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17 March 2010
Green assets at heart of Liverpool’s future
planning of a city’s green assets can deliver enormous social,
economic and health benefits, a groundbreaking report for Liverpool
City Council has revealed.
Mersey Forest was recently commissioned by Liverpool’s Planning
Service and the city’s PCT to carry out a comprehensive audit of the
city’s green infrastructure - everything from individual trees and
private gardens to the city’s parks and open water. And the
results, contained in Liverpool’s Green Infrastructure Strategy,
reveal a city brimming with green assets. Nearly two thirds of land
has been identified as green infrastructure, an asset worth
£8billion to the local economy.
The strategy which was funded by an area based grant from
Liverpool’s Local Strategic Partnership is being seen as an
important part of the evidence base for the development of statutory
planning policies and to inform strategies for health.
Councillor Tim Moore, Liverpool’s cabinet member for environment and
climate change, said:- “This is an innovative and important
report which has the potential to influence the way we think about
the green assets of all our cities, and how it can be used to reduce
the effects of a changing climate, and make the city a better place
to live, work, invest and enjoy life.
The Strategy provides comprehensive data on Liverpool’s green
infrastructure, where it is, the function it performs and how it is
being managed and it sets out a detailed action plan which will help
us make the best use of green infrastructure in the future. That
means better managing what we already have, as well as ensuring
green infrastructure is ‘planned into’ future developments such as
new housing estates.”
The Green Infrastructure Strategy reveals:-
► Liverpool is already a green city with 62% of land having a green
infrastructure function, often multiple functions.
► Green infrastructure is worth £8billion to the local economy.
► Green infrastructure is unequally distributed with 80%
concentrated in just less than a quarter of the city.
► The city’s most affluent areas currently have 18 per cent more
green infrastructure than the poorest.
► A correlation exists between areas with low green infrastructure
and those with high levels of heart disease, poor mental health and
poor air quality.
Gideon Ben-Tovim, Chair of Liverpool PCT, says:- “Well managed
and accessible green space has a big part to play in promoting a
healthier city, as it can provide opportunities to improve many
issues including mental health, heart disease, diabetes and obesity.
We look forward to working with our partners and communities across
the city to implement this strategy and action plan during the
Decade of Health and Wellbeing which we launched in January.”
The strategy will assist in supporting the sustainable development
of the city. It considers that green infrastructure is a key asset
for the city which can contribute significantly to Liverpool’s
continuing economic, social and physical regeneration.
Councillor Malcolm Kennedy, Liverpool’s cabinet member for
regeneration and transport, says:- “This strategy represents a
step-change in the way we understand the value and importance of
green infrastructure in Liverpool. By maximising the benefits of
these assets we can create a safer, more inclusive, and more
enjoyable city in which to live, work and do business. As the city
undergoes housing growth and further regeneration in the years
ahead, this report will ensure green infrastructure contributes to
creating sustainable neighbourhoods where people want to live.”
Paul Nolan, Mersey Forest Director, said:- “This report
provides real evidence for the ways green infrastructure can benefit
a city. This is especially important in the tough economic times we
all find ourselves operating in. Ultimately, high quality, well
managed green infrastructure can help a city to thrive and prosper.
It can do this by promoting better health and well being, attracting
inward investment and helping the city adapt to climate change.
It’s an investment which can pay huge dividends for a city through
lower running costs and better management of risks such as flooding
and air quality. All the evidence suggests that businesses are
attracted to places with a high quality environment, good quality of
place and good quality of life.
We’re proud to be able to support Liverpool’s lead with the
production of this report for Liverpool City Council. No city in the
UK has taken such a comprehensive and forward thinking approach to
the auditing and future management of its green infrastructure.”
The strategy recommends improvements to the city’s green
infrastructure including better management and improved
accessibility. Examples of actions recommended in the strategy
► Targeting green infrastructure actions in the main areas for
housing growth and regeneration across the city.
► Require detailed green infrastructure plans for all major
developments which show how the development will contribute to the
strategy, and should be prepared alongside the planning application.
► Support for the temporary use of vacant/derelict land for food and
fuel growing, as part of the Greening the City Project.
► Ensure planning applications for new developments always
prioritise the need for people to be physically active as a routine
part of their daily life, and where possible to use GI to enable
► Promote green roofs, particularly in areas of the city centre that
are undergoing redevelopment. Green roofs, along with street trees
offer the best opportunity to create new green infrastructure in
these areas to mitigate the effects of projected climate change, by
providing cooling functions as well as contributing to surface water
► Use street trees and planting schemes at strategic gateways, and
along key routes in the City which will help promote a positive
image and can also contribute to addressing pollution issues.
► Use of Section 106 policy to support green infrastructure across
the City, and a fund is developed that is used to implement critical
GI and in particular focus on addressing the health and wellbeing
actions set out in the Strategy.
Standards officers in Sefton are reiterating a message warning
residents to be on their guard in relation to a computer scam.
Calls are still being made to Trading Standards from concerned
residents who have been contacted by traders offering to solve
computer faults. The calls are made out of the blue and the
traders offer to fix computers that are running slow or have other
faults. In all instances the cold callers try to gain remote
access to the computers to take personal information. This
information can often be used for illegal purposes at a later date.
A number of calls have been made to premises in Southport and
Trading Standards officers are asking residents across the borough
to be on their guard. Some of the traders are becoming more
aggressive in their sales pitch and are calling residents on a
Sefton Council Trading Standards manager, Andrew Naisbitt, said:-
"These types of calls are not genuine and consumers should not
provide personal or financial information to the callers.
Please don't keep personal financial passwords or information on
your PC. This applies to everyone.
In situations like these, always use a reputable trader when
installing any new software or updates on your PC. Check the
trader's validity and if possible ask a friend or a neighbour for a
For help and advice on all consumer issues, call Consumer Direct on:-
New Mersey Ferry
Cruise launched for 2011
Ferries have a new port of call, the Ellesmere Port Boat Museum.
For the first time ever there will be special Manchester Ship Canal
Cruises this summer between the museum and Salford Quays.
Councillor Mark Dowd, chair of Merseytravel which owns and operates
the Mersey Ferries, said:- “This brings together the perfect
combination for a fabulous day out. The award-winning Ship
Canal Cruises feature commentaries which explain how the canal
shaped the industrial heritage of our region. The National Waterways
Museum brings together a unique fleet of historic boats with rich
collections and archives to tell the story of Britain’s canals and
Neil Scales, chief executive of Merseytravel, said:- ”This is
a logical extension of our Ship Canal cruises which are ever
increasing in popularity. The Mersey Ferries are in fact the most
popular paid-for tourist attraction in the region.”
There will be 12 cruises sailing between 23 June and 25 September,
with Adult tickets priced at £35.00 and Seniors & Children at £33.00
all including return bus transfer to original destination.
For passengers embarking at Telford Quay (Ellesmere Port), there’s
the opportunity to visit the Boat Museum beforehand as well as
enjoying a 2 and a half hour stopover at Salford Quays, with the
chance to visit:- The Lowry, Imperial War Museum, or Lowry Outlet Mall
in Salford Quays.
On cruises departing Salford Quays, there's the chance to enjoy two
hours at the National Waterways Museum at Ellesmere Port (additional
cost). Tickets are only available by advance booking.
National Waterways Museum Admission prices - Adult £6, Concession
£5, Child (5-16) £4 Under 5s free.
For further information please visit:-
merseyferries.co.uk or contact Mersey Ferries on:-
0151 330 1444.
Let’s get ready to Zumba!
WHY not bring
out the Latino in you and raise money for charity at the same time?
Lifestyles Tennis Centre, in Wavertree, is embracing the latest
fitness trend and is hosting a special Zumba event to raise money
for Comic Relief.
On Friday, 18 March 2011, a 3-hour Zumba class will shimmy into action,
with enough places for 700 people to shake their thing during the
marathon session. Everyone will be presented with a Red Nose when
they arrive to wear with pride throughout the evening.
Tickets cost just £5 and participants are encouraged to raise
personal sponsorship for their involvement. The Centre is hoping to
help raise nearly £25,000 in total.
Liverpool City Council’s cabinet member for culture and tourism,
Councillor Wendy Simon, said:- “Zumba is a craze that has
swept the nation, so it’s great that we can make the most of this
popularity, all in the name of charity!
The team at the Tennis Centre have set themselves an ambitious
target, but I’m sure they’ll achieve this, especially if each person
encourages their family and friends to sponsor them. And, not
only will people be raising moneyfor important
projects at home and aboard, but people will be able to have fun and
get fit at the same time.”
The event starts at 6pm and doors will open at 5.30pm. Anyone who
doesn’t want to take part in the full 3 hour session can join at
Children from the age of 8 to 15 need to be accompanied by an adult and
comfortable clothes and suitable footwear should be worn.
For more information or to book your place, call Lifestyles Tennis
Centre on:- 0151 233 8850.
Anyone who would like an individual sponsorship pack should visit:-
Free fitness fun!
FANCY a day out which is not only
guaranteed fun for all the family but is FREE? The fourth
annual Festival of Health and Activity takes place on Sunday, 20
March 2011, at Lifestyles Tennis Centre in Wavertree and is packed
full of activities which will not only keep you entertained but will
also get you thinking about taking up a healthier lifestyle.
From 10.30am to 4.30pm, families can try out a whole range of
sports, from football and rugby right through to handball and golf
and the city council’s sports development team will be on hand to
give advice on how to keep fit and have fun at the same time.
And why not get to grips with some more unusual activities such as
Water Balling and Bungee Trampolines. Throughout the day there will
also be a series of demos including BMX, karate and cooking which
will give hints on how you can make healthier meals that are packed
full of flavour. And, every visitor will get a wristband which
entitles them to a free swim at the Aquatics Centre. Liverpool
City Council’s cabinet member for culture and tourism, Councillor
Wendy Simon, said:- “Every year this event grows in
popularity, with more than 1,500 people making the most of the
activities in 2010. It’s the Decade of Health and Wellbeing so it’s
important we do as much as we can to promote how easy it is to make
positive lifestyle changes – whether it’s taking up a new activity
or eating more healthily. This is a really successful event which
has the perfect balance of fun and fitness, and best of all
everything on offer is free! It’s a fantastic day out for all the
family and I encourage as many people to go along on Sunday and have
fun.” There will also be more than fifty exhibitors
taking part, including Sportslinx, Merseyside Fire and Rescue
Service, Healthy Homes and Liverpool Football Club Action for
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