February 11, 2016

Graffiti Vandals Strike In Tulketh Street Car Park

Graffiti vandals have left their mark in the stairwell of the Tulketh Street Multi Storey car park. Euro Car Parks pulled out of the building at the beginning of January and since then it appears to be left open all the time.

Sports Direct have recently announced plans to take over the empty retail unit and turn it into a Gym.

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February 11, 2016

Sefton Council Launch Disabled Children’s Database

Sefton Council has launched the Disabled Childrens Database to help parents of children with special educational needs and/or disabilities access support and advice from across the borough.

The Sefton Disabled Childrens Database, supported by the Aiming High Team, will host information on a range of organisations that can provide services, help and advice to support parent and child, including respite, short breaks, health, education, childcare, training, travel and more.

Parents who are registered with the database will also receive a copy of the highly informative Aiming High for Disabled Children newsletter 3 times per year.

The database is voluntary and completely secure.

For more information, visit the Disable Childrens Database page.

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February 11, 2016

Exhibition will put the spotlight on Sefton’s rich live music heritage

A new exhibition in Southport will put the spotlight on Seftons rich live music heritage from the golden years of pop.

Over the past year Sefton CVS has been running an innovative programme called Play it Forward with the help of Heritage Lottery funding.

This has involved young Sefton residents liaising with older people to research the live music scene in the borough from the 1950s to the 1980s, and finding out more about the remarkable people and places associated with it.

As well as carrying out face-to-face interviews with musicians, producers, promoters, writers and fans, the young researchers, photographers and filmmakers have also been visiting museums, archives and venues.

The results of their efforts over the last 12 months will now be on view in the Discovery Box at The Atkinson in Southport from Saturday 13th to Saturday 20th February.

Sefton CVS Project Co-ordinator, Caroline Scott, added: The young people involved in Play it Forward have been gathering first-hand information from people connected to Seftons music scene during this classic period.

The exhibition will give visitors the chance to explore this newly-discovered collection of social history, as well as an opportunity to take part in creative writing and craft workshops that give a fun insight into the work.

During the week the exhibition will also feature regular performances by musicians of all ages reflecting some of the highlights of Seftons pop music past.

The Play it Forward exhibition is open at The Atkinson from 10am-5pm Monday to Friday, 10am-4pm on Saturday and 11am-4pm on Sunday.

South Sefton residents will also have the chance to see the exhibition next month when it moves to the Strand By Me community shop in Bootle Strand Shopping Centre on 11th/12th March.

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February 11, 2016

What a difference a week makes!

Report by Theresa Green

What a difference a week makes!

Last week, QLocal's Roger Blaxall took these photos as a Cheshire firm planted trees in the new look town centre.

The work's now complete, the electrical work to illuminate them is also finished and the new seating areas are almost there - by the end of this month the work should be complete.

Unusually for Ormskirk, there's been little carping or complaining about the latest phase of the million plus project; perhaps as this story's posted, Borough council staff are pondering a new post card for the town (I'd photoshop out the various 'To Let' signs though).

And what news on plans to revive the town with a new group which is evidently stuffed full of EHU staff and students? They will need to address the unenviable reputation Ormskirk is garnering in the wider world; word reaches QLocal of at least two coach firms in Yorkshire and the Midlands bringing day trippers to the charity shop centre of the north, you guessed it, Ormskirk.

And we haven't even got a coach park!

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February 11, 2016

Merseyrail Tops National Rail Passenger Survey

 93 per cent for overall satisfaction

 Merseyrail passengers are the most content for value for
money of ticket prices

 Merseyrail was awarded the joint highest score for
punctuality and reliability

Merseyrail has been awarded 93 per cent, the highest overall score
among all franchised rail operators in the latest National Rail Passenger Survey (autumn2015) released today.

This figure is ten percentage points above the national average and our joint best overall satisfaction score for the autumn.

With Merseyrail fares among the lowest in the country, 69 per cent of people polled said they were satisfied with value for money of ticket prices. This is the best score in the country and more than 20 percentage points above the national average.

Similarly, we achieved 93 per cent, for punctuality/reliability, which is the joint highest score and 15 percentage points above the national average. Our scores for the five over-arching measures of satisfaction were the highest nationally, as well.

The bi-annual survey is conducted by independent consumer watchdog, Transport
Focus, and is a respected industry barometer.
Other highlights:*

 Overall satisfaction with the train jumped seven percentage point to 93 per cent

 Provision of information about train times and platforms rose three percentage
points to 92 per cent

 Upkeep and repair of trains increased by 14 percentage points to 87 per cent

* These scores are vs autumn 2014

Jan Chaudhry-van der Velde, managing director of Merseyrail, commented: These
encouraging results are thanks to our partnership with Merseytravel and the hard work
of our staff to improve the customer experience. As we enter the second half of the

concession, we will continue to invest in the network and make further enhancements throughout.
Cllr Liam Robinson, chair of Merseytravel, added: It's great to see that customer
satisfaction for Merseyrail has been rated the highest in the country, which we believe reflects the success of our local management of the concession. With Merseyrail, we can develop services that meet local need, encompassing planning a network for the future,being responsive and getting people to and from big events safely and efficiently.

While we're really pleased by the results, we're not going to rest on our laurels. We'll continue to work together to improve rail services and to encourage more people to take advantage of one of the best performing networks in the country.

Train performance, known as PPM (public performance measure), for the last period
was 95 per cent. It was one of the highest scores in the country and six percentage points above the national average. PPM is the rail industry-wide benchmark that takes into account arrival times at final destinations, cancellations and stopping at all designated stops. Scores are published every four weeks

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February 11, 2016

Teenager ‘approached’ by car in Leyland

Police are appealing for information after a boy was approached by a car in Leyland.

At around 4.40pm on 9th February the 12-year-old local schoolboy was walking along Royal Avenue close to St Marys Catholic High School when a car containing two men and a woman has stopped. The driver has asked the boy whether he wanted a lift and asked him to get inside.

The teen has then walked away from the area and returned home safely. There was no attempt to physically abduct the boy.

Sgt 685 Mark Douglas from Leyland Police said: We are treating this incident seriously and I would like to reassure local parents and residents that we have stepped up patrols in the area.

Reports of this nature are rare and its important to note that this appears to be an isolated incident and we have not had any other reports of this vehicle or any others acting suspiciously in the area or near the school yesterday.

If you were in the vicinity at the time and saw this vehicle, or similarly if you think you might know who the car belongs to, please contact us.

We dont know for sure what the intentions of the occupants were and we arent ruling out that it could have completely innocent and so if you think that this was you, please come forward.

The driver and the front seat passenger are described as white men and one was bald. The woman, who was in the back, had red or purple dyed hair.

Sgt Douglas continued: I would like to remind parents that this is an opportunity to speak to their children about stranger danger and not to get in to cars of people they dont know.

Anyone with information can speak to police on 101 quoting incident reference 0972 of February 9th.

Alternatively Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at Crimestoppers-uk.org.

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February 11, 2016

New ‘spot the pot’ game for Ormskirk drivers

Are you playing the brilliant new county council game, 'spot the pot'?

QLocal reporter Roger Blaxall's lost count of the number of new potholes which like a rash are growing all over major and minor roads in the Borough.

But it's made a lot easier after council staff have begun to put bollards in the pot holes - don't aim for them, drive round them by the way...

He took theses pictures within minutes of each other on Monday on Flax Lane, Hob Cross Lane and Greetby Hill; seriously though, a pot hole can wreck a car's suspension, tyres and wheel alignment - and take a car off the road which for one of our local hard working taxi drivers can spell financial ruin.

The matter was also raised in affluent Aughton at the PC meeting on Monday - pot holes are no respecter of prestige cars and wealthy drivers, either.

Blaxall's also noticed lines of green paint surrounding some pot holes which suggests they have been logged by LCC staff and might - just might - be repaired soon.

Watch this space, sorry, this hole!

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