service across North West wins Westminster support
PLANS to launch a fast
hovercraft service linking North West destinations including:- North
Wales, Wirral, Blackpool, Southport and Liverpool have won support
from the Department of Transport.
The business and tourism service will be operated by
a proposed schedule from 2015, featuring a route to Liverpool John
Lennon Airport; the world's only airport hovercraft shuttle.
Hoverlink representatives presented their proposals to Under
Secretary for Transport Robert Goodwill MP at Westminster on
Wednesday, 22 October 2014.
Other MPs attending the briefing included Louise Ellman (Liverpool
Riverside), who is also Chair of the Transport Select Committee,
Esther McVey (Wirral West), Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd) and Paul
Maynard (Blackpool North & Cleveleys).
Hoverlink CEO Simon Clitheroe
said:- "Momentum behind the Hoverlink project is building
fast. The meeting outlined our exciting plans to provide a fast
hovercraft linking the North West and North Wales. With the closure
of commercial flights out of Blackpool, the hovercraft provides an
integral transport link with Liverpool Airport.
The unique service will be phased in over 2 years and could create
100 permanent jobs. With support of the Department of Transport and
other Government departments, further meetings will now be held
within the 24 Enterprise Zones across England, set up by the
Government in 2012 to stimulate business growth.
We have already secured a proportion of the costs from private
investors, but opportunities are still available by emailing:-
Hoverlink chairman David Kirwan, senior partner of North West law
firm Kirwans, said:- "We were greatly encouraged by the
support by MPs from all parties and also the Government itself.
The service makes perfect sense and offers a genuine opportunity to
boost the North West economy by potentially billions of pounds over
the next few decades."
So what are your views on this idea? Do you
think it will take off? Will it sink or swim? Let us know your
views about this service by emailing us to:-
FIREWORKS & FAMILY BONFIRE
THE annual Bonfire and
Firework Display on Victoria Park, Southport, will take place on
Saturday, 1 November 2014 and it promises to be the best Bonfire and Firework Display in the area!
It will not only be Fireworks and the Bonfire to enjoy, but also on
offer are other family fun attractions
and entertainment. The
Massive Bonfire will be lit at 6:30pm (weather permitting), the
Firework display at 8pm (weather permitting). On site
Silcocks' Fairground and
Willow catering... Plus many charity stands and side shows.
Family tickets for 2 adults and 2 kids (under
11) is just £10! -
Under 11's are free if with paying adult. Over 11's are just £5!
So you can also have fun and support your local community with
Advance Tickets being available this year from local schools so you
the queues on the night. All proceeds of the ticket sale in
the school go
directly to that school! See website for more details:-
Come along, enjoy an action packed evening for the family, with ALL
proceeds from this event going to local charities including
providing Defibrillators to local community groups.
new appeal to help families at risk of losing their home in
SHELTER has launched a new
appeal calling for urgent support of its Merseyside Service, as new
analysis reveals 19 households in the area are at risk of losing
their home every day.
The latest government figures show that, in the last 12 months,
6,858 homes were put at risk of eviction or repossession in
Merseyside, a rise of 4% in a year.
The housing and homelessness charity is warning that sky high
housing costs are pushing many families in Merseyside to the brink.
With finances stretched to bursting point, just one thing, such as
an illness or job loss, can be all it takes to tip a family into a
spiral towards homelessness.
Shelter's Merseyside Service already helps 600 families every year,
providing vital support to those at risk of losing their home. The
new appeal is aiming to raise up to £35,000 in vital funds so that
Shelter's frontline staff can help even more families to stay in
As well as helping families at risk of homelessness, Shelter's
Merseyside Service has free expert housing advice available for
local people in the area with a housing issue. Anyone with a housing
problem; from high housing costs to bad conditions; can get help
by meeting with specialist housing or debt advisers, legal advisers
or by using the free computers to access online advice.
Laura came to Shelter for help after her landlord threatened to
evict her. The property was already infested with rats and mould but
Laura and her family couldn't afford to move. Laura contacted
Shelter and they helped stop the family from becoming homeless and
find them a new home that was decent, safe and secure.
Andy Griffiths, team leader at Shelter's Merseyside Service, said:-
"We hear from families like Laura's every day who are
terrified they're going to lose their home, but it's even worse to
know that at any given time there could be others waiting
desperately for our help who we just can't be there for.
For many people; from a family being evicted by their landlord, to
a parent struggling to pay the mortgage after a job loss – we are
the only people they can turn to for help. Expert support and advice
early on can make the difference between a family losing their home
and keeping it.
That's why we're looking for people in Merseyside to help us give
more local families the lifeline they need to keep their homes." Anyone who is in need of housing advice should call Shelter's
Merseyside Service on:- 0344 515 1900 or drop in to:- 3rd Floor Colonial
Chambers, 3 to 11 Temple Street, Liverpool.
To donate to Shelter's Merseyside Service visit:-