Vaccination and Immunisation

St Michaels Green councillor Sarah Jennings reports on recent political work.

A couple of examples of Sarah’s work each came to their conclusion in the last week of July.

Imms & Vaccs panel

For the last year Cllr Sarah Jennings has been chairing a cross-party scrutiny panel to investigate Liverpool’s performance regarding vaccinations of the local population. The report was tabled at the July 25th meeting of the Social Care and Health Select Committee. The report was very well received and many of the recommendations have already been picked up for action by health services. Sarah will be meeting the lead officer, committee clerk and chair of the select committee to track the outcomes in the coming months.
Sarah said: “It was really refreshing to be able to work together with Labour colleagues in a non-combative environment. The lead officer was happy to provide all the evidence we could ask for – and more – and the questioners were very thorough. The result is a good piece of scrutiny with some actionable outcomes.
“One of the key things that came out of it was the importance of clear communication. People need to have accurate and timely information to be able to make informed choices when it comes to vaccinations, and that’s across all age groups and a wide range of illnesses.” 

Green Party motion on Breastfeeding Support

At the same committee, the Green Party had tabled a motion to investigate a loop-hole in the advertising of baby formula. Cllr Anna Key had drawn up the motion in conjunction with “Liverpool Bambis” (Babies & Mums Breastfeeding Information and Support).
Bambis representatives attended the meeting to speak to the motion and the committee were surprised by some of the information that was provided for them. With a minor amendment, the motion was passed unanimously.
Sarah says: “Here again is an example of people having the right information at a very important time. We strongly feel that informed choices cannot be made when the main source of information is coming through TV advertising – things being promoted by a million-pound industry that we don’t necessarily need or want. We have asked for the council to show support for legislation that would better control what new mums are being told about what they feed their babies and toddlers.”

Meanwhile, On the Street

On the night of Saturday 28th July a street sign was knocked over in Blythswood Street. Sarah called the council at 11:30pm and they sent someone out to investigate. The fallen column was removed, and work began on Sunday morning to fix the problem. (See picture)WP_20170730_14_55_54_Pro-1
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Local Action on Dumping

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Sarah Jennings inspecting an issue of alley way dumping.

Your Green councillors are constantly addressing issues of dumping throughout St Michaels, tackling the negative impact that it has on the neighbourhood. In particular in the last month, Cllr Sarah Jennings has been working with neighbourhood services to address the issue of dumping in alleys. This a particularly bad problem in some parts of the ward.

Green councillors have also been pushing for more signage and enforcement targetted at fly tipping hotspots in St Michaels.

Please get in touch if this is a particular problem for you or you know of a fly tipping hotspot that needs attention.

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These signs have been targeted at fly tipping hotspots.

Lark Lane’s Cumulative Impact Policy up for review

The City Council wants to review the Special Cumulative Impact (licensing) Policy for Lark Lane and determine whether it should be retained in its current form or an amended form or whether in fact it should be removed altogether.

As local residents and businesses you are therefore invited to respond to some questions as part of a consultation process. Your responses will be considered by the City Council before it makes a final decision about the SCIP.

To take part online, go to http://liverpool.gov.uk/council/consultation/consul tation-on-liverpools-existing-special-cumulative- impact-policies/ and choose Lark Lane. You can also write to the council to express your views. The consultation will remain open until March 31st, so please consider contributing to it as it directly affects this neighbourhood.

Liverpool Greens win ‘One Tree per Child’ vote

Liverpool Green Party has succeeded in getting the council to sign up to the national ‘One Tree Per Child’ initiative. The campaign, which started in Bristol a year ago, aims to get all children planting at least a single tree as part of their school activity.

The council’s Education & Children’s Services Select Committee voted in favour of the plan following passionate speeches from Green Party Councillor Anna Key and John Patterson, the Principal of St. Vincent’s School, which will take part in the project.

“There are so many positives in favour of this scheme that it’s difficult to know where to start,” said Anna. “Everyone is aware that there is a need to get children to participate in outdoor activities to improve their physical and mental health and this project is a good start. By planting a tree, each child is connecting with nature, making it more likely that they will respect the environment rather than being separated from it.”

Lantern Festival comes to Festival Gardens 18th – 20th February

Liverpool Lantern Company are bringing a brand new Spring Festival of Light to the Festival Garden site at Otterspool. The environmentally themed Lantern Festival will take place over 3 evenings: 18th 19th 20th February 2016. This event is ticketed and tickets can be purchased from www.lanterncompany.co.uk

Parking restrictions will be in place along the entire length of Riverside Drive for the duration of each day of the parade.