“Catwalk” between Town Hall and Seacombe Ferry – great success

Thursday 8th March 201

Our Community Action Team (CAT for short) were out in Seacombe today.

John, at the mobile police station, with just some of the Team who were 'sweeping' the area.

Cllr John Salter is seen here on the “Cat-walk” in the area between Seacombe Ferry and the Town Hall.  “Cat-walks”  involve your Councillors; Streetscene Officers; the Police; Wirral Partnership Homes; the Fire Service; and other agencies.  Student volunteers, from the Vocational College in wheatland Lane, also came along to help clear rubbish from our open spaces.

Many concerns were identified from local people ranging from rubbish in alley ways to matters of rowdy behaviour.   John said:

 “This has been a great success.  Placing the mobile police station was an excellent idea and it has been there for quite a while now.  Local kids have come to know our local bobbies personally and have struck up good relationships as they learned first hand about how to help the police and how the police can help us.  Having the ‘Respect’ bus along with the Anti Social Behaviour Team on board was a great success as well. 

The 'Respect Bus' is parked at the "Leasowe Castle" pub - one of several that have closed in recent years.

We did a ‘sweep’ of the area from Wallasey Town Hall to Seacombe Ferry.  Then we went on to Albermarle Road, and the area around, where we found several cases of fly tipping to the rear of properties.  (The culprits had left enough identity for our team to be able to locate them!   So this will be passed on to our enforcement team.)

The best thing about this exercise was the way the public, young and old, welcomed the presence of the ‘Respect bus’ and the Team.

It was a very worthwile exercise.”

 

Motorway Bridge hazard

 

IMG_0863The ‘Sherlock’ bridge seen in the photograph has been the IMG_0865scene of tragedies. 

John is determined to see measures taken to prevent them in future.

However the bridge has also provided a platform for vandals to throw heavy objects at traffice passing below.  John raised the question of having the bridge completely enclosed both so that nobody could jump off it and so that it cannot be used to throw missiles at vehicles passing below.  

Initially his request was not accepted, but John’s not a man to take ‘no’ for an answer and it has now been referred back to Merseytravel, who are its custodians.  We hope they will take responsibility for the safety and fencing. 

John comments:

“This is not a matter for casual consideration; lives could depend on the decisions made.  We hope they will be the right ones.”