RETURNS FOR 2014
THE Liverpool Pride organisers are
delighted to announce that one of the City's most popular events
will return on Saturday, 2 August 2014. This year marks the 5th
anniversary for Liverpool Pride, which was established in 2010 and
takes place each year to coincide with the date of murdered gay
teenager Michael Causer 6 years ago.
After a poll, the public have spoken and the theme for this year's
Liverpool Pride is Glam Fairy Tales, with those attending encouraged
to come dressed in their most wild and wonderful interpretations of
Liverpool Pride organisers are still in talks and yet to finalise
the exact locations of this year's event but can confirm that the
Liverpool Gay Quarter will remain a main festival site focusing
around the Stanley Street and Dales Street areas.
Also returning will be the free Liverpool Pride March through the
City centre streets which kicks off the day in celebratory style at
12pm from St George's Plateau. Organisers encourage as many groups,
organisations and individuals to participate, entertainment and
activities are also planned for the muster at St Georges Hall.
For the first time, part of Liverpool Pride 2014 is to be a paid
event, ticketholders will gain entry into the zones which contain
the main performance areas. Ticket prices have been kept to a
minimum and cost as little as £5 for early bird bookers and will go
on public sale in the near future. The decision to ticket the event
was not taken lightly, first and foremost it is to ensure the event
will take place this year as well as safeguarding sustainability,
the organisers aim to attract bigger name artists and performers,
and also to improve safety and facilities at what will become the
largest single-day Pride event in the UK.
As always, Liverpool Pride will
remain a family friendly event with all ages encouraged to attend,
there will be a free zone at the festival with entertainment for
those not wishing to pay to visit the main stages; but that still
want to enjoy and remain part of the festivities.
Lucy Day, Chair of Liverpool Pride Charity said:- "Liverpool
Pride is a campaign for LGBT equality and to raise awareness of hate
crime which many members of the LGBT community face on a daily
basis. The free march through Liverpool City Centre will be followed
up by a big celebration of LGBT culture in the heart of the LGBT
Liverpool community. Whilst increased costs and scarCity of funding
have meant that we're unable to offer a totally free event this
year, we are working hard to ensure it will be an affordable and
sustainable event, we are also planning sections of the site plan to
be free and we encourage everyone to take part in and enjoy".
The performance line up for Liverpool Pride 2014 will be announced
in the coming months, as will a programme of film and fringe events.
Last year's Liverpool Pride was the most successful event to date,
with around 65,000 people in total enjoying the superhero themed
festivities, including 6,000 marching in the parade and 20,000
spectators lining the City centre streets to cheer them on. Across
the 2 main festival sites, the Pier Head (Main Stage) and Stanley
Street, 65,000 revellers of all ages soaked up the music and
atmosphere, with visitors travelling from as far as Germany, Dubai
and even Australia to join in the fun.
With the changes ahead, expect Liverpool Pride 2014 to be an even
more popular hit!
firms set to pay for UK roads
FOREIGN hauliers will be charged to use UK
roads for the first time, on 1 April 2014, Transport Secretary
Patrick McLoughlin has announced.
UK truck drivers working in Europe currently pay tolls and levies
when delivering goods abroad. But foreign trucks operating in the UK
have not been required to make a similar payment.
The HGV Road User Levy, which is being brought in nearly a year
ahead of schedule, introduces a charge that ensures British hauliers
are better able to compete with their foreign counterparts.
The levy has long been called for by the UK haulage industry and
creates a fairer system by removing some of the inequality UK
hauliers feel when paying to use many roads abroad.
Patrick McLoughlin said:- "The HGV Levy will provide a massive
boost for the UK haulage industry. It will create a level playing
field across Europe, giving UK firms a much better opportunity to
win business. This is yet another example of how we are taking
positive action to back British business and build a stronger, more
The levy is a key part of the Coalition's promise of a fairer deal
for UK hauliers. Duty on standard diesel is now lower than it was in
October 2010 and there has been no increase in HGV Vehicle Excise
Duty (VED) during this Parliament.
The government is also investing £3.3bn in major road schemes which
will provide over 500 miles of additional lane capaCity to the
strategic road network and £10.7bn to add at least 400 miles of
capaCity on the busiest motorways.
The levy affects all HGVs of 12 tonnes or more that drive on UK
roads, irrespective of country of registration.
The levy is structured in a series of bands which reflect vehicle
type, weight and number of axles. UK operators will pay the levy at
the same time as VED in one transaction for administrative ease. At
the same time as introducing the levy, the government is reducing
VED, such that more than nine out of 10 UK vehicles will pay no more
Foreign operators must pay the levy before using UK roads. Discounts
are available for longer periods with charges varying between £1.70
and £10 per day or £85 to £1,000 per year.
Find out what else the government is doing to support and grow the
Golf course transfer set to tee
FINAL preparations are being made to transfer
2 municipal golf courses in Liverpool; and save Council taxpayers
£2 million over the next 5 years.
In January, the Mayor's Cabinet approved a 25 year arrangement with
Formby Hall Golf and Spa Limited to operate the links at North
Liverpool, and with Glendale Golf Limited at Allerton.
Between now and 2019, it will wipe out a projected overspend and
subsidy of almost £1.7 million and generate a total rental income of
The Council has insisted that the incoming commercial partners must
continue to provide affordable and accessible'pay and play'
They will also be encouraged to invest in the courses through
upgrades and appropriate additional facilities to attract customers.
Assistant Mayor and Cabinet member for culture and tourism,
Councillor Wendy Simon, said:- "Since the deal was approved,
we have been in discussions with the incoming operators to finalise
the details of the transfer to make sure it is as seamless as
possible for golfers.
We can no long afford to subsidise the courses to the tune of almost
£5 per round, but we know how much they are appreciated by the
people who use them. That is why we worked extremely hard to put
together a deal that satisfies everyone. This proposal will
make sure that they continue to operate at a price that is
affordable to users and receive investment to make them sustainable
in the long term."
Subject to the conclusion of the negotiations, it is expected that
the new operators will take over the courses at the start of May
2014, one month later than originally planned.
Notice... Tea Dance to be held in St. George's Hall
THE historic Great Hall
within Liverpool's St. George's Hall will be hosting another Tea
Dance, with a live band called:- 'The Elderberries',
on Wednesday, 9 April 2014. The event will run from 1.30pm to
4pm, with payment being taken on the door. For more
information about the dance please call the Friends of St. George's
Hall, on:- 0151 225 69 09 or visit:-