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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.  Arriva are holding a public information day on Saturday 14th March in front of the Atkinson Centre, Southport to explain the service changes and the reasoning behind them.

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.”


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.
 

Labour force through plans to build on Green Belt land


Controversial plans to build 670 houses on Green Belt land around Churchtown have been forced through by the Labour majority on Sefton Council. Sefton’s draft Local Plan was approved by the Council despite opposition from community groups and the Lib Dem, Conservative and Independent councillors. Only the Labour councillors voted for the Plan.

Public Inquiry

All is not lost though. The Local Plan will now be subject to a Public Inquiry later this year, where councillors and members of the public can put forward their objections.

Sefton carries on with Botanic Gardens cuts


Labour-run Sefton Council is determined to ruin Botanic Gardens, which is known as 'The Jewel in Southport's Crown'. The Council want to cut the three remaining plant nursery staff, close the plant shop, and 'outsource' the fernery and aviary. A petition opposing the cuts, with over 4,800 names, was presented to the January meeting of the Council by pupils from Churchtown School. Councillor Nigel Ashton spoke in support of the petition, saying "Although Botanic Gardens will remain open, the question is what sort of Gardens will we have, and will they be worth visiting?" "Botanic Gardens is a major tourist attraction", Nigel Ashton told the Council meeting. "The cuts are not even economically literate. The money lost from tourism will cost Sefton more than the £45,000 you hope to save." Southport's MP John Pugh is a vocal supporter of Botanic Gardens. John says “Every generation of Southport families has enjoyed the Botanic and treasures it. People passionately believe the council proposals are a step too far.” Liberal Democrat councillors will try to overturn the cuts to Botanic Gardens at the Council's annual budget meeting in March.

Councillors Advice Centre - Thursday 26th February


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 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.


On the road to a stronger economy and a fairer society


Don't let Britain take the wrong turn. We need to stay on the road to a stronger economy and a fairer society.

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.