April Update from Cllr Jill Houlbrook (Upton)

Dear Upton resident,

I'm pleased to note that the new speed camera on Liverpool Road is already having an effect and slowing the traffic at the roundabout by the Dale Camp. There have been many accidents caused by drivers taking the roundabout too fast and putting the lives of pedestrians in danger. The welfare officer at the Dale has supported the process.

I am still waiting for the children crossing sign to be erected by the Dale and I've asked our highways officer to chase up the sign.

It is good to see so many roads in Upton receiving surface dressing. This year's budget book highways has yet to be published so I cannot yet let you know which roads and pavements are at the top of the list for repairs in this financial year.

This week I shall be meeting with street scene manager to pick the spot for the installation of the memorial benches. One for the Cockpit and one for the pocket park opposite. Residents who wish may arrange for a memorial plaque to be attached to a bench.

The work with children at Westlea school to highlight the issues of litter and dog fouling is well under way and I am using part of my community budget to turn the posters the children have designed into notices to be attached to lamp posts around Upton.

I was delighted to attend the launch of the Daily Mile at Upton Heath school and I will be supporting the spread of exercise and healthy living in the ward and the borough.

Residents are still concerned about the parking and destruction of the grass verges both on Handforth Road and Cross Green both caused by vehicles being used in the development of houses. I am working with the residents and planning officers to ensure no planning conditions have been breached.

Recently I attended the launch of Wildlife connections at the Zoo. This excellent project is available to any organisations schools  in Upton and far beyond. I have already suggested various green spaces which I am hopeful will be included in the project.

I have been made aware that many walkers with dogs using the Countess Health Park are not keeping those pets on the lead as requested. This has caused problems with dogs frightening children and causing a nuisance. I'm now in contact with the managers of the park so hopeful the issue will be swiftly resolved.

Kind regards,