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Issue:- 26 April  2012

Potholes banished from Sefton Park

WORK is underway on the first phase of a £6 million scheme to resurface roads in and around Sefton Park.  A total of 4.5km of pothole-ridden carriageways will be dug up and formally Ďadopted' by the city council.

Previously the roads were not part of the council's highways network and there was no legal obligation to repair them and they could not spend money from their general highways budget improving them.

The work will be carried out in 2 phases over April to June 2012 and April to June 2013; in order to make sure it does not clash with events taking place in the park during summer, and avoids the bad weather over winter.

Assistant Director for Regeneration, Mark Kitts, said:- "Sefton Park is hugely popular with local residents and visitors and they have long complained about the condition of the roads because they were unadopted. This scheme will enhance the restored park and improve the experience of the thousands of people who use it on a regular basis and who attend the many events which take place there.  We are carrying out a comprehensive resurfacing of the roads which means they will last for a long time, particularly as we are adopting them which means they will be regularly maintained."

The first phase of work will see improvements to:-

► Greenbank Drive (from Smithdown Road to Mossley Hill Drive)

► Hargreaves Road (from Lark Lane to Livingstone Drive)

► Livingstone Drive and Livingstone Drive South (from Aigburth Drive to the end)

► Livingstone Drive North (from Aigburth Drive to Livingstone Drive)

► Croxteth Drive (from Mossley Hill Drive to Greenbank Drive)

► Aigburth Drive (from Ullet Road to Croxteth Drive)

► Lark Lane (from Aigburth Drive to Livingstone Avenue)

► Mossley Hill Drive (from Croxteth Drive to Greenbank Drive)

► Croxteth Drive (from Ullet Road to Croxteth Drive roundabout)

Site works have already taken place to determine the amount of reconstruction work that is needed.

As part of the work, parking lay-bys will be created on Aigburth Drive and additional pedestrian crossing points will be installed to improve access to the park.

Be prepared for polls, says Electoral Commission

WITH nearly 5000 contested local council seats, 3 mayoral elections and 10 mayoral referendums taking place across Great
Britain on 3 May 2012, the Electoral Commission; the independent elections watchdog; is reminding voters to be prepared.

"Preparation is key to make sure you donít miss out on 3 May 2012... Itís important to know where your polling station is, the opening times and how to cast your vote. Itís also essential to take care of your vote, especially if voting by post Ė so please fill in your ballot papers privately and return them as soon as possible. If you have any questions you can visit our website, or call our helpline on:- 0800 3 280 280. Itís your vote, donít lose it by being unprepared."
said Samantha Mills, Head of Campaigns at the Electoral Commission.

Electoral Commission's advice is that you visit  for more information about how to vote, including a virtual polling station walkthrough and an explanation of voting systems.

They also say that you should do the following:-

Return your postal vote on time...

Postal votes are usually sent out about a week before election day. Once youíve got it, fill in your ballot paper by following the instructions at the top. Make sure you send it back so that it arrives by close of poll (which is 10pm on 3 May 2012). If it arrives later than this your vote wonít be counted.

Ask polling station staff...

Staff will help you with any practical issues, but will not be able to help you decide how to cast your vote. Remember to follow the instructions on the ballot paper or your vote may not be counted.

Plan when to vote...

Polling stations are open from 7am to 10pm on Thursday, 3 May 2012. Make sure you arrive in good time. By law, polling station staff cannot give out ballot papers after 10pm, even if you are in the polling station. Details of where your polling station is can be found on your poll card. You don't need this to vote, but it can help to speed up the process if you have it with you.

Huge Liverpool Tapestry to go on display in Museum of Liverpool

A huge tapestry, created to celebrate Liverpoolís year as European Capital of Culture in 2008, is to go on display at the Museum of Liverpool.

The Liverpool Tapestry:- People, Places and Passions will open in the Skylight Gallery on Friday, 27 April 2012; until Sunday, 9 September 2012.

Conceived and funded by Home Bargains in conjunction with Merseyside Embroidersí Guild, the Tapestry has been produced by more than 150 people, who hand-stitched 338 individual tapestry panels to make up the triptych, which cumulatively spans over 6 metres in length.

The panels feature iconic images including Superlambananas, the cityís historic buildings, and aspects of Liverpool that have special meaning for the individual embroiderers.

Janet Dugdale, Director of the Museum of Liverpool said:- "The Liverpool Tapestry is a great example of the reason that the Museum of Liverpool is here. The exhibitions and displays continue to be created for and by the people of this city, told through their passion for the place they live. The tapestry follows this ethos perfectly, and we are extremely thankful to Home Bargains for enabling us to display it in the Skylight Gallery."

Joe Morris, Operations Director of Home Bargains said:- "The process of creating the Liverpool Tapestry began with Home Bargainís Go Create 08 campaign as a way to get people to be more hands on and involved in the Capital of Culture celebrations by producing something themselves. The Tapestry has 338 pieces, which each show a piece of Liverpool thatís important to the person who created it. I have looked at it many times and see something new each time; it keeps you spellbound for hours. I hope visitors to the Museum of Liverpool will get the same enjoyment from it when it goes on display."

Joe created a panel of work himself of a Home Bargains shop front and many other groups and individuals have had the chance to add their own creations during a 2 year long process, including school children from Merchant Taylorsí School.

Gill Roberts from the Merseyside Embroiderers' Guild said:- "Over the course of 25 workshops we worked with people of all ages from across the city, who each brought their own inspiration and unique ideas to the project. The work is so delicate and skilled that it took a long time to pull it all together, but I know people will be impressed by the hard work that went into the Tapestry, and the finished result is breathtaking."

Displayed opposite The Liverpool Cityscape in the Skylight Gallery at the top of the Museumís sweeping staircase, the Liverpool Tapestry, represents the people, places and passions of Liverpool.

Home Bargains has sponsored the Skylight Gallery for a 2 year period, which begins with the display of the Liverpool Tapestry, enabling the space to be used for future exhibitions and associated community programmes.

Janet Dugdale added:- "At a time when budgets are being cut and funding for our Museums is reduced, sponsorship from companies such as Home Bargains is a lifeline to National Museums Liverpool, allowing us to develop new exhibitions. We are grateful for this opportunity to provide a changing programme in the Skylight Gallery, one of the Museum of Liverpoolís special exhibition spaces."

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