Community Alley Clearance

Green councillors arranged for a community skip to be provided for a clear up of the alleyways between Ampthill, Ashbourne and Ancaster Roads. These alleys are unadopted and are therefore in poor condition and often suffer from dumping.

Around 1.9 tonnes of waste was removed from the alleys over the clear up weekend, so it was a successful action. During the clear up we recovered a number of abandoned purple and blue wheelie bins. We will distribute these on a first-come, first-served basis. If you require a new bin please contact Cllr Sarah Jennings on 07969 257420.

Youth Outreach

We have been liaising with youth outreach workers and the Police and PCSOs to help tackle instances of Anti-Social Behaviour in the ward and to provide activities for young people who might otherwise have little to do.

In the three months from August to October, the outreach team made approximately 530 contacts with young people and defused some potentially difficult situations through mediation and diversionary activities. The team have been working in Dingle Vale, McDonalds, Sefton Park, Priory Wood and the Garden Festival Site among others.

We are happy to support this proactive approach to handling potential problems and will report back in future with further actions taken.

Fulwood Garden Tidy-Up

Cllr Sarah Jennings and Cllr Tom Crone joined members of the local community to have a litter pick and tidy up in Fulwood gardens and the surrounding area. We collected several bags of rubbish despite the drizzle!

We have asked for tree works to take place in this area and we will be organising some planting days in the spring.

Leaf Fall

We have been asking for attention to be given to a few streets that are not on the leaf fall collection schedule, especially around bus stops where leaves can gather and cause an obstacle. Please let us know of problem areas near you.

Lark Lane Sparkles for Christmas

Big congratulations have to go to the Lark Lane Neighbourhood Association and Lark Lane businesses for arranging for some wonderful Christmas decorations to light up the Lane this year.

It has taken a lot of hard work by the committee of residents and traders, collecting donations from almost all of the businesses, but the result is a delightful, festive welcome for anyone visiting the area this Christmas.

Well done Sandra, Lily and Nick!

Christmas Hamper Appeal

Dingle Children’s Centre are teaming up with Shelter to make Christmas hampers for local families in crisis this Christmas.

You can help by donating items of food, clothes or toys. Please make sure all food has a long shelf life and is within date. Any size pyjamas would be welcome but they must be new and unworn. Also toys (new) suitable for ages from birth to 17.

The collection is running until Friday 11th December. Please take all donations to the children’s centre, Matthew Arnold School, Dingle Lane.

Neighbourhood Plan Public Meeting

To further the progress of St Michaels Neighbourhood Plan we have arranged a public meeting for 7:30pm, Monday December 14th, to be held in St Michaels Church Hall, Belgrave Road.

We have asked for a council officer to attend to help guide us through the process and advise us on our next steps. Please come along.

Bring Christmas to our Local Businesses

Whether it’s a stylish retro outfit, a unique piece of art, some beautifully crafted jewellery, or even a home-knit woolly hat you’re looking for, show your support for our smaller local businesses by doing your Christmas shopping in Lark Lane and Aigburth Road this year.

There is a wide range of unique shopping opportunities within our local community, so say ‘no’ to the big chains and ‘yes’ to local business!

www.smallbusinesssaturdayuk.com/

Divesting Pension Funds from Fossil Fuels

A Green Party motion calling for a review of fossil fuel investments held by the Merseyside Pensions Committee was passed unanimously at the last meeting of the City Council.

Scientists calculate that if global warming is going to be kept below the safe limit of 2 degrees above pre-industrial levels, around 80% of known fossil fuel reserves must stay in the ground. This would lead to shares in companies involved with the extraction of fossil fuels losing much of their value.

Merseyside Pension Fund has over £350m invested in such companies, so is at risk of losing
money if these shares plummet. This is why we have called for a review of the risks involved with such investments, and for action to be taken to divest from them if they are found to be risky.

Ahead of the Paris climate talks there is some cautious optimism that world leaders will move
towards an agreement to limit carbon emissions. We don’t want the pensions of local government
employees to be exposed to the financial instability of fossil fuel companies, so are very pleased that the motion was passed as a first step towards moving away from such investments.