Save our Libraries – Birkdale Library

I think it fair to say and I think I said it myself when it first became apparent, some months ago, that Sefton Council for Voluntary Service (CVS) wanted to take over the Library, that I was at best uncomfortable with the idea.

Cllr. Iain Brodie-Browne

Cllr. Iain Brodie-Browne at Birkdale Library

You see I look upon Sefton CVS as being there to support volunteers yet in Birkdale they went over the heads of the volunteers who had come together to try to save the Library and put in a bid of their own. This is hardly supporting volunteers, more seeing an opportunity.

Sefton CVS is one of the biggest CVS’s across the Country and I know that in some quarters there is a fear that it has grown into too much of a business and not enough of being a volunteer organisation. And I must say that I have heard such concerns over a number of years.

Moving on, please take a look at Birkdale Focus the blog site of Cllr. Iain Brodie-Brown as the consequences of the CVS bid to take over Birkdale Library seem to quite profound indeed.

http://birkdalefocus.blogspot.co.uk/

Simon Shaw number crunches the results of Maghull’s 3 by-elections and clearly his work shows a rather remarkable turn around indeed!

Cllr. Simon Shaw who exposed Labour run Sefton Council's Green Bin tax

Cllr. Simon Shaw who exposed Labour run Sefton Council’s Green Bin tax

Winning a council seat in Merseyside off Labour would be a significant achievement. Winning two on the same day would be virtually unheard of.

Yesterday, in Maghull, Sefton MBC, Merseyside, Lib Dems won two seats off Labour and came within 9 votes of winning a third. The by-elections concerned took place in three adjacent seats on Maghull Town Council.

Maghull Town Council, 8 miles to the North West of Liverpool City Centre, is one of the largest civil parishes in the country http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maghull and levies a Band D council tax precept of nearly £90.

Labour Town councillors in three adjacent wards, Maghull North, Maghull East and Maghull South resigned in June. North and East wards, each with electorates of around 5000, together combine to form the Sefton MBC ward of Sudell which Labour won in May 2012 by a 59% to 23% margin over the Lib Dems,

Yesterday Lib Dems notionally gained Sudell Ward with 49% of the vote against 44% for Labour, a swing of 20.3% from Labour to Lib Dems since the last Sefton Borough elections in 2012.

In terms of the three individual Maghull Town Council wards, as compared to the last town council elections in 2011, swings of 10.5% from Labour to Lib Dems were achieved in North and East Wards, and a swing of 9% in South Ward.

Merseyside Police Commissioner comes under fire over decision making figures

The Southport Visiter has the story.

http://www.southportvisiter.co.uk/southport-news/southport-southport-news/2013/06/27/merseyside-police-commissioner-comes-under-fire-over-decision-making-figures-101022-33530636/

MERSEYSIDE Police Crime Commissioner Jane Kennedy has come under fire after making just six decisions in five months.

The figures released in a national survey led two Southport councillors to question the role of the woman charged with tackling local crime.

Simon Shaw, a member of Merseyside Police and Crime Panel and a Birkdale councillor, led the criticisms at Southport’s Area Committee meeting last Wednesday. The complaints stemmed from an article written by Lib Dem leader Iain Brodie-Browne based on the survey’s findings, which posed the question ‘what does our Police Crime Commissioner do, exactly?’

Cllr Shaw said: “According to their own official websites some commissioners had taken 40, 50, or even more decisions in their first five months in office. In contrast Jane Kennedy had made just six reported decisions.”

Editor’s comment – From my perspective the fact that our Merseyside Police Commissioner has appointed a press secretary on £45K per year in the financial times that we find ourselves is simply wrong.