Lime Street Plans Will Not
Be Called In
PLANS for the regeneration of Lime
Street will not be called in by the Government. The City council's planning
committee approved the £35m scheme by Neptune Developments to redevelop the East
Side of Lime Street, in August 2015.
It involves radically redesigned buildings, incorporating a hotel, shops,
restaurants and student accommodation to be followed by an entertainment and
media hub in the restored ABC cinema which will be a further phase on Lime
Street's West Side. It had not proved possible to save the facade of the former
Futurist cinema within the new scheme because of its poor structural condition
following deterioration over a number of years.
Because of the issue over the Futurist some heritage groups called on the
Government to hold an inquiry into the plans despite the support from the Save
The Futurist Campaign group with whom the Council and Neptune have been in
dialogue about the plans for some time.
The City council has now been told that the Secretary for State for Communities
and Local Government will not call in the decision.
Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, said:- "I am glad that DCLG have
recognised that this sort of decision is better made locally where there is a
knowledge and understanding of the area. Lime Street is a key gateway
route in the City Centre, but it is in desperate
need of investment and upgrading. The current scheme went through a very
rigorous evaluation before being determined.
Of course, I understand the feeling about the Futurist, a building close to my
heart as I know it is to many others. Considerable efforts were made to save it
including commissioning two surveyors' reports both of which concluded that its
condition was so poor that there was simply no way it could be salvaged.
There comes a point when you have to accept the inevitable and move forward and
the Government's decision allows us to do that.
We want to get on with allowing the developers to invest in their vision and
bring Lime Street up to a much higher standard than it has been for decades and
one that is fitting for a major entry point into the City Centre."
Steve Parry, Managing Director of Neptune Developments commented:- "We are
pleased that the Government have respected a local decision made by people who
know and understand the issues and the area. Lime Street urgently needs this
project to happen and we have the investors and end-users primed and ready to
The loss of The Futurist is regrettable but committed, local campaigners
understand that the building had simply got to a point where restoration was
impossible. It's been frustrating to have London-based interest groups trying to
derail the project, not least because we have demonstrated our commitment to
conservation through the energy and ingenuity that we have invested in plans for
the restoration of the landmark ABC cinema. This project and this building would
have been jeopardised had this application been called in and development
stalled for up to 2 years. This is a great result for Lime Street and
Witness appeal after mobile phone stolen at Moorfields Station
THE British Transport Police (BTP)
officers want to speak to this male about an allegation of theft at Moorfields
railway station, Merseyside, shortly after 9am on Sunday, 9 August 2015.
Investigating officer PC Ian Williamson said:- "The victim and his friend
turned up at the station shortly before it opened. While waiting, they were
befriended by a man who asked to borrow the victim's mobile phone, a Samsung
Galaxy Note 4. The victim agreed and handed over the phone only for the man to
run off with it." Officers believe the man in the image could have vital
information about the theft and urge him or anyone who recognises him to come
forward to help officers with their enquiries. Anyone with information is asked
to contact British Transport Police on:- 0800 40 50 40, or text:- 61016, quoting
reference:- PSUB/B7 of 26/08/2015. Information can also be passed anonymously to
the independent charity Crimestoppers on:- 0800 555 111.
Sugar consumption having a
effect on all of our dental health
IMPORTANT changes need to be made at
the highest level to urgently address the UK's deteriorating dental health from
sugar consumption, an oral health charity says. The British Dental Health
Foundation is fully supporting new proposals made by one of the most outspoken
voices in the campaign against excess sugar, chef Jamie Oliver.
As part of his new documentary looking into sugar consumption, Jamie's Sugar
Rush, Mr Oliver took an in depth look into the devastating effects sugar
consumption in having on our dental health, with particularly worrying signs
seen on the effects it is having on the nation's children.
Dr Nigel Carter OBE, Chief Executive of the British Dental Health Foundation,
highlighted why the charity is adding their voice to the calls for change:-
"The effects that sugar consumption is having on children's dental health
cannot be understated. Shockingly, a recent study found half of 8 year olds have
visible signs of decay on their teeth and a 3rd of children are starting
school with visible signs of tooth decay.
These figures are alarming but are unfortunately only the tip of the iceberg
when it comes to the effect sugar is having on dental health. More regularly we
are hearing 1st hand accounts from dental professionals about just how
children are suffering due to sugar and this is being played out in every dental
surgery across the country.
Tooth decay is the number one reason for hospitalisation in children and while
we cannot blame the food and drink industry entirely, they do have to take a
sizable portion of the blame. We believe that if decisive action is not taken
soon, then all of our dental health, not just children's, will continue to
suffer the consequences. Mr Oliver has highlighted the fact that 26,000 primary
school aged children were admitted to hospital due to tooth decay last year,
with children tooth extractions costing the NHS around £30 million per year, the
key cause being tooth decay. This cannot be allowed to continue."
Tooth decay happens when sugar reacts with the bacteria in plaque. This forms
the acids that attack the teeth and destroy the enamel. After this happens many
times, the tooth enamel may break down, forming a hole or 'cavity'. Tooth
decay almost always leads to fillings and often leads to teeth having to be
Early tooth decay can have no obvious symptoms, but your dental team may be able
to spot a cavity in its early stages when they examine your teeth. This is why
you should visit your dental team regularly, as small cavities are much easier
to treat than advanced decay. "We now have the public's attention in the battle against sugar more than
ever before and need to use this platform to force through important changes. We cannot trust the food and drink industry to make the
necessary changes themselves; more radical action is required. We are supporting
all of the measures which Mr Oliver has set out in 'Jamie's Sugar Manifesto'3
and believe lobbying the government for the introduction of these can make a
serious difference to our dental health." added Dr Carter.
Measures which are outlined within:- 'Jamie's Sugar Manifesto', which the
British Dental Health Foundation endorses, include:-
A 20p levy per litre on every soft drink containing added sugar.
► Legislation of the responsibility deal
allowing the government to set guidelines that must legally be followed by the
food and drinks industry.
► Penalties to be implemented to any food and
drink companies that do not reach the targets.
► An extension of the regulations banning junk
food marketing on TV to 9pm.
► Creation of more robust digital marketing
regulations on junk food to cover all non-broadcast media.
► Making traffic light labelling compulsory on
► Showing sugar content in teaspoons on the
front of packaging.
Dr Carter added:- "As well as these
measures we also support Mr Oliver's move to add a 10p child health levy on
sugary sweetened drinks within his restaurants. By lobbying other
restaurant to adopt this small measure we will be able to start a dialogue which
will effect real change and lead to oral health benefits for generations to