Gets a Visit from Former Desperate Scousewives Star
WITH Carla Lane Animals in
Need busier than ever former Desperate Scousewives star turned pet
entrepreneur, Layla Flaherty, visited the rescue during National Dog
Adoption Month campaign to meet some dogs in need of a new home.
According to research released by the campaign sponsors, The
Co-operative Insurance, 65% of dog owners bring a dog into their
home for the companionship, while 25% admit it's to help them get
active and exercise more.
Dogs including Lynx, Buddy, Izzy
and Bentley all met with the soon to be qualified celebrity dog
groomer for some TLC and pampering in the hope their glamorous
encounter will help these dogs looking for new homes and second
chance to call a home their own.
Speaking about National Dog Adoption Month ahead of her visit to the
rescue centre, Layla Flaherty said:- "If people adopted a dog
they would be saving so many animals lives. Too many people give up
their pets, and too few people adopt from shelters. An adopted
animal is no different than buying an animal and can bring just as
much happiness, if not more, to any home. A dog's love is
unconditional and a never ending loyalty regardless of where the dog
has come from!"
Speaking about the campaign,
DogsBlog.com co-founder Ryan O'Meara said:- "With dog
abandonment continuing to rise – we're hoping National Dog Adoption
Month can help to show dogs in rescues centres in a different light.
We're hoping to show that these dogs rescues aren't all damaged,
some may have had a tougher start than others, but with a rescue dog
even if the dog's background isn't known. Rescues want to match you
up with your ideal dog, and vice versa. Think of it as a match.com
for dog owners and let your local rescue find you the best dog for
space to be created in St Julie's plan
THE amount of green space
available for use by the local community is set to increase under
revised plans to redevelop St Julie's Catholic High School in
Consultation has been underway on a plan to rebuild the Woolton
school largely on its present site, but also using five percent of a
Now, the City Council has followed up an innovative suggestion that
almost 3,000 square metres of the private woodland behind the school
owned by the Trustees should be opened up to the community, to more
than compensate for the small loss of public space.
The Trustees of the school have agreed in principle, and the City
Council is now drawing up indicative plans to show how at least 10%
of the woodland could be used, and will also look at options to
potentially open up more of the much loved local woodland in the
The Council will work with the community on ideas for what they want
to see the woodland used for. Initial ideas include a children's
play area, woodland trail, cycle routes, trim trail and woodland
management if deemed appropriate. It would be funded as part of the
school development as a community-led project.
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said:- "This scheme will
deliver a fantastic new school for the area, benefiting hundreds of
families who live in and around Woolton, as well as the wider
community. We have listened to local people who have made
constructive suggestions over how to compensate for the loss of open
space while still delivering the much needed new school.
This is an exciting opportunity to develop a new piece of public
space which can be used by the whole community, and means that there
will actually be an increase in the amount of land available for use
by local people."
Head teacher of St Julie's, Tim Alderman, said:- "We are
delighted that Liverpool City Council has come up with a plan that
enables current and future generations of students in this community
to benefit from fantastic educational facilities. I hope the
community will continue to use our range of facilities out of school
hours too as well as enjoy the woodland areas that the Trustees have
said could form part of this proposal."
A complete rebuild on the existing footprint of the St Julie's site
is not feasible due to tight site constraints, and a comprehensive
survey has shown there are no other suitable sites nearby which
would deliver a large enough building or with safe access.
The project is part of the Liverpool Schools Investment Programme,
which will see at least 12 new schools built. It was devised as a
rescue package following the scrapping of Wave Six of Liverpool's
Building Schools for the Future (BSF) project, and is one of the
Mayor's key pledges.
on its bike as cycling figures continue to rise
NEW research figures show
that cycling in the Liverpool City Region has risen for the 6th year
in a row, beating targets set out in the Local Transport Plan.
Figures collected from automatic cycle counters at 67 sites across
Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral have been
published by Mott McDonald, on behalf of the Merseyside Transport
Partnership, in the 2013/14 Merseyside Cycle Monitoring report and
show that cycle usage is on the increase.
The 12 month period up to March 2014 showed an 11.9% increase in
cycling across the Liverpool City Region. These figures mean that
there has been an increase of 62% since 2006 and 6 years of
A target of a 12% growth in cycling from 2010/11 to 2014/15 had been
set in the Third Local Transport Plan for Merseyside, which was
developed and delivered by Merseytravel together with the local
authority partners. That target has been comfortably met with a 34%
increase, almos 3 fold the original target.
Merseytravel has introduced a number of different projects and
schemes aimed at increasing the amount of people cycling across the
City region, including:-
► Provided cycle training to over 10,500 primary and secondary
school children in the past year.
► Giving over 120 bikes to jobseekers to help them get back into
► Free Bike Maintenance sessions, showing people how to take better
care of their bicycle.
► Promoting National Cycle to Work Day with a special event
encouraging people to give up four wheels in favour of two on their
daily commute through advice and information.
► Working with the train companies to improve facilities for
cyclists at train stations across the region, helping commuters and
The local authorities across the region have also invested in
infrastructure and other programmes in recent years including
Liverpool Council's new "City Bike" hire scheme, which
launched earlier this year, and the Choose Freedom projects in the
north and south of Liverpool helping people to access employment by
sustainable transport modes, including cycling.
Both Liverpool and Knowsley Councils also successfully hosted stages
of the Tour of Britain this year, bringing world-class cyclists onto
the region's roads.
Councillor Liam Robinson, chair of Merseytravel said:- "It's
great to see that year-on-year, more people are continuing to take
up cycling across the City region. Cycling not only helps to
reduce congestion on the roads, but also provides a great way of
staying fit and healthy and can reduce travel costs. With some of
the projects and schemes that we are implementing alongside our
partners in the local authorities, we hope that those levels will
increase again next year."
More information on how to get into cycling as well as details on
the many free organised bike rides taking place across the region
each week is available on the Travelwise Cycling