Friday, 30 September 2011

Greenhill Road takeaway update

An update on the planning application for a takeaway on the corner of Greenhill Road and Melbreck Road, L18.  (grocers shop - no 306)

Richard and I sent in objections to this planning application as did a number of local residents (we had to alert some of them to the application as the council official letter hadn't reached that far)

We have just had it confirmed today that the application is being turned down.  The planners must have been convinced by the arguments about traffic, parking, litter and so on.

We have written to people in the area to let them know.

It is possible that the applicant will appeal against the decision.  If this is the case we will let people know.

(NB: Not to be confused with the application for an off license at number 206 further along the road!)

Garston Old Road off licence update

As promised an update.

I went to licensing committee today to argue against the application for an off licence, as part of a convenience store, at 184 Garston Old Road (corner of Stormont) and opposite the park.

There were also some residents there and the lady who runs Clarendon College (the lovely little Montessori school)

The good news is the application was turned down completely.

The applicants may well appeal but if this happens we will let people know.

Saturday, 24 September 2011

Garston Reading Room - 150th anniversary event

Next weekend (1 October) the Reading Room at Garston is hosting an event to celebrate its 150th anniversary.

Built as a venue for lectures and reading, the Reading Room became well known as the venue for the preliminary hearing in the trial of Florence Maybrick.  She was accused of poisoning her husband Janes in 1889.

The building will be open for visitors on Saturday 1 October from 10 to 4.  The event includes an exhibition, a craft sale and a victorian tea room selling refreshments (not sure if at Victorian prices!)

It costs 50p to get in (although accompanied children will get in free)

The Garston Reading Room is at the corner of Wellington Street and Chapel Road

Saturday, 17 September 2011

Garston Old Road off licence application

I blogged a while ago about the application for an off licence on Garston Old Road at the corner of Stormont and by the park.

The licensing committee will be deciding on this at a meeting at the end of September

I'll be going along to argue against this.

If you want any information, please e mail me at

Jack Allen update

The Jack Allen/waste plant saga has taken another turn.

The story has been covered in the Liverpool Post and Echo and on Radio Merseyside as well as in e bulletins from me and from the South Liverpool Residents Group.

But for those who haven't yet seen it this is what's happened.

Jack Allen is going away!

The reason it is pulling out of the plan to build at Stalbridge Dock we are told is because of a failure to get the contracts it needed to run the plant.  After all there is no point building something if you then can't use it and Jack Allen are a commercial company which can only do things if they are going to make a profit. 

Several people I have spoken to about the economics of all of this are saying that there may now be too many actual or potential waste treatment facilities/options in our area and that other companies would find a similar problem.

So on the face of it - good news.

It's only "one cheer" for Garston though as the Council decision to "designate" that land as the "sub regional" waste site for Liverpool still remains.  It's not entirely finished as there was a consultation and the results still have to go to a Council meeting but we are very close indeed to that designation being done and dusted.

What that potentially means is that any other waste company coming along in the future would be directed to Stalbridge Dock.

Garston residents believe that given that the decision to designate this land was based heavily on the Jack Allen situtation, now that the JA situation has changed we should try to get the designation removed.

So efforts have started to do this.

I'll post again when I can on this but if you want to make sure you are being informed directly I can add you to my e mail bulletin list Just e mail me at with the e mail address you want me to use.  If you want me to pass this on to the South Liverpool Residents Campaign Group please also let me know.


Planning applications - Cressington Heath development

I had an e mail the other day about whether developers are being allowed to change their plans for the rest of the Cressington Heath/Cressington Grange development.  (Actually some people were keen on there being some changes).  A couple of planning applications have come in from developers which go some way to answering the question.  Firstly there is one about the bit that's along Dock Road and Garston Way

And the other one is about the bit to the South of Lowestoft Drive

Monday, 5 September 2011

LMH Open Day - 6th September

A reminder to LMH tenants in the Stamfordham Drive area that there's an open day tomorrow (6th) at the Bridge Chapel Centre.  LMH tell me they'll be putting their bathroom and kitchen packages on show and providing information on the external work that'll be going on.

The event is a drop in one from 12 to 6 and tenants from the affected roads should have had invitations. The roads include Ramsey, Lascelles, Hylton, Hardinge, Caldwell, Blomfield,  Verney Crescent (and Crescent South), Stamfordham, Mostyn Avenue and Brocklebank Lane

Saturday, 3 September 2011

Fair Access to Care survey - deadline extended

The Council has been writing to people about its proposals on eligibility for care.  Part of this involves a questionniare to get the views of people who receive a service (and others like carers and family members).  I was contacted by a Garston lady earlier this week concerned that she hadn't received a questionnaire and that she might miss the deadline to give in any views.

It turns out that the letters went out without the questionniares (I am told this is so that people could request them in the right format for them and so that people who didnt want to take part weren't bothered . Personally not sure that makes a lot of sense as you can always say that its available in different formats etc, but there you go)

Anyway the news from Social Care is that they have pushed back the deadline for returning these to 30th September so if you are one of those who does want to get a questionnaire and fill it in there is still time.

So if you are one of those with a letter and no questionnaire, and you do want to give your views, you can request a form and still get it back before deadline.

The e mail of the team dealing with this is

Funds available - Speke

I have just come across this from LCVS which is relevant to any organisations doing work that benefits people in Speke. NB: the deadline is quite tight.

Speke Connecting Communities Fund

A small pot of funding is available to help community and voluntary organisations, which benefit people in Speke. Maximum amount of funding per application £1,000.

For application form and applicant criteria please contact Eileen Deakin on 0151 233 2319 or email

Applications must be returned by 12noon on 16 September 2011. Letters confirming funding will be sent out to successful applicants 23 September 2011.