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Issue:- 30 January 2015

Reports below are as follows:- New centre to boost business in Liverpool, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority on track for delivery, Safer streets are a right priority for next Government say older people in North West.

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority on track for delivery

MEMBERS of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority were updated, on Friday, 23 January 2015, on the significant progress being made to improve the local economy, jobs and transport across the City Region (Merseyside).

The 1st Phase of funding from the Growth Deal, totalling £232 million, will be released to fund 3 schemes, with a total cost of £28 million, to commence in 2015 to 2016 – A5300 Knowsley Expressway, Knowsley Industrial Park and the Newton-Le-Willows Interchange. These projects alone with create 1,329 jobs in the region and increase economic output by £79 million per year.

A summary of the other transport schemes was presented including work on the M62, M53 and Windle Island.

In total, transport schemes prioritized by the City Region have received £900m of funding since the submission of the Growth Deal in 2014. These schemes, to be delivered over the next 10 years, will enable businesses to grow and create jobs by removing transport blockages and creating new links.

The Growth Deal also secured £41 million of skills capital funding for the City Region, which has been allocated in 4 strands; sites and premises (£23.6 million), improved facilities (£4 million), equipment (£7 million) and low carbon fund. Further education and training providers can bid for this funding, with the 1st schemes due to go live in the summer.

Freight and logistics is a key growth sector in the City Region and the development of a Freight Strategy was endorsed.

Cllr Phil Davies, Chair of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, said:- "I was delighted to welcome Cllr David Westley from West Lancashire Borough Council as an associate member to our recent meeting. I am sure he could see the real benefits we are delivering here in the City Region on strategic priority areas such as transport and economic growth. This meeting clearly demonstrates the improvements and tremendous work we have delivered in a short period of time."

The next meeting of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority will take on Friday, 13 February 2015.

Safer streets are a right priority for next Government say older people in North West

POTENTIAL measures to make walking on the streets safer and easier are a right priority for the next Government, according to 60% of people aged 65 and over living in the North West. These are the results of a YouGov poll commissioned by Living Streets and published on 27 January 2015. The majority (85%) of respondents in the North West say they enjoy getting fresh air when walking outside in the UK, but over ½ (51%) of those surveyed say they are put off by broken or cracked pavements. Shockingly, of those who have never been hit by a vehicle when crossing a road in the UK in the last 5 years, 52% feel there is a medium or high risk of this happening. An Active Travel Bill including measures to tackle pavement parking, lower traffic speeds and allow more time to cross at pedestrian crossing, would make walking safer and easier for everyone, but particularly for more vulnerable pedestrians, says the national charity. Living Streets' Chief Executive, Joe Irvin, said:- "We know these are important issues for older people in the area, which put them off walking and prevent them getting out and about. Walking is a great way to stay healthy, active and independent in our later years, but people need to feel confident they can do so safely. Living Streets is encouraging older people to tell their local parliamentary candidates that these concerns need to be addressed with a commitment to legislation if they are going to secure the 'grey vote'."  In the run up to the General Election in May, people can use campaign resources from the Living Streets website to question their local parliamentary candidates or run their own local campaigns.

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