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Issue:- 17 April 2014

Work begins on new 'Greatie'

WORK is underway on the relocation of Liverpool's 'Greatie' market on Great Homer Street to a new, £2.2m facility on Dryden Street.  Demolition work has started on buildings at 18 to 22 Dryden Street, creating space for the delivery of a new outdoor market with 178 outdoor stalls, some of which will be covered by a canopy to provide shelter from the elements.  The new market; which is being built by Kier Construction; will also see an existing building at 16 Dryden Street being refurbished, to provide space for 78 indoor stalls, a café area, toilets and an office. And land on Virgil Street to the south of the market will be laid out to provide 163 car parking spaces and 61 van parking bays.  The new Dryden Street market, a short distance from the Great Homer Street site, has been designed in partnership with market trader representatives, and is expected to be operational by late June/early July 2014. The existing market site is being released for redevelopment as part of Project Jennifer regeneration scheme, which will revitalise the area and bring in major investment which has been needed for decades.

Liverpool City Council's Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Councillor Malcolm Kennedy, said:- "This will be a fantastic facility, which will allow us to deliver a better quality market, complementing the wider development at Great Homer Street. There is plenty of room here to provide a market that is as big as the existing one, with parking for customers and traders, all on the same site. We have been talking to traders for months, taking on-board their views and where practical, incorporating their ideas for Dryden Street into the plans. And this is an on-going conversation: we will continue to talk and to listen to their views about how we can further improve the scheme. We are determined to make the market a tourist attraction, which is why we are delivering a self-contained site with space for coaches to park safely, located close to a key gateway in and out of the City. And we are building in room for expansion, using property already in Council ownership. It has been challenging to meet the needs of so many traders, but we've worked extremely hard to deliver plans which respond to their needs. I'm confident that once the new facility is completed, traders will see it as the right way forward to build a successful, thriving future for the market."

The Dryden Street scheme will deliver 78 indoor stalls, 178 outdoor stalls, 163 car parking spaces and 61 van parking spaces. There is scope to change the actual mix of stall numbers and sizes and the split between car parking and van parking. Consultation with traders on these issues continues, as well as over the possibility of expanding the new market site. The Project Jennifer scheme, which is being led by regeneration specialist St. Modwen in partnership with Liverpool City Council, will transform the Great Homer Street area in north Liverpool. It will create an estimated 1,000 new jobs, new homes, significant public realm improvements and includes a new flagship Sainsbury's supermarket, which will be the largest supermarket in the City.  For more information, visit:-

5 arrested for tax evasion and benefit fraud

5 people from Liverpool have been arrested on suspicion of failing to pay any personal or business taxes. The 3 men and 2 women, who ran a bar and a garage in Liverpool, are also believed to have received over £250,000 in unemployment benefits. 1 of the women, the mother, was arrested yesterday at Manchester airport as she returned from a trip to the United States. 3 other family members and a friend were arrested last week after an investigation into tax and benefit fraud by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). The 5 are suspected of fraudulently claiming £250,000 in benefits while running a licensed bar and MOT garage and renting out properties, but failing to pay any VAT, Income Tax or National Insurance. HMRC officers searched 6 premises in Liverpool and seized business and personal records and cash.

Sandra Smith, Assistant Director, Criminal Investigation, HMRC, said:- "HMRC investigators, DWP and Liverpool City Council are working together to identify benefit fraud and associated tax evasion by individuals and businesses who think they can live and operate outside the law. These people failed to pay any taxes but had no issue claiming benefits they weren't entitled to, at the expense of honest taxpayers. The message is clear; if you choose to defraud the tax system or claim benefits you are not entitled to, we can and will track you down. If you know anyone who is evading their taxes, you can tell HMRC via the Tax Evasion Hotline on:- 0800 788 887."

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