THANK YOU TO ALL RAINHILL RESIDENTS
Cllr Steve Glover
writes, "Can I personally thank each and every one of the Rainhill Village residents who voted for me in the recent local elections ." "We will now be able to continue the Teamwork Approach to serving the local community to the best of our joint abilities"
LOCAL PLANNING ISSUES
APPLICATIONS RECENTLY REVIEWED0071 14 Trent Place - Temporary change to office by Helena Housing - Granted0093 Longton Lane School - Adventure Play Trail - Granted0097 13 St James Road - Side and rear extensions - Granted0118 26 Lincoln Way - Single storey front extension - Granted0010 Turris Heah, Mill Lane - Erection of 3 dwellings - Withdrawn0037 3 The Meadows - Substitution of house type - Granted0250 347 Warrington Road - Rear extension - Granted0091 Orchard House, Briars Hey - Application for Certificate of Lawfulness for a proposed use - Granted0116 Land fronting Oak Tyres, Warrington Road - Installation of CCTV camera - GrantedRECENT SUBMISSIONS0236 Rocklands Day Nursery, View Road - Single storey pitched roof extension.0238 18 Dorgan Close - Side and rear extensions.0242 108 Longton Lane - Side extension.0263 645 Warrington Road - Work to trees covered by tree preservation orders.0284 The Elms, Craven Road - Work to tree (felling) within Conservation Area.0297 Rainhill Railway Station - Various repairs by Network Rail.COMPLAINTS RECEIVED00098 Hemsec Ltd, Stoney Lane - Breach of operating hours.00088 610 Warrington Road - Unauthorised advertisement.00115 Scout Hut, Deepdale Drive - Use of car park for motorcycle training.00120 Junction of Warrington Rd / Longton Lane - Unauthorised advertisements.00136 Rainhill Club, Warburton Hey - Change of use - first floor office.00125 3 Orchard Cottage, Owen Road - Untidy land / property.
Neighbourhood Action Group
Any complaints or comments for our local police officers..?? Want to air your views over the way your local police and community support officers undertake their duties..??
Then come along to the next ACTION GROUP to be held on Thursday 29th April 2010.
Venue is Rainhill Village Hall - starts at 7.30pm
LATEST AVAILABLE CRIME DETAILS
The police have released the latest details of burglary and car related crimes.
Burglaries occurred in Warrington Road, Chatsworth Road, Fairlee Avenue, St James Road, Elton Avenue
and Wensleydale Avenue
A car was stolen from Victoria Street
Cars were broken into in Warrington Road, Old Lane, Rainhill Road, Station Street, Railton Avenue
and Alness Drive
Please note that crime numbers are down year on year in Rainhill and police are working hard to reduce local crime rates further.
Security firms have phoned local residents offering to sell them an intruder alarm for £1.00.
They intimate that they are working alongside the Police and Crime Prevention.
THIS IS A SCAM...!!! Maintenance contracts on these alarms can cost a fortune.
LETTERS FROM ABROAD have been posted claiming that you have won the lottery. They ask you to send £15 to claim the prize money.
THIS IS ALSO A SCAM...!!!
If it sounds too good to be true....it will be a SCAM...!!!
CASH MACHINE STILL AWAITS NEW HOME
The cash machine presently situated in Ann's newsagents within Dane Court has been extensively used by local shoppers during the last few months. Two attempted robberies have been totally foiled but have given Ann many problems and worries.
After the latest attempt we were informed that Ann was still fully behind supporting this vital service for the local people and we commend her for this.
The old HSBC unit is currently available for lease after earlier plans fell through. If a new leaseholder agrees to move the cash machine back to it's original site, it will be welcomed by all.
RAINHILL STATION RENOVATION
Network Rail has finally applied to St Helens Council Planning Department for permission to renovate our historic Rainhill Station. The work will involve many replacement parts including parts of the canopy, the roof, the entrance steps and the retaining walls.
Much of the work has involved ordering specially made parts to the exact specifications of the original parts wherever possible, and have been agreed at every step of the process with the Conservation Officer.
Local residents and commuters have sometimes wondered if ever the work would get started - hopefully the work will commence without any further delays.
The application P/2010/0297 can be viewed in full on the web address below. Click on application search and add application number. "Defect photographs" and "Site photographs" give a good idea of the amount of work to be carried out.
UNTIDY LAND by RAINHILL STATION
With all the proposed improvements to the historic Rainhill Railway Station, and the probable move of the Railway Museum within the next 12 months, the station aspect is spoilt by this stretch of untidy land by the platform close to the bus stop.
We have had a land search completed to identify the owners of this land and have requested an enforcement order to clear all the bottles, cans and associated litter, and make the site much more presentable.
New Neighbourhood Inspector for Rainhill
Debra Rayment, the new Dedicated Neighbourhood Inspector, briefly called into the latest Ward Committee to introduce herself. She succeeds Tim Kelly who has held the post for the last 15 months.
Debbie, as she likes to be called, said she was looking forward to working with local residents with a view to making a positive impact within the local community.
She has been made aware that the three priority "targets" most important to local residents as decided at the last Police Forum were:
1. High profile police presence in the Martin Close area to combat any antisocial behaviour.
2. Discouraging illegal car parking outside schools at opening and closing times.
3. Maintaining regular checks of local shops at closing times, especially those selling alcohol.
CONTROVERSIAL PLANNING APPLICATION REJECTED
A planning application which would have seen the demolition of a large Victorian house replaced by 3 smaller houses has been rejected by St Helens Planning Department.
"Turris Heah" is sited at the head of St James Mount in the centre of Rainhill. Local residents were strongly opposed to the development and a large number of objections were submitted to Planning Department outlining their reasons against the application.Cllr Steve Glover
said, "This application was one of several over the last couple of years which has attempted to replace one large house with 3, 4 and even 5 new dwellings"."An interim planning policy was introduced in 2005 in an attempt to halt this type of "infill" development but was never renewed. We have constantly requested that a new policy be introduced and one has finally been put out to consultation".
RAILWAY MUSEUM ON THE MOVE
The railway coach that has served as the site for our railway museum is to retire very soon. Much needed repairs to the carriage do not make economic sense and the ability to provide disabled access cannot be addressed properly.
Work has been going on in the background for the last couple of years to find an alternative site. A consultation exercise has now been completed with Rainhill Railway and Heritage Society, Rainhill Civic Society and Rainhill Parish Council along with the Ward Councillors.
The obvious site for the museum, an unused section of the railway station building, has been fully investigated and looks ideal. Network Rail have been negociating with St Helens Council and funding streams have been explored.
A cafe bar, run alongside the exhibition with the owners taking responsibility for the museum security, appears to be a very high risk option. A "Real Ale" bar appears a much more business like option. This would link alongside several other real ale bars on the Transpennine Real Ale Trail from Liverpool into Yorkshire.
Come back regularly to check on further updates.
Local "ACTIVIST" moved to Cheshire...!!!
The recent leaflet from the LibDems fails to inform you that their local "Activist" is spending all her time in Cheshire...!!!
We want to assure all Rainhill residents that your local Labour Ward Councillors are committed to Rainhill and only Rainhill. Our priorities are supporting Rainhill Village residents - not Cheshire West residents.
Can you believe anything in print from the LibDems...??
LOCAL RESIDENTS HIT BY LATEST SCAM
A Rainhill resident has been a victim of the latest telephone scam and has asked me to warn other residents. A "missed call" on his mobile prompted a return call to a 076 phone number - which was mistakenly thought to be a mobile connection. It was in fact a premium rate number...!!!
Cllr Steve Glover
said, "I checked out the PHONEPAYPLUS website, the official watchdog, and there is a clear warning on there about this scam"
Check out: http://www.phonepayplus.org.uk/output/news/premium-rate-regulator-warns-no-tolerance-for-076-scams.aspx
Parish Chairman visits Rainhill Childrens Centre
Parish Chairman John Kelly was recently invited to attend the Children's Centre at Deepdale Drive to check out the facility. He was greeted with a large number of local kids who were busy with block building and pastry making amongst many other activities.
The Centre, along with one in Eccleston, is a satellite of the Happy Elephant Sure Start Centre based in Thatto Heath.
Check out all the facilities which are on offer: http://www.sthelens.gov.uk/openfile.htm?id=1235
LOCAL PLANNING ISSUES
APPLICATIONS RECENTLY REVIEWED2009/0812 Lloyds Pharmacy, Warrington Road - various sign postings - Granted0823 17 Lawton Road - Single Storey Rear Extension - Granted0835 38 Fairlie Drive - Porch and Canopy over Garage - Granted0821 533 Warrington Road - Rear Extension - Granted0838 39 Sandhurst Road - Side and Rear Extensions - Granted0911 The Rocket - Boundary fence and lighting - Granted0928 1 Fairlie Drive - Rear Extension - Granted0935 52 View Road - Work on Trees - Granted0930 53 Deepdale Drive - Porch and WC - Granted0950 Turris Heah, Mill Lane - Removal of 2 Decayed Trees - Granted0955 Plot 1 Sandstone Close - Work to trees - Granted0932 3-5 The Meadows - New Detatched House and Bungalow - Withdrawn0947 Rainhill Ex Serviceman's Club - Retention of 2 Portakabins - Granted0993 25 Honiston Avenue - Rear Conservatory - Granted0998 Wylde Cop, Mill Lane - Felling of 1 tree - Granted0931 Land to rear of 25 Ellaby Road - 3 Terraced Dwellings - Granted1038 6 Knowsley Road - New Access, Double Gates and Hardstanding - Granted1040 Warburton Hey Development Modification - Granted1053 17 Manor Avenue - Side and Rear Extensions - Granted1054 16 Lawton Road - Conservatory and Side Extension - Granted1012 Blundells Lane Golf Club - Extension to Greenkeeper's Shed - Granted1081 Stephensons Day Centre - Cycle Shelter and Tool Storage Shed - Granted1094 7B Owen Road - Garage Conversion - Granted2010/0008 Rainhill park - Children's Play Area - Granted0019 29 Cartmel Drive - Rear Extension - Granted0043 3 Goldsworth Fold - Resubmitted Application 2009/0500 - Refused0027 4 Wensleydale Avenue - Side Extension and Garage - GrantedRECENT SUBMISSIONS1087 Fairchilds Farm - Orangery Extension0010 Turris Heah, Mill Lane - Erection of 3 Detatched Houses0037 3 The Meadows - Alterations to application 2008/12200071 14 Trent Place - Change to Helena Housing Welfare Office0091 Orchard House, Mill Lane - Application for Certificate of Lawfulness for proposed use.0093 Longton Lane School - Adventure Play Trail0097 13 St James Road - Side and Rear extensions0116 Land fronting Oak Tyres, Warrington Road - CCTV Installation0118 26 Lincoln Place - Front Extension0130 Land between Vincent Rd and Warburton Hey - Approval of reserved matters0143 3 Owen Road - Amendments to previous applicationCOMPLAINTS RECEIVED00028 152 Two Butt lane - Unapproved Development00034 644 Warrington Road - Unapproved Business Usage00036 Cedric House Nursing Home - Non-compliance with Enforcement Notice00043 Briars Hey, Mill Lane - Use of building as an office00081 Land to Rear of 70 - 104 Deepdale Drive- Untidy Land
HELPING TO STOP SPEEDSTERS
Three VAS (Vehicle Activated Signs) are now in place along Warrington Road. Their positions are: Close to the Stoops Garage coming into the village; Close to Whiston Hospital coming into the village; and before the High School on the outbound stretch of roadway. We have requested the police to also maintain their mobile speed cameras operations on the Warrington Road.
The possibility of a further VAS for Rainhill Road was investigated but no suitable location was available.
Changes to the Concessionary Travel Pass Scheme
The Government has announced that from April 6th 2010 the age at which you become eligible for an Elderly Person's Travel Pass will increase and will no longer be on your 60th birthday.
If your 60th birthday falls between 6th April 2010 and 5th April 2015 you will be affected.
A helpline website is available: http://pensions.direct.gov.uk/en/state-pension-age-calculator/home.asp
or by ringing Merseyside Ticket Unit on 0151 236 6056UPDATE 29th March"Changes of the scheme will not effect Merseyside" said Mark Dowd, Chair of Merseytravel. "We will continue to provide free transport on buses, trains and ferries after 9.30am for the over 60's as we have done for the past 22 years"The additional costs, which are believed to me minimal, will be funded by Merseytravel.
Another Grade II listing in Rainhill
A little known tunnel under the Liverpool to Manchester railway has been given the listing for its' architecture.
Built in the late 1820's, the 104ft long tunnel goes under the earliest locomotive passenger line in the world. It was built to accommodate a tramway which linked Sutton Colliery with a weighing machine and coal stockpile on the Liverpool to Warrington turnpike road.
Bourne's Tunnel as it is known, has a mysterious background. Nobody is quite sure who designed the tunnel, or indeed who was responsible for its' finely engineered construction.
BURNS UNITS SAVED....!!!!!!
Following a tremendous campaign from the people of Merseyside, assisted by local MP's, and the work of the special Scrutiny Panel lead by Labour Leader Marie Rimmer, controversial plans to downgrade the units have been ditched.
MP Shaun Woodward added his support, "It was clear that there was no business case for a North West Supra Centre. The Strategic Health Authority have made the right decision to rule out the downgrading of the Burns unit at Whiston Hospital."
When the new Whiston Hospital opens next year as part of a £300 million investment in health care service in St Helens, it will have one of the most advanced Burns Units in the country.