October 21, 2014

Aldi – Southport, Grand Re-opening 4th December 2014

The newly extended Aldi store will officially reopen on 4th December 2014.


Aldi will be distributing a spend and save leaflet to the general public and businesses in the local community around the store that gives them 4 x 5 off vouchers - one for each week of December.



On the Grand Re-opening day we will be handing out 100 "Golden Tickets" with a guaranteed prize in each envelope for the people arriving for the 8am opening time. The prize list is being completed as we speak and no doubt some of the prizes will have the "wow factor"

There will be plenty of Christmas themed entertainment throughout the day. Proposals include: Christmas carolling, a brass band, a school choir, face painting and a D-J. Once all are confirmed I will update you.

We will be providing free catering on site as we anticipate it being the biggest opening day in Aldi's history. Tea, coffee, cold drinks and a selection of hot and cold food will be available free to our customers.

Not only will the usual Thursday Special Buys be on offer, but we have secured over 70 lines (including many electrical items) which will have exclusive discounts applied specifically for the Southport store. But when they are gone - they're gone - not to be repeated.

In addition to this, the Management team and staff will be going out and about into the local community to hand out goody-bags and leaflets as a way of thanking everyone for their patience with us during the extension works that have been going on.

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October 21, 2014

Stolen vehicles worth £1.2m recovered at UK ports

A nationwide multi-agency operation has disrupted organised crime groups responsible for exporting high-value stolen vehicles.



During September officers from the National Crime Agency, ACPO Vehicle Crime Intelligence Service and Border Force targeted containers and trailer traffic at ports across the country.

BMWs, Range Rovers Evoques, Audis, a Porsche Cayenne, Scania trucks and a Komatsu Excavator were among the 44 vehicles recovered that are worth over 1.2 million. They were destined for African countries, Cyprus, France, the USA, Malaysia and Burma.

Eighteen had been stolen from members of the public in locations such as London, Surrey, Hertfordshire, Northamptonshire, Germany and the Netherlands. The remaining vehicles belonged to companies and had outstanding finance on them.

Recoveries were made at Hull, Immingham, Grangemouth, London Gateway, Felixstowe, Tilbury and Southampton. In addition to vehicles seized, officers also discovered a container of parts from at least 29 stolen BMWs.

Tom Dowdall, Deputy Director of the NCAs Border Policing Command, said:

Exporting and selling stolen vehicles on the black market is a lucrative business for organised crime groups as they also avoid tax or import duties. We know some groups even pay for drug shipments with cars.

This type of crime not only affects car owners but also manufacturers, insurance companies and vehicle-related businesses such as rental companies and garages.

Aside from reuniting members of the public and companies with their vehicles, this operation has enabled us to pursue crime groups who wrongly believe they can safely use container and trailer traffic to conceal stolen vehicles.

A number of investigations by police forces and the NCA are underway, and we will continue to work with our partners to take decisive coordinated action at our border.

Detective Chief Inspector Gordon Roberts, AVCIS Head of Unit, said:

Our officers are recovering stolen vehicles on a daily basis, to the value of millions of pounds every year. They are fully qualified vehicle examiners who use their skills and experience to develop intelligence, to locate stolen vehicles, assist in the disruption of organised crime and reduce the opportunities for criminals to export their ill-gotten gains.

These successes are due to the professionalism of the police officers working in collaboration with our policing colleagues, law enforcement partners and directly with the ports and export industries. We will continue with this work as it is a proven successful tactic in the fight against crime.

Mark Laming, Border Force Acting Assistant Director at Immingham, said:

The success of any operation is dependent on the quality of intelligence we receive and our joint approach in tackling this illegal trade has proved effective in disrupting organised crime groups.

Our joint operational activity across twelve UK ports has led to a significant level of seizures and provided a wealth of intelligence that will benefit Border Force and other law enforcement agencies.

Last year 90,000 vehicles were stolen in the UK and many of these will have been exported by crime groups. They normally steal vehicles to order with 4x4s being very popular in some countries because of the prestige and terrain. It is relatively cheap to send a container of personal goods, and cover loads used to conceal vehicles include furniture or electrical equipment.

Methods often used to steal vehicles include keyless thefts, taking keys during burglaries or the use of fraudulent documentation and cloned credit cards to hire vehicles or obtain them on finance.

Vehicle crime safety advice is available from www.police.uk

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October 21, 2014

Tasty treats from village school!



The latest focus of OFSTED is the 'distinctive British character of a school', and here at Downholland Haskayne CE Primary School, we have always embraced our culture and others with local events at school,

This year at our Church Community Harvest Festival, the children built on the skills they learned last year when they baked bread and made soup for the community. This year we took it to another level by making pies; pupils learned how to make pastry, prepare vegetables and meat and make pies that were delicious.

One parent commented that the school always manages to raise the bar and asked what would we manage next year?

Harvest is a very important time in a rural community and to bring together the church, school and locals is a great opportunity. In the Schools successful recent OFSTED report the inspector commented on the schools commitment to not only the childrens excellent education but also the pastoral and emotional needs of the children which are well supported at the school.

The children ended the day by delivering personally the baskets to locals.

This gives the children the chance to see the people we support personally and forge links between the generations, commented Head Teacher Carol Abel and the children love it.

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October 21, 2014

The 3rd Burscough fibre festival

The event has now become a annual fixture in Burscoughs crafting calendar as it announces that The Wool boat has returned from its summer cruise of the inland waterways to its Burscough mooring.

The event again attracted yarn and fibre retailers and spinners from the local area and as far afield as Luton and Clitheroe.

The Wool boat will now be regularly open on the Leeds and Liverpool canal, popping up at weekends somewhere between Parbold and Maghull, with the first date being back at Burscough wharf this coming weekend, the 25th and 26th of October.



Carole and Doreen Stephenson Mayor at BFF 2014

The Mayor of West Lancashire, Doreen Stephenson chats to Carole Wareing at the Burscough fibre Festival 2014.
The event was held at the Grove youth and community centre and organised by Carole and her husband Colin Wareing who run the worlds only floating wool and yarn shop, The Wool Boat



A young man is learning how to spin yarn by Linda from Wickerwool at the Burscough Fibre Festival 2014.

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October 21, 2014

The 3rd Burscough fibre festival, October 19th 2014.

The event has now become a annual fixture in Burscoughs crafting calendar as it announces that The Wool boat has returned from its summer cruise of the inland waterways to its Burscough mooring.

The event again attracted yarn and fibre retailers and spinners from the local area and as far afield as Luton and Clitheroe.

The Wool boat will now be regularly open on the Leeds and Liverpool canal, popping up at weekends somewhere between Parbold and Maghull, with the first date being back at Burscough wharf this coming weekend, the 25th and 26th of October.



Carole and Doreen Stephenson Mayor at BFF 2014

The Mayor of West Lancashire, Doreen Stephenson chats to Carole Wareing at the Burscough fibre Festival 2014.
The event was held at the Grove youth and community centre and organised by Carole and her husband Colin Wareing who run the worlds only floating wool and yarn shop, The Wool Boat



A young man is learning how to spin yarn by Linda from Wickerwool at the Burscough Fibre Festival 2014.

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October 21, 2014

More Fly-tipping Wyke Cop

The mysterious fly tippers have been at it again.Yet another sofa has been dumped in the ditch at the side of Wyke Cop in Scarisbrick.

Fly tipping is an unsightly and dangerous problem and costs council tax payers money to clear away.
West Lancs Council this problem very seriously and will usually prosecute anyone caught fly tipping waste in the borough.

Dumping household, industrial and commercial waste illegally is a serious criminal offence that carries a fine of up to 50,000, offenders can even be sent to prison.

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October 21, 2014

Labour County Council ‘failing the residents of West Lancashire’ – claim



The Leader of West Lancashire Conservatives has launched a scathing attack on the long awaited County Council Highways and Transport Masterplan.

Cllr David Westley slammed it as all smoke and mirrors, contained very little in the way of firm plans and instead was just a series of vague promises dressed to hide the fact that the minority Labour administration was neglecting West Lancashire.

The Labour cabinet member for transport at Lancashire County Council is John Fillis, who is a West Lancashire borough and county councillor.

Cllr. Westley told QLocal: "This plan is a catalogue of broken promises. The Ormskirk Bypass has been cancelled by the Labour administration and they will no longer protect the designated route.

"As justification they cite a consultant's report but this was received 2 years ago and they have failed to come up with any alternative proposals to relieve the congestion in Ormskirk, which they themselves agree is severe. Instead they now propose to take a further 4 years to develop what they term is a Movement Strategy and then a further 5 years to get this implemented."

The funding for the Tarleton & Hesketh Bank Relief Road known as the Green Lane Link has been withdrawn and the project has been deferred for a further 4 years. The previous Conservative administration had planned to have the road completed in 2016 and had allocated the necessary funding in the County's Medium Term Capital Programme. Labour have cancelled the funding and deferred completion of the project to 2020.

Labour have no proposals in the Masterplan about the urgent need to address the problem of the crumbling Moss Roads that link the Borough and Southport & Formby nor the inadequate roads and shrinking bus services that connect our rural communities.

Labour have no plans to improve the inadequate train service between Ormskirk and Preston or the reinstatement of the Burscough Curves.

Paul Greenall, Conservative Parliamentary candidate for West Lancashire, added: "Labour are starving West Lancashire of investment in favour of other parts of the county.

"A clear example is their plan to invest only 2.75m in West Lancashire in the 5 years to 2019 yet in the same period they are investing 90m in Preston and South Ribble.

"Once again, Labour is taking the people of West Lancashire for granted - the very same people who will be very disappointed by this series of broken promises."

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October 21, 2014

£11,000 Raised At Charity Ball

Southport-based medical negligence and personal injury law firm, Fletchers Solicitors, sponsored a black tie charity ball in aid of the North West Regional Spinal Injury Centre.

Over 100 people attended the event at the Southports Ramada Plaza which included entertainment from singer Billy Strand, magicians and fire and stilt performers.

A raffle and a silent charity auction also took place, helping to raise over 11,000 for the centre, which provides care, treatment and rehabilitation to those who have suffered a spinal cord injury. Each year around 1,200 people in the UK suffer a spinal cord injury resulting in paralysis and the money will go towards buying much needed equipment to assist the people the centre treats every year.

Ed Fletcher, CEO of Fletchers Solicitors, said: It was a fantastic night for a very worthwhile cause. Id like to thank everyone who made the event such a success, from the organisers, sponsors and entertainers to our incredibly generous guests raising funds through the raffle and the silent auction.

L-R Adrian Denson from Fletchers Solicitors, Ed Fletcher, CEO of Fletchers Solicitors, Katherine Green and Helen Gillen from the Spinal Injury Centre.

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October 21, 2014

New powers enable people to ask for ASB case reviews

Following new powers Lancashire residents who have been victims of antisocial behaviour can now request a review of how their case was dealt with to decide whether anything can be done to further resolve a problem.



Under the Community Trigger, victims of anti-social behaviour or their representative will be able to request a review of how their complaints have been dealt with.

Clive Grunshaw, Police and Crime Commissioner, added:

"The Community Trigger will be used in cases where victims believe more could be done to resolve their complaint about anti-social behaviour.

"As Police and Crime Commissioner I want to empower victims and communities. I want them to feel that services are taking them seriously and to feel satisfied with the outcome. The Community trigger will enable victims to do just that.

"Ultimately the aim is to empower victims and tackle the problems effectively so that Lancashire continues to be a safe place to live."

For more information about the trigger in Lancashire, go to Community Trigger webpage.
The community trigger is a key provision of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.

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October 21, 2014

Democracy gets Greetby Hill’s vote



Pupils from an Ormskirk school gave democracy their vote on Thursday.







Around twenty children from class 6A at Ormskirk CE school - better known as Greetby Hill - visited the council chamber as part of local democracy week and were met by mayor Coun. Doreen Stephenson and her consort Ruth Melling.





After appointing pupil Rhys Thompson, 10, as 'Chief Executive' they debated the motion over whether dogs should be banned from childrens' play areas.





And after listening carefully to a presentation by Sharon Cranny from the council's Street Scene department on controlling dog fouling, they made their final vote in a mock polling station run by two electoral officers.



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