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  • John Pugh MP speaking in the Commons Chamber 2
    Article: Jan 11, 2015

    John Pugh leads House of Commons Debate

    Southport's Lib Dem MP John Pugh led a debate in the Commons this week on 'Coastal Towns and Economic Development'.

    The debate was very well-attended with many other MPs queuing up to sing the praises of or cite the problems of their own local bit of the UK coastline.

  • Marianne Welsh Guest Speaker Churchtown Heritage Association
    Article: Jan 9, 2015

    Norwood's Cllr Marianne Welsh was recently the guest speaker at Churchtown Heritage Association where she gave a talk about her former career as an actress and also spoke about becoming a councillor in Southport and what being a councillor entailed. The audience was delighted with her talk and afterwards there was a splendid buffet where Marianne answered questions from members about her time in the theatre and also about her role as a busy councillor in the community.

    The photo shows Marianne in the centre with Barry Porter the Chairman of the Association and his wife Pam.

  • No Dog Fouling Sign
    Article: Jan 3, 2015

    DNA tests on dog poo are being used to identify the offenders who, so far, have never been caught in the act.

    In collaboration with US Laboratories Biopets, a UK firm called StreetKleen Bio are now offering a "PooPrints" service to local authorities which they believe could wipe out 90 per cent of the dog mess problem on UK streets.

    BioPet Vet Lab Director Eric Mayer states:

    "In towns and cities across the UK with hundreds (if not thousands) of dogs the only foolproof tool in enforcement of local dog waste policy is through positive identification with DNA."

    DNA samples are taken from offending mess and matched with samples taken with swabs from the cheeks of local dogs.

    The approach has been adopted in the USA and several other countries over the past 4 years and is being pioneered in the UK by Hyndburn Council, which covers the Accrington area of Lancashire. Southport Lib Dem councillor Tony Dawson has asked local Council chiefs to keep in touch with Hyndburn Council to see whether or not this approach might be suitable for Southport and other areas covered by Sefton MBC. The idea is that the cost of the testing would be covered by revenue obtained from fixed penalties. The main saving claimed is from the deterrent effect as offending owners learn that they can be tracked down and hit with a large fine.

    Councillor Dawson says:

    "Responsible dog walkers already clean up after themselves through several legal ways. We want a system which makes the irresponsible minority sit up and take action. I am sick and tired of seeing poo bags hanging in bushes alongside footpaths, and piles of mess on pavements in both shoppiing and residential areas."

    In the UK, dog fouling remains one of the most emotive and complained about issues, with 1 in 4 people considering it a problem that is on the rise in their area. Not only is it unsightly and unpleasant, but it has been linked to significant health risks especially to the youngest members of our communities. Councils across the UK have highlighted tackling dog fouling as a priority, but despite their best intentions continue to grapple with dog owners who profess to clean up, but obviously don't.

    A recent study undertaken by Keep Britain Tidy estimated the cost of cleaning the streets of the UK at £1 billion.

    The introduction of PooPrints has coincided with the release of new legislation: The Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. This replaces Dog Control Orders with Public Space Protection Orders. These new powers give communities the opportunity to set conditions to help prevent nuisances such as dog fouling and other anti-social behaviour that can be considered detrimental to the quality of life to those with a locality.

    Streetkleen Bio is a North Wales-based Enviro-Tech company. Its Managing Director Gary Downie comments:

  • John Pugh - Hibernia Atlantic
    Article: Dec 23, 2014

    Although the major fibre optic cable from the USA arrives in Southport and pulses away on the Kew industrial estate (see photo) many Southport residents will struggle over the Christmas with slow broadband speeds including many local businesses who find slow broadband speeds a real handicap.

    John Pugh MP has been pressing the government and BT the main infrastructure provider to remedy this glaring anomaly. "We should be getting the best service in England", he claims.

  • Norwood Christmas Lunch 2014
    Article: Dec 15, 2014

    Liberal Democrat members from Norwood Ward recently celebrated their annual Christmas lunch at the Cambridge House Hotel Southport and as the photo shows they were all having a really good time. Local ward councillors Cllr Lord Ronnie Fearn and Cllr Marianne Welsh were also present. Cllr Welsh said 'Once again Richard, the hotel's owner and his team have done us proud.'

    Cllr Lord Fearn added, 'Marvellous, it was a truly marvellous meal'.

  • Rubbish Friends Lakeside Miniature Railway 2014
    Article: Dec 3, 2014

    Southport's Rubbish Friends got a youthful boost when local youngsters swelled their ranks and helped clear more that 40 bags of litter from under the pier.

    The volunteer 'clean up' group welcomed 13 year old Duke of Edinburgh bronze medal entrant Will Berry and local children from St Philip's School who joined regular litter heroes in clearing the pier area.

  • Marianne Welsh - Dangerous Tree Cut Back - Bispham Road (2014)
    Article: Nov 2, 2014

    Keen eyed Marianne Welsh, a Liberal Democrat councillor in Norwood Ward recently saw a young schoolgirl get hit in the face by the branches of a overhanging tree in Bispham Road when walking along the pavement. Marianne took a photo of the offending tree and sent it to Sefton Council recommending the tree be cut back as a matter of urgency.

  • John Pugh MP Southport Sea Wall (2014)
    Article: Oct 26, 2014

    MP John Pugh believes Sefton Council has failed Southport and crucially failed to respond to the concerns raised and expressed by the Local Authority Boundary Commission when they last looked at Southport's position in Sefton.

    The MP, who introduced a bill in this parliament to give local people power to request a review of council boundaries, believes that there is a clear need to revisit the question of whether Southport's future lies in Sefton.

  • Theresa Smith Outside Birkdale HSBC (2014)
    Article: Oct 23, 2014

    HSBC Customer Theresa Smith has complained that the closure of local bank branches is making it harder for disabled citizens particularly wheelchair users.

    In Birkdale Theresa , a Thalidomider fought many years ago to persuade the bank to install ramp access but now the branch is to close with customers re-directed to Lord St - a conservation areas where a ramp will not get planning permission.

  • 2014 10 25 Norwoods Autumn Coffee Morning
    Article: Oct 21, 2014

    Norwood's Autumn Coffee Morning will be held on Saturday 25th October from 10:30am - 12:00noon at St Luke's Church Hall, St Luke's Road. Entrance is only £1 which includes coffee or tea and biscuits, As usual there will be a cake stall with delicious homemade cakes made by Joyce and Christina, tombola with all new gifts, book stall, bric a brac, and our famous raffle with good quality wines, spirits and gifts as prizes. We all do hope that you can make it and look forward to seeing you there.

  • Pat Keith and John Pugh Flying the flag for Fylde Road (Sept 2014)
    Article: Sep 7, 2014


    Southport has hoisted Sefton's first flag on behalf of residents with dementia by gaining official recognition from the London-based Alzheimer's Society for the tow n's campaign.

    The initiative by Southport MP, Dr John Pugh, to make Southport Dementia Friendly was launched less than a year ago and its rapid progress has led to registration by the Dementia Friendly Communities programme.

  • Nick Clegg - Free School Meals
    Article: Sep 2, 2014

    Liberal Democrats in government are delivering free school meals for all infant school pupils - now we plan to go one step further and extend the scheme to all primary school pupils.

    Following evaluation of this policy, the free school meals scheme would be extended, as resources allow, while ensuring that school food standards apply to all schools, including free schools and academies.

  • Marianne in action
    Article: Aug 11, 2014

    Ever active Cllr Marianne Welsh singlehandedly took on the job of clearing overgrown buddleia encroaching over the pavement in Hart Street near to Rose Hill. Marianne said "These shrubs are really the responsibility of Network Rail as they grow on the railway side and then come through the railings. But every year it is a struggle to get the rail company to cut them back. So I decided to do the job myself." Local residents on seeing the hard working councillor doing this praised her efforts for caring about the community.

  • John Pugh The Reading Agency Campaign (2014)
    Article: Jul 20, 2014

    John Pugh is supporting a campaign run by charity The Reading Agency to encourage all primary school children to join their local library and take part in this year's Summer Reading Challenge - the UK's largest reading for pleasure promotion for primary school children.

    Research shows the Summer Reading Challenge increases children's reading range and their enjoyment of reading significantly. It builds confidence and independent reading, while preventing the dip in children's literacy levels during the long break from school.

  • John Pugh Town Centre First Campaign
    Article: Jul 17, 2014

    In a personal message to shoppers local MP John Pugh warns of the serious threat to Lord St and the town centre if the council does not tackle the issue of empty shops and get a grip of the situation. Further decline he argues could impact massively on everyone in Southport.

    "Charity shops, money shops and nail bars won't bring visitors to Southport. We need to attract quality retail and independent stores," warned the MP as he was out with activists and councillors in the town centre last Saturday (6th July) leafleting and talking to shoppers at the launch of his "Town Centre First" Campaign.

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