From STEVE, JOE and MIKE
Your Three Labour Councillors
COMMUNITY SAFETY UPDATE
Tackling Crime and Disorder in Rainhill
Congratulations must go to the Police and their partners for the initiatives that have seen drastic reduction of some crime in Rainhill.
In the last recorded statistics for Rainhill Total Recorded Crime
was down 62% compared with last year - 118 cases compared to 316.
The best figures are reductions in :ANTI SOCIAL BEHAVIORVEHICLE THEFTDRUG OFFENCES andCRIMINAL DAMAGE
At the last Police Forum in November I reminded the police that the FEAR OF CRIME is still an issue with lots of local residents. I received promises that efforts would be forthcoming by the Rainhill Team to assure concerned individuals who still feel unsafe.
HELENA HOUSING GIVING LOCAL RESIDENTS A SAY
The consultation process has begun with interested parties, especially local residents, on the first proposals for the new Warburton Hey development. Two sessions were arranged in Rainhill Labour Club where Helena and the architects gave out information and answered many questions. The design above is a "first impression" consisting of houses and apartments. There is no plan at present to include any bungalows or detached houses.
To be constructed in three phases, approximately 135 properties are envisiged. Many local residents who lived in the old flats are keen to return to the site, and based on what I have seen, I don't blame them...!!!
A second consultation will happen a little later but with funding in place, Helena are keen to start the build and are hoping to start the development in late summer / early autumn 2009.
Before that a full application will have to be submitted to St Helens Planning Dept and agreed to enable it to go ahead.
NEW SIGN COULD SAVE A SERIOUS ACCIDENT
Local residents in Two Butt Lane were concerned for the safety of the young children who were using the play equipment at the bottom of the lane. This was because there was a regular stream of cars going down the lane trying to access the golf club.
They were reversing at the bottom of the lane and needlessly endangering our local kids.
With Ward Committee money a quick and simple solution was at hand with the warning sign now at the entrance of the lane.
RAINHILL VILLAGE GETS ITS CHRISTMAS TREE
BY POPULAR DEMAND OF LOCAL RESIDENTS.
Rainhill Ward Committee have funding to spend on environmental improvements and residents have repeatedly requested that the village centre is brightened up over the festive season.
Last year we were refused a Christmas tree in the village but we didn’t want to give up and re-applied this year.
This time we were successful, but everything was only completed the day before the switch on and preparations were very hurried. A small but enthusiastic crowd sang a few carols and all the kids were handed a bag of sweets.
We will be looking at further ways to brighten up the village centre for next year.