School walk so much bet­ter

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IN A few weeks’ time chil­dren will be re­turn­ing to school, or even start­ing a new school for the first time.

To get to school some will walk, cy­cle, or catch public trans­port, which leaves the rest to join the thou­sands on the school run.

Par­ents should do a few dry runs and find the least con­gested route be­fore park­ing a short dis­tance from the school. Use a phone to find the safest walk­ing route for the re­main­der of the jour­ney.

The to­tal jour­ney time may be longer, but it will be less stress­ful for the driver and a brisk walk is good for your health.

A house­holder needs a dropped kerb in or­der to cross the pave­ment to park in one’s own drive, yet cars are al­lowed to park on the pave­ment.

When will Sefton Coun­cil clamp down on pave­ment park­ing? Bernard Pow­ell

South­port

CUT DUTY, SAVE PUBS

IT WAS very dis­ap­point­ing to read the lat­est fig­ures show­ing that the pub in­dus­try is still strug­gling to sur­vive, with 18 clos­ing their doors for the last time in Bri­tain ev­ery week.

Sadly this de­cline has been on­go­ing for a long time now and the North West is the hard­est hit area, along with the South East.

The Cam­paign of Real Ale, (Camra) has re­vealed that there were 476 clo­sures na­tion­ally in the first six months of this year, which is 13 more than the pre­vi­ous half year.

The Gov­ern­ment could help ease this sit­u­a­tion as the third of the cost of a pint is made up of var­i­ous taxes, but there is lit­tle ev­i­dence that they are go­ing to do so.

The com­bi­na­tion of high beer duty, VAT and ris­ing busi­ness rates is crip­pling the in­dus­try and killing off the tra­di­tional boozer.

And at the same time booze in su­per­mar­kets and off-li­cences is com­par­a­tively cheap, en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to drink at home.

The Gov­ern­ment ur­gently needs to re­duce the beer duty and VAT so that the food and drink in­dus­try can com­pete with those shop­ping out­lets.

It is easy for peo­ple to just shrug their shoul­ders on read­ing that yet an­other pub has closed its doors but it should not be for­got­ten that ev­ery clo­sure means not just a loss of an amenity but a loss of jobs.

Pubs are at the heart of com­mu­ni­ties, ur­ban and ru­ral, up and down this land, and a cyn­i­cal ob­server might think that the Gov­ern­ment – of what­ever hue – is happy for the places where peo­ple gather to chew the fat should van­ish.

We all know that pol­i­tics, lo­cal and na­tional, is a reg­u­lar topic while a pint or two are downed and with the in­creas­ing dumb­ing down of so­ci­ety I fear the pow­ers-that-be would pre­fer cit­i­zens to be at home mes­merised by their elec­tronic de­vices rather than dis­cussing so­ci­etal is­sues. Paul Nut­tall, North West MEP

UK In­de­pen­dence Party

HE’S OUT OF TOUCH

I FEEL I must write re­gard­ing my horror upon read­ing an ar­ti­cle in the lo­cal Fo­cus mag­a­zine, which I am led to be­lieve is the truth. I have no rea­son to think oth­er­wise.

The back page of the mag­a­zine refers –and I quote “Merge South­port with Liver­pool” says Labour.

Joe An­der­son, the Mayor of Liver­pool, re­port­edly told the Fi­nan­cial Times peo­ple don’t un­der­stand borders – they are all Scousers.

I strongly ob­ject to this state­ment, how dare he as­sume we want to be classed as Scousers.

I cer­tainly don’t, he is ob­vi­ously so out-of-touch with the res­i­dents of South­port to make such a taste­less state­ment.

If Mr An­der­son did lis­ten to the res­i­dents of South­port he would hear their dis­ap­point­ment in the way the town has been al­lowed to de­te­ri­o­rate, at the same time as we pay in­crease coun­cil tax and park­ing charges.

Res­i­dents in many cases pay more for in­surances as part of Mersey­side.

The res­i­dents say “I was once proud to say I lived in South­port, not any more” and “all the money we pay goes to Boo­tle and is spent there up­dat­ing Liver­pool ar­eas” – and what’s more none of us trust Boo­tle, they have lined their cof­fers with our hard earned money for long enough.

South­port res­i­dents want to come out of Mersey­side, with a lo­cal coun­cil that recog­nises the needs of the pop­u­la­tion, and spend the money in South­port.

Al­ter­na­tively be­come part of Lan­cashire to aid a fairer dis­tri­bu­tion of monies.

We have all un­der­gone a num­ber of years of aus­ter­ity but ar­eas of Liver­pool cer­tainly seem to have thrived dur­ing this time. Via email

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