Three Halewood schools were recognised last week in the regional Educate Awards.
PLANTATION PRIMARY – achieved the Outstanding Sport in Primary School Award
FINCH WOOD ACADEMY – picked up an award in recognition of its provision for young people with special educational needs an disabilities, and
HALEWOOD ACADEMY – was runner up in the Most Inspirational Secondary School category.
Our congratulations and thanks to everyone involved.
KNOWSLEY BUS REVIEW
Merseytravel are undertaking a review into bus services in Knowsley.
Members of the review the team will be at the HALEWOOD CENTRE on MONDAY 27th NOVEMBER from 10am – 3pm.
Please go along and ‘Have Your Say’ and tell the team what you think about bus services in Halewood.
Further information is available on the Merseytravel website at
JUST IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…..
Just in case you missed it……here’s what the Chairperson of the Town Council Cllr Tina Harris and I had to say on Radio Merseyside this morning about our Council of the Year award for 2017 and the wonderful community that is Halewood…….
COUNCIL OF THE YEAR AWARD FOR HALEWOOD TOWN COUNCIL
COUNCIL OF THE YEAR
at the National Association of Town Council’s Star Council Awards.
From near record levels of entries, the judges who included representatives from Central Government and the University of London, ‘were really impressed about how Halewood engaged with the community and (went) beyond the traditional boundaries of local councils’ and were ‘quite blown away’ with our work engaging with schools in tacking social deprivation.
At the awards, Cllr Tina Harris, Chairperson of the Town Council and Mayor of Halewood, paid tribute to the hard work and dedication of all Town Council staff, volunteers and Elected Members who do so much to live out the Town Council’s moto to ‘seek the best’ for our community.
Cllr Iain Hamilton, George MacKenzie (Town Manager) Cllr Tina Harris, Cllr Norman Hogg, Cllr Sue Baxter (Chairperson of NALC) and Geoff Williams from Blachere Illuminations who presented the award.
SPECIAL TOWN COUNCIL MEETING
There will be a Special Meeting of the Town Council at 7pm on Thursday 2nd November 2017.
To access the Agenda please click on the following link:
An alert to a scam which targets taxpayers and seems to be aimed at the elderly in particular.
There is currently a telephone scam where a recorded message is left, allegedly from HMRC, stating that HMRC are bringing a lawsuit against the individual and is going to sue them. The recipient is asked to phone 0161 8508494 and press ‘1’ to speak to the officer dealing with the case. This scam is becoming widely reported and seems to be targeting older people. Please do not respond to this message, as you will be charged an extortionate rate for this telephone call.
HMRC takes security very seriously but you need to be alert. If you cannot verify the identity of the person making the call you should not disclose your personal details. You should report these incidents on the ACTION FRAUD website, or you can call them on 0300 123 2040 (Please note this number will be charged at your normal network rate). They are open Monday to Friday 09:00 – 18:00
OCTOBER TOWN COUNCIL MEETING
The next meeting of the Town Council is due to take place on
Wednesday 18th October 2017 at
New Hutte Neighbourhood Centre, Lichfield Road, Halewood starting at 7pm.
To access the agenda click on the following link:
HOLLIES PLAYGROUND CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
I am sorry to report that we have had more mindless and deliberate vandalism to Hollies Playground. Just take a look at these pictures:
Having spent just over £46,000 last year on a complete refurbishment of the playground, it is disappointing, to put it mildly, that this has happened. The Police have been informed, Scene of Crime Officers have taken evidence in an attempt to identify the culprits and if they are identified the Town Council will give serious consideration to criminal prosecutions.
As a result the play area is closed and will remain so until further notice. The Town Council simply hasn’t got the resources to keep dealing with such vandalism.
THE FUTURE OF YOUR TOWN COUNCIL
Knowsley MBC have recently agreed to conduct what is known as a Community Governance Review of Town and Parish Councils in the Borough.
The review will centre on the electoral arrangements for the Town Council and whatever is agreed is likely to come into force when the next Town Council elections are held in May 2019.
Knowsley MBC are keen to hear the views of as many people in the Town Council area as possible and by following this link, you can find a little more details about the review and complete the consultation form.
The outcome of this review will affect the whole Township and I do hope you are able to find time to take part in the consultation and continue to support your Town Council. Thank you.
George MacKenzie, Town Manager