Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Get involved in Friends of Garston Park

The Friends of Garston Park are holding their AGM later this month.  It's on 25th April at 6 30pm at Garston Leisure Centre.  We usually use the cafĂ© area to meet as it's closed then.

Members should get an e mail or note to alert them but this is also a good chance for people who've not been before to come along and find out more.

Recent Friends projects include tree planting, the art project, litter picks and meetings with Council officers about future plans.  The Friends have also adopted some of the planters in L19 and are maintaining them (the Council not being able to do this)

Monday, 7 April 2014

Saving the Library

Some time ago I blogged about the Council's announcement that half the community libraries in Liverpool may have to close.

Obviously many communities love and value their local libraries and want to keep them.  In Garston we've set up a Save Garston Library Facebook group so that interested people can keep in touch, and we've done some preparations in case we have a fight on our hand. We have a Friends of Garston Library group so we do have a structure if we need to take any action.

The Council isn't announcing which libraries it's targeting yet.  In fact this might not happen until the summer.

However, as the library service is statutory, the Council is obliged to run a "consultation" ahead of any proposed changes.

As part of this consultation, there's a questionnaire which is available from libraries as hard copy but also on line at this link
http://liverpool.gov.uk/council/consultation/libraries-consultation/

If you care about your local library, or indeed about the library service generally, do please fill it in.  the deadline is 16 May.

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Liverpool Local Plan - not long left to have your say

The City Councils drawing up a "local plan" which is about land use and other planning type issues for the City for the next 15 years.

Local people are being invited to comment, with info available on line.

There's not long to go though as the deadline is 30 April.

You can find the information, at this link.

Friday, 28 March 2014

New event added to Friends of Garston Library programme

The Friends of Garston Library literary evenings series will include a chance for budding writers to read out their own poetry and prose.

An extra evening event's been added on 10 July.

More details will be posted soon but do make a note of the date.

The evening will also include readings from existing local poets.

Our 2014 literary events take place at ESLA on Horrocks Avenue with a 6 30 for 7pm start.

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Gilmour infants consultation meeting

Liverpool City Council is organising  a drop in consultation at Gilmour Infants for people who live nearby.

It takes place next week (25th March) at the school from 3 30.

It's to give more info and discuss plans around the potential expansion of the school.

The Council should deliver leaflets about this consultation to houses nearby, but I am posting it here as an extra way of letting people know.

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Update on Garston plan consultation

UPDATE:  Here's the link to the Cabinet meeting stuff as mentioned.

I blogged last year about meetings organised by Urbed ( a consultancy) as part of drawing up a "masterplan" for Garston.

The consultancy was working on behalf of the Council.

Anyway, a report was published and we knew the Council had to decide whether or not to adopt it before any of the recommendations could be put into action deliberately.

It all went a bit quiet and in fact we asked just last week about what was happening.

The latest news is that the report will be discussed/adopted at the Council's Cabinet meeting on 21 March.  The paperwork isn't on the web yet but the most recent bit of information is here

There've been some developments which supersede some of it (for example the Council deciding it wants the skate park at Otterspool and the activity at some of the empty shops on St Marys Road bringing buildings back into use with no intervention from anyone else).   However most of whats suggested is still current.

I'll blog again with the link to the Cabinet meeting material when it's available.

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Garston Cat Rescue

The Garston Cat Rescue had some problems with Royal Mail last month so people may think it's no longer there.

Well the news is it is..... and it has plenty of cats (and some kittens) looking for new homes.

Here's a link to the organisation's website.