Councillor Sue McGuire wants “Ask for Angela” campaign launched in Southport

Asking for Angela could save someone from sexual abuse

Just Ask for Angela

Liberal Democrat Councillor Sue McGuire has asked both Sefton Council and Southport BID to follow the lead of Lincolnshire County Council by working with licensees across the Southport and the Borough to roll out the “Hi, I’m Angela Campaign” safety campaign.”

The “Ask for Angela” campaign was launched by Lincolnshire County Council as part of their campaign to tackle sexual abuse with the aim of helping people out of uncomfortable date situations. It works by allowing people to ask for Angela at the bar if they are feeling unsafe or uncomfortable and staff will call a taxi or help them leave discreetly.

Councillor Sue McGuire explained “I think this is such a simple idea that is relatively inexpensive to introduce and which would save someone from possible sexual attack.  More and more people are arranging to meet strangers via on-line applications with everything very much based on trust but personal safety cannot always be guaranteed. The “Ask for Angela” campaign provides a code word that bar staff understand and can react to so that people who feel unsafe can leave the premises.”

Councillor Sue McGuire added “I am pleased that the Council have agreed to investigate via the Neighbourhoods and Partnerships team with the Council’s partner agency RASA. The Council have also agreed to speak to the other local authority areas in Merseyside to see whether they have implemented anything similar.” 

Cllr Sue McGuire urges residents to sign petition to save Southport A&E

Cllr Sue McGuire & John Pugh MP following hospital visit

Cllr Sue McGuire & John Pugh MP raise concerns about the future of Southport A&E

“Secret plans to downgrade A&E facilities in the Merseyside and Cheshire Region have been hastily withdrawn by NHS bosses but that does not mean they are forgotten or won’t happen. In the plans Southport A&E was to be downgraded despite being heavily in demand. Critical emergencies might have to go to Whiston or further. The plans demanded by the Conservative government are called “Sustainability and Transformation Plans”

M.P. John Pugh believes that the threat has not gone away and is urging all Southport residents to register their opposition online at www.southportsays.co.uk and West Lancs residents at www.westlancssays.co.uk.

“Fear of a public backlash is the only thing stopping NHS insiders proceeding with this plans” , says the MP ,” and we must show the measure of the opposition to these proposals which are fundamentally dangerous and desperate. Its all about saving money by reducing critical services.”

 Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group, Councillor Sue McGuire added “This is the second time a plan has been hatched to downgrade Southport A&E, lacking a permanent Chief Executive there is no-one but the public and the staff to fight its corner. “
Councillor Sue McGuire added “Its vital that we send a clear message to NHS chiefs that downgrading Southport A&E is not an option.”

Rubbish Friends celebrate a job well done at West Lancs Yacht Club

Rubbish Friends celebrate a job well done

Rubbish Friends celebrate a job well done

Rubbish Friends had a great morning cleaning up the area around West Lancs Yacht Club and the sand dunes around the Marine Lake including the inlet.

Over 20 bags of rubbish were collected which Rubbish Friends hope will make a huge difference to the area.

Volunteers again raised concerns about the amount of litter from the fast food restaurants in the area.

Councillor Sue McGuire has agreed to raise the issue with the restaurants to see if they can extend their current litter picking operations to include a wider area around the sea front.

Councillor Pat Keith added “A huge thank you to the volunteers who continue to work so hard to make Southport a litter free zone”

Councillor Sue McGuire asks “Are you a Rubbish Friend?”

Rubbish Friends tackle Kew Roundabout in 2015

Rubbish Friends volunteers pictured following the clean up at Kew Roundabout in 2015

If so then we would love you to join us at our next litter pick on Saturday 13th August. This time the team of intrepid volunteers will be undertaking a clean up at Kew Roundabout.

This is an annual event which we try to do in time for the Flower Show. Many people attend the event and we think its important that their first view as they approach Southport isn’t a litter strewn roundabout.

We’ll be meeting in the car park of B&Q at 10:30am, a flask of coffee will be on offer!

Litter pickers, bags and gloves will be provided.

Councillor Sue McGuire & Councillor Pat Keith would also like to say a huge thanks to those people who helped in the Rubbish Friends clean up with Southport Hoteliers. Everyone worked really hard cleaning up the Promenade in time for the Britain in Bloom judging.

Bath Street set for a Spookport clean up

Southport’s acclaimed Rubbish Friends are joining forces with the town’s Hoteliers Association and Lord Street Gardeners to ensure the town is blooming lovely!

The three organisations have targeted Bath Street and surrounding areas as their clean-up priorities in time for the launch of the Halloween spectacular Spookport.

The seasonal celebration , organised by Southport BID, begins with a Spookport Parade on October 24 and runs to November 2, comprising more than 50 events at venues across the town and Bath Street has been targeted for the clean-up.

“ Bath Street is often overlooked in terms of regeneration but it plays a key role in accommodating visitors to Southport with its range of bed and breakfast venues and we want to improve the appearance of this important area,” said Tracy Holgate, chair of the town’s hoteliers association and owner of Ambassador Townhouse .

“ We’re talking with the council and the BID team about ways to improve the appearance of this area which is important to the visitor economy. Linking up with the Rubbish Friends volunteers is the first big step and we’d like them to get in the Halloween mood by coming in fancy dress. Any old witch’s hat will do! ”

Rubbish Friends co-founder Councillor Pat Keith commented “Our litter heroes are delighted to be invited to help with this event as a prelude to our imminent campaign to put a sparkle back into Lord Street which should be Southport’s shining light.”

The clean up is set to take place on Wednesday 21st October from12 till 2 meeting outside the Ambassador Townhouse. For further details please contact Tracy Holgate on 543998.

Rubbish Friends celebrate a job well done

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Rubbish Friends celebrate a job well done

Southport’s litter heroes donned their Rubbish Friends jackets and sprang into action to make the resort sparkle for this year’s Flower Show.

Lib Dem councillors turned out to swell the ranks of the litterazzi as figures were revealed that the annual cost of keeping Britain’s streets clean and tidy is almost £1billion.

We need to change our attitude to litter if we are serious about promoting Southport as a clean and healthy environment for tourists, the figure of almost £1 billion underlines the importance of the work our public spirited residents undertake – our success is down to them.” said Councillor Pat Keith, who founded Rubbish Friends with her colleague Councillor Sue McGuire in 2012. “We all have a role to play – it’s not someone else’s problem.”

The latest clean-up mission by Rubbish Friends, in the area of Kew roundabout, produced more than 20 bags of litter as a report commissioned by Keep Britain Tidy revealed the true cost to tax payers of keeping the country free of litter.

Councillor Sue McGuire said “Dropping litter should be recognised as anti-social, when people see rubbish on a street it sends a message that dropping litter is somehow OK. We need people understand the damage that littering causes to an area. Its time that local authorities, fast food companies and supermarket chains started to work together to find a solution to this growing problem before its too late.”

If you would like to be a Rubbish Friend to Southport please get in touch.

“State of the roundabouts could undermine Southport’s chance in Britain in Bloom competition”

Cllrs Sue McGuire & PAt Keith inspect the weeds on the Arglye Road roundabout

Cllrs Sue McGuire & PAt Keith inspect the weeds on the Arglye Road roundabout

Two Southport councillors have marched into action to improve what they call the “appalling state” of two of Southport’s roundabouts as Britain in Bloom judgement day looms.

Cambridge Ward Lib Dem Councillors Sue McGuire and Pat Keith say they are dismayed at the condition of the Argyle Road and Cambridge Road roundabouts.

“Last year Councillor McGuire and myself paid for these roundabouts to be planted out of our own Cambridge Ward funds and we did this on the understanding that they would be kept weed free and maintained,” said Councillor Keith.

“ But this has not happened and the roundabouts look a sorry sight, especially in a town that prides itself on its floral displays and has always been a leading contender for honours in the Britian in Bloom competition.

“We’ve asked Sefton Council to take urgent steps to tidy the two roundabouts which, quite frankly, are a blight on the town.”

Southport will be judged by Britain in Bloom on July 28 and the two councillors are concerned that the poor state of the roundabouts, which are at key junctions, will have a negative effect on the judging and undermine the work undertaken by the green fingered volunteers on Lord Street, Rotten Row, Hesketh Park and the Botanic Gardens.

Councillor Sue McGuire said “Sometimes the short sightedness of Sefton Council astounds me. When the Council put forward the proposal for roundabout sponsorship we argued that part of the sponsorship money should be ring fenced and used for on-going maintenance of the roundabouts. This suggestion was ignored and as a result the roundabouts are now just islands of weeds”.

“We assumed that the Council would make some attempt at maintenance in addition to grass cutting – how wrong we were. Council regulations mean that we can’t pay for any on-going maintenance ourselves and the volunteers are banned from tackling the roundabouts for health and safety reasons.”

“We have asked the Council to take urgent steps to at least weed these roundabouts before the judging visit so I hope that they will – and that civic pride will prevail.”

“Our Young people deserve the right to vote at 16” says Sue McGuire

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We need to stop denying our young people their rights I regularly meet lots of the young people in Southport and I know that they’re passionate about such a wide range of issues – from the cost of local buses and their education, to climate change and international affairs.

The time has now come to give 16 and 17-year-olds a say on the issues that affect their lives. We often hear people say they don’t understand politics. But this can’t be said of the younger generation, who are the first to receive a proper education in citizenship and democracy. They understand what’s at stake. We’re teaching them how to be a full and active citizen but not letting them take part. Most of us are quite happy to allow a 16 year old to serve us in a shop or to help protect us in the Army. We allow them to get married, have sex, pay taxes and drive cars. Yet we are stopping them from having a say in how their taxes are spent or what direction our country goes in.

Imagine how frustrated and angry you’d be if you were denied the same rights. In the next two years we are going to decide whether Britain stay or leaves in the EU. This decision matters – it matters to our jobs and prosperity, and its impact will be felt for decades. It would be so wrong to prevent the 6786 young people in Sefton whose future we are talking about from having a say in this decision.

Last year, 16 and 17 year olds were allowed for the first time to vote in the Scottish Independence Referendum. Three-quarters of them did. This proves young people can and will engage when given the opportunity. That’s why I am pleased John Pugh MP voted to amend the bill on the EU referendum to give 16 and 17 year olds the vote.

Liberal Democrats have actively supported changing the law on this issue for over ten years. Now there is growing support throughout Parliament and the Conservative Government must listen to us and stop denying young people a voice.

Dementia event at Atkinson hailed “great success”

Southport Dementia Friendly. MP John Pugh joined representatives from public health, the Alzheimer’s Society, Person Shaped Support and Lib Dem councillors Pat Keith and Sue McGuire at the Atkinson yesterday when information and advice about the condition and its care will be available to members of the public and dementia carers.

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John Pugh Mp pictures with Cllrs Pat Keith & Sue McGuire with representatives from Alzheimer’s Society, Southport Library, PSS, Age Concern and PSS who all supported the event

“We’re delighted to provide the venue for this very important event, one which we feel will benefit many people in Southport and Sefton generally,” said the Akinson’s community partnership manager Philip Wroe. “We’re hoping a lot of people will come along and share their experiences with us.

Latest figures show that Sefton has one of the highest percentages of adults with dementia in the UK.

Councillor Keith said: “It’s hugely encouraging that so many people from such diverse organisations realise the importance of this campaign and have willingly come on board to help. We hope to welcome representatives from Southport businesses who want to lead the way and help make day-to-day life easier for people with dementia and their carers.”

Councillor McGuire said: “This event was a great opportunity for the business community to arrange free staff training on the day. We need businesses, residents and the third sector working together to deliver Southport’s Dementia friendly initiative.”

Rubbish Friends to tackle marine debris on Southport Beach

Rubbish Friends 10 13 smallThe volunteer litter pickers “Rubbish Friends” will be joining with the “Love My Beach” volunteers in their first clean up of 2014.

The two volunteer organisations will be working together with Sefton Council’s Coast and Countryside rangers to help clear the beach of marine litter on Saturday 15th February.

Councillor Sue McGuire, one of the founders of “Rubbish Friends” explained “The recent high tides and strong winds has meant there is an huge amount of additional debris on our beach and so we are delighted that “Love my Beach” are joining forces with is for this vital clean-up.”

Councillor Pat Keith will join her Cambridge Ward Colleague to supervise the operation and said “Litter is a blight wherever its found but we are so fortunate that we have a growing group of volunteers who willingly put in their time and effort to clear it. In my opinion they are our “litter heroes.”

Councillor Sue McGuire added “We are really proud of the work that “Rubbish Friends” put in to clean up grot spots around our area and both Pat & myself would encourage everyone to get involved”.

If you would like to be a Southport “Rubbish Friends” please join us on Saturday 15th February in the car park closest to Fairways Roundabout (free parking for volunteers) on Marine Drive at 10:30am. Gloves and equipment will be provided.