'Have your say' message with launch of M56 and A5036
PEOPLE across Merseyside and Cheshire are being
encouraged by Highways England to take part in consultations for 2 major road
improvements delivering better journeys and a multi million pound boost for the
local and regional economy.
The 6 week public consultations over the shortlisted options for a brand new
Junction 11a, along the M56 near Runcorn in Cheshire; serving the new Mersey
Gateway bridge; and improvements to the A5036 Port of Liverpool route in
Merseyside, will start, on Monday, 16 January 2017 and will be accompanied by a
series of public information events.
Proposals for improving the busy A5036, Port of Liverpool
link, are designed to tackle congestion and make journeys more reliable
Money for each of the improvements is included in the Government's £15 billion
Road Investment Strategy. As well as improving journeys for commuters and
commercial road users, the improvements will support future investment in jobs
Jacqui Allen, Highways England's Regional Investment Manager for the North,
said:- "We have done a lot of work on both proposals since public
awareness events last year and the consultations over the next few weeks provide
an opportunity for people using or living near the A5036 or M56 to help us
determine which of the options to take forward to the next stage of design for a
start of work before the end of 2020."
While the options for the A5036 link between the motorway network, at Switch
Island and the Port of Liverpool, remain a choice between improving the existing
road or building a brand new bypass through Rimrose Valley, some of the ideas
have changed. New plans include modifying suggested junction improvements along
the existing road to reduce the impact for local people.
Options for the new M56 Junction 11a include 2 different ideas for modifying the
existing Murdishaw Roundabout with the A553 Southern Expressway. In addition to
this new junction there is also a plan to build a small roundabout North of the
West Coast Main Line to provide the westbound entry and exit slip roads, for the
M56. An option for a new junction West of Murdishaw Roundabout has now been
Aerial view of M56 and existing layout of Murdishaw Roundabout along the local
More information, including consultation brochures and electronic versions of
the questionnaires, as well as details of the consultation events, will be
available online from Monday, 16 January 2017, for
M56 and the
3 men where arrested following traffic stop, in Formby
MERSEYSIDE Police have confirmed that 3 men where
arrested following a traffic stop, in Formby, Merseyside. At around 4.30pm, on
Thursday, 6 January 2016, Officers stopped a Transit van, on Elbow Lane, Formby
and following a search of the vehicle, found what is believed to be either
stolen or counterfeit designer clothing, including labels such as North Face and
Jimmy Choo. 3 men, aged 64 years, 46 years and 21 years, all from the Formby
area have been arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods. They remain in
police custody at this time. Detective Chief Inspector Gayle Rooney said:-
"Handling counterfeit or stolen goods is a serious offence and not a
victimless crime with legitimate businesses losing out. If you are offered cheap
goods, no matter how good the 'bargain' appears to be, please don't buy them.
Call the Police via:- 101 or Crimestoppers and tell us where and when you saw
Landlord fined for putting tenants at risk
A landlord who refused to sign up to Liverpool's
Landlord Licensing scheme, despite a legal notice being served, has been fined.
James Bennett, of Withycombe Road in Warrington, pleaded guilty at Liverpool
Magistrate's Court to renting out an unlicensed property in Hawkesworth Street,
Anfield. The defendant also pleaded guilty to a second charge of not providing
the City Council with information about the house, despite numerous
communications from the Council and finally a legal notice served on him.
He has been fined £800 for operating an unlicensed property, £200 for failing to
comply with a legal notice and a further £80 victim surcharge. Mr Bennett has
also been ordered to pay the Council's legal costs of £625.91. District Judge
Lloyd made clear during sentencing that the commission of both offences was a
serious matter and that the licensing of private rented properties within
Liverpool was a matter of safety.
Liverpool's Landlord Licensing Scheme came into force in 2015 with the aim of
driving up standards in the private rented sector, and action is now being taken
against those who are still refusing to sign up.
Landlords have to meet a variety of conditions around fire, electric and gas
safety rectifying disrepair issues, tackling pest infestations, keeping the
exterior in a good state of repair and dealing with complaints about anti social
behaviour caused by tenants.
Liverpool City Council's Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor Frank Hont,
stated:- "As a City Council we are determined and committed to bringing
non compliant landlords to task and will take action against those who ignore
the law. This not only raises the standards for tenants but creates a level
playing field for those compliant landlords in our City. If Mr Bennett had
licensed his property as required he wouldn't now be faced with a £1700 fine.
This is a real partnership approach and we are working closely with other
Council Departments which hold information relating to rental properties, and
this approach ensures we can, and will, identify and take action against
landlords with unlicensed properties."
Almost 8,000 landlords responsible for more than 44,000 properties are already
engaged with the Landlord Licensing scheme.
Current and prospective tenants can access a database
online to see if their landlord is on the
Landlord licensing has the backing of campaign groups including Shelter and
You Win Again - The Story of the Bee Gees
DO you remember the songs? Well now you can experience
their story! Following its West End debut at the Leicester Square Theatre:-
'You Win Again - The Story of the Bee Gees' will be embarking on its 1st
ever nationwide tour.
Immerse yourself into the brothers' hits through the 60's, 70's and 80's, topped
off with a glittering array of iconic artists they wrote for, such as Diana
Ross, Celine Dion and Dionne Warwick. This spectacular production tells the
incredible story of 'The Brothers Gibb' in an all new musical experience through
the eyes of their manager.
Follow the band and their lives, through the early charting triumphs and fall
from grace onto their meteoric climb back to the to,,,, to become the multi
million selling:- 'Super Group' we know and love today.
This breath taking concert spectacular takes you on a musical journey through
all your favourite songs, including:- 'Night Fever', 'Stayin'
Alive', 'More Than A Woman', 'You Should Be Dancing',
'How Deep is Your Love?', 'Jive Talkin', 'Tragedy',
'Massachusetts', 'Words', 'I've Got to Get a
Message to You', 'Too Much Heaven', 'Islands in the
Stream', 'Grease', 'If I Can't Have You' and
'You Win Again – The Story of the Bee Gees' is touring the UK and will
be stopping at Southport Theatre, on 11 February 2017. For more information and
to book tickets, contact the Box office, on Promenade, Southport, Merseyside,
PR9 0DZ, in person, or by calling them on:- 0844 871 3021. Alternatively go to