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Shakespeare North Playhouse pulls in the crowds for opening up weekend On Friday 15 July the Shakespeare North Playhouse opened to the public. Across the entire weekend the playhouse welcomed more than 7300 people through the doors to explore the new space and all it has to offer. The venue is home to the only 17th-century style, timberbuilt ‘Cockpit’ theatre outside London and is able to seat 450 spectators. Built entirely during the pandemic with public funds and donations, the new venue is anticipated to attract more than 140,000 visitors a year. The weekend got off to an incredible start with All the Joy You Can Wish – a huge community parade and celebration outside the playhouse as part of Knowsley’s Borough of Culture celebrations. This event attracted more than 1500 local people. Alongside those cramming the streets outside the playhouse, the opening and events were seen by a further 6.6 million on local and national news. After a thrilling start to the

weekend, celebrations continued with 92 separate performances and events taking place and more than 1800 people joining the tours of the building. The playhouse team were supported by an army of volunteers who gave more than 200 hours of time over the opening weekend alone. The venue will also host a programme of regular family and community activities and events during its opening season, including pre-school music, storytelling and spoken word sessions, monthly open mic nights for beginners and experienced performers, craft, heritage, art and writing workshops for families, local school children and adults. Laura Collier, creative director at the Shakespeare North Playhouse, said: “The opening season was a statement of intent in terms of our ambition for the venue and our engagement with the local community and audiences in the years ahead”. Cllr Graham Morgan, leader of Knowsley Council said:

“What an amazing weekend we have witnessed here in Knowsley – I can’t quite get over just how many people got involved and the amazing feedback we have had. It was so lovely to hear so many positive comments and see the joy in people’s faces as they explored this amazing building. It was a very special moment and one that will live long in the memory of everyone who was there. “Thank you to everyone who helped make this weekend such a success. From the team at the playhouse to all the amazing volunteers, performers and creatives and of course to the public for their support!”

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Community garden giving people with disabilities and autism a place to grow A new service in Halewood is turning the tables on traditional day care and offering people with disabilities and autism a place to learn and grow. Members of the Your Voice Your Choice group have created a garden at their centre in Halewood, and want people across the wider area to come and enjoy the space and become a part of the community. The centre runs a range of activities, including singing and music sessions, while outside the garden helps people to grow and express themselves. Carole Mawdsley, business support lead, said: “We are a day service for adults with disabilities and autism and our aim over the coming months is to connect with local people who may be isolated, we have developed a lovely garden and veg garden which includes home made seating from pallets and up cycled tyres as pots. “The garden makes people feel happy. They start with the seed. They watch it grow. They absolutely love the responsibility of growing. It makes them feel valued. “They also feel that they’ve got a real responsibility, which is something that is really important for them.” Lilac Barr is one of those who tends to the plants, said she wants to see local people use the garden as a place to socialise. Lilac said: “People who are more isolated in the community, like the elderly, who may not have loads of relatives or friends, they'll be able to come here for a cup of tea, all the barbecue, a little coffee morning.” Some of those who enjoy the garden and the activities on offer say it has given them confidence and helped them make friends. After spending time learning and experiencing new skills, the

members can go on to volunteer, and hopefully even get paid by firms wanting to make the most of their abilities. Jenny Day, the founder of Your Voice Your Choice said: “Members are fully involved in the service, so that’s the biggest difference. We give people decision-making and choices. “Our aim over the coming months is to connect

with local people who may be isolated. We would like to invite them to help us with our garden or join us for quiz and bingo afternoons, coffee and a chat or perhaps join in one of our arts and crafts sessions. these services will be free “It’d be really easy to put on activities or take people out for the day, but the members deserve more.”

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Knowsley police officers have been busy providing a much-needed helping hand so a new youth club can open in Prescot. The local policing team in Knowsley were there preparing a room for the new resource to operate at a community centre called Vee’s Place on Kemble Street. Officers provided the skip and cleared out the room full of donations and old furniture ready for them to decorate. Vee’s Place is based in an old church building, and the facility will provide a safe space for children aged 11 to 17 years to meet up and participate in activities. Parents and children are invited to see what the new club has to offer and take part in activities such as indoor football, play musical instruments, table football, ping pong, air hockey, pool tables, crafts, library and an IT suite. Constable Emma Blackhurst said: “We are often faced with the community telling us ‘There’s nothing for the kids to do’. We want to help change that and we had all hands on deck at Vee’s place, helping to get the facility ready for open day in July. “We wanted to help because the new youth club provides a much-needed resource for young people to come and have fun within the surroundings of a safe space. Vee’s Place is such valued community centre, so we are pleased to

provide a helping hand.” Vee’s Place was set up by Verity Rhodes and delivers people-led activities and programmes that are engaging, fun and rewarding and develops self-esteem and resilience in our community. Locals refer to it as a much-needed lifeline in the community for people who need that extra helping hand to get back on their feet. Verity added: “I’m so pleased to have the help of the Knowsley local policing team, something that would have taken me a long time to complete has taken them a morning. The new youth club will provide a great service for the community where young people can come and enjoy themselves.”

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GUTTED FORMER SCHOOL MUST BE RESTORED The Grade II-listed former Margaret Bevan School must be restored and refurbished following an arson attack which left the building roofless, says the West Derby Society (WDS). Intruders recently set fire to the Victorian mansion which led to firefighters tackling the blaze and successfully put out the flames. Stephen Guy, WDS chairman said: “I went into the building after the blaze and was saddened by the damage from fire, smoke and water. “The roof has gone but I understand a structural engineer’s initial finding is that the walls are sound. “The fire was a disaster waiting to happen. For years the site has been a magnet to local children and youths who clamber into the wooded grounds. “We contacted Hassett Homes, the property’s owners, several weeks ago about our concerns relating to the security of the site. “Although extensive security fencing has been put in front of the buildings, the back was open and vulnerable. “The historic building had been securely tinned up after previous attacks. However, intruders had still been forcing themselves into the building.” Liverpool-based Hassett Homes has submitted detailed plans to develop the Margaret Bevan site, part of West Derby Village Conservation Area. The plans involve refurbishing the historic building as apartments and building houses in the extensive grounds.

Stephen added: “We will be opposing any plans to demolish the former school. “Even if demolition is ordered on safety grounds, we will be calling for a replica to be built incorporating some of the historic decorative features including the entrance porch and stone carvings.” West Derby, like many other places, has a long history of old buildings being torched in arson attacks. Parts of Kiln Hey/Alder Grange in Sandfield Park were

£1.3m windfall secured violence against women and girls A £1.3m windfall has been secured by Merseyside’s Police Commissioner to improve safety and tackle anti-social behaviour in two communities blighted by crime and to expand a powerful campaign to tackle Violence against Women and Girls across the region. Emily Spurrell has successfully bid for the huge cash investment from the Government’s Safer Streets Fund for two projects focused on reducing crime in hotspot areas in Knowsley and Liverpool. Working with Knowsley Council, £367,000 of funding will be used to improve the safety of residents in Primrose Court, a housing estate which has suffered from high levels of crime and anti-social behaviour in recent years. The new funding will be used to put in place a raft of measures aimed at preventing crime and making residents feel more secure in their homes, including the installation of new CCTV, street lighting and fencing. The funding will also be used to provide security devices for homes on the estate, tackle fly-tipping and improve local green spaces with the aim of rejuvenating the area and creating a healthier environment for residents. A similar community safety project will also be undertaken in Picton in Liverpool, an area which has a large student population and has seen a high number of burglaries in recent years.

The announcement brings the total funding secured by the PCC’s office from the Safer Streets Fund to almost £3m. Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Emily Spurrell said: “I am overjoyed we have secured this huge cash investment totalling £1,336,490 for these three much-needed projects aimed at improving safety in key areas across our region. “I visited both Primrose Court and Picton last week as part of ASB Awareness Week and saw for myself the issues these communities are facing. “Knowsley is one of the most deprived Boroughs in the country, yet it didn’t receive a penny in the Government’s socalled ‘levelling up’ announcement. I’m determined to do what I can to address that, so it’s great news that we have secured this major cash investment to focus on putting a stop to the issues which have afflicted Primrose Court for so long and to create a safer, cleaner, healthier environment for people living there.” Merseyside Police’s Deputy Chief Constable Ian Critchley said: “We have increased patrols and engaged targeted operations following reports of anti-social behaviour in Primrose Court in Huyton, and this funding will mean lasting physical changes can also be made to the area. It will be used to improve the appearance of the area, and street lighting and CCTV will be installed.

gutted in an arson attack in 2007. The West Derby Society visited the site and advised developers on the rebuilding and refurbishment work. The successful work took several years, also financed by new properties in the grounds. Firefighters also returned to Margaret Bevan – originally called Eddesbury – to put out smouldering timbers after local residents alerted emergency services.

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Park View Nursing Home hosts picnic party to support food bank Staff at Park View Nursing Home, in Ullet Road, Liverpool, hosted a teddy bears’ picnic party as an opportunity to collect food for their local food bank. Residents, friends, families and people from the local community were invited to the event at the Kingsley Healthcare home and had a fantastic afternoon enjoying entertainment, drinks and a delicious picnic. The home managed to collect a car full of food to donate to South Liverpool Foodbank which supports the community surrounding the nursing home. One in five of the UK population currently lives below the poverty line and South Liverpool Foodbank has fed over 10,000 during the last year. A few of the residents visited the local Tesco store to spend a donation from Kingsley Healthcare and Tesco also generously contributed a trolley full of donations for the foodbank. Regional activities co-ordinator Jodie Solaiman said: “Not only did the residents contribute towards a great cause but the experience of going into a supermarket was

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MP launches Knowsley skills centre Knowsley MP Sir George Howarth joined ForHousing at the launch of a trailblazing scheme designed to open up construction career pathways for young people who are finding mainstream school difficult. Based in Stockbridge Village, Knowsley’s new Skills Centre has been launched as part of ForHousing’s School Links project. The landlord has teamed up with local schools including Meadow Park School, Kassia Academy and Support Services and All Saints Catholic High School to offer students at key stage 4 multiskilled qualifications in construction. To officially open the centre, ForHousing invited Sir George Howarth and board members along to discover more about the practical workshops and qualifications that will be on offer. Young people utilising the skills centre will have the opportunity to learn everything from bricklaying and tiling to joinery - setting them up for further education, employment and training. Local residents will also be welcome to the centre to take up a diverse range of free practical courses which will also run. These include how to install bath panels, flooring and wall tiles and skirting boards. Plus, removal of mould from walls, how to build DIY planters and how to repair door frames. Knowsley MP, Sir George Howarth said: “It was a truly inspirational experience to see, at first-hand, the enthusiasm and commitment of the students learning new skills. The staff share that strong sense of purpose. “Also impressive and welcome is the opportunity on offer to local residents to learn new DIY techniques, which I’m sure many will want to take up. “I warmly welcome this important initiative which will

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help transform the lives, skills and confidence of those who take up the opportunities on offer”. The launch comes following the success of a similar School Links scheme in Salford, Greater Manchester. Board members were shown round the new centre by ForHousing’s CEO, Colette McKune MBE. Colette said: “Our ambition is to make more things possible for more people, so we are delighted to be able to use this space to create opportunities for young people to thrive. “It’s been a joy to see so many students grow in confidence after doing courses at the Salford centre and we’re excited to replicate this approach in Stockbridge Village. “Local teens will gain essential work experience and

hands on practical skills which opens up future work and training opportunities. We’ve seen how it gives young people a sense of worth and something positive to focus on. It was also important to us that the local community benefits too, so we have put together a varied timetable of free practical courses.” Paul Devlin, head of alternative provision at Meadowpark School, said: “Thanks so much for the really positive experience our students had with you today. They worked really hard and had a fantastic time. We were blown away by the transformation in their behaviour, attitude and work rate!” ForHousing’s School Links programme is just one of a number of initiatives the landlord offers through its Bright Futures scheme.

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KNOWSLEY ARK Bringing history alive To the Manor Born… Manorial Records in the Archive Manorial records are important sources of information concerning land ownership, administration and law and order in the past, so much so, that they are protected under the Law of Property Amendment Act, 1922. The location of manorial records can be traced using the Manorial Documents Register, or DMR, which is administered by the National Archives on behalf of the Master of the Rolls. Items recorded in the register include court rolls (so called because early documents were written on parchment, which would be stitched together to create rolls), surveys, maps, terriers, documents and books relating to the boundaries, wastes, customs or courts of the manor in question. There were two types of court engaged in the management and administration of managing. The Court Baron, which met every 3-4 weeks and was concerned with managing the customs of the manor and any offences committed against it, dealt with tenancies and community-related matters such as the regulation of agriculture, labour services, election of officials and the administration of justice for minor crimes. The second type of Court was the Court Leet, which was held every six months or so, and was more concerned with the enforcement of law and order in the Manor: it had powers normally exercised through the royal courts.

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A group of residents accused Richard Taylor of using ‘scandalous and uncivill words in deprevacon (sic) of the Right Hon. the Lord Strange’ on 3rd July at James Angsdale’s house

The Court Leet also oversaw frankpledge – the system of mutual responsibility for law and order which was undertaken by ten freemen of the Manor, who pledged to maintain order in the community. The Court Leet would examine the effectiveness of this under the View of Frankpledge. This Court would also try offences such as assault, highway destruction and breaking weights and measures regulations. Knowsley Archives Service holds a collection of manorial records concerning Prescot’s Court Leet. The history of Prescot’s Court Leet goes back to Henry VI, who gifted the Manor and Rectory of Prescot to Cambridge University to establish a college in 1445 – later to become King’s College, Cambridge. With the College taking responsibility for the administration of the town, a Steward was appointed to act on its behalf. The Royal Charter was granted on 1st September 1447, giving Prescot independence from the Sherriff’s Hundred Court and a degree of selfgovernment through the Court Leet. The Court Leet met twice a year within a month after Easter and Michaelmas. Under the Steward and

Deputy, it dealt with land transfers, weights and measures and offences such as intoxication, breach of the peace, affray, quarrelling, scolding and eavesdropping. Tenants who did not attend Court when called to do so were listed and fined, the proceeds being used in the Perrying Ceremony, where the Court Officers threw heated coins into the street from the balcony of the Court House, to be gathered up by excited crowds. Court business was recorded in the official records – the Prescot Court Rolls. The original and early Court Rolls are held at Lancashire Archives, but a book of transcripts compiled by Jack Knowles, from notes left by F A Bailey, gives us an insight into the business of the day. Read alongside Walter J Above: Levelling land at Prescot Moss King’s ‘Court Records of Prescot’, we can see Below: Draft Officer exemptions how local transgressions echoed national events. An entry for the adjourned Court of July 22nd 1642 illustrates the tensions that were felt during the English Civil War. A group of residents accused Richard Taylor of using ‘scandalous and uncivill words in deprevacon (sic) of the Right Hon the Lord Strange’ on 3rd July at James Angsdale’s house. Hamlett Whitfeeld reported this to the Steward, Thomas Woolfal esq., and described Taylor as ‘…a dissolute yonge fellow’. The offensive language was also witnessed by John Ormeston, who claimed that he had heard Richard Taylor utter the words: ‘Let my Lord Strange kiss my a*@#’. Jane Angsdale added that Taylor had been critical of Lord Strange taking arms and ammunition from Liverpool and Manchester (although Lord Strange was unsuccessful in obtaining arms from Manchester) and her children had also level land at Prescot Moss. The order carries a warning heard Richard speak offensively. to the townspeople, as it goes on to say that ‘all Thomas Standish, another Prescot resident, stated persons who may be detected making holes upon the that Taylor had said that Lord Strange ‘…was such an said moss or otherwise damaging the same’ will be upholder of papist as hee would undoe all the Country prosecuted at public expense. thereby’. Although Taylor had caused great offence The records also include notices relating to Court with his words, there is no record of any action being procedures, including a draft document, dated May taken against him. 16th 1755 which outlines the exemption from holding A number of original manorial records are held in other positions of office granted to the Coroner, Knowsley’s Archive, providing evidence of the workings Overseer, the Four Men and the Foreman of the Jury, of the Court Leet and its responsibilities for the whilst they are serving as Court Leet officials – one of township and its operations. the advantages of serving the Court Leet and the The town’s water supply was of vital importance and people of Prescot. an order dated 22nd June 1753 instructs the Four Men (Officers of the Court Leet) to direct the Constables to You can find out more about Knowsley’s heritage sink a well and fit a pump to it in ‘such part of the by visiting our website township of Prescott as may be thought convenient for email the greatest number of the inhabitants…’, making or call 0151 443 good spring water available to more people. 4291/4365. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook and A further order, made on the same day, instructed find Knowsley Archives on Flickr, WordPress and the Constables to pay Thomas Smith and Company to Soundcloud.

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Morrisons and Northwood Together join forces to beat holiday hunger

Morrisons in Kirkby has recently announced a new partnership with Northwood Together to help local families access food during the summer holidays. Morrisons regularly donate food items to Northwood Together who then redistribute it via their food drop ins. However, they have decided to take their support to families one step further. In their stores, Morrisons place food bank pick up bags at the entrance of the store and at their tills, filled with items that shoppers can buy to donate to families in need. Morrisons have now advised that some of bags that are purchased via the scheme will be donated to Northwood Together to redistribute. So throughout this summer Morrisons will be working closely with Northwood Together to redistribute some items that have been kindly purchased by shoppers at their store in Kirkby. Faye Lynch, community champion for Morrisons said: “Helping to tackle food hunger has always been one of my priorities since I started my job with Morrisons. “I am proud to say we have been able to create this partnership with Northwood Together to be able to help make a difference within the Kirkby community. “Being able to make up bags of essential items and have them on sale in store along with our own donations is going to make real a difference and I am honoured to be working with such an amazing team that is Northwood Together for our community.”

Halewood’s free uniform shop opens thanks to funding A community initiative which recycles donated school uniform in Halewood has boosted its stockpile thanks to funding. Halewood Uni-Wise, which supplies new and nearly new uniforms, received £500 from Redrow’s Halewood Community Fund. The Halewood Community Fund was launched by Redrow to help community groups, charities or other good causes based in, or serving, the area around the housebuilder’s two new developments in the town - The Finches at Hilton Grange, off Lower Road, and Grace Fields at Hilton Grange, off Greensbridge Lane. Run solely by volunteers, Halewood UniWise, is open at St Nicholas’ Centre Halewood every Saturday until August 20, for people to choose and collect items for free. “We have found that some items, particularly school blazers, sports and PE kit and larger size shirts and trousers are harder to come by from the donated of items we

receive,” said Alison Shacklady, a volunteer at Halewood Uni-Wise. “So, we do have to buy these in order to help families who are struggling. The money we received has gone towards purchasing these items, so we are hugely grateful for this funding. “We also accept any donated items, so if anyone does have any unwanted uniform, we would gladly accept it.” Sian Pitt, sales director at Redrow Lancashire, said: “The volunteers do a wonderful job here at Halewood Uni-Wise, helping families with school aged children. “And of course, they are also helping to reduce the number of items heading to landfill. We are very happy to support this project in the heart of the Halewood community.” For further information visit

Alzheimer’s Society’s Memory Walk 2022 at Aintree Racecourse People in Merseyside are being urged to put their best foot forward and unite against dementia at Alzheimer’s Society’s Liverpool Memory Walk. Hundreds of fundraisers will don their walking boots at Aintree Racecourse on 4 September alongside friends, family and colleagues to support the 31,960 people living with dementia in Merseyside and Cheshire. Alzheimer’s Society is calling walkers of all ages and abilities to go the distance with a 6km long route of the iconic racecourse or a shorter 2km route, which is wheelchair accessible and suitable for all ages and abilities. Sign up for free at

Tale of the Unexpected at Kirkby Dovetailing with the storytelling theme for Knowsley’s Borough of Culture 2022 celebrations, the Tale of the Unexpected exhibition emerges out of a borough-wide schools project, inspiring children to create a ‘story in a page’ influenced by where they live. Their stories will be a fantastically creative mix of magic, historical points of interest, local urban myths and contemporary references. The exhibition will see the gallery walls and floors transformed into a larger-than-life open book, with giant pages. The exhibition takes place from 1 August – 17 September. Admission is free.


L to R The mayor of Halewood Barbara Dunn, Redrow’s Julie Madden and volunteer Alison Shacklady

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Family fun in Halewood Over 400 people attended New Hutte Neighbourhood Centre in Halewood to celebrate the Torrington Drive Community Association Family Fund Day through funding thanks to The Community Champions Programme. The event consisted of inflatables, sports games, arts and crafts, wellbeing workshops, fun games and music and dance. The day proved a big hit with all families has they joined Torry the Tiger in all the fun and games. Torrington Drive Community Association has shown resilience and strength as a charity, providing food, care and activities for residents throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, and this summer they have helped make a difference for children and families around Halewood. The programme was delivered by One Knowsley, coproduced with Knowsley Council and is funded by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities as part of The Good Business Festival and Knowsley’s year as Borough of Culture. Photographs: Ste Brophy

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Returning Prescot Carnival was well worth the wait! The Prescot Carnival returned to its home of Brown’s Field after a three-year absence attributable to the Covid-19 pandemic and judging by the number of people attending, it was well worth the wait! Thousands of residents and visitors flocked to the event organised by Prescot Town Council, which included live music, stand-up comedy, dance productions, dog shows, stalls, funfair and free family activities. Cllr Joanne Burke, Mayor of Prescot Town Council said: “The return of the Prescot Carnival is long overdue and we are delighted to have brought it back this year. “The Covid-19 pandemic negatively impacted upon many council events and projects, and we’re therefore pleased to bring some normality and fun back to the town in light of restrictions easing. “We’re also proud to provide so many carnival attractions and activities for free - climbing walls, bouncy castles, sports activities and live entertainment – can all be enjoyed without a penny being spent; as these costs have been met by the Town Council.” Alex Spencer, clerk to Prescot Town Council said: “Having only started with Prescot Town Council a few months ago, I have been blown away by the planning and entertainment offer of the carnival. Although I have been involved in events run by other councils, the carnival entertainment and activity offer is fantastic; and the resulting attendee footfall is huge. “It’s safe to say that the Prescot Carnival is a highlight of the year for residents and visitors, and moving forward, councillors and officers will be working hard to further improve this already hugely successful event.” Photographs: Steve Samosa

10 August 2022

CHALLENGE EDUCATION Round up of education news 1000 Kirkby children ride Elephant in a Boat Over 1,000 Kirkby school children have taken part in the “Elephant in a Boat” project run by the Passion for Kirkby (PFK) team. Pastor Graham Peel from Northwood Chapel was inspired to write his new

children’s book whilst watching children play on the statue in Kirkby’s Newtown Gardens. Interactive workshops allow key stage one children to explore the elephant and found out why it has it’s home in Kirkby town centre. Graham then reads to the children from his new book and then each child gets to take a copy home. Ten out of twelve Kirkby schools have signed up to the project, but the PFK team are keen to make sure that no child misses out so if your school has not yet taken part they can contact Graham who would love to chat to you in the new autumn term. His contact number is 0776 4488724.

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Local students have swapped their school for the safari as part of a pioneering programme to help children with special education needs and disabilities to sample the world of work. A new work skills programme has been created by Knowsley Safari in partnership with Growth Platform - Liverpool City Region Growth Company, to provide pupils with hands-on experience of what it takes to run a popular visitor attraction. Classes from Bluebell Park School in Knowsley have been trying out a whole host of different jobs at Knowsley Safari, from animal trainers through to grounds keepers, working in the busy restaurant and even helping with a meerkat research project. Ellie Hill, learning manager at Knowsley Safari, said: “Work experience is a valuable part of education and growing up. It helps children to get an idea of what the world of work looks like. These experiences are often unobtainable for pupils with special education needs and disabilities because of practical and physical limitations outside of their classrooms. “Our new work skills programme addresses this and allows pupils to sample the many varied tasks that help the Safari to run like clockwork every day. This has involved a mix of experiences such as helping to clean the restaurant, practicing customer services skills, and helping the ground team with planting on the Tiger Trail.” Kate Aitchison, teacher and careers lead at Bluebell Park School, said: “The work skills programme really does provide a unique opportunity for pupils to gain handson experience of different jobs. It’s been fascinating and worthwhile, and really helped the children to imagine the possibilities of what they can do when they’re ready to start their careers.”

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Show racism the red card In March this year Lawrence House School in Huyton enrolled in a anti racism competition (Show racism the red card). The school wanted to create a piece of music with a message for people of all genders, ages, abilities, race, religions and cultures that hate has no place in sport or society. Deputy headteacher, Fay Donnelly said: “While writing the lyrics for the piece we discussed the experiences facing our young people today and I was blown by the students input and how they expressed themselves through lyrics and music. “Although society has evolved, we’re young people are more expectant of people from minorities or different cultures, the students were fully aware that there are people who do not want society to be an inclusive one. “The students who are classed as vulnerable children in our society, who had personal experiences of discrimination, showed no hate towards those who had discriminated towards them but displayed an understanding that hate is not the answer but to love each other understand each other and judge the person by the content of their character, not by how they look or what they stand for. “The song we produced ‘Colour blind’ was a huge success winning the northwest heat of the competition and was performed live at an awards ceremony at the Emirates Stadium in London by one of our students who suffers from a sight condition. “At the end of the performance there was not a dry eye in the room as the emotion of the occasion and how the young person performed that day, really expressed exactly the message we wanted to send, love each other respect other and then we can build a better society for our children for the future.”

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Rainford High celebrates diversity and inclusion On Thursday 14 July, Rainford High held its conference ‘Building A World Where Everyone Matters’ which celebrated diversity, whilst also raising awareness about the issues surrounding the topic of inclusion. The conference, supported by Communications Plus, took place at the school on Higher Lane and activities lasted all day. A variety of guest speakers were invited to talk to students about their own experiences regarding diversity in their lives and careers. In addition to this, multiple workshops took place throughout the afternoon that were led by students from participating schools. Around 140 students were in attendance. The line-up of speakers consisted of John Barnes MBE, a former professional football player and commentator, Christian Owens, transgender motivational speaker and founder of GenderSpace, Walé Adeyemi MBE, a British-Nigerian fashion designer and entrepreneur and Paula Barker, a British Labour Party politician and MP for Wavertree. Following an introduction to the event from the school’s principal, Mr Ian Young, John Barnes MBE took to the stage first to discuss his experiences with racism as a footballer. He recounted incidents to exemplify this including times where football fans would throw items at the

coach, directed at him, shouting racially abusive terms. John explained his mindset in dealing with this abuse. Christian Owens, in his own words, used his “lived experience to educate”. He took the audience through his journey as a transgender man, beginning all the way from childhood and spending time focusing on his time at school as to show his understanding to any students in the room who could relate. As somebody who served 27 years in the police, Christian also discussed how inclusive the force has now become. Christian’s main messages to the students were “be proud and visible” and “be your true authentic self”. B-side founder, Walé Adeyemi MBE, talked about his career in fashion design and how he began with no self-belief but is now a confident, successful fashion designer who has worked for clients such as Victoria Beckham and Beyoncé. Walé explained that by following this career path, he was subverting the expectations of Nigerian culture and his parents who expected him to pursue a field such as law or medicine. Paula Barker discussed the importance of “speaking up for the voices that aren’t usually heard” as she talked about her role as a woman in politics representing a predominantly working-class community. She gave examples of the sexist discrimination

that she has faced including verbal abuse online targeting her appearance and described how her male colleagues do not face a similar type of abuse. Paula emphasised the urgent need for diversity in parliament. Mr Ian Young said: “Today’s conference ‘Building A World Where Everyone Matters’ was absolutely wonderful. I would like to say a huge thank you to our special guest speakers for being here and taking the time to share their stories with us. I am sure that students and staff alike left the school feeling very inspired.

“At Rainford, we understand the importance of acknowledging and celebrating diversity as well as ensuring that both pride and self-esteem are instilled within all of our students. Thank you to the students from our partner schools for their hard work in hosting workshops that were very beneficial in exploring diversity to a deeper extent.” Mr Young added: “I would also like to thank Communications Plus for supporting the event. We are very grateful for the local business’ help and our students have had the opportunity to learn so much.”

Huyton Boys Team of ’71 celebration Fans, friends, family and former players from the Huyton Schoolboys football team gathered together on Wednesday 20 July to commemorate more than 50 years since the team famously won the English School’s FA Cup in 1971 – the first non-city team to do so. A special celebration event was held at Knowsley Leisure and Culture Park which reflected on the monumental achievement of the team through a series of nostalgic speeches from those involved in the club and a specially commissioned film about the team. The project, which was a key event in Knowsley’s year as Liverpool City Region Borough of Culture was made possible – thanks to National Lottery players – with support from The National Lottery Heritage Fund. There were more than a few famous faces at the event with Everton legend and former Huyton Schoolboys player Peter Reid in attendance alongside the Team of ‘71’s manager, award-winning playwright and screen writer, Alan Bleasdale who gave a moving speech reflecting on the team’s success and

their time together, referring to them as “glory days”. The celebration event also marked the official launch of a brand-new book about Huyton’s footballing pedigree; ‘Huyton’s Titans’ by local author Mark Campbell. The book documents the huge number of successful footballers and football teams who have originated in and around Huyton, with 140 player biographies and a raft of archive photos and memorabilia. Cllr Graham Morgan, leader of Knowsley Council said: “I was 11years-old when I saw the Huyton Boys team defeat the Stoke Boys at Goodison Park on the 19 April 1971. To see so many of those faces back in the same room again felt quite magical. “We cannot underestimate the significance the Huyton Boys success has had on our borough’s sporting history. Their victories laid the foundations to inspire so many other young men and women to excel and make a name for themselves in the field of football. Mark Campbell, author of ‘Huyton’s Titans’ said: “It has been a joy to be

involved in this project and for ‘Huyton’s Titans’ to be an important part of it. I started off with just a handful of photos and a headful of memories. Without the enthusiastic support of the local football community, Knowsley Council and the National Lottery Heritage Fund none of this would have been possible.” To accompany the event, Knowsley Council’s Culture Team created a

special display – inspired by ‘Huyton’s Titans – detailing the borough’s rich footballing history; examining Junior and Amateur football, the legacy of Prescot Cables, the growth of women’s football in the area and some of the many professional footballers who have hailed from the borough. This display is on public view at Knowsley Leisure and Culture Park until 17 August.

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THE TITANIC TIMESLIP In the summer of 1930, Peter O’Hare – who hailed from Huyton – had to get out of New York for reasons he never explained. O’Hare had been a merchant seaman who had decided to stay in the Big Apple in 1928, the year before the calamitous Wall Street Crash, and he fell in with local hoodlums. O’Hare wrote regularly to his mother in Huyton but after February 1929 the letters ceased abruptly. There were rumours which reached Liverpool’s underworld grapevine that O’Hare had somehow been involved in the St Valentine’s Day Massacre in Chicago. By July 1930 O’Hare had dyed his hair white and was living the life of a hobo and he stowed away on the Liverpool-bound Cunard liner Laconia, together with a Birkenhead gambler named Ralph Jones. The Laconia left the New York docks with Jones pretending he was a thirdclass passenger and sleeping in an unoccupied cabin, while the cautious O’Hare slept under a canvas-covered lifeboat. Three days into the voyage, Ralph Jones won a small fortune at a poker game, but when he went to the ship’s purser to claim his winnings, the purser carried out the routine procedure of checking Ralph’s name against the passenger list – and he saw it was absent. “Wait there, Mr Jones,” said the purser, obviously on his way to report Jones as a stowaway. Jones fled, and hid in the lifeboat Peter O’Hare was hiding in. O’Hare was furious, as he thought the first thing the ship’s officers would do would be to search the lifeboats – but instead, something extremely bizarre happened. Everything went quiet, and O’Hare noticed it first; there were over 2,000 passengers on the Laconia and yet the two stowaways could not hear a single voice. Jones lifted the canvas and peeped out. The deck was deserted – and stranger still, that deck and all of the fittings looked different. Despite O’Hare trying to pull him back in the lifeboat, Jones got on the deck and said: “‘Where’s everyone gone? Have they abandoned ship? Are we sinking?” O’Hare left the lifeboat, intending to punch Jones, but he saw his colleague was right; there wasn’t a living soul about

– and O’Hare also noted that the ship now bore no resemblance to the Laconia. “This is very fishy – very fishy indeed,” murmured O’Hare, and Jones grabbed his arm and said: “O’Hare – is this someone’s idea of a joke?” and he nodded at the name on the lifeboat. It read ‘SS Titanic’. O’Hare took a deep breath. He pinched his own arm, thinking he was perhaps still asleep in the lifeboat and dreaming this – but it was no dream. “It can’t be the Titanic – obviously it can’t; she went down nearly twenty years ago.” “She did,” said a stunned Jones, “so, unless this is one of her lifeboats – maybe they salvaged it;” and he couldn’t finish the sentence. O’Hare inspected the other lifeboats; they all had the name ‘SS Titanic’ on them at one end and ‘Liverpool’ at the other. This was taking a joke too far – or the men were really on the Titanic. This was the thought of Peter O’Hare. He and Ralph Jones walked the deck, which seemed much longer than the deck of the Laconia. Then Jones saw the name RMS Titanic on life rings mounted about the place, and those three huge black-topped funnels above – an orangey shade of buff – did not look right. “This can’t be,” said Ralph Jones, his superstitious nature getting the better of him, “this is a trick of the Devil.” “Talk of the Devil and he’ll appear,” O’Hare suddenly remarked, “who’s this fellah?” The figure of a man stood on the

promenade deck about 70 yards away. Jones had the superior eyesight of the two, and said the stranger had on a cloth cap. The stowaways walked slowly towards him, and O’Hare slyly produced a revolver, which surprised Jones. As the duo drew nearer, they could see the man was young – late teens, early twenties – with a round baby face. He put his hands up when he saw O’Hare’s revolver. “Do you know we’re on the Titanic?” the young man asked in a Scottish accent. It transpired he had been a stowaway too, and that his name was John Dempsey, trying to get home to Lanarkshire. He was as baffled as O’Hare and Jones, but O’Hare searched him anyway. The three of them explored the deserted liner, and Jones saw the fine food and wine laid out on the dining tables, but was too scared to touch it. Then Dempsey yelped. He said something had brushed past him. The men then heard faint voices – people in conversation – people laughing, and an aroma of tobacco. Now and then the trio would see shadowy figures darting about and then Jones bumped into something which had a feminine scent, and this unseen presence said, “Oh! What was that?” Jones panicked and ran up to the deck with O’Hare and Dempsey following. Jones cried: “We’re on a ship full of ghosts! I’ve got to get off!”

O’Hare struggled to explain his take on the uncanny proceedings. “It’s as if these people are there, but in another time; it’s like the way the blade of a fan seems to vanish when it turns fast.” “I wonder if it will hit the iceberg?” said Dempsey, “because it hit an iceberg – the Titanic.” “I know what happened to the Titanic, and I want to get off this ship now!” shouted Jones, grabbing the handrail. He looked out to the infinite sea – nothing on the horizon but sky. Dempsey said they could try and steer the ship and Jones snapped, and screamed at him to shut up. Then the deck was suddenly full of flickering shapes, and voices; the passengers of 1912 were slowly returning. Jones ran to one of the lifeboats and hid in it. He said the Lord’s Prayer over and over and O’Hare got in the lifeboat with the revolver. He too was beginning to believe that Jones was right – some demonic force was at work. Then they heard a crash, and screams and the canvas flew off the lifeboat, lifted by a gale. O’Hare and Jones were back on the Laconia. They made it to Liverpool with a tale no one would believe. Dempsey was discovered in a lifeboat and ended up in Walton Gaol. Whether the incident was some timeslip or a trick of the Devil will probably never be known. Haunted Liverpool 35 is out now on Amazon.

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High Sheriff award presented to Knowsley CCTV operative Jake Johnson from Knowsley has been recognised by the High Sheriff of Merseyside for his achievements after thriving in a permanent job he secured with Knowsley Council following a work placement on Knowsley’s first Supported Internship programme in 2016. Supported Internships are a structured, work-based study programme for 16 – 24 year olds with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). Jake joined the Council’s CCTV control room as one of a group of young people working in services across the Council. Like many on the programme, it was Jake’s

first ever experience of the working environment. As a result of his determination and commitment, and with support from Knowsley Community College tutors, a council mentor and his colleagues, Jake proved his value within the workplace and became an important member of the CCTV control room team; so much so, he secured a job with the team when his internship finished in 2017. Since then, Jake has gone on to develop news skills and confidence. He’s helped to deliver training sessions about learning disabilities and difficulties to local businesses, encouraging organisations to support someone with special educational needs and difficulties in their workplace. He’s also involved in the council’s ‘Meet the Employee’ programme. Jake features in one of the films where employees talk about their roles which is shown to pupils with SEND to raise aspirations around employment and the benefits of having a job. After watching Jake’s film, groups of pupils have visited him and the CCTV team to see first-hand the work Jake does and ask him about his job and employment journey. It’s no wonder The High Sheriff of Merseyside was keen to meet with Jake when the CCTV team contacted her about Jake’s inspiring journey. The High Sheriff of Merseyside, Ms Lesley Martin-Wright, paid a visit to the CCTV Control Room to see Jake at work and award him The High Sheriff award in recognition of all that he has achieved professionally and personally and in helping to raise the aspirations of pupils in Knowsley with SEND. Lesley Martin-Wright said: “I had the greatest privilege in presenting a #HighSheriff Award to Jake Johnson from Knowsley Council. Jake was offered a job in the CCTV control room team when his internship finished in 2017. His supported internship was structured and work-based, and thanks to the Sue Temple-Fielding and the CCTV control room team it was designed to support those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). “Jake is such an ambassador for Knowsley, and has achieved so much professionally and personally there is no doubt that he deserves his High Sheriff Award. Jake is now helping to raise the aspirations of pupils in Knowsley with #SEND. Well done Jake.” Jake Johnson, said: “I felt really proud and happy when I received the award. It was really nice to meet the High Sheriff and I thank all my colleagues in work for helping me to develop and learn the skills needed for employment.”

KNOWSLEY METROPOLITAN BOROUGH COUNCIL SCHEME OF MEMBERS’ ALLOWANCES NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that, in accordance with the provisions of the Local Authorities (Members’ Allowances) (England) Regulations 2003, the Council of the Borough of Knowsley received a report and recommendations from the Independent Remuneration Panel in respect of a Scheme of Allowances for 2022/23 for the Authority’s Elected Members. In summary, the Panel recommended the following: (i)

That, for the 2022/23 municipal year, the indexation of Members’ Allowances (including the Mayor’s Allowance) should continue to be linked to the pay award given to Local Government Service employees;


The rates of Basic and Special Responsibility Allowances will therefore be as follows: £ Basic Allowance


Leader of the Council


Leader of the Opposition (i.e. the largest Opposition Group)


That, as in the previous year’s Scheme, no in borough travel expenses will be reimbursed; (iii) That the Mayor’s Allowance rate be paid at £10,373.47;

Cabinet Member Scrutiny Committee Chairperson


(iv) That the car mileage rate remain unchanged and fixed (at a flat rate of 45p) in line with the HM Revenue and Customs non-taxable rate and the rate for motorcycles remain unchanged and fixed (at a flat rate of 18.4p) irrespective of engine size and only be reimbursed for out of borough travel for authorised duties;

Scrutiny Committee Vice Chairperson


Planning Committee Chairperson


Licensing Committee Chairperson



Governance and Audit Committee Vice Chairperson


Health and Wellbeing Board Chairperson


Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority Representative


That the maximum levels of subsistence which may be claimed by Elected Members remain unchanged and be paid at the 2021/22 levels (where such expenditure has been incurred in the performance of an authorised duty);

(vi) That the Elected Members’ Communications Package remain unchanged and continues to support members in their role as Councillor; (vii) That the maximum level of allowance which may be claimed towards the cost of childcare and carers continues to be set at the Living Wage level; and (viii) That the voluntary policy for Parental Leave remain unchanged. Following consideration of the report of the Independent Remuneration Panel, the Council, at its Annual Meeting held on 25 May 2022, noted the Panel’s recommendations set out above. In relation to Special Responsibility Allowances, the Council noted the Panel’s recommendations and adopted the levels of allowances for the proposed decision making structure as detailed in this notice. The Council adopted the Scheme of Members’ Allowances commencing in 2022/23 in line with the Independent Remuneration Panel’s recommendations (i) to (viii) above with immediate effect. In addition, the Council will meet the costs of any Allowances paid to the Council’s nominees on the Liverpool City Region Transport Committee.


A copy of the Independent Remuneration Panel’s report and the Council’s Scheme of Members’ Allowances, as amended, are available on line at and may be inspected at the Municipal Buildings, Archway Road, Huyton during office hours. For further information, please contact Lynn Cairns on 0151 443 3107 or by email at

Mike Harden Chief Executive Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council, Municipal Buildings, Archway Road, Huyton, L36 9YU

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Health Update Cllr Christine Bannon, Cabinet Member for Health Did you know that being inactive is the fourth largest cause of disease and disability in the UK? It directly contributes to one in six deaths, which is the same number as smoking. That is why it so important that we all do what we can to keep active, whatever our fitness level or ability. Keeping active, does not mean you have to be going to the gym or running a marathon. You can enjoy a short walk through the borough’s parks and green spaces and incorporating simple changes in your daily routine, such as walking to the next bus stop or ditching the car and cycling to work (helps the environment too) can help you to be active throughout the day Being active can also help boost your mood, improve concentration and memory and help you to sleep better. Making small simple changes to what you eat can help improve your diet and help you to feel better and lose weight. Reducing the amount of sugary snacks and processed foods and replacing them with plenty of fruit and vegetables (fresh, frozen and tinned are all good) is a simple way to improve your diet. You should also make sure you keep hydrated, especially during the warmer months, water is best. Try to avoid sugary drinks and alcohol as these both contain calories and can cause weight gain. There are lots of great websites and books available that offer free simple recipes that use fresh ingredients for a range of budgets! Our Healthy Knowsley Service can also help too. Knowsley residents can access a wide range of advice and support via Healthy Knowsley, which provides a one stop shop for local services, activities and offers personalised support via wellbeing coaches. You can access information online or call 0800 0731 202. If you’re struggling with how you’re feeling at the moment visit the NHS Every Mind Matters – NHS ( for tips and advice to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that in order to enable essential highway maintenance works to be undertaken on the roads described in the Schedules below (“the Works”), and in order to facilitate traffic management, Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council proposes not less than seven days from the date of this Notice to make an Order under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984. The effect of this Order will be to temporarily restrict the speed of vehicles to 30mph on the roads set out in Schedule 1, 40mph on the roads set out in Schedule 2 and 50mph on the roads set out in Schedule 3:The council also proposes to temporarily revoke the Orders detailed in Schedule 4 below. The council also proposed to temporarily revoke the Motorway Regulations detailed in Schedule 5 below. It is anticipated that the majority of the works will be undertaken during weekend periods. The temporary speed limits will therefore only be brought into effect during periods when specific work operations are being carried out. The Order will come into force on Friday 19 August 2022 and will have a maximum duration of 18 months. SCHEDULE 1 – TEMPORARY 30MPH SPEED LIMIT • A580 East Lancashire Road – both carriageways including the slip roads from its junction with Coach Road at the Knowsley Metropolitan Borough/St Helens Metropolitan Borough Boundary for a distance of approximately 5km in a westerly direction. • M57 Motorway – on the circulatory carriageway around the roundabout at junction 4 of the M57. • A580 Knowsley Wood Lane – westbound carriageway, commencing at its junction with the roundabout at junction 4 of the M57 Motorway and continuing in a north-westerly direction for approximately 870m. • A580 Knowsley Wood Lane – eastbound carriageway from the Liverpool City/Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Boundary to its junction with the roundabout at junction 4 of the M57 Motorway, for a distance of approximately 1.1km. • A5208 Moorgate Road South – both carriageways from its junction with the A580 East Lancashire Road for a distance of approximately 190m in a southerly direction. SCHEDULE 2 – TEMPORARY 40MPH SPEED LIMIT • A5300 Knowsley Expressway – both carriageways including slip roads, from its junction with the M57 Motorway for a distance of approximately 5km in a southerly direction to its junction with the A562. • Higher Road and the A562 – both carriageways including slip roads from Baileys Lane junction for a distance of approximately 2.5km in an easterly direction to the Knowsley Metropolitan Borough/Halton Borough Boundary. • A561 – both carriageways including slip roads, from the Liverpool City Boundary to its junction with the A562, a distance of approximately 1.65km. SCHEDULE 3 – TEMPORARY 50MPH SPEED LIMIT • M62 Motorway – both carriageways including slip roads from junction 6 (Tarbock Island) for a distance of approximately 5.5km in a westerly direction to the Knowsley Metropolitan Borough/Liverpool City Boundary. SCHEDULE 4 – TEMPORARY REVOCATIONS • (A580 EAST LANCASHIRE ROAD, KIRKBY) (60MPH SPEED LIMIT) ORDER 2006 Westbound carriageway from 10m northeast of its interface with the projected centreline of the Coach Road (at Knowsley/St Helens Boundary) in a south westerly direction to 9m northeast of its interface with the projected centreline of Knowsley Lane junction. Eastbound carriageway from 9m southwest of its interface with the projected centreline of Hewitt’s Lane junction to a point 10m northeast of its interface with the projected centreline of the Coach Road (at Knowsley/St Helens Boundary). • (VARIOUS ROADS, KIRKBY, AND KNOWSLEY) (50MPH SPEED LIMIT) ORDER 2006 A580 East Lancashire Road – westbound carriageway from 9m northeast of its interface with the projected centreline of Knowsley Lane junction in a south-westerly direction. A580 East Lancashire Road – eastbound carriageway from Liverpool City Boundary in a north-easterly direction to a point 9m southwest of its interface with the projected centreline of Hewitt’s Lane junction. A5208 Moorgate Road South – both carriageways between its junction with the A580 East Lancashire Road and the circulatory carriageway of the M57 Motorway, junction 4 roundabout. M57, junction 4 roundabout – entire circulatory carriageway. Knowsley Wood Lane – westbound carriageway from its junction with the circulatory carriageway of the M57 junction 4 in a north-westerly direction to its junction with the A580 East Lancashire Road. Knowsley Wood Lane – eastbound carriageway from the Knowsley Metropolitan Borough/Liverpool City Boundary in a north-easterly then south-easterly direction to its junction with the circulatory carriageway of the M57 Motorway, junction 4. SCHEDULE 5 – TEMPORARY REVOCATION OF MOTORWAY REGULATIONS 1982, REGULATION 5 AND 9 • M62 Motorway – both carriageways including slip roads from junction 6 (Tarbock Island) for a distance of approximately 5.5km in a westerly direction to the Knowsley Metropolitan Borough/Liverpool City Boundary. Dated 27 July 2022 Mike Harden Chief Executive

To advertise your Public Notice advert Telephone: 0151 706 7411 KNOWSLEY METROPOLITAN BOROUGH COUNCIL ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 - SECTION 14(1) (COUNTY ROAD, KIRKBY) (TEMPORARY PROHIBITION OF DRIVING TRAFFIC REGULATION) ORDER 2022 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that in order to facilitate an essential railway bridge replacement 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:

KNOWSLEY METROPOLITAN BOROUGH COUNCIL HIGHWAYS ACT 1980 (PILCH LANE EAST, ROBY) TRAFFIC CALMING 2022 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council in exercise of its powers under Sections 90A and 90C of the Highways act 1980 and the Highways (Road Humps) Regulations 1999, intends in not less than 21 days from the date of this notice, to install the following traffic calming measures at Pilch Lane East, Roby:Speed cushions, in sets of two and three, the dimensions of which will be 1700mm x 2000mm x 75mm High Five sets of two cushions at Pilch Lane East at:i) a point 81 metres east of its junction with Childwall Lane ii) a point 142 metres east of its junction with Childwall Lane iii) a point 207 metres east of its junction with Childwall Lane iv) a point 276 metres east of its junction with Childwall Lane v) a point 38 metres south of its junction with Fairfield Avenue A copy of this Notice, a plan showing the position of the speed cushions, and a statement of the Council's reasons may be inspected on the Council’s website; Further information regarding the proposed traffic calming measures may be obtained from Luke Taylor - email Any objection must be in writing, state the grounds on which it is made and be sent to Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council, Legal Services, 2nd Floor, Municipal Building, Archway Road Huyton Merseyside L36 9YU quoting reference (Pilch Lane East) within 21 days of the date of this Notice. DATED 29 July 2022 MIKE HARDEN Chief Executive

i) County Road, Kirkby – Between its junction with Headbolt Lane to its junction with St Kevin’s Drive ii) County Road – Service Road, Kirkby – from a point 200 metres northwest of its junction with Melling Drive to its end point. The diversion route for vehicles affected by the County Road closure will be Bank Lane, Prescot Road, Cunscough Lane, Liverpool Road, Ormskirk Road, Rainford Road, M58 Junction 3 To Junction 4 On Slip, Rainford Bypass, Mossborough Road, East Lancashire Road, Coopers Lane, South Boundary Road, County Road and vice versa. Additionally, no diversion route available for the Closure of County Road, service road, therefore access will be maintained. It is anticipated that the works will take place from Saturday 23 July 2022 to Tuesday 30 August 2022. The Order came into force on Saturday 23 July 2022 and will have a maximum duration of 18 months. Dated 6 April 2022 Mike Harden Chief Executive

KNOWSLEY METROPOLITAN BOROUGH COUNCIL ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 - SECTION 14(1) (OLD DOVER ROAD, ROBY) (TEMPORARY PROHIBITION OF DRIVING TRAFFIC REGULATION) ORDER 2022 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that in order to facilitate enabling 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: i) Old Dover Road, Roby – From a point 50 metres South from its junction with Headingley Close for 33 metres in a Westerly direction. Closed from 1 August 2022 to 12 August 2022 There is no available diversion route for vehicles affected by the Old Dover Road, Roby road closure however resident access will be maintained. It is anticipated that the works will take place from Monday 1 August 2022 to Friday 12 August 2022. The Order will come into force on Monday 1 August 2022 and will have a maximum duration of 18 months. Dated 9 June 2022 Mike Harden Chief Executive

KNOWSLEY METROPOLITAN BOROUGH COUNCIL ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 - SECTION 14(1) (GREENSBRIDGE LANE , HALEWOOD) (TEMPORARY PROHIBITION OF DRIVING TRAFFIC REGULATION) ORDER 2022 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that in order to facilitate essential connections work for Halewood housing development (“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: i) Greensbridge Lane, Halewood – from its junction with Lower Road to its junction with the circulatory carriageway of Greensbridge Lane. The diversion route for vehicles affected by the Greensbridge Lane road closure is via Greensbridge Lane, Church Road, Lydiate Lane, Halewood Road, Belle Vale Road, Childwall Valley Road, Caldway Drive, Netherley Road, Greensbridge Lane and Vice Versa. It is anticipated that the works will take place from Monday 25 July 2022 to Friday 2 September 2022. The Order came into force on Monday 25 July 2022 and will have a maximum duration of 18 months. Dated 21 June 2022 Mike Harden Chief Executive

NOTICE UNDER ARTICLE 15(4) OR (5) OR ARTICLE 16 OF APPLICATION FOR PLANNING PERMISSION OF THE TOWN & COUNTRY PLANNING (DEVELOPMENT MANAGEMENT PROCEDURE) (ENGLAND) ORDER 2015 (AS AMENDED) PLANNING (LISTED BUILDING & CONSERVATION AREAS) ACT 1990 (AS AMENDED) Notice is hereby given that the following Planning Applications have been submitted to the Metropolitan Borough of Knowsley: 22/00153/FUL by Diocese of Liverpool at St Marys Vicarage / Church, Vicarage Place, Prescot - ERECTION OF 1.8 M HIGH STEEL MESH & POST FENCE & GATE TO EXISTING FOOTPATH LEADING FROM ST MARYS CHURCH HALL TO WALLED GARDEN (Development within a Conservation Area). 22/00414/FUL by Mr Jeffrey Thompson at 767 Knowsley Lane, Knowsley, L34 9EE - RETENTION OF FRONT BOUNDARY FENCING & GATES (Development within a Conservation Area). 22/00398/FUL by G&W Stamper Ltd at 21 Market Place, Prescot, Knowsley - VARIATION OF CONDITION NO. 3 OF PLANNING PERMISSION 20/00443/FUL TO ALLOW FOR CHANGES TO OPERATIONAL HOURS SO THAT CUSTOMERS SHALL NOT BE SERVED OR ACCOMMODATED IN THE PREMISES EXCEPT BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 8:00 & 00:00 ON MONDAY TO SUNDAY (INCLUSIVE) & BANK & PUBLIC HOLIDAYS, & CUSTOMERS SHALL NOT BE SERVED OR ACCOMMODATED IN THE BEER GARDEN EXCEPT BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 08:00 & 22:00 ON ANY DAY (Development within a Conservation Area). 22/00301/FUL by M Ray Ltd. at Ray’s Craft Bakery Ltd, 39 - 45 High Street, Prescot - DEMOLITION OF A SINGLE STOREY EXTENSION & THE MAKING GOOD OF ADJOINING ELEVATIONS. 22/00431/FUL by Mark Slaats at 1 Ox Lane, Tarbock Green, Knowsley - CONSTRUCTION OF DROPPED KERB & ASSOCIATED WORKS (Development within a Conservation Area). 22/00348/FUL by Caddick Developments Ltd at Land Bounded By East Lancashire Road, Ormskirk Road & Knowsley Lane, Knowsley, L34 9EY - ERECTION OF 3 NO. COMMERCIAL UNITS (USE CLASS B2 OR B8) INCLUDING MEZZANINE FLOOR, ANCILLARY OFFICE & WELFARE FLOORSPACE TOGETHER WITH SERVICE YARD, LOADING BAYS, CAR & CYCLE PARKING, ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING POINTS, DRAINAGE INFRASTRUCTURE & LANDSCAPING TOGETHER WITH IMPROVEMENTS TO PUBLIC RIGHTS OF WAY LINKING ORMSKIRK ROAD & KNOWSLEY LANE INCLUDING THE DIVERSION OF THE PUBLIC RIGHT OF WAY & OTHER PEDESTRIAN ACCESSIBILITY WORKS (Major Development) 22/00109/FUL by Network Space at The Sovereign Distillery, Halewood Wines & Spirits - Factory Outlet, Wilson Road, Huyton DEMOLITION OF BUILDINGS & THE ERECTION OF 2 NO. INDUSTRIAL UNITS TOGETHER WITH THE PART DEMOLITION/PART EXTENSION & REMODELLING OF EXISTING INDUSTRIAL BUILDING TO FORM 7 NO. UNITS (USE CLASSES E (G)(II) (III), B2 & B8) WITH ANCILLARY OFFICE SPACE. RECONFIGURATION OF CAR PARKING INCLUDING SERVICE & VEHICULAR CIRCULATION AREAS, LANDSCAPING, INFRASTRUCTURE WORKS & OTHER ASSOCIATED WORKS (Major Development). 22/00409/FUL by Lytham Care at 16 North Park Road, Kirkby Park, Kirkby - VARIATION OF CONDITION NO. 4 & NO. 5 FOLLOWING GRANT OF PLANNING PERMISSION 12/00297/COU (CHANGE OF USE FROM RESIDENTIAL FLATS TO SUPPORTED ACCOMODATION (USE CLASS C2) FOR UP TO A MAXIMUM OF SIX CHILDREN UP TO THE AGE OF EIGHTEEN) TO AMEND USE FROM A TOTAL OF 6 NO. CHILDREN TO A MOTHER & BABY UNIT OF 6 NO. ADULTS & 6 NO. CHILDREN IN TOTAL (Development to a Listed Building within a Conservation Area). Members of the public may view the application online using Public Access at Anyone who wishes to make representations about an application should write to the Council at Regeneration & 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: M Harden - Chief Executive DATE OF NOTICE: 29th July 2022

16 August 2022

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She Inspires football tournament reaches its finale

More than 90 young women from across Merseyside competed in the final of the ‘She Inspires’ football tournament hosted by the region’s Police’s Commissioner and Chief Constable and a squad of top sporting partners. Eight teams came together from all over Merseyside to compete in the tournament’s first ever final at the Jeffery Humble playing fields in Aintree. The final was the culmination of a twomonth project which saw approximately 120 girls, aged between 15 and 18, from areas where diversionary activities would have the biggest impact receive free training sessions from Liverpool County FA, LFC Foundation and Everton in the Community. As well as gaining skills on the pitch, the young women had the chance to earn accredited FA qualifications and further education via the Fowler Education Football Academy, LFC Foundation Sports Works employability programme and Everton Football College. After fierce competition, Liverpool Feds White beat runners-up Hesketh Colts Blues 4-0 and were presented with the winning trophy and their medals by Merseyside Police’s Commissioner Emily Spurrell, Chief Superintendent Ngaire Waine and Liverpool FC Women

player Missy Bo Kearns. Merseyside Police Commissioner Emily Spurrell: “It was brilliant to see so many young women coming together today for the ‘She Inspires’ project. “Football is a fantastic way to engage and inspire young women and I’m proud to have supported this project, giving young women across our region the opportunity to work as a team, develop leadership skills and gain qualifications to help them reach their full potential.”

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Football brings people together and can be used to break down barriers and create positive relationships and experiences

“I was delighted to be able to present the awards to the winners of the tournament and see how far all the young women have come since taking part in the project. My congratulations to all involved, especially the winners at Liverpool Feds White, and a big thanks to Liverpool County FA, the coaching staff at Everton in the Community and Liverpool FC Foundation, and all our partners for supporting this event.” Detective Superintendent Siobhan Gainer, head of the Merseyside Violence Reduction Partnership, said: “As with our other ongoing culture, media, and sport

programmes, She Inspires has offered young people opportunities to grow, be healthy and progress and be away from any potential toxic influences. “I think it has also exposed them to positive female role models, personified of course by the tournament’s founders, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside and the Chief Constable.” Anna Farrell, football development officer at Liverpool County FA said: “Football brings people together and can be used to break down barriers and create positive relationships and experiences. “The girls involved in this programme, have all experienced weekly fun and inspiring coaching sessions. They now have the opportunity to develop as football players, referees, coaches and now know what further educational opportunities and support are available to them as well as careers in Merseyside Police and Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service. “By working collaboratively for the first

time, we have inspired this group of girls and we aim for this to continue.” LFC Foundation CEO Matt Parish said: “The LFC Foundation is proud that we have been part of this partnership with EitC, LCFA, the PCC, the Chief Constable and Merseyside VRU to deliver this programme for young women in Merseyside. “It is hoped that the participants will have increased their confidence and self-esteem and in doing so their resilience and ability to resist getting drawn into risk taking behaviour and unhealthy relationships.” The event was also used to host the 11 v 11 Sefton under-16 girls League Cup Final between Crosby Stuart Girls and Rainford Ladies, with Rainford being crowned as winners. Rainford Ladies FC coach Darren Drury said: “Our girls had the best cup final day. From our mascots to players, to parents and spectators, it was enjoyed by all. A day to remember. Thank you to all involved.”

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