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THE High­way Code ex­plains the rules of us­ing a rail­way level cross­ing.

Ap­proach and cross it with care. Never drive on to a cross­ing un­til the road is clear on the other side and do not get too close to the car in front.

Some cross­ings have yel­low box junc­tion mark­ings.

When cross­ing on foot take ex­tra care. Un­like a pave­ment, there is not enough room for two peo­ple to pass with­out risk of step­ping into the flow of traf­fic.

If I see some­one ap­proach­ing me, maybe a par­ent with chil­dren or push­ing a pram, then I let them cross be­fore mak­ing my ap­proach. Bernard Pow­ell

South­port

WE NEED TRUSTEES

TRUSTEES’ Week starts on Novem­ber 13 and what bet­ter time to cel­e­brate the vi­tal con­tri­bu­tion of these fan­tas­tic vol­un­teers.

Around the UK, there are more than one mil­lion trustees and in South­port and the sur­round­ing area there are more than one hun­dred trustees work­ing on be­half of Scout­ing.

Each one has a spe­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity to pro­vide the sta­bil­ity and good gov­er­nance ev­ery char­ity needs in or­der to flour­ish.

As chair of The Scout As­so­ci­a­tion’s Board of Trustees, I ask my­self: what dif­fer­ence do I make as a trustee?

For me, it comes down to five things: stew­ard­ship, scru­tiny, strat­egy, sup­port, and skills.

It’s about en­sur­ing the right pro­ce­dures and poli­cies and are in place to cre­ate a safe and se­cure en­vi­ron­ment.

It’s our role to en­sure there is a clear plan for the fu­ture and that there is the right level of chal­lenge and ac­count­abil­ity.

So this Trustees’ Week I would like to say a huge thank-you to all those who have al­ready stepped up to the plate and are putting some­thing back into their com­mu­ni­ties.

I would also like to en­cour­age more young peo­ple to come for­ward and serve as trustees – your en­ergy and ideas are in­valu­able if we want to con­tinue to help the next gen­er­a­tion de­velop the skills to suc­ceed in life.

Char­ity boards ben­e­fit most when there is a range of ages and back­grounds and they are at their strong­est when there is a healthy mix of ex­pe­ri­ences and per­spec­tives.

I urge you to join us. Ann Limb Chair, The Scout As­so­ci­a­tion

TAKE CON­TROL

THE only way that the Fish­er­man’s Path cross­ing can be made 100% safe for all users is that the gates at the cross­ing be ac­ti­vated by the Sand­hills con­trol and sig­nalling cen­tre.

Just in the same way that the bar­ri­ers at Ec­cles Cross­ing and Vic­to­ria Road are con­trolled by Sand­hills con­trol and sig­nalling cen­tre.

Also large no­tice boards must be erected on both sides of the level cross­ing to­gether with firstly, an am­ber light, and af­ter­wards red flash­ing lights to warn the pub­lic that a train is ap­proach­ing.

This is the only way that this very pop­u­lar cross­ing can be made 100% safe for all users.

It is not rocket sci­ence to in­stall sen­sors in the track to pro­tect the gen­eral pub­lic at the cross­ing.

I would also make it an of­fence for users, be it pedes­tri­ans or cy­clists, to have head­phones cov­er­ing or in­serted in their ears when us­ing the cross­ing at all times.

Our lo­cal MP could in­sti­gate a pri­vate mem­ber’s bill when Par­lia­ment re­sumes to make it il­le­gal for any road user to use head­phones, as wear­ing them stops them from hear­ing what is go­ing on around them.

I my­self do not have any trou­ble cross­ing the line as I can re­mem­ber the times of the trains go­ing to both South­port and Liverpool, but

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