Court grants Sefton‘s application for Judicial Review into flawed Highways England consultation

The courts have granted Sefton‘s application for Judicial Review into the flawed Highways England consultation over Rimrose Valley.

Leader of Sefton Council Cllr Ian Maher, said: “I’m pleased that the court has granted us permission to proceed with our application for a Judicial Review to look into what we believe is a flawed consultation by Highways England when they decided that their preferred option was to build a dual carriageway through Rimrose Valley.

“When Highways England first announced that they would only be taking forward two options to ease traffic on the A5036 – a revamped A5036 Dunnings Bridge Road, which is already one of the busiest roads in the north, or a new £200m road through Rimrose Valley Park in Litherland – we told them that neither option would deliver the necessary benefits for our communities and to consult on a third option to build a tunnel.

“Yet they completely disregarded this approach and ploughed on with a flawed consultation which is why we had no alternative but to apply for a judicial review.

“Getting to this next stage means that the legal system clearly recognises that we have grounds to challenge the way the whole process has been handled.

“Their failure to include the tunnel as an option in the consultation process has deprived our residents of the opportunity to express a view – which is why we want to take action.

“Our case has been deemed to have enough evidence to take legal action and we’ll now prepare a strong case for the Judicial Review.

“We will fight this to ensure that that Highways England is ordered to re-open the consultation again, and give our communities a proper opportunity to be consulted on the tunnel option.

“Of course it is not too late for Highways England to reconsider their position, start their consultation process again including the tunnel option and avoid the need for ongoing legal action.

“We hope that common sense prevails.”

Public invited to share views on orthopaedics and ear, nose and throat services in Liverpool

A public consultation is taking place between 26 June and 15 September 2017 on proposals for a single orthopaedics service for Liverpool’s hospitals.

Orthopaedics focuses on injuries or diseases affecting bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles or nerves.

Under proposals, orthopaedics specialists at Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and the Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust would join together to become a single team, working across all three hospital sites.

This would involve separating most planned and unplanned orthopaedics care onto separate hospital sites, which would mean some operations taking place in a different place to where they do currently.

Dr Fiona Lemmens, Clinical Director for the Healthy Liverpool hospitals programme, said:

“Making sure that people have access to the very best hospital services – wherever they are treated in the city – is central to the Healthy Liverpool programme.

“We’ve been working with the local orthopaedics doctors from both Aintree and the Royal Liverpool to look at how hospital services could be improved, which has led to this proposal for making some changes to how we deliver hospital-based orthopaedics care “

“We believe that bringing the city’s orthopaedics expertise together into a single team would improve patient care, by giving all patients better access to the right doctors for their specific need, and making it easier for Liverpool’s hospitals to attract skilled, specialist clinicians, share expertise and training, and meet the highest clinical standards.”

“However, it’s important to stress that no decisions have been made at this stage, and we would encourage people to share their views on this proposal with us over the coming weeks.”

Visit the current exercises page to learn more about the public consultation and how you can give your views.