Tree Preservation Order

The City Council has issued a Tree Preservation Order that prohibits anyone from cutting down, topping or lopping any of the trees in the designated area. The designated area covers the trees starting at Promenade Gardens where Shorefields Village is on one side and Thistledown Close on the other. Continuing round Glendale Close / Orchid Grove and The Bulrushes, at the edge of Ellerman Road. Then round between Riverside Drive and Floral Wood. Also the trees between Floral Wood and Cottonwood. The preservation order has been issued because “This site was considered for protection back in 1999 but due to staffing issues at the time it was not made. This woodland is considered to be of great amenity value making a valid contribution to the character of the surrounding area. There have recently been several enquiries made relating to the protected status of these trees. Protecting them with a Tree Preservation Order will insure that they will be managed correctly to ensure their long term retention and health” The order took effect on 15th Dec 2009 and will continue on a provisional basis for 6 months or until the council confirms it. Objections can be lodged in writing to the council by 13 Jan...

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Penguin Spotted

Did anybody else spot that Penguin having his photo taken yesterday morning down by the river just past the Britannia Pub next to the new funnels. It must be a Go Penguin who escaped a bit early. He didn’t stay long though and there is no sign of him now.

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Hawk Spotted in Otterspool

I saw a hawk hovering over the football fields at Jericho Lane near Otterspool park yesterday. I’m no hawk expert though. It looked like a Kestrel to me? Is this unusual?

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European Neighbours’ Day

Liverpool will be the first city in the UK to celebrate European Neighbours’ Day – for a whole week! The annual event encourages neighbours to get together and create stronger communities and from Sunday 24 May, Liverpool City Council wants as many people as possible to arrange an event to get to know their neighbours. Suggestions include organising a coffee afternoon, picnic or even a street party. Neighbours Week Better not say what I’m...

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Liverpool Neighbourhood Satisfaction Survey

The Liverpool Neighbourhood Satisfaction Survey is being run by Liverpool John Moores University, in partnership with Liverpool Active City and related partner organisations. The main aim is to find out Liverpool resident’s perception of their local neighbourhood, and how active they are within different aspects of life. You can complete the survey here http://www.survey.ljmu.ac.uk/lnss1 Closing date 15 May 2009

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Porpoise or Dolphin

While out taking photos this evening just down from the Brittania Inn along the Dingle Esplanade I saw something unusual in the water. There were two of them, quite a long way out. Unfortunately my camera doesn’t have much of a zoom lens so it’s hard to be sure what exactly they were. You can click on one of the photos to see a larger version. Apparently the Harbour Porpoise is most commonly sighted in this area but I’m not sure as this doesn’t seem to have the right shaped nose. I think it looks more like a Bottlenose Dolphin. Any experts out...

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Merseyside Police April 2009 Newsletter

The latest local police newsletter is out. These newsletters contain contact details for local officers, local policing priorities and news of recent events. Police Newsletters

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Body Found in Woodland in Otterspool

A man’s body was found in woodland in Otterspool yesterday. At around 8am a member of the public found the body, believed to be that of a man in his late 30s or early 40s, in woodland close to the local authority recycling centre. Police are not treating the death as suspicious but are keen to identify the victim so that they can contact his family. The man is described as white, around 6ft tall, of broad build, with cropped light brown hair and a short beard. He was wearing smart clothing, including a grey fleece jacket, and had two distinctive tattoos on his body: one of angels wings on the back of his neck and another of oriental-style writing on his left forearm. Officers are appealing for anyone who is concerned for the whereabouts of a friend or relative who matches this description, or has any other information, to contact them at Admiral Street police station on 0151 777 5376 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. (Liverpool...

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Tree Removal from Priory Wood

As you may be aware a major sewer collapsed recently in Priory Wood, just off Riverside Drive. In order for United Utilities to fix the sewer they need to excavate along the western side of priory wood from the recently dug shaft down to Riverside Drive. This excavation will be up to ten metres in depth. Due to the vast amounts of spoil and the size of the plant machinery used the majority of trees in this area will have to be removed. As this is an emergency United Utilities are exempt from applying for consent when cutting down trees to allow repairs to their pipes and other apparatus. The trees will be removed within the next few days and they will have the site inspected beforehand by an ecologist to check for nesting birds. A full replanting scheme is to be submitted to reinstate the site. The stock size used will be whips with the occasional feathered trees. The species will be a mixture of Oak, Beech Blackthorn, Hawthorn and Alder. These will be planted in the area cleared and elsewhere throughout the site to improve the quality of the woodland. Tree & Landscape...

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Exercise Machines at Otterspool

At a meeting last night, of the Friends of Otterspool, Nigel Sharp, the Parks Development Officer of the Council, reported that a number of exercise machines had been installed in Otterspool Park, see attached pic. They are on the south side of the Children’s Play Area. So now you can give up those expensive gym membership fees and exercise looking over the Mersey. Tell all your pals. Use it, or lose it! Reg Cox Hon Sec Riverside Residents...

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Riverside Drive to Open This Weekend

[Update:] Yes it’s open! Good news from United Utilities… “…our wastewater network team expects to have Riverside Drive reopened “over the weekend”. We can not give an exact time, but at this stage, we estimate that the road will be open in time for Monday’s morning rush hour. ” [Edit:] Looking at it Sunday morning the road looks fine and looks like it could be opened at any time. The sound of rushing water coming from the manhole cover in the road is a bit offputting though as is the work going on in Priory Wood. Some of the nicest parts have turned into a building site. Its a real shame but of course it has to be done to solve of problem I suppose. Hopefully they will not leave it in a bad state after they have...

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Riverside Drive Shuttle Bus – R1

RiversideDrive Shuttle – R1 From Riverside Drive/Promenade Gardens, via Riverside Drive, Sefton Street, Brunswick Station, Sefton Street, Park Street, Grafton Street, Harlow Street, Park Road, Ullet Road, Aigburth Road, Jericho Lane, Riverside Drive to Riverside Drive / Bempton Road, turn at traffic island then return via Riverside Drive, Jericho Lane, Aigburth Road, Ullet Road, Park Road, Harlow Street, Grafton Street, Park Street, Sefton Street, Brunswick Station, Sefton Street, Riverside Drive to Riverside Drive/ Promenade Gardens. See attachment R1.pdf for times. ( Thanks to Les Cox and John...

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