Mersey Tunnel tolls could be
MERSEY Tunnel tolls could be frozen for
2017 to 2018, with Merseytravel Committee Members asked to recommend to the
Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, that there be no change to charges
when they meet, on Thursday, 2 February 2017. The recommendations of the
Merseytravel Committee will help inform the Combined Authority's decision on the
toll levels at their meeting next Friday, 3 February 2017. Should the
recommendations be implemented, the Fast Tag toll would stay at £1.20 for car
users and the cash toll, at £1.70. Therefore, regular tunnel users who pay using
the Fast Tag can, once again, save £5 a week compared to paying the cash toll.
2015 to 2016 saw 51% of journeys through the Tunnels, by Fast Tag; the 1st year
that the majority of travellers have taken advantage of the discount the tag
brings. Other recommendations made in the tunnel tolls report to be
considered at the meeting include continuing other initiatives introduced in
2016; emergency services liveried vehicles receiving free travel through the
Mersey Tunnels, as well as free travel for all users between 10pm on 24 December
and 6am on 26 December in recognition that public transport services are not
available during these times. Frank Rogers, Interim Chief Executive of
Merseytravel, said:- "As always, it is for political members to take a
decision on the tunnel toll levels. However, reflecting on the past year, it is
encouraging to see people taking advantage of the benefits that a Fast Tag can
bring. For the 1st time Fast Tag customers now represent the majority of tunnel
usage, but there are still many more people who can benefit from these savings."
Fast Tags are available to everyone, not just regular travellers, and are issued
free of charge and tunnel users are encouraged to order 1. As well as the
savings drivers can make, there are also dedicated Fast Tag lanes, at each
Tunnel Plaza. Fast Tag offers 'stored value' meaning that
customers' money stays in their Fast Tag account until it is used, no matter how
long that is.
Man Steam Packet Company backs an ambitious charity challenge
THE Isle of Man Steam Packet Company
has given its backing to an ambitious charity challenge which will see a group
of cyclists attempt to ride more than 450 miles to raise funds for Dementia
charities. The journey, called:- 'stRIDE17,' will see 12 women
cycling through England, the Isle of Man and Wales, for 8 days, as well as
taking on 2 hikes. The Steam Packet Company is assisting with the costs of
travelling to and from the Island during the event in August 2017. The
riders hope to increase awareness of Dementia as well as raising funds for
charities Dementia UK and the Alzheimer's Society. 'stRIDE17'
is being organised by Virginia Bailey, whose father has Vascular Dementia.
Virginia explained:- "For someone with Dementia, memories from the past
often come to the forefront of their minds. So my sister and I wanted to combine
the message of leading an active, healthy lifestyle, which can contribute to
preventing the onset of Dementia, with memories from our Dad's life by visiting
places which are special to him and our family. Over 8 days in August, a team of
brilliantly inspirational women will embark on a 450 mile cycle visiting places
that are significant to both our Dad's and our family's lives, from our
departure in Liverpool, where my Dad grew up and met our wonderful Mum, to
finishing in Shrewsbury, where my sister and I enjoyed an amazing childhood full
of love and happy memories. In between we will visit places that ooze nostalgia
for our family, including the Isle of Man. The Steam Packet Company has been
extremely generous in supporting our efforts by assisting with the cost of
travel to and from the Isle of Man, so on behalf of all involved in stRIDE17 I'd
like to thank the company for its help." The challenge starts in
Liverpool and heads North to the Lake District before turning back to Heysham to
catch the Ferry to Douglas on 8 August. The team will ride a route around the
east and South of the Island before sailing to Liverpool the following day to
continue the journey through North Wales and on to Shrewsbury. Virginia
added:- "We have 2 clear and simple aims; to raise money to support
specialist Dementia care workers and research into the disease and to help
families and carers by raising awareness of Dementia through sharing stories and
opportunities for support. To help improve awareness we're inviting people to
join stRIDE17, whether it is meeting up with the team members to discuss
Dementia, making a donation or joining the journey, for just an hour or as many
days as you'd like. If anyone in the Isle of Man would like to get involved they
can contact me on:-
firstname.lastname@example.org." Steam Packet
Company Chief Executive Mark Woodward said:- "Dementia is a disease which
affects hundreds of thousands of people across the British Isles including here
in the Isle of Man. Virginia and the stRIDE17 have set themselves quite a
challenge as they try to raise money for 2 leading Dementia charities and,
importantly, greater awareness of the disease and we're pleased to be able to do
our bit to support them. I hope people in the Isle of Man will lend their
support, perhaps jumping on their bikes to ride alongside the 'stRIDE17' team."
planning application development in the heart of Manchester
THE planning application for St. Michael's; a
transformational development in the heart of Manchester; has now been submitted.
Following 2 public consultations with local residents, businesses and City
stakeholders, plans for St. Michael's have now been finalised and submitted to
Manchester City Council.
The final submitted plans comprise a 201 bed 5 star
hotel, 159 apartments, 138,000 sq. ft. of Grade A office space and 49,000 sq.
ft. of retail and leisure space, including 2 new sky bars and restaurants.
Michael's will also feature 3 striking public spaces within a strategically
located site, adjacent to Manchester's Town Hall.
The most significant change to
the development's initial design is the appearance of the 2 main towers.
Following feedback and further assessment, the team has made the decision to
change the buildings from black to anodised bronze.
Gary Neville, Director of Jackson's Row Developments Limited,
said:- "Having worked on this site for over 10 years, it is extremely
exciting to finally reach this milestone and submit the planning application for
St. Michael's. The scheme will transform an underused part of the City and will
offer an incredible statement in architecture and development for Manchester.
Ken Shuttleworth has a rich history in pushing boundaries and helping Cities
expand and evolve through architecture. We are equally proud to have included 3
world class public spaces within the project. St. Michael's Square, The Garden
and The Steps will provide a remarkable addition to the City's ever growing
outdoor lifestyle. This development will protect the employment of the
individuals that currently work within the land ownership and will also generate
1500 jobs within the proposed scheme. St. Michael's has received significant
coverage both locally and nationally. We have undertaken extensive public
consultation and have taken on board comments wherever possible from Historic
England, Places Matter! and the general public. The imagery we have issued today
is the final proposal and our hope is to be on site by the end of Summer 2017."
On his involvement with St. Michael's, Ken Shuttleworth of Make Architects
said:- "St Michael's shows the evolution of a City at a time when it is
crucial to keep ahead of the game. It is a scheme for Manchester, with people
and place at its heart. We are really pleased to see it entered for planning
permission, having worked so hard with the development team for a number of
years. In response to the consultation process, the design of the building
façade has evolved including lightening the colour to a softer bronzed aluminium
that will change the towers' appearance in different lights and times of the day
and responds to the material tones already in the conservation area. We have
also improved connectivity and accessibility between the lower and upper squares
which has created more active frontage onto St Michaels Square."
Situated in the Jackson's Row area, St. Michael's is surrounded by a number of
key regeneration areas such as the Civic Quarter, Spinningfields and St. Johns.
The 700,000 sq ft project is designed by internationally renowned Make
Architects and will become a landmark scheme for the City of Manchester,
generating 500 jobs during construction.
In addition, it is estimated that St.
Michael's will generate in the region of 1,500 new jobs approximately 1,100 of
which will be associated with the proposed offices, 200 for the hotel and 180
for the associated retail / leisure floor space.
A report issued by Places Matter!
on 8 August 2016, following consultation with the St. Michael's development team
summarised:- "This development has the potential to be the catalyst which
would help bridge the link to a regenerated Great Northern Square and change the
character of streets in the vicinity. This project can stitch the wider
neighbourhood together and provide opportunities for more regeneration to occur
beyond the red line boundary and to interface with the City blocks particularly
to the South."
The St. Michael's planning application was submitted by the applicant's Planning
Consultant, Zerum Consult.