April 23, 2014

Bin Fire In Southport

Chapel Street, Southport
Firefighters were called out to a bin fire in Southport.



Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service attended Chapel Street at around 2.15pm.

The fire involved a street bin and is believed to have been started accidentally.

A fire appliance from Southport Community Fire Station was called out.

There were no reports that anyone was injured in the fire.

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April 23, 2014

County Council sets the record straight on local ‘fracking’ fears



The County Council has stepped into the ongoing story over local 'fracking' fears in the Halsall and Aughton areas.

It comes in the wake of a leaflet distributed by concerned Halsall residents - and discussions at two recent Aughton PC meetings.

A spokesman for LCC told QLocal this afternoon: "3D surveys such as this are covered by permitted development rights and therefore generally do not need planning permission.

"Tesla notified us of their intention to carry out the survey and we concluded it could be carried out with the benefit of permitted development rights subject to the conditions set out in the rights and within the parameters set out in their proposal.

"We have agreed with Tesla Exploration that no works will be undertaken within an area designated as SSSI and that all operations will be completed before the bird over wintering season as many of the fields forming part of the survey area are used in the winter by birds associated with the Ribble Estuary."

In response to three specific assertions, LCC has sought to set the record straight

1. "Planning law does not require 'permission' to be sought from the Borough Council for this activity, whose only role is to assess whether the proposed activity meets the necessary legal criteria."

Permitted development rights grant planning permission in their own right. Planning law requires a developer to serve prior notification for proposals of this nature on the County Council as planning authority for mineral exploration developments of this nature, rather than the borough council. The County Council's role is to determine whether a planning application should be submitted and if so set out why. We concluded the survey could be done with the benefit of permitted development rights subject to the conditions set out in the rights and adherence to the parameters set out in their own proposals.

2. "The Council has concluded that this application does meet the legal criteria, and so has no option but to allow the survey to proceed otherwise it could be liable to legal action by the company including the awarding of significant compensation."

We have an option see above. If we conclude a planning application should be submitted they can either submit one or refer the matter to the Secretary of State. There is no legal action that we could be liable to or at risk of having to pay any compensation.

3. "We understand the surveys are aimed at mapping the deep geological structure of the region; the council will take all necessary steps to ensure the protection of wildlife habitats and archaeological sites during the survey work."

This is partially correct the survey is aimed at mapping the geology. However, it is not our responsibility to ensure the protection of wildlife. If they adversely affect wildlife they may be in breach of the Wildlife and Countryside Act if they are it would be an offence and pursued by the police. We have specified precautions to be taken in respect of archaeological interests.

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April 23, 2014

Passenger hurt after Aughton RTA



Police and paramedics were called to Moss Delph Lane, Aughton on Sunday morning after a minor road traffic accident.

Two cars collided outside the shops at around 11am with a passenger in one suffering minor head injuries, police confirmed this afternoon.



In a separate incident, a car's knocked over a bollard on Moss Delph Lane outside the local dry cleaners.

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April 23, 2014

Entering the National Numeracy Challenge ‘all adds up’ says MP



West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper is encouraging locals to test their numeracy skills with The National Numeracy Challenge.

National Numeracy has launched a new drive to end the UKs low levels of adult numeracy; its Challenge aims to show millions of people that they can do something to improve their everyday maths skills.

The Challenge campaign, spearheaded by National Numeracy, is encouraging everyone to check their own level of numeracy, using a web-based self assessment tool, the Challenge Online, www.nnchallenge.org.uk , and lead those who need it towards a programme of personal learning.

The initial target is to raise at least one million people out of poor numeracy over the next five years.

It's been launched in light of the recent Government figures which show that virtually half the working-age population have maths skills expected of children at primary school and over three-quarters are below the level of equivalent to the maths GCSE that many employers regard as necessary for work.

Rosie told QLocal: "Taking part in The National Numeracy Challenge not only gives people the opportunity to gauge a sense of their numeracy skills but also provides them with the resources to improve them.

Improving maths skills can be very advantageous to peoples everyday lives not only in terms of career prospects but also in understanding statistics in the media and helping children with maths school work.

National Numeracy Chairman, David Frost CBE, added: This new economic evidence shows- yet again- the urgent need for action to tackle poor numeracy. We are now challenging all employers, politicians and anyone concerned about poor maths skills in this country to join us in backing the National Numeracy Challenge.

"Its a simple message- if you recognise the problem; help us in doing something about it.

Click here to do your own Challenge: http://www.nationalnumeracy.org.uk/national-numeracy-challenge/index.html%20?

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April 23, 2014

A blue day for The Blue Elephant



The owners of a well known Indian restaurant have been fined 25,000 for hiring illegal immigrants.

The Blue Elephant on Southport Road, Scarisbrick - opened by top model Danielle Lloyd nine years ago - has appeared on a Home Office list of NW businesses named and shamed after failing to pay their fines.

Owners Riverallied Ltd., is one of 21 businesses in the region that hadn't paid or started to pay their fines after exhausting all their objection and appeal rights.

They included restaurants, shops, takeaways and newsagents, and were all fined between 5,000 and 15,000 except for Riverallied Ltd., which received the biggest fine.

A spokesman for the Home Office told QLocal: We will publish employers details on the website because it is in the public interest, promoting compliance by employers, deterring illegal working, reassuring the public that enforcement action is fair and effective, increasing public confidence in the agencys work and reassuring the public that we have robust controls in place.

Illegal working has damaging social and economic consequences for the UK.

It undercuts businesses that operate within the law, undercuts British workers and exploits migrant workers.

As long as there are job opportunities for illegal workers, the UK will be an attractive place for illegal migrants.

This government works with UK employers to ensure they take their responsibility of avoiding employing illegal workers seriously.

Employers must carry out document checks in accordance with the published guidance. Where employers use illegal labour, the UK Border Agency takes robust action.

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April 23, 2014

A blue day for The Blue Elephant



The owners of a well known Indian restaurant have been fined 25,000 for hiring illegal immigrants.

The Blue Elephant on Southport Road, Scarisbrick - opened by top model Danielle Lloyd nine years ago - has appeared on a Home Office list of NW businesses named and shamed after failing to pay their fines.

Owners Riverallied Ltd., is one of 21 businesses in the region that hadn't paid or started to pay their fines after exhausting all their objection and appeal rights.

They included restaurants, shops, takeaways and newsagents, and were all fined between 5,000 and 15,000 except for Riverallied Ltd., which received the biggest fine.

A spokesman for the Home Office told QLocal: We will publish employers details on the website because it is in the public interest, promoting compliance by employers, deterring illegal working, reassuring the public that enforcement action is fair and effective, increasing public confidence in the agencys work and reassuring the public that we have robust controls in place.

Illegal working has damaging social and economic consequences for the UK.

It undercuts businesses that operate within the law, undercuts British workers and exploits migrant workers.

As long as there are job opportunities for illegal workers, the UK will be an attractive place for illegal migrants.

This government works with UK employers to ensure they take their responsibility of avoiding employing illegal workers seriously.

Employers must carry out document checks in accordance with the published guidance. Where employers use illegal labour, the UK Border Agency takes robust action.

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April 23, 2014

Local Man Raises £14,500 For Teenage Cancer Trust

Southport resident Andrew Ormerod who is branch manager for City Plumbing in St Helens has raised 14,500 for the Teenage Cancer Trust.The TCT is City Plumbings chosen charity for the last three years.

Andrew organised a Casino night at Southport Theatre and 220 people attended raising the above amount.

Pictured below are Jeff Hampton,Andrew Ormerod,Annmarie Carey from TCT and Chris Weeks from City Plumbing with the cheque.




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April 23, 2014

BBQ’s Banned On Southport’s Beaches.

As the summer season approaches thoughts turn to picnics and BBQ's at the seaside.Many people will be coming for a day at the beach with their BBQ only to find that they have now been banned by Sefton Council.

A sign at the entrance to Ainsdale beach advises visitors of this.







Is it to do with a fire risk or people not taking the time to remove disposable BBQ's?

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April 23, 2014

Pet Cat Has Fur Removed

This poor little cat came home yesterday evening and has been shaved!! It looks as though it has been done by an electric shaver, all under her belly with smaller patches on her side, legs and back where they have tried there also.





Her collar has been undone and her neck shaved also. This will obviously have caused the cat a lot of distress and must be taken seriously! This was in the Haig Avenue area of Southport. Please share and make everyone aware! If anyone knows any information please get in touch.

https://www.facebook.com/kaylee.rainbowrescue

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