Stop Smoking for Summer

I was suprised to find that in a population of 11,851 there are only 1.635 smokers in Victoria ward(13.8%) and around 40,300(14.8%)  smokers in Sefton( pop 272,876).  Nationally, approximately 20.7% of the population are smokers (app’ 13m).Smokers in victoria ward

3,000 Sefton people have quit smoking using local stop smoking services since last year.

Sefton’s Public Health Team are raising awareness of the more than 50 facilities across the borough to help you quit smoking.


Healthy sefton smoking

Healthy sefton website -smoking


Sefton Library review – closures?


Carnegie Library, Crosby

Proposals to implement Sefton Council’s Strategic Plan for Libraries” will be decided at the meeting of it’s Cabinet at Southport Town Hall on Thursday 23rd May at 10:00 am.

The proposals include the possible closure of the nearest Library to Victoria Ward Carnegie Library in December 2013

The proposals include improvements to services in other Libraries including the removal of fees for reservations and PC usage.

A community group hoping to propose a rescue package for Carnegie Library has been formed calledFriends of Carnegie Library

Full Council

I attended tonight 9th May 18:00 the Full Council Annual General meeting, called to elect the Sefton Mayor and other senior posts for 2013/14.

Mayor of Sefton 2012/13 Cllr Kevin Cluskey

Mayor of Sefton 2012/13
Cllr Kevin Cluskey

The assembled councillors, and notaries stood to welcome Mayor Kevin Cluskey and Mayoress Linda Cluskey to the Southport Town Hall Council Chamber.

LD Councillor Robertson moved the nomination which was seconded by Cllr Lord Fearn.

Mayor Cluskey called for the unanimous approval of the nominee; Cllr Maureen Fearn JP  which was accepted  by the assembled Councillors.

Maureen Fearn

Mayor Of Sefton 2013/14 Cllr Maureen Fearn JP

After a short adjournment during which Madam Mayor robed and returned in full regalia.

The Leader of Sefton Council Cllr Peter Dowd nominated retiring Mayor Cllr Kevin Cluskey as Deputy Chair of the Council,  seconded by Cllr Ian Maher and accepted unanimously by the assembled Council members.

The meeting was then adjourned until 14th May 18:30 at Bootle Town Hall.

International Space Station

I was looking up on April 23rd  from Crosby at the ISS as it sped across the sky when this fantastic photo was taken by Hadfield. You can get notifications of when the ISS is visible from your location on twitter at @VirtualAstro

Twitter name @Cmdr_Hadfield is currently the commander of the International Space Station and regularly tweets beautiful photographs from space. The ISS orbit is approximately 250 miles above the Earth and completes an orbit every 90 minutes . It is often very bright, obvious and appears to pass by about twice as fast as a Passenger Jet (550 mph at 6 miles up) even though it is travelling at more than 17 thousand miles an hour(5 miles a second)

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