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Issue:- 8 November  2012

Princes Dock in Liverpool Awarded Best Commercial Scheme 2012

THE Peel Group's Princes Dock development in Liverpool City Centre has won Best Commercial Scheme at the Your Move Property Awards 2012. Princes Dock, which is home to three Grade A office buildings, Liverpool Cruise Liner Terminal, 2 hotels, restaurants and bars, car parks, nursery, coffee shop and deli, convenience store and three apartment buildings, was given the award at the ceremony, that was held on Thursday, 1 November 2012.

The winner was determined by a number of factors including, commercial viability, design/sensitivity to architecture in its approach, aesthetics, suitability to end use and needs of customer, use and space of materials.

Princes Dock also plays host to water based leisure activities such as Dragon Boat Racing, open water swimming, and the passing of canal boats and arrival of cruise ships at the new terminal which attracts many thousands of additional visitors to site.

The development has excellent public transport links and has a regular bus service providing frequent and speedy connectivity to all parts of the City Centre and wider Liverpool region. Furthermore the Mersey Ferry Terminal is based at Princes Dock providing regular access to Birkenhead.

Princes Dock is a also member of the Liverpool Waterfront Business Partnership which aims to fulfil the waterfront's potential (from Kings Dock to Princes Dock) as a key economic driver. With a strong mix of private and public sector partners, the Liverpool Waterfront Business Partnership has substantial collective strength as a delivery vehicle for the City's ambitious international agenda.

A Division of Liza Marco, Property Manager at Princes Dock said:- "This is fantastic news for Princes Dock, over the past few years we have seen huge changes at the development including a growth in the number of on-site amenities to benefit occupiers, tenants and visitors such as a nursery, convenience store and large coffee shop and deli. We have also made aesthetical changes to enhance the environment including creating grassed areas, introducing additional waterfront seating, lighting up of the dock bridge and the introduction of road front signage. Princes Dock has a stunning backdrop with unrivalled views of the River Mersey and the new cruise liner terminal has added to its vibrancy. Princes Dock will continue to transform as it plays an integral part of Peel's Liverpool Waters scheme. We are delighted that Your Move have recognised this scheme as the successful development it is and have presented Princes Dock with this award."

Fiona Barnet. Director of Your Move said:- "Congratulations to Peel on winning this award with Princes Dock. Our independent panel of judges were really impressed with the quality and quantity of entries this year and we would like to extend our congratulations to all of the winners."

Half in dark over mouth cancer symptoms

HALF of people would leave a non-healing mouth ulcer longer than recommended, potentially leaving a mouth cancer symptom going undetected.

According to a new survey, only 49% of people would seek medical advice within less than 4 weeks, if they had a mouth ulcer. More than 1 in 3 (37%) would seek medical advice within 1 to 2 months, and of even greater concern 1 in 14 people (7%) would leave it longer than 3 months.

The results are in stark contrast to other signs and symptoms of the disease. Almost three in every 4 people (71%) would seek medical advice within 4 weeks, if they had an unusual lump or swelling, and a similar amount (69%) would do likewise if they noticed red and white patches in the mouth.

The results make for worrying reading for oral health charity the British Dental Health Foundation, organisers of Mouth Cancer Action Month. The campaign, taking place throughout November supported by Denplan and healthcare provider Simplyhealth, aims to educate the general public on the risk factors, early warning signs and symptoms of the disease.

Chief Executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, Dr Carter OBE said:- "It is of great concern that only half of people know how long they should wait before seeking medical advice over a mouth ulcer. Early detection is absolutely crucial in transforming survival rates, and those leaving a mouth ulcer longer than three weeks are potentially risking a late diagnosis, something that reduces five year survival rates to as low as 50%. With the benefit of early diagnosis, survival rates can increase to up to 90%. Classic symptoms of mouth cancer include ulcers that do not heal within 3 weeks, red and white patches in the mouth and unusual lumps or swellings in the mouth. Through tobacco use, drinking alcohol to excess, a poor diet and exposure to the human papilloma virus (HPV), often transmitted via oral sex, individuals place themselves at risk from a disease that kills more people than cervical and testicular cancer combined."

With 'Ask Your Pharmacist Week' beginning today, Dr Carter, believes now is a great time to discuss potential health problems.  "Mouth Cancer Action Month presents an opportunity for individuals to talk to the healthcare profession about any health concerns they may have. Although visiting the dentist should be your action if you have any symptoms of mouth cancer, pharmacists have a major role to play in educating the public on the risk factors. Our message to everyone is simple; if in doubt, get checked out."

Spectacular cancer centre opens after £1.3m refit

IT all started as a fund-raising event for a small conservatory extension to the cancer centre at Southport and Formby District General Hospital. But 3 years after a ball to raise money for the project, the unit opened in spectacular fashion this week extended, refurbished and newly-equipped at a cost of £1.3m to meet the needs of patients across north Sefton and West Lancashire.

"It's bright, light, airy and very spacious with a lovely citrus colour scheme that really lifts the spirit; everyone is delighted with it."
said Sister Julie Marshall who manages the centre, known locally as the Medical Day Unit (MDU).

Patients have been treated elsewhere at Southport and Ormskirk hospitals while the seven-month rebuilding project was undertaken. Southport-treated patients are using the new centre immediately and Clatterbridge Cancer Centre patients who are being treated as Ormskirk hospital will return after Christmas.

The Marina Dalglish Appeal and West Lancashire Community Hospice Association each gave £500,000 towards the project. Numerous other organisations and hundreds of individuals also generously supported the work.

Trust staff members Michelle Roberts and Lynn Sprigings, who organised the original fund-raising ball were joined by patients, supporters and other staff to cut a ribbon to mark the operational opening of the centre.

Michelle, who supports medical secretarial staff at Southport hospital, said:- "I'd been treated in the old unit for Hodgkinson's lymphoma and Lynn and I had the idea to raise funds for a conservatory but we never imagined it would turn into something like this!"

The ball was held at the Floral Hall in spring 2010 which led to the two charities hearing about the women's plans and ultimately giving £500,000 each for a much bigger project.

The work sees the centre significantly expanded in size as well as adding a light, airy semi-circular treatment area for patients, some of whom require up to 8 hours of chemotherapy at a time. There are also more consulting rooms and a more comfortable waiting area.

Demand for chemotherapy treatments has grown by up to 15% a year since the medical day unit was last refurbished in 2005. This has been driven by people living longer lives and a growth in new treatments for cancer.

Sister Marshall said:- "The new unit means we can continue to treat more people locally rather than them facing long journeys to specialist centres elsewhere."

Trust chairman Sir Ron Watson CBE added:- "This is a magnificent achievement for which all those who have contributed should feel immensely proud. It is also a spectacular new setting that splendidly complements the outstanding care the staff this unit are known for."


MERSEYSIDE Police are appealing for information following the theft of a pedal cycle from outside a shop in Southport, on Tuesday, 9 October 2012. A report was received at about 3.20pm that a pedal cycle had been stolen from outside The Pizza and Kebab Shop on Eastbank Street. The owner of the bike had secured it outside the shop with a lock and chain prior to leaving it. The offender managed to remove the chain and lock from the bike before riding away in the direction of Scarisbrick New Road. The offender is described as being white and was wearing a light coloured jacket, light coloured trousers, and dark footwear. He was possibly wearing glasses. The stolen bicycle is a Whyte Cambridge racing bicycle and has disc brakes, frame, handlebars, and deep wheel trims made of carbon fibre. The bike's serial number is:- F205S1292. Officers would urge anyone who witnessed this incident or anyone who may know the offender to come forward. They would also ask that anyone who may have seen a bike of this type for sale or anyone who may have bought/been offered a bike of this type to get in touch. Anyone with information is asked to contact Merseyside Police on:- 0151 777 3441 or Crimestoppers on:- 0800 555 111.

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