parking and having BBQ's on the beach
RESIDENTS are getting
increasingly upset about cars driving down the beach in
Southport, with reports of some even reported to be doing
donuts. We did not see the donuts, but we have got photos and
videos of the cars using the shrimper access road to gain access
to the beach, and a car parked up having a barbecue in the dune
formation area. A few locals who talked to us about the issue
said:- "Lack of parking is a major problem. But
people are even having barbecue. A Council worker did ask a chap
to put our a fire that was light, but was also being asked to
stop the parking. They are overloaded. We have even seen
people doing donuts and quad bikes racing down the beach, nearly
hitting people! I dread to think what will happen overt
the weekend when the heat wave hits! We need special
powers given to the Rangers to help fine people who do this, or
more Police. We also need more signs saying do not use BBQ's on
the beach, but doubt that would help as they have ignored the
notice about driving out." If you think it is a good
idea, it is worth mentioning that should your car gets stuck or damaged, your
insurer may not payout, plus you risk being
prosecuted under a wide range of laws, including:- Coastal
Byelaws, the Road traffic act and Police Reform Act, as warned
on the notice they have all driven past! Not only that, the
vehicles can also be confiscated and you can be also be fined
under environmental protection laws, along with wildlife
protection laws. So is it worth the risk? But if that is not a
deterrent, its also worth
adding that, all beaches in the UK
are classed as 'private' (between high/low tide
marks it is still the Crown Estates) and other laws can then be
used to prosecute
you... Please email us
with your thoughts on this issue.
Pinewoords hit by fire yet again
MERSEYSIDE Fire and
Rescue Service urging the public to be particularly careful
during the current hot weather after an increase in the number
of grass fires. Since lockdown started to ease off, Merseyside
Fire and Rescue Service has attended a large number of grass
fires, many of which are believed to have been caused as a
result of careless actions, including the improper use of
barbecues and camp fires left unattended.
A resent large fire in Formby Pinewoods yesterday has caused
extensive damage to an area approximately 150m x 150m.
Firefighters tackled the fire until 9.45pm, on 27 May 2020, fire
breaks were put in place overnight as the area continued to
smoke. Crews have returned this morning to assess the incident
and continue activities.
Fires and barbecues are banned from being used on the beach,
dunes and in the Pinewoods, yet public are taking no notice!
The latest large fire came days after a similar fire in Ainsdale
Pinewoods, which had been caused by an unattended campfire, and
just weeks after a large fire on Ainsdale Beach’s sand dunes
that hit the TV news!
There have also been smaller fires across Merseyside,
including:- Bidston Hill in Wirral, Crosby Beach’s Sand Dunes
and the Bold Moss in St Helens. All of these fires had the
potential to spread quickly had they not been spotted by passers
MFRS has seen a rise in
incidents involving grass and trees in recent weeks as changes
in the Government’s Coronavirus Guidance has seen people flock
to our local beauty spots.
Whilst a number of these fires are believed to have started
accidentally as a result of careless behaviour, others are
believed to have been started deliberately. In these instances,
MFRS is urging parents to discuss the very serious consequences
of arson with their children.
In addition to this, there
are a number of ways people can reduce the risk of grassland and
► Ensure cigarettes are extinguished
correctly and cannot reignite.
► Do not throw cigarette ends on the
ground or out of car windows.
► Take your litter home with you!
► Don’t leave bottles or glass in
woodland; sunlight shining through glass can start fires (take
them home and recycle them)
► Do not light fires or barbecues in
open countryside or woodland; only use barbecues in a suitable
and safe area and NEVER leave them unattended. Remember,
barbecues are not allowed on beaches.
If you see a fire, report it to the fire and rescue service
immediately by calling:- 999 and give the nearest main road that
the fire appliance can access. Apps like
What3Words can help to give a more accurate
Don’t attempt to tackle fires yourself; leave the area as
quickly as possible.
MFRS will be working closely with partner agencies this weekend,
with Street Intervention Teams set to be deployed in Sefton to
engage and educate people to make the public and community
Station Manager Lauren Woodward said: "We understand that
people want to enjoy the current spell of nice weather, but this
needs to be done in a way that doesn’t create risks of fire. We
have seen a significant increase in our attendance to grass
fires in recent weeks. Not only do they cause extensive damage
to our natural environment and public amenities, but they also
take crews away from dealing with other potentially life
threatening incidents. We would urge the public to be especially
careful in the hot weather and make sure they dispose of their
rubbish, cigarettes and barbecues safe. People should not be
lighting fires or barbecues in woodland, on our beaches or in
open countryside and they definitely should not be leaving these
fires unattended. We would also like to remind people,
particularly parents, that deliberately setting a fire is arson.
Deliberate fires and investigated. Merseyside Fire and Rescue
Service’s Arson Team will be working with Merseyside Police,
Local Authorities and other partner agencies to identify
offenders. Please speak to your children about the very real
consequences of arson for them and others."
M&S colleague returns help to NHS after recovering from Covid-19
Covid-19 and being hospitalised for over a week, a Southport M&S
colleague and NHS volunteer Sue has made a full recovery and
returned to work at her local Hospital this week. Sue has been
volunteering in the pharmacy department at Southport Hospital
since August and is currently on furlough from her role in the
Clothing and Home department at M&S Southport. Sue's role is to
help deliver vital medication to wards and other departments in
the Hospital; a service which facilitates quicker discharges for
patients and frees up much needed time for the pharmacists and
other staff. In the face of the Coronavirus pandemic, Sue
realised her support at the Hospital was more vital than ever;
which is why in mid-March she asked M&S if she could work her
contracted hours at the Hospital instead of in the store. This
was before the Government announced its Coronavirus job
retention scheme. However, on 1 April 2020 Sue began to feel
unwell, and after her paramedic friend insisted on checking up
on her, Sue ended up being taken into hospital and was diagnosed
with Covid-19. Sue, M&S Southport colleague, and Southport
Hospital volunteer, said:- "I'm so grateful to my friend
for checking up on me. Without him I probably would have just
soldiered on as I told myself I was fine, but really, I wasn't.
I'm just relieved to have made a full recovery; sadly so many
others haven’t been so lucky."
Sue resumed her volunteer role on Tuesday last week; something
she's been looking forward to for many weeks during her recovery
at home. Sue added:- "I've been itching to get back to the
hospital over the past month. I thoroughly enjoy being able to
support the Hospital at this really challenging time. It’s so
important that people and businesses like M&S give back where
they can and help our vital NHS fight Coronavirus."
And Sue’s hospital colleagues are glad to have her back. The
Hospital relies on volunteers, but unfortunately with many of
them being over 70, it has lost 75% of its volunteer workforce
due to the Government’s self isolating guidelines, so the NHS
team has been more grateful than ever for Sue's contributions.
Irene Gardner, Volunteer Services Manager at NHS Southport and
Ormskirk NHS Trust, said:- "Our Pharmacy team look upon
Sue; or 'Sudafed' as she has been affectionately nicknamed by
staff; as an essential member of the team. She's an inspiration
to us all and we're so glad she's made a full recovery and is
back with us. We missed her a lot. Everyone she meets on her
travels throughout the Hospital is greeted with her cheery
smile, enthusiasm and optimism. A massive thank you from myself
and all of the staff at Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust!"
12 brand new arts
commissions by Culture Liverpool will show how female artists
from across the world have responded creatively to the Covid-19
In a special online legacy project, forming part of the city’s
RISE season; which pays homage to extraordinary women across the
globe; the brand new micro commissions will provide a social
commentary on the impact of coronavirus.
Director of Culture for Liverpool, Claire McColgan, said:-
"This time in our lives is so unique and slowing down has
proven to be a real creative force. These commissions give us a
strong, female commentary on the pandemic; a commentary which so
far seems to have been dominated by male voices. The 12 women
have used lockdown as a way to tap into their creativity and
produce empowering, thought-provoking and diverse pieces of
work. More than ever, it's essential we shine a spotlight on
incredible creative talent and make their work as accessible as
possible and it’s fantastic that we can achieve this by building
on the success of last year’s RISE programme. It's a clear
message; things may be different right now, but there is still
incredible art and culture on offer at the click of a button."
Podcasts, blogs, music, visual art, photography and film are all
used to showcase a female response to the crisis, exploring
social inequalities, isolation, loss, separation and trying to
understand the 'new normal.'
Sharon Bailey said:- "It’s fantastic to showcase my work
alongside other women. There are so few opportunities around at
the moment and this support is invaluable. It helped me to
continue to tell the stories of those I met during the making of
my recent Home Alone project. When you experience my diary and
film you’ll glimpse into the world of five older women, stuck at
home, alone. As the lockdown starts to ease we can enter our
communities again and be thankful, but I want people to remember
that this won’t be the same for everyone. There has been
wonderful support and kindness shown to our older citizens
during this time by the public. I’m optimistic this will
continue but much more needs to be done. Our social care system
is in crisis. Things need to change."
Erika Diettes said:- "It has been an honour to be a part
of this RISE artist community; we come from different parts of
the world and all share the same concerns and fears in these
times of Covid-19. Introspection: Introspección deals with my
personal loss and how I am coping with it during these difficult
days of confinement. All I can think about is how we all can
come together as artists at this moment and can try to make a
difference is having empathy so we can RISE once again."
The commissions are:-
►Still - a photography collection by Liverpool artist Amber Akaunu inspired by how she has used this time to slow down and
reconnect with herself and others.
►Lockdown - Yemeni-Scouse writer and performance artist Amina
Atiq uses photography to re-tell her lockdown story.
►Virtual Insanity - This comedy short film shines a light on
lockdown life and is written and produced by actors Cath Rice
and Stephen Fletcher.
►Introspection: Introspección - Making a return to the RISE
programme after opening the 2019 season, Colombian artist Erika Diettes uses self-portraits to empower herself in the midst of
►And This is What Am Doing! - Karen Gallagher uses dance to
lighten the mood, creating a whole diary using only TikTok
►Little Bird - Lizzie Nunnery has produced an emotive audio
piece which provides a snapshot of a mother and daughter
► Lucent - LIMF Academy alumni LUNA has focused on empowering
females with a special track she has created using voice notes
from Liverpool women about how they are coping with the health
►45k - This piece of mobile phone photography, created by Clare
Brumby, explores the gender divide in the UK and across the rest
of the world, which has been further exposed during the Covid-19
►Oh hun Women’s Hour - A series of women tell their life in
lockdown stories in this podcast, including frontline workers,
mothers, business owners and council workers.
►Mothers Who Make Liverpool in Lockdown - This film by Claire Bigley documents the daily routines of women and uncovers the
strength and resolve they have.
►And Still We Rise - A unique short video which includes
contributions from a diverse range of participants to act as a
reminder that throughout history, women have risen time and time
again. It has been produced by Tmesis Theatre.
►Home Alone Together - Artist and activist Sharon Bailey has
created this short film which challenges our idea about ageing
and shows how culture can play a role in supporting vulnerable,
isolated and lonely people.
All the unique commissions can be enjoyed by visiting the
RISE has been created by Liverpool City Council and funded by
Arts Council England.g
Total UK cases
COVID-19 cases - update for Liverpool City Region and
THE total number of Coronavirus
(COVID-19) that have been laboratory confirmed, within the UK,
has risen by 1,887 cases
and the total number now stand at 269,127, that includes tests
carried out by commercial partners which are not included in the
4 National totals. The total number of deaths of people who have had a
positive test result confirmed by a Public Health or NHS
laboratory is 37,837. Daily number of COVID-19 associated UK
fatalities added to the total, was sadly reported to be 377
according to the Department of Health. In England, there are a
total of 151,422 confirmed cases. North West - total of 25,338
confirmed cases. The number of laboratory
confirmed cases within the following Local Authorities, in and
around the Liverpool City Region are as follows:-
► Liverpool, 1,606 confirmed
► Sefton, 926 confirmed cases.
► Wirral, 1,263 confirmed cases.
► St. Helens, 752 confirmed cases.
► Halton, 394 confirmed cases.
► Lancashire, 3,568 confirmed cases.
► Cheshire West and Chester, 1,110 confirmed cases.
► Cheshire East, 1,214 confirmed cases.
► Manchester, 1,558 confirmed cases.
► Stockport, 1,048 confirmed cases.
► Trafford, 807 confirmed cases.
► Wigan, 1,199 confirmed cases.
► Bolton, 1,009 confirmed cases.
► Rochdale, 776 confirmed cases.
► Bury, 745 confirmed cases.
► Tameside, 713 confirmed cases.
► Oldham, 1,067 confirmed cases.
► Blackburn with Darwen, 408 confirmed cases.
These stats are according to Public Health England as of
28/05/2020. Last updated 4.36pm GMT. UK total includes cases
detected through:- "Pillar 2" testing (tests carried out by
commercial partners) and therefore does not equate to the sum of
the 4 countries' counts, which only include:- "Pillar 1" (tests
carried out by NHS / PHE / Devolved Administration Labs)..
UK total includes cases detected through:- "Pillar 2" testing
(tests carried out by commercial partners) and therefore does
not equate to the sum of the 4 countries' counts, which only
include:- "Pillar 1" (tests carried out by NHS / PHE / Devolved
UK Government Coronavirus Press
Conference on 28 May 2020 Video