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Wirral South MP Alison McGovern is asking for local business owners to get in touch with her and tell her about the problems that the changes to business rates have caused them and the impact on them so she can raise them directly with The Treasury.

Ms McGovern said “I am regularly contacted by business owners across South Wirral telling me that they are really struggling, and not getting any relief from the Government to help them continue trading. At the same time, the Chancellor is calling the amount that multinationals are finally offering to pay a ‘great success’. I want to show the Government that while this is a small step in the right direction, it doesn’t help the dozens of local traders that are just keeping their businesses open.”

Anyone with issues or comments should contact Alison at alison.mcgovern.mp@parliament.uk or call her office on 0151 645 6590.

MP asks for Wirral South local businesses to get in touch with tax concerns

Wirral South MP Alison McGovern is asking for local business owners to get in touch with her and tell her about the problems that the changes to business rates have...

This year will see many new exciting developments at Port Sunlight River Park as the park and the associated Friends group both continue to go from strength to strength. One major development will be the installation of a memorial to the four training ships RS Akbar, RS Clarence, H.M.S. Conway and TS Indefatigable that were based in the River Mersey in the late 19th and early 20th century. The memorial will be dedicated to the memory of the 45,000 young seafarers who trained on the river and in particular to those who lost their lives in peace and war while serving their country.

In 2015 the Indefatigable Old Boys Association, the Conway Club and the Friends of HMS Conway established a charity to progress the creation of a memorial with installation targeted for late 2016. The Trust has now launched a public design competition for an imposing and individual public memorial to the Mersey training ships. A prize of £500 will be awarded to the winner(s) and their name(s) will appear on the memorial. The closing date for design proposals is 31st March 2016. The competition is open to everyone as individuals and/or in groups. Local art, design, landscape architecture and architecture apprentices, trainees and students are particularly encouraged to submit proposals.

The design brief is for a striking and individual design that reflects the four ships and the boys’ nautical training, positively attracts and engages people, exploits its prominent position overlooking the river and integrates the view of the Sloyne, the part of the Mersey where the ships were moored. It must also be robust, especially given its elevated and exposed waterside position. Further details about the design competition, a poster advertising it and entry forms can be found by searching online for Mersey Training Ships Memorial.

The Friends of Port Sunlight River Park always welcome volunteers who would like to help with the maintenance of the park during the regular volunteers’ sessions on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Anyone wishing to join in so benefiting by being more active, making new friends and have the satisfaction of seeing the difference their work can make should contact the Park Ranger, Anne Litherland on 07587 550060 or by emailing AnneLitherland@autismtogether.co.uk

 

 

Public competition being held to find designer of a memorial being based at Port Sunlight River Park

This year will see many new exciting developments at Port Sunlight River Park as the park and the associated Friends group both continue to go from strength to strength. One...

Last Friday I met with local women campaigning for state pension equality.

I have met with constituents previously but wanted to give women from the Wirral a chance to attend a public meeting and discuss the issue. 

The Women Against State Pension Inequality campaign (WASPI) is an action group campaigning against the unfair changes to the State Pension Age imposed on women born in the 1950's.

They have done a great job in raising awareness and making their case. I applaud their efforts and I plan to meet again with women who are affected by this injustice. The WASPI campaign has gained a lot of momentum thanks to the campaigning efforts of the women who have been affected.

I spoke in a debate in parliament this month about this topic and I am calling on the government to recognise the unfairness of these changes and to make fair transitional arrangements.

My generation owe everything to those women who were born in the 1950s and who fought for the Equal Pay Act 1970 and for all the advantages that have given us any chance and I relayed this in the parliamentary debate.

There was a great turn out for the meeting held last week which doesn’t surprise me as I know how strongly people feel about this issue. I will continue to push for these women’s voice to be heard and I plan to hold future meetings with the women I met with on Friday. 

Meeting with WASPI campaigners

Last Friday I met with local women campaigning for state pension equality. I have met with constituents previously but wanted to give women from the Wirral a chance to attend...


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