Headlines - Southport, Formby, Liverpool - Week ending 2019-12-15

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Publication Date:-
2019-12-15
 

Happy Christmas to all our readers!

We are please to announce that the 2019 Santa Watch Webcam is now active.  The camera is child friendly and is part of a network of live webcams that look out for the big man himself, over Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. We are also pleased to inform you all that this year we have again partnered with emailSanta.com...

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Southport's Late Night Shopping and more this Christmas

ON 19 December 2019, the Southport BID held a late night Shopping Promotion for Southport Town Centre. Events started at 5 pm, with the SONG Talent Academy Choir performing in Boots. Other events included Matt Fearon, who played in Marks and the band, Spencer Bargain Blooze in the Cambridge Arcade. Plus Hayley Murry in Doodles, Wesley Street. On Lord Street...

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A food bank for pets has received some festive cheer with a ₤1,000 donation from a Persimmon Homes

Some of the food in the food bank.  Pawz in Need founder Vikki Thomas with her dog Lola.

A Merseyside pet food bank has received funding from a leading house builder to enable it to carry on its good work. Pawz in Need not only helps out pet owners who have run into financial difficulties and are struggling to buy food...

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Sefton Council wins national economic development award

Sir Howard Bernstein (IED patron), Mike Mullin and Stuart Barnes (Sefton Borough Council) and Bev Hurley (IED Chair)

SEFTON Council's Economic Growth and Housing Service has won the Most Sustainable Outcome award from the Institute of Economic Development (IED), the UK's leading independent professional body representing economic development and regeneration practitioners in...

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More than 9,000 people in the North West are homeless, with others at risk

THE UK charity Shelter's extensive analysis of official rough sleeping and temporary accommodation figures shows the number of homeless people in the Region has increased by a massive 117% since 2016 when the charity 1st published its landmark annual report. For the 1st time, the charity's review of Government data has also exposed that close to 28,000 people in the North...

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Workers in Liverpool become some of the poorest in the UK in 2019

ACCORDING to the latest research from leading independent job board, CV-Library. The data reveals that a slight dip in pay and rising living costs mean that those living and working in Liverpool are far worse off than professionals in Aberdeen, Hull and Edinburgh; who are officially the richest in the UK. Comparing the same basic living costs against average salaries in 18 of the UK's key Cities, the study reveals...

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Highways Scheme fit for a Princes!


Bike it! : Simon O'Brien and Cllr Sharon Connor welcome the starts of a new ₤4m scheme to improve cycling in South Liverpool.

WORK has begun to transform a historic boulevard in the Toxteth area of Liverpool that will boast a cycling 1st for the City. Contractors for Liverpool City Council are now on site at Princes Avenue and Road to embark on a ₤4m scheme featuring a unique cycle path along the central...

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Liverpool residents urged to 'go local' for Taxi safety this Christmas

"ASK for a Liverpool driverů" That's the big message from licensing chiefs with Liverpool City Council this Christmas as they urge Taxi travellers to put safety 1st and keep it local.  At 1 of the busiest times of the year for Taxi and Private Hire journeys across the City, the Council is reminding revellers that they have the right...

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College 1 step closer to nationally recognised award

HUGH Baird College have been named as finalists in the prestigious national Association of Colleges (AoC) Beacon Award, sponsored by City and Guilds. The College beat off competition from other Colleges from across the UK to make it to the last 4 in the...

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New centre on racism deemed vital as issue is at forefront of public debate

THE launch of a new International Centre on Racism (ICR) has been deemed vital at a time when race is at the forefront of public debate. Edge Hill University's new ICR has been set up to deliver advanced research on global questions concerning racism, building...

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Liverpool Christmas Lights

THIS year, Liverpool's Christmas lights are amazing. If you have not visited Liverpool City Centre, we recommend you do. The Royal Albert Dock is stunning, with animations projected within the main dock and fantastic light displays and sculptures....

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Sports and Public Services students 'Meet the Professionals'

STUDENTS and staff from Hugh Baird College's Sport and Public Services department recently hosted a 'Meet the Professionals' event in order to broaden...

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This Girl Can!

AOC Sport have launched the:- 'This Girl Can' campaign to inspire and motivate females to become more active, but also...

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Learn vital 1st Aid and make a difference this Christmas

AS the country enters the final countdown to the festive season, St John Ambulance is calling for people across the country to step up and learn vital 1st Aid skills that could save a life, as well as to treat common holiday mishaps...

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Countryside is not a free for all tip

THE Country Land and Business Association (CLA) in the North is urging the public to ensure they dispose of their rubbish responsibly this Christmas; a time of year that can often see households accumulate increased amounts of waste. Latest Government statistics show...

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Don't let fireworks stop your dog having a happy New Year

AS the year draws to an end, celebrations are planned for New Year's Eve. To mark the start of 2020 fireworks will be let off, and while this is a fun time for many, for dogs this can be a traumatising time. The impact on pets can be quite enormous, with a recent RSPCA survey reporting that...

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A 'reel-y' record breaking year for filming in Liverpool

 Action! Filming in Liverpool City Centre - Liverpool Film Office has broken all records for the 4th consecutive year as it celebrates its 30th Anniversary.

LATEST figures show that, once again, it has been a bumper year for filming across the Liverpool City Region, with 324 different film and TV projects filming here, racking up an impressive 1,750 production days; 363 more days than 2018...

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Mayor's message of support to City's EU citizens

Mayor Joe Anderson holing the correspondence he has sent to EU citizens within Liverpool.

MAYOR of Liverpool Joe Anderson is writing to EU citizens in the City to assure them their contribution to life in Liverpool is:- "deeply valued."  The letter, which is being sent to more than 5,300 EU citizens who are on the open electoral register, urges them to

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Festive fun at Southport care home

MHA Connell Court residents get into the Christmas spirit.

RESIDENTS at MHA Connell Court care home in Southport have been getting into the festive spirit by enjoying some 'Christmassy' activities over the past few weeks. Staff at Connell Court have organised a range of festive goings on for their residents this...

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Summary of changes over the Christmas period on Merseyrail

RAIL services on Merseyrail ill still be running throughout the festive period apart from on Christmas Day  Train services finish early on Christmas Eve. There are no trains running on Christmas Day. Trains will run to selected Stations on Boxing Day. Train services will also finish early on New Year's Eve. On New Year's Day, a standard Sunday service will be in place...

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Travel support for jobseekers

JOBSEEKERS should never be stuck for transport over the festive period thanks to the Jobcentre Plus Travel Discount Card.  From visiting family, carrying out shopping to attending job interviews, public transport is a lifeline for getting around. But fares can be a significant outgoing, especially when money is scarce, and in order to ease the impact of travel costs some benefit recipients including those on Universal Credit are able to get a discount on selected rail...

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Liverpool ranks 2nd as UK regeneration hotspots are revealed

NEW research has revealed Birmingham as the Council area with the most opportunities for regeneration for investment in empty residential and commercial properties, with Liverpool not far behind. UK fibre broadband specialist Glide made a series of FOI requests to Local Councils in order to find the number of empty dwellings and commercial...

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Liverpool's world famous St George's Plateau is to be extended as part of ₤47m upgrade to Liverpool City Centre's road network

NEW details on the next phase in a ₤47m programme to change the way people travel around Liverpool City Centre have been announced. Liverpool City Council is...

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Formby House is again light up for charity this Christmas

THIS year might be your last chance to see the fantastic Charity Christmas Light display, put on by local award winning Landscape Gardener, James Comish. James, who owns the local garden maintenance company, has been putting on the display for quite...
 

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Virgin Holidays open's flag shop store in Liverpool ONE

VIRGIN Holidays has opened a brand new, V-Room store in Liverpool, where locals will be able to receive a holiday experience with a difference that begins at the time of booking; not just when their plane departs. The new flagship store, located in Liverpool...

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Santa delivers on College Christmas Card design challenge

UNDERGRADUATES studying on the Foundation Degree in Digital Imaging and Photography course at the Hugh Baird University Centre, have this year risen to the festive challenge of designing...

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Whiston and St Helens Hospital strikes end as UNISON reaches settlement

UNISON and private company 'Compass' which employs:- cleaners, caterers, porters, security and reception staff at Whiston Hospital and St Helens Hospital, have reached an agreement to end the long running dispute over wages and sick pay. Before the settlement Compass employees were on the national minimum wage (₤8.21 per hour), while colleagues employed directly by the NHS were earning at least ₤9.03. This meant Compass staff were losing out to the tune...

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Make your organ donation decision and take the time to talk about it with your loved ones this Christmas

AS families gather to celebrate Christmas, NHS Blood and Transplant is urging everyone to take the time to consider and take time to talk about their organ donation decision. The call comes as it launches a TV advertising campaign to highlight the upcoming changes to the law around organ donation in England. From spring 2020, all adults in England will be considered...

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Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson plans to help around 1,700 families and individuals this festive season

A total of 1,000 households with a child under 1 who are in receipt of housing benefit or Council Tax support, or who have been affected by the benefit cap, will be able to claim a ₤40 voucher to help them with their winter fuel bills. The City's 200 care leavers who live independently will receive a ₤30 fuel voucher and ₤20 cash voucher. The cost of the vouchers; around ₤50,000; is coming from the Mayor's Hardship Fund and...

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Firwood Waterloo Ladies v DMP Sharks at The Memorial Ground
Report by Christine Braithwaite.

THE clouds cleared and the sun shone on a perfect December day, on Saturday, 21 December 2019, at The Memorial Ground, Liverpool, for the 1st round of the 2nd ½ of the Tyrrells Premier 15's season. The 2 Northernmost clubs meeting in the Live Streamed game were keen to show a wider audience what they had been working on. Elz Isaac opened the scoring for Waterloo with a long range penalty kick. DMP quickly responded to level the score with a penalty from Beth Blacklock 3 to .3...

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Wirral based charity receives Heart Research UK grant to help improve the heart health of their BAME community

A community charity working to support BAME people in the Wirral has been awarded a ₤10,000 grant from national charity, Heart Research UK with a view to empowering BAME community members to take control of their heart health. Wirral Multicultural Organisation (WMO), which aims to support some of the more vulnerable members of the BAME community in the area, has been awarded the grant to deliver thei...

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Documents expose Peel Ports' influence in Highways England road project

DOCUMENTS obtained via a Freedom of Information request, by the campaign group,  Rimrose Valley Friends, have allegedly reveal the level of Peel Ports' influence in Highways England's A5036 Port of Liverpool Access Scheme, despite previous claims to the contrary. Draft meeting minutes and emails exchanged between members of staff from both organisations over the past 2 years show the level of access the Government owned company...

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