From Chair of FOCAL Graham Winkles
CROSBY RESIDENTS INVITED TO
CARNEGIE LIBRARY UPDATE EVENT
Crosby residents will be given an update on how plans to find a new use for the town’s Carnegie Library are progressing at an event early next month.
The consultation evening will be held at the Plaza Community Cinema from 7.00 – 8.00pm on Tuesday June 9th.
The event is being organised by Bootle-based Regenerus and the Friends of Carnegie Library (FOCAL) who unveiled plans to work together on developing proposals for the historic building last September.
Guests at the event will be able to watch a film made at the main library consultation days in December, and hear the detailed results of a survey on what activities local people would like the 1905 architectural gem used for.
They will also be able to view some initial designs on how such activities could be accommodated within the building.
Previous consultation events have shown there is overwhelming support in Crosby for preserving the Carnegie for use by the local community.
Early survey results revealed there is strong demand for a wide range of services including study and family learning facilities, adult education, local history sessions and meeting space.
In addition, there is a call for health and well-being classes and support, money advice, film and music clubs, vintage fairs and even hot-desking facilities for small businesses.
Regenerus Chief Executive, Cate Murphy, commented: “A considerable amount of work has now been done on coming up with an action plan for the building, and this event will enable us to tell local people about the progress that has been made to date.
“We want as many residents as possible to come along to the Plaza next month and give us their views on the ideas, plans and designs that are currently being put forward.
“What has been very clear from previous consultations is that the Carnegie Library has a special place in the hearts of Crosby residents, and this event is their opportunity to shape its future,” added Ms Murphy.
* Because seats at the Plaza are limited residents are asked to register their attendance in advance by ringing Donna Dutton at Regenerus on 0151 934 2637 or emailing her on firstname.lastname@example.org.
23rd March 2015
Environmental Protection Act 1990
Noise Complaints- Dock related
I am writing to provide an update regarding actions taken by this Department in relation to recent noise complaints made to the Council by local residents.
A number of out of hours monitoring visits have been undertaken recently, which, along with the use of noise recording equipment have identified various noise problems resulting from plant, vehicles and handling operations on the port. These matters have been raised directly with Peel Ports and appropriate contractors which have resulted in a number of improvements being made. Detailed below are a summary of my recent actions/investigations.
Complaints received regarding loud engine or thumping noises have been identified as generators running to power the Independent Pursuit container vessel when she berths at the docks. In addition to agreeing changes about berthing location and the way she faces when berthed (so that the generator exhausts face out to sea), they will now keep the number of generators running while in port to the minimum necessary to supply power for the ship, which should further reduce noise levels. I have explored with Peel Ports about hooking her up to shore power for the duration of her turnaround but this is not yet practical.
I have continued to speak to EMR about their operations and timings, particularly about their crane handling of scrap and the noise created by the heavier grades of scrap. Details of other complaints have been passed to Norton’s about the operation of their mill and ship loading. These have also been discussed with the Environment Agency who issue the permit for these operators.
The L2 or Seaforth Triangle works are still continuing and I am having frequent meetings with the contractors and Peel Ports. The amount of piling work undertaken each day has been reduced now that the halfway point has been achieved. Unfortunately the Council cannot prevent the piling operations from being undertaken, however we are working with the contractors and port tenants to ensure they are employing best practicable means to minimise any noise caused by their operations. The percussive piling works can be distinctly audible during the day depending on meteorological conditions. From my own visits and using the monitoring kit, the overnight works they have been doing has not been excessively loud, however given the complaints about the night time noise I will of course continue to undertake night visits. Infilling of the new Seaforth Triangle has started by pumping a water-sand mix from a dredger that anchors in the River Mersey.
There are other extensive construction works taking place across the docks, with demolition of warehousing at Hornby and Alexandra Docks; construction works at the steel berth at Gladstone (which included piling equipment), various works along the railway lines, breaking up of concrete slabs at Langton Dock and the continuing works to the ‘Autogate’ and road layout to improve the access into the Royal Seaforth container area. I have recently commented on proposals for an acoustic barrier to be fitted along the edge of the haul road, near to Cambridge Road which has been referred back to Peel Ports. I understand that sections of the haul road which are currently in a poor condition are to be resurfaced once the ‘Autogate’ works are completed, which should reduce the impact noises of the HGV’s bouncing on the poor road surface.
The pinch point works by the Highways Agency on the Princes Way roundabout have been taking place day and night, but are due to finished by the end of March 2015. My colleagues and I have also met with contractors working on some of the other roads, water mains, railways and warehouses in the Bootle and Waterloo areas, particularly about any of their planned works that are likely to be noisy.
Please contact me if you have any queries regarding this letter. In order to assist with these investigations, please continue to email or return log sheets to me as these allow me to visit specific areas and offer noise recording equipment. If I do not hear from you over the next four weeks I will close off your specific service request, but I will be continuing to investigate issues surrounding the docks and to seek those improvements with the legislation available to this Department.
Safe Havens have been introduced to all community fire stations in Sefton to help protect people when they are at their most vulnerable.
“The Safe Haven signs will be illuminated of a night to let people know the station is available as a place of sanctuary. In the event that firefighters are not on station, people can still call for assistance in an emergency by using the yellow emergency phone box located at the front of the stations below the Safe Haven signs.”
Sefton Council, headed by it’s Director Of People, Peter Morgan a Great Crosby resident have agreed a strategy with Community and Faith Sector Groups. It is called “New Realities” and considers how we as a community and depleted Council can continue to thrive and build a better community in Crosby and Waterloo despite austerity. A link to the document is here:-