Incidents in Local Area

On 08.04.2017, three masked youths were disturbed trying to break into a house on Green Lane. They were disturbed by a neighbour and they made off in the direction of Hartdale Road where they had a stolen vehicle parked in order to make their escape.

The neighbour confronted the youths and was assaulted by two of them using a piece of wood and a concrete block and things could have been worse only for the intervention of another neighbour.

All three made good their escape in the vehicle.


During the afternoon of 14.04.2017, there was a road accident in Thornfield Road when a speeding vehicle using Thornfield as a ‘rat run’ struck a vehicle that was emerging from a resident’s drive causing substantial damage.

Police, ambulance and fire service were in attendance, luckily there were no major injuries.


Sometime over the Easter weekend, a house was burgled in Water Street and two vehicles stolen. These were subsequently used in crime and later found burnt out.


Over the past few weeks there have been several incidents of cars being ‘keyed’ across the Parish.

Although nobody has been identified as the culprits, one time slot can be identified as between 05.15 and 08.00 Sunday morning.

Scrambler bikes are continuing to be a nuisance in the are – please report any incidents  to Merseyside Police

Please be vigilant.

Improvements to The Crescent

Thornton  Parish Council and Sefton Council Neighbourhoods Team, would like to announce a series of aesthetic improvements to the Crescent shopping area. These measures are aimed to increase safety for both pedestrians and road users around this busy area. Upgrades will include the following:

1. Improvements to street lighting;

2. Provision of kerbed build-outs;

3. Provision of speed table;

4. Implementation of one-way system;

5. Replacement of street furniture (bollards, bench and planters).

These improvements will start to be carried out during April 2017 at a cost of around £29,000. This project comes after 10 years of planning. Hopefully it will ensure the area is safer for all users and help to increase footfall and use of the shops.


Freedom of Thornton

At our recent Open Meeting Thornton Parish Council were delighted to award the first Freedom of Thornton to Mrs Clare Peet in recognition of her commitment and unstinting work for the community of Thornton.

Pictured below is Mrs Peet receiving the award from Cllr Hounsell and Fr Harrington from St William of York.

Freedom of Thornton

The Parish Council this year would like to involve the community in a number of ways. One of these ways is to introduce ‘The Freedom of the Parish’. This is an award nominated by residents to a deserving member of the community. The ceremony will take place during our yearly open meeting,

Freedom of the Parish

Following the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act 2009, Parish Councils now have the power to award the Freedom of the Parish.

Considerations for this are:

  • Should be awarded in recognition of exceptional contribution or service to the community over a prolonged period of time to a person of distinction.
  • Can be awarded to any resident of the Parish, or person outside the Parish, who renders an identifiable and consistent contribution/service to the Parish of Thornton .
  • Can be proposed by any resident in the Parish or by Parish Councillors.
  • Parish Councillors will have absolute discretion regarding who receives and award.
  • It is not necessary to award if no-one is proposed and it is not a requirement that anyone is appointed even if proposed.

 This is an award, solely in the gift of the Council and confers no material honours or special privileges nor does it entitle the person to participate in the proceedings of the Council meetings or in any ceremonial events. It is purely and simply awarded for merit.

Anyone wishing to nominate an individual for a freedom should contact the Clerk.