for Edge Lane Retail Park
REVISED plans for Edge Lane
Retail Park in Liverpool which will create an estimated 1,500 new
jobs are set to be approved.
It follows extensive discussions between the City Council and Derwent Holdings to address and tackle economic challenges in the
retail sector which have impacted on the size and scale of the
Mayor Joe Anderson and Derwent Holdings Chairman Albert Gubay have
been in regular dialogue to make sure the scheme remains viable and
can continue in these difficult times.
Work is already nearing completion on the initial phase of the
Retail Park, creating 21,000 square feet of warehouse units on the
plot bounded by Edge Lane and Binns Road; including a food
The new-look plans for subsequent phases include:-
► A major leisure and restaurant
development on 147,000 square feet of land originally earmarked for
an extension of Rathbone Hospital (Edge Lane/Mill Lane/Rathbone
► The former Robinson Willey gas
appliances site to be developed as a high quality park, albeit
smaller than planned to make space for business units to accommodate
firms including those currently on the Binns Road Trading Estate.
► The former Crossfield Garages to be
upgraded as four retail units which will reflect the design quality
of the main scheme, rather than being used to accommodate businesses
displaced from the main retail site.
► The main retail park to be scaled back
from 46 to 30 retail units, plus restaurants and surface-level
parking. Plans for an underground car park have been withdrawn.
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson, said:- "This is a hugely
ambitious project, made all the more challenging by the tough
economic times. Work is already underway on phase one, but we want
to make sure the entire scheme is delivered which is why we have
worked in partnership with Derwent to make it work for them and us.
We are determined to make it happen, because we know how important
it is to rejuvenate this major City gateway, delivering excellent
retail and leisure facilities and creating many new jobs."
The scheme is an important part of the work to improve the route
into the City centre, which also includes the recently completed
Hall Lane improvements, new housing on Edge Lane and the proposed
new Royal Liverpool University Hospital.
Director of Regeneration, Nick Kavanagh, said:- "In times of
austerity, it's more important than ever that we work creatively
with the private sector and continue to build confidence in
Liverpool as the place to do business. Significant regeneration
continues in this City, despite the recession, with hundreds of
millions of pounds of projects underway. We want to make sure Edge
Lane Retail Park is one of those projects, because of the immense
benefits it will bring to Liverpool."
The revised proposals will be considered by the Mayor's Cabinet on
Friday, 30 August 2013.
CLA backs badger cull companies as
THE CLA on 27 August 2013
has backed the companies and farmers engaged in the pilot badger
control operations which have begun. CLA President Harry Cotterell
said:- "These pilot badger controls are a vital start to the
programme to tackle and eradicate Bovine TB, a disease that is
devastating to farmers, rural businesses and landowners. Managing bTB
in badgers is an essential part of the strategy seeking to eradicate
this terrible disease from livestock and wildlife in England. Bovine
TB in England has already cost the taxpayer an estimated £500million
in the past decade, and, without a wildlife control programme
including the cull, this would rise to around £1billion over the
next 10 years."
for Lord Mayor
LIVERPOOL'S Lord Mayor has
received a royal invitation to be a Vice President of the charity
Seafarers UK, for his time as Lord Mayor. The letter came
after the City's hugely successful Battle of the Atlantic
celebrations. Vice Admiral Peter Wilkinson, sent the invitation on
behalf of the President, HRH Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex.
Lord Mayor, Councillor Gary Millar said:- "As Lord Mayor of a
world famous maritime City working with a charity that looks after
seafarers is hugely close to my heart. It is an honour and a
privilege to be invited to take up the position of Vice President of
Seafarers UK. I am absolutely delighted to be representing the City
of Liverpool in such a prestigious post and would like to thank HRH
Prince Edward, President of Seafarers UK and the General Council for
offering me this wonderful role for my time as Lord Mayor. This is
most definitely going to be a highlight of my year and I look
forward to working with such a worthy charity."
Chairman of the General Council, Vice Admiral Peter Wilkinson said:-
"We look back with great affection on our recent liaison with
Liverpool, its heritage and its people. We appreciate the support
that the Lord Mayor, has given us in the days since his appointment
and are delighted that he has accepted the role of Vice President."
Seafarers UK has been meeting the needs of the maritime community
for nearly 100 years. Originally set up in 1917 as King
George's Fund for Sailors, Seafarers UK is the leading maritime
charity that supports and promotes the many organisations that look
after seafarers in need across the Merchant Navy, Fishing Fleets,
Royal Navy and Royal Marines, together with their families and
Park gets a star rating
A historic Liverpool park,
which has retained its original design, has had its listing upgrade
by English Heritage. Wavertree Botanic Garden and Park, which was
listed as Grade11, has now been rated as Grade 11*. This follows a
national review of registered municipal parks which has:-
"identified it as an early botanic garden and park, with its
original design relatively little altered." It is also
described as:- "an important component of Liverpool's
ambitious mid 19th century sequence of public parks."
The Botanic Garden and Park developed from a private botanic garden
opened in 1802 by a number of botanists, including William Roscoe,
near to Mount Pleasant. It was decided to move this to a bigger
location and the new 4.5 hectare site in Wavertree was opened in
1836. It was designed by its curator John Shepherd. Liverpool
Corporation took over the Botanic Garden in 1848 and in 1856 opened
Wavertree Park adjoining the Botanic Garden. It is now owned by the
City Council and is open to the public. Councillor Peter
Mitchell, Mayoral lead on Parks and open Spaces, said:-
"Wavertree Park and Botanic Garden is one of the most attractive
parks in the City and the upgrading of its listing recognises the
fact that it has retained its historic design. We are very pleased
that English Heritage have recognised the importance of this public
'The Toys For Boys' update!
THE group Friends of Old
Church are preparing for
'The Toys For Boys' and this week they say that it is
"it is all systems go!" Toys for Boys is now in
its 4th year and one of our most popular events. So it is one not to
be missed as it is North Liverpool's Top Model Event and a great day
out for all the family. It will take place on Saturday, 31 August
and Sunday 1 September 2013, from 10:00am to 5:00pm. Entery to this
event will cost adults:- £2.00, Under 16's:- 50p and Under 5's will
be free! Also on Saturday Radio Merseyside's Billy Butler will be
transmitting his show from Old Christ Church. "It is always a
great day with indoor and outdoor displays see the attached poster
for more information and if you would like to help us print a copy
and post it in your local shop or clubhouse or even your front room
window or post it on your 'facebook' page. We are a small group,
continuing to bring events to your community and surrounding areas
and so do appreciate your help in promoting in anyway you can. Also
look forward to seeing you soon at Old Christ Church." said