Over 25,000 new construction
jobs to open up in the North West despite Brexit
CONSTRUCTION in the North West is
booming in the face of Brexit with 25,000 new jobs expected over the next 5
years, according to a major forecast from the Construction Industry Training
The annual Construction Skills Network (CSN) 5 year forecast reveals that
massive infrastructure projects; such as Liverpool2, which is set to more than double
the carrying capacity of the Port of Liverpool and the ₤1 billion expansion of
Media City, in Salford; will drive growth of 2.5% each year from 2017 to 2021. This
is significantly above the UK average of 1.7% growth. If all goes well.
There will also be high demand for traditional trades with an extra 3,450 carpenters,
3,250 electricians, and 1,900 bricklayers needed. There is also demand in white
collar jobs with 550 architects, 1,000 process managers and 250 senior managers
Infrastructure is bolstering the North West's construction industry as its best
performing sector. The CSN forecasts an annual average increase of 7.9% in
infrastructure projects in the region over the 5 year period. These include
the enabling works for Moorside Nuclear Power Station, in Cumbria, the ports
development in Liverpool and the Wirral Waters, a 6 lane toll bridge across the
River Mersey and the HS2 Rail development.
Despite the sector being open to vulnerability due to uncertainty following
Brexit, commercial building is predicted to see an annual yearly rise of 2.3%
until 2021. Playing a key part in this increase is the BBC's Northern home in
Manchester and the new IKEA at Cuerden, just outside Preston. The new commercial
development, at Cuerden, will encourage new businesses to the area and facilitate
significant investment infrastructure including:- highways, pedestrian and cycle
routes and improvements to public transport in the area.
The number of public non housing projects in the pipeline is set to increase by
4.1% per annum for the next 5 years. Work at the University of Manchester and
Manchester Metropolitan University along with several other smaller scale
developments are driving this steady rise in output. The Preston, South Ribble
and Lancashire City Deal is set to receive ₤434 million of public sector funding,
which will expand transport infrastructure in Preston and South Ribble and allow
the development of more than 17,000 new homes over the next 10 years.
Gillian Brewin, Partnerships Manager in the North West at CITB, says:-
"Construction in the North West is well and truly booming and the outlook for
the next 5 years looks prosperous. With so many new developments planned or
underway, there will be thousands of new work opportunities opening up.
Whether you are interested in onsite construction jobs, or office based roles,
there are jobs in the region for you. I would encourage anyone thinking about a
career in construction to check out the Go Construct website. It provides all
you need to know about career opportunities and the wide range of roles
available in construction and the built environment."
It has to be pointed out that these developments would be taking
place with our without Brexit, so Brixit supporters can't claim that this growth
is a result of Brixit!
Nuisance neighbour handed
suspended prison sentence
A 39 year old man has received a
suspended prison sentence following a catalogue of anti social behaviour
Wirral's Anti Social Behaviour Team took action against Keith McDonald, an owner
occupier of a property on Seafield Road, New Ferry, following complaints of
harassment and intimidation against his neighbour.
Mr McDonald would make loud and excessive noise both inside and outside of his
property and, on occasions, would leave his radio on continuously for days when
not even present.
After a thorough investigation by Wirral Anti Social Behaviour Team and
unsuccessful interventions to bring Mr McDonald's behaviour to an acceptable
level, an application for an Injunction was made.
At a full hearing held at Liverpool County Court, on 7 March 2016, Mr McDonald
admitted to a catalogue of allegations resulting in an Injunction being made
until further order of the Court, together with a:- 'Power of Arrest' which remains
in force until 4pm, on 6 March 2018.
Under the terms of the Injunction, Mr McDonald must not, whether by himself or
by permitting, encouraging or instructing any other person, engage in or
threaten to engage in conduct which is capable of causing nuisance or annoyance
to any person in Seafield Road, New Ferry.
He also must not approach or contact a named resident of Seafield Road, New
Ferry or any visitor to that property and using foul or abusive language, at a
volume which may be heard in or in the locality of his property, within Seafield
Road, New Ferry.
Since that date, reports were received by the team that Mr McDonald had breached
the Injunction on numerous occasions.
Consequently, Mr McDonald appeared before Liverpool County Court, on 1 February
2017, to answer a total of 35 alleged breaches of the Injunction. After a full
trial which lasted 3 days, Mr Recorder McLoughlin determined that McDonald had
breached the Injunction 33 times and sentenced him to 4 weeks custody for each
breach to run concurrently, suspended for 12 months.
The Injunction remains in force indefinitely until further order.
Cllr George Davies, Wirral Council Cabinet member for Housing and Community
Safety, said:- "Mr McDonald's ongoing and sustained harassment against his
neighbour has caused great distress. Mr McDonald once again failed to comply
with formal warnings to change his behaviour and this action through the courts
was absolutely necessary and proportionate given the impact of Mr McDonald's
unacceptable behaviour towards his neighbour."