to get 1,000 unemployed into work
A 'Tarmacademy' to train
unemployed people in road laying is to be set up in Liverpool.
Kings Construction plans to open the centre; which would be the 1st of
its type in the North West; and would support 1,000 trainees into jobs and
apprenticeships over the next 5 years.
The aim is to tackle a shortage of qualified staff with the necessary skills
to take advantage of an estimated £250 million of highways work taking place
in the City over the next few years.
Tarmac company Cemex would also build an asphalt plant on the same site;
saving time, money and helping the environment by cutting out the need to
transport them to its base in Manchester which it has to do at the moment.
Trainees would gain necessary qualifications such as an NVQ in highways
skills and reinstatement, as well as the necessary certification (cards) to
secure employment with local businesses.
A report to the Cabinet, on Friday, 11 December 2015, was recommending that the
City Council supports the firm to find a suitable site close to North Liverpool
Docks on a 20 year lease which would provide training, apprenticeship and
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said:- "This is a really exciting and
innovative opportunity for us to partner with the private sector and come up
with a scheme which will get a significant number of people into work. There are around a quarter of a billion pounds of major highways
infrastructure projects in the pipeline in the next few years as we tackle
the backlog of road repairs and invest in improvements to the network. We
must make sure that people from the City are best placed to get work on
these projects. By creating an asphalt factory in the City we will also be helping the
environment by making sure that the raw materials can be made
on site rather than being transported to Manchester and back."
In addition to the traineeships, the Tarmacademy would create 25 jobs for
trainers and administrators while the Cemex plant would employ 20 people.
If the report is approved by Cabinet, the next stage would be to identify a
suitable site and agree lease arrangements.
Closure Order against a house in Bootle
ON Thursday, 10
December 2015, Merseyside Police, in conjunction with Sefton Council and
Plus Dane Housing, were successful in obtaining a Full Closure Order on 17
Salisbury Avenue, Bootle, at South Sefton Magistrates Court. Neighbourhood
Sergeant Kate Young said:- "We can confirm that a Closure Order has
been put in place at an address on Salisbury Avenue. The order was applied
for by the local Neighbourhood Policing Team in response to numerous calls
being received from members of the public who had experienced a prolonged
period of anti-social behaviour by the resident and visitors to the address.
The complaints received included incidents of anti social behaviour, drug
dealing and drug taking linked to the address, as well as people calling
there with connections to gang related activity. The order was approved at
Sefton Magistrates Court and means that from 21 December 2015, the house
will be closed to all persons for a 3 month period. Once the order expires
Plus Dane Housing will ensure that any new tenant in the property is
appropriately vetted to prevent any issues recurring. The Closure Order is
put in place in an effort to reduce the level of crime reported in the area
and to allow the local residents of Bootle to enjoy the quality of life that
they are entitled to. The property was associated with anti social behaviour
in the area and appeared to have become a hub for local gangs in the area
who were using it to use and sell drugs. We will continue to target
offenders and any properties associated with them who continue to cause
problems for the community, and we will do this using all lawful powers
available to us in order to make Bootle a safer and more peaceful place to
live. This Closure Order was only made possible due to the assistance of the
local community and our Council and Housing partners and we will continue to
be robust in tackling criminal activity and anti social behaviour. I would
encourage any members of the Bootle community who have any information to
call our dedicated neighbourhood team on:- (0151) 777 3 041, via our 101
number or through Crimestoppers, anonymously, on:- 0800 555 111."
Cash box robbery, at Waitrose, Formby
POLICE Detectives investigating the
robbery of a cash box at Waitrose in Formby, are appealing for witnesses who
may have seen the vehicle and/or people who are believed to have been
involved. At around 9.00am, on Wednesday, 9 December 2015, Merseyside Police
Officers were called to Waitrose on Three Tuns Lane, following reports that
a male had approached the crew of a cash in transit van and stolen a cash
box. The male offender, is reported to have been wearing a high
visibility jacket and had his face covered with a mask. He then is said to
have made off in a silver Mercedes C220. The vehicle was later found
abandoned in Watchyard Lane, Formby. Detective Inspector Simon Vaughan
said:- "Any sightings of this vehicle around the time of the offence,
however insignificant they may seem, could prove vital in our investigation
and I would urge people to come forward." Police have stressed
that no one was reported to have been injured during the incident. Enquiries
are ongoing and CCTV and all forensic opportunities are also still being
explored. Anyone with any information is asked to contact Merseyside
Police Major Crime Unit on:- 0800 230 0600 or the confidential Crimestoppers
line on:- 0800 555 111.
Green corridors for City
A network of traffic free green
corridors which would link open spaces and be funded by future developments
in the City should be created in Liverpool, a new report recommends. An interim report by the Strategic Green
and Open Space Review Board calls for:- "the identification and
extension of a series of corridors for walking, cycling and the linking of
It is 1 of 31 recommendations by the Board which was set up by the Mayor
of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, to look at the future of the City's parks and
green spaces. They also include urging the City to make a commitment to
raise the quality of green spaces in the North of the City so they are
comparable with the South.
The report also pledges to continue to investigate the financial
restructuring of current services and provision and to establish ideas for
reducing cost and increasing income.
The Board is chaired by actor, TV presenter and environmentalist Simon
O'Brien, said:- "I consider this to be the most important piece of
work I have ever undertaken.
It continues to be a fascinating journey inspired by those people already
engaged with our green and open spaces."
The interim report is based on data collected over the last nine months and
takes account of feedback from 10 public meetings across the City and 3
workshops which were held across the City to examine the issues.
Among the recommendations are:-
► All public parks and greenbelt sites should be removed from the Strategic
Housing Land Availability Assessment "call for sites" list.
► Create a Green and Open Spaces Ambassadors
programme to provide active engagement at a community level.
► Set up Parks Business Forums which includes all stakeholders of business
located or established in parks.
► To work with the Clinical Commissioning Group and public health partners to
identify a location in a green space which can be used in a pilot health
► 2 sites of 2 hectares each be identified, one in the north of the
one in the eastern core to create new public woodlands
Mayor Anderson said:- "Liverpool has an abundance of superb parks and
green spaces which are a huge asset to the City. However, we are faced with
huge challenges about maintenance and investment in them with the huge cuts
to our budget.
We have to find new ways of doing things and that is why I set up the Green
and Open Spaces review and asked Simon O'Brien to chair it.
I welcome this interim report and acknowledge the enormous amount of work
that has contributed to it and would like to thank Simon and the Board for
their work to date. Their report is entirely independent of the Council. It
recognises the financial difficulties that are facing us and comes up with
many interesting and thought-provoking ideas for us to consider.
However, the Board still has work to do and I understand that in their final
report they will identify and prioritise the final recommendations and look
at what we are able to deliver jointly with key stakeholders and partners
which will have the greatest positive impact on our City's green and open
Following the publication of the interim report the Board will be hosting
three public consultation events in the New Year when members of the public
will be invited to provide feedback and comment on the recommendations.
Alternatively views can be
The public meetings will be held at the following locations:-
► Thursday, 14 January 2016, at the Croxteth Sports Centre, Altcross Road, L11 0BS, from 5
► Thursday, 21 January 2016, at the Southern Neighbourhood Centre, 1209, Upper Mann
Street, L8 6TS, from 5 to 8pm.
► Thursday, 28 January 2016, at the The Black E, 1 Great George Street, L1 5EN, from 5
The interim report can be found
Also the Board's final report is expected to be published in 2016.
Did you know?
► There are 139 public parks, recreation grounds, cemeteries, crematorium
gardens in Liverpool, totalling 444 hectares.
► In 2015/16 the Council is spending almost £9 million on maintenance of green
► 2 parks have recently been created on disused sites - Bankfield Park in West
Derby and Alt Meadows in Croxteth.
► The Mayor committed over £1m to new skate parks at Everton Park, Newsham
Park, Dingle Bank, Otterspool Park and Norris Green Park.