Multi million pound Banks
housing scheme gets off ground
NEW homes are starting to take shape at
a £2million housing development which will transform a derelict site in the
village of Banks, West Lancashire.
Manchester based Harbur Construction is building 29 new properties at the site
of the former St Stephen's Primary School on land off Hoole Lane.
The project, comprising 12, 2 bedroom and5, 3 bedroom houses, as well as
a block of 12, 1 bedroom flats, will regenerate the brownfield site which has
stood empty since the school closed 18 years ago.
Harbur Construction is building the scheme on behalf of TAC Developments for One
Vision Housing, which will make the homes available for affordable rent.
Richard Hutchinson, managing director at Harbur Construction, said:-
school that previously occupied the land relocated back in 1998, so the site has
become a real eye sore in the pursuing years. The development ends almost two
decades of uncertainty for local residents, not only helping to bring the land
back into use, but also boosting the provision of high quality affordable
housing in this area of West Lancashire. We're looking forward to bringing the
homes to life."
The properties have been designed sensitively to fit in with the architectural
style of the current housing neighbouring the site. All homes will feature fully turfed rear gardens, while a communal private garden will serve the
The scheme has been designed by Paddock Johnson Partnership and is expected to
be completed in February 2017.
Spinal centre celebrates 70 years with
A prestigious international conference in spinal injury
care is coming to Southport, in 2017.
The 34th Guttmann conference is hosted by the North West Regional Spinal
Injuries Centre which is part of Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.
Held at the Ramada hotel on 29 June and 30 June, the conference will feature guest
speakers from around the world.
In 2017 the centre will celebrate its 70th birthday.
Emily Hoban, who runs the Spinal Centre said:- "We are thrilled to host
this conference during our 70th birthday year. There has been a spinal unit in
Southport since 1947 and it has developed into an internationally recognized
centre for excellence.
We are honoured to welcome more than 200 delegates, experts and professionals in
the field of spinal injury rehabilitation and care. Ludwig Guttmann was the
founding father of care for spinal patients. He was knighted for this work and
we want the conference to be a celebration of his lasting legacy."
As well as setting up the world's first spinal injuries centre in 1944, Guttmann
was the founder of the Paralympic Games.
Emily added:- "Anyone watching the Rio Paralympics will have been inspired
by the dedication and brilliance shown by all the athletes. When the Paralympics
was launched by Ludwig Guttman in 1948 it was a small event. This year more than
4,000 Olympians competed in Rio watched by an audience of millions around the
Emily is looking for further sponsorship support for the Guttmann conference. If
your company can help email:-
The North West Regional Spinal Injuries Centre cares for people with spinal cord
injuries from Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Cumbria, Cheshire,
parts of North Wales and the Isle of Man.
It is an internationally recognised centre of excellence for the treatment of
people with high cervical spinal cord injury.
£5 Notes is adding value to some people's
THE new £5 note that has come into
circulation is smaller, tougher and made of polymer, but they might also be
worth a LOT more than £5! Some collectors are paying more than £200 to get their
hands on the Bank of England's first plastic notes. Yes, £500! The first notes
left distribution centres shortly after midnight on 13 September 2016, so much
for the 13th being unlucky! For some it was proving to be a very profitable one.
Have you seen a new £5 note? Have you got 1? Are you selling 1? Please let us
know via email your thoughts and views on this topic. The photo in this report
is with thanks to the Bank of England and copyright remains with them.
Royal Liverpool Hospital City Centre take over
AS part of the build up to the new Royal Liverpool
University Hospital, staff from the hospital took to the streets of Liverpool to
showcase plans for the new Royal Hospital and to promote its official charity:-
Charity' and it's £10 million Appeal.
The City Centre event saw the staff from R Charity take over the busiest streets
throughout Liverpool Town Centre.
The money from the £10million appeal will be invested into the latest in
high technology equipment for diagnoses and treatments that will help save
lives, and to create environments that provide fantastic comfort and
conveniences for patients and families.
Some of the key areas looking to benefit from the £10 million appeal include:-
► The Breast Unit, the money will enable the Trust to purchase 3 new mammography
units, including 2 with the latest tomosynthesis technology, meaning patients
can be diagnosed and treated at an earlier stage.
► Critical Care, patients and relatives are very vulnerable when needing
critical care. R Charity will help to equip us with the latest technology, and
furnish us to a high standard to improve the comfort and privacy of patients and
► Stroke Unit, getting stroke patients out of bed and back home to live a normal
life as soon as possible is at the heart of all we do. The Appeal will fund a
new telemetry monitoring system allowing us to improve patient safety and search
for the causes of stroke, plus a suite of new specialist chairs which help
severely disabled stroke patients sit out of bed and make the first steps
The developers of the new hospital, Carillion have been working
hard to raise funds for R Charity and their £10million Appeal, raising £56,000,
so the day was also an opportunity to officially celebrate this amazing
In Williamson Square shoppers were invited to watch a video, which followed
construction staff around the new development so that people could see for
themselves the work that is being done to the interior of the new Hospital.
Throughout the day, R Charity volunteers collected donations and there was even
a 'royal' appearance from R Charity's mascot Roy, who posed for
photographs with members of the public.
A live performance from the choir from Sing Me Merseyside was led by Billy Hui
and featured a guitar solo for their version of Bohemian Rhapsody. This was
followed by a 'royal' flash mob performed by the extremely talented MD
Productions which left everyone feeling really excited; some people from the
crowd actually joined in!
Pauline Daniels, local comedienne came along to promote the Pink Party campaign
and encourage local sign ups and Maggie May's also provided their signature dish
of 'scouse' to support the event.
Aimee Clare, senior fundraising officer for R Charity said:-
"It was so wonderful to see so many come together to promote R Charity and
our new hospital. R Charity is working really hard to raise £10 Million to
invest into new life saving equipment, services and comforting environments for
our new hospital, its patients and their families.
So, to promote this and our need for support in our City centre was a great
opportunity. We are extremely grateful to everyone involved. If you would like
to donate, please text RCHA17 £5 to 70070"
Alison Valentine, community regeneration manager at Carillion
added:- "We were delighted to be part of the day and to mark the
charitable partnership with the presentation of our cheque for £56,000 towards
the £10million appeal. We have hosted a number of community events to try
and fundraise as much as possible for Royal Liverpool University Hospital R
Charity's £10million Appeal. We really enjoyed getting involved in the day and
it gave us a great opportunity to chat to people about the new Royal Liverpool
Hospital, and the facilities that patients are set to benefit from in the
To view the video of MD's Productions flash mob head over to our Facebook
For more information on how you can support the £10m appeal visit
online or you can
contact the team on:- 0151 706 3172.