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NHS Trust awarded the Freedom of the Borough

Knowsley Councillors have unanimously agreed to award the Honorary Freedom of the Borough to St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust at a special council meeting. The award is the highest honour a council can bestow and has been awarded in recognition of NHS staff’s eminent services to the borough throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The name of the trust will now be placed on the ‘Roll of • Continued on page 3

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2 April 2021

STOP THE KNIVES ENDING LIVES TAKES THE WIN AT NATIONAL CRIMEBEAT AWARDS! Stop the Knives Ending Lives won the Youth Lead award at the recent Crimebeat Awards, and in a shock announcement, also won the High Sherriff’s Association Award, in recognition of the reach of the campaign, despite launching just days before last year’s lockdown. Led by Member of Youth Parliament (MYP) Jess, a pupil at St Edmund Arrowsmith, The Cabinet’s campaign aimed to raise awareness about the impact of knife crime through engagement with community partners and secondary schools across the borough. The initiative was developed following incidents of knife crime that have occurred in the borough including the tragic murder of Adam Ellison in 2017. Jess said: “After our launch, we were put into the first lockdown in 2020, which meant that we couldn’t go to schools and youth clubs to

share our campaign as originally planned. “As a result of this, we adapted and relaunched the campaign on social media, reaching over 5000 people. “This isn’t the end of Stop the Knives Ending Lives; we aim to expand our reach and continue to work with the community and support families like Adam Ellison’s and the ADAM Foundation.” Paul Oginsky, chief executive officer at Vibe, said: “We approach youth work and working with young people from one key focus: helping young people to improve their relationships. “We believe that when young people have positive relationships with themselves and with others, they are able to play a positive role in building vibrant communities. I’m delighted that the hard work of our Youth Cabinet has been recognised in such a prestigious ceremony. “Whilst I know that our

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Jess and PC Will Hughes await the result of the Crimebeat Awards

young people were hoping for a trip to London, the fact that so many of our local community logged online to watch the ceremony, really proves the impact this campaign has had. Prior to the win, Cllr Shelley Powell, Knowsley Council cabinet member for communities and neighbourhoods, said: “This nomination is well deserved and it’s brilliant to see Knowsley’s Youth Cabinet being recognised for their dedication and hard work. “We should all be incredibly proud of these young people for creating and driving positive change in our borough.” Constable William Hughes

from Merseyside Police who helped support the work of the campaign said: “It is great to work with positive young people who want to make the places where they live, work and hang out safer for everyone. “Jess has led the team in delivering this innovative knife crime programme and hugely deserves the recognition that she received – I couldn’t be more proud of what she and the team have produced. “This is, however, just the start of the cabinet’s journey with Merseyside Police. Our vision is to raise further awareness of the impact of knife crime by engaging with community partners and secondary schools

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The Stop the Knives Ending Lives launch - photo taken pre-COVID

across the Borough of Knowsley. We will also continue to promote the voices of young people, listening to their worries and acting upon them.” “The award ceremony, albeit virtual, was a great experience and I hope that the young people involved in this are spurred on by their success and continue to do great things as well as reducing knife crime.” The High Sheriff of Merseyside said: “I am pleased that this nomination has received national recognition and I wish them every success. It is exciting to see them get recognised along with other initiatives being created to protect our wider community.”


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NHS Trust awarded the Freedom of the Borough • Continued from page 1 Honorary Freemen of the Borough’ alongside only four other recipients in the borough’s history, including former Huyton MP and Prime Minister, Harold Wilson and Huyton-born former LFC footballer, Steven Gerrard. Cllr Graham Morgan, leader of Knowsley Council said: “There was not a moments hesitation from our councillors in agreeing to bestow this prestigious honour to the heroes of the St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. Not one individual – from the cleaners and the porters to the most senior consultants – has given less than their all during this incredibly challenging time. They should all feel enormous pride in themselves and through awarding this honour we hope they can feel the overwhelming gratitude of the whole borough for their continued efforts.” Ann Marr OBE, chief executive of St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust said: “It is a great honour for the Trust to receive such a prestigious accolade, one that is afforded to very few people and even fewer organisations. “That Knowsley Council consider the staff at our Trust in such high esteem is a true demonstration of their respect for the courage and compassion they have shown over the past 12 months. “The admiration for our staff from our local communities is well deserved. They continue to be an inspiration to all those they care for, as well as their families, and I am

extremely proud that their bravery and sacrifice during the pandemic is to be recognised in such an incredible way.” In normal circumstances Freedom of the Borough is awarded to individuals but in exceptional circumstances an organisation can be nominated. The award is based on service to the community involving personal sacrifice of time and energy and rendering eminent service in connection with the borough. The Freedom of the Borough nomination is due to be considered by St Helens Council on 14 April 2021 and it is hoped that a joint celebratory event can be arranged when it is safe to do so.

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Appeal for missing teen Merseyside Police have launched an appeal to find missing Knowsley teenager Sophie Francis. Sophie, 15, was last seen on 17 March at Darlington Train Station and extensive enquiries are ongoing. Sophie is described as white, 5ft 6in tall, of slim build, with shoulder length straight dark hair, blue eyes, and speaks with a Liverpool accent. When last seen, she was wearing a black bubble parka coat with a fur collar and a pink, hooded bubble jacket underneath. Sophie wore a multicoloured pink, purple and blue gym top with matching leggings and black trainers with a thick white sole, and silver sparkly earrings. Sophie is known to frequent areas of Halewood, Kirkby and Kensington. You can pass any sightings and information via their online form: https://www.merseyside.police.uk/ro/report/mp/v2/report-sighting-ofmissing-person-form/


4 April 2021

Messages of Hope Ahead of International Day of Happiness, on 20 March 2021, young people at Vibe have been sending messages of hope to their local communities. The messages came after a rise in reported loneliness across the Knowsley borough. The project, led by Vibe young people in ‘Me Time’ and ‘Open Access’, aimed to brighten the day of local residents. Dean Leake, chair of Knowsley Youth Cabinet said: “As a cabinet, we decided to create these messages of hope to address the issue of loneliness within our community, as this lockdown especially has been difficult and overwhelming for so many of us. “Whilst loneliness is normally associated with older residents, we want to recognise the fact that our young people are struggling too. We want to inspire them with confidence for their future, and let them know that they are far from alone in how they’re feeling”. 100 ‘bags of happiness’ were created, each containing a message to bring hope and an image by a young person from Vibe, plus some lockdown essentials which contained:

• A positive affirmation to remind you to be kind to yourself • A coin to bring you luck and a tasty treat • Bubble wrap to pop your troubles away • An elastic band to remind you you will always bounce back • Love hearts to remind you you are loved • A teabag to make you feel warm inside • Sunflower seeds to remind you to always keep your chin up to the light • A jigsaw piece to remind you that you are an important part of your community. The bags were distributed to the Big Help Project, ForHousing and some locally nominated Knowsley residents. Peter Mitchell, executive chair at Big Help said: “We were delighted to receive these ‘Messages of Hope’ from the young people at Vibe. Young people are so often the target of sweeping negative stereotypes, but these young people exemplify a new generation that not only cares about people in society but steps up and takes meaningful action to make a positive contribution in

our communities. “We know that these ‘Messages of Hope’ will have made a vital difference to those who received them, and we truly appreciate the whole team at Vibe for helping us to be there for people in Knowsley during these difficult times.” Charlotte Brookes, operations manager at Vibe, said: “As a youth led organisation, we’re very proud of the campaigns our young people choose to champion.

“We know the latest lockdown has been particularly difficult for members of the Knowsley community, and I’m delighted that our young people have taken action to combat loneliness across the borough. “We had an influx of anonymous nominations from our young people, so I hope that those residents that received a ‘Message of Hope’ inside their bag of happiness have a great International Happiness Day.”

Who are Vibe? Vibe offer great programmes and services that support young people to build positive relationships with themselves and others, and play a central role in creating vibrant communities. their expert staff are trusted adults who help young people make effective decisions and to choose a positive path. They show young people the impact they can have on the world – building their self-esteem, confidence, and aspirations for the future. Their ambition is to continue to build the National Network for Teenage Relationships - by working in partnership, they know they can support more young people together than they could alone. They are starting locally, with the Knowsley Youth Partnership along with their partners, Centre63 and Halewood Youth and Community Centre.

Free art classes for Knowsley children, schools and families Knowsley children, schools and families are invited to take part in a free art course, giving them the opportunity to learn how to draw and paint portraits. Practicing Portraits is a seven week course led by acclaimed portrait artist Gill Cowley that will show you the best tips and techniques to capture a likeness, using basic art materials. Although aimed primarily at young artists aged 5 to 11, Practicing Portraits can also be enjoyed by those up to 16, or even adult beginners. To join in, people need to sign up and then every Wednesday from 14 April to 26 May 2021 they will

receive an information pack by email containing reference images and links to films of Gill showing what to do step by step to create the perfect portrait. She will show examples of her work and portraits by other artists, set simple tasks and pose questions, giving you time to pause the film so that you can try it yourself or have a discussion, then pick up where you left off. The course can be enjoyed at a time suitable for you, the weekly course packs are just emailed on Wednesday mornings for continuity. There will also be the opportunity for schools to book an Ask the Artist live Zoom session with Gill to

ask her questions, show her their work and get feedback. Find out more and sign up here https://mailchi.mp/7a4b310ab061/practicing-portraits Gill Cowley has previously taught the Wednesday Art Classes for adults and Little BIG Art Club at Kirkby Gallery, as well as exhibiting her artwork there. Gill was named Knowsley Sports & Culture Awards’ Adult Artist of the Year 2017, and her portraits of local legends have won the top prize in three Knowsley Open exhibitions, the West Lancashire Open and the Sefton Open.


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New COVID-secure polling stations announced for May elections A number of alternative venues across Knowsley will be used for polling stations this year to ensure they are COVID-secure. The decision not to use schools for polling stations has been made to ensure that there is no further disruption to children’s education as schools are now back on track and pupils are catching up on essential missed face to face learning due to the pandemic. Local, Police and Crime Commissioner and Combined Authority Mayoral elections will take place on Thursday 6

May this year. Residents are being encouraged to register for a postal vote. You can find out more about applying for a postal vote below. In addition, preparations are being made to ensure people who want to vote in person at their local polling station can do so safely and securely. These include: social distancing measures implemented inside and outside polling stations, installation of protective screens and regular cleaning.

Voters will be asked to wear a face covering and bring their own pen or pencil to vote. Hand sanitiser will also be made available. Over the past few weeks, risk assessments of all sites used as polling stations have been undertaken to ensure COVID-secure measures can be implemented. In order to comply with COVID-secure guidance and to avoid any further disruption pupil’s education, it has been agreed that no schools in the borough will be used as polling stations for the forthcoming elections.

The changes to polling stations are:Usual Polling Station Alternate Polling Station St Peter and Paul’s Catholic Primary School, Moorfield, Tower Hill, Kirkby St Andrew’s Church, St Andrew’s View, Kirkby St Marie’s Catholic Primary School, Bigdale Drive, Kirkby St Mary’s Catholic Club, Kennelwood Avenue, Kirkby Park Brow Primary School, Broad Lane, Kirkby 18 Park Brow Drive, Kirkby (a currently vacant shop unit). Kirkby High School, Bracknell Avenue, Kirkby Kirkby Baptist Church, Bewley Drive, Kirkby St Laurence’s Catholic Primary School, Leeside Avenue, Kirkby Kirkby Baptist Church, Bewley Drive, Kirkby Knowsley Lane Primary School, Knowsley Lane Entrance, Huyton The Apostolic Church of Liverpool, Liverpool Road, Huyton Institute of Advanced Manufacturing and Technology, 599 Princess Drive, Huyton The Gate Community Centre, 600 Princess Drive, Huyton Park View Academy, Park View, Huyton The Pavilion at Jubilee Park in Huyton St Aloysius School, Twig Lane, Huyton St Aloysius Club, Crosswood Crescent, Huyton St Margaret Mary’s School, Pilch Lane, Huyton St Margaret Mary’s Club, Pilch Lane, Huyton St Anne’s Catholic Primary School, Marina Crescent, Huyton Huyton Resource Centre, Tarbock Road, Huyton Huyton with Roby Church of England Primary School, Rupert Road, Huyton Huyton with Roby Constitutional Club, 43 Stanley Road, Huyton Lord Derby Academy, Seel Road, Huyton Huyton United Reformed Church, Victoria Road, Huyton Prescot Primary School, Maryville Road, Prescot Prescot Soccer Centre, 107 Warrington Road Halsnead Primary School, Dragon Lane/Pennywood Drive, Whiston Vacant Flower Shop Unit, Windy Arbour Road, Whiston In addition, two venues traditionally used as polling stations; South Avenue Community Centre, Prescot and the Environment Centre, Halewood Park, will not be used this year due to their size and current usage. Usual Polling Station Alternate Polling Station South Avenue Community Centre, Prescot Prescot Manor Bowling Club, South Avenue, Prescot Environment Centre, Halewood Park, Okell Drive, Halewood St Nicholas Centre, Church Road, Halewood

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KNOWSLEY ARK

Bringing history alive Exploring Knowsley’s Industrial Heritage ‘Explore Your Archive’ is a national campaign which aims to help archives across the United Kingdom and Ireland to showcase the hidden gems from their collections and to tell the stories behind them. In March, the theme for sharing on social media was ‘Business and Manufacturing’, and we joined in by sharing snippets from the archive collections on our Twitter and Facebook platforms. Let’s jump into the Archive and take a closer look at some of the historic industries in the borough. The Borough of Knowsley was formed in 1974, when the predecessor authorities of Prescot Urban District Council, Huyton Urban District Council, Kirkby Urban District Council, Whiston Rural District Council and parts of West Lancashire Rural District Council were amalgamated under the Local Government Act, 1972. This saw a drawing together of some ancient townships that had their own traditional industries under the umbrella of one administrative body. From medieval times, the area was rural in its composition. Under the subsistence system, the peasant farmers would grow enough crops, fruit and vegetables to feed themselves and their families, working strips of land in open fields and keeping animals on common land. From the 12th century onwards, the process of informal enclosure of the land began, combining the strips of land to form fields which would be rented by yeoman farmers or owned by an individual. This form of informal enclosure was particularly popular during the Tudor period [14851603]. By the 17th century, the process across the country had become formalised, with landowners and tenant famers alike obtaining permission to enclose by Act of Parliament. In this way, estate owners could maximise the rent yielded by their land and tenant farmers could improve their farms. In the Knowsley area, cereals, corn, roots and potatoes were the main crops grown, with hay and straw produced to feed and bed down the horses and livestock. Although agriculture remained the main occupation in the area for

centuries, each community began to supplement earnings from farming and to develop their own cottage industries. Whiston and Prescot were noted for their pottery wares, with potteries appearing in Prescot during the 14th century: by 1592, Eccleston Street was established as the town’s production centre, with 7 kilns recorded in the locality. Whiston was known for its clay pipe and ‘blackware’ production. Humphrey Lyon was recorded as making clay pipes in the town in 1654 and during the 18th and 19th centuries, Pottery Lane was recognised as the place for tableware: ‘blackware’ was being made in the Pottery Lane area in 1798; in 1825, John Health and safety advice, Royal Ordnance Factory, Kirkby Dale was making black teapots, Rockinghham teapots, chamber of 1521. Throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, the production of coal pots and spittoons. He went into expanded as more pits were opened in partnership with a Mr Twist in 1852, the area. By the end of the19th century, before selling the pottery to Thomas Whiston Colliery, Prescot Colliery and Wood. A local potter called Stephen Old Carrs Pumping Pit had closed down. Lyon was making hand thrown tea pots Cronton Colliery (formerly Hulton in Whiston in1895. Home workers were Colliery) opened in 1913, the first coal also employed to make tools to supply being raised in 1915: this pit closed in Prescot’s watch, clock and timepiece 1984. trade. Between 1803 – 1817, Peter Another Whiston-based industry was Stubbs of Warrington employed a the production of bricks. Tushingham’s number of Whiston men to make tools Metallic Brickworks opened on Whiston for Prescot’s watchmakers. Colliery’s Paradise Lane site in 1898 and operated there until the 1970s. Clay and shale were excavated and then made into bricks at the Huyton Quarry Watchmaking was Brickworks. Additionally, there was a introduced to Elizabethan brickworks on Dragon Lane at the Royal Oak. Prescot in 1595 Watchmaking was introduced to Elizabethan Prescot in 1595 by, it is thought, a Huguenot refugee by the name of Woolrich. The earliest Quarrying took place in Whiston, with Prescotian clockmaker recorded was sandstone quarried from several sites Richard Berry, who worked during the around the township, including near Elizabethan period. The industry worked Lickers Lane and between Delph Lane on the domestic system until the late and Holt Lane. However, the main industry in Whiston was coal mining, first Victorian period, with specialised craftsmen working in workshops recorded in Lord Derby’s Estate Books

attached to their houses. 1890 saw the commercialisation of the manufacture of timepieces, when the Lancashire Watch Factory opened. This enterprise was relatively short lived, and the factory closed in 1910 in the face of stiff competition from overseas.

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April 2021 7 Other townships can claim a role in Prescot’s success: Cronton was known for its toolmaking industry, and Halewood also played a part: although the main occupation in the township was working the land, craftsmen manufactured tools and parts to supply Prescot’s trade. Linen weaving was also carried out in the township. As watchmaking was waning in Prescot, a new technology came to the fore. Cable making would provide employment for the town for the next 90 years or so and began with the British Insulated Wire Company, founded by James and Jacob Atherton. In 1902, British

Insulated & Helsby Cables Ltd took over operations, followed by a change of name in 1925 to the British Insulated Cables Ltd. (BIC). A merger with Callenders Cable and Construction Co in 1945 formed British Insulated Callenders Cables (BICC), a company with global reach and the major employer in the township. The factory closed in the mid-1980s. Today, Huyton is the administrative centre of the borough with an expanding commercial offer. It was also part of the 19th century explosion of industrial growth, as with its neighbour Roby it was placed firmly on the map

as a station on the first passenger railway line. The opening of the Liverpool -Manchester Railway on 15th September 1830 was a major catalyst in the growth of industry in the township, especially around the Huyton Quarry area, where the rapid expansion of industry was due in part to the growth of mining in the area and a greater capacity to transport people and goods. Industries such as gas works, electric light bulb manufacturers and dolly blue producers flourished and social mobility increased, with the merchant class moving into the newly built villas and the workers settling in

Major funding boost for Headbolt Lane station scheme in Kirkby Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram’s plans for a new station at Headbolt Lane in Kirkby received a welcome boost thanks to an additional £66m from the Transforming Cities Fund agreed at the latest Combined Authority meeting. The new station plans include proposals for around 300 park and ride spaces and a bus interchange with stepfree access throughout the station. The full scheme includes the extension of the Merseyrail network beyond the existing Kirkby station. It would also mean that residents in the Northwood and Tower Hill areas of the town would be even closer to services on the Merseyrail network. It would see Merseyrail services run into the new station, as opposed to the current services which run as far as Kirkby. Northern services from Wigan and Manchester would also operate to and from the new three-platform station. The station development forms part of the plans to build new rail link to Skelmersdale, which would connect to the Merseyrail network via the Kirkby branch. Merseytravel is continuing to work closely with Lancashire County Council, West Lancashire Borough Council and Network Rail to support that scheme. Network Rail is currently progressing the outline design for the project and preparing a full planning application for the necessary approvals. Work is aimed to start later this year and it is planned for the new station to be operational in

2023. The station also forms part of the Liverpool City Region Long Term Rail Strategy, a 30-year plan, which was updated in 2018. Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor for the Liverpool City Region, said: “As Metro Mayor, bringing our communities closer together has been a priority for me. We’ve already opened the first new station on the Merseyrail network at Maghull North, and now we’re cracking on with plans to build another at Headbolt Lane in Kirkby. “Kirkby is somewhere especially close to my heart, and this £66m of funding is a real statement of intent for my vision. “I want to make it as quick, cheap and easy as possible for people to get around our region. “Transport might look a little different in the post-pandemic era, but I am still determined to deliver on my plans for an integrated, London-style transport system.” Cllr Tony Brennan, cabinet member for regeneration and economic development, said: “I welcome this additional funding to bring this important scheme forward. It will significantly improve transport choices for our residents as well as improve access to Knowsley Business Park – one of the largest employment sites in Europe – and other key services, particularly in the Northwood and Towerhill areas of Kirkby. I look forward to seeing this project progress.”

terraced properties. What of Kirkby? An ancient village with Viking heritage, perhaps Kirkby held on to its rural roots longer than some places, exchanging the plough for the factory bench with the outbreak of WWII and munitions production at the Royal Ordnance Factory. Post-war developments saw not only the proliferation of manufacturing and production but also heralded the beginnings of the new town and the creation of a new community. Find out more about our heritage by visiting our website http://archives.knowsley.g ov.uk/ email infoheritage@knowsley.go v.uk or call 0151 443 4291/4365. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook and find Knowsley Archives on Flickr, WordPress and Soundcloud

Cronton Colliery, c.1950s-1960s

Harry Pybus' watchmaking workshop, 1950s


8 April 2021

CHALLENGE FAMILY Some Easter fun Simnel Cake A Simnel cake is a type of fruit cake that contains plenty of marzipan and is eaten at Easter, although it used to be specifically associated with Mothering Sunday. When folk were fasting during Lent, Mothering Sunday, appearing in the middle of the fast, offered a respite from 40 days of religious austerity. Celebrate Easter with a springtime seasonal bake. This classic simnel cake is packed with dried fruit and spices and topped with marzipan Prep: 30 mins Cook: 2 hrs and 30 mins plus overnight soaking Serves: 10-12 Ingredients 225g sultanas 100g currants 50g mixed peel 2 lemons, 1 juiced and 2 zested 50ml orange juice 50ml brandy (optional) 225g butter, softened 225g light muscovado sugar 4 medium eggs 225g self-raising flour 100g glacé cherries , quartered 2 tsp mixed spice For the topping 500g yellow marzipan 1 tbsp apricot jam Method STEP 1 Put the sultanas, currants and mixed peel in a bowl with the lemon juice, orange juice, and brandy, if using. Mix well, cover and leave to soak overnight. STEP 2 Heat the oven to 150C/130C fan/gas 2. Line the base and sides of a 20cm round cake tin with baking parchment. STEP 3 Add the rest of the cake ingredients to the soaked fruit and stir until well combined. Spoon half of this mixture into the bottom of the cake tin and level it off so it's as flat as possible. Roll a third of the marzipan into a circle 20cm diameter and put it on the top. Gently add the rest of the mixture, levelling the surface again. STEP 4 Bake for approximately 2½ hours until brown, well-risen and firm to the touch. A metal skewer should come out clean when inserted. Allow to cool for 20 mins in the tin and then turn out to cool on a wire rack. STEP 5 Warm the apricot jam in a small saucepan and brush on the top of the cake. Roll out half of the remaining marzipan to the size of the top of the cake. Press it down firmly and push the edges down with your thumb to crimp it round the sides. STEP 6 Roll the rest of the marzipan into 11 balls (these represent the Apostles). Place the balls evenly on top of the cake in a circle, sticking them down with a little dab of the jam. Gently blow torch the top of the cake until the balls are a light golden brown, alternatively put the whole cake under a hot grill until the marzipan turns a light golden colour.

Easter Quiz Questions 1. Who plays Hannah Brown in the 1948 American musical film Easter Parade? 2. Where is the venue of the most famous Easter egg roll in the world? 3. Easter Island belongs to which country? 4. What is the Sunday before Easter called? 5. In 1873 which company introduced the first chocolate Easter egg in Britain? 6. Which governor of the Roman province of Judaea presided over the trial of Jesus? 7. Which poet wrote the poem Easter, 1916? (It describes the poet’s emotions regarding the events of the 1916 Easter Rising.) 8. Which light fruit cake, with two layers of almond paste or marzipan, is traditionally eaten during the Easter period? 9. What was the name of the hill where Jesus was crucified? 10. The Saturday before Palm Sunday is named after which biblical character? 11. At the Last Supper, which food did Jesus liken to his body? 12. Which Russian jewellery firm is famed for designing elaborate jewelencrusted eggs? 13. On what Christian holy day are hot cross buns traditionally eaten? 14. How many pieces of silver did Judas trade the life of Jesus for? 15. What was Simon of Cyrene made to do by the Romans? 16. Who directed the 2004 American biblical drama The Passion of the Christ? 17. Nick Easter is a former professional sportsman in which sport? 18. Which Christian holy day of prayer and fasting falls on the first day of Lent? 19. At Easter, the British monarch distributes small silver coins known as what? 20. A sign was affixed to the top of the cross stating "Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews" which according to the Gospel of John was written in which three different languages? Answers at the bottom of the page.

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Answers: 1. Judy Garland, 2. The White House, 3. Chile, 4. Palm Sunday, 5. Fry’s (J S Fry & Sons), 6. Pontius Pilate, 7. W B Yeats, 8. Simnel cake, 9. Calvary, or Golgotha, 10. Lazarus Saturday, 11. Bread, 12. Faberge, 13. Good Friday, 14. 30 pieces of silver, 15. Carry the cross for Jesus, 16. Mel Gibson, 17. Rugby, 18. Ash Wednesday, 19. Maundy money (distributed on Maundy Thursday, the day before Good Friday), 20. Hebrew, Latin and Greek


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Council agrees a £14.5m package Investments totalling over £14.5m have been approved by Knowsley Council, to support residents who need help the most, support the borough’s recovery from the COVID pandemic and invest into essential services that residents value and need. The investment includes the establishment of a £2.5m Knowsley Better Together Hardship Fund, a £6.4m Knowsley Better Together Recovering Fund and a further £5.6m to support the delivery of essential council services and support to residents. The Knowsley Better Together Hardship Fund aims to support residents that need it the most in what has been an incredibly difficult year. Residents have had to cope with job losses, being furloughed, home schooling, financial pressures, illness and bereavement, as well as the impact the pandemic has had on people’s mental health and wellbeing. The fund will include help with essential items such as food and heating, as well as debt and benefit advice, housing support and access to jobs and training. The fund is due to launch in April 2021. The Knowsley Better Together Recovery Fund will support businesses and the town centres to once again thrive, deliver climate change and environmental improvements, supporting residents and protective vulnerable people, supporting residents into employment and training opportunities and help sustain and transform key services. Investment in council services and support to residents has also been agreed including counselling services for children affected by domestic abuse, addressing flooding and drainage issues across the borough and investment in assistive technology and occupational therapists to support residents to stay in their own homes for longer. Cllr Jayne Aston, cabinet member for resources, said: “It has been a particularly challenging year all round, but our finances have taken a significant hit as we responded to the

pandemic. Through effective lobbying for fairer funding, we are in a better position than we were only a few months ago, but we will continue to lobby the Government to ensure the funding we need to support our residents and businesses through this pandemic is secured. “Throughout this pandemic, one thing that has been evident is the resilience and the desire to help others within our communities. It really does show Knowsley Better Together in practice – everyone coming together for the benefit of Knowsley and it’s residents.” Also at the Council meeting support for the lowest paid workers was endorsed with funding included to ensure all employees are paid at least the Real Living Wage rate of £9.50 per hour. Council also endorsed the recommendation to increase Council Tax by 4.99%, of which 3% will contribute to the costs of providing Adult Social Care with the remaining 1.99% funding the additional demand and costs for essential services. Cllr Jayne Aston added: “It’s also important that our lower paid workers are recognised and supported and I’m delighted that Council has tonight endorsed the Living Wage payment of £9.50 per hour. “Whilst we have to reluctantly increase Council Tax, in line with Government funding expectations, the majority of this increase (3%) will be ploughed back into Adult Social Care which is currently under immense pressure as it supports residents to remain at home for as long as possible as well as supporting our local hospitals to discharge patients quickly to meet the demands of increasing hospital admissions. “This council has worked tirelessly throughout this challenging time and our robust approach to long-term financial planning and economic growth has enabled us to invest in those essential services that our residents value and need, without the need for us to make savings or cut services. Quite an achievement and indeed a minor miracle in these unprecedented times.”

Remembering those who we have lost Staff at Whiston Hospital observed the #NationalDayOfReflection minute silence to remember those we have lost and to recognise the incredible bravery of their staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.

New Huyton Village Traders Association established Huyton Village Centre’s transformation is well underway and now a group of businesses have established the Huyton Village Traders’ Association to help to shape the further development of the Village Centre. The traders are working alongside Save The High Street, who are delivering a bespoke COVID-19 recovery and resilience programme for businesses funded by the Council. Save The High Street will continue to provide support to the Traders’ Association over the next 12 months, helping to develop its aims, objectives and governance arrangements. The association consists of local businesses with the desire to work with Knowsley Council and other stakeholders to improve Huyton Village Centre. The aim is for the group to have a clear voice and share their views, helping to guide and shape the future plans for Huyton Village Centre. Dawn Burns from the Huyton Traders Association said: “Businesses in Huyton are all extremely passionate about developing Huyton Village Centre and attracting more businesses and visitors into the Village. “We have formed the Famous Huyton Village Traders Association in order work alongside the council to deliver a vibrant Huyton Village and to encourage businesses to work collaboratively so we’re all playing our part in Huyton’s transformation. “The last year has been extremely challenging for us all, but it has been great to see the support and teamwork that is evident amongst our business community and the support we have received from the council has been outstanding. Together, we know that we can achieve so much more and I look forward to getting involved with the further development of Huyton Village Centre.”

BBC maps out further commitment to the North in “Across the UK” plan The BBC has revealed ambitious plans for its biggest transformation in decades, which will move more power and decision-making to the North. Over the next six years the BBC will increase activity across the North to further cement a commitment to reflect, represent and serve all parts of the country, and deliver great value for all audiences. Currently, half the BBC is based outside of London, with departments including Sport, 5 Live and Children’s having re-located to MediaCityUK in Salford in 2011. But new proposals set out in “The BBC Across the UK” plan will give even more prominence to stories from communities across the North region as part of the biggest creative and journalistic reshaping of the BBC in its history. The BBC base in MediaCityUK will grow even more; we will make Salford the main base for our digital and technology teams, a global centre of excellence, supported by digital teams in Glasgow, Cardiff and London. BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio 6 Music will be rooted in the North with more than 50% of their broadcast hours coming from Salford. Hit BBC One daytime show Morning Live will broadcast from there all year-round. A new long-running drama series produced in the North of England will also be launched and broadcast across the country, while the North will get its continuity announcements with BBC One tailored to audiences in the North West, North East and Yorkshire.


10 April 2021

CHALLENGE EDUCATION

Round up of education news Wellbeing at the heart of the school Staff and pupils at Huyton with Roby CE Primary School are celebrating achieving their Wellbeing Award for Schools (WAS) throughout lockdown. School award co-ordinator, Georgina Carr said: “Mental health and wellbeing has always been a priority for the school but more so than ever during the lockdowns. We knew we had to pull together to support our whole school community and that’s what we did. “We created our ‘change team’ made up of teachers, parents, children and our chair of governors and the children blew us away with their thoughtful and creative ideas. “ In January, assessor Dr Helen Mills visited the school to conduct the final evaluation and commented “Staff have an increased awareness and understanding of mental health and are confident to talk about their own mental health. Staff are confident in recognising the factors that affect their children and families mental health and know how to refer for support to ensure that children and their families receive support quickly, preventing escalation of mental health issues.” “The award evidence and interviews demonstrated how extensive, innovative and open this feature is, with staff going above and beyond what is expected to ensure that the whole school community is supported.” Headteacher, Mrs Stratford said: “We are so grateful and proud of our whole school community. Moving forward, we plan to keep mental health and wellbeing at the heart of our school. We have started a wellbeing podcast written and recorded by our pupils. We are planning fundraising events to transform a woodland area on our school grounds in to ‘wellbeing woodland’ and we will continue to listen to the

voice of our pupils.” The full report can be found on the school’s website but here are some of their favourite quotes from pupils and parents: “I like doing work, the more I do it, the easier it gets, I keep going. We have extra lessons on wellbeing like dodge ball, cosmic kids, daily mile and dance, I like it, and it gets our brains going and keeps our bodies and heads healthy. We have two wellbeing warriors in class who speak up and help children.” “We have change team meetings and

talked about what we can change, we came up with the worry box to put our feelings in, we help children understand about wellbeing with the five ways wellbeing flower, it’s fun.” “The wellbeing work is amazing at helping children, my son is a wellbeing warrior and it’s helped him grow in confidence; its amazing. The school has a welcoming environment, my child runs in to school, the children look so happy; it’s an amazing place. Concerns are dealt with straight away.”

Primary school pupils invited to take part in a ‘Welcome to Kirkby’ activity Primary school children in Kirkby are being offered the chance to have their artwork on display in Kirkby town centre. Knowsley Council is inviting children to design their very own ‘Welcome to Kirkby town centre’ sign, which will be seen by thousands of shoppers and visitors to the town. The poster activity is to celebrate the opening of Kirkby’s new town centre retail development. The development is scheduled to open this summer and will include a Morrisons superstore and petrol station, Home Bargains, KFC and Taco Bell. Plans are also in place for a new cinema and other shops and restaurants. There won’t just be one winner selected – the Council is looking to put as much of the artwork on display in the town centre as possible, using empty shop units to display the artwork!

Cllr Margaret Harvey, cabinet member for children’s services, said: “We’re looking forward to seeing plenty of creative ideas from the children. With the new retail development on their doorstep, it will be a fantastic opportunity to have their artwork on display for all to see at such an exciting time for the town!” To enter, you can draw, design something on your computer or be creative with words to describe Kirkby. We’d like you to produce an A4 landscape ‘Welcome to Kirkby Town Centre’ sign and email it to communications@knowsley.gov.uk by Friday 7 May 2021. Don’t forget to include your name, class and school name in your email. As well as the successful entries going on display in the town centre they will be looking to showcase as many of the entries as possible on the Council facebook and twitter accounts.


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Rainford High commemorates National Day of Reflection

On the National Day of Reflection, Rainford High has joined Marie Curie’s campaign and filled its windows with flowers as a way of marking the anniversary of the first lockdown. Students were tasked with producing eye-catching flower pictures in order to create a display in the windows at the front of school. Staff and students hope that the vivid display gives thoughts of positivity and happiness for the future. Many of the school’s students and staff have been directly affected by the pandemic, and some of the flowers

included heartfelt messages to loved ones lost to COVID-19, and to those who have helped during this difficult time. The school will also observe a minute's silence and reflect on what has happened over the past year. Principal Ian Young said: “We would like to thank all of those in our school community and our wider local community for the help and support through this year of COVID. “With the end almost in sight, we will spend today reflecting on the past 12 months and thinking of those who have sadly lost their lives.”

Adila speaks out on International Women’s Day Winstanley College student, Adila Badri, spoke out against gender stereotypes in the workplace on International Women’s Day (12 March), as part of Wigan Council’s live #ChooseToChallenge debate. The former Deanery High School pupil, who is 17 and studying maths, biology, English literature and chemistry A-level, was invited to take part in the debate because of her role as Member of Youth Parliament (MYP) for Wigan. Adila said: “Since I was elected as MYP for Wigan my role consists of attending youth cabinet sessions and working with the council and young people to accomplish my campaign around body image. I also listen to the problems of the community and put my energy and efforts into solving them, so I was delighted to be invited to take part in the debate.

“As well as discussing gender stereotypes, the debate also considered how best we can tackle the barriers that many women still face in the workplace. “During the International Women’s Day debate I was asked about whether or not Black, Asian, and minority ethnic (BAME) and Person of Colour (POC) women faced additional barriers in accordance to sexism. I answered that ‘yes’, BAME and POC women do face additional barriers. “Being a woman comes with a unique set of challenges, since for centuries we have reduced ourselves to what men have deemed ‘womanly’ which is kind of ironic. “Being a BAME woman is even harder because for the most part it seems that no matter what you do you are never the right type of woman. It is this strange paradox of being both invisible and too visible, coveted and unwanted. This

paradoxical existence makes it hard to pinpoint an identity and therefore harder to find a place where you belong. As a BAME young person it often feels like I’m doing twice the work for half the credit. “This sentiment isn’t unique to me, every BAME person has white-washed version of themselves that is more acceptable for society and frankly keeping up that appearance is exhausting. “Although we have started to include women on the table, I cannot deny that for the most part it seems like a certain race of women are dominating those seats. And because of this when it comes to breaking down barriers for progress, women have to work overtime because they are not only removing sexist barriers but racist ones too.”

More than 140 people tuned into Wigan’s annual International Women’s Day panel debate following a week of activity to promote women’s rights. Victoria Morgan, assistant principal over equality and diversity at Winstanley College, said: “We are really proud of Adila for taking part in the Council’s debate and for all the great work she is doing around tackling sexist and racist issues in her role as MYP. “The college celebrated International Women’s Day last Friday and we are lucky to have students, such as Adila, who are so passionate about achieving equality for all. We will support the initiatives within the borough through educating, challenging opinions and celebrating diversity amongst the student population.”


12 April 2021

Well read pupils

Pupils from Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Primary School in Kirkby recently took part in a sponsored read alongside Usborne Books at Home as part of World Book Day. The pupils held various events throughout the week as a way of uniting pupils even though they couldn't be together and to thank the reception team for all of their hard work and commitment. Christina Taylor an Independent Usborne Organiser who’s son attends the school said: “The children worked really hard with their reading and raised £1461 in sponsorship money.

“As an independent Usborne organiser I was able to add £876 on top of that, which means reception received a total of £2,337.60 in books. “All the children did such a great job and I'm sure they will love all the beautiful new books that come to the school. “Book plates went inside the books to acknowledge those who took part. This is our lockdown legacy - a gift to the next reception class. Reading for pleasure is so important for our children. We really do appreciate all that the schools do for us and our children”.

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This month, there’s so much to do in the garden! If you started sowing seeds in March, they’ll be ready to prick out into larger pots this month. You can now sow later seeds like Cosmos, Dahlias, cucumbers and bedding plants. And it’s a great time to plant some summer flower bulbs into your beds. In the veggie patch, you can plant out tender crops, such as spring onions, carrots and brassicas. Sweetcorn can be sown in the greenhouse, if you have one. If you’ve been growing potatoes in bags, check on them now and be sure to keep them watered. It’s not too late if you’ve not planted any spuds yet – there’s still time! If you’ve started off your tomato plants already, the seedlings now can be planted into slightly bigger pots – but keep them indoors to protect them from frost. And even if the days begin to be warmer, remember a sudden frost can still take you by surprise… protect any tender plants with fleece for a little while longer (you can buy it from most garden centres). And, aside from all that planting and sowing, there’s still lots of garden maintenance jobs to keep on top of this month. Keep hoeing weeds and give your patio a good clean to get rid of any fungicide. You’ll probably also want to do your first lawn cut of the year, if you haven’t already. Remember that edging the lawn gives a really neat finish. April is also a good time to prune roses, and if you have climbers on a trellis, you can also give them a trim, too – it’ll encourage new growth and better flowers later on. Thank you to Knowsley Flower Show Committee members Tony Hill and Barbara and Keith Silcock for this month’s tips. We’re still unsure if this year’s Knowsley Flower Show will be able to go ahead. But in the meantime, we’d love to see what you’re growing in your garden. You can also join our Sunflower Challenge, which we’re running over on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/KnowsleyFlowerShow. All you need to do is sow some sunflower seeds and share pictures of how your plant is growing – you’ll be able to see how others in Knowsley are getting on, too.


13 April 2021

HAUNTED MERSEYSIDE with Tom Slemen

THE MYSTERY OF “MR WOBBLY” n 21 March 2005, at a house on Bentham Drive, Childwall, Rhea, a 32-year-old woman who originally hailed from Dovecot, let her 4-year-old daughter Bella sleep with her because the girl had said he’d had another nightmare about “the Wobbly Man” – a bogeyman that haunted the child’s imagination as far as Rhea was concerned. Rhea told Bella that Mr Wobbly wasn’t real and that no monsters were allowed in the house because the cat, Parker, would frighten them off. Bella said the Wobbly Man was real and that he could get in the house by coming through the wall. Rhea eventually calmed her daughter down and she fell asleep beside her as they both watched cartoons on the telly. Around half-past one that morning, Rhea dozed off after she’d texted her husband who was working nights as a security guard. Just after 2 am, Bella woke her mum up and pointed to the wall, and there was a weird shadow of something with two arms and two legs, but the limbs looked long and rubbery, and they squirmed like tentacles. Rhea realised something at the window was casting that shadow and she turned to see what it was and froze in shock. “That's him, mummy,” said Bella, nodding at the freak pinkish rubberylooking entity at the window. It was standing on the window ledge outside and its whole body and torso undulated and its arms and legs wriggled and writhed. Rhea picked up her daughter and went downstairs. She called her husband and told him what she had seen and he thought she was joking at first. Realising his wife had experienced something uncanny, the security guard got permission to go home, and by now the thing at the window had vanished, but he knew his wife – and child – were not liars, but he couldn’t explain what the thing had been. Fortunately “Mr Wobbly” never returned. An entity of an identical description to the highly flexible entity has been seen right across our region, and a high number of incidents have been in Knowsley, but first we have to go to Tuebrook. In April 2010, a 10-year-old girl named Chantelle invited her best friend Serena – who lived in Halewood – to a sleepover at

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her house on Lisburn Lane, Tuebrook. The girls watched their favourite TV shows in Chantelle’s room and ate pizza and drank soft drinks until around midnight, when they finally fell fast asleep. Both girls awoke around 3am to what sounded like a baby crying somewhere, and Serena said the sounds were coming from outside. The girls went to the window and looked through the blinds – and they both saw something which would give them nightmares for years.

They both saw something which would give them nightmares for years

Standing on the kerb on Lisburn Lane was a weird figure. It looked partly human, only it had long wriggling arms that resembled the tentacles of an octopus. It walked along on all fours with a strange gait, and Chantelle let out a scream. The unearthly creature jumped, startled by the scream, and turned to look at the window. Serena saw that the head was bald, and looked shiny – almost plastic – and it had two large eyes and a long nose. Before the girls could get away from the

window, the thing ran at a phenomenal speed towards Chantelle’s house and it tried to climb the wall to the window. The girls became hysterical when they saw the entity do this, and Chantelle’s parents and her two older brothers burst into the room. The adults all saw nothing, and the father went outside and said there was a strong smell like ammonia hanging in the air. The whole thing was dismissed as a nightmare, but when Serena went home, she had the continual feeling she was being watched by something. Three days later, Serena saw the terrifying entity with the tentacles for arms and legs outside her house on Baileys Lane as the girl stood on her doorstep, looking for her cat at 9:30pm. It was peeping over the fence at her. Serena screamed, backed into the house and slammed the door. The child’s mother looked through the parlour window and saw a head peeping at her over the top of a telephone junction box, but believed it was just a youth messing about. That night, Serena’s father told his wife that he had seen the thing his daughter had described at the end of the back garden around 8pm, and at first he thought he was seeing things. He described the tentacular limbs of the creature – seen in silhouette – as

he was getting a breath of fresh air in the kitchen doorway. The weird being slithered over the fence and vanished into the darkness. Thankfully, Serena, her friend Chantelle and the families of the girls saw or heard no more of the creepy entity. In May, 1974, at a house on Manor Farm Road, Huyton, a 14-year-old boy named Carl was awakened in his bed one night around 11:45pm to the sounds of something metallic. To Carl’s ears, it sounded like someone dropping the lid of a dustbin on the floor of his bedroom. The boy turned on his bedside lamp, and the shock of seeing the bizarre and terrifying creature at the bottom of his bed struck him with paralysis; he was scared rigid. The thing vaguely resembled a man, only it was standing on four tentacle-like limbs, and it had a long thin pointed nose. It hissed at Carl, then vanished. The lad regained the power to move and ran to his mum and dad downstairs. Predictably, the adults said Carl had just had a nightmare, but to this day, he knows that thing – whatever it was – was real. * All Tom Slemen’s books and audiobooks are available from Amazon.


14 April 2021

CHALLENGE HEALTH Healthy Knowsley

New platform MyWay Diabetes helps you keep on track MyWay Diabetes is a free platform that is available for anyone living with diabetes in the Cheshire and Merseyside area and provides users access to their diabetes health records along with tailored advice to help with self-management of the condition. The MyWay Diabetes website also provides many open-access resources for diabetes, including multi-language resources, plus access to eight e-learning courses for anyone with type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes. Case Study: David Garrell I have used MyWay Diabetes since 2014 and thought it might be useful to share some of my own experiences using the platform and how it changed both my diagnosis and consequently my treatment. I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in February 2014 following a feeling of lethargy and thirstiness, my initial treatment was metformin plus gliclazide. I registered with MyWay Diabetes and was immediately able to see a chart of my own readings which gave me a visual NOTICE OF PLANNING DECISION TOWN AND COUNTRY PLANNING (DEVELOPMENT MANAGEMENT PROCEDURE) (ENGLAND) ORDER 2015 (AS AMENDED) NOTICE UNDER ARTICLE 29 & 30 OF APPLICATION FOR PLANNING PERMISSION ACCOMPANIED BY AN ENVIRONMENTAL STATEMENT TOWN AND COUNTRY PLANNING (ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT) REGULATIONS 2017 APPLICATION REFERENCE: 18/00283/HYB SITE: Land North of M62 Motorway, Off Windy Arbor Road, (Halsnead), Whiston, Knowsley, L35 1RB PROPOSAL: HYBRID APPLICATION COMPRISING FULL APPLICATION FOR ERECTION OF 123 NO. DWELLINGS, CONSTRUCTION OF VEHICULAR/PEDESTRIAN ACCESSES, LAYING OUT OF PUBLIC OPEN SPACE AND ASSOCIATED WORKS; OUTLINE APPLICATION FOR ERECTION OF UP TO 237 NO. DWELLINGS, CAR PARK AND ASSOCIATED WORKS (ACCESS INTO SITE TO BE CONSIDERED - ALL OTHER MATTERS RESERVED FOR FUTURE APPROVAL). Summary of Decision It was resolved at the Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council’s Planning Committee to grant planning permission on the 9th July 2020. The notice is to inform that the above planning application, which was the subject of an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), has been granted planning permission on the 17th March 2021 and the decision notice issued. Members of the public may inspect copies of the following documents using Knowsley Council’s Public Access site at https://planapp.knowsley.gov.uk/online-applications/, quoting the above reference number. • Decision notice and conditions. • The legal agreement under Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990. • The planning committee report. The planning committee report assessed the significant effects of the development on the environment, the mitigation measures and conditions (including monitoring) to the likely significant effects on the environment. The planning committee report also sets out the main considerations and reasons for the decisions and the public consultations responses. The validity of the Council’s decision can be challenged by application to the Courts for Judicial Review. Further advice about making a High Court Challenge can be obtained from the Administrative Court Office at: The Royal Courts of Justice, Strand, London, WC2A 2LL (Tel: 02079476655 / Website: www.gov.uk/courts-tribunals/planning-court ) Dale Milburn - Executive Director of Regeneration & Economic Development DATE OF NOTICE: 26/04/21

representation about how far away my blood glucose levels were from being within the healthy range. After two years of good quality care at the GP, my average glucose (HbA1c) was still very high. During that time, I felt horrible, I was tired, irritable, grumpy, short-tempered and could not think straight. Despite two years of increasing doses and adding in new treatments I printed the HbA1c chart off to discuss with my GP and armed with this evidence, he organised my referral to hospital. My diagnosis changed from type 2, to type 1.5 and I am now on insulin to manage my diabetes. This has had a huge impact on my blood glucose levels and for the first time, my HbA1c is within the healthy range and has stayed there. Not only has the change in diagnosis and treatment changed my diabetes management, but it has also apparently made me less grumpy according to my family! I’m also using the system to set some personal goals. I previously decided to control my cholesterol using diet and exercise alone and not start medication to manage it (despite lots of advice to go on a statin!) However, watching my

Advice for young people feeling anxious Knowsley’s Young Advisors have created an animation with advice on dealing with the pandemic and the mental health issues which young people may be experiencing. Made by young people for other young people who may be dealing with anxiety, stress and negative thoughts due to Covid-19, the animation emphasises the importance of reaching out to someone you trust to talk openly about how you feel. For anyone who needs further support the video provides details of mental health support for young people which is available 24/7. Local NHS urgent mental health support is available for people of all ages by calling 0800 051 1508 The Samaritans is for all ages by phoning 116 123

cholesterol stay in the red time after time helped me to decide to take the advice and I now take 40mg of atorvastatin. I’m happy to say that my cholesterol levels are now in a good place. At review time I get my blood tests done and see the results on the platform before I see my doctor or nurse for my diabetes appointment. Having access to all my diabetes results I now know what I want to talk about before I get there, and when I hear ‘it looks fine’ from the doctor – I know if it is or not. As well as using the MyWay Diabetes platform to access my clinic results, I also use it to find out vital information about diabetes. For me, having quick access to guidance on the sick day rules is very important as I always have my phone on me and do not always remember what I should do from one year to the next! My next challenge is getting a bit lighter. I can see my BMI heading to the red (I suspect it is worse due to the many day of home confinement over the last year). The good thing is

that the MyWay Diabetes website has a lot of educational resources on healthy eating, weight management and getting more active so watch this space! If you are interested in also accessing your diabetes health records like Dave, you can sign up for free at cm.mydiabetes.com. Have a look at our registration guide to help get you started with setting up your MyWay Diabetes account. If you need any assistance or have any questions, then please get in touch with the MyWay Diabetes team directly at support@mwdh.co.uk.

Coronavirus update and support Message from Dr Sarah McNulty Knowsley’s Director of Public Health The last year has presented many challenges for everyone, but with case levels reducing and the vaccination programme now well underway in Knowsley, there is hope that we can start to return to some kind of normality soon. Lockdown measures are gradually being eased with people now being able to meet in groups of six (or two households), golf courses reopening and the ‘stay at home’ rule will end. Further restrictions are due to be eased no earlier than 12 April if it is safe to do so. This doesn’t mean the end of the virus, or that all restrictions have been completely relaxed, so it’s important that everyone continues to follow the rules that are in place and continue with the behaviours we are all now used to – regular hand washing, wearing a face covering where advised, maintaining social distancing and continuing to work from home if we can. Visit www.knowsleynews.co.uk for the latest information about the restrictions that are in place. It’s also really important that everyone makes use of regular testing. By getting tested for the virus, even when not experiencing symptoms, we can identify cases and prevent outbreaks by self-isolating. The Government will only continue to ease restrictions if cases continue to fall. Further information about where to get tested can be found on Knowsley News. The COVID vaccination programme is progressing well in Knowsley with thousands of residents having had their first vaccine, and many having their second dose (it is vitally important that you get your second dose to help build up immunity to the virus). The vaccine offers you the best protection from the virus. The vaccine has been rigorously tested and gone through the same controls and approval process as other medicines we use in our daily lives. Like all vaccines and medicines, the COVID-19 vaccine can cause mild and short-term side effects. However, not everyone will have them, and they usually only last a few hours to a day. I often get asked if the vaccine will affect fertility. There is no evidence to suggest that the COVID-19 vaccine will affect fertility. The pandemic has affected everyone differently, but I’d encourage anyone to seek help and support if they are struggling with issues such as anxiety or depression. The www.kindtoyourmind.org.uk website has a range of useful tips and advice, as well as contact details for support agencies can be provide tailored support. Thank you for following the rules and helping to keep our communities safe.


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NOTICE UNDER ARTICLE 15(4) OR (5) OR ARTICLE 16 OF APPLICATION FOR PLANNING PERMISSION OF THE TOWN AND COUNTRY PLANNING (DEVELOPMENT MANAGEMENT PROCEDURE) (ENGLAND) ORDER 2015 (AS AMENDED) PLANNING (LISTED BUILDING AND CONSERVATION AREAS) ACT 1990 (AS AMENDED) The following Planning Applications have been submitted to the Metropolitan Borough of Knowsley 21/00074/FUL: Land Adjacent And To The Rear Of No. 1 - 4 Lakeside View, Lower Road, Halewood, L26 2XA - ERECTION OF 12 NO. DWELLINGS TOGETHER WITH VEHICULAR ACCESS, PARKING, LANDSCAPING AND OTHER ASSOCIATED WORKS by MAC Roofing & Contracting Ltd. Reason(s) for advertising: Major Development and situated within 10m of relevant railway land. 21/00120/FUL & 21/00121/LBC: 10 Vicarage Place, Prescot, Knowsley - ERECTION OF 4 NO. DWELLINGS AND ASSOCIATED WORKS by Total Homes Maintenance Ltd. Reason(s) for advertising: Development in a Conservation Area, Application for works to Listed Building. 21/00122/FUL & 21/00200/LBC: 10 Vicarage Place, Prescot, Knowsley - CHANGE OF USE OF OFFICES (USE CLASS E) TO FORM 1 NO. RESIDENTIAL DWELLING (USE CLASS C3) INCLUDING INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL ALTERATIONS TO THE BUILDING (FIRE ESCAPE AND SUN ROOM TO REAR TO BE DEMOLISHED) by Total Homes Maintenance Ltd. Reason(s) for advertising: Development in a Conservation Area, Application for works to Listed Building. 21/00058/FUL: Reverend Plummer, Church Road, Halewood REPLACEMENT AND CREATION OF OUTDOOR SEATING AREA TO FRONT AND SIDE/REAR AREAS INCLUDING THE INSTALLATION OF 3.0 M HIGH TIMBER POSTS TO SUPPORT FESTOON LIGHTING AND THE INSTALLATION OF A MODIFIED SHIPPING CONTAINER FOR THE USE OF FOOD SERVICE/TAKEAWAY COLLECTION TOGETHER WITH THE ALTERATION OF EXISTING BOUNDARY TREATMENTS TO CHURCH ROAD TO PROVIDE TIMBER OVERCLADDING OF EXISTING CONCRETE POSTS AND 1.0 M HIGH INFILL TIMBER FENCING, ERECTION OF 1.1M HIGH TIMBER FENCING TO CHURCH ROAD/COURT AVENUE, CLADDING OF EXISTING SINGLE STOREY EXTENSION WITH SHIPAL BOARDING AND OTHER ASSOCIATED WORKS by Greene King. Reason(s) for advertising: Development in a Conservation Area. 21/00059/FUL: Reverend Plummer, Church Road, Halewood REPLACEMENT AND CREATION OF OUTDOOR SEATING AREA TO FRONT AND SIDE/REAR AREAS INCLUDING THE INSTALLATION OF 3.0 M HIGH TIMBER POSTS TO SUPPORT FESTOON LIGHTING TOGETHER WITH THE ALTERATION OF EXISTING BOUNDARY TREATMENTS TO CHURCH ROAD TO PROVIDE TIMBER OVERCLADDING OF EXISTING CONCRETE POSTS AND 1.0 M HIGH INFILL TIMBER FENCING, ERECTION OF 1.1M HIGH TIMBER FENCING TO CHURCH ROAD/COURT AVENUE, CLADDING OF EXISTING SINGLE STOREY EXTENSION WITH SHIPAL BOARDING AND OTHER ASSOCIATED WORKS by DV8 Designs. Reason(s) for advertising: Development in a Conservation Area. 21/00094/FUL: 48 The Orchard, Huyton, L36 5UZ - ERECTION OF A TWO STOREY FRONT EXTENSION by Mr Andrew Edwards. Reason(s) for advertising: Development in a Conservation Area. 21/00062/FUL: at Queens Arms, 39 Blacklow Brow, Huyton CHANGE OF USE OF PUBLIC HOUSE FIRST FLOOR AND LOFT INCLUDING THE ERECTION OF A FIRST FLOOR REAR EXTENSION TO FORM 4 NO. FLATS (USE CLASS C3) TOGETHER WITH THE DEMOLITION OF EXISTING GARAGE AND THE FORMATION OF HARDSTANDING TO FORM 4 NO. CAR PARK SPACES, OUTDOOR SEATING AREA AND OTHER ASSOCIATED WORKS by Poven Developments Ltd. Reason(s) for advertising: Development in a Conservation Area and situated within 10m of relevant railway land. 21/00075/FUL: Devlin Fruit And Veg, 73 Eccleston Street, Prescot INSTALLATION OF A NEW SHOP FRONT INCLUDING AWNING CANOPY by Devlin Butcher. Reason(s) for advertising: Development in a Conservation Area. 21/00153/ADV: 41-43 Heron Foods, Eccleston Street, Prescot DISPLAY OF 1 NO NON-ILLUMINATED FASCIA SIGN TO FRONT ELEVATION by Herons Food Ltd. Reason(s) for advertising: Development in a Conservation Area. 21/00066/FUL: 53 Eccleston Street, Prescot, Knowsley INSTALLATION OF A NEW SHOP FRONT INCLUDING AWNING AND REPLACEMENT OF FRONT ELEVATION FIRST FLOOR WINDOW by Mr Stamper. Reason(s) for advertising: Development in a Conservation Area. 20/00772/FUL & 20/00773/LBC: Huyton And Prescot Golf Club, Fairway, Huyton - DEMOLITION OF EXISTING LINKED EXTENSION AND THE ERECTION OF A SINGLE STOREY SIDE AND REAR EXTENSION TOGETHER WITH A COLONNADE AND ORANGERY TO SIDE ELEVATIONS. CONVERSION OF THE FIRST FLOOR TO FORM 4 NO. SERVICED APARTMENTS. ALTERATIONS TO EXISTING BUILDING TO INCLUDE THE INSTALLATION OF NEW AND REPLACEMENT WINDOWS AND OTHER ASSOCIATED LANDSCAPING WORKS by Mr David Hogan. Reason(s) for advertising: Development in a Conservation Area, Application for works to Listed Building. Members of the public may view the application online using Public Access at https://planapp.knowsley.gov.uk/online-applications/. Anyone who wishes to make representations about an application should write to the Council at Regeneration and Economic Development Department, Municipal Buildings, PO Box 21, Archway Road, Huyton, L36 9YU or online via the above website within 21 days of the date of this publication. You can follow the application’s progress, find out if it is to be heard by planning committee, and be informed about the decision by using the ‘track’ option when viewing the application through the above link on our web site. Should this application be heard at planning committee and you wish to speak at the meeting the procedure to follow can be found at: https://www.knowsley.gov.uk/residents/building-and-planning/make-aplanning-application/speaking-at-planning-committee M Harden Chief Executive DATE OF NOTICE: 26/03/21

GOODS VEHICLE OPERATORS LICENCE Take notice that Mr M Oldham trading as Oldham Bros Ltd of Clarence House, Kirkby Bank Road L33 7SY is applying to change an existing licence as follows: to add an operating centre to keep 10 goods vehicles and 3 trailers at 2 Webber Road, Kirkby L33 7SW. Owners or occupiers of land (including buildings) near the operating centre who believe that their use or enjoyment of that land would be affected, should make written representations to the Traffic Commissioner at Hillcrest House, 386 Harehills Lane, Leeds, LS9 6NF, stating their reasons, within 21 days of this notice. Representors must at the same time send a copy of their representations to the applicant at the address given at the top of this notice. A guide to making representations is available from the Traffic Commissioner’s office.

TAKE NOTICE THAT (TERRY NAYLOR) Has applied to Knowsley Licensing Authority for a (Variation of a) Premises Licence in respect of Maples Bistro The Maples Ashfield Crescent, Kirkby Liverpool L33 0YN For the sale and supply of alcohol from 12.00am to 22.00pm daily. A record of the application can be inspected by members of the public between the hours of 9am and 4pm Monday to Friday at the office of the Licensing Authority of Knowsley MBC which is located at:

The diversion route for vehicular traffic affected by the road closure on Longmoor Lane westbound carriageway will be via Copplehouse Lane, Bridgehouse Lane, East Lancashire Road, Lower Lane and Longmoor Lane. The diversion route for vehicular traffic affected by the road closure on Longmoor Lane eastbound carriageway will be via Longmoor Lane, Lower Lane, East Lancashire Road, Bridgehouse Lane, Copplehouse Lane and Longmoor Lane. It is anticipated that the works will take place from 7 March 2021 to 14 March 2021. The Order came into force on 7 March 2021 and will have a maximum duration of 18 months. Dated 26 March 2021 Mike Harden Chief Executive

A Responsible Authority or any other person(s) wishing to make representation on this application must do so in writing to Knowsley Licensing Authority at the above mentioned address. Any written representations must be received by the Licensing Authority no later than 23rd April 2021

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that in order to improve traffic management associated with the junction improvement works on the junction of Prescot Road and Cronton Road (“the Works”) and in order to facilitate traffic management, Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council made the above named Order under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (“the Order”). The effect of this Order will be to temporarily introduce a one way system along: i) Alder Lane, Cronton – from its junction with Cronton Road to its junction with Prescot Road, restricting travel to southwestbound only.

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i) Longmoor Lane, Fazakerley – westbound carriageway – from its junction with Aintree Lane to the borough boundary between Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council and Liverpool City Council. Closed on 8,10 and 14 March 2021. ii) Longmoor Lane, Fazakerley – eastbound carriageway – from its junction with the borough boundary between Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council and Liverpool City Council to its junction with Aintree Lane. Closed on 7,9,11,12,13,15 and 16 March 2021.

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KNOWSLEY METROPOLITAN BOROUGH COUNCIL ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 - SECTION 14(1) (ALDER LANE, CRONTON) (TEMPORARY ONE WAY TRAFFIC REGULATION) ORDER 2021

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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that in order to facilitate essential carriageway resurfacing works (“the Works”) and in order to facilitate traffic management, Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council made the above named Order under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (“the Order”). The effect of this Order will be to temporarily prohibit vehicles from proceeding along:

The diversion route for vehicles affected by the Alder Lane road closure is via Stockswell Road, Northern Lane, Hough Green Road, Prescot Road, Chapel Lane and Cronton Road. It is anticipated that the works will take place from 12 March 2021 to 2 July 2021. The Order came into force on 12 March 2021 and will have a maximum duration of 18 months. Dated 26 March 2021 Mike Harden Chief Executive

KNOWSLEY METROPOLITAN BOROUGH COUNCIL ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 KNOWSLEY METROPOLITAN BOROUGH COUNCIL (PROHIBITION AND RESTRICTION OF WAITING AND LOADING AND PARKING PLACES) (CIVIL ENFORCEMENT AND CONSOLIDATION) ORDER 2015 (AMENDMENT NO 56) (DERBY STREET, DESILVA STREET AND ELM STREET, HUYTON) ORDER 2021 NOTICE IS GIVEN that Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council made the above-named Order (“the Order”) on 24 March 2021 under sections 1, 2, 4, 19, 32, 35, 45, 46, 47 53 and 124 and Part IV of Schedule 9 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (“the 1984 Act”). The effect of this Order is to amend the Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council (Prohibition and Restriction of Waiting and Loading and Parking Places) (Civil Enforcement and Consolidation) Order 2015 (“2015 Order”) by 1

prohibiting waiting (no waiting at any time) on the following lengths of road -

1.1 both sides of Derby Street, Huyton from its junction with Elm Street for a distance of 14 metres in an easterly direction 1.2 the east side of Elm Street, Huyton from its junction with Derby Street for a distance of 12 metres in a northerly direction. 1.3 the west side of Elm Street, Huyton from its junction with Desilva Street for a distance of 12 metres in a northerly direction. 1.4 the south side of Desilva Street, Huyton from its junction with Derby Street for a distance of 20 metres in a northerly direction. 1.5 the north side of Desilva Street, Huyton from its junction with Elm street for a distance of 13 metres in a westerly direction and from a point 23 metres west of its junction with Elm Street in a westerly direction, to its junction with the east side of Desilva Street. 1.6 the east side of Desilva Street, Huyton from its junction with the north side of Desilva Street for a distance of 12 metres in a northerly direction. 2

KNOWSLEY METROPOLITAN BOROUGH COUNCIL ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 KNOWSLEY METROPOLITAN BOROUGH COUNCIL (PROHIBITION AND RESTRICTION OF WAITING AND LOADING AND PARKING PLACES) (CIVIL ENFORCEMENT AND CONSOLIDATION) ORDER 2015 (AMENDMENT NO 51) (NO STOPPING AT ANY TIME RED ROUTE CLEARWAY – HORNHOUSE LANE KIRKBY) ORDER 2021 NOTICE IS GIVEN that Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council made the above-named Order (“the Order”) on 17 March 2021 under sections 1, 2, 4, 19, 32, 35, 45, 46, 47 53 and 124 and Part IV of Schedule 9 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (“the 1984 Act”). The effect of the Order is to make permanent the provisions of Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council (Prohibition and Restriction of Waiting and Loading and Parking Places) (Civil Enforcement and Consolidation) Order 2015 (Experimental Amendment No.51) (No Stopping At Any Time Red Route Clearway – Hornhouse Lane Kirkby) Order 2019 by introducing a Red Rote Clearway no stopping at any time restriction on both sides of Hornhouse Lane Kirkby from its junction with Coopers Lane to its junction with South Boundary Road. The Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council (Prohibition and Restriction of Waiting and Loading and Parking Places) (Civil Enforcement and Consolidation) Order 2015 has been amended by the revocation of the Map Tiles specified in Schedule A below and the insertion and addition of the Map Tiles specified in Schedule B below. Further information regarding the proposed Order may be obtained from Keith Moyles - email Keith.Moyles@knowsley.gov.uk or telephone A copy of the Order, a plan showing the parts of the highway and areas affected by the Order, and a statement of the Council's reasons for making the Order may be inspected on the Council’s website at: www.knowsley.gov.uk/consultations If any person wishes to question the validity of the Order or any of the provisions contained within it, on the grounds that it or they are not within the powers conferred by the 1984 Act, or that any requirement of the 1984 Act or of any instrument made under it has not been complied with in making the Order, that person may within six weeks from the date that the Order was made apply for that purpose to the High Court.

Introducing a permit parking area operative at all times on Derby Street, Huyton, for its entire length so that parked vehicles must display a valid parking permit. Permits will be issued to the properties listed in the third Schedule of this Order. The 2015 Order has been amended by the revocation of the Map Tiles specified in the First Schedule below and the insertion and addition of the Map Tiles specified in Second Schedule below and the insertion and addition of the property addresses specified in the Third Schedule below into Schedule 1 of the 2015 Order. Further information regarding the Order may be obtained from Joseph Rodrigo - email Joseph.Rodrigo@Knowsley.gov.uk or telephone 0151 443 2916 A copy of the Order, a plan showing the parts of the highway and areas affected by the Order, and a statement of the Council's reasons for making the Order may be inspected on the Council’s website at: www.knowsley.gov.uk/consultations If any person wishes to question the validity of the Order or any of the provisions contained within it, on the grounds that it or they are not within the powers conferred by the 1984 Act, or that any requirement of the 1984 Act or of any instrument made under it has not been complied with in making the Order, that person may within six weeks from the date that the Order was made apply for that purpose to the High Court. First Schedule - Map Tiles revoked from the 2015 Order Road

Ward

Extent of Restriction

Map Tile Number(s)

Map Tile Revision

Derby Street

St Gabriels

As per the drawing numbered PT/TM/6590 REV C

R48

5

Desilva Street Elm Street Second Schedule - Map Tiles inserted into the 2015 Order Road

Ward

Extent of Restriction

Map Tile Number(s)

Map Tile Revision

St Gabriels

As per the drawing numbered PT/TM/6590 REV C

R48

6

Schedule A – Map Tiles Revoked Road

Hornhouse Lane

Ward

Extent of Restriction

Map Tile Number(s)

Map Tile Revision

Derby Street

Northwood

As per plan PT/TM/6453

P21,P22,Q22 and R23

2 and 3

Desilva Street Elm Street

Schedule B – Map Tiles added/inserted Road

Hornhouse Lane

Ward

Northwood

Extent of Restriction As per plan PT/TM/6453

Map Tile Number(s) P21,P22,Q22 and R23

Dated 25th March 2021 Mike Harden Chief Executive

Third Schedule – properties to be inserted into Schedule 1 of the 2015 Order

Map Tile Revision Road

Ward

Properties

Derby Street

St Gabriels

Properties numbered 20,22,31,33

2 and 3 Dated 24 March 2021 Mike Harden Chief Executive


16 April 2021

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Prescot Cables work to push Women’s football Prescot Cables FC has been involved in consultations with Knowsley Council and other stakeholders regarding potential grant opportunities that may become available locally to help engage with local women to provide opportunities for football activities. This is something the club fully supports and aligns with the plans made to start a junior section which was paused when the first lockdown happened to help us grow our own women’s teams. Knowsley Council is working with the Football Association for Merseyside and other Merseyside councils to put together a bid to Sport England for Active Through Football funding. The funding aims to increase activity levels and create sustained behaviour change through football. If successful the project in Knowsley will target women with a specific focus on women 16-25 and 45+. To support the bid a consultation questionnaire has been developed and we are hoping that as many women as possible will complete the questionnaire which will help shape the future of the project in Knowsley. To complete the questionnaire go to the Prescot Cables website at www.prescotcablesafc.com

Prescot Cables AGM It has been agreed by the Prescot Cables FC board to hold the AGM virtually on Friday 30 April 2021 starting at approximately 7.30 p.m. CIC memberships need to be renewed before the AGM and as last year, you can’t vote or speak at the AGM without being a member. The annual fee remains at £5.00. Forms are available online Due to current restrictions, the AGM will take place virtually. We are limited to availability for 100 members via this, as such an invite will be sent out to the email address held on file, attendance will be to the first 100 members who RSVP. Anyone who does not have a chance to attend but would like to ask questions, will be able to email in before the AGM. A quorum of 20 people as a minimum is required for the AGM to run. Anyone wanting to stand for the board needs to join the CIC and give 28 days’ notice of their intention to stand. Anyone wanting to stand therefore has until 2 April 2021 to apply, please send in your application with a covering letter via media@prescotcablesafc.com. If anyone is thinking about joining the board and wants to discuss it informally please speak to any board member. The club would like to make potential board members aware that the role will involve duties outside of matchdays, and you will need to make yourself available through the week to meet the business needs of the football club. The formal agenda, accounts, last year’s minutes etc will be sent out 14 days before the meeting.

Cricket club continues to grow Whitefield Cricket Club based at Court hey Park in Knowsley has announced that due to growing membership they will be starting up a third team this season. The club are currently members of the Southport and District Amateur Cricket League, and already field two sides of a Saturday, plus a midweek 20/20 team in the Liverpool Business Houses league. If you would like to join their senior sides, you can drop them an e-mail at whitefieldcricketclub@gmail.com, or contact Matty on 07899 368447 or Jimmy 07800 123908. Recently they have launched their All Stars coaching programme for juniors aged 4-9 years old, in partnership with the ECB. For more information, you can e-mail the club at whitefieldcricketclub@gmail.com, or check out their website at www.whitefield.play-cricket.com/

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Leading Liverpool welfare lawyer warns of mental health crisis Steven Lunt, welfare lawyer with Astraea Legal is urging those facing welfare challenges to seek specialist assistance Anxiety levels among people claiming benefits are soaring with the Government still resisting claims despite the devastating effects of the pandemic, a leading Liverpool lawyer says. Steven Lunt, a specialist lawyer at fast-growing Liverpool law firm Astraea Legal, says he and his team are dealing with not just the legal fallout from the COVID crisis, but also the massive impact on peoples’ mental health as they struggle to meet basic needs. “We have seen people who have worked all their lives suddenly thrust into the benefits system because their job has been swept away by the pandemic,” said Steven. “That itself is a massive psychological blow. Then they have to deal with a welfare system that is geared up to resist claims. It’s no wonder anxiety levels are through the roof.” A welfare specialist for 25 years, Steven says he has never known things to be this bad, not even following the financial crisis of more than a decade ago. He added: “We may get back to some form of normality this summer, but many people will face hardship for a long time to come.” One year on from the first COVID-19 lockdown, Steven and his colleagues at Astraea are dealing with a growing number of clients who find themselves lost in a benefits system that is designed to frustrate rather than help. A study from the British Academy, set up last year by the Government’s chief scientific adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance, has just published its initial findings and they make stark reading. It brings together hundreds of research projects and more than 200 experts. It warns that a failure to understand the scale of the challenges the UK faces as it looks to recover from the pandemic could lead to a significant rise in poor health and widening inequality. It urges a major investment in public services to repair the “profound social damage” caused to the economy and to people’s mental, physical and financial wellbeing. Steven urges people in Merseyside who find they are struggling to get the help they need from the welfare system to get in touch. He explained: “We are here to help. When you are struggling to feed yourself, your family and keep a roof over your head, having to then fight the welfare system just to meet your basic needs is exhausting and demoralising. “In March 2020, the Government did introduce a safety net for existing claimants of benefits in severe financial difficulties. But the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) continued to send claim forms to claimants to be reassessed resulting in benefits being disallowed. It creates a climate of hopelessness. “In the past two years, the DWP has spent more than £120m to fight disability benefit claims. However, it lost three quarters of those tribunal appeals. With the right representation, people can extract what they need from the system. “During the past decade of austerity we have seen sharp rises in homelessness, in child poverty, in the numbers of people using foodbanks. The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the problem. The British Academy report is right on the money. We need a massive investment into not just infrastructure, but into the wellbeing of millions of people. “In the meantime, our message to the people of Merseyside is please don’t despair. If you find yourself bewildered by the morass of regulation of the benefits system then do reach out. We are ready and willing to offer the help you need.” www.astraealegal.com Telephone: 0330 1281660 If you would like to contact Steven Lunt please email:StevenLunt@astraealegal.com

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