Useless if Not Worn!

Chris, in the Lifejacket with members of the Beach Patrol and Tony Clare (in the shades) from the RNLI

This afternoon I was in New Brighton, attending the launch of ‘Useless if Not Worn’ campaign in Wirral.     The ‘useless unless worn’ campaign has been set up by the National Water Safety Forum, with the RNLI and Coastguard also now adopting the initiative.

Here in Wirral the initiative is being run by Wirral’s Beach Lifeguard Service, and they are urging sailors, jetskiers, transiting divers and all other motorboat users to wear their life jackets in a bid to stay safe.      The campaign encourages boaters to always wear their lifejackets – whatever the conditions.

Research carried out by the RNLI has found that 99 per cent of people surveyed carry a lifejacket but only 49 per cent actually wear it.        RNLI crew members, whether they’re training or out on a shout, always wear lifejackets.   It’s a rule informed by years of experience.     They know that, whatever the weather, the sea is extremely unpredictable and can turn at a moment’s notice.     They see people caught out all the time, people who’ve risked or even lost their lives.

The latest research, in conjunction with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, shows that boaters are unaware of the risk of ‘cold water shock’ if they fall in.     A lifejacket will double your chances of survival and will aid you being located.     AS the Cabinet Member for Housing and Community Safety Councillor i believe we must listen to the experts on this issue – when you are at sea, always wear a lifejacket,  It will buy you vital time in the water and could save your life, but only if you’re wearing it.

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Song and Dance!

Last night, along with colleagues, Cllr Steve Williams and Cllr Simon Mountney I attended the opening of the first of four youth hubs in Wirral, one in each constituency.   

Last nights saw the opening of the Wallasey Hub, located at Merseyside Fire and Rescue’s (MFRS) Community Fire Station in Mill Lane, and was attended by many representatives from the Council, Merseyside Police, MFRS, etc.  The hub was officially opened by the Mayor of Wirral, Councillor Alan Jennings and was followed by a celebration of singing and dancing.    All in all a great facility that will hopefully attract a lot of youngsters.     Read more about the Youth Hubs by clicking HERE

Congratulations – Jo Wood JP, MBE

I am delighted that Moreton resident Jo Wood has been honoured with an MBE in the Queens Birthday Honours.    Jo receives her MBE for her services to domestic and sexual violence.    More about Jo below:

Born and brought up in Wirral, Jo was 18 when she left in 1979 for work and study.     19 years and countless countries later, she returned to settle here with her 2 children.

Her love of Wirral inspired her to produce a tourism video of Birkenhead, rewarded with a post in the Hamilton Quarter.    Together with The Grange Shopping Centre, Jo ran a 2 week “Time” exhibition in the summer of 2000 – showcasing Birkenhead across 100 years and attracting extensive local TV coverage.

Thousands of “I Love Birkenhead” badges and 2 Birkenhead Visitor Guides, the second of which cheekily portrayed a cross river view of the town from Liverpool, achieved a runner up prize in the 2001 Mersey Tourism Awards.

Between running under 18s events, managing 2 children and working full time, Jo was also published extensively locally and nationally – winning the top prize in the first Wirral Writing Competition for her emotive tale of the River Dee.      At the same time she was engaged in charity work for a Baby Memorial Garden at Landican.

Achieving the post at RASA in 2004 allowed her to focus on her main passion – violence against women.      Already installed as a Wirral Magistrate, Jo’s intense sense of right and wrong and total abhorrence of injustice lead her to expand the service across Merseyside.     Working at strategic level, Jo was elected to the Board of Rape Crisis (England & Wales) as Treasurer in 2006.  By the end of March 2010, she had increased RASA staffing from 2 to 7 and the funding from £17,500 to £237,000 for the year. In 5 years RASA has achieved Nationwide Award for Excellence in Volunteering, Goldstar endorsement by the Home Office for Volunteering, Merseyside Women’s Group of The Year 2008 and Morgan Foundation Award for Entrepreneurship in Charity Management 2009.

Since 2005 Jo has also been Director and Founder member of Wirral Change – Wirral’s service to help minority residents find training and resources to allow them to access employment. Wirral Change has grown from a staff of 2 in 2005 to the current compliment of 14 with hundreds having found work through the service and many awards given to the organisation at various levels

Have YOUR say!

On Tuesday 8th the Moreton, Saughall Massie and Leasowe Area Forum takes place at the Eastway Community Centre (By the Council’s One Stop Shop in Knutsford Road), starting at 7pm and finishing no later than 9pm.    The Forum gives local people the opportunity to hear from Councillors, Council, Officers and other agencies about things that are happening in their neighbourhood, as well as in the wider community.    Following the recent fiasco over the water supplies, I have requested that representatives of United Utilities  attend, to explain to us why they completely messed up over the recent planned mains repair!    They have agreed to attend, so come along and tell them what you think.    To access the full agenda click here 

New Sports Bar for Moreton?

I have learned today, that a licensing application has been submitted to the Council to open, what I understand is described as a Sports Bar (Crossbar) at the premises formerly known as Sorellas, on Upton Road.    You can read the full application by clicking HERE.    I understand the applicants are the people who currently run the Plough?   The Plough is being demolished and Tesco’s have applied to build a store on that site

The application seeks permission to serve alcohol Sunday’s to Thursday’s from 10am until 11:30pm and on Friday’s and Saturday’s from 10am until 00:30.  With the premises open to the public, Sunday’s to Thursday’s 10am until 12 midnight, and on Friday’s and Saturday’s from 10am until 1am.    

If anyone wants to object to, or support the application, they can do so by writing to: The Licensing Office, Town Hall, Brighton Street, Wallasey CH44 8ED.  Alternatively you can email your comments to: licensing@wirral.gov.uk     All representations must be submitted by the 01st July, 2010, make sure that you quote ‘The Crossbar’ in your representation.       The application will be decided by Wirral’s Licensing Panel, watch this space for the date of that meeting.