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This page last updated on 2 November 2020
Concerns Over Escalation Of Illegal Raves Following The National Lockdown
THE Night Time Industries
Association warns that more illegal raves and parties will take place with the
announcement of a national Lockdown, adding to the already increasing number of
unregulated and unsafe events placing young people at risk. Michael Kill, CEO of
the Night Time Industries Association says:- "Following the announcement
of a national Lockdown on Saturday, we have seen an unprecedented increase in
illegal events up and down the country. As predicted due to weather these have
moved indoors in the many vacated business spaces and warehouses across the UK
There is a growing concern across the sector that frustration is boiling over
and the recent news has been met with anger, many blaming the Government for mis
management of the situation Young people are searching for alternatives to late
night venues, as they struggle to cope with continuing restrictions on their
lives due to the pandemic, which is impacting their mental health and social
well being. Thousands of businesses across the Night Time Economy and events
sector remain closed, unable to open and present safe spaces for people to
express themselves, whilst struggling to survive and protect the livelihoods of
their staff while unsafe illegal events continue."
SIBA comments on
the proposed new restriction limiting takeaway sales of beer from pubs and
COMMENTING on the proposed new restriction limiting
takeaway sales of beer from pubs and breweries, James Calder, SIBA Chief
Executive said:- "As if a second national lockdown in England wasn't
disastrous enough for pubs and independent breweries, Government have gone
further this time around and introduced an unjustified restriction banning pubs
from selling takeaway beer, a service which was the only source of income for
many businesses during the summer lockdown. This is baffling considering
supermarkets will presumably still be allowed to sell packaged beer, whilst
small breweries and pubs will not.
It is nonsensical to impose these new restrictions when pubs have time and time
again proved that they are covid secure, both during lockdown when takeaway was
their only option and since pubs re-opened on the 4 July.
After discussions with Ministers and Departments over the weekend we're aware
that this is being considered now by members of the Cabinet and need the
Government to urgently clarify the following, before regulations are put to
Parliament on Wednesday:-
1. That pubs can continue to sell takeaway alcohol. If not, provide us the
evidence for why they cannot.
2. Clarify that online sales from breweries, delivered to consumers homes can
continue as they did throughout lockdown.
3. Clarify that breweries with an on site shop operating click and collect or
brewery pickup can continue to sell beer to consumers.
4. That bottle shops and shops run in brewery premises should be considered,
like off licenses, as essential retail and allowed to remain trading.
Government has time and time again failed the independent brewing sector by not
providing the support we need. We now need to see, in addition to this
1. The evidence that pubs are a major source of the transmission of the virus,
justifying their closure.
2. An extension of business rate holidays and grants to Breweries
3. An extension of the VAT cut to 5% for independent brewery beer
4. Full and identical support offered to breweries that has been, and will be
offered to pubs."
North West Air
Ambulance Charity welcomes new Director
THE North West Air Ambulance
is pleased to announce the appointment of Sarah Naismith as its new Director of
Income Generation and Engagement. Sarah joins after 17 years as Charity Director
at the Manchester Foundation Trust Charity (MFTC), where she helped grow a
fundraising appeal to build a new Children's Hospital into an organisation
raising money for the largest NHS Trust in the country, funding vital treatment,
research and care projects at Hospitals across Manchester and Trafford.
Sarah joins NWAA as the new Director of Income Generation and Engagement, where
she will be responsible for developing and delivering NWAA's income and
engagement strategy. In her new role, Sarah will work across the teams to foster
the charity's focus on the supporters that enable the lifesaving service to
remain operational. NWAA's crew of highly skilled HEMS Paramedics, Doctors
and Pilots man 3 Helicopters and a fleet of rapid response vehicles, attending
some of the most traumatic and life threatening incidents in the Region. The
charity operates 365 days a year, bringing lifesaving enhanced pre-Hospital care
direct to patients in critical condition across the Region. It takes ₤9.5
million each year to fund these efforts, with the generous support from
fundraisers, volunteers and donors playing a pivotal role.
Sarah Naismith, Director of Income Generation and Engagement, said:- "I'm
thrilled to be joining a charity that has such an enormous impact on so many
people across the North West. The skills, expertise and resources of the Air
Ambulance can, in a real sense, change patients' lives, and this vital work is
entirely charity funded. It's a challenge, but one I am eager to support. I'm
looking forward to enhancing the brilliant work already underway at the charity,
and particularly growing our focus on the people who keep the crew flying and
out on the roads."
Heather Arrowsmith, CEO at the charity, said:- "We are delighted to
welcome Sarah to the NWAA team. The charity has undergone significant change in
recent years. We've pioneered new interventions for patients, grown our clinical
and operational resource on the ground, and expanded the teams who work hard
every day to meet our fundraising goals. Without meeting these goals, we
would not be able to carry out our missions which make a lifesaving impact on
patients across the North West. Therefore, finding the best people to support
income generation is vital, and Sarah's experience is so welcomed and will
ensure the charity can fortify its fundraising efforts during these challenging
times, so that it can continue to make a lifesaving difference to the people of
the North West."
Withdraw from European Championships
"THE Consultation Group shaping
the GB Judo Return to International Competition Risk Assessment recently met to
discuss ongoing concerns around the Great Britain Delegation attending the 2020
Senior European Championships in Prague, Czech Republic from 19 November to 21
November 2020. Following long and difficult discussions, it was unanimously
agreed that due to the ongoing high risk concerns around the Coronavirus
Pandemic in the UK, in Europe, and specifically in the Czech Republic, British
Judo have unfortunately taken the very difficult decision to withdraw the whole
of the Great Britain Delegation from the 2020 Senior European Championships,
with immediate effect. Rest assured, this decision was not taken lightly
however, as previously communicated, the health and safety of our team members
and their families is paramount." British
businesses over lockdown
SOUTHPORT BID is urging people to
do what they can to support local businesses as a 2nd lockdown looks set to
begin this Thursday, 5 November 2020. Prime Minister Boris Johnson will tell
Parliament today that the Government will seek to ease the restrictions, on 2
December 2020 and return to tiered Regional lockdowns. He will warn that failure
to act now would cause deaths over the winter to become "twice as bad or more"
compared with the 1st wave.
Southport BID CEO Rachel Fitzgerald said:- "This is devastating news for
the Town, but obviously necessary from a health point of view. We urge everyone
in Southport to continue to support our local economy. 1 great way of doing this
is through buying the new Southport Gift Card as either gifts or Christmas
presents for friends and family. Southport Gift Cards are accepted by more than
70 local businesses in Southport, and this way money will go into the local
economy in the New Year when our businesses will need it most. While many
businesses in Southport will soon be closing temporarily, there are also many
which are classed as 'essential businesses' which will remain open. Others are
already diversifying, with many offering home delivery, click and collect or
takeaway services. Our shops and other businesses will remain open until the new
restrictions come into force on Thursday, so please use them for what you need
while you can. Christmas shopping season will be in full swing when businesses
are allowed to open in December, so I hope people are looking forward to seeing
them back open again. When our shops, restaurants and bars reopen next month,
Southport BID will create a Nutcracker Trail around Southport Town centre while
the 1st of our brand new decorative lights along Lord Street will be
operational, to help bring some sparkle to the festive season. When doing your
shopping or your Christmas shopping, please do all you can to support local
businesses in Southport at this vital time."
For more details about Southport Gift Card please visit:-
volunteers celebrate Green Flag honours
VOLUNTEERS at the majestic Botanic Gardens in Church
Town in Southport are proudly flying the Green Flag as a reward for their hard
work throughout the year. The Botanic Gardens Community Association Volunteers
fulfilled all the strict criteria needed to gain the community award. Judges
gave them the prestigious honour for the work they do all year round in the
park. The Green Flag will fly proudly from a post at the main entrance.
David Cobham, who runs the Botanic Gardens Community Association Volunteers,
said:- "We would like to thank all our funding supporters and sponsors, it
would not be possible without them. Sefton Council decided to withdraw from the
annual competition but we felt that a Green Flag accreditation gave the Gardens
a standard that would encourage people to visit and should be flying from the
tall entrance flag posts with pride.The Botanic Gardens Community Association
volunteers have been successful in achieving the highest mark of Outstanding for
6 years in the RHS North West in Bloom Competition culminating in Best Overall
Entry last year. We enquired if we could enter to be judged on the work we do.
So we applied for the Green Flag Community Award which covers a whole host of
sections to be marked by a visiting judge. We put in a detailed presentation
pack and were accepted for judging. We were then locked down and out of the park
for over two months but the judge was very impressed with the way we had
knuckled down when allowed to work again. Ann Cobham our gardening organiser
rang around and we visited plant growers to obtain what was available to plant
up most of the usual displays and got to work tidying the park up as best we
could. And we also opened up the Fernery and the public toilets, which we have
taken over, and we started to fund and improve the very popular Aviary to keep
it in business. We were absolutely proud and pleased to be awarded the coveted
Green Flag at our first attempt which is unusual and especially as there was no
In Bloom competition this year."
Sefton Council used to provide the Botanic Gardens with a Nurseries Manager and
seven staff members to look after the park all year round. But 5 years ago staff
members were axed due to budget cuts. A number of volunteers decided they would
do everything they could to keep the historic park looking its best. They work
in all weathers to maintain the facility for the benefit of local families,
helped by support from local sponsors and from Green Sefton, which is part of
Sefton Council. The park also welcomes thousands of visitors throughout the
year, who provide a boost to local restaurants, pubs and shops. David Cobham
said:- "I thank all our dedicated volunteers who turn up whatever the
weather all year round. And, also without our local funding sponsors it would
not be possible. We look forward to our tenth year hoping that the successes and
income we have brought to the Botanic Gardens will encourage much needed major
funding being provided for major infrastructure and restoration improvements on
the spectacular but silted up lake and its bridges which are in dire need of
some loving care. That would bring the Botanic Gardens back to its former
glories and would tick all the boxes for health of body and mind and safety for
people and wildlife and a top national attraction for Church Town and
A host of
Southport residents and businesses have come together to mark the launch of the
Southport Town Deal in a special video
THE Southport Town Deal board
have today released a video showcasing some of Southport's main attractions and
highlighting the potential of its business and visitor economy. The video also
stars a host of Sandgrounders spanning a number of generations to welcome the
bid. Produced by Sefton Council, the film brings together local businesses,
students and residents to celebrate the launch of Southport's bid for Government
Town Deal funding, worth ₤50 million for the future transformation and
regeneration of the resort. The bid itself focuses on visitor attractions, water
sports, business spaces, water shows and a new events space. The funding will
pave the way for Southport to transform its fortunes and maximise the great
potential it has to offer; the bid is hoping to attract a wider ₤400 million
The bid is part of the Government's Town
Deals Fund, developed to 'level up' and drive the economic regeneration of Towns
across England. Rob Fletcher, Chair of the Town Board said:- "Our plan has
been informed by the biggest conversation that the Town has ever had about its
future. We've had 7,000 pieces of individual feedback from residents, business
and visitors. 700 School children from the Town have also put their ideas
forward. Our plan is designed to provide opportunities for our current residents
and future generations."
Dwayne Johnson, Chief Executive at
Sefton Council, said:- "The Town Deal process has raised the profile of
Southport with investors and we can already see the positive effect it is
having. For example, Sefton Council has just announced an exclusivity agreement
with GoSurf to create The Southport Cove Resort. This ₤40m privately financed
investment will bring a unique surf wave pool and wellness and spa facilities to
the heart of the Town. The resort will add value to our Town Deal plan and
complement our proposed projects, such as the convention and events centre and
Marine Lake experience."
A decision on the funding is expected early 2021 and further details of projects
will be released in the next few weeks.
has welcomed proposals to secure up to ₤50million funding for the Town
THE BID has been part of the
Southport Town Deal Board which has now submitted an ambitious plan to the
Government to provide a new waterside events centre, all weather visitor
attractions, new business incubators and a spectacular light show in the Marine
Lake. Lord Street, the Town's grand boulevard that inspired the Champs Elysees,
would be restored to its former glory and a new events space created. An
immersive water, light and sound show experience is proposed on the Marine Lake.
Southport Pleasureland would be
transformed, partnering with a globally recognised brand to create a themed
indoor attraction open to visitors all year round. The funding will kickstart a
wider ₤400m investment in the Town and bring 1,250 additional jobs to the area
as a result of the initial projects.
Southport BID CEO Rachel Fitzgerald said:- "We are delighted with the
Southport Town Deal submission. We are keen to support any activity which
encourages new businesses to come into Town while also creating new jobs. We
hope that these exciting plans will increase investor confidence in Southport,
leading to the further development of our Town Centre and drive continuous
business growth. This substantial new investment will provide vital support and
attract greater spend for the existing businesses we already have here in our
Town. Creating a new Southport incubator in 1 of the vacant buildings in
Southport Town Centre will help new businesses to develop. A larger Enterprise
Store in 1 of Southport's former department store buildings will provide scale
up accommodation for expanding businesses. Building work begins on Monday to
transform Southport Market into a brand new food, drink and events hub, with
money for that already having been secured through Southport Town Deal. All 3 of
these initiatives will provide vital platforms for new businesses in Southport
to start out and to grow. Southport is designed for living well and this bid
1 of the exciting elements of the Southport Town Deal bid is for a new waterside
convention and events centre on the site of the Southport Theatre and Convention
Centre, which closed in March as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.
The space would house a 1,200 seat auditorium, exhibition halls as well as a
cafe and co-working space.
This state of the art facility has been designed for flexible use and targeted
at attracting new types of events such as esports to the North West Region.
Rachel Fitzgerald said:- "Southport Theatre and Convention Centre
generated substantial trade and footfall for hotels, shops, restaurants, bars,
suppliers, freelance workers such as singers, florists and DJs and other
businesses in the Southport area before it closed earlier this year. The plans
to create a new waterside events centre are really exciting. We want the new
facility to be able to host events and attract millions of visitors not just on
a weekend but throughout the week and throughout the year, bringing huge
benefits to local businesses. We believe these Southport Town Deal proposals
will help to further develop our Town Centre and drive continuous business
growth. I urge the Government to give its backing to these plans so that work
can begin as soon as possible."
Total UK cases COVID19 cases in
and around Liverpool City Region
THE total number of UK
Coronavirus (COVID-19) infections that have been laboratory
confirmed, within the UK, has risen by 18,950 cases and the
total number now stand at 1,053,864 that includes tests
carried out by commercial partners which are not included in
the 4 National totals.
The total number of COVID-19 associated UK fatalities added
to the total, was sadly reported to be:- 136, within 28 days
of positive test, according to the Department of Health. The
total number of deaths of people who have had a positive
test result confirmed by a Public Health or NHS laboratory
is:- 46,853, within 28 days of positive test. Deaths with
Covid19 on the death certificate:- 58,925.
The number of COVID-19 patients currently in UK Hospitals:-
10,918. The current number of COVID-19 patients currently in
mechanical ventilation beds in UK Hospitals:- 978. Daily
number of COVID-19 patients admitted to UK Hospitals:-
In England, there are a total of 894,906 confirmed cases.
North West - total of 222,108 confirmed cases.
The number of laboratory confirmed cases within the
Liverpool City Region are as follows:-
Area and number of confirmed cases:-
LIVERPOOL City Region
1 to 10
11 to 20
21 to 30
31 to 40
41 to 50
The number of laboratory confirmed cases within
Local Authorities around the Liverpool City
Region are as follows:-
with Darwen, 6,733 confirmed cases.
3,843 confirmed cases.
10,899 confirmed cases.
6,793 confirmed cases.
East, 6,362 confirmed cases.
West and Chester, 6,082 confirmed cases.
34,115 confirmed cases.
21,026 confirmed cases.
10,118 confirmed cases.
Covid19 deaths are now measured across the UK as deaths that
occurred within 28 days of the 1st laboratory confirmed
positive Covid19 test. Daily and cumulative
numbers of COVID19 patients admitted to Hospital. Data are
not updated every day by all 4 nations and the figures are
not comparable as Wales include suspected COVID19 patients
while the other nations include only confirmed cases.
Previous 24hr Data
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