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Issue Date:- 11 August 2008

Work Starts on North Liverpool Community Centres

BUILDING work is getting under way on 4 schemes which will transform community facilities in North Liverpool.  The schemes - costing a total of £5m - are funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Liverpool Neighbourhood Regeneration Programme.   Funding became available after it was originally earmarked for a Community Partnership Centre as part of the new LFC stadium development in Stanley Park, but delays in starting the stadium meant the grant could not be allocated and the project delivered within the European funding timetable.  The City Council insisted that the cash be re-invested to benefit north Liverpool residents.  Local groups were involved in drawing up new schemes and four projects were approved. 

The Community Partnership Centre at the new stadium will go ahead, but will be fully funded by Liverpool Football Club.  The 4 community projects, which were judged best equipped to benefit local residents the most and make the greatest contribution to the overall regeneration of the area are:-


A major new extension to the Lower Breck Road Centre which will provide first-class sports hall, gym, community rooms, kitchen and changing facilities and IT suite.  The new multi-purpose facility will offer improved community and health services, together with employment and skills training.  Work starts on August 18 and the contractor is Gawne and Roberts Construction Ltd.


This project will see the conversion of the Holy Trinity Church crypt into new offices and a much-needed community hall to be used by the community council It involves the conversion of the crypt into a meeting hall , offices and other facilities for local community use.  Work began in June and the contractor is McGoff and Byrne Ltd.


A new sports hall, changing rooms and multi-purpose community rooms will provide much needed additional indoor space for recreation, health and community facilities at Breckfield Sports and Recreation Centre.  .  Work will start on 11 August and the contractor is Yearsley Ltd.


The renovation of the concert hall at the historic 19th century grade II Gordon Institute will provide additional community and sports facilities for the area.  New changing facilities and a lift will be installed along with the redecoration works throughout the building..  Work will start on 11 August and the contractor is Allenbuild Northwest Ltd.

All the projects will be completed early in 2009.

2020 Liverpool are designing and managing the projects and have also commissioned a business planning consultant to help the community groups with business plans.  

Cllr Flo Clucas, the Council’s Deputy Leader, said:- “This is the biggest investment in community facilities in North Liverpool for generations.  Regenerating this area is a priority for the city council and a vital part of dint that is the contribution made by community groups.  We were determined that when this funding became available it would stay in this area and provide enhanced community facilities.  The start of the building work is a major step forward and we look forward to the days when this work is completed.” 

2020 Liverpool Project Manager Sarah Palgrave-Neath said:- “2020 Liverpool are very excited to be working on these exciting new community facilities.  The 4 projects will provide diverse and much needed improved resources to the community groups and will enable the groups to broaden their activities.  Partnership working has been the key to the success of the projects to date.” 

Entrepreneurs in Liverpool set to find out if they are up to the Challenge

LIVERPOOL entrepreneurs are getting set to find out whether they will receive a funding package of up to £5 million, free of interest and charges, as the finalists for the Bank of Scotland Corporate Entrepreneur Challenge are announced ahead of the North West England and North Wales final on 20th November.

Bank of Scotland Corporate has received double the amount of entries for this year’s Entrepreneur Challenge, compared to last year’s inaugural Challenge, meaning competition has been fierce amongst the UK’s entrepreneurs.

Tim Rigg, Head of Commercial Business in Liverpool commented:- “We are delighted with the response from the UK’s entrepreneurs for this year’s Challenge.  We have received a fifty percent increase in entries from last year’s Challenge and we are now drawing up the finalists.  I advise entrepreneurs in Liverpool to look out for the announcement in August and I wish all entrants the very best of luck.”

The lucky finalists will have a once in a lifetime opportunity to present their business ideas to a judging panel including Matthew Riley from Daisy Communications and Brian Kennedy from Latium.  Matthew Riley and Brian Kennedy will be joined by other senior business figures and will be looking for applicants with a flair for business that stands out from the crowd and who display a clear vision of what they want to achieve and how they plan to achieve it.  In addition to the £5 million funding package, each regional winner will go forward to a national final where one overall winner will be crowned 2008 Entrepreneur of the Year.

Tim Rigg continues:- “The increase in entrants for this year’s Challenge shows that the UK’s entrepreneurs have an appetite for success and that is why Bank of Scotland Corporate is supporting them with the Challenge.  I think that the success of last year’s Challenge has increased the standard of entries this year and made it an even more competitive competition.

The feedback from within the business is that the entries have been of a very high quality and it is clear that whoever goes on to be crowned the Challenge winner 2008 will truly deserve the accolade.”

Veterans Fund @ Woodvale Rally 2008

THE Veterans Fund had a very rewarding weekend at Woodvale Rally raising £500 for the fund.

They are trying to raise enough to do a feasability study into the proposed developement of a new Veterans Centre in Southport.

The centre will be for the use of all associations with meeting rooms, function rooms, restaurant, offices for ex-sevicemens organisations and a local history military museum. 

The fund would like to ask local residents for any donations of military memorabilia, and information and photographs of installations such as Ringtail, Altcar, Woodvale and Hesketh aerodrome.

Any donations or information contact Steve Hawkshaw, chairman, on 0791 491 8381.

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