Councillors Advice Centre - Thursday 24th April


Meols Ward Lib Dem Councillors John Dodd, Nigel Ashton and David Rimmer, together with local candidate 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 24th April.
 
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.
 

Councillors Advice Centre - Saturday 12th April


Meols Ward Lib Dem Councillors John Dodd, David Rimmer and Nigel Ashton, together with FOCUS Editor Jo Barton, are holding their next advice centre on Saturday 12th April, 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.

North Meols Library Association newsletter


Here is the lastest newsletter from the North Meols Library Association


Latest Meols FOCUS newsletter


Here is the latest FOCUS newsletter from Meols Ward Liberal Democrats, which was recently delivered to residents of Churchtown, Crossens and Marshside.

Lib Dem councillors hold regular advice centres


As part of our commitment to keeping in touch with residents all year round, local councillors John Dodd, Nigel Ashton and David Rimmer, together with FOCUS Editor Jo Barton, hold regular advice centres in Crossens and Churchtown.

Councillors John Dodd and Nigel Ashton
The picure was taken at our recent session at Cafe Moo Moo in Churchtown. Our next advice centre is at St John's School, Rufford Road, Crossens on Saturday 12th of April from 11:00 am to 12:00 noon.

Councillors Advice Centre - Thursday 27th March


Meols Ward Lib Dem Councillors John Dodd, Nigel Ashton and David Rimmer, together with FOCUS Editor 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 27th 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.

Replacement of low pressure gas mains


National Grid have a programme of replacing low pressure gas mains in the area. We have received the following information from Balfour Beatty, who are the contractors for this work.

"We have a programme of works in your area that are due to run from 1st April to the end of August  2014.

"The work will be carried out by BALFOUR BEATTY in partnership with National Grid, the works are essential to improve local supplies.

"The project involves replacing the metal gas mains with new plastic pipe. For gas users, this may involve interruption to their gas supply.

"We are, as a contractor, always looking to improve and become far more proactive with our engagement with the local councils, businesses and, of course, residents.

"Those properties whose gas supply to the properties are to be affected will have received a letter approx. 90 days and 10 days prior to commencement of works.

"Properties affected by this works are on the following roads:-

Rathmore Crescent
Lexton Drive
Highfield Road
Poolside Walk
Ribble Avenue
Douglas Road
Holmdale Avenue
Asland Gardens
Roselea Drive

Councillors Advice Centre - Saturday 8th March


Meols Ward Lib Dem Councillors John Dodd, David Rimmer and Nigel Ashton, together with FOCUS Editor Jo Barton, are holding their next advice centre on Saturday 8th March, 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.
 

Councillors Advice Centre - Thursday 27th February


Meols Ward Lib Dem Councillors John Dodd, Nigel Ashton and David Rimmer, together with FOCUS Editor 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 27th February.

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.

Cameron must rethink planning to prevent flooding


Local Lib Dem councillors have been campaigning for years to prevent building on green belt land near Churchtown. The areas in question (off Bankfield Lane and Moss Lane) are liable to flooding.

As we have seen on TV recently, widespread hardship has been caused by floods in the South of the country.

The following article has been written by Councillor Tony Robertson, Lib Dem Planning Spokesperson on Sefton Council. We are reproducing it here as the issues Tony raises are applicable to Churchtown.

Tony Robertson writes:

A group of experts led by the Landscape Institute have written to David Cameron warning that the Government must not risk future flood prevention by focusing on short-term problems. The experts are calling for planners to adopt a series of measures aimed at tackling the risk of flooding, including measures like planting trees, requiring that all new developments in towns and cities should include flood alleviation and protection measures, and that any new homes built on flood plains must be resilient to flooding. Sue Illman, president of the Landscape Institute, said: “We want the money that is going to be invested spent wisely to give us a proper outcome.” The Guardian reports that dredging of two major rivers feeding the Somerset Levels is due to begin in the next few weeks.

The LGiU produced the above (edited by me) but that is only part of the story. Fundamentally, the UK problem is that Planning is seen as a predominately economic matter with environmental consequences being very much a secondary consideration. Such has been the case for generations and Governments of all colours have failed to act to bring true harmony between environmental and planning policy making. 

The issue has not been highlighted by flooding so much in Sefton, although concern about the potential for flooding was a major consideration in the minds of Formby residents when they recently rose up to fight a new housing development off Liverpool Road. The elephant in the room, or should I say both elephants, are flooding and building on high grade agricultural land. Both are high end public concerns that most Westminster politicians seem to be oblivious of.