Work starts on new
Kirkby Bus Station
WORK on a new bus station for
Kirkby Town has started! Since Sunday 24 January 2016, buses will call at temporary stops sited close to the
Station, on Cherryfield Drive, whilst the 6 month redevelopment takes place.
The new station will cost in the region of £1.75m and will replace the
current 20 year old station with a new modern facility offering better
shelters and improved lighting and waiting facilities. The redevelopment
will also provide upgraded passenger information and signage, CCTV, Help
Points, access kerbs to assist boarding and alighting, and full road
resurfacing including better drainage. Businesses in the area will remain
open during the redevelopment.
Councillor Ron Abbey, Merseytravel Lead Member for Bus said:-
"Merseytravel has remained committed to this project and I am pleased that
it is now getting under way. The new station will provide improved
facilities for our passengers and also support the wider on-going
regeneration of the area."
Knowsley Council's Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development,
Cllr Mike Murphy, said:- "The development of a brand new bus station
is another significant and exciting step forward in the regeneration of
Kirkby Town . This new, modern facility will be a key transport hub in
Kirkby, linking passengers with the transformed Town and the planned
new retail developments."
Theft of high value bike
Police are appealing for information to help identify a man who may be able
to assist an investigation into the theft of a high value bike, from
McDonalds Restaurant, Kew Retail Park, Southport, on Thursday, 12 January
2016. At around 11.30pm, the bike was stolen from inside the restaurant by
an unknown person. The bike is a red and grey Giant Anthem mountain bike,
valued at around £1000. Anyone with information is asked to speak to Sefton
Officers on:- 0151 777 3702, call the non emergence number:- 101 or
alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on:- 0800 555 111.
Letters to editor:-
"No Lights at night danger!"
"I have spotted more and more cars
in Southport and Formby, driving at night without lights. Plus with an
increase of bikes being stolen in and around Southport, is Merseyside Police
going to start stopping these people?" John, Ainsdale
Liverpool young homeless
centre granted government funding for revamp
RIVERSIDE Care and Support, a
specialist helping young people with experience of homelessness, has been
awarded £150,000 of government funding to revamp its Liverpool Housing
The Powerhouse, located in Toxteth, provides temporary housing and support
for young people aged between 16 and 25 years old who have low to medium
The housing association has been awarded a grant of £150,000 by the Homes
and Communities Agency to remodel the 52 bed centre.
Improvements will be made to The Powerhouse's multifunctional training room
to enhance the programme of educational courses, including cookery, art and
photography, for customers at the scheme.
The centre's ground floor and reception area will be remodelled to become
more open and welcoming in line with a psychologically informed approach.
Core to the delivery of Riverside's services, the approach enhances
environments and services, reflected in positive behaviour.
Rachel Richards, Riverside Area Manager, said:- "The approach aims to
achieve more positive outcomes for customers as they identify their own goal
or ambition, and direct how they would like to use our support in order to
achieve their outcomes whether it be rebuilding relationships or improving
their health or becoming drug free. The design in services is shown to
reduce challenging behaviour and aggressive contact by making spaces more
open and welcoming.
The individual meeting rooms will also be upgraded and lighting will be
enhanced to create a brighter, more inviting space. The redeveloped areas
will also promote positive health and wellbeing recovery pathways for
customers with support needs at the scheme, who have often been in care or
in receipt of counselling sessions."
Jason*, in his early 20's, spent time sofa surfing after a breakdown in
family relationships before moving to The Powerhouse in 2015.
He had suffered from mental health issues and used cannabis and a number of
legal highs to cope with his anxiety and depression. The support team at The
Powerhouse helped Jason to schedule and attend appointments with drug
agencies and other health services.
Recently, Jason applied for a training course to make steps towards a more
positive future. He has shown commitment to learning which in turn has
helped him manage his anxiety and other aspects of his behaviour in a better
Last month, Jason stopped using cannabis and legal highs altogether. He has
made steps to improve his appearance and with Riverside's support, is
looking forward to independent living.
Customers at The Powerhouse are supported to manage their finances and
establish links in the community ahead of moving on into independent living.
Riverside implements innovative and researched Programmes of Support at
schemes nationwide. The housing association has a Money Matters module of
support and a Resettlement programme designed to help people effectively
budget and transition through the steps of moving on into independent
The redevelopment work at The Powerhouse began at the end of 2015 and will
be complete in summer 2016.
* Name changed...