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Wallasey's pirates hoist Blue Flag over acclaimed beach
an internationally recognising of bathing beach quality, is now flying
proudly above a Wirral beach. Volunteers from The New Brighteners and the Black Pearl
pirates joined officers from Wirral Council's Parks and Countryside service
and Coastal Rangers to see the raising of the Blue Flag at Wallasey Beach on
Wednesday. The Harrison Drive beach was one of 68 Blue Flag locations
announced by Keep Britain Tidy at its 2017 Blue Flag and Seaside Awards. Established in 1987, the Blue Flag Awards recognise that
those visiting its beaches can be sure they are clean and safe, meeting the
highest environmental standards and the tough international bathing water
quality standards. Situated next to Derby Pool car park, Wallasey Beach is
maintained by the Parks and Countryside team at Wirral Council.
Cllr Phill Brightmore, Wirral Council Cabinet member for
Environment, said:- "It is fantastic for Wirral to receive such a
prestigious award for Wallasey beach and it is an endorsement of the hard
work, led by Council staff, but invaluably supported by volunteers and other
local groups, to maintain it year round. This stretch of coastline is already a popular local
destination for families and we hope to welcome more visitors once the blue
flag is flying proudly on the beach."
A survey carried out by Keep Britain Tidy shows that nine
out of 10 people said cleanliness, safety and assured water quality were key
factors in deciding which beach to visit. This year, the international Blue Flag Award Scheme marks
its 30th anniversary. In 1987 12 English beaches achieved their Blue Flag,
and in the 30 years since the number has soared to 68 beaches. To be awarded a blue flag, beaches must comply with a
number of criteria covering:- environmental education and information, water
quality, environmental management, plus safety and services. It also requires a restriction on dogs at peak times.
Accordingly, the Council is asking dog owners not to take their pets onto
Wallasey Beach, between 10am and 5pm, until 30 September 2017.
Who are your local Wirral
sporting heroes this year?
THE Wirral Sports Awards are given
annually in recognition of the achievements of Wirral's dedicated sports people
and are open to anybody who lives in Wirral.
This year the awards will be presented at the Wirral Sports Forum Awards Event,
on Thursday, 12 October 2017, at Birkenhead Park Rugby Club.
Members of the public are now able to make nominations in any of the 7
categories which are:-
► Club of the Year: Presented to the sports club that can demonstrate
achievements/success and supports the development of players, coaches and
volunteers within the Club.
► Coach of the Year: Presented to a coach in recognition of their
involvement, dedication and achievement within their chosen sport.
► Volunteer of the Year: Presented to an individual who has made a
significant contribution to their sport or club, i.e., committee member,
fundraiser, administrator, official etc.
► Young Volunteer of the Year: Presented to a young person aged between 14
and 19 years who has made a significant contribution to sport as a volunteer.
► Young Sports Person of the Year: Presented to an individual, who is
under 18, in recognition of their commitment and achievement in their chosen
sport. Nominees should have achieved a high standard of performance at local,
regional or national level.
► Lifetime Achievement Award: Presented to an individual who has provided
an outstanding service to sport within Wirral over a long period of time.
► Special Recognition for Contribution to Sport:This will be awarded to
the nominee from those selected by each WSF member's organisation.
All short listed candidates will be invited to the presentation awards evening
to collect their awards and the winners will be announced on the night.
For further information, or to join the Wirral Sports Forum, please contact Dave
Simmonds Community Sports Development Officer on:- 0151 666 4165 or send them an
Closing date for nominations is Friday, 14 July 2017.
Metro Mayor unveils new team to drive Liverpool City Region forward
Region Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram has announced a co-opted member of the
Combined Authority and the 1st raft of Mayoral advisers who will provide
strategic support over the next 3 years.
The existing Combined Authority members, made up of the Metro Mayor, the 6 Local
Authority leaders, the Chair of the City Region LEP and the Chair of
Merseytravel, have agreed to co-opt Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner
Jane Kennedy to provide expertise on the area of criminal justice.
Labour Metro Mayor Rotheram has also appointed an initial group of advisers to
support his administration on areas including; Higher Education, Voluntary and
Community sector, Natural Environment, Social Housing Growth, Homelessness,
Mental Health and the Visitor Economy.
The appointment of Mayoral advisers is about utilising independent strategic
advice from talent across the Liverpool City Region who will support the bold
programme and vision of the Metro Mayor.
Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram said:- "I am delighted that the Combined
Authority has unanimously agreed to co-opt Jane Kennedy. The Merseyside Police
and Crime Commissioner will provide a strong voice for the criminal justice
system within the current structure; a logical extension of her current
responsibilities which includes serving as Chair of the Merseyside Criminal
Justice Board and the Merseyside Community Safety Partnership. I am also
thrilled that such a talented group of individuals have agreed to work with me
to help broaden the scope of the devolution deal and implement the convening
powers of office. The role of the advisers is about utilising experts from right
across Merseyside and Halton who are doing pioneering work in their fields to
improve business opportunities and the lives of ordinary people."
Commenting on her appointment to the Combined Authority, Jane Kennedy said:-"I welcomed the invitation from Steve Rotheram for me to join the Combined
Authority as a co-opted member. It demonstrates his intention to broaden the
membership and expertise of the Board. I will do my best to assist the on going
development of the regional structure, whilst working closely with my colleague
David Keane, Cheshire PCC, to ensure the interests of all the people of the City
region are represented with regard to policing, victim support and criminal
justice matters. I look forward to working with Steve and his colleagues on the
cabinet to drive public service reforms for the benefit of people across the
Speaking about supporting the Metro Mayor as an adviser, Luciana Berger MP
said:-"I look forward to championing mental health across the Liverpool
City Region as 1 of Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram's new advisers. It is a huge task
and 1 that I am delighted to have been asked to push forward."
Metro Mayor tells property sector:- "City
Region must raise its ambition to compete and prosper."
City Region Metro Mayor, Steve Rotheram has told a gathering of some of the
region's leading property professionals, that the area must raise its level
of ambition to create the long term prosperity necessary to support a
vibrant property market. Speaking at the Business Insider Regional property
Awards at Liverpool's Titanic Hotel last night, he told his audience:-
"The most important single message that I want
to deliver tonight, is that our City Region must upscale its level of
ambition and we must define our future economic vision as a place that
creates and sustains more high value employment, builds more successful
businesses and attracts greater levels of UK and international investment.
The property and development industry are driven by demand for space and
fuelled by economic growth. Our agendas are perfectly aligned." Setting out a compelling and confident prospectus for the
future, the Metro Mayor set out 6 key objectives that will underpin his
approach to drive economic growth and attract additional investment into the
region. These were:-
Economic Review and Industrial Strategy to provide a robust evidence base
and clear priorities for future economic growth.
A review of the
roles of the City Region's different marketing, investment and economic
agencies to create a single organisation aiming to make the area one of the
UK's top international investment destinations.
A new joined up
approach, where the region's boroughs would no longer compete for investment,
but pool their assets and strengths for mutual benefit, with closer
integration of planning, housing, skills and economic development policies
across the City Region.
A more targeted
and sophisticated approach to pursuing investment leads, directly targeting
key investment decision-makers and focusing on areas where the City Region
had a specific competitive edge or usp.
A much stronger
partnership with private business and the property sector, utilising the
influence and relationships of key business leaders as ambassadors for the
A closer and
more collaborative relationship with our neighbouring City Region, Greater
Manchester, recognising common interests and our increased economic
Steve Rotheram also identified the need for the City
Region to ensure that it was providing the right kind of development to meet
the needs of its future economy and residents. He said that:-
"To be genuinely competitive we need to be
delivering a competitive and appropriate product. We need a pipeline
of high quality Grade A offices as well flexible and innovative work space
configured to the requirements of a new kind of urban entrepreneurialism. We
need to be building homes that are attractive, affordable and in the right
place, close to transport, connected to work and in well designed and
sustainable neighbourhoods." Promising a new era of
ambition, realism and joined-up thinking, he suggested that inan increasingly unstable and unpredictable world, the less able the City
Region was to control events beyond its boundaries, the more it needed to
create certainty, stability and consistency within them.
"Strong relationships, mutual
trust, shared goals, policy and political consistency, a long-term
perspective and the right institutional architecture are the foundations for
future prosperity. They are powerful signals to the outside world, that we
are open for business"
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