20 MPH scheme Consultation to begin 8th July

The consultation with Victoria and Manor Ward residents over a proposed 20MPH scheme in the area will be held between 8th and 19th July. The roads affected are shown below. Residents in the affected areas will receive a four page consultation document in the next few days.

20 MPH scheme20 mph road names

Sefton Council’s “Preferred Option” for the Local Plan

Planning Matters

Planning Matters

New ToryLibDem Planning legislation would leave developers free to build more or less wherever they wanted unless  Council’s  have an approved Local Plan specifying where development would be allowed.

Sefton Council’s Local Plan has been developed by Council Planning officers, headed by Alan Lunt and will be proposed to the Planning Committee on Wednesday next week. Prior to that planning committee members will visit each site.

There will then be a public consultation on the proposals where everyone will be able to make their views known.

The Plan is due for publication in June/Jul 2014 to be submitted to the secretary of state in Sep 2014 will cover development until 2030

The areas shown in the plans below would allow for 339 new properties in the areas surrounding Crosby in the 15 years from 2015. Indicated below as SF4 19, SF4 20 and SF4 21GB List
This information is now in the Public domain and is available in the link below.

The Full Local Plan(The Preferred Option) is available CLICK HERE

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Crosby Development 2

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.

Planning Meeting 3rd April 2013

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I attended the planning meeting last night 18:30 3/4/23. Southport Town Hall   There was a members training session commencing at 17:00. I also attended the related planning visits on 2nd April 10:00 – 13:30

Cllr Darren Viedman chaired the meeting.

The main items included:-

Arriva depot

Arriva Depot, hawthorne road, Bootle

Arriva Buses were given a trial period 1 year to change the use of the bus depot on Hawthorne road to a combination of bus and staff parking.

The developer RW Graham was given permission to convert the Waterloo Tavern, Waterloo into 15 self contained flats. PREVIOUS POST

Fire service granted permission to alter and extend the existing fire & Rescue HQ at Bridle Road. The fire service will be requested to make an arrangement with Merseytravel encouraging employees to use the very good local bus & Train links.

The Developer Mr Latham of P&D Solutions was granted permission to convert a large building at 51-53 Merton Road from office use into Multiple Occupany for twenty residents.

Rampworx at Leckwith Rd, Netherton granted permission to extend their trackway into an adjacent premises. They were asked to improve  the adjacent area and facade.

Minutes will be available HERE soon

Planning committee

Vernons Building  Aintree 1956

Vernons Building Aintree 1956

As a member of the planning committee a councillor has a real chance to leave at least small mark  for posterity. We made a planning visit to a future development on the Old Roan derelict Vernons(Paradox) site. At that visit Cllr Denise Dutton and myself pointed out the local significance of the Vernon’s Clock faces and asked if they could be rescued and incorporated into the new development as a sculpture. Molyneux councillor Tony Carr quoted in the Liverpool Echo  said he “hoped some of the site’s history could be retained”

Sefton Council Budget Meeting

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DCLG Secretary of State, Eric Pickles MP

I attended the Sefton Council budget meeting where we were ordered by the Secretary of State for the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) Eric PicklesMP to set a budget for 2013-2014.

To set a legal budget would require the council making cuts of £35 million.We also initiated measures for further cuts to our budget in 2015. The total being 50.8 million.

That is on top of £64 million cuts already in previous years to our yearly spending and giving a total of  £114.8 million cuts per year by 2015 almost 40% of our budget.

After a group meeting at 17:00 the full council meeting was opened by the Mayor of Sefton Cllr Kevin Cluskey at 18:30.

A member of the public, retired teacher; Mr John Turner spoke to support  a petition of 4034 signatures calling for the council to keep open Churchtown library.

Shortly afterwards, loud protests commenced from the public Gallery by a group of around 20 anti “Bedroom-Tax”/ austerity(Stand up in Bootle) protestors.  The scale of the protest prevented further debate and it was agreed by Councillors to debate the petition in agenda item 14. “2 Year Financial plan and revenue budget” at 18:45 the Mayor adjourned the proceedings. The protest continued personal insults were repeatedly aimed at specific Councillors and it was recommended by Council officers to reconvene the meeting in the Assembly hall.

Cllt Peter Dowd

Cllt Peter Dowd

Cllr Browne

Cllr Browne


Cllr Peter Papworth






.The meeting reconvened at 19:41. The three political group leaders, Cllrs; Peter Dowd(Lab), Browne(LD) and Peter Papworth(Con) all gave formal statements on the proposed budget at set out in the meeting papers. Cllr Peter Papworth(Con) said that the  conservative group were broadly in favour of the budget as proposed but made; in my opinion, some sensible suggestions as to refinement in some technical aspects.  All the leaders thanked the Council Officers for their excellent work on compiling the budget recommendations.

The vote was held at 21:50 and the budget passed by 36 – 26.

The recommendations for Council tax rates for 13/14 were presented to Council members and agreed. Chief executive Mrs Margaret Carney at one point intervened to declare that Maghull Town council had, in her view, formally declared a precept despite this being denied by Cllr Robertson(LD) who is also a Maghull Town Councillor.

Sefton Council Statement CLICK HERE

The meeting Agenda including budget details can be found CLICK HERE

Supplementary agenda details HERE

Crosby Herald report HERE

NEETS Working Group

The NEETS working group was established by the Overview & Scrutiny Committee and charged with reporting to cabinet regarding the best strategy for help 16-24 year olds into Employment, Education or Training.

I am attending a meeting of this group this morning 25th Feb at Southport Town Hall.