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Dogs Trust Merseyside redevelopment plans unveiled

DOGS Trust Merseyside is inviting members of the public to find out more about the proposed redevelopment of the rehoming centre site.

The Huyton based centre, which finds homes for hundreds of dogs every year, opened in August 1999, but is now set to be redeveloped to provide improved indoor and outdoor facilities for the dogs it cares for.

The plans include new fully ventilated, glass fronted kennels with underfloor heating, a new training hall, a new veterinary area and puppy suite as well as redesigned areas for the dogs to play outside which will include different surfaces such as sand, astro turf and pebbles to make the environment as stimulating as possible.

Paul Wass, Head of Property for Dogs Trust, says:- "The kennels and facilities for the dogs at Dogs Trust Merseyside are now almost 25 years old, so we want to bring them up to modern Dogs Trust standards. Our top priority is the welfare of our dogs, and we want to create the best environment for them until it's time for them to meet their new families and head off to new homes. We are constantly striving to do everything we can for our dogs and these new facilities will make sure they have the best of everything."

The Open Day will take place at:- Dogs Trust Merseyside, Whiston Lane, Huyton, L36 6HP, on:- Wednesday, 24 May 2023, from:- 2pm to 7pm. Architects' drawings and 3D imagery of what the finished redevelopment will look like will be on display and members of the Dogs Trust property team along with the architects and planning consultant will be on hand to answer questions and give feedback.

Subject to planning approval, work is expected to get underway towards the end of next year and the full redevelopment should be complete in the winter of 2026. The centre will remain open whilst the works are taking place.

When the planning application has been submitted people will also be able to provide feedback via the local planning portal.


Revving Up for the Future: Liverpool's under 10s amongst the 1st in the world to take the wheel of new electric cars

LIVERPOOL will be 1 of the 1st locations in the world where drivers can get behind the wheel of an exciting new British made electric vehicle. But in a twist, the car is only for:- 4 to 10 year olds.

The all electric Firefly Sport is packed full of British innovation and whilst it's designed to be educational, it has also been engineered to let youngsters experience some of the thrill of being in control of a vehicle.

Now 4 to 10 year olds in the Liverpool area can try out the brand new Firefly Sport at Young Driver's venue at Haydock Park Racecourse. Lessons in the fully fledged, scaled down EV will begin there on:- 20 May 2023, taking place on selected weekend dates and costing just £20. In addition, lessons will be available at Aintree Racecourse from 17th June. The Firefly Sport, which debuted its prototype at the British Motor Show last year, is also available to purchase by private owners for £11,500.

A sister company to Young Driver; which specialises in driving lessons and experiences for those not yet of a legal driving age; Young Driver Motor Cars (YDMC) is producing the 2.1 metre long car at a workshop in the Midlands, with a team of experts who have previously worked on brands including:- JLR, MG, Aston Martin, Rover and BMW. The car, which can also accommodate adult drivers or passengers, will use only UK-sourced components for series build cars making Firefly Sport the country's 1st all British EV.

Firefly Sport's speeds will be kept below 10mph for young drivers; fast enough to excite a youngster, but controllable enough not to worry the adults! However, Firefly Sport also has a remote cut off facility with a 200 metre range, as well as an automatic cut off if it senses obstacles in its path, making it ultra-safe for 1st time drivers.

Ian Mulingani, YDMC's Managing Director, commented:- "It's hoped the car will help educate youngsters about road safety and how future motor vehicles can be an environmental force for good; as well as being a lot of fun! It's designed to be straightforward and unintimidating, but being electric and looking like a junior supercar, it also aligns with the type of vehicle that children hope to drive when they pass their test. Having seen how young people respond behind the wheel, we can't wait to let the youngsters of Liverpool give it a go. It's all helping in our mission to create a next generation of safe, responsible motorists; as well as putting smiles on faces!"

To find out more, purchase a driving lesson or to enquire about purchasing a Firefly Sport go to:- YoungDriver.Com.

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