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Formby General Store opens its doors amid Pandemic

IT isn't often that we get to say this now in Formby Village, but a new shop has opened. The shop is a true general store, that caters for everything from basic household and DIY goods to foods and more. the shop is the 1st in what the owner hopes with be a chain and is run by a young family. Differently it is worth a visit if...


Sight Loss Councils slam Transport Committee's latest report on e-scooters

SIGHT Loss Councils, which advocate for blind and partially sighted people across the UK, have slammed a report on e-scooters, just published by the House of Commons Transport Select Committee...


Dobbies Southport to host Spooktacular events this Halloween

FOR a frighteningly good day out for the whole family, Dobbies' Halloween Spooktacular, that is due to be held, from Thursday, 29 October to Saturday, 31 October 2020, in the Southport store. Families can enjoy...


Lamb sector under threat in event of 'no deal,' CLA warns

THE Country Land and Business Association (CLA), which represents 30,000 rural businesses in England and Wales, has today issued a stark warning to the Government on the impact that no deal would have on Britain's competitiveness...


Local Council Candidate Raises Concerns Over State of Road

A local campaigner, Mike Prendergast, has raised concerns over the conditions of the road surface along a busy stretch of road, in Birkdale, Southport, Merseyside.  In an email to us he said:- "The..."


Thousands of affordable homes would have been lost under planning reforms

COMMUNITIES could have missed out on nearly 30,000 affordable homes in the past 5 years if proposed Government planning reforms were in place, new analysis has...


Liverpool's children's champ Julie Cashin receives MBE for contribution to Children's Services

WHEN Liverpool City Council worker Julie Cashin (Bennett) got a phone call telling her she was going to receive an award in the Queen's Birthday Honours, she immediately...


Celebrating 2 'trail blazing' volunteers

AS we mark Black History Month, Merseyside's Police Commissioner is celebrating the work of 2 'trail blazing' Independent Custody Visitors, while encouraging others to join the scheme. Ebenezer 'Ben' Quartey and Herbert 'Herbie' Higgins were 2 of the founding members...


Joint statement from the Metro Mayor, City Mayor and Leaders of the Liverpool City Region's 6 Local Authorities

"IN response to the high and rising Covid19 cases in the City Region, we have been working collectively throughout the whole weekend to negotiate a package of support from the Government in the best..."


Steve Rotheram Launches ₤500,000 Community Environment Fund

COMMUNITY environment groups across the City Region are set to benefit from a ₤500,000 Fund, that has been launched by Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region. The Community Environment Fund aims to:- Improve the environment in the Liverpool City Region (LCR); Encourage long term behavioural change; Promote community engagement and participation in environmental projects!


The Fastfit Centre moves into Merseyside's Biggest Tyre Bay

THE Fastfit Centre, a St Helens auto garage known for its tyre repairs, has moved to a new facility, making it the biggest tyre bay and auto garage in Merseyside! As well as boosting its storage...


Beauty Works' Penelope Cheshire shortlisted for prestigious UK award

1 of the world's most successful beauty brands, Beauty Works, is celebrating after its Managing Director, Penelope Cheshire, was shortlisted for a prestigious...


Millions of motorists in a race for last minute MOT appointments

MILLIONS of drivers will be battling to book their MOT test from this week, as garages face a 6 month backlog from the Coronavirus lockdown. That's according to new research from Confused.com, which found that 29% of drivers; that's equivalent to nearly 12 million cars; will have been eligible for the MOT holiday. Of these, nearly 37% or 4 million; drivers made use of the extension, meaning they had to book their car in for an MOT within the next...


LGA responds to NHS providers report on the state of providers survey

RESPONDING to an NHS Providers survey of trust leaders, which found that 83% were worried that insufficient investment is being made in social care in their area, Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the Local Government Association's Community Wellbeing Board, said:- "Social care services will play an absolutely vital role in relieving pressure on the NHS this winter, especially as we look to minimise the..."


Brake comments on increase in video calling behind the wheel

THE 2020 RAC Report on Motoring has revealed that 1 in 5 drivers aged 17 to 24 admit to making or receiving video calls when driving, and a further 1 in 10 say they play games on their phone when behind the wheel. Brake, the road safety charity, have voiced their concern on these findings and are calling for a complete ban on the use of a phone when driving, including hands free. The road safety campaigners claim this view...


Morrison's introduces new measures to help people who are self isolating

MORRISON'S is launching a service aimed at ensuring customers who are self isolating can get a delivery of food to their doorstep. With Coronavirus cases rising, Morrison's wants no customer to be left behind and the:- 'doorstep delivery' service will offer all customers who are self isolating a next day food delivery, from 10am to 6pm. Customers simply have to ring the doorstep delivery service where they can choose the...


Merseyside football giants back NSPCC campaign to make sports clubs safer for children

LIVERPOOL and Everton football clubs have backed an NSPCC campaign to raise awareness of safeguarding standards in UK sports clubs and improve safety measures. New research found less than 4 in 10 parents actively sought to understand the safeguarding procedures of their local sports/ leisure clubs before signing their child up to take part in practice sessions, matches and competitions...


New approach aims to broaden the range of organisations responsible for improving air quality locally

THE UK Government has launched a call for evidence, from 5 October 2020, in which public bodies should be designated to become Air Quality Partners to help cut emissions. This approach will ensure all relevant public bodies, not just Local Authorities, are playing their part in helping to reduce pollution at a local level, ensuring a better joined up...


Is 17 too young to drive? Brits have their say on the UK's driving age limit?

THE UK driving theory test has recently undergone some major changes, as the existing written exam has now been replaced with a more visual approach, in a bid to make it more accessible and modern. With driving tests frequently being updated, data from GOV.UK indicates theory test pass rates have plummeted in recent years, now at just 49.1% in comparison to 51.6% in 2014. Practical pass rates are also at an all time low...


Nominations open for the 2020 Liverpool City Region Culture and Creativity Awards

LIVERPOOL City Region Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram has launched the nominations for this year's Culture and Creativity Awards to celebrate creative activity that has brought people together within their communities, in real life or virtually, over the last year. Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region said:- "It's safe to say that 2020 has been an exceptionally challenging year for everyone, but in spite..."

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