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WORKING TOGETHER FOR THE COMMUNITY
As a Parish Council we are always looking for ways in which to make life in Melling safe and enjoyable for residents. Therefore if you have any concerns that you feel the Parish Council should be aware of please let us know and we will help where possible.
These are a few of the issues that we have been able to address for the community:
Residents raised concerns around the large amount of dog fouling within the village. Dog fouling is both a pollutant to the environment and dangerous to the health of humans, especially children.
To address this issue Melling Parish Council have:
- Posted anti-dog fouling stickers on lampposts making owners aware of the penalties for allowing their dog to foul in public places.
- Raised the issue with DEFRA to try and get a Bye-Law passed to enforce that all dog walkers must display a dog poop bag on their dog leads. DEFRA referred Melling Parish Council to Sefton Legal Services who said that they cannot make any amendment to the current Dog Control Order.
- Funded £425 towards the SMBC ‘Operation ‘Collar’ campaign which ran throughout the parish. During this campaign Sefton officers spoke to dog owners to raise awareness of the problem, providing information on the correct way to dispose of the waste, and supplied free ‘poop bags’, with the power to apprehend and prosecute offenders.
- Melling Parish Council will continue to work with SMBC to combat the issue.
Increase of Litter in Village
Residences expressed concerns about the increased litter throughout the village.
In response to resident’s concerns over the amount of litter in and around the village Melling Parish Council in collaboration with Molynuex Ward Councillor's ran a number of 'Big Community Clean Ups'. These events proved to be a great sucess, not only in reducing the amount of litter but also in creating great community spirit and sense of pride in the area.
Traffic Calming Measures
Residents raised concerns for the safety of pedestrians and road users with the increase of traffic through the village.
To address this issue Melling Parish Council have:
- Installed three activated speed awareness signs within the Parish. These signs have helped raise driver’s awareness of the speed that they are travelling and this has seen a reduction in speeding.
- Presented to SMBC the KSI (killed or seriously injured) figures within Melling, to provide a case for Melling to have a speed camera along Waddicar Lane.
- Negotiated with SMBC the instillation of speed bumps on Waddicar Lane to slow down traffic to the legal speed limit and make it safer for pedestrians and road users alike.
- Negotiated the instillation of the pedestrian crossing outside the two shopping areas within the village.
Here is a message from a Melling resident:
"Just a quick line to say thank you for all the help you have given in getting the traffic activated speed awareness sign erected on Prescot Road. The sign works perfectly and is ideally situated to make drivers aware of the speed limit before arriving at the houses along Prescot Road."
Support of Facilities for the Local Youth
Melling Parish council responded to concerns over the possible closure of the Melling Youth Club by:
- Providing their support to keep the youth group open by working with the CVS Development Worker for SMBC to form a ‘Youth Hub’. The Hub was made up of youth clubs from Melling, Maghull, Aintree, Lydiate, all combining together to exchange ideas, and to arrange outings for the youths, such as a go-kart outing and a trip to Blackpool intended to encourage the youth to attend.
Lack of Public Transport
Residences raised concerns over the lack of transport in and out of the village to surrounding areas.
This is an long standing issue which Molynuex Ward Councillors have been negotiating with Merseytravel and Arriva and through numerous customer forums and the reinforcement of the Parish Councillors a trail Sunday Bus Service has been introduced by Arriva running from Melling to Liverpool.
Crime and Antisocial Behavior
Melling Parish Council is aware that much like other Parishes throughout the country Melling also has its issues with crime and antisocial behavior.
To address this issue Melling Parish Council:
- Attend the Police Have Your Say meetings to raise local issues with the police.
- Have in the past raised 'hot spots' for crime with the police who have been able to provide extra patrols in the village at this time (i.e. school holidays).
- Continues to encourage residence to attend the Have Your Say meetings to raise any issues that they may have directly with the Police
- Have put crime prevention advice on their website for residence
The dates of the Police Have Your Say meetings are on the Parish Council website and Facebook page and the public are welcome to attend.
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