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Formby's old Nuclear War bunker, a warning from the past

AS the Russian President Vladimir Putin threatens to attack NATO, many now abandoned and often forgotten structures, within the UK, should act as a reminder, that location is everything in surviving a nuclear war. As tensions over Ukraine ramp up and threaten to overspill into a wider conflict, the sinister shadows of the Cold War, that remain in strange places, like on Merseyside's Coastline, in Formby, give hints of the real threat...


Freedom for Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service

MERSEYSIDE Fire and Rescue Service is to be awarded the Freedom of Liverpool at a special ceremony, on Friday 11 March 2022. Formed in 1836, the service was a division of the Police force until 1941, and in 1974 it became Merseyside County Fire Brigade. It has of 10 been at the forefront of innovation and new...

Liverpool based hotelier launches rapid Ukrainian Ambulance Appeal

AS communities unite and come together to provide practical support for the people of Ukraine, Liverpool based hotelier and entrepreneur Peter Schriewersmann is launching and coordinating an appeal to get vital and much needed  Ambulances to the Polish...

Blueprint to transform Council services

LIVERPOOL City Council is pledging to put residents at the heart of everything it does, as part of a fundamental transformation of services. The Liverpool City Council Plan 2022 to 2025 outlines a vision for a trusted, inspirational and learning Council, enabling a thriving and sustainable City for everyone. The document, which was formally...

DfT launches UK SHORE to take maritime 'back to the future' with green investment

THOUSANDS of ships, cruises and vessels will become greener and cleaner with ₤206 million investment to support zero emission sailing and skilled maritime jobs, as part of the Government's Shipbuilding Strategy. Taking steps to cement the UK's role as a world leader in shaping...


16 year old stabbed within Church grounds in Formby

ON Tuesday, 8 March 2022, a 16 year old boy was stabbed in an incident, on School Lane, Formby, within the Our Lady's Church Graveyard, in what was believed to be a robbery, at around 4.55pm. It was reported to Merseyside Police that the 2 male suspects then rode off on bikes after the incident. As an investigation started, the victim was taken to Hospital for treatment for his injuries, which were believed to be...

New survey identifies steep rise in caring hours for young carers

CARERS Trust calls for more support for young carers after survey finds many feeling stressed, lonely and worried. Findings from a new Carers Trust survey reveal how an alarming lack of support, coupled with a dramatic rise in time spent caring, is leaving thousands of young carers across the UK feeling:- 'lonely,' 'exhausted,' 'worried...'

Northern City Centres lead UK hospitality bounceback, with 4.4% growth in new restaurants, bars and pubs in Liverpool

A survey of the UK's major City Centres has shown that Liverpool leads the UK with a 4.4% increase in restaurants, bars and pubs between September 2021 and December 2021. The North dominated the list with Leeds in 2nd place...

Liverpool City Region's small businesses to get future proofing advice at The Good Business Festival

SMALL businesses across the Liverpool City Region will have the opportunity to get the expert advice and practical tools they need to make a positive impact on their employees, local communities and the planet, as part of The Good Business Festival. The Good Small Business...


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CLA calls for overhaul of a 'broken planning system'

THE Country Land and Business Association (CLA), representing 28,000 rural businesses and landowners in England and Wales, has called on the Government to overhaul its approach to housing in rural communities. The approach laid out in the CLA's latest report will help tackle the housing crisis in Villages...

Merseyrail retains crown of Best Performing Regional Rail Operator for a 4th year

MERSEYRAIL has been crowned the best performing Regional rail operator for the 4th year running at this year's Golden Whistle Awards. Cementing its reputation as the most punctual rail operator in the country, Merseyrail was given the accolade at the awards ceremony in London...

Policing has come a long way, but major problems persist!

THE Police service has come a long way in the past 10 years with many important successes, but major problems still need to be addressed, HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary has said. Sir Thomas Winsor has published his 10 year view of policing in England and Wales as he prepares to leave office on the expiry of his appointment on 31 March 2022. The Chief Inspector reflected on recent...

Black Holes, Quasars and other Weird things...
Illustration with thanks to NASA/JPL-Caltech

SPACE is full of amazing objects, from the very small to the very largest, densest and most puzzling... On Thursday, 17 March 2022, Southport Astronomical Society will host a talk by Bob Mount. The talk will explore some of the most energetic and baffling of these in his presentation:- "Neutron stars, Pulsars, Black Holes..."


2 sentenced for theft and fraud in Southport

ON Thursday, 10 March 2022, a couple who stole tens of thousands of pounds intended for a community football club for children, in Southport, have been sentenced. Michelle Marshall, 42 years, and Simon Marshall, 47 years, both from Birkdale, successfully bid for ₤75,000 that had previously been seized from criminals by Police under the Proceeds of Crime Act. But their only legitimate spending on the club as a result was around ₤5,000 spent on fencing. The changing facilities and other equipment promised was never bought, and when asked for evidence of ongoing work...

"Review needs to tackle the huge rise in SEND tribunal hearings" warns LGA

NEW research commissioned by the Local Government Association suggests that landmark reforms designed to improve the lives of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) have failed to prevent a huge rise in legal disputes and tribunal hearings over the support they receive, which is symptomatic of fundamental imbalances in the SEND system. Councils share the ambition of the Government's SEND reforms in 2014 under the Children and Families Act to reduce the need for parents to have...

Pandemic prompts house price surge in the North, but more affordable homes are needed

ACCORDING to research from Lloyds Banking Group, the Pandemic has prompted a surge in house prices in the North, climbing by 17.3% since the since the Pandemic. However, this increased demand and lack of affordable housing has resulted in nearly ⅔ of those living in the North (60%) agreeing that the housing market is currently not helping people access affordable and quality homes in their Region. Top concerns amongst those in the North include:- unaffordable house...

More Women than Men Start New Businesses, but Access to Funding Remains a Challenge

POST Pandemic, women in business are proving very resilient with higher numbers than ever starting new businesses, 145,200 all female founded companies were created last year, and this figure is growing by 37.3% each year. It means that in total over 20% of new firms are now led by women, a record high. That said access to funding remains an issue at every stage of the business journey and female led business are still underfunded. Women not only launch businesses with less capital...


Dementia Arts Collaboration Achieves Awards Success

WHERE the Arts Belong, a unique arts collaboration between dementia care specialist, Belong, and Liverpool contemporary arts centre, Bluecoat, has won the Creative Arts Award at the 3 Sector Care Awards 2022. At the dazzling ceremony, attended by leading industry figures and not for profit care providers, host Angela Rippon CBE presented the award which recognises excellence in using art to engage with vulnerable people - in this case, Belong's apartment tenants. The win was determined by a pane...



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