Community Notices – June 2013

Police Cycle Marking
Saturday/Sunday 22/23 June
10am – 2pm
Harry Moncrief Centre, 90 Fulwood Road

Bring along your pedal cycle. It will be marked and then placed on a secure database. If your bike is ever stolen and recovered by police, your ownership will have a better chance of being traced.

This is a free service by your local Police Community Support Officers.

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LARG – Larkfield to Ampthill Residents Group

A group of residents have come forward to start a group to represent the interests of people in the Aigburth streets between Ampthill Road and Larkfield Road. A number of local issues were raised at the first meeting, suggesting that there is a need for a residents’ group in the area.

This is a non-political group of residents who will work together to tackle local issues and try to improve the area. If you would like to get involved or find out more about the group please contact Tom Crone on 07882 026 315 or tomcrone@liverpoolgreenparty.org.uk

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Community First Panel for St Michaels Ward – Funding Now Available

The “Community First” program supports local community, voluntary, and faith groups in bringing positive change in their communities.
This year, funding priorities for St Michaels ward bids are:
1. Community Development and growth
2. Support for the vulnerable
3. Encouraging communication and co-ordination between community groups
4. Activities which support young people, especially inter-generational activity
5. Building support for local independent business and trade

To make a bid, visit the website:

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Aigburth Road Splash Zone

Heavy rain at the end of May showed up the failure of the highway repair in “the dip” of Aigburth Road near Rosslyn Street. Cllr John Coyne has asked Highways to recognise that the drainage grids are in the wrong place – higher than the adjacent road surface.

The splash zone is smaller than it used to be, but this pond needs to be eliminated completely.

Speed Control

Local councillors have used part of the ward fund to buy a new “SID” – speed indicator device. It measures speeds and tells drivers to slow down. It has been located near Aigburth Vale. Please let us know of other spots for SIDs.

Clean-up focus on St Michaels

Green Party councillors are working closely with the city council’s Neighbourhood Action Team (NAT) on several sites around the ward, cleaning up grot spots that wouldn’t be covered by normal cleansing schedules. The combination of ward councillors’ knowledge of the local area and a team that can find quick solutions to otherwise difficult problems looks like a welcome addition to the ward’s resources.

This could be a good time to press for cleaner streets and alleyways and to make best use of this special team of cleanup experts – let us know if there is something in your street that needs a “NAT” touch.

Greens everywhere understand the value of co-operation to achieve the best outcomes for neighbourhoods. Using this positive relationship, we hope to bring more changes to an area near you.

Highway Markings

Residents in Thirlstane Street (near Tesco on Aigburth Road) are put under pressure from parking by shoppers and staff. One worry has been the blocking of the junction. Cllr John Coyne asked Highways to provide “Keep Clear” markings, at the residents’ request.

Elsewhere in the ward, Cllr Sarah Jennings has been chasing up the planned yellow-line restrictions for Larkfield Road’s junction with Aigburth Road.

Fulwood Community Gardening

Fulwood Village residents have teamed up with Brothers of Charity and planted up parts of the woodland behind flats at Aigburth Road. A community theatre day on site has been scheduled for Friday 21st June. Tom Crone is one of the volunteers for a rota to lock the gates at night to protect the garden and also the security of residents nearby.

The project has received help from the ward fund previously and also from a Community First grant.

Normanton Avenue Eyesore

Green councillors are pressing for action from the city council over this collapsed wall and derelict site fronting Aigburth Road.

Four different departments of the council are involved – Planning have served notice to rebuild the sandstone wall and obtained a warrant for the arrest of the owning company’s director for not attending court; Building Control have had to demolish parts of the wall that were unsafe; the company owes massive council tax arrears and, finally, the city council owns the freehold and could terminate the lease.

We want these departments to act together. In the meantime, we have asked the Neighbourhood Action Team to help.

Sefton Park Licence for 39,999?

Green councillors Sarah Jennings and John Coyne have joined local residents in objecting to the plan for a permanent 365-day drinks licence for events with up to 40,000 attending.

We hope the planned music events in the Park are successful, but we see a big risk in creating a permanent home for outdoor events which could rival attendances at Goodison or Anfield. So far there is no sign of a traffic management plan for areas like Lark Lane that could b overwhelmed by visitors’ cars.