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Edition No. 98

Date:- 10 May 2003

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Business Boost For Knowsley

THE Northwest Development Agency is providing £526,000 towards the construction of six new high quality business units at Arbour Lane, Knowsley Industrial Park (North), creating up to 147 new jobs. 

The successful reclamation of this site is to provide an opportunity to continue the regeneration of Knowsley Industrial Park, bringing new businesses into the area, and boosting economic growth. The site is currently derelict but efforts are also to be made to enhance the environment and the area’s image.

Aidan Manley, Area Manager of Merseyside, NWDA said, “We are extremely pleased to assist the expansion of Knowsley Industrial Park. This project will contribute to the improving competitiveness of the area as a business location, creating jobs and quality premises for SMEs. Furthermore, this development will bring a vacant and former brownfield site back into beneficial use, which is great news for the local area.”

The project will be co-ordinated by Priority Sites Ltd, setting their sights on boosting confidence in the area and encouraging further private sector investment.

Seven sites of industrial developments in the region have already been completed in which a further eight schemes of the 26 units are being earmarked for regeneration in the near future.

Report with thanks to the NWDA.

MUSIC REVIEW....

THE MUTTS Hostage (EP)
(Majesty of Rock Records)

SOMETIMES a burned out formula can often bring surprises when a little creativity is added - But this smells like last week’s milk as opposed to offering anything new.

This three track EP is hailed as the new answer to punk taking away the grass roots of Green Day giving something exciting to music, which seems somewhat misguided. The drone of seventies progressive punk tamed by poor lyrics and guitar rhythms illustrate a lack of fire and passion indicating post-pap than post-punk, which appears to be a think tank of rock-sychophanticism that attempts to gauge the flagging dance drop outs with die-hard rockers. 

However, on hearing this effort, this flies in the face of the wind offering little direction or zeal and giving every answer as to what is wrong with punk music today. This offering fails miserably into breathing life into an old genre of music that so badly needs it, and it may be high time to go back to the drawing board for this lot.
  ONLY 1 STAR out of 5. 

 *****

Review by Dominic Bonner.

MILLION POUND ARTS BOOST FOR LIVERPOOL

THE star of the city’s second Biennial Festival was deeply amused as Liverpool city council announced it is to treble funding for the festival over the next three years.

The Queen Victoria monument was converted into a one-bedroom hotel for the UK’s only festival of contemporary visual art, helping to attract 200,000 people to the city last year. Now the festival looks set to flourish with a £150,000 boost as part of a £1m investment into arts groups across the city. 

A budget rise of a third, the announcement is a major boost for the city as it prepares to meet the 2008 European Capital of Culture judges for the final time next week.

The investment package is a fundamental part of the city’s 2008 Culture bid, which if successful will help create 14,000 jobs, attract an extra 1.2million visitors and generate £2bn worth of further investment into Liverpool.

There’s also a major investment in the city’s multi-cultural and disability arts organizations such as Africa Oye, Milap Asian Festival, the Brouhaha International festival and North West Disability Arts Forum.

Councillor Warren Bradley, Executive Member for Leisure and Culture, said: ‘’The city has a fantastic wealth of artistic organisations that attract and entertain millions of people every year, creating jobs for thousands of people. 

‘’This investment package is part of our strategy to strengthen Liverpool’s status as a cultural hotspot and lay solid foundations to be European Capital of Culture in 2008.’’


The investment will be split over three years, increasing year on year. This year an extra £250,000 will be invested. In 2004 a further £375,000, and in 2005 a whopping £500,000 taking the total to £1.125 million.

Other winners from the budget boost are the Bluecoat Arts Centre and the Unity Theatre that will see their grants double to £120,000 and £80,000 respectively by 2005. Smaller institutions are also to benefit such as the Open Eye Gallery whose £5,000 grant will quadruple by 2005.

Report with thanks to Liverpool City Council.

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