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The Champion l Wednesday 15 May 2019

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LETTERS to the Editor

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‘Cut and cover’ road would be Parking restriction is just way cheaper than building a tunnel for council to make money I have two questions to ask regarding the plan to build a road to the port terminal through Rimrose Valley. 1) Has the ‘Cut and Cover’ method ever been discussed regarding the proposed road through Rimrose Valley? Cut and Cover is a compromise between a surface roadway and a tunnel. It would be much less expensive than a tunnel and much more environmentally acceptable. 2) Was there or is there a Traffic Management Plan? The docks terminal was planned over many years to accommodate huge vessels designed to bring in thousands of

containers per hour. This is a major infrastructure scheme and traffic management should have been a key element in its development process. Congestion must have been foreseen in the very early planning stage. I feel it has been deliberately left to this late stage to try and force the road through Rimrose, or, there has been an unbelievable level of incompetence by those who designed the terminal. This I cannot believe.

picture of the week picture of the week picture of the week John Backley, L21

Throughout my lifetime, it has been possible to park, without charge, on Brighton Road, Waterloo, adjacent to the supermarket (formerly KwikSave and now the Co-Op). However, recently, it has been decided to restrict this to ‘residents only.’ While there may be some notices to this effect, they were introduced suddenly and are not obvious to all. The consequence has been a string of parking tickets, with wardens clearly targeting the area, in the knowledge that many, including elderly people, will be ‘caught’. There has been no effective effort to ensure people have been warned. It is difficult to avoid the conclusion that this is entrapment, which may be defined as:

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Champion reader Sue Wilkinson sent us this picture of a bee as it left a dandelion flower. As you can see, it is covered in pollen and Sue says this just goes to show how important this humble plant is to our pollinators. Sue is a beekeeper and asks people to leave dandelions to grow as they are an excellent source of pollen/protein to many insects. If you have a photograph you would like to submit for our Picture of the Week please email it to

Double standards over Level playing field chippy and booze shop needed on precepts ing in 2016. Yes the council approved the application but then insisted on such draconian operating hours and restrictions on the business that no modern forward thinking company could agree too. Yet now, low and behold, the booze shop can open 8am to 11pm seven days a week. Thanks. Angry, Thornton

COUNCIL tax precepts in Maghull, Lydiate and Aintree Village are much higher than in Formby, Thornton and Hightown because the former own, run and pay for their own parks, whereas any parks in the latter, and indeed in most other parts of Sefton, are fully paid for by Sefton Council. I believe Maghull, Lydiate and Aintree Village councils each now receive not a single penny towards the running of their parks from Sefton Council. Perhaps the Sefton councillors representing Maghull, Lydiate and

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Make May purple for stroke charity


So Sefton Council planners have approved another booze franchise to open in The Crescent in Thornton. What a surprise! They say they had sympathy with concerns of local residents but because they had not heard of any evidence of anti social behaviour they couldn’t turn down the application. Well I accuse them of double standards as these were the exact same arguments that stopped the much wanted and needed chip shop from open-

‘the act of causing someone to do something they would not usually do by tricking them.’ My understanding of the responsibilities of a local authority includes looking after the community. Sadly, it seems that Sefton local authority is using tactics more akin to those used by some PPI providers and geared totally to income generation rather than community needs. I might add that the upset and animosity felt by many has not been abated by the uncaring and off hand attitude of some wardens.

Across the country thousands of people will Make May Purple for stroke and we’d love to invite your readers to join in the fun. When stroke strikes, part of your brain shuts down. And so does a part of you. That’s because a stroke happens in the brain, the control centre for who we are and what we can do. Recovery is tough, but with the right specialist support and a ton of courage and determination, the brain can adapt. The Stroke Association rebuilds lives and with your help we can support even more stroke survivors. It couldn’t be easier. All you have to do is wear purple in May, and every penny you raise will help us support stroke survivors. You can wear purple to work, or at community event – wherever you are, we’re asking you to turn all your activities purple during the month of May. Whether that means wearing purple for a month or a day, or hosting a dress down day at work. You can go as purple as you want, so why not: Host a purple party with purple food - think blackcurrant squash, blueberry tea and beetroot salad! Go purple with a dress down day in your office. Hold a purple bake sale and play purple games. Sponsor your boss to dress head to toe in purple for the day. Get more purple inspiration and find out how you can have fun while helping stroke survivors on our website Whatever you do to raise funds, it really makes a difference to stroke survivors. Louise Simonian, The Stroke Association

Please pick up your litter in the park!

Aintree Village should be campaigning for a level playing field (excuse the pun!)? Also, unlike Sefton Councillors, those serving on Maghull, Lydiate and Aintree Village Councils do not receive a single penny in pay so the work they undertake is entirely voluntary. They can, however, quite reasonably claim legitimate expenses incurred in carrying out their duties, subject to supplying receipts.

I am a volunteer at Coronation and Alexander parks. Even when I am just cutting through the park to the shops, I still stop and pick up bottles and other litter and place them in the bins. I am astounded how many people get enjoyment from using the parks, to walk dogs and for their children to play. And yet will walk past bottles and litter without a second glance. It would be really nice if only some of them would take the time to pick a bit of litter up and place it in the bins.

Fred Forrest, Aintree Village

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