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Arriva bus service changes from 25 January


The Arriva bus company have announced the following service changes affecting Southport from Sunday 25th January (information from Arriva website)

Service 42
Minor changes to Sunday times.

Service 43
Re-routed to serve Central 12 Retail Park, evening and Sunday journeys replaced by new service 43A. Extension to and from Botanic Gardens on school-days is withdrawn.

Service 44
Minor changes to times.

Service 46
Timetable revised, evening and Sunday journeys replaced by new service 43A.

Service 47
Minor changes to times, some additional journeys introduced.

Service 49
Minor changes to weekend times.

Service 300
Minor changes to times, additional Monday to Friday journey introduced at 7.21am from Maghull to Southport.

Services 375, 385
Minor changes to times, some additional journeys introduced.


Councillors Advice Centre - Thursday 22nd January


Meols Ward Lib Dem Councillors John Dodd, Nigel Ashton and Jo Barton are holding their next advice centre in Churchtown.

We will be at Cafe Moo Moo on Cambridge Road (by the junction with Preston New Road, next to Boots) from 10:30 to 11:30 am on Thursday 22nd January.

We will be there to meet you and discuss any Council problems you may have. No appointment necessary. Just pop in.

We also hold a monthly advice centre in Crossens, at St John's School, Rufford Road, Crossens every month (except August) on the second Saturday of the month from 11:00 am to 12:00 noon.

John Pugh flies the flag for coastal towns


John Pugh led a debate in Parliament on Coastal Towns and Economic Development recently.

The debate was very well-attended with many other MPs queuing up to sing the praises of or cite the problems of their own local bit of the UK coastline.

John Pugh, Lib Dem MP for Southport, said that it was necessary to raise the voice of the seaside and coast so that it would not be drowned out by the power of lobbying from the cities.

John Pugh MP speaking in the House of Commons
"There is no doubt that cities are crucial for the country's economic development but there are a lot of us on the coast and we don't all working in the traditional bucket and spade industry. We want the attention of government and the funding and recognition that follows that."

John Pugh made a plea for a joined-up approach to seaside towns with all government departments - including Transport and the Treasury - focusing on coastal towns.

"A better rail service or a VAT cut for in-bound tourism (as happens on the continent) would help as much as any specific grant" he said.

John Pugh pointed out that research in Select Committee Report on seaside towns that he had helped commission showed that seaside towns had 'held their own' in terms of employment.

However, research also showed that many resorts along the south coast had fared better than their counterparts in the north.

In explaining this new north/south divide, John Pugh pointed out that one reason is too much emphasis given to city centres when it comes to regional development. He told the House of Commons that over 3 million people lived in coastal towns and that coastal businesses employ more people than the motor industry.

"The north isn't just Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds," he claimed. "Flats in central Manchester are not where most of us live."

"We in the coastal towns can make our own weather and fight our corner but we don't want to be afterthought in terms of government or regional policy."

You can read the full text of John Pugh's House of Commons debate on coastal towns here.
 

Good News for Library Association


Many months of hard work are starting to pay off for the team at the North Meols Library Association (NMLA). The excellent news is that Sefton Council will provide £25,000 towards the project to open a community-run library for Churchtown and the surrounding area.

This is how NMLA supporters were informed of the good news

Police and Home Watch – Crime Alert


The following information is from a recent email sent out by Merseyside Police and Home Watch

CALLERS AT THE DOOR

There have been reports of people calling at houses, asking if the occupier wanted work done on their houses e.g. gutters, roofs, paths and gardening. On some occasions it has been one person calling, in other reports two people have contacted residents.

When two people have called, one of the males has talked to the occupier the other seemed to be taking notice of the security of the property e.g. windows, doors and side gates.

When residents don’t know the caller, now is the time to put the chain on the door and speak to the person, keeping the chain on throughout the conversation. If you have a porch, it is advisable to keep the external porch door locked. Again put the chain on before opening the door. If you have no chain, speak to the person through the glass window or door. Keeping the door locked is an added protection for the resident and their property.

Some external doors have no windows, so the occupier cannot see the caller. Now is the time to use the windows in a room that is overlooking the door. You can then check if you know the caller before safely opening the door.

A male attended rented premises stating the landlord had asked him to check the fires. Property was stolen after the resident invited him into the house.

FROSTY MORNINGS

An extra task on the cold frosty mornings is to de-ice the windows of the car. The police are again warning people not to leave their cars unattended, after the driver has started the engine and put on the screen heater.

Opportunists have been known to see a vehicle unattended with the keys in the ignition and the engine running, they have entered the car and driven away. The owner comes out of the house, hoping to find the windows clear and instead finds the vehicle has been stolen.

Contact numbers
Local Police Neighbourhood Teams – telephone 101
Margaret Jepson - Sefton Home Watch Adviser telephone 0151 777 3419

The Ancient Egyptians are here in Southport

 

A fascinating new exhibition has just opened at The Atkinson gallery, part of the transformed library and theatre performing arts complex adjacent to the Town Hall on Lord Street.

 It's a free chance to see what life was like in Ancient Egypt thousands of years ago.  On display is a beautiful painted sarcophagus that's around 3000 years old, a full size mummy, wonderful intricate jewellery and beadwork, plus everyday objects like sandals, baskets, toys and perfume storage bottles.

All well worth a visit with lots of interactive activities for all the family with fun things for kids to do.  Opening hours: Monday-Saturday 10.00am - 4.00pm.  Sunday 11.00am - 3.00pm.

In another part of the gallery there's a special exhibition of photographs and paintings of Southport in days gone by many of which you will not have seen before.  These rare early pictures of our town were unearthed and discovered during the reconstruction work to create the new Atkinson.


Councillors Advice Centre - Saturday 14th June


Meols Ward Lib Dem Councillors John Dodd, Nigel Ashton and Jo Barton are holding their next advice centre on Saturday 14th June, from 11 am to 12 noon at St John's Primary School, Rufford Road, Crossens.

We will be there to meet you and discuss any Council problems you may have. No appointment necessary. Just pop in.

We hold our advice centre at St John's School, Rufford Road, Crossens every month (except August) on the second Saturday of the month.

We also hold a monthly advice centre in Churchtown, at Cafe Moo Moo on Cambridge Road (by the junction with Preston New Road, next to Boots) on the fourth Thursday of every month (except December) from 10:30 - 11:30 am.

End of an era for historic Churchtown Library


Despite a huge effort to save the well used and much loved Churchtown Library, including a 4,000 signature petition, Sefton Council were determined to close our library.
Churchtown Library being demolished. Photo credit Tom Sandham.

Churchtown Library shut its doors for the last time in November. Now the building has suffered the final indignity, as residents have watched it being slowly demolished over the last few weeks.

The only thing left is for the Council to sell the site off, although whether Sefton will recoup the £70,000 cost of demolishing the library remains to be seen.
Councillor Nigel Ashton outside Churchtown Library in happier times

Lib Dem coffee morning on Saturday