September 1, 2014

Roadwork delays in Burscough



These were the scenes in Burscough this afternoon as preliminary roadworks began on the A59.







They're all to do with the new Booths development and will lead to even larger and longer delays as work by the national grid starts a week today on new roundabout access to the site followed by the construction of a new 'arm' to the current roundabout leading to the store development; click here for more: http://www.qlocal.co.uk/southport/news_list/Roadworks_to_begin_for_Burscough_retail_park-53487321.htm .

There's been no news yet on which 'blue chip' stores might also be opening on the prestigious site.



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September 1, 2014

Breast care service closes to new patients

Mr Rob Gillies, Executive Medical Director, said: It is with great regret that following discussions with our NHS commissioners the Trust has taken the difficult decision to close its breast care service to new patients from 1 September 2014.



There is a national shortage of radiologists who specialise in this type of care and we have spent more than 12 months trying to recruit to a post caused by a staff member retiring. Arrangements to appoint temporary radiologists fell through in early August.

As it is not possible to operate the service safely without two breast specialist radiologists in post, we have had no choice but to close the service to new patients.

I can assure all existing patients due an investigation, treatment or follow-up that they will continue to be seen at Southport and Ormskirk hospitals with the support of visiting radiologists until the completion of their treatment.

I will also be writing to reassure those patients that the quality and timeliness of their care will be unaffected by this decision.

We are also working with our NHS commissioners and neighbouring NHS trusts so there is no delay for new patients in receiving investigation and treatment.

We have established a help and advice line for any current patients who may have questions or concerns. It is staffed 9.30am to 4pm on weekdays. A call-back service operates at all other times. The number is 01704 704788.

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September 1, 2014

BT hits back in Ormskirk superfast broadband row



BT has been in touch with QLocal 'super fast' after a story posted this morning on its allegedly slow response to a local businesses broadband request.

Local PR officer Graham Taylor sent this statement to explain its dilemma over an installation on Moor St.

He said: "BT did want to put a cabinet right by this Ormskirk business as part of BTs own 2.5 billion investment in a fibre broadband network for the UK.

"However, there were objections under the conservation area rules that were part of the planning laws that applied at the time, and the cabinet had to be withdrawn from the network plans.

"Since then the Government has provided public money to extend the network in Lancashire and BT is working with the county council in the Superfast Lancashire partnership to make high speed broadband accessible to a further 700 homes and businesses in the Ormskirk area.

"BT has already provided the network to some 6,600 premises covered by the Ormskirk exchange, however, BT is obliged, under rules that usually prohibit the use of this new public money in areas that had been earmarked by private companies for coverage in the original commercial rollout, to apply to make an exception of such premises and include them in the Superfast Lancashire programme.

It is regrettable that such changes in the rules have complicated the situation for this business in Moor Street in Ormskirk and we recognise how frustrating this must be for the people concerned.

"We will be doing our best to provide high speed fibre broadband to as many places as money and resources allow, he concluded.

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September 1, 2014

Witness Appeal Street Robbery Southport Promenade

Detectives investigating a street robbery in Southport have released a photograph of a man they want to speak to about the incident.

The 26-year-old victim was on the lower Promenade drinking a can of beer and listening to the radio on his smart phone one evening when he was approached by another man.

The man started up a conversation with the victim before suddenly punchng him in the face.

The victim was knocked unconscious and only regained consciousness in hospital the following day. At that point he realised his black HTC mobile phone was missing and he reported the incident to the police.

Detectives from Sefton CID are now investigating the incident, which happened at around 10pm on Friday 25th July, and are appealing for the man in the photograph or anyone who recognises him to come forward.

Call Detective Constable Paul Smith on 0151 777 3811 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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September 1, 2014

Six figure salaries for councils amidst budget cuts



While cutbacks to services are being made within the budgets of town halls across Lancashire, it has been revealed that 50 council officials were paid six-figure salaries last year.

This figure is an increase of 25 per cent on the previous 12 months and included the highest paid local government employee, David McElhinney, who pocketed 280,000 from Lancashire County Council. This salary was paid for his running of the now defunct One Connect Ltd.

The latest revelations were made in the seventh 'Town Hall Rich List' - the definitive guide to senior executive pay in local government. The list is a vital tool for taxpayers wanting to judge which authorities are delivering the best value for money


Sadly, too many local authorities in Lancashire and elsewhere are still increasing the number of highly paid staff on their payroll. Its particularly galling in places where councils are pleading poverty and demanding more and more in council tax. Taxpayers expect their council to be filling potholes, not pay packets.

Many rank-and-file staff in local councils will be equally appalled at a time when councils across the country are freezing pay.

It appears the money theyre saving is being used to line the pockets of town hall tycoons.
Lancashire County Council is currently downsizing, trying to lose 2,500 jobs and make budget cuts of 300 million on top of 220 million already saved over the last three years.

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September 1, 2014

Southport Superbikes going places with Bowker



Bowker Motor Group has acquired Southport Superbikes which becomes its tenth franchise, joining Harley-Davidson Preston as the second prestige motorcycle dealership in the group.

Bowker Motor Group chief executive Paul Bowker said, Southport Superbikes has been an outstanding dealership for over 30 years.

"Its well-known to me and the North West biking community for its commitment to customer service and a genuine passion for BMW motorcycles. We are both family businesses and share many of the same commercial values.

Southport Superbikes is a welcome addition and a perfect fit with the other dealerships in the Bowker Motor Group. Its an important acquisition during an ambitious period of investment for us and we see Southport Superbikes making a significant contribution to the groups future success.

Geraldine Bowers-Lyon, Gillian Forshaw and Mike Dinsdale of Southport Superbikes will retain hands-on roles in the business.

For Southport Superbikes, Geraldine Bowers-Lyon said, This is a wonderful deal for Southport Superbikes business, staff and customers. Were joining a group with an enviable award-winning reputation in the world of prestige motor retailing.

"Customers will enjoy the same personal attention from the same staff they always did - but now backed up by the Bowker Motor Group during an exciting period of growth.

For BMW Motorrad UK, Ian Furse National Sales Manager added: Southport Superbikes have been a mainstay of the BMW Motorrad brand in the north west for 34 years and their commitment and loyalty to the brand has seen the business thrive.

"Joining forces with the family owned Bowker Group is a credit to the hard work and effort that Geraldine and the team have put in over the years.

"Southport Superbikes loyal customers can also be encouraged by the fact that the friendly and familiar faces of the Southport Superbikes team will be retained in this acquisition to strengthen the Bowker Group portfolio.

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September 1, 2014

A unique ‘Big Cat’ from Southport



A Jaguar saloon supplied by a Southport main dealer back in 1962 is making headlines after a costly renovation.

R. Bamber supplied the Mk 2 3.8 at a cost of around 1800 to a Manchester firm some 54 years ago.

It's now worth much, much more although its new owner Ian Callum, the legendary Jaguar designer, is keeping tight lipped about its value after a costly renovation to his own personal specification at one of the world's leading marque specialists, CMC of Bridgnorth.

To read the full story, click here: http://www.aronline.co.uk/blogs/news/news-classic-motor-cars-unveils-ian-callums-jaguar-mark-2/

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September 1, 2014

A unique ‘Big Cat’ from Southport



A Jaguar saloon supplied by a Southport main dealer back in 1962 is making headlines after a costly renovation.

R. Bamber of Southport supplied the Mk 2 3.8 at a cost of around 1800 to a Manchester firm some 54 years ago.

It's now worth much, much more although its new owner Ian Callum, the legendary Jaguar designer, is keeping tight lipped about its value after a costly renovation to his own personal specification at one of the world's leading marque specialists, CMC of Bridgnorth.

To read the full story, click here: http://www.aronline.co.uk/blogs/news/news-classic-motor-cars-unveils-ian-callums-jaguar-mark-2/

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September 1, 2014

Bogus tradesmen warning





There have recently been some incidents across the neighbourhood where it has been reported that suspect males have called at the home addresses of our elderly residents and insisted upon carrying out repair work to their homes which in most cases has not been necessary.

They have convinced the resident that this work is necessary and insisted upon payment before any work is carried out. On some occasions money has been handed to these suspects who have then left without carrying out any work as promised.

At other times the workmen have offered to take residents to cash points to obtain the money for payment. In each incident the suspects have been described as white males, one in his 40s and a younger male in his 20s.

They apparently are using a white transit van. If anybody has any information which would assist in identifying these suspects or identity number of this vehicle then please call the local neighbourhood team on 0151 777 3442.

If anybody calls to your home address in these circumstances then call police immediately (999)

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September 1, 2014

Signs of success!



A group of sign language students in Ormskirk are celebrating this week, after receiving the last of their exam results.

The students, who attended the course at Edge Hill University delivered by external training provider SignPost Communications, have completed all three units of the Signature Level 1 Award in British Sign Language, achieving a 100% pass rate!

A new course will begin in two weeks time; for further details, visit http://signpostcommunications.co.uk

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