Lime Street to close for work on £39 million
LIME Street is to close for up to 3 weeks, from Tuesday, 30
August 2016, for work to begin in earnest on a £39 million regeneration scheme. The
scheme, devised by Liverpool City Council in partnership with Neptune
Developments, includes a hotel, shops, restaurants and student accommodation
between the Crown and Vine Pubs which will create more than 300 jobs.
The work getting underway next week will see the remaining frontages on Lime
Street taken down as part of the clearance of the site and will also mean the
closure of Bolton Street. Construction will then begin on the new buildings;
with the project scheduled for completion in 2 years.
Deputy Mayor, Councillor Ann O'Byrne, said:- "Lime Street has been
neglected for far too long and this scheme will see it brought back to life,
creating much needed new jobs and a fitting gateway on one of the main routes
into the City.
We know that the road closure will cause disruption for motorists and commuters
but it is absolutely vital to the project. Once this work is complete and the
site is cleared, we will be able to get on with the construction side of the
development and we are confident there will be no need for further full
closures. This is an exciting time for the area as we crack on with a scheme
which will help transform the fortunes of Lime Street and make it part of the
city that we can all be proud of."
Developers are working with the City Council to reflect the former Futurist
cinema; which could not be saved because of its poor structural condition; in
A planning application is also expected to be submitted shortly to restore the
ABC Cinema and transform the listed Art Deco building into a major live music
venue and TV studio.
The diversion routes during the road closure will be:-
► For traffic travelling from the South:- Berry Street, Leece Street, Rodney
Street, Clarence Street, Russell Street, Seymour Street, London Road and Lime
► For traffic travelling from the North:- London Road, Seymour Street, Russell
Street, Clarence Street, Rodney Street and Leece Street.
► Traffic travelling along St Anne Street and Pembroke Place: Seymour Street,
Russell Street, Clarence Street, Rodney Street and Leece Street.
► Traffic travelling up St Johns Lane:- Lime Street, Commutation Row, Islington,
Hunter Street, St Anne Street, Norton Street, Seymour Street, Russell Street,
Clarence Street, Rodney Street and Leece Street.
► For motorists on Lime Street (between London Road and Georges Place) who have
missed the advanced signage, the alternative route is:- right onto St Georges
Place/St Johns Lane, Whitechapel, right onto Victoria Street, Byrom Street,
right onto Hunter Street, right onto Norton Street, Seymour Street, Russell
Street, Clarence Street, Rodney Street and Leece Street.
► There is a secondary diversion route for motorists on Renshaw Street who have
missed the advanced diversion signs on Berry Street:- Copperas Hill, Seymour
Street, London Road and Lime Street.
► Access to St John's Shopping Centre car park will be maintained.
More information about the Lime Street redevelopment can be found
Council announces plans to
spend more than £20 million on health services over next 5 years
WIRRAL Council has announced plans to
spend more than £20 million on health services for the public of Wirral over the
next 5 years.
In a report going to Cabinet, on 5 September 2016, Councillors will be asked to agree
a significant investment on commissioned services to tackle a range of public
health priorities across areas such as addiction treatment, weight management
and sexual health.
Plans include a new service to help people find and access activities which will
improve their health and well being, to be introduced in Wirral over the coming
year. This new information and advice facility is aimed at better supporting
people with social, emotional or practical health needs.
A £2 million contract to deliver this service for 3 years will shortly go out to
Cllr Janette Williamson, Cabinet member for Public Health, said:- "We are
seeing the benefits of public health being part of Wirral Council in terms of
how we are able to focus on prevention and progress our pledge to provide people
with the tools and resources to improve their own health and well being.
This has never been so important, especially in the light of last week's
disappointing national health strategy which, instead of compulsory action on
the part of advertising agencies and food and drink companies, put the onus on
voluntary action by the individual to reduce levels of fat and sugar. We will
continue to draw on public health skills across the board as part of our
commitment to helping people live healthier lives."
Since the 'Health and Social Care Act 2012' came into force, local authorities
have had statutory responsibility for preventative public health measures. This
means Wirral Council locally takes the lead on encouraging people to lead
healthier lives and ensuring plans are in place to tackle infectious disease
outbreaks or other public health emergencies.
The Council does this by awarding a broad range of contracts to specialist
providers and managing these contracts to ensure agreed targets and priorities
At present, public health manages 110 contracts with 107 providers. All
contracts are kept under ongoing review to ensure they deliver the best possible
outcomes and value for money.
One of the major public health investments in the last few years has been on
services to help get young people on the road to a healthier and active
lifestyle from an early age.
Part of this is delivered by the 0-19 Health Promotion Team, which was set up in
September 2015. They have hit the ground running and have already supported more
than 200 young people with a wide range of activities.
These include a 'Fit Club at New Ferry Village Hall', which supports children and
young people; and their parents/carers; by providing advice on healthy eating,
along with physical activities which are fun for the entire family to get
The team offers incentives, such as free gym passes, to help people better
manage their weight and they also provide a DIY support packs to busy parents to
help them support their children with a healthier lifestyle.
They have worked in schools delivering health and well being programmes and
conducting health events and roadshows at other places, such as the Floral
Pavilion, St Catherine's Health Centre and the Laurie's Centre in order to raise
the profile of the team amongst the public and with other professionals.
The Active Wirral programme also plays a significant role in helping to get
young people along a healthier road. Active Wirral uses monthly themes and
promotions to engage families in active lifestyles and has developed its own
activities, such as the 10 Minute Shake Up and Dare to Dance, as well as
promoting the national Change4Life campaign.
Eating healthily has been high on the agenda too and the:- 'Takeaway for a
Change' project, a partnership initiative between the council's Public
Health and Environmental Health teams has engaged with more than 1,000 school
pupils over the last 18 months.
The teams go into schools and host workshops fitted around the school day
providing advice and support about healthy foods and how people can reduce the
volume of fat, sugar and salt in their diets.