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Councillors and campaigners to hold demonstration and vigil
LIVERPOOL Green Party Councillors are leading the
fight against plans to build a multi story car park in Liverpool City Centre.
The Greens say that proposals for Victoria Street will lead to increased air
pollution in the City Centre, as well as a loss of 36 mature trees which are an
important local feature.
"There are so many reasons why this plan should be rejected; I really can't
understand how the Council is hoping to go ahead with it. The Planning Officer's
report fails to answer the objections put forward by myself and my colleagues
and that is unacceptable when such a key decision is to be taken which will have
a massive effect on the City Centre." said Cllr Tom Crone, leader of the
Green Party group on the City Council.
The car park, which is proposed on the site of the current ground level Victoria
Street car park, would bring an additional 300+ car parking spaces to Liverpool
City Centre. Campaigners however, say this figure would further exceed the
Council's own targets for car parking spaces in the area. There have also been
concerns from Merseytravel and local bus companies that the additional flow in
traffic in the area will negatively affect services.
Cllr Crone, who is also the Green Party candidate for Metro Mayor added:-
"I'm completely opposed to this proposal and am seeking a review of the way it
has been dealt with in the Planning Officer's report. It looks as though a
number of important considerations have been overlooked. I want to know whether
the issues of increased air pollution, appropriate support for sustainable
transport, damage to heritage and the loss of mature trees have been given due
consideration; none of that is clear at present."
The Planning Committee will meet on 10 January 2017, to consider the proposal
and campaigners hope they can have access to the required information before the
"This is the wrong building in the wrong place. We risk losing an attractive,
open space to a carbuncle which will destroy the feel of this area. It seems
that the Council are trying to rush through these plans, hoping no one would
notice the holes in their arguments." added Councillor Crone
Liverpool Green Party and campaigners will be holding a vigil from 8:30am to
9:30am, on Tuesday, 10 January 2017, at Victoria Street Car Park to raise
awareness of Liverpool Council's plans.
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WARRINGTON headquartered Inprova Energy has appointed
Leanne James as Director of Account Management.
Most recently, she was Commercial Director for Mitie Energy, and was part of the
senior leadership team at Utilyx, which was acquired by Mitie in 2012. She
joined Utilyx eight years ago, where she was Head of Customer Relations, before
establishing and heading up a new product management division.
Her career in the energy services industry spans 12 years, including senior
roles at Accenture company Energy Quote and John Hall Associates.
Michael Dent, Managing Director of Inprova Energy said:- "Leanne has vast
experience in the energy services industry, where her skills are widely
respected. She will make an invaluable contribution to setting and delivering
Inprova's ambitious growth strategy, while ensuring that customer service
excellence is at the heart of our expanding business."
Leanne James said:- "It's an exciting time to join Inprova Energy as it
attracts growing numbers of customers, who are seeking an adviser that puts
their needs first and provides complete transparency in energy and water
procurement. I join a highly professional and dedicated team, which prides
itself on trust and integrity. This is evidenced by remarkably high customer
retention and standards of service."
Inprova Energy was launched as the energy division of Inprova
Group, in 2016, bringing together 3 of the
UK's leading energy consultancies (energyTEAM, ENER-G Procurement, and UES
Energy), which have a 40 year history.
The company, which is headquartered in Birchwood, has offices across England and
Wales, as well as an operation in the US. Its 'total energy management' service
combines energy and water auditing and management, business energy purchasing
and analysis, carbon reduction and reporting, and legislative compliance.
Inprova Energy's customers include leading UK businesses, such as Virgin
Atlantic, National Grid, Carlsberg, Hotel du Vin Malmaison, Village Urban
Resorts and retail groups White Stuff and Schuh.
Police Commissioner asks for public's support to make region's roads safer
MERSEYSIDE'S Police Commissioner is hosting a series
of community consultation events asking local people if they support her
proposal to make improving road safety a new priority for the region. Jane
Kennedy launched a region wide consultation in December asking people to give
her their views on her existing policing priorities for Merseyside and
specifically asking the region's residents whether they would back her in
introducing a new priority aimed at making the region's roads safer. Now Jane is
going out into communities across Merseyside to ask people, face to face, what
they think of her proposals. Jane is holding 6 roadshow events where she will be
talking to local people to get a clearer idea of their views.
The community roadshow events will be held at:-
► 2pm to 4pm, on Friday, 6 January 2017, at Asda Town Centre, Kirkland Street,
St Helens, WA10 2EF.
► 2pm to 4pm, on Monday, 9 January 2017, at Morrisons, Dee Lane, West Kirby,
► 2pm to 4pm, on Tuesday, 10 January 2017, at Asda Huyton, Huyton Lane, L36 7TX.
► 10am to 12 noon, on Wednesday, 11 January 2017, at Asda Aintree, Ormskirk
Road, L10 3LN.
► 2pm to 4pm, on Wednesday, 11 January, 2017, at Tesco Superstore, Mather
Avenue, Allerton, L18.
► 10am to 12noon, on Friday, 13 January 2017, at Sainsbury's, Rice Lane, Walton,
The consultation is at the heart of the Commissioner's work to produce a new
Police and Crime Plan. Jane is required by law to produce a Plan, which shapes
and informs the way policing and community safety is delivered in the county.
The Plan sets out the clear priorities on which the Commissioner and her
partners will focus their work and the ways in which Merseyside Police will use
its resources to deliver excellent Policing for the communities of Merseyside.
Jane's current plan was created in September 2015 and runs until March 2017,
when she will release a new report which will cover until March 2021. Her
existing priorities are to:-
► Prevent crime and anti social behaviour.
► Provide a visible and accessible Neighbourhood Policing style.
► Tackle serious and organised crime.
► Support victims, protect vulnerable people and maintain public safety.
Now the Commissioner is asking local people if these are still the right
priorities for the region or if there are any other emerging issues that they
feel should be addressed.
Jane said:- "The existing Police and Crime Plan for Merseyside was
produced in 2015. Now I have the mandate from the public to serve a second term,
I believe it's the right time to take a fresh look at the Plan and make sure
these priorities still echo the expectations and wishes of local people. I am
holding these events so I can hear what people across Merseyside really think
about the existing priorities and the issues they think I should focus on over
the next four years. The Plan is a really important document, so it's vital I
take everyone's views into consideration before changing it. I want to make sure
it reflects the views and concerns of people across the county."
Jane also detailed why she believed it was the right time to add a new priority
of 'working in partnership to improve road safety' to the Merseyside Plan. She
said:- "Since 2010, Merseyside has witnessed a sharp increase in the
number of people killed or seriously injured on the roads. Last year 585 people
either lost their lives or suffered serious injuries on our region's roads; that
equates to more than 11 people every single week. More pedestrians die or are
seriously hurt on the roads in our region than any other part of the country.
Each and every 1 of these incidents brings suffering and misery to those who are
involved, their families and friends. Lives are broken and futures destroyed,
yet many of these collisions are avoidable. I believe it is time that, in
conjunction with all my community safety partners, we concentrate on tackling
this issue to prevent other people needlessly losing their lives on our roads.
But what I want to do now is to listen to the views of local people and find
out; improving the safety of roads a priority for you too?"
People are also invited to have their say on her #MyPriority consultation via a
online survey by and sharing their views,
before Monday, 16 January 2017.
Alternatively feedback can be emailed
or sent to:- Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside,
Rose Lane, Allerton, L18 6JE.
A range of stakeholder engagement events will also be
held to seek the views of partners. The Police and Crime Plan is a
living document which is continuously reviewed to ensure it continues to
accurately reflect local priorities. It can be refreshed at any time.
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