Come back tomorrow and start BST with a cheerful tune!
Come back tomorrow and start BST with a cheerful tune!
Operation Beachsafe - the multi-agency crackdown on anti-social behaviour on the north Sefton coast - is launched.
The campaign, which is led by Merseyside Police, Merseyside Fire and Rescue, Sefton Council and The National Trust, targets crime, anti-social behaviour, lighting fires, lighting barbecues, underage drinking as well as camping along the beaches.
Operation Beachsafe is run by a partnership of local authorities, statutory bodies and local organisations. It aims ensure that the beaches are safe for visitors and residents alike during the busiest periods of the year.
Th official launch of this years operation took place today, Friday 26 March. It was attended by a variety of members of the the partnership.
There are many examples of similar operations elsewhere in Britain and abroad.
Hospital staff in Southport and Ormskirk have helped develop the national Care Certificate to support the training of healthcare assistants and support workers.
The Care Certificate meets concerns raised in the Cavendish Review that followed the inquiry into the quality of care at the former Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust. The review found formal support and education for healthcare assistants and social care support workers was inconsistent.
A common national qualification was needed to assure the public that all those who provide care achieved a minimum standard of training. Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust was one of 13 health and social care organisations that was asked to pilot and report on the effectiveness of a care certificate to NHS England.
Nicky Williams, Assistant Matron Nurse Education and Training, said:
The certificate developed their confidence and improved job satisfaction. They also felt better supported, learning more about what good practice looks like and gaining the confidence to challenge poor practice if they saw it.
From April 1 2015, every healthcare support worker new to the NHS will need to pass the Care Certificate. The Trust is also considering incorporating the certificate into training for other health care support workers.
The care porters give can be overlooked in a clinical environment like a hospital but they play an important role in comforting and putting patients at their ease.
We wanted them and our patients to benefit from the Care Certificate, and a small group of porters and domestic staff took part in the pilot. Those who did said it made them feel more valued as part of a team and helped everyone understand people’s different roles.
I am proud of the NHS and Southport and Ormskirk trust, and the staff I have worked with while piloting the Care Certificate who are a credit to themselves, the organisation and the teams they work in. Their enthusiasm, commitment and desire to make a difference is something to be celebrated.
Jonathon Parry, Chief Executive, said:
Caring is everyone’s business in our Trust. Whether you are a porter, a nurse or a member of the domestic team, thanks to the Care Certificate they will be empowered to play their part fully in making sure patients are safe and properly cared for.
The Freshfield Hotel have just introduced a new menu and they're playing a game of 'Hide and Tweet' to mark the occasion.
Be in it to win it! Keep watching out for the 'tweets - the first one's already gone!'
The Formby Village shops are starting to display their 'Easter Finery'.
A number of shops are reflecting the approach of Easter in their window displays. I always stop to admire the Waterfields efforts to match the display to the time of the year.
Sefton Planning Committee are recommended to refuse the application for a stepped bridge at Freshfield level crossing
The planning committee members are due to consider the application for a footbridge at the Freshfield level crossing at their meeting on 1 April.
The report on the application sets out it's intentions in the following:
>> This is a full application for the construction of a stepped footbridge at Fisherman's Path level crossing to the north of Freshfield Railway Station <<
>> The main issues to consider include the principle of the development, its visual impact and impact on the Green Belt, effects on highway safety and accessibility issues as well as ecological considerations <<
The planning officers recommendation is:
Reason for Refusal
This application has been recommended for refusal for the following reason:
1) The proposed development will have a detrimental impact on accessibility as it will preclude use of the walking and cycling network for a significant proportion of users and have a detrimental impact on the links to the Sefton Coastal Path and the National Cycle Network as well as restricting its use for many people with mobility issues including those with pushchairs.
The proposal is therefore contrary to UDP policies CS3, T2 and AD2 and the provisions of the NPPF, in particular paragraph 32.
I have only outlined the recommended decision there's much more detail in the full report and I would commend reading the full report.
It remains to be seen whether this application will be replaced with an alternative 'ramped' bridge which would address the issues highlighted in the report.
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust is seeking planning permission to expand parking at the top of the main car park which faces the hospital entrance. The land is currently set aside for helicopter transfers.
Neil Aindow, Capital Projects Manager, said:
There are now few occasions when this facility is needed. By making alternative arrangements we can use this land more productively for the benefit of patients and visitors.
The Trust also announced charges for some visitors parking at Ormskirk and Southport hospitals will rise from 1 April 2015. It is the first increase since 2013. Parking for staff will also cost more.
|Band||Current Fee||Fee From 1 April|
|Less than 20 mins||No charge||No charge|
|20 mins to 2 hours||£2.90||£2.90|
|2 to 4 hours||£3.40||£3.50|
|4 to 8 hours||£4.20||£4.30|
|More than 8 hours||£5.20||£5.30|
Issued by Tony Ellis, Marketing and Communications Manager
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust
Telephone 01704 704494
Cllr John Fairclough, Cabinet Member - Transportation - is due to authorise the advertising of Traffic Regulation Orders, previously agreed by relevant Ward Members.
The decision to advertise will be made after 31 March 2015
All three Sefton Councillors for Ravenmeols Ward in Formby have recently agreed with a proposal to introduce parking restrictions in the vicinity of Freshfield Primary school in Formby. The Councillors views were sought and agreed as follows:
Officers from Traffic Services have carried out parking surveys at this location and noted that parking took place on and around the junction causing visibility problems for vehicles attempting to exit Deansgate Lane.
Although 'there have been no recorded injury accidents in the last 3 year period', Sefton Council is proposing:
To introduce ‘At Any Time’ parking restrictions at the junction of Watchyard Lane/Deansgate Lane/Moss Side, Formby for 15M, as shown in the diagram
A new project is being launched in Sefton aimed at capturing the memories of local residents.
This could be anything from snippets of early school life, work life, holidays or any memories from the war.
Sefton's library service is currently seeking volunteers to record and edit the memories of people before they are lost forever.
The recording will be used by the person and the family as an ‘aide-memoir’ and can also be used as a keepsake for the family.
A second recording will also be kept in Sefton’s library archive which will be available to schools and community groups studying social history. These will provide an invaluable insight into Sefton’s history, from the people who lived through it for future generations.
Cllr Ian Moncur, Cabinet Member Children, Schools, Families and Leisure, said:
This is a very exciting project as we aim to record important information about our past.
We are currently looking for volunteers to visit people in their homes or at social events who will sit and chat about the person's life, while recoding the conversation.
We are also looking for volunteers to download and edit the oral histories, once they have been recorded. Training will be given to both sets of volunteers, and handouts will also be provided so please consider this.
Not only will volunteers learn more about their local history, they will also be storing it for future generations to come.
If you are interested in volunteering for this project, please email email@example.com or call 0151 330 5232 for more information.
Once the volunteers are in place, Sefton Council will be looking for people who would like to record their memories as part of the project.
Roadworks in Formby due to start on 23 March 2015.