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Liverpool City Region Combined Authority Publishes Clean Air Proposals

The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority will be asked to endorse an interim air quality action plan at its meeting next Friday (November 1).

 The interim plan, developed by its Air Quality Task Force, which includes representatives from partner organisations across the city region, makes a number of recommendations, including:

  • Development of a 600km walking and cycling network
  • Investigating scrappage schemes such as a Taxi Scrappage Scheme
  • Working towards a zero emission bus fleet by 2040
  • A commitment to work closely with partners across all six of the Combined Authority’s constituent local authorities, who are all represented on the Air Quality Task Force
  • Rolling out a network of alternative fuel facilities across the region, such as hydrogen fuelling facilities, linked to a £6.4 million scheme to pilot hydrogen buses in the city region
  • Investigating alternative models of bus delivery to best serve the needs of the city region and improve air quality
  • Potential of a boiler scrappage scheme to help address domestic consumption and fuel poverty
  • Investigating measures to reduce heat loss from homes, potentially through retrofitting insulation, to reduce energy use – around 25% of the heat produced by a boiler can escape through an uninsulated roof
  • Procuring new cleaner, greener Mersey Ferries vessels to replace the existing, 60-year old vessels
  • Making the case to Government for long-term funding certainty to support the delivery of measures that support clean air

 Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said: “Ensuring that everyone can breathe clean air is one of the most fundamental issues facing us today and an issue that we must address together.

“Earlier this year the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority declared a climate emergency and addressing poor air quality is at the heart of responding to it.

“As is so often the case, it is our most deprived communities, who already have to cope with multiple health problems, who suffer most from the effects of polluted air.  Public Health England has calculated that air pollution contributes to 700 deaths a year in our city region and we know that we have areas where men have a life expectancy seven years lower than the national average. 

“We have had some notable successes in tackling air pollution. Seven-out-of-ten buses in the city region are now low emission, we are home to pioneering work to develop trains that run on hydrogen and we’re building on our strength in offshore wind with the development our potentially world-leading Mersey Tidal Power scheme.

“And this action plan sets out how we can work together with partners across the whole of our city region to tackle this ongoing public health emergency.”

Councillor Liam Robinson, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority Portfolio Holder for Air Quality and Transport, said: “Clearly no single organisation or individual can address poor air quality alone. That’s why our Air Quality Task Force is made up of elected and other representatives from across the six local authority area of the city region. And it’s why this plan, the first result of its work, contains actions for the Combined Authority, for our constituent local authorities and partners, supported by the Combined Authority, for residents, communities and businesses and actions we need from central government and its agencies.

“We all need to change the way we live, work and do business if we are to improve our air quality for ourselves and for future generations.  And we need to make those changes now.” 

One Vision Housing, Retirement Housing Scheme customers, raise £2,663.65 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

October 1 marked International Older Person’s Day which works to bring our older community together and highlight their contribution to society.

 In celebration of the day One Vision Housing hosted a number of events across their seven Retirement Housing schemes to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

 In addition to donating home-baked treats, customers had fun playing games and holding raffles all in an effort to raise as much money as possible for charity.

With help from One Vision Housing’s customers and staff, an amazing £2,663.65 was raised for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Suzanne Meylan, Independent Living Manager said: “I’m so very proud of the Independent Living Team, our customers, friends and family in our seven Retirement Housing Schemes who have raised a fabulous £2,663.65 for Macmillan Cancer Support over the last few weeks.

“Every year the Independent Living team and our customers work hard together to put on a celebration to acknowledge International Older Person’s Day and raise much needed funds for Macmillan. The continued generosity from those who make up our communities never fails to disappoint. A huge thank you to all involved!”

‘London-style’ travel scheme coming to Sefton

Merseytravel is introducing a new MetroCard to replace the Region’s Walrus card.

The new cards will be phased in from December 2019, when Merseytravel’s adult daily, weekly and four-weekly Solo bus tickets will be available online for the first time.

Merseytravel hope the programme will ultimately deliver a London-style smart ticketing scheme with ‘tap and go’ travel, digital season tickets and online accounts for customers across bus and rail.

The new online ticketing system is expected to go-live before Christmas for testing before becoming available to the public in the new year.

Metro Mayor Steve Rotherham said: “Our city region already has more than 400,000 journeys per week on the Walrus smart card, the largest scheme outside London, but I’m not satisfied with being the best of the rest.

“Right now, our ticket system overall is a confusing mix of prices and products, with the challenge put to the travelling public to find the cheapest price – if they can. We need to change this by making catching a bus or train as easy as possible and ensuring that passengers know they are not being ripped off.

“The first step will be the phasing out of Walrus to be replaced with a new MetroCard, with the ability for tickets to be bought online, coming in the next few months.

“But the longer-term vision is to transform this into the simple tap-in tap-out system that London has had for years.”

 

Vital improvement works set to resume on Edge Lane

Phased improvement works are set to restart at the junction of Buckley Hill Lane and Edge Lane, Netherton to benefit traffic flow in the area.

The second phase of vital improvements will include the completion of the new left hand turning lane on Buckley Hill Lane and general works to help enhance pedestrian facilities at the junction.

Contractors will undertake the works from Thursday October 31 and are expected to take up to eight weeks to complete the second stage of improvements.

A spokesman for Sefton Council said: “This will require the closure of Edge Lane at its junction with Buckley Hill Lane in both directions for 8 weeks, with a diversion via Broom’s Cross Road.

“However we are making sure that adequate diversions and signage are to be in place during this closure to help reduce delays.”

Residents and businesses in the area have already been made aware of the works.

For more information about roadworks or diversions across Sefton, visit www.roadworks.org

Southport law firm expands operations

A Southport solicitors is optimistic about creating new employment in the borough after expanding its operations.

Napthens Solicitors has moved to larger premises in the town, following a period of growth.

The business is moving from its original Hoghton Street offices to a larger site on the same street, after trebling its turnover since February 2016.

Shru Morris, Napthens CEO, said: “Following significant growth, the time was right to make this important investment into our future in the area.  Building on our success, we have a real opportunity for further expansion as we continue to strengthen relationships within the local business community and welcome new clients. We expect to recruit more staff as demand grows.”

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