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Edition No. 194

Date:- 03 April 2005

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WORKS on Seymour Street and Copperas Hill are due to begin on Monday, 18 April in the next phase of the City Centre Movement Strategy, CCMS.
CCMS is a £73m scheme by partners Liverpool City Council, Liverpool Vision and Merseytravel and this project is the latest in the programme of road and public realm improvements.

The main aims of the improvements to Seymour Street and Copperas Hill are to introduce two-way traffic along Seymour Street, remove traffic from St Vincent Way and improve facilities along Copperas Hill.

This will simplify the junction of London Road with Seymour Street, which will in turn allow Merseytram Line 1 along London Road and allow the development of the site of the former Swan Public House. The works will be completed by Winter 2005.

The funding for this scheme, £1.25 million, has come from the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) and the European Regional Development Fund.

Consultations have been ongoing with all businesses and residents affected by these works and the contractor, Balfour Beatty, will be in close contact with them all throughout the scheme.
There are five phases of works in the Seymour Street/Copperas Hill scheme with various changes to traffic but throughout the scheme the lower half of Copperas Hill, running from the Adelphi Hotel to St Vincent way will be one-way going up the hill (with the exception of a small section between Skelhorne Street and Hawke Street which will operate as two-way), and there will be no right turn from Seymour Street into Copperas Hill.

Details of the later phases of traffic management, running from May to December, will be publicised closer to the time. 

Although the roadworks do not begin until 18 April, the first work on the scheme begins this weekend, (Saturday, 2 April), with the felling of 30 trees along Seymour Street which have to be removed so the street can be widened. The job has been put at the start of the programme to try and complete it before birds begin nesting in the trees. All the trees will be replaced when the works are completed.

Cllr Peter Millea, Liverpool City Council's Executive Member for Regeneration, explained:- "This is a complicated scheme in terms of traffic management so we are working very closely with all parties affected to ensure they are kept up to date on all changes. 

These works are part of our wider plan for the whole City Centre, creating vast improvements to pedestrian movement and safety, traffic flow and public transport."

Paul Lakin, NWDA Area Manager for Merseyside, said:- "The NWDA is pleased to support this project reaffirming our support of the City Centre Movement Strategy. 

Improved roads and public realm is essential to the further development of the City Centre, and this scheme will compliment the many other exciting regeneration projects that are transforming Liverpool." 


YOUNG people from Warrington's Horizon Centre are putting the final touches to a light-hearted film set in Warrington's future, which will be premiered at Pyramid as part of the Warrington Young People's Film Festival this April.

Over the last six months, young people attending the pupil referral unit on Winwick Road have been taking part in special workshops to equip them with skills needed to produce their film, "I Married a Purple Dinosaur".

Set in Warrington 2010, the film traces Barney the Dinosaur's rancorous ruse for domination of the world's entertainment industries and his turbulent relationship with girlfriend, Princess Debbie. Can Barney be stopped? Will Princess Debbie leave him? 

This intriguing story of "love, betrayal and a quest to save the world" will be premiered at Warrington Young People's Film Festival at Pyramid on 26 April.

The Young Roots project started in November last year, when filmmaker Sara Maguire and oral history worker Jackie Ross led workshops to research Warrington's cinematic heritage and past picturehouses. 

This led to an Intergenerational Reminiscence workshop, in which the pupils interviewed elderly dancers from Pyramid's weekly Tea Dance, to hear their memories of Warrington's cinemas of yesteryear and get a flavour of the films that were popular in their youths. Some of the tea dancers are themselves featured in the film.

Sara Maguire, supported by young film maker Richard Ramchum has since been developing the script idea with the young people, carefully guiding them in the areas of digital photography, video, animation and script writing. 

At the same time professional musician, Steve Oates, and voice coach Jonathan McGrath worked with the group to develop an original sound score and unique voices for the characters.

Pyramid's Community Development Officer, Clare Grundy, said:- "I am continually amazed and inspired by the creativity and dedication that these young people have shown in making their film.

This project is so important because it is breaking down barriers between generations, engaging young people in their local heritage and giving them the opportunity to have their creativity celebrated publicly as part of the Young Peoples Film Festival."

The animation is part of a project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund that will be included on a DVD containing a short history of cinema in Warrington and interviews with local people about Warrington's cinematic heritage. 

Warrington Museum and Library have also been instrumental in supporting the project and the oral history will form part of the collection at the museum.

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