2 OF Warrington's most charitable men were honoured in
a special ceremony last week. The Mayor of Warrington Cllr
Hand Mundry presented a 'Good Citizen Award' to Leonard
Rowland and posthumously to his brother Herbert Rowland in
recognition of their voluntary work in the community and throughout
Their service spanned 94 years between them, which involved
voluntary work for hospitals, charities, societies and local groups.
Cllr Mundry said:- "The achievements made by Leonard and
Daniel are truly outstanding and I would like to thank them for
everything they have done. They are both well revered and well
loved in Warrington, and further afield and we are all grateful for
what they have done for the town. They have touched so many
lives through their work and it is a privilege to honour them in
Setting the standards
A SCHEME developed by the Council on accessible transport
could soon become a national standard. Devon County Council
has recommended to the Department For Transport that the Warrington
Travel Wallet Scheme be used as a National Standard for
Public Transport Travel.
The Travel Wallet, developed in conjunction with local disability
groups, provides help for people with special needs while travelling
on public transport. The fluorescent wallet originally developed to
help people using low floor buses has now become multi-functional.
It uses, amongst other features, the latest communication technology
to activate a voice
announcement system at bus stops equipped with Real Time
The Travel Wallet and other associated features has already been
used by the European Commission in a good practice guide published
last year on transport for people with special needs. Initial
reports from Department for Transport have been very positive
towards the proposals.
Cllr Jeff Richards, Executive Board Member for Sustainable
Environment, said:- "It is always excellent to have work
recognised and promote Council achievements, especially as we are a
smaller authority. To have our work on this scheme put forward as an
example of a national standard reflects the amount of hard work and
dedication put in by the Passenger Transport Team and Members of the
Council, towards their aims of providing services that are of
benefit. There is still a long way to go in the creation of a fully
accessible public transport system but I am delighted that this
scheme has been a success."
Central Library will be 1 in a million
MORE than 1 million books will be showcased when the
redevelopment of Liverpool's Central Library is complete.
The city council is set to ask the government to approve plans to
spend almost £50 million transforming the Victorian building into a
21st century library.
The scheme will see the radical remodelling of the Central Library,
which will double the amount of space for displaying books for
reading, studying and leisure. Around 300,000 books will be on show
at any one time, taken from a pool of one million which will be
frequently rotated. The new look library will also include a
stunning new entrance, an archive centre and space for 250 public
Council leader Warren Bradley, said:- "The Central Library is
one of the oldest and best used public libraries in Britain, with
well over half a million visitors every year. This project
will enable us to transform it into one of the best libraries in the
country while at the same time ensuring it's preserved for future
generations. It will just be one part of the fantastic legacy
for the city after Capital of Culture 2008, and a first class
facility where people both young and old can come and learn."
On Friday, February 17, the Executive Board will be asked to approve
the submission of an Outline Business Case to the Department for
Culture, Media and Sport to secure £47.9 million of Private Finance
Initiative (PFI) credits.
The Picton, Hornby and Oak reading rooms will be restored to their
former glory, and more of Liverpool's fabulous rare book and archive
collection will be put on display.
Joyce Little, the city's Head of Libraries and Information Services,
said:- ''The current building is magnificent but is in urgent
need of restoration. Developments over the last century have left a
building that is confusing to find your way around and has
inadequate visitor facilities. The new Central Library will
make the reading experience exciting and stimulating, incorporating
the best practice from other public library developments and the
retail book trade in its design and layout."
Once completed, the Central Library will become one of the key
buildings in the city's World Heritage site, with customer numbers
expected to rise from 600,000 to over 1 million a year.
A Europe-wide search for a partner to carry out the work is expected
to start in April, with a preferred bidder being selected by the end
of the year. It is anticipated the building will be closed for
2 years while construction work takes place. Alternative sites
for storage of the extensive collections along with library
provision in the city centre will be incorporated into the project
The new Central Library will include:-
* An impressive but welcoming entrance clearly visible from
* A new children's interactive zone and library
* A showcase for over a million books
* New exhibition areas for rare books and archives
* Flexible learning, teaching and performance spaces
* A high speed gateway for electronic information and services
* Scope to explore Liverpool's unique history
* High quality visitor facilities
* Archive and special collection storage which meets national
* Opening up heritage areas for public access
* Visitor centre with coffee bar
* New staff areas
* High quality design
DID YOU KNOW?
* The Central Library collection includes letters from Queen
Victoria, Prince Albert, Disraeli, Gladstone, Florence Nightingale
* The foundation stone for Central Library was laid in 1852 and it
was one of the first in the country
* Former staff include writer Ramsey Campbell and former Coronation
Street star Jean Alexander (Hilda Ogden)
* People of every age use Central Library - with members as young as
7 months and as old as 101 years!
* Almost half of Liverpool's libraries have been refurbished or
replaced in the last 5 years