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2020-04-05
 

Homeless on Lord Street, Southport, raises questions about support

WE have been following up on reports about 'homeless' and rough sleeping still taking place on Lord Street, Southport. With Liverpool City Council and others helping the best they can, we are quite surprised and saddened to hear this. But we are also shocked to hear that a few of those who are thought to be 'homeless' have been seen approaching people and asking for money, over the last few days...

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The UK's Horticultural is worth ₤1.4 Billion sector cold be wiped out in just weeks

A major part of the UK's gardening industry worth ₤1.4 billion, which includes hundreds of family businesses up and down the country, could be destroyed following the UK Coronavirus shutdown, claims the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA). Peak season has only a matter of...

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Banks are still not helping small businesses and the self employed

WE have been trying to find out what is being done about the UK Banks, who are appear to still be refusing to give businesses loans or putting blocks in place when it comes to getting cover to fund the gap until the Government support comes through. For many small businesses, the UK Banks are..

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Liverpool has new Director of Public Health

LIVERPOOL'S new Director of Public Health officially begins the job today of keeping its 500,000 citizens healthy and happy, but he won't be setting foot outside his house. Matt, 47, joins Liverpool City Council amidst its huge operation to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic, but due to Government guidelines will have to help co-ordinate the many challenges it poses from his small study. The...

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A video powerful message from Son after his dad dies of Covid-19

 

WE have been contacted by Carolyn Smith and her partner Stu Ivany, from Ainsdale,  Merseyside, following the death of Stu's Dad, Doug, due to the Coronavirus, on 2 April 2020. This very powerful video message is hard to watch and gets across very clearly why we must keep social distancing.  This is...

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Volunteers turn Melling pub into community hub to feed the elderly and vulnerable during Coronavirus lockdown

ADAM AND SUE FRANKLIN HORSE & JOCKEY PUB MELLING

A group of volunteers is putting the 'family' into the community by providing meals for those isolated and in need of food and supplies during the Coronavirus lockdown. It was just 2 weeks ago when Sue and Adam Franklin, landlords of the Horse and Jockey pub in Melling, Merseyside, came up with the idea of helping others after...

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Home Care Sector sends SOS out for more staff in Southport

CRG Homecare is 1 of the UK's leading providers of domiciliary care, has revealed it plans to recruit more than 250 new care workers in a bid to meet the growing demand for its services, across the UK. The company, which provides support to individuals living within the comfort and security of their own homes...

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Cara scores a meeting with Stevie G!

Local child undergoing cancer treatment has wish granted by Starlight Children's Foundation to meet Steven Gerrard.

AT the start of March 2020 the Starlight Children's Foundation granted 19 year old, Cara Wall's wish to meet her idol, Steven Gerrard. The teen, from Shrewsbury, Shropshire, described the meeting as:- 'perfect' and even got some coaching advice for herself from the Liverpool legend.  Cara was diagnosed in January 2020 with a type of soft tissue cancer that grows in active muscles of the body. Cara is a huge football fan and her idol...

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Online voting launched to find the Region's top young artists

A public vote to find Liverpool City Region's best young artists opened on Saturday, 28 March 2020 and continues until 28 April 2020.  This year 1257 pupils from 76 Schools have entered the 'dot-art' Schools competition and the shortlisted students from each School are now hoping for your votes to win a place in the 8th Annual exhibition. The online inter School art...

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Councils will be facing a 'tide wave of waste' over rubbish collections after the lockdown

THE District Councils' Network has concerns that a:- "wave of waste" will emerge from households in the coming weeks, as families generate more waste and recycling while rightly staying safe at home and in some cases, as a result of having stocked up with food and other goods they need. It wants residents to work with their Local Council to best manage bin collections. This coincides with some Councils having to reduce certain waste services, such as garden waste collections, as a result of many waste collection staff needing to self isolate or...

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Snag Tights announce their new initiative to gift frontline NHS workers with free tights

THE award winning hosiery brand Snag Tights have announced a new initiative to gift frontline NHS workers with free tights. The scheme is open to all NHS workers, from Doctors and nurses to midwives, radiologists and...

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University of Liverpool engineers use 3D printing technologies to produce protective visors for NHS

 

ENGINEERS at the University of Liverpool are using their expertise in 3D printing and laser cutting technologies to produce protective visors for use by local Hospitals. The protective visors, developed...

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SP Energy Network is keeping the electricity flowing throughout the COVID-19 crisis

SP Energy Networks has revealed contingency plans to ensure homes and businesses in Southport and the rest of the Liverpool City Region, maintain their electricity supply throughout the Coronavirus crisis. The plans being implemented by the electricity distributor also introduce special measures to protect...

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The cub which was separated from his mother is now in RSPCA care

A fox cub which was found separated from his mother at a building site on Merseyside.  It was then was taken home by a worker who thought it was an abandoned puppy. But it wasn't long after the animal was taken to the home in Speake that it was realised he was in fact not a puppy; but a fox cub! The building site worker then...

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Coronavirus response in Merseyside to get helping hand from Cadent staff

CHARITIES and community groups in Merseyside, battling to help the most vulnerable during the Coronavirus crisis, are set to get a helping hand from local gas distributor, Cadent. The company, which manages the area's gas mains network, is rallying its staff to support local organisations that are helping the most needy...

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Southport Foodbank at work during lockdown

NEWLY unemployed and those self employed; who have been left "virtually destitute" by the lockdown; have been helped by Southport Foodbank in the last week. Meanwhile, generous locals responded to the Foodbank emergency appeal, donating what they could afford to help Foodbank, which is operated...

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Police Commissioner announces preferred candidate to be Deputy

MERSEYSIDE'S Police Commissioner has announced the preferred candidate to be her Deputy during the coming year with the aim of adding resilience to her office. Jane Kennedy has confirmed her choice to take...

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600% boom in online library membership

LIBRARIES across some parts of the country have seen an increase in newly registered users of more than 600 % since lockdown measures were introduced, the Local Government Association reveals. All Council owned libraries have closed because of the Coronavirus outbreak but residents are still able to access digital library resources online. Councils are providing additional online access to resources under the hashtag:- '#LibrariesFromHome,' extending online memberships for no extra fee, and all fines incurred as a...

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Play equipment is being removed from the park

ALL exercise outside the home could be banned if people ignore Coronavirus social distancing rules, the Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, has warned. This comes as yet again people in Sefton are being told:- "Do not use this playground equipment or outdoor Gym equipment." A few days back we posted on our Social Media accounts that people are still using the playground equipment and warned that action will likely follow if people continued to do this. Now in Southport, Sefton Council has been forced...

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CLA responds to newly published carbon report

FOLLOWING the publication of Green Alliance's new policy document The flight path to net zero: Making the most of nature based carbon offsetting by airlines, the CLA has responded. CLA President Mark Bridgeman said:- "We welcome this report which raises some thought provoking points about the pathway to achieving a net-zero economy. Nature based solutions, such as tree planting, hedgerows and management of soils, are technologies that are here now and offer multiple..."

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The Pavilions Hotels and Resorts have launched a world wide competition

THE Pavilions Hotels and Resorts have launched an enticing competition targeted at content creators around the globe who are at home and looking for an activity to focus their passions on during Covid-19. The 'Curated Journey Video Competition,' gives amateur or professional film-makers an opportunity to win a 7 night stay at one of The Pavilions Hotels and Resorts. The initiative follows the evolving global circumstances of Covid-19, where people around the globe are...

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Further delays to Port of Liverpool Access Scheme

HIGHWAYS England has announced that the ongoing Covid-19 situation will result in further delays to the Government led road scheme. The road building company has suspended noise level surveys and postponed its public consultation on the latest road design, which was due to take place in the 1st ½ of the year. The project to link the nearby motorway network to the Port of Liverpool, with a dual carriageway down the middle of Rimrose Valley Country Park, has faced huge opposition from the outset. Speaking..

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LOVE LOCK DOWN!

42% of online daters in the North West say the outbreak of Covid-19 has made their quest for love more important than ever, a new survey reveals. With people across the UK stuck inside, singletons are still on the look out for love, despite being near enough confined to their own 4 walls. Speaking to online daters, the new study by leading international dating app, 'happn,' found that 8 in 10 (79%) feel the outbreak of Covid-19 has seriously affected their approach to dating. 43% of singletons feel even more isolated because of the pandemic restrictions, and 31% feel lonely and wish they were still...

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Working from home causes insurance confusion for millions of workers

1 week since millions of people across the UK were officially sent home to work, new research has revealed confusion on the impact this could have on their insurance. That's according to a new study from Confused.com, which found 44% of UK adults admit they are currently working from home, with a further 7% expecting to be sent home to work soon. Millions of Brits have already set up office at home, with valuable laptops, monitors and other work materials taking over dining tables...

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Local Government and Arts Council England launch collaboration to support cultural organisations

THE Coronavirus outbreak poses serious risks to the country's network of cultural organisations unless there is a joined up approach to supporting them. The  Local Government Association (LGA), which represents Councils within England and Wales, are collaborating with Arts Council England, the leisure and culture trust sectors, to help support cultural organisations to deal with the current situation. Arts and culture add more than ₤10.8...

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What could your community do with ₤5,000?

NOW in its 4th year, leading off grid energy supplier, Calor, is once again calling on worthy rural community projects of all shapes and sizes to enter its Rural Community Fund for 2020 and be in with the chance of securing grants from its ₤85,000 fund pot. Calor is celebrating its 85th anniversary this year and is marking the milestone by making this year's investment bigger than ever before, with a grand total of ₤85,000. The competition, which opened for applications on 10 March 2020 and closes on...

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Grant levels need to rise to pump prime social housing investment

UK Housing Review 2020 shows grant levels for new social housing in England have fallen dangerously low and will need to rise to boost investment in response to the economic downturn caused by the Coronavirus outbreak. While grants have risen slightly in the last 2 years, they now cover just 11% of housing association's development costs, leaving the rest to be met by borrowing and surpluses. of new homes are being built without any grant. The review also shows that only...

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Households in the North West of England are the 3rd most expensive Region in the UK for utility bills

WHILST social distancing and working from home is mandatory for people across the UK, worry has begun to set in about how much utility bill prices are likely to rise over the next few months. Using more than 18,000,000 EPC certificates from Open Data Communities, energy cost experts at SaveonEnergy.com identified the top 10 areas in the UK, as well as Regions where households pay the most and least annually on their utility bills. Save on...

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Housing standards pledge as licensing scheme ends

HOUSING chiefs in Liverpool are pledging to continue taking action against poor standards in the private rented sector; despite the City's pioneering Landlord Licensing scheme coming to an end. For the past 5 years, all property owners, landlords and managing agents have been legally required to licence any property unless a statutory exemption applied, but it ended on 31 March 2020, after the Government turned down a renewal application. Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor Lynnie...

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Wirral based artisan gin company switches manufacturing to vital production of hand sanitiser during COVID-19 crisis

TAPPERS Gin, Wirral's independent family run Distillery, is joining a growing number of producers that are switching production to hand sanitiser. They hope to make a small, but vital contribution to tackle the ongoing shortage across the UK which is also affecting key workers on the front line in the fight against COVID-19. "We work with ethanol (alcohol) on a daily..."

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NICEIC advises parents to switch on to electrical safety week

DURING Family Safety Week, NICEIC, the UK's leading electrical safety authority, is reminding consumers of the importance of having adequate measures in place to ensure electrical safety in the home. As the way we use our homes has continued to evolve in line with the digital landscape, the average UK home now uses more electrical appliances than ever before. According to recent estimates 57% of the nation's households now has a smart device to control:- lights, securit...

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MP's call for non-essential businesses to close gets cross party support

BILL Esterson MP has written a letter, which has been signed by over 120 MPs cross party, to the Business Secretary to ask for clear advice to be given to non-essential workplaces such as construction sites, warehouses, manufacturers and call centres to help to halt the spread of Coronavirus. Mr Esterson told Business Secretary Alok Sharma that many workplaces had stayed open even if their work was not essential and questioned how...

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UCLan to postpone summer 2020 graduation ceremonies

THE University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has today announced the postponement of its July 2020 graduation ceremonies due to the continuing spread and impact of Covid-19 Coronavirus. The ceremonies have been rescheduled for December 2020, when winter graduation will be extended into a 2 week celebration.  Additional high profile and popular community events, including:- the graduate fashion show and the Lancashire Science Festival, have been deferred for..

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Liverpool City Council moves quickly to relocate rough sleepers

MORE than 60 rough sleepers and homeless people have been moved out of Liverpool City Council's Labre House night hub to alternative accommodation due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Whitechapel Centre staff from across the project worked throughout the weekend to ensure that the majority of people currently using the Camden Street shelter were helped to relocate into more appropriate accommodation. The team also prepared food parcels for everyone leaving Labre...

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