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Publication date:- 2017-23-06

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Steve Darcis beats Marcus Willis in Liverpool International Tennis Tournament Final
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STEVE Darcis (BEL) won the 16th Liverpool Hope International Tennis Tournament beating Marcus Willis (GBR) 7-5 6-3 in glorious conditions at Liverpool Cricket Club. Willis, who incredibly made it to the the 2nd round of Wimbledon last year having won 2 qualifying events, was playing in Liverpool for the 1st time. Willis is hoping to get a wildcard into the Wimbledon main draw this year and his match against Darcis (ranked 330 places higher in the ATP rankings) has been fantastic preparation for the British hopeful. The final was evenly matched, despite the ranking difference, and thoroughly enjoyed by the Liverpool crowd giving Willis a huge boost of confidence as the summer grass season really kicks off in London next week.   The Women's Singles final was won by Polona Hercog (SLO) who beat Corrina Dentoni (ITA) 6-2 6-4.

Full results for Women's Singles, click on this LINK

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Special School set to expand

PLANS to expand the number of places at a special School for children with autism in Liverpool are set to get the green light. Under the proposal, Bank View High School in Fazakerley - which is rated 'Outstanding' by Ofsted; will expand by 28 places to 178, from September 2017. The increase is to help meet demand for Primary School pupils diagnosed with the condition, or who are being assessed. Following a successful pilot project, 16 of the 28 places will be located at Croxteth Primary School in a centre managed by Bank View.

Assistant Mayor of Liverpool and Cabinet Member for Schools and Education Cllr Nick Small said:- "We are hugely proud of the support our special Schools provide to our young people and this expansion of services is good news. This proposal will allow the sharing of good practice and will help prepare children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder for their next stage of learning, having developed social skills, independence and self esteem."

Bank View High School opened in 2015 as part of Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson's ₤169 million School rebuilding programme which has seen 23 Schools, rebuilt or significantly improved. Following approval by Liverpool City Council's Cabinet, in early June 2017, statutory notices are being published and a consultation held, after which a final decision will be made.

New play areas set to be approved

A ₤1.5 million programme to deliver 20 new and improved play areas across Liverpool is set to be approved by the Cabinet.  In 2016, the City Council agreed in principle to spend ₤1 million using Section 106 contributions which are paid by developers as part of planning agreements and drew up a list of potential sites. Following extensive consultation, the Council has now identified 20 locations and is committing to spend an additional ˝ a million pounds on top of the budget originally earmarked, meaning it can deliver better quality facilities. Some of the sites, such as Canning area, have been included following representations from local residents and ward Councillors.

Deputy Mayor, Cllr Ann O'Byrne, said:- "Our children deserve the very best facilities to play in, and we have spent a long time working with ward Councillors to make sure that we are investing money in the right areas. Many of our young people live in terraced houses with limited outdoor space, so it is important that they have a local play area which they can use."

Many of the sites will focus on natural play; using materials such as treated wood, while others will be redeveloped using more modern equipment.

Councillor Steve Munby, cabinet member for neighbourhoods, said:- "This programme shows the importance we attach to having play areas right across the City. And we are funding in a way in which they will go hand in hand with developments in the City developers will pay for play."

Play areas in new locations will be at:- Camp Hill in Allerton; Score Lane Gardens in Childwall; Norris Green Park; Croxteth Park (West Derby Gate); Wavertree Playground; Windsor Gardens in Clubmoor; Ackers Hall in Yew Tree; Canning area near the City centre; Clarke Gardens in Allerton and Beechwood Gardens in Cressington

Major Improvements to existing playgrounds, including new natural play areas will be at:- Banks Road in Speke/Garston; Blackrod Recreation Ground in Speke/Garston; Everton Terrace; Kirkdale Recreation Ground; Netherley Park; Parkhill Public Open Space; Rice Lane in Warbreck; Richmond Park in Anfield; Thirlmere Public Open Space in Everton and Walton Hall Park.

If the report is approved at a meeting, on Friday, 23 June 2017, work will begin immediately in phases and be completed by late 2017.

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