Sefton Local Plan Publication Draft 2015. Consultation response from the three Meols Ward councillors

General comments

1. We do not consider that the population estimates that underpin the Local Plan publication draft are sound. There are assumptions about sudden increases in inward migration that are simply not backed up by credible evidence. The figure of 615 houses a year seems to us to be a considerable over-estimate of the actual need.

2. Producing a Local Plan based on flawed assumptions means that Green Belt land, including high grade agricultural land, is being wrongly designated for housing.

3. Some of the actual need for housing can be met by measures such as reducing the number of empty properties to the national average, taking into account existing brownfield sites earmarked for development, and encouraging 'flats over shops' and 'shared accommodation'.
Brownfield sites
4. We believe that there are existing brownfield sites that can be used for housing without impacting on the prospect for jobs in the future and we welcome the inclusion of the old Phillips site off Rufford Road, Southport for housing development (MN 2.3).

5. It is vital that development at MN2.3 includes ancillary developments such as a school, GP surgery, and shops. This development should also recognise, and be sympathetic to, the heritage of the site of the old Vulcan Motor works.
Specific objections

6. We have particular objections to the inclusion of two Green Belt sites in the north of Southport as housing allocation – site MN2.2 land off Bankfield Lane / Three Pools and site MN2.4 land off Moss Lane.

7. Our objections to both these sites (MN2.2 and MN2.4) are on three grounds:

• Flood risk – the area is in a flood zone. Sefton's own flood risk prevention strategy warns against inappropriate development. Climate change will make things worse.
• Agriculture – the land is prime farming land. We need to grow more of our own food. There is a strategic national interest in preserving good farming land.
• Wildlife – the area is a recognised Local Wildlife Site.
Cllr Nigel Ashton
Cllr John Dodd
Cllr Jo Barton

25 March 2015 

Police and Home Watch – Crime Alert

A message from Southport Neighbourhood Police

Bogus Tradesmen

Police at Southport are warning residents regarding bogus tradesmen approaching householders asking for money for roofing work which is not necessary. On 17th March 3 males were visiting houses in the Crossens area of Southport using this method to ask for money. It is believed the males were using a silver van displaying a company name Homescale Roofing. If a vehicle matching this description is spotted please phone 101.


Sefton Council's Local Plan

Link below that will direct you to Sefton Council’s Local Plan webpage, where you can submit your comments on the Local Plan. The Local Plan webpage contains the response form in a variety of formats, as well as links to the Local Plan itself.  The consultation closes on Friday 27th March, 2015.

We would encourage you to click on the link below and have YOUR SAY!


Councillors Advice Centre - Thursday 26th March

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 26th March.

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.

Arriva Bus Service Changes From 29th March

Arriva are looking at a network review in Southport. These changes have now been registered and will come in to operation 29th March 2015. We will also be carrying out a marketing campaign to notify customers, wrap on Southport Champion, bus shelter ads at key strategic locations etc.

Below is a brief summary of changes for your information:

Service 42 withdrawn

Service 43 unchanged (now serving Central 12 retail park).

Service 43A Sunday evening service increased to 30 minute frequency.

Service 44 increased to 20 minute frequency during Day now serving Virginia St, Forest Rd, Haig Avenue, Meols Cop Road  to now serve Kew Retail Park and terminating Walnut St with hourly service to Formby. Formby journeys will not serve Walnut St. Hoghton St will be served in both directions. Station Road in Ainsdale no longer served towards Southport.

Service 46 unchanged

Service 49 extra Sunday morning journeys

Service 300 will no longer serve Orrell Park but instead travel down Hornby Road, Aintree Road and Marsh Lane in both directions. Service will also omit Meols Cop Rd, Sussex Road and Hoghton St instead will use Scarisbrick New Road, Lord St and terminate Union St. Extra journeys added.
Service 375/385 will no longer serve Town Lane in either direction but will continue from Southport Road onto Scarisbrick New Road. All Sunday journeys will run through to Wigan.


A Message from Sefton Council's Trading Standards

Slimming Pills

Trading Standards officers at Sefton Council are warning retailers in the borough that they could face criminal prosecution if they sell a brand of slimming pills which contain a banned anti obesity drug.

The pills in question are sold as 'Super Extreme Accelerator Pills' and have been found to contain sibutramine, a banned pharmaceutical product which can cause heart problems and other health issues for people who are overweight.

 Following reports that the pills are on sale in some hairdressers, beauty salons and solariums in Sefton, Trading Standards officers are visiting these businesses to remind them that the sale of the pills is a criminal offence and could also result in the business facing compensation claims from consumers.

 Andrew Naisbittt, Trading Standards Manager at Sefton Council, said, "This product could seriously damage the health of anyone taking it and we are calling on any retailer which stocks Super Extreme Accelerator Pills to immediately remove them from sale and to contact us for advice.

 "We are also asking the public to let us know if they see these pills on sale anywhere in Sefton so that we can investigate further."

 For help and advice on all consumer issues please call 03454 040506.


Police and Home Watch – Crime Alert

A message from Inspector Jim Atherton


On Tuesday 10th March 2015 a daytime burglary occurred in Liverpool Road, Ainsdale. During which a Ford Focus was taken from the driveway and a large amount of Jewellery was taken, which is of great sentimental value to its owners. The matter is under investigation by DC Reppion from Sefton CID. The owners had photographed the Jewellery which is the advice given by Insurance companies. This has been very helpful in circulating to patrols and to assist with checks at Jewellers and Pawnbrokers alike.  We will do our utmost to recover the items and bring the offenders to justice. We are utilising the Press office for a wider appeal and have used the new neighbourhood Twitter account for the first time. Please follow us on @MerpolFormby .

Have you photographed your jewellery? Have you a registered your valuables for free on Simply follow the links from the Police website. You will need the make model and serial number for each item. You can print off your own property inventory hopefully it won’t be needed. You can even register a bicycle by adding make, model and Frame number. Look out for details of special crime prevention and property registration sessions in April. We have limited amounts of immobitags for bikes to give away and a number of unique numbered stickers that can also be added to larger items to aide identification by registering the numbers as above.

Shed/ Garage Burglary

Garages in Burnley Road and Sandringham Road were entered overnight 11th March 2015. Fortunately nothing was taken. If you see people acting suspiciously in the area please call 999 emergency or 101 in an non-emergency. Can you ensure that garages and sheds are locked and alarms set where fitted and Cars on driveways locked. Remember don’t leave your car keys near door or windows.

Most thieves are opportunists and by doing the basics you become less likely of being a victim of crime.

If you have any information about these or any other crimes call 101 or anonymously to crimestoppers  on 0800 555 111.

Thanks for your support.

Inspector Jim Atherton.

West Sefton Neighbourhood team

Message from the Sefton Crime Alert Co-ordinator

It is appreciated that the burglary happened in Southport, but the information could be of interest to all areas.

Contact numbers

Local Police Neighbourhood Teams – TELEPHONE 101

Margaret Jepson – Sefton Crime Alert Co-ordinator TELEPHONE 0151 777 3419

Councillors' Advice Centres for March


14th March, St John's Primary School, Rufford Road, Crossens, between 11am and 12 noon.


26th March, at Cafe Moo Moo on Cambridge Road (by the junction with Preston New Road, next to Boots) Churchtown, between 10:30 am and 11:30 am.

Chase Heys Day Centre threatened with closure

Liberal Democrat councillors have joined carers in condemning Sefton Council’s sudden proposal to close Chase Heys Day Centre.

“This announcement has come as a thunderbolt to the service users, most of whom are elderly and vulnerable,” said councillor Pat Keith.  “Chase Heys was previously being considered by the council for expansion but now we learn they are to discuss its closure at Sefton Cabinet this week.”

Councillor Nigel Ashton said “ We need to take account of the views of those that use the provision.  I believe the voice of the service users and their carers should be heard loud and clear before any decision is reached by the Cabinet.”

“I am amazed that these plans were not being presented to the Council's Health Scrutiny board in order that elected members can have an opportunity to study the proposals."

Day visitors to Chase Heys include people with dementia and Councillor Keith, who is spearheading the campaign to make Southport Dementia Friendly, added:

“This is very worrying news. People with dementia are disorientated by change which can lead to distress and further memory loss. They form secure relationships with familiar staff and environments.

 “If this is wrenched away it can have devastating results.  Any transitions should be handled with in-depth consultation, empathy and care.”