Eco-van donation to Trust
A hospital trust has taken delivery of
an eco-vehicle to help reduce fuel emissions around its estate.
The van has been loaned to Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust by Veolia,
for a period of 4 years.
MP Rosie Cooper joined Trust staff and Veolia officials as the new van was
unveiled on Friday, 13 May 2016.
The Trust has a long standing partnership with Veolia; the global resource
management company; which runs combined heat and power (CHP) plants that
deliver low carbon electricity and heat at both Southport and Ormskirk Hospital
The Trust generates its own power using CHP and can even sell any surplus
electricity back into the National Grid.
Last year (2015) this was enough power to supply 850 3 bedroom houses for a whole year,
and annually saves over 3,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions; equivalent to 2,200
The eco-van is a new step in making hospital day to day work more
environmentally friendly and will be recharged using the low carbon electricity
generated by the Hospital CHP plants.
Rosie Cooper, MP, said:- "It was a real pleasure to join Southport and
Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust and Veolia at the unveiling of their new eco-van.
Their joint approach to generating energy from the hospitals existing activities
highlights how innovative and creative solutions can be harnessed to avoid waste
and ensure organisations are as environmentally friendly as possible.
Large organisations, such as the hospital trust and Veolia, taking a
forward thinking and responsible attitude to lowering their carbon emissions is
an essential contribution to tackling the threats we and future generations face
from climate change."
Graham Turton, Trust Energy Manager, said:- "We are delighted that Veolia
has donated such an environmentally van to our Trust fleet. We had been using a
diesel vehicle, but this van means we will have minimal impact on the environment
when we travel between sites and around the area to clinics. 7 years ago the
Trust gained the environmental benefits from its own purpose built Energy Centre
and CHP to enable it to generate its own power. Veolia has helped us reduce our
carbon footprint over the years and its loan of this vehicle is another green
Pat Gilroy, COO Industrial Customers UK from Veolia, added:- "The
introduction of this eco van demonstrates a way of further reducing CO2
emissions in the NHS. Using low carbon power to recharge the vehicle also helps
to reduce climate change and increases sustainability."
The Trust also has 2 new electric car charging points at Southport Hospital
which can be used by the public.
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City Council announce
potential victory parade plan
PLANS are in place for a potential
Victory Parade should Liverpool Football Club win the UEFA Europa League.
The title holders will not be confirmed until Wednesday, 18 May 2016, however due to
the major logistics behind an event of this scale, the City Council is
announcing its intentions to ensure residents and businesses in the city can
prepare for the potential event.
Should Liverpool FC win the title, the City Council will then formally invite
them to hold a victory parade in the city the following day, Thursday 19 May
It will start at 5pm and is expected to last for a couple of hours, with rolling
road closures on the route which will inevitably cause disruption.
The City Council has been working to plan out the event, which will see the
Liverpool Team Parade and the Europa League Trophy on an open top bus.
The route starts on West Derby Road, at the Junction of Green Lane, and will
head towards the City Centre travelling along:-
► Churchill Way.
► Dale Street.
► Water Street.
► The Strand.
► Wapping/Chaloner Street (junction of Parliament Street), where it will end.
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said:- "We know many people are
superstitious and don't want to think about a victory parade until the title is
in the bag, but unfortunately that isn't an option for those involved in
organising an event of this scale. Whether we have a parade depends on the
results on Wednesday, but due to the number of roads being closed and the impact
this has on businesses and residents, it makes sense that we are as prepared as
we can be. We need the information to be made public in order to cause as little
disruption as possible."
If it takes place, the parade is expected attract hundreds and thousands of
people, so the City Council has key advice for fans:-
► Utilise the full length of the route.
► There will be no central focal point to the
parade and the bus will not be stopping along the way.
► Decide which part of the route you want to wait at and arrive in plenty of time.
► Be patient; it is impossible to predict how long it will take the team bus to
travel along the route.
► Due to the number of people coming in to and out of the city, there is expected
to be significant demands on public transport, with queuing likely.
► Merseyside Police will be supporting the
City Council to ensure members of the
public can enjoy the parade safely.
Chief Superintendent Jon Ward said:- "Should the parade take place we
would expect a large number of people to gather along the route and we will be
supporting Liverpool City Council, who are the organisers of the event.
There will be large number of police officers on the streets throughout the
area, who will be providing a reassuring presence and making sure that fans can
enjoy the parade in safety.
An extensive road closure programme will be put in place and some disruption to
traffic is unfortunately inevitable, but a route has been planned to give
thousands of residents the chance to celebrate Liverpool's success. I would ask
people to make themselves aware of which roads are affected so they are fully
prepared and make use of public transport wherever possible, though appreciating
there may be some changes to services."
Travel advice and information will be available from:-
MerseyTravel.Gov.UK or Traveline on:- 0151 236 7676.