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£45,000 released for Halloween youth projects

Community groups which work to divert young people away from crime and anti-social behaviour are being invited to bid for grants for projects running during the autumn half-term, thanks to Merseyside’s Police Commissioner.

Jane Kennedy

Jayne Kennedy with now retired  Chief Constable of Liverpool Sir Jon Murphy.

Jane Kennedy has announced that she is once again releasing a round of funding from the Police Property Act Fund (PPA), which allows money raised from the sale of unclaimed stolen goods or property recovered by the police to be used for good causes.

It is the ninth time the Commissioner has asked community organisations, charities and groups to apply for a vital cash boost of up to £5,000 grants for grassroots initiatives which are working to help young people to make the right choices. A total of £45,000 is available from the fund for one-off grants for organisations which are committed to improving community safety, reducing crime or supporting victims.

Jane has already awarded nearly £333,000 through the PPA to organisations that are making a difference in their communities. Since July 2015, the fund has been used to concentrate on youth engagement initiatives.

The Commissioner said: “I am pleased to once again open up the Police Property Act Fund for bids of up to £5,000 to organisations which are working to make their communities safer and better places to live by engaging with young people.

“Many communities across Merseyside traditionally see a rise in criminal and anti-social behaviour during the autumn half-term, particularly around Bonfire and Mischief Night. Historically, it is also a particularly busy time for the police and the fire service. Through these grants, I want to help alleviate these issues and prevent local young people from making mistakes they may regret in the future. “Once a young person gets a criminal record it can blight their future prospects. If we can prevent them from making mistakes at a young age we can look forward to their positive contribution to their neighbourhoods. “I want to see these grants used to support projects that complement the excellent diversionary work carried out by Merseyside Police and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, ensuring that young people can enjoy the autumn festivities in a safe and enjoyable way which is properly supervised.”

Last year, more than 11,300 young people benefitted from 26 youth initiatives which kept them away from dangerous activities, thanks to funding raised by the police from the sale of stolen goods.

Jane added: “Local people know their communities best. They know what works when engaging with their young people and I am looking forward to reviewing their ideas and initiatives for ensuring everyone can have a safe and fun Halloween.”

The PPA fund is administered by the Community Foundation for Merseyside, (CFM) on behalf of the Commissioner. CFM holds funds from individuals and organisations as donors who wish to support deserving causes in Merseyside.”

All applications must be submitted online via the Community Foundation for Merseyside by 5pm on Monday 14th September.

Please visit their website to apply.

For more information contact:

Chloe Griffiths, Press Secretary to the Police

(0151) 777 5193 


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Posted by on August 6, 2018 in Uncategorized


Peter Dowd MP today in Parliament

Peter Dowd

Shadow chief secretary to the Treasury Peter Dowd says the “only thing the party opposite are open to and tolerant of are big fat donations from Russian oligarchs”.

He says that the UK’s “place in the world is a laughing stock” due to Ms May’s “supine sycophancy” for US President Donald Trump.

He asks if the UK spend “decades” trying to get rid of divides in Northern Ireland only to reconstitute them later.

Delays in the supply chain will lead to higher costs for consumer, he adds. A Customs Union is what businesses need, what producers want and would most benefit consumers, he states.

Labour’s New Clause 13 would “empower” the Commons while the government seeks to “sidestep” it, he says.

“If they can’t get a grip, get out,” he finishes.


Restrictions on Dogs in Sefton

In July 2017 a public Space Protection order ( PSPO ) was granted to initiate restrictions on dogs in parks and public spaces in Sefton.

The PSPO is here: LINK

I was notified over the weekend of enforcement actions taking place.  I contacted the Head of Green Sefton to point out that there was inadequate signage and publicity to indicate the restricted areas.

He has now suspended all enforcement action until problems are addressed.

I will update this post with further information and maps of restricted areas.


Posted by on July 16, 2018 in Uncategorized


Planning app Former HSBC

Application Withdrawn 8/9/18

Papa John’s Pizza have applied to convert part of the former HSBC into a take-away unit Application Number DC/2018/01196


ex hsbc papa johns

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Posted by on July 11, 2018 in Uncategorized


Planning applications this week

Victoria Ward only

66 Coronation Road Crosby Liverpool L23 5RQ Reference:   DC/2018/01133

Proposal:     Erection of a single storey extension to the rear of the property following the demolition of the existing extension and alterations to the shop front

26 Warwick Avenue Crosby Liverpool L23 3BS  Reference:   DC/2018/01219

roposal:     Erection of a single storey extension to the side and rear of the dwellinghouse (alternative to DC/2017/01162 granted 07/09/17)

28 Morningside Crosby Liverpool L23 0UW  Reference:   DC/2018/01264

Proposal:     Certificate of lawfulness for the proposed erection of a single storey extension to the rear of the dwellinghouse

3 Highfield Grove Crosby Liverpool L23 9TD  Reference:   DC/2018/01277

Proposal:     Erection of a two storey extension to the side and a dormer extension incorporating a juilete balcony to the  rear of the dwellinghouse


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Posted by on July 7, 2018 in Planning


Heathrow expansion vote 25/0618

I am very proud that our MP voted against Heathrow Expansion.Heathrow exp vote 260618



Thank you for re-electing your Councillor Jan Grace in the Local Elections 2018 with 65% of the Vote.

In Sefton,  Labour had a great night winning three additional seats, two from the Lib Dems and one from Independents.  Great to have Nina Killen back. Amazing wins in Southport in Kew for Janis Blackburne and Norwood for Mhairi  Doyle. Great to get Sudell Back with Yvonne Sayers.


Cllr Jan Grace, Cllr Les Byrom CBE, Peter Dowd MP

Across the four Crosby/Waterloo/Thornton/Seaforth Wards the percentage of those voting for the main parties was as Follows:

Local ward percentage


LABOUR           67%

CON               14%

LIB                 12%

GREEN            7% 



Sefton Labour now has 22 Female Councillors and 21 Male.


All 43 Sefton Council MBC, Labour Party Members, including newly elected Sam Marshall, (Blundellsands) Nina Killen(Ravenmeols)  Mahiri Doyle (Norwood) Janis Blackburne ( Kew)  Yvonne Sayers ( Sudell) and Liz Dowd ( Ford)

Stats election 18