Councillors Advice Centre - Saturday 12th February



Meols Ward Lib Dem Councillors John Dodd, Nigel Ashton and Jo Barton are holding their next advice centre on Saturday 13th February 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 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.

Lib Dems move on Southport Floods




Southport Lib Dems, alarmed by flooding in parts of the town, have met Sefton Council officers to discuss resident's concerns and to draw up plans to avoid a repeat next winter.

Also on the agenda was the scheduled closure of five pumping stations at Banks Marsh, Boundary Brook, Clay Brow, Kew and Rufford Causeway but Cambridge ward Councillor Pat Keith said:

"Although these five stations will close we have been assured by the Environment Agency that their role has been to drain agricultural land and that their closure will not put at risk residential properties.

"These closure do not include the pumping stations at the Alt or at Crossens which has recently been upgraded at a cost of £4.9 million"

"Our overriding concern is for the residents and their property and to ensure that they have the proper safeguards against the possibility of future flooding".

Councillor Keith's Cambridge Ward Colleague Sue McGuire said: " "Marshide residents have also had problems with water seeping from the RSPB nature reserve and our investigations have revealed that this is believed to have been due to a blocked culvert and a broken pipe.

"We are working with both Sefton Council, the RSPB and United Utilities to investigate theses issues and any potential flood risk to the site."

Councillor John Dodd, whose Meols Ward has been badly hit by flooding, said: "Our meeting with Sefton Council and the issues raised underlined the complexity of the flooding and drainage situation in Southport but it's one we are determined to get on top of for the protection of our residents."

Councillors Advice Centres for February




Crossens

Saturday, 13th February, St John's Primary School, Rufford Road, Crossens, between 11am and 12 noon.

Churchtown 

Thursday, 25th February, 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.

Councillors Advice Centre - Thursday 28th 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 28th 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.

Merseyside Police, Meols Ward Newsletter



Merseyside Police: Meols Ward January - March Newsletter covering Crossens, Churchtown & Marshside.

Councillors Advice Centre - Saturday 9th January




Meols Ward Lib Dem Councillors John Dodd, Nigel Ashton and Jo Barton are holding their next advice centre on Saturday 9th January 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 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.

Botanic Gardens, Churchtown, Southport


Councillor John Dodd and a Flooded Botanic Gardens

Lib Dem Councillor John Dodd says he has been inundated with calls from residents, about the water damage to Botanic Gardens Churchtown and the properties that back onto them, Verulam Road and Merlewood Avenue.

Lib Dem Councillor John Dodd has this morning (January 4) arranged to meet Sefton Council 's Principal Parks Officer and Chair of the Botanic Gardens Community Association to see what can be done.

Councillor Dodd said "I contacted Sefton Council and was on site twice on Boxing Day to have a look for myself and to talk to residents." One Verulam Road resident told me "Botanic Gardens, which backs onto our house, has been underwater for some weeks now and no attempt to address the issue has been evident.

"We reached a point on Boxing Day where the flooding broke through onto the path and then came straight through our back fences, initially flooding my next door neighbour’s garden, right up to the patio doors, then breaking through into ours.

"You could clearly see the flow through across the path at the bottom of our garden.

"It took around 36 hours to pump it dry with a pump borrowed from a friend. I know through work I have done previously that there is a sheet of clay under our garden, and you would have to assume the field, so there is no way out for the water.

"It's unacceptable for the Council to allow an unplanned lake to appear at the rear of our properties. It brings rats into closer proximity to our gardens and will be a nightmare next summer when midges start to breed in there".


Councillors Advice Centres for January



Crossens

Saturday, 9th January, St John's Primary School, Rufford Road, Crossens, between 11am and 12 noon.

Churchtown 

Thursday, 28th January, 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.

A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year



The Meols Ward Liberal Democrat Focus Team, John Dodd, Jo Barton and Nigel Ashton wishes everyone all the best throughout the festive season.

A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR

Lib Dems persistence gets CCTV at Meols Cop Station


The photo shows Cllr Dodd and Bill Welsh by one of the CCTV's.

Local Lib Dems Cllrs John Dodd, Dan Lewis & Marianne Welsh plus the Friends of Meols Cop Station have scored a massive victory in getting Northern Rail to change its mind over installing CCTV at this station.  Cllr John Dodd, who is the Liberal Democrat representative on Merseytravel said "For years Northern Rail refused to put CCTV in but due to the increase in high levels of vandalism & the continued persistence by those of us who have campaigned to get this decision changed they have finally conceded." Local resident Bill Welsh who lives close to the station said "Gangs of youths doing destruction at this unmanned station had increased dramatically. I was extremely concerned as after the last spate of vandalism at the station parts of the shelter had been thrown on the track and this could have caused a major incident like a train derailment. Also in the evening the station became a no go area as people were fearful of going down there in case they were attacked. Now due to people pressure we have got the much needed CCTV installed."