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Posted by on July 19, 2015 in Uncategorized


Carnegie Building, College road


From Chair of FOCAL Graham Winkles


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


Liverpool 2 Development at Seaforth Docks. Noise complaints

royal seaforth dockMichael Warren, Pollution Control Sefton Council

23rd March 2015

Dear Resident

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.

Yours faithfully
Michael Warren

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Posted by on March 29, 2015 in Uncategorized


Crime statistics Victoria ward DEC 2014-Feb 15

Thanks to Inspector Dowden for this.

crime Victoria ward dec 2014 to feb 2015

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Posted by on March 13, 2015 in Uncategorized


Report of Victoria Ward Police Inspector for December 2014 to Feb 2015

These reports were presented to the central Central Area Committee  last night 12/215

csac report 1 130315csac report page 2csac report page 3

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Posted by on March 13, 2015 in Uncategorized


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Merseyside Fire & Rescue- Safe Havens initiative

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Cllr Les Byrom And Cllr Peter Dowd at the opening of the Safe Haven initiative

Safe Havens have been introduced to all community fire stations in Sefton to help protect people when they are at their most vulnerable.

Community fire stations across Sefton have been designated as Safe Havens for members of the public who feel threatened, intimidated or at risk.
The signs were launched at an unveiling at Bootle and Netherton Community Fire Station and have also been installed at Crosby, Formby and Southport community fire stations.
The signs have been funded through the Safer Sefton Community Partnership, which is made up of partners including Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service (MF&RS), Merseyside Police and Sefton Council.
Safe Havens are easily identified by an illuminated sign on the stations that can be seen at night. If firefighters are not at the station, people can still call for assistance for an emergency situation by using the yellow emergency phone box located at the front of the buildings, positioned below the Safe Haven signs.
They will also provide people with the opportunity to report hate crime or domestic violence should they feel that this action is appropriate.
MF&RS Deputy Chief Fire Officer Phil Garrigan said: “The Safe Havens have proven to be successful at our community fire stations in other parts of Merseyside and thanks to support from partners they are now running across Sefton available to help people in their times of need.
“We want people to know fire stations are there as a place of safety, where they can go if they are feeling vulnerable, at risk or are feeling under threat from harm.
“As welcoming and friendly places in the heart of the community, fire stations are ideal locations for the Safe Havens. Firefighters are also experienced in helping people in traumatic times and the initiative will help us to serve the public when they need us most.”
The launch was attended by Jane Kennedy, Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside and local councillors, including Cllr Peter Dowd, the PCC for Bootle and Cllr Les Byrom Vice Chair of the Fire Authority and Victoria Ward Councillor.
Ms Kennedy said: “Safe Havens offer people somewhere safe to go if they feel threatened or in danger. They have worked extremely well in other areas of Merseyside and I am delighted that they will now be used in Sefton too.”
Councillor Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member Communities and Environment, said: “The launch of the Safe Havens is another means of making our communities feel even safer.
“Anyone who feels threatened in any way can use them and this is another example of many different partners working together utilising the many facilities available in the borough.”
Safe Havens have already been rolled out at community fire stations across Liverpool, Knowsley and Wirral.
MF&RS Group Manager Rob Pritchard, Sefton District Manager, added: “Any members of the public who are feeling threatened can approach a community fire station and ask for help knowing they are in a place of safety.

“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.”

Cllr Les Byrom said ” In the past, fire stations had a mythical fence around them as if to keep the public out, we have changed all that and now fire stations are used for so many community activities, they must be open to the public and used for positive local service provision, the safe haven initiative is another welcome extension of the fire services activity in the community ” 
Councillor Leslie T. Byrom CBE MStJ FRICS
Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council – Member for Victoria Ward Crosby;
Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service – Vice Chairman of the Authority
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Posted by on February 11, 2015 in Uncategorized


New Realities Agreemet

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:-
New Realities