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Issue:- 27 September  2012

Powering ahead with road revamp

LIVERPOOL City Council is teaming up with Scottish Power on a major new scheme to upgrade Smithdown Road.

The Council is working with the utility company to deliver a brand new carriageway, as part of an innovative partnership.

Scottish Power is upgrading its supply with the installation of a 33kV cable along the length of Smithdown Road, from Yanwath Street to Gainsborough Road. The work, which started on Monday, 24 September 2012, is likely to cause damage to the road, which is already in poor condition.

Now, following negotiations with the City Council, Scottish Power have agreed to contribute £180,000 towards the cost of repairing the road. The Council is investing a further £320,000, meaning it can drive forward with a £500,000 scheme to completely resurface the carriageway.

Liverpool City Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport, Councillor Tim Moore, said:- “This is a great example of how, by working together with our partners in the private sector, we can achieve great things. Smithdown Road has needed these improvements for a number of years, and I’m delighted that we will now be able to deliver them. We looked at the current state of the road and considered the further damage likely to be caused by the utility works. We decided that instead of just patching it up, we should explore how we could deliver a new surface. Scottish Power were happy to come the table and it’s great credit to them that they have agreed to assist with the costs of the work.  As with any major road improvements and utility works, there will of course be some disruption; but the short term pain will be followed by long term gain for thousands of motorists, cyclists, businesses and residents as we deliver a brand new carriageway which will last for many years.“

The 6 week scheme will be carried out under extensive traffic management. Smithdown Road will be reduced to one lane in each direction for the duration of the works.

Residents and businesses have been notified by Scottish Power of the works and advanced signage has been out to advise motorists. The City’s network of variable message signs is also being activated to advise people about the scheme.

Paul Newbrook, Senior Investment Engineer at Scottish Power, said:- “The work we are carrying out will support growth and improve the security of electricity supplies in the area for many years to come. We are working closely with Liverpool City Council to inform the local community of the scope of works and minimise disruption to local residents and businesses. We look forward to working with the Council on future projects in and around the Merseyside area.”

The start of the £500,000 Smithdown Road improvements comes immediately after the completion of the £2.2 million upgrade to Queens Drive. The City Council held off the start of the Smithdown Road works until the Queens Drive scheme was completed, to avoid the major disruption that would have been caused by extensive traffic management on 2 major routes in the City.

 10,000+ back Hillsborough Knighthoods call

MORE than 10,000 people have so far signed e-petitions calling for key figures involved in the Hillsborough cover up to be stripped of their Knighthoods.  Last week, Mayor Joe Anderson wrote to Sir Bob Kerslake, Chair of the Honours Forfeiture Committee, calling for the honours for Sir Irvine Patnick and Sir Norman Bettison to be revoked.  E-petitions are on the City Council website for people to back the call and people can add their name by visiting:-

The petition calling for the removal of Sir Irvine Patnick’s Knighthood stands at around 6,500, while approximately 4,000 are calling for Sir Norman Bettison to be stripped of his Knighthood and Queen’s Police Medal.

It comes after the Hillsborough Independent Panel revealed that Patnick, the former MP for Sheffield Hallam, took the lead in actively briefing the media with lies about the role and responsibility of Liverpool FC fans at Hillsborough.

In his letter, the Mayor condemned him for a “vile and appalling smear campaign” which has led to fans being “vilified and stigmatised” to deflect criticism from South Yorkshire Police and other authorities.

He requested that the Committee gives “urgent consideration to the actions of the former MP which have brought the honours system into disrepute and on the basis of the overwhelming misery that this man has brought to the people of Liverpool.”

Sir Norman Bettison was previously a Chief Inspector and then Superintendent at South Yorkshire Police at the time of the disaster. The Independent Panel report highlights his production of a video tape which sought to present Liverpool FC fans as being to blame.

As well as calling for him to be stripped of his Knighthood and QPM (Queen’s Police Medal), Mayor Anderson is demanding Liverpool John Moores University remove his Honorary Fellowship.

He condemned Sir Norman for failing to show any remorse for his actions and says he “does not think he is a person worthy of any public honour or recognition, and especially not from the institutions of the city of Liverpool.”

88 year old Southport man has died in RTC

MERSEYSIDE Police have confirmed that a 88 year old, man was killed in the fatal RTC on Marshside Road in Southport on Tuesday, 25 September. The man has been named as Kenneth Turner, from Southport. Emergency services were called to Marshside Road at around 11.45am to a report of a collision involving a white Ford transit van and a blue Honda jazz. Paramedics attended and took the driver of the Honda, Kenneth Turner, to hospital were he was later pronounced dead. The area was cordoned off for examination and the vehicles removed from the scene. An investigation into the full circumstances of the incident is ongoing. Anyone who may have witnessed the incident is asked to call the Road's Policing Investigation Unit on:- 0151 777 5444 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on:- 0800 555 111.

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