Kerbed my car today and scuffed pretty badly the edges of the near side wheels - does anyone know where I can get them repaired quickly - while I wait if possible, and some idea of cost involved - not usually such a poor driver, was dodging a bin truck at the time
Anyone know if there's a local outage with Talk Talk broadband ?
Just been to my friends' to take a look. Their router is working ok. The green light is on indicating that they should have broadband. The router will talk to my laptop wirelessly but there's just nothing.
WIRRAL firefighters will walk out for five consecutive days later this week as part of an on-going national dispute over pensions.
The 96-hour strike has been called in response to government plans to make firefighters work up to 60.
It will take place from 6pm on Friday, October 31 until 6pm on Tuesday, November 4.
A spokesman for Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service said: "The public should be reassured that our staff will maintain a significant emergency response capability during industrial action from October 31 to November 4 and 999 calls will be responded to as normal.
"We will also continue our community fire safety work – recognising the importance of providing fire safety information at such a time.
"As this is over Hallowe’en and leading up to Bonfire Night, we would ask the public to show extra care and vigilance during this period of industrial action."
Negotiations between Fire Brigades Union and Department for Communities and Local Government have been taking place for three years, both the union and government have undertaken work examining financial, technical and legal issues.
Mark Rowe, from Merseyside Fire Brigades' Union told the Globe: "We've been incredibly tolerant in recent months because we have actually suspended strike action so talks can continue.
"In my view, other areas of the United Kingdom have resolved this issue, but we haven't done so in England.
"Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales have agreed deals with fire unions.
"If Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland can resolve this issue and we can't here, what's going on here.
"I would invite members of the public to speak to the fire fighters during the strike to find out why the walk-out is important.
"I'm still yet to meet anyone who thinks that having firefighters approaching their 60s climbing up to window of a burning building to rescue people is acceptable."
WIRRAL residents are being encouraged to take part in a confidential survey about sexual health.
Its asks questions about contraception, sexually-transmitted infections and advice available.
Launched by Wirral Council's public health team, the information collected will be used to help shape Wirral's sexual health services, making them more tailored to residents' needs.
The survey is open from today until November 21.
Fiona Johnstone, Wirral's director of public health, said: "Some people can still be nervous about accessing sexual health advice and support, so it is important that the service is as user friendly as possible.
"Sexual health issues can affect anyone and I would urge everyone to take part in the survey and help shape and improve sexual health services for Wirral."
The survey should take between 10 and 15 minutes to complete and is completely confidential and all answers are anonymous.
Hoylake lifeboat volunteers with their new £1.2m launch vehicle ahead of arrival of new lifeboat. Left to right Ian Farrell, Rob Harrison, Marco Swaine, Ian Davies, Tracy Davies and Gary Clark. Lifeboat volunteers in Wirral have begun training on a purpose-built £1.2m launch vehicle ahead of the arrival of their new boat later this year.
RNLI Hoylake will be one of the first crews in the UK to get a Shannon class all-weather lifeboat in December, replacing the current Mersey-class boat.
The station’s volunteers are now undergoing intensive training with the boat’s new launch and recovery vehicle, which has already been delivered and will help crews reach people in need even faster than before.
It is to be named the Roland Hough after a Hoylake businessman whose family made a generous donation to the charity to fund its provision.
As Hoylake’s lifeboat has to be able to launch at all states of the tide, the launch vehicle needs to be able to tow it well over one mile across the East Hoyle Sandbank to reach the tideline.
The existing tractor can pull the station’s current Mersey-class lifeboat at 7mph but the new launch and recovery vehicle will be able to tow the new lifeboat at 10 mph to its launch site.
A new campaign has been launched across Wallasey to tackle criminal damage by young people in preparation for Halloween and Bonfire Night.
Last year the area covered by Wallasey Constituency Committee, which includes New Brighton, Leasowe, Moreton, Liscard, Saughall Massie, Poulton, Egremont, Seacombe and Wallasey, saw an increase in the number of reported incidents of criminal damage during the bonfire period. 17 more incidents were reported in 2013 than during the same period in 2012.
This was despite a comprehensive programme of multi-agency activity including preventative work in schools, visits to retailers, bonfire and flammable materials removal, diversionary activities for young people and community engagement.
Now Wallasey Constituency Committee is using Public Health Outcomes funding to support a new behaviour change campaign aimed at revealing the impact of criminal damage on communities. This is with the aim of reducing the number of young people who commit criminal damage and ultimately end up in the criminal justice system.
Special resource packs have been produced for work with young people, which include activities, presentations, scenarios and project work focused upon:
Types of vandalism and how it can negatively affect property owners, businesses and residents. What leads young people to commit criminal damage. The financial cost of criminal damage to individuals and communities. Potential penalties that perpetrators should expect if they are caught. The fear and anxiety that criminal damage can cause to communities and how it contributes to neighbourhood decline. The new packs are designed to be used by those who work with young people, including Merseyside Police’s Community Support and Traffic Officers, Police Officers, Fire Officers and Youth Workers from Wirral Council’s Youth & Play Service. The packs have been developed from focus groups and one-to-one interviews with young people engaged with both the Youth Service and Youth Offending Service to identify key messages and approaches that will have the most impact.
Cllr Rob Gregson, Chair of Wallasey Constituency Committee said: “Achieving behaviour change is one of those really knotty problems which can take a long time and a great deal of resource. Hopefully, by working through activities which go into the motivations and impacts of criminal damage we will achieve a reduction. Halloween and Bonfire Night are meant to be fun, but some of the anti-social activities can have a debilitating effect on communities.”
For further information, contact Caroline Laing by email at email@example.com or follow the Constituency Team’s Twitter account @wallaseyteam and campaign hashtag #itsnoyolk!
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A WIRRAL company has won the support of the Department for Transport to re-launch a hovercraft service that was last seen in the 1960s.
Hoverlink (NW) believes the service could take 200,000 visitors to and from destinations including Wirral, North Wales, Blackpool, Southport and Liverpool each year and is expected to be operational from 2015.
The scheme, supported by Wirral Council's regeneration department, will run from New Brighton's lifeboat station's launch stage.
The enterprise will cost around £1m to set up and could create 100 permanent jobs.
The business and tourism service will feature a route to Liverpool John Lennon Airport – the world’s only airport hovercraft shuttle.
Hoverlink representatives presented their proposals to Under Secretary for Transport Robert Goodwill MP at Westminster on Wednesday.
Other politicians attending the briefing included Liverpool Riverside MP Louise Ellman, MP for Liverpool Riverside and chair of the Transport Select Committee, Wirral West MP Esther McVey, Vale of Clwyd MP Chris Ruane and Blackpool North and Cleveleys MP Paul Maynard.
Detroit’ Dave has spent his pension to bring the Lark back to its former glory
Defiant II has raised £2,000 for Help for Heroes to mark the centenary of World War One. Picture by Linda Foo Guest An amphibious military vehicle nesting in New Brighton has reaped a cargo full of cash for charity.
The monstrous Defiant II has been parked in front of Fort Perch Rock for the past month to raise money for Help for Heroes to mark the centenary of World War I.
It has certainly attracted a lot of attention during that period as well as raising an astounding £2,000 for the cause.
It has been a labour of love for 74-year-old owner ‘Detroit’ Dave who has spent 18 months and all his pension to refurbish it.
The Lark – as it is know which stands for Lighter Amphibious Resupply Cargo - was built by the American military in the 1960s to transport supplies ashore from ships.
The American army vehicle weighs 25 tonnes and has two 14 litre engines to carry 15 tonnes.
The Prenton granddad is overwhelmed with the money raised.
MP Frank Field has now called on hospitals in the area to provide more certainty for nurses and patients
Hospitals on Merseyside spent £67m on temporary workers last year, according to figures obtained by an MP, who has raised concerns about the impact on patient care.
Birkenhead MP Frank Field has now called on hospitals in the area to provide more certainty for nurses and patients.
According to figures obtained in response to a Parliamentary question, Aintree University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Fazakerley hospital, spent the largest amount on agency and contract staff – £10.3m – followed by Warrington and Halton NHS Hospitals Foundation Trust, which spent £9.1m.
Mersey Care NHS Trust were third highest with a spend of £7.5m, followed by St Helens and Knowsley Hospitals NHS Trust at £6.6m.
The Labour MP said: “Local residents know their NHS is desperately short of money, and staffing levels are critical. Hospitals are having to plug the gaps by paying sky-high amounts for temporary workers. I am really worried about the impact of this on patient care, for two reasons – the high turnover of staff in hospital wards can create uncertainty, both for nurses and patients, and the huge sum of money required to hire temps is adding yet more salt into the gaping wounds in the NHS budget.”
In response, a spokesman for Fazakerley hospital said the figures were not specific to nurses and covered a range of staff groups, and said its spending on temporary staff – which allows it to respond to changes in demand – last year accounted for less than 6% of total staffing costs. A spokesman for Warrington and Halton Hospitals said it spent around £6.9m on agency staffing last year – less than 5% of its total wage bill – adding it was committed to reducing spending on temporary staffing, and has been recruiting to fill vacant posts this year.
A Mersey Care spokesman said that, at times of higher demand, it was important the trust could call on additional temporary staffing to support its permanent workforce, adding that, wherever possible, temporary workers were used from its bank of in-house agency staff.
While a spokesperson for St Helens and Knowsley hospitals said on occasions it was necessary to supplement its workforce with additional staff to cover vacancies, maternity leave and unplanned absences, to ensure safe staffing levels were maintained at all times.
Hundreds shut out of consultation meeting over plans for new fire station in Greasby
Hundreds were shut out of a public consultation over plans to shut two fire stations in Wirral tonight.
Upton and West Kirby fire stations could both be axed, along with 22 jobs as the force attempts to slash its budget due to funding cuts. If those plans are given the green light the two stations would be replaced with a new £2.8m base in Greasby to serve both areas.
But concerned residents who turned up to tonight’s meeting at Greasby Methodist Church Hall on Greasby Road were closed out from the meeting because the hall was too full.
Richard Booth told the ECHO: “We turned up for the meeting but they are telling us no more can come in. I don’t think they were expecting this kind of turn out.
“There are about 400 people inside and about another 500 outside the hall. There are fire officers on the church hall steps trying to pacify the crowd, but they are angry because they want their views to be heard.
“People won’t leave they’ve turned out on mass because they feel so strongly that they don’t want Upton and West Kirby to close. There is no need to build a new station in Greasby, when we have perfectly good fire stations.”
Mr Booth added that people in the crowd were shouting “we want democracy” and “you’ve already decided to close the stations”.
On Twitter, A J Perrigo wrote: “Taken a little straw poll out here and I haven’t found one in favour of Greasby fire station.”
Peter Harrison tweeted: “Strong feeling at Greasby fire station meeting. Hundreds people can’t get in #NoToGreasbyFireStation.
“Everyone outside was really unhappy that the level of discontent was not represented in the meeting.”
If West Kirby and Upton stations are closed a new station would be built on Frankby Road.
Should the merger take place, the average response time from Greasby to an incident would be six minutes 12 seconds compared to the current average response time of five minutes 32 seconds for incidents in the West Kirby area, and four minutes 33 seconds for incidents occurring in the Upton area.
The merger would see the loss of 22 firefighter posts which, with the savings from moving to one station, would see £864,000 per year cut from the force’s expenses.
Dan Stephens, chief fire officer for Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Over the last four years the service has had to make savings of £20 million as a result of cuts in our Government grant. We now face further cuts of £6.3 million in 2015/16 and our expectation is that there will be more grant reductions in the following years.”
Each public meeting is open to anyone, whether they live in the areas that may be affected or not.
Further public meetings will be held at:
* Activity Hall at Woodchurch High School on Carr Bridge Road, from 7pm to 8pm tomorrow.
* Hoylake Parade Community Centre on Hoyle Road, Hoylake, from 6pm to 7pm on Thursday.
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