Let's Go Green for The
Clatterbridge Cancer Charity
COMEDIAN Johnny Vegas is going green
for The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre; and wants as many people as possible to
join in the fundraising fun. 'The Still Open All Hours' and
'Benidorm' star is leading the way in turning green
as part of a £15 million Appeal to help build Liverpool's 1st specialist
His dad Lol Pennington was treated at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS
Foundation Trust in Wirral and father and son know how crucial the project is to
transform cancer care in the region.
Johnny said:- "When you hear the word cancer it takes you to a place you
don't want to go to but we are so lucky to have The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre
on our doorstep.
I'm hoping everyone gets behind this campaign to raise £15million for a brand
new cancer hospital in Liverpool and it all starts by Going Green for
Clatterbridge from 4 February to 12 February 2017."
The new Hospital in Liverpool is being built as part of a £157million plan to
transform cancer care which will also see £8million will be invested in The
Clatterbridge Cancer Centre in Wirral. "We are asking people to get involved by going green, in any way they can.
Schools might want to hold a green day where pupils pay £1 to dress in the
colour for the day or bake green cakes.
Businesses can do the same, or workers could also tip green gunge on their boss; for the price of a generous donation of course."
Let's Go Green for Clatterbridge will see dozens of buildings and structures
going green in support of the New Hospital Appeal, from 6 February 2017. They include
civic landmarks like:- Liverpool Town Hall, The Central Library, The Cunard
Building on the banks of the River Mersey, Wallasey Town Hall, Eastgate Clock in
Chester, and the Greystone Footbridge over the M62 motorway.
Cancer patients from the Isle of Man travel to The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre
for treatment and the island will mark the launch of the appeal in style by
lighting up the both the Tower Refuge and Power Station, in Green. "We are inviting many more businesses and local authorities to get involved by
turning their buildings green to support the fundraising drive.
We will be encouraging people to tweet their support using the hash tag #letsgogreen
and posting pictures of themselves wearing green, sporting green wigs or even
joining Johnny Vegas in a spot of face painting.
They can then also text Lets194 to 70070 to make a donation of £4."
Katrina Bury, Head of The Clatterbridge Cancer Charity, said:- "1 in 2 of
us will develop cancer over our lifetime so this new hospital is vitally
important for the people of Merseyside and Cheshire. We are only going to get
one chance in our lifetime to build a brand new facility like this, which will
transform cancer care for generations to come. We hope everyone will get behind
us by going green and help to build a cancer Hospital that we can all be proud
CLA calls on MPs to back seasonal workers
RURAL business leaders have called on
MPs to back a new seasonal workers scheme which allows migrant workers access to
vital jobs across the rural economy. Responding to a government inquiry on
immigration, the CLA which represents landowners, farmers and rural businesses
said the sector needs certainty. A new scheme should be put in place immediately
to avoid reduced productivity and investment and not wait until the UK leaves
the EU. CLA President Ross Murray said:- "Farms and other rural businesses
need to know that after Brexit there will still be a flexible, skilled and
secure workforce so they can plan for the future, invest in their businesses and
secure or create jobs. To meet the labour needs of the rural economy we are
calling on MPs to back a seasonal agricultural workers scheme which would allow
migrants of both EU and non-EU countries to enter the UK for a set period of
time and for a specific job, but with no right to remain afterwards. Similar
schemes have worked well in the past in agriculture and will help farmers to
keep producing the food we eat, to run viable businesses, and to continue
creating job opportunities year in and year out. The rural economy is already at
risk due to labour shortage so it is vital the Government introduces a scheme
immediately rather than after Brexit. Without access to migrant labour,
productivity and growth will be affected and it could lead to increased food
imports and prices."
The CLA has also called for the Government to confirm the status of EU migrant
workers already resident in the UK working in sectors such as food production,
horticulture and tourism. In addition, Government must provide a clear
framework for allowing skilled workers to enter the UK labour market, with the
potential to remain permanently. Skilled workers should be differentiated from
seasonal workers, particularly as the former might bridge a skills gap within
the rural sector on a longer term basis. Click
here to read the CLA's full response to the
Home Affairs Select Committee inquiry on immigration.
Planning approval granted
for new Maghull North station scheme
THE development of a new Station, in
Maghull, has moved a step closer after planning permission was granted for the
scheme at a Sefton Council planning committee meeting, on Wednesday, 18 January
The planning committee approved plans for the new Maghull North
will be located just off School Lane, between the existing Maghull and Town
Green Stations, on the Ormskirk branch of Merseyrail's Northern Line.
The Station is a key piece of infrastructure in the Sefton Local Plan,
supporting demand from an adjacent new housing development which will include
370 homes, with more homes planned for the area in the near future. It will also
offer relief for the existing Station, in the Town.
The £13m scheme is being funded through the Government's Local Growth Fund (LGF),
Merseytravel and the Homes and Communities Association, which currently owns the
land on which the Station will be built.
It will form part of the wider £340m
investment by Network Rail and the Liverpool City Region in rail improvements
over the next 3 years.
Facilities at the new station will include:-
Staffed station building and ticket office with passenger toilet.
Passenger waiting facilities on platform.
Step free access with lifts and a bridge to, from and between both platforms and
the station building.
156 space car park with blue badge, motorcycle parking and cycle storage.
Pedestrian and cycle routes from School Lane and Park Lane to the station and
bus stops on School Lane.
Future provision for electric vehicle charging points.
Work is due to start on site in August 2017, with the Station due to open in May 2018.
Cllr Gordon Friel, Merseytravel Deputy Chair and Lead Member for Rail said:-
"It's great news that the new station development at Maghull North has been
given planning approval as it will provide a real boost to the local community.
It is another example of our Long Term Rail Strategy being put in to practice
and will encourage more people to use public transport for both commuting to
work and leisure activities. We look forward to working with our partners in
Network Rail, Merseyrail and Sefton Council when the work to build the station
gets underway later this year."
Claire Rawson, Network Rail's Project Sponsor said:- "This station part of
a £340 million investment in the railway of the Liverpool City Region and it
will play a vital part in accommodating the growing number of passengers using
the network now and in the future."
Jan Chaudhry-van der Velde, Merseyrail's managing director, said:- "We
welcome this decision by Sefton Council and look forward to serving and running
the station as part of the Merseyrail network once it is completed. It
will bring the benefits of quick, easy to use and good value local rail services
to more residents, and provide them with good links into Liverpool and a variety
of other destinations by rail."
Cllr Ian Maher, Leader of Sefton Council, said:- "I am delighted that
planning permission has been granted for the new Maghull North station. It
is vitally important that as our towns and communities grow there is sufficient
infrastructure to support them. The new Station is not only fantastic for
the local economy but will further improve public transport capacity and
connectivity across Sefton and the City Region."
More information on the scheme can be found
Man charged following theft
from Southport jewellers
MERSEYSIDE Police have confirmed that a
man has been charged following a theft, at Ernest Jones jewellers, in Southport,
on 8 January 2017. They would like to thank the media and public for helping
them. We are told that Lewis Ormesher, 23, from Stockbridge Village, has been
charged with theft from a shop and possession of cannabis. We are also told that
he has been bailed and is due to appear at South Sefton Magistrates Court, on 22