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14/15 April 2009
NATIONAL LOTTERY PUTS A SPRING INTO NORTH WEST’S PLANS FOR PARK
finally arrives, 2 parks in the North West of England are on track
for major transformations thanks to Lottery funding announced this
Southport Kings Gardens has been awarded £240,000 and The Green at Silloth-on-Solway has been awarded £106,000 and to back their
exciting regeneration plans.
The go-ahead for Sefton Borough Council and Silloth-on-Solway Town
Council to kick-start their schemes has come from the Heritage
Lottery Fund (HLF) and the Big Lottery Fund’s ‘Parks for People’
Head of HLF in the North West, Sara Hilton, said:- “Today’s
news is a green light to develop exciting plans for two of the
region’s much-loved parks that play a key role in modern day life.
Parks for People marries people’s pride in the history of their
parks with the need to provide up-to-date facilities and access. It
has been a tremendous success across the UK in encouraging many
thousands more people back through their park gates. We are
delighted to be able to invest in these North West parks today;
spring is in the air and with it comes a new optimism for these
Helen Bullough, Big Lottery Fund Head of the North West region
added:- “The Big Lottery Fund is pleased to be part of the
renaissance of our public parks. This funding is a tremendous
starting point for plans to transform King’s Gardens and The Green
into community spaces that can be enjoyed by locals and visitors
King’s Gardens in Southport were laid out in 3 phases between 1887
and the 1930’s and accommodates Promenade Gardens, Sunken Gardens
and Sea Bathing Lake. The Lake was designed to replace the ‘true’
sea, which by then had retreated from the Southport shore.
Today the Grade II listed Gardens are on the Register of Parks and
Gardens and a number of built structures, including cast iron
shelters, are listed Grade II in their own right.. However, time as
has taken its toll on the much loved green space and Sefton Borough
Council plan to undertake an £8million regeneration of the area as
part of the wider plans to regenerate the waterfront in Southport.
Proposals include works to protect and restore the historic features
of the gardens, such as the site’s considerable concentration of
original built infrastructure. Project plans also include
schemes to update modern day facilities for visitors, as well as
ways to create opportunities for people from the local community to
get involved in caring for the green oasis.
Sefton Council, Cabinet Member for Leisure and Tourism, Cllr Lord
Ronnie Fearn, said:- "The announcement, that we have been
asked to move through to stage 2 of the bidding process, is very
encouraging. We will now continue to develop plans with the
aspiration of bringing Kings Gardens back to their former glory.
We are committed to enhancing Southport's public spaces while
recognising the important heritage we benefit from in the town. This
project is something we are keen to develop but it is still early
days and we must remain realistic in the current economic climate.
However, this funding is certainly a move in the right direction and
we look forward to working with the Heritage Lottery Fund and the
Big Lottery Fund to make the most of this opportunity."
The Green covers approximately 45 acres of Silloth-on-Solway, a
mid-19th century town created as a working port for Carlisle and as
a seaside resort on the North West Cumbrian coast.
Today The Green is the only one of its type in the region and is the
only recreational space in the town standing at the heart of the
Victorian resort. Inextricably linked to Silloth’s unique identity,
the popular green space is much loved by the local community and is
used daily by people from all walks of life. During the summer
months The Green is the venue for popular events including a beer
festival, a kite festival, vintage car rally, fairs and markets.
Like other seaside resorts, the fortunes of Silloth have waned in
recent decades and this is reflected in the condition of The Green. However, the Lottery development grant will enable the Council to
work up their plans for a major £2.5million restoration project to
Plans are expected to include restoration of the historic elements
of The Green including the 1850’s pagoda and 1920’s ladies toilet. The history of The Green and of the town will be brought to life in
orientation panels and a nature trail with associated interpretive
shelter will reveal more about the site’s wildlife.
Plans also include a new putting green and water play area,
alongside the re-introduction of the performance area or ‘Happy
Valley’ that was once a feature of The Green in bygone days.
The existing programme of activities and events on The Green will be
developed and the local community will have the chance to get more
involved in this historic part of their Town through volunteering.
Graham Wilkinson, Town Mayor, said:- "On behalf of the members
of Silloth Town Council along with the members of Silloth
Regeneration Partnership, we wish to thank the Parks for People Fund
programme for the acceptance of our bid for the regeneration of our
wonderful Victorian sea front green.
The residents and visitors to
our town are all behind this project which has been talked about
over the past two years.
We the Council and Regeneration Partnership
look forward to working with HLF and BIG to see this scheme through
to its final completion."
Bill Allison, Chair of Silloth Regeneration Partnership, said:- "I
am delighted that the hard work of the team involved in the Silloth
Green Project has been recognised at national level.
The high level of partnership
working has now been rewarded, and we look forward to working once
again with all our partners to ensure the Stage 2 bid comes to
has already delivered many benefits to our community through the
intensive consultation process, from which ideas and suggestions
have been forthcoming and welcomed from all age groups.
We now see light at the end of the tunnel and major future benefits
for the community of Silloth and the surrounding area as a direct
result of the success of this bid.
On a personal level I wish to
thank all those who have been involved, for their help and support
with the scheme; this truly is a massive achievement and I feel it
will be proven to be the catalyst for other projects that the Silloth Regeneration Partnership are presently working on."
Raids find Illegal immigrants
THREE men have
been served with papers, by the UK Border Agency, after a raid in
Bootle, Merseyside. Two other men were arrested by officers have
since been released without charge. All five, who, where arrested on
suspicion of immigration offences have been found to be in the UK
illegally, at a property in Merton Road, Bootle on Easter Sunday, 12
April 2009. Merseyside police have stressed that there are no
connections to the Anti Terrorism Raids earlier last week.
Underground track repairs start
£3.4m project to replace a curved section of underground rail track
The work is part of a 5 year long scheme to replace the entire
Merseyrail Underground network and will continue until 26 May 2009. This work has resulted in services from Chester and Wirral to
Liverpool will terminate at James Street station. The Northern
Line and mainline services are not affected by the work and a bus
shuttle will run from James Street to Lime Street station only.
The whole 5 year scheme will cost around £20 million pounds and
should make the service far more reliable and safer.
Simon Whitehorn, Network Rail's area manager for Merseyside has told
the media that:- "The renewal of the track brings benefits for
everyone. Passengers get a better quality ride, it causes less wear
and tear on Merseyrail's fleet of trains and the new track needs
less maintenance by us."
Pedal it Pink
THERE are just
a few days to go until the very first Pedal it Pink cycle ride takes
place in Liverpool’s Sefton Park. Almost 700 women have
already signed up to take part in the event, which is being held in
support of Breast Cancer Campaign, and Olympic champion cyclist
Victoria Pendleton will be there to cheer them on. Hot on the
heels of her triple medal haul at the World Championships, Victoria
will be coming along to Pedal it Pink with her mum, to support the
riders who will be cycling either a marathon, half marathon or 5k
family lap. Victoria is a patron of Pedal it Pink, which is
raising money to help Breast Cancer Campaign fund innovative,
world-class research throughout the UK to understand how breast
cancer develops, leading to improved diagnosis, treatment,
prevention and cure. Approximately 5,300 women are diagnosed
with breast cancer in the north west each year; 300 of those women
are in Liverpool. Glamour girl of the British cycling team,
Victoria, said:- “After winning Olympic gold in the Sprint
cycling event in Beijing this summer, I’m so thrilled to lead Breast
Cancer Campaign’s very first Pedal it Pink. It’ll be really
exciting to see hundreds of women getting on their bikes to help
beat breast cancer, so I really hope you can join us. I know
it’ll be lots of fun and together we can make a difference!”
► Breast Cancer Campaign aims to beat
breast cancer by funding innovative world-class research to
understand how breast cancer develops, leading to improved
diagnosis, treatment, prevention and cure.
► Currently it supports 105 research
projects, worth over £13.5 million, in 43 centres of excellence
across the UK.
► Breast Cancer Campaign recently announced that it aims to fund
research in the Republic of Ireland.
► Breast cancer is the most common
cancer in the UK and accounts for nearly one in three of all cancers
the UK, over 45,500 new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed in
women each year – that’s 120 a day.
Women leading the way
in Liverpool as Not for Profit organisations thrive
THE Not for
Profit sector in Liverpool is being driven forward by the region’s
female business community, according to research from Bank of
Scotland Corporate. Over 51% of applications to the Bank of
Scotland Corporate £6million Social Entrepreneur Awards have been
received from women, with 4.5% of the women coming from Merseyside.
Sam Kerr, Head of Specialist Banking at Bank of Scotland Corporate,
commented:- “We already had an understanding that women tended
to occupy more senior positions in the not-for-profit sector than in
profit making enterprises, but 51% really took us by surprise.
It’s an interesting and emphatic statistic that proves what we had
previously guessed. With 4.5% of these female entrants coming
from Merseyside it’s a sign that the region’s female business
community is certainly driving the Not for Profit Sector forward.
The total volume of applications to The Social Awards exceeded all
our expectations, and this strong response in Liverpool demonstrates
that the not-for-profit community in the region values the support
and commitment on offer. Many profit making businesses are
experiencing some tough times but we’ve been seeing entries from
not-for-profit organisations which are performing really strongly,
growing and providing valuable social benefits in Liverpool and
throughout the UK. The overall quality of the entries has been
incredibly high and it’s been fantastic to see so many entries and
learn how the Not for Profit sector is thriving across different
regions of the country.” About the Bank of Scotland
Social Entrepreneur Awards offer not one but two awards...
1) Up to £5 million free of interest and arrangement fees for 3
years, or a one off cash donation of up to £500,000
2) Up to £1 million free of interest and arrangement fees for 3
years, or a one off cash donation of up to £100,000
The winner of each award will also secure a true ‘money can’t
buy’ reward of three days mentoring from one of the UK’s
best known social entrepreneurs and the title of 'Bank of
Scotland Corporate Social Entrepreneur 2009.'