Fix for Cecil Hills school traffic

The streets around Cecil Hills Public School are on their way to being safer for children after Liverpool Council voted to work on fixing traffic problems identified by local residents.

Resident Michael Botfield and the Cecil Hills Public School roads and pedestrian safety working group presented paperwork to the last council meeting suggesting how some of the traffic problems could be solved.

The group called for a pedestrian crossing across Sandringham Drive, traffic control measures and signage in Leopold Place and a 40 km/h school zone on Spencer Road.

The council voted to investigate the problems and take steps to implement solutions in time for the second school term of 2014.

In other news:

Park charges questioned

Liverpool councillor Anne Stanley has questioned the rates council charges for use of its public parks.

At the council's last meeting she said she noticed that private businesses who rent the parks, including The Great Moscow Circus which used Bigge Park recently, didn't always pay the same amount as organisations like sporting clubs.

Cr Stanley moved a motion calling for the investigation of the "implementation of a fee for profit businesses' usage of council's recreation and open space areas or sporting fields".

Councillor Tony Hadchiti said he was against the motion because he did not want to discourage businesses such as the circus from coming to Liverpool. The motion was carried after some debate.

Call to support relay

Relay for Life may not be held in Liverpool this year if it doesn't receive more support from the community, mayor Ned Mannoun has said.

Cr Mannoun told the council the event had not received enough financial support and had a low turnout last year.

He mentioned the problem during the December 2013 Performance Report, which was presented by the council's acting chief executive Julie Hately and detailed the council's recent achievements.

"Let's get a team together this time and take part in this year's relay," Cr Mannoun told the council.