New home for Merseyside
NORTH West Ambulance Service staff
currently based at Elm House, Anfield, are to relocate 8 miles up the road, to Speke, into a
brand new, state of the art property.
The Trust purchased, Estuary Point for ₤2.9m and has begun planning to the new
location on Liverpool International Business Park which will accommodate the 999
emergency control room as well as corporate services and new training
The current area office, on Belmont Grove, Liverpool, was built in the early 19th century as
a family home, spent some time as part of the Belmont Workhouse and then in 1979
became the headquarters for the then Mersey Metropolitan Ambulance Service.
Director of Finance, Tracy Ellery comments:- "The Trust has been searching
for a suitable property for its Merseyside staff for some time as we are well
aware that Elm House is no longer fit for purpose. This is a substantial
investment for the Trust and fully establishes our position in Merseyside,
retaining jobs in Liverpool and also importantly providing the opportunity for
expansion, particularly for our 999 emergency control centre.
We are now consulting with the staff regarding Estuary Point's configuration and
have been arranging site visits for those staff that will be based there. The
feedback we have received is extremely positive. The Trust is very proud of its commitment to minimising its
impact on the environment and this was a key factor in selecting a property to
purchase. Compared to Elm House, Estuary Point will enable us to make impactful
savings on our energy costs."
Estuary Point is a new build property comprising of 40,000sq ft of office space
over 3 floors. It is located in the centre of the business park with views
over the Speke Garston Coastal Reserve and the River Mersey.
Timescales have yet to be fully agreed, but it is hoped that the building will be
fully functional by late summer 2018.
Metro Mayor invites Ministers to:-
"hear Northern voices"
THE Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor
has responded to accusations from Ministers that Northern Mayors are
by inviting them to attend the proposed Northern Rail Summit next month.
The summit has been called by Northern political and business leaders in
response to Government announcements this week cancelling the electrification of
the Manchester to Leeds line, whilst affirming support for London's Crossrail 2.
The announcement caused widespread consternation across the Northern regions
with political and business leaders expressing concern, whilst influential think
tank, IPPR North immediately started an online petition in support of the
Northern Powerhouse Rail proposal.
Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling, and Northern Powerhouse
Minister, Jake Berry, both accused Northern leaders of trying to make political
mischief; a claim utterly refuted by Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram. "The
Government created this situation and the reaction across the North from
politicians of all parties, business leaders and wider stakeholders reflects
deep-seated unease about the Government's commitment to economic rebalancing.
There has been a massive investment bias in favour of London and the South East
and unless this is redressed the Northern Powerhouse vision is simply empty
The discrepancy in investment is underlined by the dramatic statistic that over
the last 50 years, while rail journey times to London have been cut by half,
journey times between Northern cities have hardly improved at all.
Steve Rotheram has written directly to Jake Berry, inviting the Minister
to attend the summit which will bring together politicians, businesses and other
key stakeholders. He added:- "Maybe something is being lost in translation
but Jake Berry and Chris Grayling need to understand that this is not
scaremongering but the expression of genuine and well founded concern. I am
inviting them to this event so they can hear 1st hand what people in the North
This is an honest and constructive invitation that gives them a platform to
reassure people in the North, and the chance to work out how we can come
together to deliver Northern Powerhouse Rail which was, of course, one of the
Conservative's major manifesto pledges.
To borrow a rail analogy, there is a genuine willingness across our region to
get on board with the Northern Powerhouse, but we need Government to be clear
about the destination and the timetable."
Liverpool gets a ₤1 million
Flexible Homelessness Support Grant
LIVERPOOL City Council is to spend an
additional ₤1 million tackling homelessness over the next 2 years.
The funding of ₤948,000 in the form of the Flexible Homelessness Support Grant
from the Government is designed to help prevent people from ending up in a
position where they are at risk of losing the roof over their head.
A report to the Council's Cabinet, on Friday, 4 August 2017, is recommending using the
money to increase the number of staff in the Housing Options Service which helps
people find new accommodation, and providing more outreach support for
It is in addition to the council's existing budget of ₤10.8 million for
homelessness which is spent on a range of services including temporary
accommodation and housing as well as help for rough sleepers and people with
Councillor Paul Brant, Cabinet member for health and adult social care, said:-
"We have taken great care to protect homelessness services from reductions
in funding despite the huge cuts that we have faced in recent years, but it is a
struggle due to welfare reforms and austerity which have left many more people
vulnerable. We will be using this additional funding to prevent people from
becoming homeless rather than picking up the pieces when somebody has lost their
home and I would like to thank our staff who have worked hard to secure this
valuable extra money."
Councillor Frank Hont, Cabinet member for housing, added:- "The most
visible sign of homelessness is rough sleeping but this is just one aspect of
homelessness and a small minority of the 6,000 households that we help every
year. The vast majority of people on the streets have turned down the offer of
temporary accommodation, usually due to complex needs such as substance misuse
or mental health issues. In addition, we know there are also professional
beggars who come to Liverpool to con shoppers and workers out of their hard
earned money by pretending to be homeless. This is a hugely complex issue
but one we are resolutely focused on tackling, whether it is identifying and
helping those who are at risk, working with partners such as the Whitechapel
Centre to help rough sleepers into new accommodation or encouraging people to
contact us through the No Second Night Out programme if they see someone
sleeping on the streets."
The grant comes in two tranches, with ₤448,800 in 2017/18 and ₤499,634 in
Million pound boost for
MERSEYSIDE Police Detectives
investigating the murder of grandfather, James Stanton, from Thornton, are
appealing for information 11 years after he was killed in a bid to find those
responsible. Merseyside Police are now offering a reward of ₤20,000 for information leading to
the arrest and conviction of those responsible for his death.
James Stanton, 58, pitcured above, was shot while he was at work in his business
premises, Aintree Commercial Vehicles, on Ormskirk Road, Aintree, on 24 July,
2006. Detectives believe 2 men were responsible for his murder and that they
left the scene in a blue Toyota Avensis (registration DM53 MKK), stolen from
Sefton Street, Liverpool, 2 months before the murder and was found burnt out on
Blindfoot Road, Rainford, the following day.
James Stanton's widow, Jean, has appealed for anyone with information to contact
the Police. She said:- "I lost my husband 11 years ago and until those
responsible for Jim's death are caught we will never be able to move on. I
continually struggle with the question of why this happened to Jim and would ask
anybody who has any information to contact the Police. Jim left for work 11
years ago for just another day in the office and he never came home. The brutal
and callous way that he was taken from us will always follow us and at the
moment there are no answers which will help heal the scars from that fateful
Detective Superintendent Dave Brunskill said:- "James Stanton was killed
in cold blood 11 years ago and his wife, Jean and family are still struggling to
come to terms with their loss. They will never rest until those responsible for
his death are arrested, charged and brought before the courts. I would appeal to
anyone who may have seen the car between 25 May 2016 and the night of the
murder, bearing in mind that the car may not have been displaying its original
number plates at the time of the murder. The incident happened on a main route
in and out of the City Centre at rush hour and I would urge anyone who was
around at the time, either on foot or in a car, to cast their mind back and let
us know if they saw anything at all unusual. I believe there are people within
the community, and especially the criminal fraternity, who will know who was
responsible for Jim's death and would be able to assist with vital information.
I would urge them to come forward and help James' family get some form of
Anyone with information is asked to contact detectives on:- 0800 230 0600, or
Crimestoppers, anonymously, on:- 0800 555 111.