New website puts roadworks
on the map
WIRRAL Council has signed up to a
national online mapping system which allows members of the public to view full
details of all roadworks with a single click.
roadworks.org, people can find out if they are likely to encounter
delays due to roadworks on any journey they have planned.
The details on the website tell visitors who is carrying out the works, when it
is due to start and finish, the extent of any potential delay and contact
details for the company involved. It will also show any diversion routes to show
motorists how to move around potential delays.
Cllr Stuart Whittingham, Cabinet member for Highways and Infrastructure, said:-
"This represents a massive forward step for the Council in delivering on
our promise to develop a transport network and systems that are fit for the
Being part of this system will keep Wirral moving while the Council and the
various utility companies carry out essential and planned improvements and
repairs. It will also help the Council in co-ordinating works better so that any
potential disruption is kept to an absolute minimum.
The advantages of being able to look on a map and see where roadworks are taking
place or are planned are obvious and I think this will prove very popular and
useful with residents and an extremely useful tool for the Council and our
The system that works behind the website has been developed by a
company called:- 'Elgin'. They say their product is "a unique, authoritative
information resource for the public and the primary tool for streetworks and
traffic management professionals. It enables better coordination and
planning of activities that cause disruption to traffic and residents, helps
reduce congestion and keeps the public informed, while reducing costs for public
bodies. We are delighted to have Wirral on board."
Top awards for Wirral
attractions; The Williamson Art Gallery and Floral Pavillion Theatre; have
received TripAdvisor® Certificates of Excellence.
The achievement recognises hospitality businesses that have earned great
traveller reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. Recipients include
accommodation, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have
continually delivered a quality customer experience.
Cllr Ann McLachlan, Wirral's Cabinet Member for Transformation and Leisure,
said:- "Both the Williamson Art Gallery and Museum and the Floral Pavilion
Theatre are excellent ambassadors for the visitor experience in Wirral. The
award from Trip Advisor recognises excellent customer service and response on
the website, and is tribute to the inclusive, friendly atmosphere at both
venues. The Visitor Economy is worth a great deal to Wirral both in terms
of jobs and cultural experience, and these are both excellent examples of how to
engage with and look after our customers."
Jo McGuire, Development manager for the Williamson Art Gallery said:- "t
means so much to all staff at the gallery and museum to be recognised by the
reviews and we are so pleased to have been awarded the Trip Advisor Certificate
of Excellence for the first time this year. We have worked tirelessly to
increase the public profile of the Williamson over the last few years and we're
delighted this is working."
Pippa Lea, Communications Manager for the Floral Pavilion said:- "This
year our front of house volunteers won Wirral Tourism Awards Volunteer Team of
the Year, and this is the second time we have gained Trip Advisor Certificate of
Excellence. We know our patrons are passionate about what we do, and we feel a
real connection with our local community. These awards recognize a well-loved
venue for both our local community and businesses, which also attracts the
highest quality touring shows to deliver an excellent visitor attraction within
Liverpool City Region."
Lost medication in the Netherton area
MERSEYSIDE Police are appealing for the
public to be cautious following the loss of medication. It is believed that 2,
70ml bottles of methadone were lost in the area around Netherton Activity
Centre, in Glovers Lane, on Wednesday, 25 May 2016. Officers are reminding
people that taking any medication which has not been prescribed for them can be
dangerous and, in some circumstances, can prove fatal. Anyone who finds any of
the medication is asked to hand it in to any Pharmacy or Police Station or call
Officers on the:- 101 number.
Suspected loan sharks
arrested following operation in Sefton
2 men, 1 aged 42, from Southport and the other 43,
from Litherland, were arrested on suspicion of illegal money lending, following an operation in
the Sefton area of Merseyside.
The England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) working in partnership with Sefton
Trading Standards and Merseyside Police executed warrants at addresses in Bootle
and Southport. IMLT officers seized a quantity of cash, mobile phones, documents
and electronic equipment. Officers from Sefton Trading Standards seized a
quantity of Tobacco and Cigarettes which are suspected to be counterfeit.
Tony Quigley, Head of the Illegal Money Lending Team said:- "We will
continue to work to combat loan sharks. They can cause untold misery to the most
disadvantaged in our communities. We would urge anyone with information about
loan sharking or victims of loan sharks to contact the team on:- 0300 555 2222."
Nationally the Illegal Money Lending Teams have secured more than 321
prosecutions for illegal money lending and related activity, leading to nearly
205 years worth of custodial sentences. They have written off £62 million worth
of illegal debt and helped over 25,000 victims.
To report a loan shark:-
►Call the 24/7 confidential hotline:- 0300 555 2222
►Text:- 'loan shark + your message' to:- 60003
► Send an
18 for 18
THE Mayor of Liverpool has announced
his ambitions to create a major year long cultural programme to mark 10 years
since the City was European Capital of Culture.
Joe Anderson has revealed that work is underway on:- '18 for 18' - a
series of internationally significant events, exhibitions, seasons and
performances which will shine a light on the importance of culture within the
ongoing renaissance of the City, and how it will play a key role in the
blueprint for the success of the Liverpool City Region moving forward.
Plans are in motion to work with some of the world's best artists, musicians and
cultural organisations with early discussions in place that could potentially
see the return of some of the most iconic Royal de Luxe's Giants and the Tall
Ships fleet which made a splash in 2008; both a nod to the success of the last
A series of important anniversaries take place in 2018 including the 30th
birthday of Tate Liverpool, the 20th Anniversary of Liverpool Biennial and ten
years of ACC Liverpool and Liverpool ONE, and it is being proposed that the
crucial role of these organisations is celebrated in style.
One of the seasons planned will focus on:- 'The Future of Work', and will
see IFB 2018 and The Uniglobal World Congress be part of a major cultural and
social program looking at what the future of work looks like and means for
society as a whole.
The 18 new commissions will be integrated into the City's already celebrated
cultural offer, and will aim to attract audiences of around five million people,
creating upwards of £50million economic impact and push Liverpool to the top of
the 'must visit' Cities in 2018.
They will also provide even more opportunities for local communities to play a
role in the cultural offer of the City, and to have their stories and hopes for
the future played out for a global audience.
Mayor Anderson said:- "We want everything we do in 2018 to build on the
wonderful work which has taken place in the City since 2008. 2018 will be the
next watershed year in the history of Liverpool and one which will make everyone
who lives here proud, and everyone that doesn't live here wonder why they don't!
Our official culture year quite rightly gets huge public and media recognition,
but it is the years that followed which I am most proud of, the years which have
seen us build on that success.
We didn't treat 2008 as a one off firework display that fizzled out, turning the
lights off when everyone had gone home.
The last 4 years alone have seen major events generate £177million for the local
economy; which is why government of culture is so integral to this City and why
I pushed for it to be at the heart of our devolution deal."
Liverpool's Cultural Sector directly employs 2,000 people and brings in £11 for
every £1 invested.
A piece of work will also be commissioned called:- 'Impact 18' which will look at
how great the impact of the last decade has been in terms of economic, social
impact and international perception of Liverpool.
A comprehensive participation and education programme will run throughout the
year so young people and residents can learn from, and get involved in
Mayor Anderson added:- "These are huge ambitions, but I know we will
deliver it. If the past few years have told us anything about this City;
hosting major events and international cultural moments is something we excel
We are a City which knows where it has come from and where it is going, with the
next milestone in that long illustrious history being the ambition and scale of
The full 2018 programme will be announced in the autumn.