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Welcome to Greenbank Labour’s website

March 19, 2011

Cllr Laura Robertson-Collins & James RobertsThe Greenbank Ward in Liverpool Riverside covers the areas around Ullet Road, the southern end of Smithdown Road, and the city end of Sefton Park  [profile and map here ].

Greenbank is a lively and friendly community, and that’s how we see ourselves in the Greenbank Labour Party. We work hard for everyone in our ward, supported always by our excellent MP, Louise Ellman.

Meet your Greenbank Team!

Cllr Laura Robertson-Collins & 2012 candidate James Roberts will hold surgeries in Sefton Park Community Association and Penny Lane Development Trust. No appointment needed.

Sefton Park Community Association: Croxteth Drive, L17 (opposite Sefton Park Cricket Club) on the first Thursday of each month from 4pm to 5pm. Access by public transport— buses stop on Ullet Road by the Unitarian Church, access is then a short walk through St Agnes Playing Fields. Access by car is from Croxteth Drive.

Penny Lane Development Trust: 70 Penny Lane, L18 1BW on the second Thursday of each month from 5pm to 6pm.

Labour Rose

Please don’t wait to see Laura however; she can be contacted any time by phone message at the Council’s Labour Group Office: 0151 225 2366 or by email:


Printed by and promoted by Nick Small, on behalf of James Roberts, both at 108 Prescot Road, Liverpool, L7 0AJ.


Radio Merseyside cuts protest

November 23, 2011

Last Friday, the Greenbank candidate for 2012 James Roberts, joined a delegation of 25 to the new BBC HQ in Salford to talk to Director-General Mark Thompson about plans to cut BBC Radio Merseyside.

James said:

Radio Merseyside is a vital link with the local community. For many people in Merseyside, and particularly those who can have mobility issues such as the disabled or elderly, it is the only contact they have day-in day-out with fellow locals on the phone-in shows.

The proposal to scrap many evening and weekend shows would have a detrimental effect on the ability of local community groups to advertise events such as the successful community clean-up which recently took place in the ‘Dales’.

I was happy to support Kathy Keig in her campaign to save our local radio services. The trip to Salford took place early in the morning to catch the Board of Trustees at their meeting, but it was worth it for the chance we got to speak for an hour to Mark Thomson, Director-General of the BBC, about his plans to cushion local radio from the Tory-led government’s cuts.

You can read more on the story here and here.

Pensions Justice rally

November 22, 2011

For those of you who wish to show your support for the ‘Pensions Justice’ campaign there is a rally next Wednesday 30 November.

Details below:

11.30am – Assemble Derby Square and the Pier Head

12.00 – March from Pier Head, James Street, Derby Square, Lord Street, North John Street, Victoria Street, Roe Street, Lime Street

1.00pm – Rally at St George’s Plateau

Go on – get online!

November 22, 2011

A campaign to end Liverpool’s digital divide gets underway on Monday, 24 October.

Liverpool City Council is backing ‘Go On it’s Liverpool’, which kicks off with a special conference from 9.30am – 12.00pm at CUC (Contemporary Urban Centre) on Greenland Street near the city centre.

In Liverpool, an estimated 100,000 people have never used the internet, and the aim is to get an extra 25,000 people in the city online by March 2012 – supported by 5,000 ‘digital champions’ across all sectors of the community.

Work is currently underway with a raft of employers across the city to encourage them to get computer literate staff to take part.

The initiative is also being backed by Unionlearn, the TUC scheme which encourages members to improve their skills; Race Online and UK Online.

Read more…

Smithdown Sparkles

November 22, 2011

Cllrs Laura Robertson-Collins & Abdul Qadir and residentsA week-long programme of activities by volunteers is putting some sparkle into the Smithdown area of Liverpool.

Dubbed “Smithtober Fest”,the programme includes craft activities and football taster sessions for young people and a whole range of work to make the area cleaner and brighter including litter picking , re-painting of litter bins, weeding of frontages and filling of planters.

There will also be a clean-up of Toxteth cemetery, including clearing away overgrown areas and painting railings.

A survey of empty properties along Smithdown Road is also being carried out.

Read more…

Welcome to James

November 22, 2011

Greenbank Labour is pleased to welcome James Roberts as a key campaigner and candidate for the May 2012 elections. James has been active in the Greenbank Labour Team for many months now, helping Labour win the local election here in May, and supporting Cllr Laura Robertson-Collins since then. Laura said “as a student representative James has played a vital part in the work I have been doing in the ward, helping to ensure long-term residents and students can live together in harmony. I am delighted James has been chosen by the Labour Party to be our candidate in May as I know he will work hard for all residents here. And as James is 25 years old we have a diverse team, reflecting the local community”.

Our Community Matters Meeting

November 22, 2011

Greenbank Ward held a meeting for all residents on 29th September on Lawrence Road, L15. The meeting was well-attended and very lively! Chaired by Cllr Steve Munby, the Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, more than 30 local residents quizzed all three local councillors and representatives of the Police, the Council and Liverpool Student Homes.

Thanks to all residents who attended this meeting. Laura Robertson-Collins your Labour councillor will be establishing a residents’ group for ‘the Dales’ area from those who expressed interest in this at the meeting on 29th September.

Contact Laura if you would like to be involved in the Dales Residents’ Group.

Supporting Young People: The Liverpool Apprenticeship Scheme

November 22, 2011

Our Labour Council was proud to announce the launch of the Liverpool Apprenticeship Scheme earlier this month. Providing apprenticeships was one of Labour’s key pledges when we took control of the City Council in May 2010 and hundreds have already been created through various schemes.

Now Cabinet Member for Skills and Employment, Cllr Nick Small has announced that the LAS will be set up in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce, Liverpool Community College and the Eldonian Group.

The scheme will provide 1,300 jobs with qualifications for 16 – 19 year olds especially in sectors which do not usually recruit apprentices, and those which are a priority for the region, such as the low carbon economy.

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