- Meeting of Linacre and Derby Area Committee, Monday 14th July, 2008 6.30 pm (Item 19.)
- View the declarations of interest for item 19.
Members of the public are invited to ask questions, raise matters, or present petitions on issues which are relevant to Sefton Council. The person asking a question will be allowed one supplementary question.
(If a response to a question is required which cannot be provided at the meeting or if the question is not reached within the 45 minute period, the Chair will either refer the matter to the appropriate Service Department for a written answer or to the appropriate Cabinet Member for further consideration).
These items are for general discussion. Anybody attending the meeting is welcome to speak (subject to the Chair’s discretion).
(i) Miss Storey of Hereford Road, Seaforth asked a question regarding issues with parked vehicles preventing access to her premises.
That the Assistant Director, Technical Services, be requested to investigate the issue raised by Miss Storey and respond to her in writing.
(ii) Mrs Baxter reported that the street light to the rear of properties in Ash Street had stopped working and that despite reporting the matter to Sefton plus the matter had not been resolved.
Mrs Baxter also referred to a report in the Bootle Times advising that resurfacing works would take place on streets in the Ash Street area but that works had not taken place on Ash Street and that she had been informed that works would not take place on Ash Street.
Further to Minute 5 (6) Mrs Baxter also reported that there had still been no progress on refurbishment of the memorial garden situated on Ash Street/Cedar Street.
That the Assistant Director - Technical Services be requested to investigate the position regarding Resurfacing works in the Ash street area and to contact Mrs. Baxter as a matter of urgency in order to progress the works at the Ash Street/Cedar Street memorial garden.
(iii) Mrs Scott on behalf of Derby Park Community Association submitted a question regarding the volume, speed and size of traffic on Oxford Road, Bootle.
That the Assistant Director, Technical Services, be requested to investigate the issue raised by Mrs Scott and respond to her in writing.
(iv) Mr Roberts referred to a problem which had occurred regarding a resident making arrangements for the collection of a “sharps” container and the Cleaning Service Manager reported on the arrangements for collection which took place every Friday.
(v) Further to Minute No. 5 (9) Mr Roberts also referred to the dilapidated state of the Chaucer public house which was an eyesore for local residents and reported that no action had taken place since the last meeting.
That the Planning and Economic Regeneration Director be requested to investigate the points raised concerning the Chaucer public house and respond in writing to Mr. Roberts.
(vi) Councillor McGinnity referred to the Polling arrangements in the Derby Ward which had been changed following a review two years previously. Councillor McGinnity felt that some of these arrangements were not suitable and requested the support of the Area Committee in raising this issue with a view to a further review of Polling Places within Derby Ward.
That the request of Councillor McGinnity be supported and the Legal Director be requested to investigate the polling arrangements in the Derby Ward.
(vii) Further to Minute 5(4) reference was made to the issues relating to the sports field at Brookhill Road, Bootle and the fence that had been erected around the boundary of the field which was not to the specification as promised.
That the Housing Market Renewal Director be requested to pursue this matter.
(viii) Councillor Larkin Worcester Road
Councillor Larkin, on behalf of the Worcester Road Residents Association, sought the support of the Area Committee to oppose Application No. S/2008/291 for the conversion of 65 Worcester Road to three flats and the construction of a dormer to the rear, on the grounds that the creation of more flats in the area was detrimental to the status of the conservation area by virtue of increasing the number of such uses.
That the Planning and Economic Regeneration Director be requested to advise the Planning Committee that the Area Committee considers that Application No. S/2008/291 should be refused on the grounds that it would neither preserve nor enhance the character and appearance of the conservation area.
(ix) Further to Minute No.6 of 12 May 2008 Mr Scaife on behalf of Seaforth residents Group thanked the Committee for its contribution towards the provision of litter bins in Seaforth Road.
(x) Mrs Hardwick on behalf of Peel Road Community and Residents Association Funding submitted a question requesting funds to assist with a scheme for the provision of hanging baskets. Members considered the request but indicated that some of the hanging baskets referred to would be situated within the Litherland and Ford area Committee’s area. Members expressed support in principle for the funding of the baskets within this Committee’s area.
RESOLVED: That funding for the provision of hanging baskets by the Peel Road Community and Residents Association up to a maximum of £1000 be approved in principle and that in view of there being no meeting of this Committee until 18 August 2008 the Chair be authorised to approve a revised application in respect of baskets within Linacre and Derby Wards up to that amount.
(xi) Mrs B. Rouse submitted a question regarding decorative trees in the Stanley Road area of Bootle. Mrs Rouse felt that despite assurances that these would be maintained the trees had deteriorated and required attention.
(xii) Councillor McGinnity referred to the spraying of back entries and reported that many areas had severe problems with weeds.
(xiii) Councillor Gustafson referred to the cleansing of an area of land in Beech Street which was in an untidy condition and required improvement.
That the Cleansing Services Manager be requested to investigate and respond to the above questions.
(xiv) Further to Minute 5 (1) Mr. F. Alcock, a representative of the Bootle Provincial Grand Lodge, indicated that his request for permission to place bunting and flags at the junction of Trinity Road and University Road, Bootle on 11 July 2008 in the late afternoon and to remove them on the afternoon of 13 July had been refused and enquired as to any right of appeal for the future. The Assistant Director Technical Services indicated why the request had been refused and what would be acceptable in term of decoration in the area.
That the Legal Director be requested to consider the request and respond to Mr Alcock.
(xv) The Committee was informed that Miss Anastasia Cousins had been awarded the Sefton Female Sports Personality of the Year. Miss Cousins trained at Marsh Lane Amateur Boxing Club.
That congratulations be extended to Miss Cousins on her award.