₤2.5 million M53 Roundabout
repairs start at the weekend
A ₤2.5 million Highways England project
to deliver wear and tear repairs along the M53 in Merseyside is to start on
Saturday, 4 November 2017.
The project will see the 2 bridges, which carry the Junction 3 Roundabout, over the motorway, near
Woodchurch, Wirral, repaired and improved, within an 8 month project.
Apart from a handful of overnight Carriageway and Roundabout closures, mainly
for the installation of traffic management, the Motorway and Roundabout will be
kept open at all times.
Highways England project manager Mark Mosley said:- "This is a routine
maintenance and repairs project but is also an important investment in the M53
to ensure the Junction can serve commuters and other drivers for many years to
come. We've worked hard to design the work so we can keep drivers on the
move with as little disruption as possible. Roundabout and Carriageway closures
will be done overnight and also kept to an absolute minimum."
The work, which is due to be completed in July 2018, involves concrete repairs,
re-waterproofing the bridge decks and resurfacing. A lot of the work will be
done under the Roundabout Bridges, over the Northbound and Southbound
Carriageways of the M53. For this to be done safely, narrow lanes and a 50mph
speed limit will be installed along the 2 Carriageways, as up to 25 people will
be working on the bridge at any 1 time.
The Northbound Carriageway, between Junction 4 and Junction 3, will be closed
between 9pm and 5am, on Saturday, 4 November 2017, with the Southbound
Carriageway closed; again from 9pm to 5am; between Junction 2 and Junction 3,
on Sunday, 5 November 2017.
Clearly signed diversions will be in place on both nights.
In 2018, the bridge decks will need to be propped up to continue the
repairs, but with the Motorway and Roundabout kept open after a couple of overnight closures to install new traffic management. This will include a
weight restriction, on the North Roundabout Bridge, as well as narrow lanes and a
30mph speed limit around the Roundabout. Further occasional overnight closures
of sections of the Roundabout only will be needed for resurfacing and
Did you know that:- The bridges are 34 metres long, 5.2 metres above the
Motorway Carriageways and were constructed in 1970?
Liverpool's City Historian
LIVERPOOL'S City Historian has been
presented with a unique 3D model of the Town Hall at a special retirement
presentation. Steve Binns, who has been blind since birth; has run guided
tours of the Town Hall and St George's Hall since 1990; explaining in vivid
descriptive detail the history of buildings that he has never actually seen.
He relies on memory and a precise knowledge of a building's positioning, layout
and design features when doing his tours. His work led to him receiving an MBE,
from HRH Prince Charles, in 2004, and an Honorary Degree, from Liverpool John
Moores University, for History, in 2007.
Lord Mayor, Councillor Malcolm Kennedy, gave him a model of the original Town
Hall in a surprise presentation this afternoon. He said:- "Steve is as
much a Liverpool institution as any of the famous buildings that he gives tours
of, and we are very sad to see him retire. He has entertained thousands of
visitors and tourists over many years, giving them an in depth picture of the
history of our amazing City. What is so remarkable is that he has done all of
that without actually seeing any of the buildings that he knows every inch of.
He has been a fantastic servant to the City and I am delighted to have been able
to present him with a unique momento of the original Town Hall on the occasion
of his retirement."
The model that has been created is of the Town Hall that preceded the current
building and was built in the late 1600's.
It was sited where the Royal Bank of Scotland is now located, at the Junction of
Dale Street and Exchange Street East, and was known as the Exchange, because the
Ground Floor had an open Colonnade for merchants and market traders to carry out
The model has been created by architectural firm Arup, Senior Technician Chris
Jackson, said:- "We've been pleased to use our 3D print technology at Arup
to create the model presented to Steve today. We used photogrammetry to create
the 3D mesh, which allowed us to develop a digital recreation of the original
model without removing it from its enclosure. It is so accurate that the print
even includes the same imperfections of the original building; allowing Steve to
not only better understand the form of the old Town Hall building, but also
allowing him to feel the history of the model created by J.R. Cafferata in
2nd man charged in
connection with shotgun recovery in Maghull
MERSEYSIDE Police Detectives
investigating the recovery of a shotgun from Maghull, on Friday, 6 October 2017,
, have charged a 2nd man in connection with the offence. According to Merseyside
Police, at around 1.50pm, on Friday, 6 October 2017, a call was received of a
road traffic collision on Ormonde Drive, Maghull involving an Audi A1 colliding
with a van and a BMW, causing damage to both vehicles, but no injuries. Armed
Police attended the location and found a bag containing a shotgun. Following
enquiries, 22 year old, Dean Colquhoun, of no fixed abode, was arrested on
Thursday, 26 October 2017. He has been charged with possession of a shotgun and
appeared on Saturday, 28 October 2017, at South Sefton Magistrates Court.
Colquhoun has been remanded in custody to appear for trial at Liverpool Crown
Court, on Monday, 6 November 2017. Anyone with information on the storage and
use of firearms can contact the gun crime hotline on:- 0800 230 0600, or
Crimestoppers anonymously on:- 0800 555 111.
Local NHS Trust Gives Recognition to
its Best and Brightest
ON Thursday, 26 October, Cheshire and
Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP) hosted its inaugural CWP
Recognition Awards at Ellesmere Port Civic Hall. A fantastic occasion, the event
aimed to give well deserved acclaim to members of staff who had gone above and
beyond in their provision of care for our service users. It was also a way of
the Trust saying thank you to our staff for their incredible hard work over the
last year. The awards ceremony also sought to give an extra special thanks to
those staff members who had given extraordinary long service, not just to CWP,
but to the NHS as a whole.
As well as the awards presented to staff, there was also some fantastic live
entertainment on show, as part of a wonderful evening. One performance was by
Paul Mcgee (aka the SUMO guy) who provided his unique brand of "Mancunian
motivation" whilst invigorating the audience. His 1 hour show was full of
laughs and insight. He encouraged the audience to:- "Seize the day"
advised that:- "Seeking support is not a sign of weakness, it is a sign of
Those in attendance were also treated to a musical performance by the Cheshire
branch of the national Rock Choir, who displayed their unique versions of songs
such as:- 'Uptown Girl by Billy Joel' and 'Don't Stop
Awards were presented in a number of new and exciting
categories. They were:-
► Excellence in supporting patient care.
► Excellence in patient care.
► Outstanding contribution to our communities.
► Outstanding contribution to research and development.
► Outstanding contribution to volunteering and involvement.
► Outstanding contribution to leadership.
In addition, there were gongs presented to our
overall Going the Extra Mile Winners (our Trust's employee of the month award)
in both individual and team categories. Certificates were also presented to
those members of staff who had given 20, 30 and 40 years of service respectively
in our Recognition of Service category.
The Wirral Homeless Team were one of our lucky winners from the night. They
picked up the award for "Excellence in Patient Care." Represented by
Gaynor Parry and Kerry Greenop, their nomination was glowing in its praise for
Their citation read:- "Gaynor and Kerry work with the most hard to reach,
marginalised and disadvantaged people in Wirral. They never give up on people
who most of society has given up on. There is no doubt that they keep homeless
people alive through their interventions and protect those who are vulnerable."
CWP chief executive, Sheena Cumiskey, was thrilled with proceedings. She said:-
"I was delighted to attend our awards night, along with so many people who
really do make CWP what it is. I'm incredibly proud to be Chief Executive of an
organisation that puts people at the heart of everything we do, providing
person-centred care to our service users. These awards were just one way to
recognise and celebrate the people who provide and support the provision of that
care. I would especially like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who
supports CWP, through their work, involvement or volunteering."