Wildflower celebration at eco-interchange
and bluebell wildflowers are set to spring at Merseytravel’s
Liverpool South Parkway interchange in the New Year, thanks to the
efforts of a group of local schoolchildren. The children, from
nearby Garston Church of England Primary School, planted wildflowers
to reflect the eco-friendly elements of the award-winning
interchange in Merseyside and celebrate Merseytravel’s commitment to
2009; Liverpool’s Year of the Environment.
Councillor Ken McGlashan, Chair of Merseytravel’s Environment
Committee, said:- “Every child who contributed to this can be
very proud and we hope this wildflower area will be lasting legacy
of an important year; one which will showcase the good work many
organisations are doing to promote better, healthier, cleaner and
Neil Scales, Chief Executive and Director General of Merseytravel,
said:- “Liverpool South Parkway has proved to be a major
success on many levels and we have reached all of our key
environmental and passenger targets. This project was a
fantastic way of involving children in celebrating the interchange –
which has become a key local and regional hub for transport links. The station and the way it operates is a great example of how
infrastructure and environmental management can go hand in hand.”
Merseytravel worked with Landlife, a charity dedicated to preserving
and encouraging natural ecosystems, on the project. The
wildflower habitat is on Holly Road Farm, on the edge of the
interchange. The new winter wildflowers will complement the
summer wildflowers planted by Garston Church of England school
children in 2007 to celebrate Liverpool South Parkways first
birthday. The sustainability elements of Liverpool South
Parkway are continuing to reap rewards. Its giant rainwater
harvesting system has saved some 700,000 litres of mains water since
the interchange opened. Its geothermal heat pumps have
exceeded targets by saving than 40 tonnes of CO2 a year; the
enhanced roof insulation saves 3.4 tonnes of CO2 and the solar
photovoltaic cells on its south facing windows saves 1.5 tonnes of
CO2 by providing an electricity supply to the building.
Merseytravel, one of the country’s leading environmentally conscious
transport organisations, has just released its latest Environmental
Sustainability Report, detailing its successes in 2007/08. It
is available to download at:-
Usdaw appalled at 30,000 Woolworths redundancies
union, Usdaw, is appalled at the news that all Woolworths stores
will close by the 4 January with the loss of 30,000 jobs, if no
buyer is found in the next couple of days.
There are plans for a phased store closure programme which will
start with 207 stores closing on 27 December; 200 on 30 December;
200 on 2 January 2009; and 200 on 4 January. Every store will be given
just 10 days' notice before they close and staff will be asked to
work up to 3 days after their store closes to clear up. The Union
and Woolworths staff will be notified of the locations of the phased
store closures in four stages over the next few days.
John Gorle, Usdaw National Officer, said:- "We are shocked
that staff will only be given 10 days notice of store closures and
deeply disappointed by the news that no buyer has yet been found for
Woolworths. Redundancy is devastating at any time of the year, but
particularly so at Christmas.
We have been informed by the administrators that the leases of up to
300 stores will be sold. This is terrible news, as it means that our
members will be made redundant and not transferred to the new owners
of these 300 leases as they are
In anticipation of redundancies we sent out a detailed letter to our
members at the end of last week, giving information on their rights.
We are currently talking with the administrators to secure the best
possible terms for our members with regards to pensions, holiday pay
and the speed of receipt of redundancy pay.
We have also called on the Government to ensure that its rapid
response teams at the local Job Centres will be ready to help staff
to find new employment as quickly as possible.
Worried members should contact their Usdaw reps or the local union
office and comply with instructions from their store managers.
This is an extremely distressing time and we will be doing
everything we can to make sure our members are treated fairly."
John Hannett, Usdaw General Secretary added:- "I am personally
devastated for the 30,000 Woolworths staff and our members can rest
assured we will do everything we can to assist them at this
The Woolworths staff are extremely loyal, dedicated
and well trained and wherever vacancies exist in the retail sector
we will use our contacts to find alternative employment as speedily