September 23, 2014

MP delighted Haskayne folk are safely back on the buses



MP Rosie Cooper recently joined County Councillor John Fillis, Cabinet Member for Transport, in Haskayne to see the plans to install two new bus stops near to The Kings Arms Pub.

Back in July, MP Rosie raised residents concerns with Lancashire County Council over the distances residents had to walk to catch a bus following the withdrawal of the 300 bus service.

Haskayne residents had to run the gauntlet having to walk to either the former Bluebell Inn site or to the Scarisbrick Arms Pub to get a bus.

She'd received correspondence from local residents, Downholland Parish Council and Downholland Community Association over their concerns regarding the safety and distance of using existing bus stops along the A5147.

Following the announcement, she told QLocal: "The two new bus stops being closer to the centre of Haskayne will make a real difference and make it safer for those residents using the bus.

When speaking to County Councillor John Fillis back in July, I asked for a swift response. These new plans have delivered just that. I want to thank Councillor Fillis for listening to residents concerns and for acting so swiftly.

With winter approaching I was concerned for the safety of Haskayne residents who rely on local bus services to get to appointments, to see friends or go shopping.

Now they will not have to walk so far to catch the bus with these two stops being installed so close to The Kings Arms as residents requested.

Transport Cabinet Member John Fillis added: I know from meeting with MP Rosie Cooper the strength of residents concerns over the safety of having to walk so far to catch a bus.

Im pleased we were able to work together to deliver a solution that benefits Haskayne residents.

Now the plans have been agreed Lancashire County Council will work hard to get the new bus stops installed before Winter.

"As the Transport Cabinet Member I do appreciate and understand just how important these public transport services are for communities such as Haskayne.

Under the latest proposals, bus stops will be installed on Wanishar Lane, 125 metres from the junction at the Kings Arms on the northbound route, and just 50 metres from the junction on the southbound route.

There will also be new road markings and traffic calming measures introduced to mitigate the traffic safety concerns of the new bus stops, which has been agreed with the Police Traffic Management and County Traffic Officers.

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September 23, 2014

MP delighted Haskayne folk are safely back on the buses



MP Rosie Cooper recently joined County Councillor John Fillis, Cabinet Member for Transport, in Haskayne to see the plans to install two new bus stops near to The Kings Arms Pub.

Back in July, MP Rosie raised residents concerns with Lancashire County Council over the distances residents had to walk to catch a bus following the withdrawal of the 300 bus service.

Haskayne residents had to run the gauntlet having to walk to either the former Bluebell Inn site or to the Scarisbrick Arms Pub to get a bus.

She'd received correspondence from local residents, Downholland Parish Council and Downholland Community Association over their concerns regarding the safety and distance of using existing bus stops along the A5147.

Following the announcement, she told QLocal: "The two new bus stops being closer to the centre of Haskayne will make a real difference and make it safer for those residents using the bus.

When speaking to County Councillor John Fillis back in July, I asked for a swift response. These new plans have delivered just that. I want to thank Councillor Fillis for listening to residents concerns and for acting so swiftly.

With winter approaching I was concerned for the safety of Haskayne residents who rely on local bus services to get to appointments, to see friends or go shopping.

Now they will not have to walk so far to catch the bus with these two stops being installed so close to The Kings Arms as residents requested.

Transport Cabinet Member John Fillis added: I know from meeting with MP Rosie Cooper the strength of residents concerns over the safety of having to walk so far to catch a bus.

Im pleased we were able to work together to deliver a solution that benefits Haskayne residents.

Now the plans have been agreed Lancashire County Council will work hard to get the new bus stops installed before Winter.

"As the Transport Cabinet Member I do appreciate and understand just how important these public transport services are for communities such as Haskayne.

Under the latest proposals, bus stops will be installed on Wanishar Lane, 125 metres from the junction at the Kings Arms on the northbound route, and just 50 metres from the junction on the southbound route.

There will also be new road markings and traffic calming measures introduced to mitigate the traffic safety concerns of the new bus stops, which has been agreed with the Police Traffic Management and County Traffic Officers.

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September 22, 2014

MP Backs Housing Benefit Reform

John Pugh made a special trip down to London last Friday to be in the House of Commons to prevent Tory backbenchers killing off a private members bill that sets out both to increase the provision of affordable housing and reform housing benefit. It includes changes to the Spare Room subsidy rules bedroom tax.



The bill is introduced by Cornish MP Andrew George and has secured the support of the Labour and opposition parties party. It is therefore likely to be passed by the Commons.

The two big changes are to exempt disabled tenants who have adapted a home and other tenants of more than 3 years who have not been offered suitable smaller accommodation. They wouldnt have a reduction in benefit. Dr Pugh comments:

This improves matters considerably as it brings legislation into line with the previous Labour legislation.The Labour government stopped paying for extra rooms tenants rented from private landlords BUT not from housing associations. However, previous legislation did not apply the rule rigorously where tenants simply could not move and were already in accommodation.

The bill I am supporting amends the rules so that no tenant (private, council or housing association) would suffer simply because they cannot downsize or because there arent available properties in the area.Just to get rid of the current rules altogether, however,would mean people renting from private landlords would continue to be the ones badly discriminated against.

The big problem locally is that we have very little one-bedroom or two-bedroom accommodation to meet someones exact need.

The stark variation between areas in terms of housing stock is why the policy has been controversial and why the government has had to throw huge amounts of discretionary funding at the problem.

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September 22, 2014

Hello from McCarthy and Stone!



Ormskirk's impressive new McCarthy and Stone development said a big 'hello' to visitors over the weekend.



Friday and Saturday saw a number of prospective purchasers take a relaxed tour of Coronation Court with QLocal's Roger Blaxall also invited along to take pictures which could have come straight from the pages of 'Hello' magazine...







Naomi Dunnage, Jane Selkirk and Debbie Hughes (pictured l - r) along with Don Swanson were the meeters and greeters with the ladies taking turns to show off the luxury accommodation.





Naomi is sure the flats will sell quickly and is already organising her first social event for new residents - a Spanish night in October in conjunction with Ormskirk's Deli Sabrosa.



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September 22, 2014

International recognition for radiotherapy standards

International recognition for radiotherapy standards at local cancer centre

The Clatterbridge Cancer Centres radiotherapy treatment centre based on the Aintree University Hospital site in Liverpool has received international recognition for rigorous standards in radiosurgery, where high doses of radiation are used to treat patients.

The treatment centre was accredited as a Novalis Certified Radiosurgey Centre at a ceremony in Liverpool attended by leading international clinicians specialising in brain and extracranial conditions.

Along with The Christie at Salford Royal and The Edinburgh Cancer Centre, the three centres are the first in Europe to receive this acclaim and are now certified for their high quality of cancer treatment with radiosurgery, radiation therapy and their commitment to patient safety.

We are delighted to be one of the first cancer centres in Europe to receive this certification, said Dr. Brian Haylock, Clinical Director for Radiation Services at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre. As one of the largest radiotherapy treatment centres in the UK, patient safety is paramount to the Trust, and the fact that our procedures for highly complex treatments have been assessed and approved to this international standard helps to ensure that our staff and patients know we are adhering to high quality standards of patient safety.

The accreditation came following audits carried out by Novalis Circle, an independent network of specialist clinicians dedicated to advancing radiosurgery worldwide.

Each centre was measured on the quality and safety of procedures for stereotatctic radiosurgery and stereotactic body radiation and was required to demonstrate best practice at each step of the clinical, support and administrative process.

The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre based in Wirral houses one of the largest radiotherapy departments in the UK. Their 17m purpose built treatment centre on the Aintree Hospital brings treatments closer to patients homes and is uniquely located adjacent to the UKs only specialist neuroscience NHS Trust, The Walton Centre. The facility was the first in the UK to treat patients using the revolutionary Novalis Tx treatment technique for cancerous and non-cancerous brain conditions.

James Robar, Novalis Certified Auditor, Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology Physics and Atmospheric Science at Dalhousie University, and Chief of Medical Physics at Capital Health, who was part of the UK audit team, said, We are very pleased to deliver the first certifications in Europe, and the three UK centres now join a group of leading oncology units from across the world. Novalis Certified is an independent programme directed by the Novalis Circle and is available to qualified centres that show an exceptional commitment to safety and quality in the treatment of cancers with radiosurgery and stereotactic body radiation therapy.

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September 22, 2014

Can I get a witness?



A small but very appreciative audience filled Bursough Methodist Church on Saturday night for a memorable production of the christian musical 'the Witness'.





And despite initial fears over the acoustics it was definitely alright on the night for the performance by the Burscough Community Singers who all put their heat and soul into the performance...

The musical - written by Jimmy and Carol Owens - tells the greatest story ever told from various eye witnesses including mary, James and John, Peter and Judas Iscariot. It was performed as an evangelistic outreach by the new look church that's recently had an expensive makeover to transform it into a contemporary place of worship and community hub which opened earlier this month.

For more on its work locally, click here: www.burscoughmethodistchurch.org.uk

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September 22, 2014

Liverpool City Region’s progress on track

Todays Liverpool City Region Combined Authority meeting demonstrated that progress is strong, and there is an appetite for more.



The City Regions ambitious long-term rail strategy was approved, ensuring the rail network meets the needs of the City Region over the next 30 years, as well as supporting its ongoing economic growth and regeneration and its potential contribution to the wider UK economy.

An update on the One North report, which was commissioned by the five Northern Core City Regions to identify the infrastructure that is required to better connect them, was presented. Getting northern cities better connected from east to west through road and rail will enable them to act as a northern powerhouse, helping to balance the north-south economies. It was agreed that a detailed strategic investment plan will now be developed to deliver this project.

Since the last meeting in April, when an on the High Speed 2 (HS2) was presented, considerable work has continued in order to get the Liverpool City Region the most benefit from HS2. The City Region has established its own campaign to secure a dedicated link to the high speed network, which has encouraged all City Region partners to work closely with the Linking Liverpool campaign.

The Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) was awarded 232m to be invested in the City Region. This is part of the Growth Deal funding which set out the Governments funding commitment against strategic schemes as well as new freedoms and flexibilities in local priority areas. The LEP has engaged with local authorities and Merseytravel to assess the next steps in delivery the Growth Deal. Over 180m of the funds secured are transport scheme related, whilst 31m has been secured for skills capital funding. The remaining funding will be used establish a Growth Hub as well as supporting the International Festival for Business in 2016.

Since the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority was established, a number of external discussions have been taking place with other Northern Combined Authorities and the Local Government Association with regards to how the Liverpool City Region can collectively build the case for greater devolved political and financial powers, share learning and build the case for the North. The Government are consulting on what further powers should be devolved to local areas through the Northern Futures consultation. The Combined Authority will be responding formally to this consultation, which concludes on 17 October 2014.

Councillor Phil Davies, Chair of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, said Todays meeting clearly demonstrates the extensive work that has been carried out over the last few months and how we are working together across the whole of the City Region to deliver economic growth, transport improvements, creating employment opportunities as well as attracting funding. We are also developing a strong network across the Northern region, as well as with other Combined Authorities, and we will continue to share best practice and deliver real benefits for the Liverpool City Region as a whole.

We welcome the Prime Ministers commitment today to devolving powers to city regions as part of the new constitutional settlement for our country. Liverpool City Region has shown that it can deliver, and we look forward to setting out our case over the coming weeks.

The next meeting of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority will take place on Friday, 17 October 2014 at Mann Island, Liverpool.

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September 22, 2014

Antiques Road Trip Film In Southport.

The BBC have again chosen Southport to film another show of the popular antique program Antique Road Trip. They were filming outside John Nolan's Antique shop in Portland Street Southport this morning. .

Antiques experts set off on a road trip around the UK searching for treasures and competing to make the most money at auction.

John Nolan has attracted the Antique Road Trip show back again to Southport after last years show was such a success.





John is pictured with Phillip Serrell from the show.The latest programme will be aired after Christmas.

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September 22, 2014

Police Incident Virginia St Southport

Merseyside Police can confirm officers are in attendance at a property in Southport today, Monday, 22 September.

Patrols were called to a flat on Virginia Street, at around 10.25am, by a member of the public reporting a concern for the welfare of a girl at the address.

Officers attended and have spoken to the girl who is safe. Enquiries into the incident are continuing.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on the 101 number.



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