Prescot – It gets that Shakespeare feeling

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/work-finally-start-merseysides-globe-14520495

The Liverpool Echo has the story on its web site – see link above

Must admit this clearly long running story has not hit my radar previously.

Is this in a round about way (and never to be admitted officially of course) some form of apology from Knowsley Council for demolishing Prescot Leisure Centre?

Knowsley parks sell-off – Cashman and Howarth on the case

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-42665674

The BBC has the sad story on its web site – see link above

My good friend and leader of the Opposition on Knowsley Council, Cllr. Carl Cashman, has been one of the loud voices saying ‘NO’ to Knowsley Council’s Labour leaders as they plough on with their parks sell-off plans. But things are looking grim in that the all-Labour Cabinet of Knowsley Council is pressing on with the sale of many parks and gardens.

Merseyside Labour Councils just don’t get environmental issues

Urban green spaces are crucial in any community; once they are gone they are effectively gone for good – that means the listed parks/sites to be sold off for development will not be there for future generations. However desperate the finances of Knowsley Council are this is environmentally just the wrong thing to do but how many times have I had to question the environmental credentials of the Labour Party on Merseyside! Too many times sadly.

It’s interesting that George Howarth MP has waded into this issue. I got to know George reasonably well when he was MP for Sefton East and have some respect for him. Let’s hope his intervention will help find a more environmentally sustainable solution for Knowsley Council’s struggling Labour leaders.

A visit to Huyton Library to hear a talk by railway author Frank Green

Having recently heard all about the secondary education troubles of Knowsley Council/Borough, which are deep indeed, I had my first visit to one of the Council’s libraries today and it seemed a quite excellent facility from what I saw.

Author Frank Green addressing folks in Huyton Library

Author Frank Green addressing folks in Huyton Library

The reason for my visit was a talk being given by Frank Green about the railways of that part of Knowsley Borough in connection with his new book called East and West Through Roby which he has self-published.

The talk was excellent especially as we learned he had not done such a thing before.

But a lovely thing about Huyton Library was that there was a baby grand piano which anyone who can play can have a go at to entertain visitors:-

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What’s more just after I took the two photos above a local musician (sorry did not catch his name) sat down and started to play one of his own compositions and then Moonlight Sonata. It was quite beautiful to listen to and was quiet enough to fit with a Library. Full marks to Huyton Library Sheila and I enjoyed our visit there today.

Should anyone be interested in buying Frank Green’s book it’s £19 including P&P and is a book of many pages full of interesting historical facts and photos. He can be contacted at green45@googlemail.com

Knowsley – That education hole they find themselves permanently in

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-37821130

The BBC has the story on its web site – see link above

It’s hard to conceive that bringing Grammar Schools into the secondary education desert that is Knowsley could possibly help fix its woes but think tank Respublica seems to be suggesting otherwise.

Having said that Knowsley Council, who have presided over an education system that will result in no 6th Form A Level provision in the Borough from August 2017, seem rather put out and surprised by the recommendation. What’s even more odd is that the Council actually commissioned the report but claims that Grammar School were not in the draft it saw last May.

So what’s going on? Whilst Knowsley’s young people fail to get a decent standard of secondary education the Council is involved in a bizarre knock about in the media over a bizarre solution. You would have difficulty making this story up!

But under the waves a solution was found by Knowsley parents many years ago; they send their youngsters to secondary schools in neighbouring Sefton Borough.

Knowsley Council in A Level study U turn

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/knowsley-council-education-halewood-academy-11445920

The Liverpool Echo has the story – see link above

How things can be turned on their heads in the space of just 6 months. I blogged about this a while back. Here’s the link to that original posting:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2016/03/31/knowsley-no-6th-forma-level-provision-at-all-now-halewood-academy-pulls-the-plug/

It looks like the right decision has been made at last i.e. to ensure that there is A Level education provision within Knowsley Borough but, and its a big but, educational attainment in Knowsley is poor, too poor, so if its young people are to be given a chance in life it has to improve.

You would have thought that the leaders of Knowsley Council would not be sleeping at nights based on the Borough’s years after successive years of education problems.

Knowsley – And you wanted evidence that our warped ‘first past the post’ electoral system does not work!

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/how-elected-without-winning-single-11266602

The Liverpool Echo has the story – see link above

If this story does not show why our warped electoral system is failing people I don’t know what does.

What’s the point of standing against Labour in some Knowsley wards – the result is a foregone conclusion so candidates have stopped even putting up against Labour. This places our democracy under threat as voters end up with no choice because they don’t have an election through which to make a choice. Labour will get re-elected in some Knowsley wards no matter what local people think of them.

Credit to the Liverpool Echo for exposing this important issue and thanks to my spotter Keith.