Rainhill Village Life - Supported by your Labour Councillors

Tuesday, March 25, 2008


After much speculation and strong feelings, the two original applications by Raphael Healthcare, P/2007/1262 and P/2007/1263 have been withdrawn. Briefly, the applications were:

1./ Demolition and replace secure unit, demolition and replacements of extension of listed building. New 2 storey detached HMO property, refurbishment of listed building to provide discharge units and office accommodation.

2./ New build 20 bed medium secure unit in the location of the existing medium secure unit, which is to be demolished. New build 40 bed low secure unit attached to existing Grade II listed property. New build detached 2 storey unit.

We understand that alternative applications will be submitted with a reduced outline footprint, possibly to accommodate about 50% of the original application.

The consultation process will, of course, start again and all interested parties should be able to make their feelings known.

We will post further information when it becomes available.

4th April 2008

Planning application P/2008/0376 was submitted to the Planning Dept of St Helens Council.

Proposed Development: Change of use of main house from use class C1/C2A (residential institutions/secure residential institutions) to use class B1 office use.
No further applications received as yet.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Some interesting Statistics

"Rainhill really is the place to live locally" according to the recent police information given at the Ward Meeting last night.

Some contributing factors may lie in the age profile of the village:-

Numbers of under 24 yr olds is 15% less than the town average.
Numbers of over 65's is over 25% higher than the town average.

These were the figures for Rainhill Village:-

Crime per 1000 population is 56% less than the St Helens average.

Anti Social Behaviour complaints are 57% lower than St Helens average.


At the Full Council meeting (16th Jan 2008) Councillor Mike Doyle congratulated the residents of the borough on their positive approach to recycling particularly in Rainhill. He requested that the green bins be given to every household currently without such a facility and that the plastic pilot recycling scheme be extended to all of the borough.

Your councillors originally campaigned for the plastics to be collected in Rainhill and it has proved to be extremely successful. However, Councillor Doyle was critical of the 6 week collection delay of green bins over the Christmas period and commented, It was a ridiculous decision to organise such a delay at a critical time”. He hoped that a lesson had been learnt and was promised it would be reviewed for next year.

Mike also recently visited the Tasker Terrace Waste Depot in the village centre for a recycling update and discovered that about 60% of delivered waste is now recycled on the site.

St Helens follows our lead...!!!

Following our long and concerted campaign over recycling issues, the council has relented and now plans to extend plastic bottle recycling to THE WHOLE OF THE BOROUGH from April this year. The St Helens Council have also had to backtrack over the GREEN BINS issue as well.

After arguing against us that there was no capacity to issue more green bins, they have reluctantly agreed to supply a further 5000 to residents who want to help with the recycling campaign. Residents will also be able to request a second black box for glass and metal containers.

Cllr Mike Doyle, who has lead the campaign, said “We told them what the residents wanted, they had to listen finally”.

Pedestrian refuge at Houghton Street

Two seats have now been fitted in Houghton Street and the plinth is shortly to be refurbished. We hope that the area will be respectfully used by all who frequent the Village Centre.

Monday, March 03, 2008

Local Planning Issues


1279 SOMERFIELD SUPERMARKET 580 - 598 WARRINGTON ROAD - Installation of an Automated Teller Machine to front elevation - Granted
1283 7 DANE COURT - To modify condition 3 of previous application to extend the opening hours to operate until 12.00 am Monday to Sunday and 01.00 am New Years Eve every year - Granted
1289 TOWER COLLEGE MILL LANE -Works to trees covered by a Tree Preservation Order - Granted
1293 8 VIEW ROAD - Demolition of existing conservatory and the erection of new conservatory to the rear - Granted
1303 377 - 379 WARRINGTON ROAD - The retention of an Automated Teller Machine to front elevation - Granted
1304 379 WARRINGTON ROAD - Retention of an illuminated advertisement sign - Granted
1323 OAKDENE PRIMARY SCHOOL ASHTON AVENUE - Creation of hardstanding to front of building - Granted.
1360 44 WEAVER AVENUE - Erection of new utility space to the side elevation - Granted
1390 12 JACKSON CLOSE - To replace existing flat roof with pitched roof on
rear elevation - Granted
1311 115 STONEY LANE - Two storey side extension - Granted
1379 7 LONGTON LANE - Conservatory to the rear - Refused
1396 HEATHERLANDS, MILL LANE - Loft conversion with 3 dormer windows - Granted
1446 515 WARRINGTON ROAD - Single storey pitched roof extension to front, 3 new window openings and loft conversion - Granted
1425 ROCKLANDS DAY NUSERY, VIEW ROAD - Erection of single storey covered play area and conversion of existing flat roof to pitched - Granted
1474 41 IVY FARM ROAD - Loft conversion with dormer window to rear - Granted
1459 3 HEYES MOUNT - Demolition of existing conservatory and erection of sun lounge to side - Granted
1466 10 FAWLEY ROAD - Demolition of existing single storey side extension and erection of a two storey hipped roof extension to side and single storey pitched roof extension to rear - Granted
0013 75 MOOREWAY - Demolition of existing garage and the erection of a single storey, pitched roof extension to the side - Granted
0015 39 SHERMAN DRIVE - Single storey detached garage - Granted
0064 8 SANDHURST ROAD - Conservatory to the rear - Granted
0021 23 SECOND AVENUE - Two storey side extension and single storey front extension - Granted


1446 515 WARRINGTON ROAD - Single storey pitched roof extension to front, 3 new window openings and loft conversion.
0028 ST ANNS C OF E PRIMARY, SCHOOL VIEW ROAD - Demolition of existing porch with alterations to door opening and erection of covered play area with rollershutters.
0056 33 TOFTWOOD AVENUE - Single storey infill extension to the side elevation
0059 43 KNOWSLEY ROAD - Two storey side extension.
0062 45 THE MEADOWS - Single storey side extension.
0064 8 SANDHURST ROAD - Conservatory to the rear.
0098 21 PALMWOOD AVENUE - Conservatory to the rear.
0122 18 MILLOM AVENUE - Conservatory to the rear.
0141 533 WARRINGTON ROAD - New boundary wall and double gates to front entrance and a new traditional style lamp post.
0155 28 ST DAVIDS CLOSE - Two storey side extension.
0161 LINDA HOUSE, 15 LAWTON ROAD - Two storey side extension, single storey side extension, demolition of existing single garage and construction of new garage, alterations to roof.
0171 LAND SOUTH OF FAIRCHILD FARM, FOXS BANK LANE - Amendment to P/2006/1320 to include 8no. velux style roof light windows, one extra fire door and rear external staircase with entrance door.
0177 ST ANNS C OF E PRIMARY SCHOOL, VIEW ROAD - Extension to provide link corridor access to classrooms.
0185 45 LONGTON LANE - Erection of single storey, flat roofed extension to the rear.
0186 17 GOLDSWORTH FOLD - Demolition of rear conservatory and erection of single storey rear extension.
0189 2 HEYES MOUNT, VIEW ROAD - Single storey side extension to form garage.
Two-storey front, side, and rear extension, conservatory to the rear.
0192 69 MOSSDALE DRIVE - Single storey rear extension.
0205 19 LOYOLA HEY - First floor side extension.


0515 826 WARRINGTON ROAD - Development not in accordance with approved plans P/2006/0276.

010 65 AMANDA ROAD - Erection of garage.

024 24 SANDSTONE CLOSE - Erection of fencing in excess of 2m.

049 RAINHILL LABOUR CLUB, WARBURTON HEY - Erection of smoking shelter.

065 15 LAWTON ROAD - High Hedge Enquiry.


346 31 DEEPDALE DRIVE - Untidy Land - Ongoing dispute. Two successful prosecutions - Awaiting Members Decision on proceeding dispute.

409 9 STATION STREET - Installation of Roller Shutters - Notice given to remove - awaiting appeal decision.

Police Public Meeting

Merseyside Police in Rainhill are inviting people to have their say on the issues that affect their lives.

They want to hear your concerns and act on issues identified by local people in a way that you want to us to, to make a real difference to your community.

If you live or work in the Rainhill neighbourhood and would like to play your part in identifying and resolving local issues, then come along to the meeting on Monday, 14 April 2008:

Rainhill - 7pm at the Millennium Centre - Contact Constable Andy Miller on 0151 493 0212 for further details or email Ward.D.Rainhill@merseyside.police.uk


Free Compost and more....!!

Gardeners in Rainhill are again being offered compost for free.

The give away, organised by St.Helens Council, takes place on Sunday 16th March between 11am and 4pm at Clock Face Colliery Open Space, Gorsey Lane. People attending should bring a bag with them. Spades will be provided.

Also on offer will be additional black boxes for the fortnightly kerbside collections of bottles and cans, blue bags for newspapers, magazines and junk mail and textile bags too. Supplies are limited.

Fairtade Fortnight - Help the poor to help themselves

Fairtrade Fortnight (25th Feb to 9th March) is being celebrated throughout the UK. Free taster sessions are taking place tomorrow and Thursday (4th and 6th March) in St Helens College between 11.30am and 1.30pm so why not try the products on offer. Locally there are also a number of available sources of Fairtrade products available:

An active Fairtrade Group has been set up within Rainhill Media Arts College for a couple of years now.

St James Church in the village hold Fairtrade stalls regularly.

The local Co-op in Rainhill Village Centre sell a wide range of products which include tea, coffee and chocolate as you might expect. But also bananas, sugar, honey, peanuts, flowers and even beer wine and spirits. As a special offer you can buy products during Fairtrade Fortnight for 20% less than the usual selling price.

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