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City Council Car Parking – Proposed Extension Of Hours To 8pm January 29, 2009

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It could be you!

It could be you!

Liverpool Chamber of Commerce CEO Jack Stopforth today condemned Liverpool City Council’s plans to increase the period for car parking in the city centre from 6pm to 8pm.

He said: “To be even thinking of this on the very day that we have had a major employer, Shop Direct, announce 900 redundancies is deplorable. This Council talks a lot about being business friendly and listening to the voice of business but I know of no consultation with the Chamber of Commerce or anybody else having taken place.

“The investments made by the private sector in the city’s retail, leisure and hotels has been absolutely enormous and all of them will suffer as a consequence of this planned extension, not to mention shoppers, visitors, city centre workers and residents.

“I know that the City has to balance its books but in the teeth of a recession it has an obligation to support businesses and encourage further investment and employment. These proposals will have the opposite effect and will be welcomed by the city’s competitors. Sunday charging and extended evening charges are driving visitors away and jeopardising the progress we all made in 2008.”

What do you think? Do you think, like us, that this can only harm the city centre’s night time economy? Or will it help raise important funds for the council’s coffers in parking fees and tickets?

Let us know in the comments below or take our quick poll:

New Look City Centre Bus Network November 24, 2008

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Merseytravel has stepped in to recast the city centre bus network, following the deregistration of some of the city’s key services.

The move, subject to an emergency tender by the passenger transport executive, will see an improved network in some areas, with new and stronger connections to key city destinations.

It will also ensure the continuity of services in many others.

The service changes, coming in from December 27th this year, will include revisions to the S1, S2, S3, 4 and 11 bus routes.

The S1, 4 and 11 bus routes, operated by Arriva and supported by Merseytravel, have been deregistered and Merseytravel has terminated the contracts for the Merseytravel funded S2 and S3 services, as part of the review.

In order to maintain links, the network will see four new services created, all operating under Merseytravel subsidised contracts (see notes and map for full route details).

Click ‘more for full details of the new city centre busses.
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City Centre Pub Watch Tackles Crime October 31, 2008

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The Liverpool city centre Pub Watch is going from strength to strength, following a recent meeting at the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce.

Members of the city centre Pub Watch met to discuss issues affecting the night time economy in Liverpool, including issues of knife crime, waste, banning orders and the build up to Christmas.

The city centre Pub Watch initiative is operated by Liverpool Chamber of Commerce’s Business Crime Direct team.

Merseyside Police’s counter terrorism security advisor, Damien Worsley, was welcomed to invite those present to attend a counter terrorism training session.

Members of the Pub Watch resolved to attend the event, which will train publicans, bar managers and staff how to cope with, react to and treat customers in the eventuality of a terrorist attack on Liverpool. The session will include a simulation of a terrorist attack and will enable city centre Pub Watch members to respond as best possible to the unlikely, yet potentially devastating, eventuality of a terrorist attack.
The free event is to be held at the Chamber of Commerce in the coming months and details will be forthcoming in the near future.

The issue of knife and gun crime was raised and how ‘search arches’ could be used by police to detect whether potential offenders are carrying dangerous weapons whilst amongst the city centre’s bars and clubs.

The run up to Christmas was also discussed and how city centre pubs and bars could best handle the festive period.

Joe Curran, manager of the city centre Pub Watch said:

“The run up to Christmas is a particularly hard time for city centre pubs, clubs and bars. Those who are members of the Pub Watch scheme are able to come together with Business Crime Direct to discuss the issues facing the night time economy and how best to effectively deal with them.”

He added:

“The Pub Watch scheme is really working and we are having some great responses from our members. In the run up to the Christmas period it is particularly important that we tackle crime together to ensure that Liverpool city centre maintains its reputation as a safe environment to be in.”