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Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Save the Brookdale Resource Centre!

Brookdale Resource Centre must 'not' be closed 






Five day centres in Sefton are facing closure and one is the Brookdale Resource Centre in Sandbrook Way/Road in Woodvale.

I am informed that this specialist facility is the only one of its kind in the area, which caters for elderly folk with dementia.




Closing such a vital place will seriously deprive these old people of the loving care and trust they currently receive from the expert staff therein. It will also have a negative effect on their hard-pressed family members back home. 




Cllr Paul Cummins, Sefton Council's Cabinet Member for Older People and health has said: “We are meeting the needs of disabled people by creating different options in the community while modernising day centres"

Brookdale is a special case and must remain open! Cllr Cummins and his colleagues need to realise this. Cllr Cummins is NOT meeting the needs of 'anyone' via closing down their beloved facility, which has such a great family atmosphere and expert care second to none! Such closure may impact very badly on the entire community!  Staff and local residents are alarmed about this draconian proposal to close the centre and fully oppose it.

Ainsdale's working councillor, Haydn Preece, was also unimpressed with the closure proposals.



Cllr Preece told me.

"This is not a socially responsible decision. The people who need most care and attention are those being neglected by this decision. I will fight to stop this and seek funding ways to sustain Brookdale in the future. We have to seek alternative savings and better ways to manage our Sefton budget."


A copy of a  questionnaire regarding proposals has been sent directly to all service users who currently use day care services. If people need help with the questionnaire, or further information, email yourseftonyoursay@sefton.gov.uk or call 0151 934 3610.

All questionnaires must be submitted by January 29, 2015.

Addendum

Now also on OTS News...

http://www.otsnews.co.uk/brookdale-resource-centre-must-not-be-closed/











Thursday, 11 December 2014

People Power: Ainsdale 'Skip' Success!

Committee skip requested by local residents... 




Cllr Haydn Preece was contacted by a number of residents and both fellow Ainsdale councillors approved the initiative, which Cllr Preece believes should prove very useful over the festive period for our Sandbrook Road residents.

USE IT OR LOSE IT! 


The skip is on a two month trial basis so Cllr Preece asks everyone to use it so we can keep this facility throughout 2015.

We had a skip in previous years so it is fantastic that this popular facility is being brought back. We initially highlighted it to Cllr Preece a while ago and now it has come to fruition!

Great work from Cllr Preece for Woodvale. 


See also... 










Monday, 24 November 2014

SEFTON COUNCIL: BRINGING IN A ‘NEW’ BLACKOUT!



During WW2 ill-considered blackout proposals resulted in many road casualties. Today however the brilliant boffins at Sefton Council seem to wish to take us back to a ‘new’ blackout, with associated risk of safety on our roads.

The local Southport press have recently informed residents that under the latest proposals, lamps in both urban and residential areas could be “turned off during times of low activity” in the cost-cutting scheme.

 

 

The Council’s terminal numbskulls in grey suits have apparently suggested turning off every other “high energy” street lamp on main roads between 8pm and 6am – affecting some 4000 lighting columns.


‘PUT THAT LIGHT OUT’!


Wartime regulations in the blackout required street lights to be turned off and traffic signals and headlights to be dimmed. This official mission to deter Hitler however had a ‘reverse’ effect, ultimately leading to a striking increase in highway fatalities.

The King’s surgeon advised in the British Medical Journal in 1939 that by, “frightening the nation into blackout regulations, the Luftwaffe was able to kill 600 British citizens a month without ever taking to the air”.

The number of deaths reached a zenith in 1940 at 9,169. One individual died that year for every 200 vehicles on the road, whilst today the figure is one for every 20,000.

Do potentially increased crime and road safety not deserve higher priority? 

Laughing all the way to the bank? 


Sefton seems addicted to making stupid cost cutting schemes. 

However, why not save much more via pruning back high-paid and largely insignificant Council executives like Margaret Carney, who was reported to make more money than the UK’s Prime Minister?  



In January 1 2009 with an annualised salary of £150,894, Carney beat the Prime Minister's £142,500 salary. Including expenses and pension contributions she was said to have received a total of £176, 465 from the local authority in 2009/10.



Priorities are apparently thin on the ground in some quarters!

So, who needs Dad’s Army when we have good old Sefton Council to ‘carry on regardless’ with the blackout?



Addendum

Looks like Sefton Council ‘already’ know the potential dangers of turning off our street lights...  


IMPACT OF SERVICE CHANGE

Service Users: Some customers may perceive a reduction in service whilst others may agree with switching off street lights between certain times.

Partners: Potential for increased workload for Ambulance / Police service due to increase in crime and accidents in darkened streets.

Council: The risk of increased insurance costs higher level of claims for damages for slips / trips etc

Reputational risk.

More here...





Tuesday, 18 November 2014

More UFO activity over RAF Woodvale in Merseyside, UK




Time of sighting: 17.27 hrs
Date: 18 November, 2014
Weather: mild and mainly clear


I was driving back to Southport along the Formby Bypass with my daughter Jasmine.

We were chatting about her school day when she suddenly exclaimed, “What the hell is that!”

 Jasmine, sitting next to me, was pointing excitedly over the dark skies of the RAF facility at Woodvale. I quickly glanced to my left looked upwards and I saw what she was witnessing.

An extremely bright white UFO was coming down fast and hard into the area that looked like the pinewoods behind the RAF airfield; or even possibly into the Irish Sea beyond the trees. Jasmine told me that the UFO was initially yellow in colour and had only changed white as it descended.

Seeing as I was driving along the bypass I could not stop but I had clearly seen the unidentified flying object myself.

The usual possibilities, such as a firework, aircraft or a sky lantern, did not seem right. A straight guess would have to be that it may have been space debris of some kind, going off what I have witnessed in the past.

I have reported several times before about UFO sightings in the RAF Woodvale area. Here is a selection of examples.




Moreover, only a few days ago I highlighted a report in the Liverpool press of a UFO spotted over nearby Liverpool.

Is this latest UFO sighting simply coincidence or some kind of ‘sign’? You decide!


Jasmine also seems to have a talent for being in the right place at the right time, when it comes to UFO spotting. Her previous call on the famous ‘Rufford UFO’ later went international.


Mysterious things seem to be showing up again in the Merseyside skies.

Did you see anything?








Wednesday, 12 November 2014


Southport Tory, Councillor David Barton, in hot water over cheesy war tribute grin



News just out in Southport indicates that the Tories are once again embarking upon their traditional in-fighting fiasco. This seems to be a traditional Conservative pastime, mainly before elections.

Barton apparently went back to Southport's war memorial 'after' the service had finished yesterday to have his picture taken with a wreath. He has therefore deeply upset some folk, via his typical self-promotional tactics after he was pictured grinning like the proverbial Cheshire Cat at the Southport War Memorial.




The embarrassed Conservative Association apparently have said they,  "wont stand such acts of self promotion over such an emotional/respectful tribute"

Of course Cllr Barton's beaming grin is quite an 'habitual' issue and he is frequently seen smiling most profusely at each and every photographic opportunity.  Therefore, this latest smirk was probably quite an innocent, if not very naive, thing to do. It would appear that this eager young chap is receiving no proper training (or support)  in his political duties as an elected rep at all. 

Nevertheless, the Conservatives apparently wish to 'limit damage' with an expected apology possibly from Cllr Barton himself.




Perhaps this latest friction in bumbling Southport Tory ranks stems from the previous situation when Barton was clearly singing from an entirely  different hymn sheet to the other Tories (Jones/Hartill) over the Police Station closure situation?




Tory Leader, Cllr Terry Jones, never did tolerate 'dissent' in the ramshackle ranks or from anywhere else!



How interesting that today we have a local self-seeking Tory coterie that are happy to chastise this trusting political fledgeling about SELF PROMOTION, whilst they have previously supported or ignored Cllr Ted Hartill's activities.

Hartill had gone well beyond the call of duty to use the Woodvale  Woodland Project  (WWP) to shamelessly promote his private political agenda... 




In relation to WWP’s proposed press release over new WWP benches, Cllr Hartill stated the following to members in an email dated, 22 May 2013:

“I need to promote this as a good councillor Ted job. The other conservatives either don't do anything or don't tell anyone. As you know the lib dems tell everyone everything. Its why they are so popular in Southport.”


http://woodvalewp.blogspot.co.uk/2014/02/wwp-i-need-to-promote-this-as-good.html


The term DOUBLE STANDARDS is quite apt here and the Southport Tories have made a complete mockery of themselves all 'by' themselves!

How far the Southport Press will take this is  another matter entirely, because so far they have been quite happy to keep residents totally in the dark about the buffoons within Southport's Tory circle.


NB. I note that some local website chat rooms are taking a hard-line stance against Cllr Barton for this political self promotion, yet the wider picture described above, over Conservative double standards regarding OTHER councillors, has clearly escaped many posters' attentions. 








Saturday, 25 October 2014

Trolls and amazing Double Standards! 




The local press has just reported on the controversial issue of anonymous trolls and laws intended to combat this situation, which can be quite a daunting matter for any victims. I have challenged such cowards myself over the years many times.


Georgina Stubbs of the Southport Visiter stated:

Terry Jones, leader of Sefton’s Conservative party put forward a motion at full council earlier this year in a bid to tackle the “hatred,” and is “delighted” at the new laws. He added:

“Although I believe they don’t go far enough, these people can do a lot of harm not just to those it is aimed at but also their loved ones. If someone suffers from depression or is going through a bad time in their life the repercussions of trolling can be awful.”

http://www.southportvisiter.co.uk/news/southport-news/former-councillor-welcomes-new-trolling-7981881


Cllr Jones also added:

“Personally, I would rather spend my time showing how I care for those around me, than spreading nasty drivel, which only impresses their own ilk. “



How interesting, but the article failed to mention a darker side to all this....

I would also sincerely ask if this “care” he alleges extends to local residents such as my family, which he recently threatened with legal action?


http://pat-regan.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/family-threatened-with-legal-action-by.html

Does his man's  “care” also come into consideration when we realise that Cllr Jones and his subservient Tory colleague, Cllr Ted Hartill, have continually BLOCKED excellent proposals to improve Woodvale’s Sandbrook Way for elderly residents that have been put forward by Cllr Haydn Preece and concerned local people?


http://pat-regan.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/tory-let-down-for-sandbrook-way.html

http://pat-regan.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/laurel-and-hardy-politics.html

Does this "care" also extend to standing about doing nothing whilst residents, who have previously helped him with numerous  issues (personal and well as political),  are treated like dirt by his appalling colleagues?


Does this “care” also come into context when we recall that Cllr Jones is happy to make covert tape recordings of chats with residents?


Does this “care” also extend to his Tory colleague, Mr Brian Duckett, a man (who previously tried to become Southport’s Conservative MP) posting under a pseudonym on OTS News website in order to insult my family with hurtful names, etc? 





I suggest that Cllr Jones and his transparent pro-Tory propaganda ruse herein is in effect a classic case of the Pot calling the Kettle black.


One thing is certain is that‘ double standards’ stink. 

Cllr Jones would do well to realise that those who live in glass houses should NOT throw stones!




Friday, 24 October 2014


LANCASHIRE'S HESKETH BANK VILLAGE - UNDER THREAT FROM CONTROVERSIAL DEVELOPER! 



Eco-destruction of a Lancashire wildlife oasis and 'another' fragile bit of traditional rural England by developers must be opposed! 


I have reported in the past about the ecological destruction of a lovely lake in Hesketh Bank, near Southport.




I also ran a lengthy campaign some years ago, involving many leading officials (including the Mayor of London) and the UK press to try and save this lovely old wildlife sanctuary that was at the time being used as a tipping ground! Eventually tipping was stopped, although a substantial part of the water was lost.

See this link for details. 





The Southport press also reported on the situation last year.


Plans for 275 homes in Hesketh Bank have met with bitter opposition from residents who claim the rural infrastructure is not able to support any further development. A planning application has been submitted to West Lancashire Borough Council by Persimmon Homes for 275 houses, associated garages, roads and landscaping to be built on the Henry Alty site on Station Road.



However, recently additional information, as below, was given to me about this disconcerting plan to destroy the village structure. 


Persimmon Homes have now been given planning permission for a residential development, across two phases, at Henry Alty's site in Hesketh Bank.  Of course, land value also increases when planning permission in granted!

It appears that many UK communities have been at loggerheads with this particular builder. See addendum at end of this article for details. 

Because of the complexities of the site, specifically its significant ecological importance, it has taken far longer than Persimmon believed to obtain planning permission and their application has been downgraded from "full" to "outline" only.  This means that the detailed development of the site (such as number of houses, site layout etc) will have to be dealt with under what is known as "reserved matters" which will include the issue of future use of the lake.  

The first phase to be developed will be the area to the south of the main entrance to Altys (ie the area furthest away from the lake).  I understand that the northern part of the development will not begin until well into 2015 at the earliest.  

On the northern site, the developer wants to build 59 two-bedroomed homes and apartments, 89 three-bedroomed houses, 54 four-bedroomed homes and three five-bedroomed properties. On the southern site, they want to build five three-bedroomed homes, 40 four-bedroomed properties and 23 five-bedroomed houses.

Naturally all this is being met with local opposition and residents are deeply concerned about the impact such inroads will have!






Whoever is 'supposed' to be officially in charge of planning and development permission etc in this location MUST understand the the lake is a wildlife oasis (home to water voles, newts, swans, grebes, kingfishers, etc) and as such must be protected and given sanctuary. What assurances are the local Council giving that protective regulations, for both wildlife and the Hesketh Bank community, will be addressed?




A small railway around the lake is also a popular attraction with tourists and locals alike. This may also now be under threat from these developers. 


No excuses will suffice concerning yet MORE ecological destruction for fat cat profits! Rural villages like this are an English Gem and truly deserve to be safeguarded.  

I also put it to the Environment Agency and other bodies, holding a protective remit over the ecostructure, that they have a duty of care to the place and its protected wildlife that dwell therein! Are the profit - driven forces that are 'behind' this action aiming to inadvertently convert  such lovely villages and hamlets into smaller versions of overcrowded modern inner cities?



Same old story that we are all sadly becoming so familiar with... mega money talks and English heritage gets thrown right out of the window! They must 'not' be permitted to get away with it!

The impact on the delicate infrastructure, via development with increased traffic  congestion etc, of this historic Lancashire village is likely to be catastrophic and must be challenged now!  


Addendum.  

Whoops ... problems with Persimmon Homes for many other UK communities. Here are just a few examples!  


Persimmon Homes criticised for failing to meet planning regulations


Elsewhere, Persimmon Homes was told to down tools on the large Derwent View development near the Bowes Incline in Birtley, Gateshead, after concern was expressed over the construction not complying with regulations.

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/persimmon-homes-ordered-stop-work-7921480


Builders Persimmon cause a stink at Blyth housing development

And in 'another' location the builders left a gaping hole in a bathroom which was contributing to a sense of frustration that the stench would ever go away. Householder said: “Our new home stinks and so does Persimmon."

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/news-opinion/mr-justice-builders-persimmon-cause-7919914


Abergavenny, residents protest 

Residents fear that a proposed residential development of 250 homes on the outskirts of the town will significantly increase traffic and anti-social behaviour and will overlook their homes.

http://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/gwentnews/11516590.Residents_oppose_new_homes_plan/







It would seem that Hesketh Bank folks today have good reason to be worried!