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Date:- 09 April 2007

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Airport Hotel and Multi-Storey Car Park plans cleared for take off

PLANS to construct a 157 bedroom three star plus hotel and an 869 space multi-storey car park at Liverpool John Lennon Airport (JLA) have been approved by Liverpool City Council.

A short stay multi-storey car park with parking over 5 levels with a 6 story hotel on top will be built on the site of the existing car park directly opposite the terminal. Work is due to commence on the £25 million development shortly, with the project taking 18 months to complete.

The Airport has worked closely with the council planning officers in recent weeks to agree the best design for the airport and the region. Key features of the hotel include an elliptical meeting and conference area offering panoramic views of the Airport and Mersey Estuary and a large 11m x 6 m video display screen on the hotel exterior. This screen will be used to display images of John Lennon and The Beatles to highlight arts events in the City and the region to arriving passengers. The multi-storey car park design includes projected coloured glazed boxes on the exterior to add visual interest to the front of the car park.

Hotel guests and car park users will be able to walk over to the terminal in minutes via a new enclosed link bridge that will span the road in front of the terminal.

With JLA now handling in excess of 5 million annual passengers, this development is being constructed in response to increasing passenger demand for such facilities.

With the low cost operators easyJet and Ryanair now basing 15 aircraft at JLA, many inbound visitors to the region arrive on the last returning flights of the day and the hotel is expected to prove popular with passengers on such flights who prefer to avoid having to then make onward travel arrangements, sometimes late at night. The hotel will also be used by departing passengers who have early morning flights to catch and wish to avoid travelling to the airport in the early hours by staying on site the night before.

There is a demand for a short stay multi-storey car park at the airport, particularly from the growing number of business travellers who prefer the convenience of parking close to the terminal. At the same time as enhancing car parking facilities, the development also provides for improved access by buses and taxis for both passengers and airport staff.

The development will improve general traffic circulation at the airport and further enhance access for all, particularly those with special needs. The construction will be carefully managed to ensure any disruption is kept to a minimum.

Neil Pakey, Managing Director Liverpool John Lennon Airport said:- “With flights from over 60 scheduled destinations now serving Liverpool, this development is a natural progression of improved on site facilities to satisfy the needs of today’s 5 million passengers. Any international airport of our size needs a hotel adjacent to its terminal. This caters for both the inbound arriving passengers often coming in late in the evening, or for UK originating passengers with often very early departures in the morning. In terms of design we have added a large media screen to promote public art and we have also started to work with both the Southport Flower Show and the Tatton Flower Show in the hope we can bring some unique landscaping to the area. All in all it's a very exciting development.”


YOUNG musicians in Liverpool have the chance to win time on stage at a major festival as well as studio time thanks to the Liverpool Culture Company.

Now in its third successful year, Streetwaves is run in every neighbourhood of Liverpool, as well as involvement of all the boroughs of Merseyside, to seek out and nurture new musical talent. The prizes are fantastic; artists and groups get to play on their own stage in Williamson Square as part of the Mathew Street Music festival which will attract thousands of music fans on Monday 27 August 2007.

They also get to collaborate on designing band merchandise with a great Liverpool creative agency, p-ornithology, as well as recording a CD with the other winners at Elevator studios right here in the music capital of the world. Finally, a gig at the relocated Picket Music Venue in Jordan Street will give the winners another chance to showcase their talent in August 2007.

The 2007 contest is being kicked off with the launch of the 2006 winners’ CD on 21 April 2007.

Streetwaves programme manager Alicia Smith said:- “We’ve had several success stories of musicians gaining confidence and improving their performances, as well as one of our winners going on to perform at the prestigious music conference ‘In The City’, so it just goes to show that Streetwaves could be the first rung on the ladder for many young artists.”

To take part in the competition, download an application form from (from the launch date of 21 April 2007) or for more information log on to:-

Partners in the Streetwaves project are the Liverpool Culture Company, Youth Music, MZONE, The Picket, The Dry Bar, Liverpool Youth Service and The Liverpool Young Promoters, plus all Merseyside local authorities, who are extremely supportive.

For more information about Liverpool, European Capital of Culture, 2008, please visit


ON 6 April 2007 the Animal Welfare Act came into effect, yet 85% of pet owners in the UK say they are confused by it, or worse, have never heard of it. The Act will clamp down on irresponsible pet owners and compel them to ensure that their animals have a proper diet and living space as well as veterinary care. It should have minimal effect on the majority of Britain’s animal loving pet owners who are already providing caring homes for their pets, yet awareness of it remains low.

Scott, who is the regular vet on ITV’s This Morning, explained:- “The new law aims to bring in standards of acceptable care of pets and more severe punishments for those who fail to look after their animals. There is some debate around what this Act will mean to pet owners though so it is not surprising that some are confused about what the new laws will mean to them”.

As well as covering the requirements of basic care for the UK’s pets, the Act introduces harsh penalties for those involved in dog fighting. New measures such as up to one year in prison and/or up to £20,000 fines can also be given to those contravening the Act. A range of other measures, including the issuing of “improvement notices”
to rectify concerns on how animals are being treated, will also be introduced.

Alison Andrew, Communications Manager at Petplan, comments:- “We know that most pet owners in the UK try to provide the very best care for their animals. However, the Animal Welfare Act will clamp down on those who do not and will no longer accept that ignorance of the law is any defence. To help owners understand the changes coming in we have produced this free guide that puts the facts in an easy to understand way.”

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