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Edition No. 168

Date:- 18 September 2004

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Council go-ahead for Edge Lane boost

LIVERPOOL City Council has approved the first steps in proposals to regenerate one of the city's major gateways.

Plans are now in place to begin widespread consultation on the regeneration of the Edge Lane West area of the city, in time for Capital of Culture celebrations in 2008.

The council's executive board today gave the go-ahead to the first stage in a process that will see huge improvements to the area's housing, environment and roads.

The proposals will ensure the development of new housing to meet the needs of the local community, designed with the community's input.

They will also mean Edge Lane, one of the major gateways from the city to the national motorway network, is enhanced to meet the needs of visitors in time for 2008.

Councillor Mike Storey, leader of Liverpool City Council said:- "This is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to achieve major improvements for the benefit of people living in the area. We also want to tackle the transport problems that are apparent to anyone who passes along Edge Lane.

As we embark on this process, I particularly want to ensure that the community and ward councillors have their say in the design process for this crucial piece of regeneration. We want to create a new environment that really meets the needs of local people."


The next stage in the regeneration process will be the launch of a major consultation exercise, involving residents, community groups and local businesses, as well as regional and national bodies.

 SOUTHPORT CHEF IS A RUNNER UP IN FINALS OF NW YOUNG CHEF OF THE YEAR COMPETITION

MUSICIANS often say that inspiration comes from "on high", but local 5 piece band took that statement literally when they looked to the highest point in Southport when composing their latest tune.

The TRAUMAtizer opened in 1999 as the tallest, fastest suspended coaster in the UK; however it now has a different kind of record to add to its already impressive statistics in the form of Et Al's coaster-flavoured track, "Traumatizer".

Et -Al vocalist and songwriter Adrian Brown explained how a rollercoaster became a songwriter's muse, "We're a local blues rock band and you tend to take your inspiration from the things around you. I visited Pleasureland many times and the TRAUMAtizer is such a striking image that it really sticks in your head, besides I think it's a great way to describe the feeling of falling in love!"

The band subsequently sent the track to the management of the Southport theme park to see what they thought of it, and they were suitably impressed…enough in fact to secure a gig for the band - they'll be performing a special one-off show on September 25 in the Casablanca Restaurant.

Pleasureland Marketing Manager Stephen Christian picks up the story, "The band contacted us about the song and we asked them to send us a copy - when the CD arrived we were really impressed with the bands material. We've offered them a showcase gig in the Casablanca restaurant to road-test the song and hopefully they'll be well supported." 

In addition to the gig Pleasureland plan to offer the song as a free download from their website, and who knows, this could be the first in a whole host of rollercoaster inspired tunes!

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