queens Road to passing traffic. The alterations have severely impacted the businesses and organisations along the road, including the historic Church. Mr Moore is encouraging those opposed to the scheme to come to the meeting, which requires no booking, to hear how the lanes have impacted upon businesses and residents. Those in attendance will be given an opportunity to share their thoughts on how the community can come together to have the scheme removed once and for all. An update will also be provided on both the Liveable Neighbourhood Scheme which was proposed by Sefton Council and Sustrans, and the Council plans to extend the Town Centre lanes and bollards across Southport; from:- Crossens to Ainsdale.

Damien Moore, MP for Southport, said:- "Everybody knows of my resolute opposition to Sefton Council's cycle lane plans, which have been detrimental to businesses and residents in the Town Centre. At a time when Southport is rebuilding from the Pandemic, removing vital on-street parking and littering our Town's streets with bollards is not the answer. I'm hosting this meeting to give residents and businesses the opportunity to share the impact the Cycle Lanes have had on them, and to provide an update on the way forward. I:- 'd encourage everybody who shares my concerns with the Town Centre Cycle Lanes, the Liveable Neighbourhood Scheme, and the plans to extend the lanes across the Town to come to the meeting so that we, as a community, can determine a way forward."

Last Chance to Run for the Red Cross!

FANCY taking on 1 of the North West's most popular running events? The British Red Cross is on the lookout for proud Liverpudlians to hit the road and take on this year's Mersey Tunnel Run 2022. The much-loved running event provides the only chance to cross through the Mersey tunnel on foot and admire Liverpool's iconic skyline from across the water. With cheer points along the way, it is sure to be a race like no other. Taking place on Sunday, 11 September 2022, the race is open to runners of all levels.

Becky Lynes, Senior Community Fundraiser for the area says:- "The Liverpool Tunnel 10K is always a great event. It brings together people from across the City and is a real celebration of Liverpudlian spirit. The British Red Cross has a long history of supporting people right here in Merseyside, whether it is providing support at home after a Hospital stay, responding to a local house fire or flood, or supporting refugees in the local area. We are so proud of our local services and would love to see the Red Cross represented out there on the streets of Liverpool on this special day for the City."

To run as part of Team Red Cross you can sign up at:- RedCross.Org.UK. Registration is just:- £14. All participants are challenged to raise:- £250 and will receive their special Red Cross running vest, once they hit £100 of their target. Special discounts are available for teams of 3 or more. Runners will be supported every step along with the way, with expert fundraising advice in the run up and an unmissable cheer squad who will be there to support them on the day itself. For more information, please contact Becky Lynes on:- BeckyLynes@RedCross.Org.UK or call:- 07711189085.

Bill Esterson MP congratulates Merseyside NCS Group for raising money for the Ukrainian Refugee Donation Centre

Pictured are Bill Esterson, Labour MP for Sefton Central, and half of Team 5, Wave 5 NCS group, Abi, Russell, Robyn, Caroline, Priya, Naomi and Freya.

BILL Esterson MP congratulated an NCS group in Crosby for their efforts to raise funds for Ukrainian refugees. The group held a sponsored walk along Crosby Beach on Friday, 12 August 2022. The group invited Mr Esterson to meet them and told them about their weeklong social action project to raise money for the Ukrainian Collection Centre, at Blundellsands Methodist Church, in Crosby. The group completed the sponsored walk along Crosby beach dressed in the colours of the Ukrainian flag to further raise awareness for the Centre.

Mr Esterson said:- "I was really impressed when I met the NCS group. Isn't it fantastic to see young people in Crosby getting involved, making a difference and helping Ukrainian refugees in their hour of need. Congratulations and well done. What a fantastic project."

NCS, or the National Citizenship Service, is a 4 week programme for:- 15 to 17 year olds, allowing them to engage in personal development and their local community. As part of this, the group of 12 16 year olds from Merseyside, are carrying out a week long social action project, of which they have chosen to raise money for the Ukrainian Refugee Donation Centre, in Crosby, Merseyside. The Centre is led by those in Crosby, for Ukrainian refugees in Crosby, providing services such as a free shop, an infant nursery scheme and English classes. Donations they need include:- food, 1st aid, toiletries, clothes and entertainment.

Caroline, a member of the group told Bill why they chose to fundraise for the Centre;:- "I was impressed by how involved the volunteers were and how involved the community was…because it was run by people from the community and it helped Ukrainian refugees from the community."

People can donate to the Centre via their go fund me at:- GoFund.Me, or directly to the collection at:- Blundellsands Methodist Church, 19 Mersey Road, Crosby, L23 3AE. For more information about National Citizenship Service, please visit:- Catch-22.Org.UK.


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