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Edition No. 161

Date:- 31 July 2004

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LIVERPOOL City Council been given the go-ahead for the multi-million pound regeneration of the Anfield and Breckfield areas of the city. 

Following an eight-hour meeting on Friday 30 July, the council's planning committee has opted to allow a massive regeneration project, including the construction of a new 60,000-seat stadium for Liverpool Football Club. 

The committee considered two planning applications which would allow the regeneration project to go ahead.

The first application concerns the development of a new stadium for LFC on Stanley Park, as well as the upgrading of the park to include new football pitches and tennis courts. 

This application also involves a major regeneration project for Anfield Plaza, a new, mixed-use project on the site of the existing stadium including retail, offices, residential, community and hotel uses, plus new public open space. 

The second application concerns the relocation and restoration of the "Monkey House" bandstand and bowling green pavilion within Stanley Park. 

The final decision on the regeneration plan now rests with the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. Councillor Mike Storey, leader of Liverpool City Council, said:- "As a result of this decision, I'm hopeful that we will now be able to push on with the regeneration of Anfield and Breckfield, which will lead to new jobs, new homes and new investment. The regeneration of this part of Liverpool is long overdue and I hope this decision is the first step towards creating the kind of facilities and infrastructure that are suitable for a world-class city." 

Anfield councillor Jeremy Chowings added:- "This decision is about much more than a football stadium. It is about creating jobs and boosting businesses for the benefit of the whole of the community. This decision has been reached following a long period of consultation with local residents. I'm excited about the regeneration 
prospects for the area and I believe that this is the right decision for residents and for the city as a whole." 

The planning committee heard representations from LFC chief executive, Rick Parry, as well as from members of the public both in favour of and against the development.

The committee also visited the site of the proposed development during the morning.


IT was the start of a new career for 58 newly recruited police officers today who will be joined by three officers from other forces this August. 

Norman Bettison will be holding his final attestation ceremony as Chief Constable, at Aintree Racecourse on Tuesday, 3 August, to welcome the new recruits and the three officers who have moved to Merseyside. 

The ceremony, which will be the largest since the 1970's will see ten women and forty-eight men being sworn in as new police officers. The officers will be spread across the force and will spend their first two years as Neighbourhood Officers. The breakdown of officers is as follows:- Knowsley will see the least new officers, getting 6 recruits, St. Helens will get 7, Sefton will get 8, Wirral 9 new recruits and Liverpool North getting 11 with the remaining 16 heading to Liverpool South. The officers are aged from 19 years of age to 48 years of age and come from a range of backgrounds. One of the officers has moved from Kent after studying as a student here and another is from the Isle of Man. 

Chief Constable Norman Bettison said:- "This will be my final attestation ceremony as Chief Constable so it will be quite a poignant time for me. As these new recruits swear their oath, I will being coming to the end of 32 years service. I am proud to be introducing so many recruits into the Merseyside Police family this month, a force to be proud of and this gives us 58 more reasons to be proud. I would like to take this opportunity to welcome them and wish them luck for their future careers." 

The attestation of a large number of recruits this month will be repeated again next month when 58 more are presented and in October when a further 62 are to be welcomed.


WITH this year’s exam results coming out at the end of August, many young people who have recently taken their GCSEs will suddenly be faced with some stark choices regarding their future.

For most young people going to college, sixth form or university or going straight into a low-paid jobs are the traditional choices after the results come in. However, there is another option that is becoming increasingly popular.

Vocational training, gives learners the chance to work, learn and earn while building up a list of relevant qualifications. For those who want to start forging successful careers as soon as they leave school, there are Apprenticeships and National Vocational Qualifications. Crucially vocational training providers can offer young people the chance to continue studying and to gain new qualifications whilst earning. 

Apprenticeships give young people a real job, with real money, while following a structured programme to help them gain the skills and qualifications that they need to succeed in the workplace. They offer a fantastic range of training in 80 different sectors of industry, covering a huge range of subjects from health and social care to business administration.

There are two types of apprenticeships. Apprenticeships for apprentices usually last at least a year and apprentices work towards a National Vocational Qualification at Level 2, Key Skills and in most cases a technical certificate. Advanced Apprenticeships usually last at least two years and apprentices work towards a National Vocational Qualification at Level 3, Key Skills and a technical certificate.

The Apprenticeships are based on individual work performance as learners are assessed on their on-the-job skills. Employers know how valuable on-the-job training is and welcome Apprenticeships, valuing the skills and knowledge attained through a structured learning programme.

Learners are often placed within different organisations while they study for their qualifications, which gives the individuals the chance to put into practice the training they have received and the knowledge gained. 

For many young people vocational training is simply about the choices that they have; the chance to study and earn at the same time and the opportunity to try different sectors before finding out what they are best suited to. The range of subjects to study is vast and covers everything from Accounting and Animal Care to Construction and Retail, with learners being placed in various industries and companies throughout the country. 

Protocol Skills, part of the Protocol Group, provides career enhancing training opportunities for over 22,000 young people aged 16 to 24 each year. The company has over 70 centres and provides training across the full range of service sector occupations including retail, customer service and business administration, IT, hospitality and catering, as well as distribution and warehousing.

Steve Glassock, Chief Operating Officer, Protocol Skills said:- “With centres throughout the North West in Chester, Crewe, Birkenhead, Liverpool, Ellesmere Port and Bolton we can provide young people with an opportunity to gain a qualification whilst working, which in turn gives them greater choice for their future career.”

Vocational Training provides young people with choices, for further information on Protocol Skills please check out its website:-



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