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Loving Lodge Lane

November 22, 2011

Work is continuing to improve the area around Lodge Lane, L8 since the community clean-up there at the end of June. Projects are underway with shops and businesses to cut littering in the area, green the area with plants and hanging baskets, and develop some of the derelict and empty sites. In the near future new art works and a sculpture trail will be developed in the area. Have you visited Lodge Lane lately? The area now has many new restaurants and shops, and the Tiber project is letting enterprise units for micro businesses.

Yvette Cooper, Shadow Home Secretary recently visited the area to speak to councillors and community members about the effect of the disturbances in August on local residents. Here Laura shows the Shadow Minister some of the on-going work to improve Lodge Lane.

Community Clean-Up in the Smithdown ‘Dales’

November 22, 2011

Thursday 8th September was a day of activity in the L15 ‘Dales’ to improve the environment for all who live there.

Cllr Laura Robertson-Collins organised the day for councillors, residents, student reps, and staff from the City Council and partner organisations to help clean the area.

Laura said “We wanted to ensure the area was looking good as the students move into the area to encourage all residents to treat the area with respect.

This clean-up is the start of a concerted effort to improve ‘the Dales’ neighbourhood where many residents suffer high levels of mess and noise”.

Volunteers and staff cleaned alleys, swept streets, & pulled up weeds. Enforcement Officers checked trade waste agreements in the shops and businesses. Thanks to Tesco Smithdown Road for donating sandwiches and drinks for the helpers.

Since the 8th September clean-up a continuing programme of checking wheelie bins, stencilling addresses on them, and spot-checking alleys for dumping has continued.

Laura and the Greenbank Labour Team have visited all student households in the area as they moved back this autumn to welcome them & ensure students are aware of their responsibilities to the area, have the correct bins and are able to recycle as much waste as possible.

Liverpool must lead on digital inclusion

October 1, 2011

The Liverpool City Council Meeting of 14 September offered Cllr Laura Robertson-Collins the opportunity to make her first formal speech, on a subject central to her concerns about inclusion.  As Assistant Cabinet Member for Employment, Enterprise and Skills, Laura proposed – and the Councillors agreed – that Liverpool take a pioneering role in the UK-wide campaign to achieve full digital inclusion by 2012, via the Race Online 2012 programme.

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Power to our City

August 23, 2011

Cllr Laura Robertson-Collins had this letter about City Mayors and City Leaders published in the (Liverpool edition of the) Daily Post, today:

I am pleased to see that Lord Heseltine is still concerned about Liverpool and that the issue of core cities is being discussed in Westminster ( Daily Post, 16 August 2011 Heseltine: City needs strong mayor to stop threat of riots’).

Lord Heseltine is surely mistaken if he believes that city mayors could of themselves ‘stop the threat of riots’, however. And whilst I agree with the ex-minister for Merseyside that a ‘Boris Johnson-style mayor’ could be beneficial here, surely Lord Heseltine must be able to see that the Mayor of London is not a ‘city mayor‘ in the way that is now being proposed by the  government for the twelve large cities in England, including our own?

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Marking the Centenary of Liverpool’s ‘Bloody Tuesday’: 15 August 2011

August 16, 2011

15 August 2011 saw the centenary commemoration of the events of Liverpool’s ‘Bloody Tuesday’, in a ceremony arranged as we have already reported here to mark the deaths of John W. Sutcliffe and Michael Prendergast on that day.

Greenbank Ward Cllr Laura Robertson-Collins took part in the ceremony, which began at the Eldonian Hall and during which she lay a wreath on behalf of the people of Liverpool Riverside Constituency Labour Party.

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Sunday 28 August 2011: Penny Lane Family Day (11 a.m. – 4 p.m.)

August 9, 2011

Tickets are now on sale for this fantastic Penny Lane Development Trust event on Sunday 28 August, which runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Please support our community by joining in the fun fun fun….. All proceeds go towards supporting the great work which PLDT does, and to helping another charity, the Legacy Rainbow House.

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Centenary of Liverpool’s ‘Bloody Tuesday’: Event on Monday 15 August 2011, 11a.m.

August 9, 2011

A Centennial Commemoration of Liverpool’s ‘Bloody Tuesday’ has been organised by the North West TUC.

The ceremony will commence at 11 a.m., at the Eldonian Village Hall, Vauxhall Road, Liverpool  L3 6LG  [map], on Monday 15 August 2011.

It will be followed by laying of wreaths at the shooting sites and at Ford Cemetery.

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