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Issue:- 22 March  2012

Olympic Flame to light up city’s streets

THE  London 2012 Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) has announced the full route, outlining where the torch will travel when it arrives in Liverpool on Friday, 1 June 2012.  Liverpool’s route officially starts in Knotty Ash at around 4pm. The route will travel through Old Swan and into the city centre where it will take in some of the city’s famous landmarks including the 2 cathedrals, the Chinese Arch and St George’s Hall.  It will temporarily leave the city through the Kingsway tunnel at around 5.40pm, and will board an iconic Mersey Ferry at the Woodside Ferry Terminal at around 6.45pm. The Flame will then take to the water and sail back into the Mersey Ferry Terminal at the Pier Head at approximately 7.10pm, in time to kick-start the special evening celebrations which will be taking place there.

Leader of Liverpool City Council, Councillor Joe Anderson, said:- "For many people, to see the Olympic Flame in their home city will be a unique opportunity, and I know the people of Liverpool will come out on the streets in their thousands to watch this iconic symbol come to this iconic city.  It’s a great way for our communities to get involved in the buzz and excitement in the build up to the Olympic Games, and it’s also a way for us to celebrate this city’s sporting excellence and encourage people to get fit and active. Already, groups across the city are planning how they can make sure the Flame receives a typical, warm Liverpool welcome along the route and make it a memorable start to the world’s greatest sporting competition."

Announcements have also been made about some of the lucky people who will be carrying the flame.  These include 17 year old Molly Steel who was nominated as a result of her commitment to amateur boxing within the Merseyside and Cheshire area. Molly said:- "I couldn’t believe it when I was told I had been chosen to be an Olympic Torchbearer - what a great honour to be carrying the torch through my own city!  I’m very excited but nervous too, but I feel so lucky as this really is a once in a lifetime opportunity."

2 other successful torchbearers who will carry the Flame through Liverpool are Jane Campbell who has been nominated for her tireless work in the Speke community. This has included setting up a seniors lunch club and raising nearly half a million pounds to turn a closed down pub into a church and community centre. Also receiving the honour is Rob Jackson, an Advanced Nurse practitioner at the Royal Liverpool Hospital who was nominated for his commitment to tackling the problem of knife crime in the community and raising thousands of pounds for charity.

Sebastian Coe, Chair of LOCOG added:- "Today we bring the Olympic Torch Relay to life. The Flame symbolises the Olympic spirit and its journey around the UK will bring the excitement of the Games to our streets.  Now the people know the route the Olympic Flame will be carried along and the Torchbearers for their community, they can start planning how they might celebrate and make it Liverpool’s moment to shine."

The full Liverpool route is as follows:-

From 4pm East Prescot Road, Prescot Road, St Oswald’s Street, Edge Lane, Grove Street, Paddington, Brownlow Hill, Mount Pleasant, Hope Street, Upper Duke Street, Berry Street, Renshaw Street, Ranelagh Street, Great Charlotte Street, Clayton Square, Elliot Street, Lime Street, Islington, Hunter Street, Byrom Street and through the Kingsway Tunnel at around 5.40pm.

It arrives back in the city at 7.13pm at Mersey Ferry Terminal and then is taken to the stage which will have been erected as part of the evening celebration.  The map can be viewed in full at:-, which gives street-by-street details.

Community groups and organisations across the city are already in the process of planning events to welcome the Flame to the city, ranging from special bell ringing at the 2 cathedrals, musical performances and even some giant puppets.

The Torchbearers have been selected as a result of the public nomination processes run by LOCOG and the Presenting Partners, Coca Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung. LOCOG endeavoured to slot all community Torchbearers within an hour of their nomination address so family and friends can cheer them on. Each Torchbearer will wear a white and gold uniform which been designed by adidas.

An average of 115 Torchbearers a day will carry the Olympic Flame during its 8,000 mile journey around the UK before it arrives at the Olympic Stadium on 27 July 2012 for the lighting of the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony, signifying the official start of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

LOCOG has worked closely with representatives from a number of sectors in each nation and region of the UK to devise the route and is taking the Olympic Flame to within ten miles of over 95% of the population.  The city council is working with LOCOG and the three Presenting Partners of the Relay, Coca Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung; to host an evening celebration to celebrate the Olympic Flame on Friday, 1 June 2012. The event at the Pier Head will be free and further details of the show will be released over the next few months.

Views sought on a blueprint for Liverpool

A vision of how Liverpool will be developed over the next 15 years or so has reached a crucial stage. The Core Strategy sets out the long term vision, strategy and objectives governing future development, as well as the broad locations for delivering housing, employment, retail, leisure, essential public services and transport. It is an important element in the Local Development Framework, the development plan for the city and sets out the key planning policies which will determine how Liverpool develops. The strategy takes into account representations which were made during public consultations in 2008 and 2010. Now a final round of consultation will take place before the final strategy is agreed.

"This is a vital document. It will guide how our city is going to look and develop through the first quarter of the 21st century. We have already consulted widely about the strategy but this is an evolving situation and views can change and develop. This is the last chance people have of making their ideas known so I would urge everybody to look at the strategy and contact us with their ideas."
said Councillor Malcolm Kennedy, city council cabinet member for regeneration and transport.

The City Council will submit the Core Strategy; taking into account views expressed; to the Secretary of State so that it can be considered by an independent inspector who will decide whether or not it is 'sound'. The Inspector will hold an Examination in Public in the autumn. The strategy is based on the following principles, that by 2028 Liverpool will have:-

► A Strong Economy by ensuring sustainable economic growth, particularly across business sectors and areas with strong potential for growth.

► Residential Neighbourhoods That Meet Housing Needs; with significant housing and population growth, focused in the areas of greatest social and economic regeneration need, and an improvement in the quality and diversity of the City's housing offer.

► Vital and Viable Shopping Centres; providing a diverse range of quality shops, services, community, health and education facilities, which are highly accessible and meet the everyday needs of local communities.

► An Attractive and Safe City With A Strong Local Identity; resulting from the protection and enhancement of the City's unique historic and architectural environment and the achievement of high quality and inclusive design in new development. Liverpool will be an attractive, distinctive, healthy and sustainable City for those who live, work in and visit.

► High Quality Green Infrastructure that will be creating more attractive residential neighbourhoods; greater biodiversity; resilience to climate change, better flood risk management; and more opportunities for sport and recreation and greater health and wellbeing

► Efficiently used Resources; especially by prioritising the use of vacant and derelict land and buildings and ensuring that development avoids adverse environmental impact and is adaptive and resilient to climate change

► More Sustainable Accessibility via supporting the improvement of the City's transport infrastructure and ensuring that all new development is highly accessible by sustainable modes of transport.

►  Improved Social Inclusion and Equal Opportunities; especially in the communities where development is to take place.

Anybody who wishes to comment on the Core Strategy should visit the Council's website where The Submission Draft and all supporting documents can also be viewed online or by also the City Council's dedicated consultation website. Hard copies of documents can be made available on request or can be inspected together with supporting documents at the following locations, during normal opening hours:-

► Millennium House, 60 Victoria Street, Liverpool, L1 6JD.

► All Community Libraries across the City.

The period for submitting representations is 22 March to 10 May 2012. These may be made by one of the following means:-

► Via the above websites

► By sending an email  to the Development Plans Team:-

► By post to:-

Liverpool City Council
Planning and Building Control
Municipal Buildings
Dale Street
L2 2DH

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