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Friday, 24 June 2016

New UK Independence Day arrives

Brexit: UK votes to leave EU in historic referendum

Britain says, OUT!
24 June 2016

It’s an historical day for Britain as it finally rejects over 40 years of unpopular European bureaucracy and red tape.

Leave won by 52% to 48% with England and Wales voting strongly for Brexit, while London, Scotland and Northern Ireland backed staying in the EU. UKIP leader Nigel Farage hailed it as the UK's "independence day" but the Remain camp called it a "catastrophe".
One young Englishman’s personal opinion (filmed yesterday) of the situation. 

Strong opinions both ways across the land and finally we vote to leave the EU.
Cameron to stand down as leader after backing the wrong horse. He tells the country that he is not the captain to steer the UK’s ship.
Remain - supporting loser, David Cameron, states that he is quitting as Prime Minister in autumn following his historical defeat. The PM had urged the country to vote Remain but was defeated by 52% to 48% despite London, Scotland and Northern Ireland backing staying in. Can we expect to see similar forthcoming major-player resignations and leadership challenges in the Labour Party and Liberal Democrats? 
Britain now needs strong leadership. Nevertheless, can we trust the politically engineering clutch of leadership-chasing Tories to put the country’s needs ‘before’ their own private political ambitions?  
We undoubtedly have exciting times ahead yet must expect a period of uncertainty and adjustment. 
How long will it be before someone suggests (whoops I just did) a new flag to mark 'Brexit'? Perhaps we need a competition for the design? 
Historically, Britain has a fine heritage of fierce independence and the pioneer spirit. Today this was an aspect of the national psyche seen yet again.
Whatever your opinion and vote, Britain now needs to move forward in a positive spirit of united action for the benefit of all.
Happy UK Independence Day to everyone. 

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Britain: Remain or Leave - the decision is yours

A nation: by the referendum divided

Well folks what's it going to be, in or out? 

You have a chance to make a difference so USE it! 

Polls suggest that it's going to be a close thing. 

Will you vote on issues of finance, personal circumstances, possibly bias against blatant bureaucracy or perhaps national pride?

According to the Daily Mail…

‘Britain is split down the middle with just two days of the referendum battle to go. As voters prepare to go to the polls on Thursday to decide the future of the nation, YouGov data revealed deep splits.’

The Independent states…

‘The first opinion polls on the EU referendum since the killing of the MP Jo Cox have suggested the ‘Remain’ campaign is pulling back into the lead.’

Brexit the Movie

The Mirror says…

‘It is less than 48 hours until polls open for the EU referendum on June 23 - and the final week has brought a deluge of polls. Leave has gained ground over the closing stages, with increasing numbers of poll results pointing to Brexit, although generally when undecided voters are excluded. The Europe question has split the Tory party, with key Conservatives Michael Gove and Boris Johnson part of the Leave campaign and David Cameron avoiding going head to head with any of his fellow Blues.’

One way or another, will YOU vote?

If you don't then it will be no use complaining when the result rolls in.

Pat Regan © 

Monday, 20 June 2016

Midsummer Solstice arrives once again

Of all archetypal symbols making an imposing impact on the human spirit, probably none remains more intensely embedded in our subconscious than the circle or the wheel. Once again the solar orb, the great life-giver, reaches its full pinnacle of supremacy. 

The circle is an emblem of constancy within existence. It is a sign of the Lunar/Solar principles and it is a symbol of timelessness because it has no beginning and no end.

As a symbol of the Sun it is at its most captivating zenith during the Midsummer Solstice. This is a special period when the solar orb is at its highest point in the heavens. At this time almost all natural growth is at the peak of its potential. 

The Wheel of the Year from this day on can only trundle downhill towards autumn and the desolate approach of midwinter. Whether we like it or not we are all an indispensable part of the organic universal plan of things. We do however have freewill and the ability to delay or increase our destinies according to our own irresponsible or prudent actions. 

Our ancient ancestors knew this fact well and yet they also realised that without fair chance or good luck, life could be poor, intolerable or ultimately disastrous.

The Roman Goddess of fate and luck was known as Fortuna, hence the other name for chance, i.e. fortune. This deity was often associated with a ship's rudder, sphere, cornucopia or wheel. Fortuna humbles even the most regal members in society. Prodigious emperors would often show images of her in their private chambers to remind them of her power over destiny. Without her blessings they realised that all their efforts would amount to nothing. So great an adoration did Fortuna amass that the Romans built eight separate Temples to honour her in their city.

Fortuna’s Temple at Antium in Latium was very popular with the Italians. Adherents would send abundant quantities of gifts and offerings from all over the country, in the hope of attracting the Goddess's goodwill. Fortuna had a feast day soon after the Midsummer Solstice in June when slaves too would be welcomed into the festivities, for the Goddess could even smile kindly on the most subjugated folk in the melting pot of the class structure. Who does not even now in modern times, protest or celebrate over one's good luck or calamity in life?

The Wheel of Fortuna is still clear today as the tenth card of the Major Arcana in the Tarot pack.

Anxious gamblers still watch anxiously as the casino roulette wheel spins for or against them and people who capriciously open books to seek answers to their enquiries owe much to Fortuna. A native of Latium, Numerius Sufficius, became troubled by a returning dream that led him to a rock where he discovered wooden lots. These small pieces of oak wood had ancient characters carved into them to express predictions from the Goddess. The answers from these symbols were thus considered divinely inspired. The last act of trusting one's destiny to the Goddess by 'drawing lots' is a tradition that's survived through thousands of years to contemporary times.

The wheel/circle and its links with Midsummer Pagan Fire Festivals are very ancient indeed. 

Long before Christianity invaded our green shores, the Neolithic Peoples worshipped their gods and buried their dead at countless sites of stone circles. The day of the 'Longest Sun' was (is) a sacred time, a time to conciliate the old gods to safeguard a successful harvest and future growth. 

Ancient people in olden times ignited Midsummer Eve fires high up on hill tops. The relationship with solar permanence is of course self-explanatory.

It is by no coincidence that the early Church decided to hold the feast day of St. John the Baptist at Midsummer. Our earliest ancestors needed rain as well as sun to make good crops and countless old customs give us a strong clues to this fact.

One old tradition involved a huge straw bound wheel being ignited then rolled down a hillside into a river. This event was mystically representative of the Sun's vigour intermingling with the water element to produce good growth in vegetation, etc.

New Age gurus, with their sanitised, white light, metaphysical notions may come and go along with the flow of life, yet the wonderful fluctuating cycles of nature remain intact. The Church, ever willing to exploit our old native traditions for its own ends, naturally saw this unique Pagan festival as an excellent occasion to convert into one of its own; hence the 'water' associations with a 'baptising' saint.

A great deal of our ancient Pagan heritage has been insidiously commandeered in this fashion; initially by the iron fist of monotheistic theocracy and by plastic pretenders liking the Pagan style. Nevertheless, more and more people are now rediscovering the old organic truths once again.

The ancient wholesome spirituality of the planet was always there for the taking, yet mankind’s fundamentalist quest for power corrupted it into something it never was throughout the ages. 

Pat Regan © 

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Woodvale Rally 2016

Images from the Woodvale Rally

This event was held at Victoria Park, Southport, on 18th and 19th June 2016.

Woodvale Rally is run by the 1st Southport Scout Group, raising funds to help youngsters with their scouting activities, camps and trips; also to assist local charities with donations.

A dull day with light rain later on but there was still plenty to see at the Rally.

Lots of family fun.

Pat Regan © 

Woodvale Rally
PO Box 30
Southport, Merseyside PR9 9ZN
United Kingdom, Company Number: 05011044

Friday, 17 June 2016

Cats: a serious danger to wildlife and our children... NOW UPDATED!

Above: blackbird chicks pulled out of their nests, killed and left to rot by uncontrolled pet cats.

Dangerously irresponsible letters and articles in the Southport press concerning cats need addressing.

In many places today cats have become over-bred and over-fed mini predators, roaming free in our gardens to bring utter carnage to birdlife, mammals, etc. There are however other concerns.

Cats can also be a serious danger to humans and especially families with small children in the house

"Oh mummy cats are so sweet, can we have one please?"  This is a familiar plea to many parents, yet it may hold a sinister downside...

Cat attacks baby in cot - Sleeping Georgie needs 17 stitches

Links showing how dangerous cats are to young children.   

The Sun reported …

A MUM was woken by screams from her baby girl and found her being savaged in her cot by a neighbour’s cat

The tabby was still on the head of terrified victim Georgie Gittus — clawing at the bloodied 17-month-old’s face. Distraught Samantha, 23, grabbed her sobbing daughter and rushed her to hospital, where she needed 17 stitches to a gaping wound on her right brow.Many such attacks have happened yet terminally stupid parents STILL bring these dangerous animals into contact with children, WHY? 

Clearly, cats make unsuitable pet, to keep close to little children, when considering their genetically aggressive links. Adults too are not safe from cat attack. 

Woman reveals nasty facial injuries after cat attack leaves her blind in one eye and permanently scarred

Pet cats share neurotic tendencies with zoo lions, say researchers

American psychologist Dr. Max Wachtel, one of those behind latest research, described cats as "little, aggressive predators" who, despite their general demeanour, still have the capacity to attack without warning. He told the BBC: "What's really scary is that sometimes they attack and have that killer instinct and other times they don't. If you're standing among a pride of lions, sometimes you'll be fine and other times they will pounce and attack for no reason. And it's the same for little domestic house cats. "They are sweet an affectionate and can curl up with you bed...but they can turn at any time."

Cats are frequently the worse types of house pets, especially if you really care about your children. Many birds and animals they kill are not even eaten but just left to rot. Cats are particularly fond of waiting under the nests of hatching songbirds such as the robin and thrush etc. They also like to wait by garden ponds to catch amphibians that they kill slowly and also leave to rot. Occasionally they chew a frog's head off before leaving the rest of the body to decay. 

Sadly, the UK wildlife law as it stands is an ass. This is because it defends cats’ right to hunt songbirds and mammals at will, without challenge, yet at the same time the law does nothing for our dwindling native wildlife. Do the UK politicians who make these irrational laws have no courage to face up to their responsibilities to protect the fragile environment?

In other more responsible countries eco-experts are expressing serious concerns about how cats are wantonly destroying the environment, yet in the UK the attitude seems to be…’It’s just nature and anyway, who cares?’

Australia takes action as wildlife is massacred to the point of extinction by feline menace

The Australian government announced plans to cull up to 2 million feral cats by 2020 in a bid to save dozens of native species that face extinction because of the cats' predatory behaviour. Speaking to a national radio station, Gregory Andrews, the country's first threatened-species Commissioner, said Australian Environment Minister Greg Hunt is "declaring war on feral cats, and he's asked me to take charge of that programme."

Cats, the top threat to dwindling US wildlife. Billions of wild birds dying thanks to recklessness of cat owners. 

Scientists said stray and feral cats were the worst offenders. Nevertheless, they added that pet cats also played a role and that owners should do more to reduce their impact. It was stated that more animals are dying at the claws of cats in the United States than in road accidents, collisions with buildings or poisonings. The authors on a recent report estimate cats are responsible for the deaths of between 1.4 and 3.7 billion birds and 6.9-20.7 billion mammals annually.

Sadly, in the UK some (not all) cat owners’ stance is usually a defensive or at least a highly apathetic one. Such intransigence does nothing to stop the terrible impact free-roaming pets have on the fragile environment.

Give generously, to help cats 'eradicate' our precious UK wildlife 

In some places the spread of cats is activity 'encouraged' with tin-rattling idiots giving no thought or concern for the terrible impact these deadly mini predators have on our native wildlife.  

With new housing developments being constructed near greenbelt all over the land it does not take a genius to see what irresponsible cat owners are doing to the vanishing ecosystem.

Cats roam far and wide and away from their homes into the countryside. This means that they are free to kill at will.

Are YOU a part of the problem?

You are sitting there blissfully watching your TV and kitty has gone out to play. But he/she is NOT playing but most likely waiting patiently under a songbird's nest for the fledglings to leave. When are YOU going to wake up to the eco-damage your beloved pet cat is doing to our wildlife system?

Furthermore, keep in mind that wildlife laws DO give wild birds some protection from the plain stupidity and ignorance of  man. The RSPB for example recommend that cutting hedges and trees is avoided between March and August as this is the main breeding season for nesting birds.

If you  are aware of any wild bird's nest being destroyed, or even disturbed, then report it to the police and authorities ASAP. 

Under the Wildlife and Countryside Act – 1981 it is an offence to damage a nest intentionally while it is in use or being built and hedge cutting is highly likely to damage nests or cause them to be deserted. The maximum penalty that can be imposed for an offence under the Wildlife and Countryside Act - in respect of a single bird, nest or egg - is a fine of up to £5,000, and/or six months' imprisonment. 

For the love of our wonderful songbirds etc, please 'think' carefully before you encourage 'more' cats into our countryside.

Numbers of cats should be limited due to the ongoing terrible damage they do.

When will our lazy politicians in the UK start to take action to stop this avoidable wildlife tragedy?

Will they wait until, the hedgerows fall silent? No more songs from our thrush, goldfinch, robin, wren and blackbird.

A brief response to OTS News readers’ Facebook posts, (and a few from misguiding folk who prefer to send in abusive posts, via 'other' means) concerning the ongoing global cat problem.

Here is a more lightweight example of the type of rude and abusive mail sent to people like me, who simply report facts...

It's never easy to deal with conceited ignorance and rigid minds that are made of stone, but here is my general response...

I would like to sincerely thank people for taking the time to post on this interesting debate. There are far too many posts to answer them all, so please forgive just one shot here.

We are fortunate in this country to have the freedom to express opinions without censorship and oppression. OTS News often gets some stick yet the freedoms of expression here can never be found so easily within the regular press. Newspapers are also much slower, so getting your ‘Right to Reply’ is frequently a falsehood with the grey-suit controlled regular media. 

The cat debate will rage on as it has in many other counties. In some lands, drastic measures of control have been taken by apprehensive authorities to protect endangered wildlife numbers from overbred domestic and also feral cat populations. Naturally, beleaguered authorities cannot be expected to stand around and let enormous cat populations wipe out other species. If officials took no action then history would record them as being no better than the greedy fools with rifles, who almost exterminated the American bison or others who managed to eradicate the poor old Dodo. Personally I hate NO animal as each one acts according to its nature. That is simply the cosmic way and the balance. I have spent my life campaigning hard for the environment, our lovely countryside and had a few wins along the way.

The problem arrives when ill-informed/reckless people overbreed any one species to the detriment of others. This is exactly what has occurred with regards to pet cats.

 I do know some owners who are good responsible folk and keep their pets in the house because they are fully aware of the destruction they do and most especially at songbird nesting time.  Others make sure that the cats are fenced in their gardens with netting, so they cannot plague neighbouring properties. Such responsible actions are to be applauded.

Alternatively, seeing nests raided and tiny new-born chicks taken on a regular basis is heart-breaking to many of us who care deeply about nature and the wildlife that is struggling as man’s destructive developments progress into green belt areas. Sadly, some cat owners appear to have no concerns whatsoever for the cries of the parent blackbird, robin, wren etc, as pet cats mount hedgerow raid after raid. Cats in the UK are given freedom to roam as they please and this naturally causes a great deal of social tension and environmental damage.  

Laws governing dangerous dogs are non-existent when it comes to cats. The recent story of the sleeping toddler being badly mauled after a neighbour’s cat crept through a window does in fact alarm some of us.  If a dog entered a house and attacked a baby then cries for justice would be widespread. Many cat lovers’ forum threads elsewhere also exist expressing posts which show that the cries of infants do seem to stimulate cat attack on occasion. This is of course very worrying to all genuine parents and may relate to  recent studies at Edinburgh University that showed disconcerting attitude links to pet cats and African Lions.

Many free-roaming cats are also killed under cars on roads, so we see ‘ZERO OWNER CONSIDERATION’ here.  Some cats also cause accidents in this respect with cars. Is your cat out freely wandering gardens and roads tonight?

The cat debate is a sensitive one, with many people rushing in without really looking at the issues involved properly. Some of the  more obnoxious or inflammatory posts on this OTS thread are highly misleading, as they are concealing hidden agendas linked to politics or religious fixations the authors have against me personally. This, whilst being rather amusing, is deceptive to others who are falling for their spin.  

Posting from fake Facebook accounts does not impress me although it may excite others who think a great body of opinion exists, when the truth is in the opposite. My deepest concern and sympathy rests with our fragile environment. We ALL have a responsibility to it because we are all a part of it. 

I continue to say that owners of cats MUST learn to take proper responsibility for the actions of their pets. Many responsible cat lovers actually 'agree' with me on that score. 

When your pet returns with dead animals and songbirds you need to ask yourself WHY you are letting this happen. Multiply what your pet is doing by BILLIONS on a global scale and you may one day understand why the ecosystem is suffering so badly everywhere. Humans have a LOT to answer for.

Cat owner will become their pet’s worst enemy if they continue to do little more than shout abuse when this issue is raised.

It is NOT someone else’s fault if wildlife numbers (in the BILLIONS) are being eradicated globally by out of control cats.


Address the issue in adult fashion, so that officialdom will not have to ultimately do it for you! IT IS BETTER TO BE SELF-REGULATING THAN BEING OFFICIALLY REGULATED.

One can only warn and I think most will agree that nobody wants to see what’s happening in Australia to happen here.

It’s time to grow up, address the problem  and stop shouting childish abuse at anyone who simply highlights this pet-owner created international problem, which is certainly going to backfire on owners, SOONER THAN THEY MAY THINK! 

With ownership comes responsibility. So, rather than SHOUT abuse simply think this one out like adults! The cats themselves deserve better than this and some folk have sadly become their pets’ worst enemy!

Speaking of irrational human abuse and apathy towards the environment, the following news items appears to explain this mystery to some extent...

Dangers of serious mental illness linked to Cat ownership say expert researchers 

Some (not all) cat lovers seem to live in a fantasy world and will see no wrong in what their pets do.

International destruction on a massive scale of our songbirds, protected mammals and even unprovoked attacks on children just pass over them like water.

The irresponsible owners have no concern whatsoever for the massive global impact their pets have on an already suffering ecosystem. Moreover, if anyone even dares to mention the problem many owners resort to childish insults, personal abuse and even more aggressive behaviour. To many people this type of appalling apathy to our environment from cat owners seems very strange, to say the least. It has been compared by experts with the similar sort of intransigence we see at many beauty spots where reckless holiday makers thrown bag loads of rubbish into the countryside, without a care in the world.

This type of mental blocking and irrational rage seems to have very real key, as experts have recently discovered...

Being a cat lover could cause mental illness that could lead to suicide

Are you a lover of cats? Are cute little kittens your preferred pet? If so, a new study suggests that being around the feline species increases your exposure to the parasite, Toxoplasma gondii, which could cause mental illness that can lead to suicide. This is claimed and especially if you are a woman.

The findings come after research at John Hopkins University School of Medicine into whether or not childhood cat ownership is a risk factor for severe mental illness in adulthood. Scientists say that a parasite called "Toxoplasma gondii" in cat faeces can lead to toxoplasmosis. The study follows two previous which suggested that childhood cat ownership is a possible risk factor for later developing schizophrenia or other serious mental illness. 


A new study has found that people with Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED) - characterised by explosive bouts of rage - are twice as likely to have been infected by a parasite found in cat faeces.

The findings suggest that toxoplasmosis, an infection from the parasite Toxoplasma gondii, may alter people's brain chemistry to cause long-term behaviour problems. Cats are known to pass the parasite on to human by shedding its eggs in their faeces. People can become infected by not washing their hands after cleaning a cat's litter tray, and then unintentionally ingesting the eggs. Around a third of people in the UK will become infected at some point in their lives - with cat owners at particularly high risk. Toxoplasmosis has also been linked with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, impulsivity and suicidal behavior in earlier studies. The new study, published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, looked at 358 adult participants.  Researcher found that 22 percent of the people with IED tested positive for toxoplasmosis exposure, compared with only 9 percent of those without IED. 

Avoid cat litter pregnant mums told 

Cats can shed a parasite called Toxoplasma gondii in their feces, and if a pregnant woman accidentally inhales or eats the parasite and becomes infected, there are serious health risks. In 20% to 50% of cases (PDF), the fetus also becomes infected.

Some studies have therefore linked the cat parasite with psychotic disturbances in humans such as self-harm and suicide, and even serious psychiatric illnesses such as schizophrenia.

Such studies go a long way to explain WHY some cat owners have a mental block along with aggressive/abusive bouts of rage when others simply highlight the terrible impact their cats are having on the environment. Due to these expert research finding can we now expect to see authorities taking the cat issue more seriously for the sake of the fragile ecosystem, cat owners' health and the pets themselves?

We ignore the facts at our peril so PLEASE ... don't shoot the messenger...

Pat Regan © 

Always report wildlife crime.

RSPCA: 0300 1234 999 (England and Wales) 

Merseyside Police:


Monday, 13 June 2016

Dump the Bumps in Southport

More good reasons why Sefton's lazy Council need to wake up and shift these ineffectual eyesores

Speed Bumps are killing us, said Capital’s ambulance chief

A top London Ambulance Service boss previously advised that speed bumps are killing hundreds of residents by delaying 999 crews. He said, “For every life saved through traffic calming, more are lost because of ambulance delays.” 

Minutes and even seconds save lives and an ambulance that is struggling away on time - consuming speed bumps is NOT saving lives!

Dump the Bumps – doing more harm than good!

Let’s check some points that many expert observers have made, including professional engineers, community action groups and safety campaigners.

So, ignoring council-based spin, what can the bumps do? They can…

Progressively and even at low speeds, damage the inner shoulders of car tyres where the impairment cannot be seen until it’s too late. This may sometimes lead to sudden blowouts and potential tragedies later in the vehicle's excursions.

They can, again even at low speeds, cause damage to vehicle suspension units and steering systems. They may eventually break car road springs. This may sometimes lead to high speed crashes later in the vehicle's excursions.

They undermine motorcycles and bicycles, occasionally throwing the rider into the path of another vehicle, which creates crashes.

They are principally deadly to motorcyclists and cyclists when covered with leaves, and in adverse weather conditions such as snow, ice and heavy rain.

They increase noise levels from vehicles slowing down then speeding up.

They have caused elderly and infirm pedestrians to trip and have accidents requiring medical aid.

They inhibit or restrict the use of snowploughs to clear snow. They are obscured by snow and leaves etc making them a serious hazard.

They attract children on bikes and skateboards who play at doing dangerous stunts on them.

They attract careless drivers to actually go faster, as some type of macho challenge to their ego.

Speed bumps can also produce rising maintenance costs, because the road surface before and after a bump may develop potholes following a period of time. This results in increased upkeep. In addition to fully resurfacing the road it is often necessary to remove and replace the bumps. The sides of the bumps also wear out and eventually need repair. This all adds to the overall cost, which us taxpayers have to fund.

Above: a dangerous pothole that has developed on a speed bump in Ainsdale's Orchard Lane.

They cause on-going minor road tremors that may damage the sub-structure of the road. They can also cause increased noise from heavy vehicles, and in extreme cases, subsidence of the road and buildings alongside due to the ground pressure waves that are created. How many residential properties have been destabilised since speed bumps were introduced?

They damage vehicle sumps, wrecking engines and causing dangerous oil spillages.

They can inhibit the passage of long wheel base vehicles and may damage fragile consumer goods as well.

They dangerously impede the easy passage of emergency vehicles such as fire engines, ambulances and police cars.

The Chairman of the London Ambulance Service, Sigurd Reinton, previously advised that speed bumps are killing hundreds of Londoners by delaying 999 crews. He said, “For every life saved through traffic calming, more are lost because of ambulance delays.” There are about 8,000 heart attack victims in London every year, and London has a particularly poor survival rate. One reason is undoubtedly because even a small delay increases the death rate immensely. For instance, 90% of victims survive if treated within 2 minutes but the figure falls to 10% if treatment is delayed for 6 minutes. So for every additional minute of delay caused, up to an extra 800 victims of cardiac arrest could die. This compares with a total of 300 people who die from traffic accidents.

Passengers on public transport may also be at risk due to buses etc having to negotiate speed bumps. An elderly woman died after falling on a bus after it went over a speed hump, an inquest heard.

Speed bumps are painful to many people with medical conditions. Transport Research makes clear, speed humps only work when they are uncomfortable. Regrettably, many people who suffer from medical conditions such as back or neck problems (very common medical complaints), recent abdominal surgery or other disabilities find them tremendously painful. Therefore, these bumps may increase health problems that already exist.

Speed bumps cause accidents and injuries. For instance there was the case of the motorcyclist who hit a speed bump in Wood Lane, Isleworth in 2001 at low speed. He was throw from the bike and suffered severe injuries from which he is now paralysed.

They encourage drivers to stay away from one area and clog up other routes, which may create gridlock.

They also increase pollution in countless areas due to vehicles slowing down and then speeding up. This is turn creates greater fuel consumption. In January 2008, research commissioned by the AA showed that speed humps cause fuel consumption to increase significantly. Researchers at the Millbrook Proving Ground found that a car capable of over 58 mpg when driven at a steady 30 mph, delivered only 31 mpg when it had to slow down to negotiate speed humps and then speed up again.

Have you noticed how many bulky 4x4 cars are on the roads today? Speed bumps seems to inspire the usage of larger 4x4 type vehicles with higher ground clearance to negotiate the bumps, which in turn may be more polluting.

Typically, lazy councils like to make knee-jerk decisions and inflict these costly and dangerous traffic devices on trusting communities ‘without’ giving any feasible alternatives.

What we have here is not ‘speed control’ but officialised public ‘mind control’ by stealth.

Residents demand removal of speed bumps in Derbyshire.

A North London Council said no to the bumps because they cause deaths.

Some time ago Barnet Council said it will flatten its 1,000 'sleeping policemen' because they are "ineffectual", claimed councillor Brian Coleman. Speaking to BBC London's 94.9fm, he said: "The problem with traffic bumps are that they are ineffectual, damage vehicles and cause 500 road deaths a year in London. They are unpopular with residents - they want them in their own roads but not in others - and are really a waste of money.”


The question is, when is Sefton Council going to finally wake up and get rid of the speed bumps once and for all?

In places like Ainsdale we have a specialist dementia care centre (Brookdale), a health and wellbeing centre and many properties in which elderly people reside. 

Ambulances have to tolerate time-wasting speed bumps down Meadow Lane and Sandbrook Road, etc meaning delayed 999 response times to reach patients in dire need.

Have YOU fallen for authoritarian traffic-control spin, or have you alternatively signed the ‘Dump the Bumps’ petition yet?