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Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Brookdale gets some new signage at last








New road signs erected to direct people to Woodvale’s  Brookdale Resource Centre have been welcomed by carers and staff at the facility.

However, some confusion exists due to the following.




When travelling down Meadow Lane a Brookdale sign directs people into Sandbrook Road. 

All well and good you may say, yet once in Sandbrook Road another sign is still required to stop drivers batting along past the left hand turn off for the centre. It’s too easy to miss the turn and go off along the main road.




This latest improvement follows a meeting held by the Friends of Brookdale group last year (23.6.15) with Cllr Paul Cummins.







A Friends of Brookdale member, Cath Regan, stated…

“We also welcomed improvements to the Brookdale car park. Nevertheless, we had to ask Cllr Haydn Preece and Lynne Thompson to step in as parts had initially been missed, which resulted in some additional repairs being required."








See also



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Friends of Brookdale







Friday, 20 May 2016

Graffiti in Ainsdale on the increase... Updated





Ainsdale residents have been shocked in many areas to discover more senseless graffiti near to their properties.


Liverpool Road, Trevor Road, Staveley Road and Kenilworth Road have all been targeted by vandals.






Ainsdale’s Cllr Haydn Preece has spoken to the Chief Executive to ensure we get areas such as the railway bridge cleaned quickly.  



Cllr Preece stated…

“The department concerned needs to clean all graffiti as they had only been cleaning offensive graffiti, which is ridiculous. They quoted government cuts but we must have a zero tolerance to graffiti. Can you think of any old walls where we could encourage graffiti artists so they have a safe area to express themselves?”


Salford Road, Bowness Avenue and other locations have also attracted mindless graffiti.  







Did you notice anything or see anyone acting suspiciously?



Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Ainsdale Discovery Centre becoming a grot spot?




Visitors and residents alike have been complaining about the unsightly graffiti and shoddy state of the Discovery Centre recently.

How sad it is that mindless ones, with bored minds, think that vandalising such worthy places stands as fun. If vandals have so much energy to spend on graffiti then let’s hope that if and when caught they can be forced to put as much effort into repainting/repairing this building.




Chipped walls and missing paint greet visitors to the Centre...




The Discovery Centre certainly requires a proper touch-up, with chipped and eroded paint all over the building.

It must be said that the impression one gets when driving down the Ainsdale promenade, past the ramshackle Toad Hall and the depressing Pontins fencing, is not a very positive one.





Naturally, this is not the classic image Southport wants to give to visitors to the resort.

Are there any official plans in place to address these issues by the council etc, or will we see this area nose-dive into more Sandbrook Way-type decay?

Saturday, 14 May 2016

Ainsdale’s Green Gem




Ainsdale's Greenbelt forms a home for a plethora of wildlife and is a wonderful place to visit in all seasons.




It’s well worth protecting from the absurdity of ignorant political goons, farce-ridden council ideals and greedy development profiteers. 







Amazing biodiversity exists on the greenbelt.




The appropriately named Speckled Wood flies in moderately shaded woodland with stippled sunlight.

Males typically perch in a small pool of sunshine. From such spots they rise quickly to divert any trespasser. Both sexes feed on honeydew in the tree tops. They are seldom seen feeding on flowers, except early and later on in the year when aphid activity is low.








Birds like the Reed Bunting and Stonechat love to find food and shelter in the prickly outcrops of Sea Buckthorn.

Ill-considered attempts to remove this bush only harm lovely birds such as these.




Brambles are also essential to many species of bird for shelter, food and nesting. Removing them to make areas look 'pretty' is the mark of ecological foolishness and ignorance.





Butterfly Conservation.


Thursday, 12 May 2016



Blaze in Station Road Ainsdale 




The emergency fire  services were called to the British Chippy on Station Road Ainsdale this evening following a 999 call. 




Workers and members of the public watched as fire crews attended the scene. 







Did you see it? 


More... 





Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Total Southport Tory Collapse under the Leadership of Ainsdale's Terry Jones 



Behind the scenes the defeated Southport Conservative party has now ceased to be any type of credible political party in the town. All Conservative candidates were thrashed in Southport good and proper. 

Leader of the beaten group, Cllr Terry Jones, was quoted in the Champion newspaper saying that it was a “disappointing” night for his party. Jones also said…

 “I will use my political time to continue fighting for Ainsdale and Southport and help (the Conservatives) fight back”.

With such a pathetic political  record of leadership behind him this promise surely gives little comfort  to the beaten Tory hopefuls who were roundly thrashed by the Libdems and also Labour in some wards. 

Some would say that his statement gives reason for utter fear to the Conservatives, not only in the town but nationally as well. Jones had years to get it right but alternatively went from bad to much worse. Therefore his claims to "fight back" are too absurd to ever be taken seriously.  


Resigned or pushed overboard?  




Word on the street was that Jones has possibly been ‘removed’ from his  untenable position due to his previous failures to secure better result for his party, since he became Tory leader.

Losing all wards to the Libdems at the last election was believed by many to be the final straw. 

Naturally, when any group is embarrassingly beaten so many times heads must roll,  people at the top will only stand so much failure before they are forced to take action against on-going apathy and inexcusable political catastrophe.  

In an article of 6 May, Southport writer Pat Regan, asked if Jones would resign.


Clearly Conservative powers that be must have been listening because Terry Jones soon fell (or was pushed) onto his sword after the biggest defeat of his party.

Ainsdale ward was in fact thrown into a state of chaos following Cllr Ted Hartill's sudden flight from politics. 

Many in the 'know' believed Hartill's real reason for running away from his comfortable councillor role was due to his foolish directional errors within a local community project that had been regularly highlighted on OTS News. 


The grinning candidate who took on the task of standing for the Tories in this ward was the now six times loser, Dr Jamie Halsall. The public however had seen the light and rather than listen to media and political spin they had obviously examined the facts about how the Ainsdale Tories treat constituents and wisely voted against Halsall and his Tory masters accordingly.



Tory Jamie Halsall was duly thrashed by Libdem candidate, Lynne Thompson.


Jones did then in fact resign as predicted. However, it should be reiterated that his resignation would appear to be more to do with his own basic flops that aided the Libdems to secure victory, rather than any alternative claims.

It should be noted too that Jones is not in fact resigning as a councillor but 'only' as group leader. Therefore, regardless of any private excuses he is still fair game for any opposition party member because he will be of course quite happy to use his party membership and political bias to oppose any others who stand in his way. 

We have already seen how willing Jones is to use his influence to silence dissent, regarding contradiction of has actions, against ordinary Ainsdale families, who he ‘thinks’ stand in his way.


Jones made silly legal threats yet could 'not' back them up when counter-challenged. 

Many things (that the press are clearly afraid to face and report) led to the total Tory collapse (and sudden resignations) in Southport and most especially from the Ainsdale ward of Terry Jones and his colleague Ted Hartill, the latter who has now fled from this role as Ainsdale councillor after only one somewhat lethargic term of office.


Let’s just recap what is behind all the glossy media and political spin and see the true behind the matter

The proven Southport Tory track record went something like this.

Formerly they have apparently...

# Blocked calls for local improvements (because good ideas put forward were not ‘their’ ideas)
# Remained virtually invisible to residents in need, with one who is usually abroad on holiday
# Blocked residential calls to bring back the popular Community Skip
# Threatened a local family with Conservative legal action because they exposed consistent Tory failings
# Created secret recordings of private chats with others
# Ignored the fight to save Ainsdale’s vital Brookdale dementia care facility, even though it was in their ward
# Misused Woodvale’s Community Centre for their own political promotion and self-interest
# Drove loyal colleagues (that opposed their dictatorial regime) out of the party
# Side-lined residents on local campaigns such as Cherry Road Park
# Delivered erroneous political literature (several times) through Ainsdale doors that looked like primary school doodle
# Dismissed the Sports Hall and the critical Library fight as irrelevant
# Claimed credit for campaign success achieved by others
# Rehashed old election literature, because they have nothing new to tell residents
# Stood by nonchalantly whilst Woodvale’s Sandbrook Way eyesore worsened each year
# Omitted to add the ‘surname’ of their Preston-based parliamentary candidate on their latest election sheet. Who is he?
# Misled the Southport press to unwisely support their private campaigns against other politicians, without any evidence to back their wacky claims


The reasons that you are reading all this  is because it is all true. If it was not the truth is would not be allowed to exist here.

Moreover, the apprehensive media are still apparently in some sort of anxiety state over this most pathetic political party that has been shown the door in Southport by residents in all wards.

It’s a very sorry situation when residents cannot access the truth because the press are too afraid to report it. Perhaps after all this fiasco the Southport media will finally wake up from its 'head-in -the-sand' slumber and really start to listen to the folk who know what is happening and where. 


Still, thankfully we have OTS News and therefore the truth will not be censored by the self-seeking mind controllers in bumbling political circles, the back-covering council and the largely advertisement – orientated media.

Friday, 6 May 2016

SOUTHPORT ELECTION 2016 – TORIES HAMMERED INTO THE GROUND UNDER THE QUESTIONABLE LEADERSHIP OF TERRY JONES




The night Southport’s voters finally jettisoned the self-seeking Tories. Southport’s Conservative hopefuls - totally demolished in all wards during the 2016 election.


Southport Conservatives were thrown into total disarray last night after losing all seven wards that were being contested.


The LibDems wiped the floor with the Tories gaining significant majorities of the vote. This total Southport Conservative failure brings into serious question the leadership behind such a terrible defeat under Cllr Terry Jones.



Ainsdale's hard-working, Lynne Thompson, one of the successful  Southport Libdem winners. 


WILL HE RESIGN?


Before the appalling defeat Jones had in fact thanked his retiring colleague,  Cllr (now Mr) Ted Hartill, for helping to “rebuild” the party. He (grammatical errors left intact) stated…


“We would also like to Thank Ted for all is efforts and support during his term, his contribution to the community will be missed. He was also a key figure in rebuilding our local party and we are grateful for is contributions”


Terry Jones cannot escape the accountability for the odious defeat of his party on this night and calls for his resignation must now surely be on the table.

News reports are informing us that this is the first time since the local election charter was drawn up in 1858 that any party has won all seven wards contested in Southport, in one night.

As the leader of the ramshackle political gathering, Terry Jones must accept that the buck stops with him! He and he alone led his party into this mess.

Apart for the seriously successful community action shown across the board by the LibDems, what else led to this embarrassing Tory hammering? Let’s look at a few facts about the Southport Tories …


The Tories blocked positive requests for community action more than once in Ainsdale.

Jones threatened hard-working community campaigners with legal action for no good reason.

Jones failed to intervene within a dispute between his colleague, Cllr Ted Hartill and volunteers who blew the whistle on Hartill’s worrying health and safety conduct.

Tories being largely invisible to the needs of Southport residents, along with poor attendance records at meetings.http://www.otsnews.co.uk/ainsdales-invisible-tories-its-official/

Failure to support the Brookdale Daycare Centre when it was threatened with closure.


Terrible grammatically unsound election leaflets that looked like they had been created by a child

Failure within the Tory-controlled woodland project in Woodvale, under Ted Hartill and his cronies

Moreover, public concerns about claims of Conservative money laundering in Dukes Ward are on-going. There is also the disconcerting case of secret tapes made by Cllr Jones that have not, as yet, come to light. 


So in a nutshell their proven track record went something like this. Previously they have apparently...


# Blocked calls for local improvements (because good ideas put forward were not ‘their’ ideas)
# Remained virtually invisible to residents in need, with one who is usually abroad on holiday
# Blocked residential calls to bring back the popular Community Skip
# Threatened a local family with Conservative legal action because they exposed consistent Tory failings
# Created secret recordings of private chats with others
# Ignored the fight to save Ainsdale’s vital Brookdale dementia care facility, even though it was in their ward
# Misused Woodvale’s Community Centre for their own political promotion and self-interest
# Drove loyal colleagues (that opposed their dictatorial regime) out of the party
# Side-lined residents on local campaigns such as Cherry Road Park
# Delivered erroneous political literature (several times) through Ainsdale doors that looked like primary school doodle
# Dismissed the Sports Hall and the critical Library fight as irrelevant
# Claimed credit for campaign success achieved by others
# Rehashed old election literature, because they have nothing new to tell residents
# Stood by nonchalantly whilst Woodvale’s Sandbrook Way eyesore worsened each year
# Omitted to add the ‘surname’ of their Preston-based parliamentary candidate on their latest election sheet. Who is he?
# Misled the Southport press to unwisely support their private campaigns against other politicians, without any evidence to back their wacky claims





Jones, told others about Hartill's “mass publicity” efforts, regarding the Woodvale Woodland Project (WWP) etc. It seems that Jones was not very pleased that the “papers were catching on” to Hartill’s “self publicity”.

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These and many other reasons appear to have helped the Conservatives under Jones achieve a horrendous night of utter and unquestionable defeat.


So will Terry Jones finally resign or can we expect to see his leadership failure blamed on others, along with more of the same next year?


Addendum

Jones has now resigned as Tory group leader yet remains on as a councillor.