Friday, 22 June 2007
After the production the Headteacher showed us around the school. Every year group is studying a different part of the world. We travelled from the Rainforest of South America to China and then on to India before returning to Africa. There are lots of examples of the children's work on the school website and I urge everyone to have a look.
I am chair of the Governors at Farnborough Rd and I was really proud of what the school showed us today. The pupils were all fully engaged by their work and very keen to tell Mr Mayor all about it. A thoroughly uplifting morning
Let us be clear the first concern of the residents and park users was security. Sadly far a long time the park has attracted youths who delight getting drunk and being abusive. Almost everyone want assurances that if investment was to be made in the Park better security arrangements will be put in hand. I am by no means certain that the meeting was satisfied with the suggestions that came from the police and the council's park management team nevertheless the issue is now clearly on the agenda and the police and Sefton security will be judged by their actions. Simon Shaw and I are to meet the new district Police Inspector and this will be one of the matters under discussion.
We moved on to the facilities in the park. At present three are football pitches and a bowling green and associated buildings. The children's play area is very run down and is nor secure. Finally there is a great army of dog walkers.
In addition there was clear pressure for a cricket square. There is a very successful team that plays out of the pub but they have to travel to Burscough to get a pitch. The present plans have pencilled in a new cricket provision at Portland Street rec, but this is on the old tip and slopes and drains badly. The cricket folk much prefer the sandy soil of Bedford Park which has changing facilities and maintenance on site for the bowlers and footballers.
It was a great meeting with lots of new suggestions. At the end of the meeting we set up a new group 'Friends of Bedford Park' to take the project forward. More will follow on this website including links to the feedback site for local residents and park users who want to voice their ideas.
Tuesday, 12 June 2007
*Richard Hands became the first Mayor of Sefton to come from Birkdale Ward when he was installed in Southport Town hall in Mayor in May.
Richard's role will now be more 'non political'. He will of course still be serving the people of Birkdale. We will keep you posted about Richard's busy schedule.