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Issue:- 23 September 2010

Work Starts on Regeneration of Historic Castle Street, Liverpool

WORK will begin on the £2.9 million regeneration of Castle Street, a key historical street in the heart of Liverpool city centre, on Monday, 27 September, 2010.

The scheme , part of the City Centre Movement Strategy, will improve the highway and public areas along Castle Street which will help to improve the pedestrian links between the commercial and retail districts, as well as help to attract private sector investment in the area.

It will offer residents, businesses and visitors a more attractive, user-friendly street with a sympathetic renovation which takes into account Castle Street’s position in the conservation area and within the World Heritage Site.

Over the 11 month construction programme, due to be completed before 2011’s Mathew Street Festival aims to balance the needs of all road users. The work includes:-

· Extensive widening of the footpaths and narrowing of the road between the Town Hall and Cook Street;

· Repaving of the whole street in natural York stone and granite materials which complement the high quality of architecture in the Commercial District;

· Repaving the streets around the Town Hall to improve its setting and linking it to the other Commercial District schemes in Dale Street and Old Hall Street;

· Promoting a safer environment with new wall-mounted street lighting and creating a one-way flow southbound from Dale Street to Cook Street, and creating bays for servicing of shops and businesses;

· Creating a new bus interchange, with layover spaces, in Cook Street, with new accessible bus stops, seating and information;

· All pay and display parking which is currently in Castle Street and Cook Street, will be moved principally into nearby Brunswick Street, Dale Street, North John Street and Victoria Street; and

· Providing new seating, trees, bins and cycle facilities and removing street clutter

The scheme is being funded by the Northwest Development Agency, Liverpool City Council and Merseytravel and the contractor delivering the works is North Midland Construction, who have also been the contractor for the improvement works taking place at Mount Pleasant.

Councillor Malcolm Kennedy, Liverpool City Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Transport, said:- “We are delighted that this vital scheme is going ahead. Following the works on Dale Street and Old Hall Street, in Derby Square, as well as the huge investment in Liverpool One, the Castle Street scheme is the final piece in this jigsaw. Castle Street is of great historical importance to our city, as the home of the Town Hall and with many fine listed buildings lining the street. It is fitting that the street itself is now regenerated and upgraded, making it more attractive to live, work and to invest in the area.”

Nick Kavanagh, the Council’s Director of Regeneration added:- “This scheme will improve one of the city centre’s most attractive streets and complement the work which is taking place in the commercial district. It will balance the needs of motorists, pedestrians and public transport.”

Extensive consultation has been carried out with businesses and residents in the immediate vicinity of the works and this consultation will continue while the works are on site to minimise disruption. The Castle Street works have also been carefully coordinated with the ongoing works on Dale Street and Old Hall Street. The work will be carried out in rolling sections with lane closures and restrictions and local diversions for pedestrians. Full details of the work programme will be posted onto the City Council’s website.

The new bus stops in Cook Street will be constructed early in the programme to allow the majority of bus stops to be moved directly from Castle Street and minimise disruption, Full details of these will be available on the Merseytravel website:-  Full details of the progress of the works on Castle Street will posted with weekly updates at:-


MERSEYSIDE Police are now appealing for witnesses following arson at a block of flats on Eastbank Street in Southport, on Wednesday, 15 September 2010. At the time of going out last week we did not have a lot of information, but we have since found out that Merseyside Police Officers were called to the flats by Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, at around 9.45pm. It has been reported to us that:- "A 21 year old woman from the Southport area has been arrested on suspicion of arson following the fire which appears to have started when a discarded armchair in the communal area of the building was ignited using a naked flame. The tenants of the flat were evacuated and some were treated for smoke inhalation. The 21 year old woman has been taken to a police station on Merseyside for questioning by police." and Merseyside Police have added, that:- "If anyone has any information they should call Acting Detective Sergeant Gavin Mulcahy at Merseyside Police on:- 0151 777 3164, or Crime stoppers, anonymously:- 0800 555 111." See last weeks report by clicking on here now.

Hundreds of people in Sefton to take part in World's Biggest Coffee Morning

OVER 300 people in Sefton are expected to take part in the World's Biggest Coffee Morning on Friday, 24 September 2010, including Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Maureen Fearn. Around the UK over two million people are expected to take part, raising over £8.3 to fund Macmillan’s vital cancer services. The Mayor is proud to be supporting Macmillan. She said:- "The whole idea of Macmillans fundraising is about people enjoying themselves while doing something worthwhile. I love to attend the line dancing event that is on during the year, it’s brilliant and raises a lot of money. Let’s hope that people have just as much fun at their coffee mornings." There is still time to register to hold your own event or to find one taking place in your area. Macmillan’s fundraising manager for Sefton, Grace Higgins said:- “We are delighted that so many people have signed up to take part in the World's Biggest Coffee Morning – but it’s not too late to get involved. The fantastic thing about our event is that it’s so easy to organise, you don’t need a lot of time to prepare. Just invite a few friends round for coffee during the day, or serve up some lovely coffee cocktails at night. Or why not offer to make the coffee at work and charge your colleagues a pound?" If you can’t get yourself organised today, you can hold an event over the next few weeks. Macmillan is also urging those who can’t hold their own event to log on to their website to find a coffee morning in their area. Grace Higgins added:- “There are lots of coffee mornings taking place around Southport and Formby so there’s certain to be one near you. So find why not find one on our website and drop in for some coffee and cake, and help Macmillan in the process?” To find a local coffee morning or register to host one visit:- or call:- 0845 070 1315.

Here are just a few coffee mornings that you could go along to:-

Norwood Primary School
Start time:- 9:15
Norwood Cresent

Champion Newspapers
Start time:- 10:00
Clare House
166 Lord Street

M&S Cafe
All Day!!!
34 Chapel Street

Material Interiors
Start time:- 9:00
25-27 Shakespeare St

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