and Flag Awards for Parks
STANLEY Park has gained an
award in recognition of its importance to Liverpool's heritage.
It has gained a Green Heritage award for the 1st time and retained
its Green Flag status. Sefton Park has also retained its Green Flag
and Green Heritage award. Both parks are already listed with English
Heritage, Sefton Park being Grade1 and Stanley Grade 2*.
They are among a record-breaking 1,476 parks and green spaces that
will receive prestigious awards handed out by environmental charity
Keep Britain Tidy. Green Flags indicates that a park has the highest
possible standards, is highly maintained and has excellent
facilities. Green Heritage Site accreditation is judged on the
treatment of the site's historic features and the standard of
Councillor Peter Mitchell, Mayoral Lead for Parks, said:- "We
are absolutely delighted to receive the Green Flag and Green
heritage awards from Keep Britain Tidy. They show that our parks are
well maintained and that they are an important part of our
Keep Britain Tidy's Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said:-
"We are delighted to announce yet another record breaking year
for Green Flag Award parks and green spaces. A Green Flag Award
provides national recognition for all the parks managers, staff and
volunteers who, through their dedication and hard work, have helped
to create these fantastic places for everyone to enjoy.
Quality green spaces are a vital resource for communities and that
is why it is so significant that we have given out more awards than
announces Mersey Gateway Bridge will be free to use for Halton
THE Chancellor of the
Exchequer, Rt Hon. George Osborne MP has announced the Mersey
Gateway Bridge will be free to use for all Halton residents.
The 100% discount scheme will allow the residents of Halton to use
the New Mersey Gateway Bridge, and continue to use the existing
Silver Jubilee Bridge for free, in recognition of the key role the
crossings play in connecting and supporting economic growth in the
borough, which is divided by the river.
The initial discount scheme would have allowed Halton residents to
make 300 free trips over the bridges per year, but this has now been
extended saving regular commuters up to £300 per year more than the
The £486m Mersey Gateway Bridge is scheduled to open in Autumn 2017,
and is predicted to create 4,500 jobs whilst significantly improving
journey times and reliability in the area.
George Osborne said:- "A key part of our long term economic
plan is reversing the decades of underinvestment in this country's
infrastructure; but to do so in a way that is fair to taxpayers,
consumers and local residents.
That is why I am pleased to announce that we will be making the
Mersey Gateway Bridge free to use for the residents of Halton.
The Mersey Gateway Bridge and the existing Silver Jubilee Bridge
should be first and foremost for local people, which is why Halton
residents will not be charged for using either."
of the Death of Leslie Woodard
THE sister of a teenage
boy, killed on a night out 20 years ago this week in Bootle, is
urging anyone who has information to come forward and end the
family's pain and distress. Leslie Woodward was 17 years old when he
left the family home in Bootle on Saturday, 30 July 1994, to spend a
night out in Liverpool City Centre. During the early hours of Sunday
morning, Leslie caught a taxi with some friends to a party that was
being held in a flat above some shops, situated at the junction of
Hawthorne Road and Bedford Road, Bootle. While at the party, Leslie
got involved in a dispute, which led him to being attacked and
stabbed. He was taken to the Fazackerley hospital by Ambulance,
where, despite emergency treatment, he died of his injuries.
His heartbroken sister, Louise Woodward, was just 10 years old at
the time said:- "My 17 year old brother Les was murdered on 31
July 1994. Sadly no one has ever been convicted of his murder. Les
left a huge void in the lives of all who knew him especially our
family. Never a day goes by that we don't think about him, and how
things might have been if he had not been taken from us. Les was a
kind, fun loving teenager who was my best friend. We spent lots of
time together as he took me to and from school daily and as well as
being my big brother he was also my hero! It is coming up to the
20th anniversary of his death and I would like to appeal to anyone
out there who has any information to please come forward and end
this awful pain that we as a family are suffering. Maybe someone who
was there on that awful night 20 years ago now has a son of a
similar age to Les when he was killed. How would you feel if it was
your son who was murdered and no one came forward to help? Please,
please, if you can help the police with new information I urge you
to come forward and end our family's pain and distress."
While at the party, Leslie got involved in a dispute, which led him
to being attacked and stabbed. He was taken to the Fazackerley
hospital by ambulance, where, despite emergency treatment, he died
of his injuries. Kevin Clague, a senior investigator in the
force's cold case review team, said:- "Leslie's life was taken
away from him in violent circumstances 20 years ago and his family
are still suffering the pain of that loss. Who would have thought
that a young man of just 17 would go to a party and never come back?
The family are devastated and now, on the 20th anniversary of
Leslie's murder, we are appealing for anybody who knows what
happened to do the right thing and come forward."
Anyone with information is asked to contact Merseyside Police on:-
0151 777 3100, or Crimestoppers anonymously on:- 0800 555 111.