A free start to Liverpool's
new ₤6.5M City Centre Car Park
IN Liverpool, motorists are being given
an early Christmas gift from the Mayor of Liverpool who has announced the City
Centre's newest Car Park will operate for free in its 1st week. Victoria
Street Car Park opens, at 12 noon, on Monday, 18 December 2017 and users will
not be charged until Boxing Day, Tuesday, 26 December 2017. Instead drivers can
make a voluntary contribution to the Mayor's Hope Fund which supports
disadvantaged families including helping to fund foodbanks.
Following a ₤6.5m conversion from a ground
level operation to a 4 floor multi storey, the new Car Park provides 333 car
spaces including 15 motorcycle spaces and 28 cycle spaces. To operate 24/7
365 days a year, the new Car Park will also provide 3 electric vehicle charging
bays. Adjoining the Car Park is a 3 storey retail and leisure build,
complete with a rooftop terrace, which has capacity for outdoor seating on a
widened pavement area. These units are currently being marketed to let.
The scheme, funded by Liverpool City Council,
has been designed to reduce congestion and pollution caused by the former 121
space Car Park which did not publicise spaces and caused motorists to circle the
site waiting for an available spot. Clad in coursed stone with large
glazed openings, the new Car Park will also lead to a new tree planting
programme around the Victoria Street area.
Mayor Joe Anderson, who drove the 1st electric
car into the new Car Park, said:- "Victoria Street plays a vital role in
our City Centre for shoppers, diners and visitors and this high quality Car Park
will provide a huge boost for surrounding businesses such as the Metquarter and
for guests staying at numerous nearby hotels. As we're gearing up for Christmas
I thought users would welcome a free week to give a little help with their
shopping spend and give them the choice of supporting those less well off than
themselves. The voluntary contribution option will remain after charges are
introduced and the income from the Car Park will be re-invested into supporting
Council funded services. In spring 2018 Victoria Street will undergo a major
highways improvement scheme, quickly followed by the creation of a new City
Centre Bus Hub in nearby Old Haymarket. These schemes are part of the ₤45m City
Centre connectivity programme which will include a redesign of major streets
such as Lime Street and The Strand."
Councillor Ann O'Byrne, Deputy Mayor of Liverpool, said:- "Victoria Street
Car Park is a much needed eco-friendly addition to our transport facilities as
it provides cyclists and electric vehicles more options when travelling into the
City Centre. Crucially this new Car Park, which has been tastefully built to
complement the surrounding architecture, also hails the beginnings of a much
wider transformation to City Centre traffic management over the next 2 years."
Built by contractors Willmott Dixon, Victoria Street Car Park can be accessed
from Crosshall Street with the exit on Sir Thomas Street. Anthony Dillon,
managing director got Willmott Dixon in the North West said:- "We are
delighted to have handed over our latest project for Liverpool City Council. As
ever our focus has been on making sure that local people and businesses also
benefit with at least 40% of our budget spent within the City."
Alternative City Centre parking is available by following Car Park Signage
Council boost for Alcohol Treatment
Alcohol Treatment Centre is to be given a ₤150,000 boost thanks to Liverpool
City Council. Transforming Choice has an above national average success rate for its
rehabilitation services, but has been limited in its ability to improve
Now a report to Liverpool City Council's Cabinet, on Friday, 15 December 2017,
recommending the Community Interest Company (C.I.C), which has run the treatment
centre within Aigburth since 2015, is granted a 5 year lease on a peppercorn rent.
The arrangement means the monies saved on rent over the 5 year period, amounting
to ₤150,000, can be also used to leverage additional funding to support the
residential based centre.
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson, said:- "Transforming Choice literally
transform dozens of lives ever year and provides an invaluable service in the
I'm delighted that the Council is in a position to support such a brilliant
centre with this 5 year deal. It will give them a solid foundation to further
develop its fantastic programme and its facilities.
As the son of an alcoholic father, I know too well the damage of what this
addiction can do to a person's life, their family and the wider community. The
more people who are given support as provided by Transforming the Choice the
better off society will be."
Transforming Choice C.I.C. specifically focus on those who have alcohol
dependency for which traditional medical management approaches have been
The Centre focuses on those who have been identified as having
multiple and complex needs and have a history of consuming a great deal of
health and social care resources as well as other public sector resources.
The most recent Care Quality Commission Inspection Report (January 2017)
concluded Transforming Choice has 'Outstanding Practice...'
a) 100% of people successfully complete Transforming Choice's alcohol detox.
b) 75% of people successfully complete its 12 week programme (vs. 63%
c) Transforming Choice supports 56 people per annum, each for a period of nine
Following Cabinet approval, Liverpool City Council will look to review its
commissioning services with the Centre.
Carol Hamlett, Manager Director of Transforming Choice CIC, said:- "Thanks
to the support of Liverpool City Council and Mayor Anderson we can now begin to
implement long term plans for the future which will enable the project to
provide more services for the most disadvantaged groups in the community.
Currently we have 21 residents, 20 of which were homeless when they arrived. The
team, peer mentors and residents at Transforming Choice can now look forward to
a Happy New Year."
Detox your toy box for Barnardo's
PARENTS in Merseyside are being urged
to 'detox their toy box' in the last minute run up to Christmas and
donate quality toys and games to the UK's leading children's charity.
All profits raised from the sale of toys at Barnardo's shops across Merseyside
will be used to help vulnerable children, young people and families supported by
the charity across the Region.
Barnardo's supports more than 2,000 children, young people and families each
year through its services across Merseyside, including young carers, care
leavers, teenage or young parents, children in care and young people with mental
As well as pre-loved quality toys, the charity is also keen to receive donations
of unused toys and games, which often prove popular in the late run up to
Christmas when customers are looking for presents at reasonable prices.
Marie Williams, Barnardo's Regional Manager for Retail Operations said:-
"We sell a lot of toys and games at this time of the year and are really
grateful for the generous donations from local people. It's amazing what people
unearth when they start looking in the back of cupboards and at the bottom of
the toy box. As all profits help vulnerable children who live locally, it's a
good excuse to have a clear out at home before the influx of new toys arrive.
We'd like to thank all of our customers and donors for their continued
support, which really does make a difference to so many local children's lives."
Unused toiletries that can be used as gifts for teenagers also prove popular in
Barnardo's shops and are welcome donations, as well as the usual clothing and
accessory donations that the charity welcomes all year round.