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Publication Date:-
2020-03-29
 

Formby Residents are saying 'Devil's Hole' brake though is a very worrying sight

THE most extensive dune system in the North West of England is between Hightown and Southport. This coastal strip is dominate by the due system that forms an important natural coastal flood defence for the area and are constantly changing. For many in the North West, Formby's spectacular expanse of beach and dunes is a must go to place in the Summer, but this increasing popularity is exhilarating the naturally...

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Formby Neighbours Start Week with Lottery Win

People's Postcode Lottery ambassador Judie McCourt...

6 people in Formby had a bit of a cheerful news after winning ₤1,000 each thanks to their lucky postcode.  The Gardner Road neighbours netted the windfall when L37 8DG was announced...

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'The Mighty Red Rum' art work is now completed

THE Street artist Paul Curtis, aka Liverpool's best wingman, was commissioned to do a massive mural of "The mighty Red Rum, the hero of Southport" on the beach. The artwork was meant...

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Bongo's Bingo's Live From The Bungalow

IN the last few weeks, the world has changed in many strange and surreal ways. With going out coming to a sudden halt; indeed, all aspects of life have abruptly changed; it feels like many familiar patterns and rhythms are now far away.  As everyone knows, it's...

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Demand for Childline increases as Schools forced to close

CHILDLINE has experienced an unprecedented demand for its services as the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic starts to...

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Homeless relocated to reduce threat of Coronavirus

HOMELESS people with health conditions and rough sleepers in shared facilities are to be relocated to more appropriate housing to help reduce the...

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CLA sets out case for delaying transition from direct payments

THE CLA has published a new policy briefing which sets out the case for delaying the start of transition from direct payments by 1 year and highlights 5 further actions required to achieve a...

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Rock Choir - Keep Britain Singing - Led by local Rock Choir Leader!

THE Rock Choir is the largest contemporary Choir of the UK and remains unique with over 32,000 Members participating in approximately 400 local...

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Merseyside Says "EYES OPEN" to Drug Gangs Grooming Our Kids

MERSEYSIDE'S Violence Reduction Partnership has launched a campaign that's asking the public to keep their 'EYES OPEN' to the signs of drug...

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Don't forget safety of home workers, says specialist

EMPLOYERS should not forget best practice when it comes to working from home for health and safety reasons of their employees during the current crisis, says a leading health and safety specialist.  Chris Walker, Head of Health and Safety at r...

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Merseyrail and the RMT Union reach agreement on release of back dated pay awards to support Guards during Coronavirus crisis

LIVERPOOL City Region Combined Authority, Merseyrail and the RMT Union have reached agreement on the release of back dated pay awards to guards, withheld since the dispute over their roles on the City Region's new trains commenced in April...

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Letters to the Editor:- "Sanderling Park in Formby"

"Dear Mersey Reporter, I'm writing to you to ask if you might be able to help with a concern of mine and many other residents of Sanderling Park in Formby. Redrow has refused to shut down construction during the pandemic despite the many government warnings of non essential work to stop so that..."

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Southport Foodbank fundraising appeal

SOUTHPORT Foodbank is launching an emergency fundraising appeal to help deal with the needs arising out of the Coronavirus crisis and beyond. A generous local pensioner has kicked off the appeal with a ₤2000 donation and much more may be needed to cope with the expected influx of clients as a result of jobs lost and the wait for universal...

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Coronavirus is bringing communities together

AN exclusive phone interview with Sofia Panayiotaki, who is the CEO of NEEDaFIXER, a network of Directors and film fixers in 100+ countries. Sofia can explain the sudden increase in demand for local Film Directors and Fixers and the impact that COVID-19 is having on the film production industry. "The impact that the virus is having on the filming industry is huge. On average, we produce around 150 projects..."

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LGA responds to Asphalt Industry Alliance Survey on state of local roads

RESPONDING to the Asphalt Industry Alliance's survey on the state of local roads, Cllr David Renard, the Local Government Association's transport spokesman, said:- "Councils share the frustration of motorists about the state of our local roads...

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Letters to Editor:- "Ringing 111 to confirmation you have Coronavirus."

EVERYONE loves a bank holiday weekend, especially when it is good weather and in Southport, on Bank Holiday Monday, 26 August 2019 the Town Center was packed out. As a result, the Ship and Anchor Pub, on Cable Street's event was...

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Coronavirus - Stay home and make sure you know where your children are

MERSEYSIDE Fire and Rescue Service (MFRS) are here for you and will continue to respond to emergencies throughout the current Coronavirus pandemic. We are asking the people of Merseyside to help us by staying at home; as directed by the Government; and ensuring that children and teenagers are also at home and not going out, where they might become involved in anti-social behaviour including setting fires. Responding to deliberately set fires can endanger lives by taking vital fire fighting resources away from other emergencies; and deliberate fires could even lead to fatalities...

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Assurance for patients from NHS trust during Coronavirus outbreak

DURING what is a worrying and unpredictable time, North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is reassuring its service users, patients, families and carers that its top priority is to continue to deliver safe services wherever possible. North West Boroughs Healthcare has tried and tested, existing plans to manage pandemics in place and working well. These plans include:- training, up skilling and moving existing staff to different roles as appropriate. The Trust is also recruiting additional temporary staff and has contingency strategies in...

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Inspirational students, alumni and employers celebrated at 1st virtual Employability Awards

THE outstanding contributions that employers, students and alumni make in supporting graduate careers have been recognised in the 1st virtual awards hosted by Edge Hill University's Careers Team.  In light of the current COVID-19 global pandemic with the Government urging people to stay at home, the Careers Team felt its community needed some positive news and decided to move the awards ceremony online, with winners announced on the Edge Hill Careers twitter account.Jacqui Howe, Head of Careers, said:- "Our annual Employability Awards always gives us an..."

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Self employed and small businesses still in danger

A worldwide credit crunch triggered by the Coronavirus could make the 2008 Credit Crunch pale in comparison. Already feeling the impact of the pandemic, with wide spread insolvencies and job losses looming. Even with the support given by the UK Government, we are facing dark times. 477,000 people had submitted new claims for universal credit sparked fears that unemployment is climbing to levels never seen before, as businesses who have had to close their doors as a result of the stringent social distancing measures.  Already, many businesses, especially those run by the self employed are on...

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Self employed package gets cautious welcome from business specialist

THE new measures announced by the Government to help the self employed have been welcomed; but with a cautious message by a leading regional business specialist. Chancellor Rishi Sunak said the scheme will only be open 'to those who are already self employed and have a Self Assessment Tax Return for 2019' and apply to those with trading profits of up to ₤50,000 per year. The scheme should be accessible by:- 'no later than June and capture 95% of the self employed.'  Oliver McCann of regional law firm Napthens said the new self employed Income Support Scheme was very welcome...

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Think of tax and benefits before accessing pensions and other savings, experts warn

AS a result of the Coronavirus situation, people will be looking at their finances. The Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG) warns that there may be tax and welfare benefit consequences to drawing on savings, which mean that people may not receive as much as they expect. LITRG is advising people to consider things carefully before they act.  The group has published guidance to help people try to weigh up the tax and welfare benefits consequences of drawing on pensions and other tax advantaged savings schemes, such as ISA's and Help to Save accounts, during the current...

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Coronavirus is bringing communities together

CORONAVIRUS is bringing communities together; with a quarter of adults saying it has seen them talk to neighbours they previously had no relationship with. A study of 2,000 adults found 64% believe COVID-19 is bringing their neighbourhood closer together in a lot of ways. Many are now carrying out acts of kindness they wouldn't have done before the outbreak with 30% checking in on...

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Prohibition notice for pub breaching Coronavirus restrictions

A Pub in South Liverpool has been issued with a prohibition order after it was found to be open, in breach of Coronavirus restrictions. Licensing Officers were tipped off last weekend that The Orient in Speke was open, in contravention of Government orders last Friday night for entertainment, Hospitality and indoor leisure premises to close. The pub, on Eastern...

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Quarrels in Quarantine - 2 in 3 Brits say working from home has already put a strain on their relationship

LET'S talk boundaries… At 1st, the prospect of working at home with your partner can seem exciting as you can spend more time together and sleep in for a few more minutes each morning. However, after a few days of being in 1 another's space all the time, your relationship dynamic may start getting a little tense...

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Liverpool Council gifts 1,300 free car parking spaces to NHS staff

THE Local Authority has confirmed that 1,000 free spaces have been allocated at the Mount Pleasant multi storey car park, with the remaining 300 spaces at various sites near to the Royal Liverpool University Hospital. The City Council's parking services team have arranged for the free scheme to run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In addition, the Council...

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Metro Mayor Announces 100% funding allocation for "ALL Adult Education Budget Providers within the Liverpool City Region" in response to Coronavirus

THE Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram has announced that the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority will pay 100% of agreed funding for all of the providers delivering its Adult Education Budget activities, through to the end of the...

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4 Years of Celebrations

THE SME National Business Awards are moving into their 4th year, celebrating the best SME's (Small Medium Enterprises) from throughout the UK. In these difficult times, businesses are being encouraged to shout about their successes and what better way than to win an award. The awards final will take place at the iconic Wembley Stadium, on Friday, 4 December 2020, with over 800 people expected to attend. There is an extensive...

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Metro Mayor and Leader of Halton announcement on Mersey Tunnel and Mersey Gateway tolls

LIVERPOOL City Region Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram has today announced that Mersey Tunnel Tolls have been suspended to help essential frontline key workers battling the Coronavirus across the region to get around and do their jobs more easily. The decision will come into effect, from 8pm,Thursday, 26 March 2020...

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Unity Theatre announce new podcast 'A Kick up the Arts'

UNITY Theatre, Liverpool release a new podcast for the arts and culture sector:- 'A Kick Up The Arts.' Hosted by playwright, producer and musician Saphena Aziz, this new podcast aims to unpack some of the big talking points setting the arts alight, with special guests discussing the topics nobody on Twitter is afraid to debate. Episode 1, released...

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