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CROSBY & LITHERLANDCELEBRATING25 YEARSCOULSON FLOORING BEST PRICE , BEST QUALITY , GUARANTEED • CARPETS • VINYL • LAMINATE FLOORING OVER 20 YEARS EXPERIENCE DOMESTIC & COMMERCIAL0151 924 4710 • 07919 531 658 171 COLLEGE ROAD, CROSBY, L23 7TZ Open Mon - Sat 9.30am - 5.30pm14 August 2019Vol 26 l Issue 33www.champnews.comHORSE SANCTUARY COULD BE FORCED TO MOVE OVER COUNCIL LEASE WRANGLE fund the changes to our infrastructure such as the horse drawn wildlife trail that was going to provide access to the whole site to wheelchair users along with all weather riding facilities and drainage which would increase sustainability and comfort. “We therefore wanted to obtain the freehold of our site. “It’s only 8.5 acres and so at current rates for greenbelt land in poor condition its current value would be around £56,000. “Even if it was considered to be prime green Report by Tom Martin belt land its value would be £85,000. “Our local authority decided not to sell, they want to retain ownership and we’re not sure why. A HORSE sanctuary in Thornton could be “We have, however, been offered a 99 year forced to move over a dispute about a lease at a cost of £85,000 with the addition of lease with Sefton Council. ‘termination clauses’ which would render it Shy Lowen Horse and Pony Sanctuary, useless in terms of accessing funding or, actubased on Buckley Hill Lane, wants to make ally, in maintaining the personal desire to their home permanent by purchasing the spend every day of my life for the betterment freehold. of it. This would mean they own the building “I now feel that the time and money can be and the land it stands on. better spent in an environment where our The council has refused, however and has work is given a higher value by those with the instead offered a renewed leasehold deal. power to make positive change possible. The charity’s founder Bernadette Langfield, “I love where we are. The area is my home, I claims carrying on with a leasehold affects know the challenges and the hardships. I also how much funding they can receive so stayknow the heart and strength of the coming put is no longer an option. munity. As a result, they are now looking for a new “I want to continue to make a place of peace location after 20 years. for everyone to enjoy, to save lives and Bernadette said: “Shockingly it is our local change lives. I feel humbled at the level of authority who are causing this situation as support we receive from our friends, both we are considered to be a commercial operalocal and afar.” Shy Lowen Horse and Pony Sanctuary founder Bernadette Langfield. tion. A spokesperson from Sefton Council said: “I would have liked an understanding of that were threatened by a proposed new road and the second before we have spent so many years providing pony because our lease of our Buckley Hill Lane site ends in “We have been in contact with the leaseholders to disrides at local authority community events for free or at 2020 so we could not prove the long term future of Shy cuss their proposals and available options moving forward. lower than the cost of providing them. Lowen on this site. “We will be meeting with them this week to discuss the “We have been unable to raise any capital funding over “It has meant that we have been unable to take up the past four years on two counts – the first because we offers of funding and have, therefore, been unable to next steps.”Sanctuary founder says she feels ‘let down’ by local authority as it is preventing her investing in community facilityVISIT OUR SHOWROOM! FREE PARKING Open: 10am - 5.00pm CLOSED SUNDAY22 Sefton Street · Litherland L21 7LB Tel: 0151 345 6154INSIDE THIS WEEK...Restaurant and offices plan for showroom siteStadium revamp to be unveiled CROSSWORD See Page 28GREAT DEALS ON BEDS! All Sizes • All Colours • All Fabrics MATTRESS SPECIALISTS HUGE RANGE OF QUALITY MATTRESSES IN STORE COME & TRY FOR YOURSELF RSELFNEW EXPANDED SHOWROOM!FREE PARKINGTHE UK’S LARGEST LETTERBOX CIRCULATION BY AN INDEPENDENT PUBLISHER! 164,579CHAMPION SERIESJAN-DEC 2018 100% FREEThe Champion l Wednesday 14 August 20192 l Visit us @ www.ChampNews.comWoman arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after man dies following house fire A WOMAN has been arrested after a man died following a house fire in Thornton. Emergency services were called to Saffron Mews at 7am on Saturday, August 10 to reports of a blaze at a property and a man in his 60s was rushed to hospital. The man was sadly pronounced dead in the early hours of the morning on Tuesday, August 13. His next of kin are aware and are being supported by officers as enquiries continue, and apost mortem will take place to establish the cause of his death. Following an investigation, a 50-year-old woman from Formby was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and released on conditional bail. Anyone with information is asked to contact @MerPolCC, call 101 with reference 19100 443197 or via CrimestoppersUK on 0800 555 111.ELECTRIC REMOTE CONTROLLED INSULATEDGARAGE DOORS • Full advice and consultation • Independent and LOCAL • Efficient and professional • High quality with a wide range of coloursSpecial IntroductoryOFFER£995Fully installed - No hidden extras! Including FREE 5 year warrantyCALL NOW FOR A NO OBLIGATION CONSULTATIONCALL FREE0800 7723 998 • 01704 627299enquiries@proglidenorth.co.uk | www.proglidenorth.co.uk find us on facebookSam’s death was key to launch of stricter anti-knife measures Report by Tom Martin THE murder of Crosby-born Sam Cook has played a key role in the introduction of stricter anti-knife measures for city centre clubs and bars. The former Chesterfield High School pupil was stabbed to death in October 2017 during a nightout celebrating his 21st birthday. Liverpool City Council are now in the process of issuing a revised policy for all bars and clubs, with suggestions on how to improve security and stop people entering with bladed weapons. The move to change the city's licensing policy is unusual, with the document normally only updated every five years and the The murder of Sam Cook, above, has led to the launch of current one not set for a review stricter measures including using knife wands, inset until 2020. Liverpool.” The council report states: “The need to address The new policy would make specific reference to this issue is of particular concern in Liverpool fol- knife crime for the first time, calling on owners to lowing the tragic murder of 21 year old Sam Cook consider “the customer profile and the likelihood of in October 2017, who was the victim of a stabbing persons being attracted to the premises also being on licensed premises. persons who are prepared to carry bladed articles.” “Despite this crime highlighting the dangers of It also makes recommendations such as using carrying knives it is apparent from recent police knife arches and wands, body searches and getting statistics that the carrying of knives by certain sec- rid of glass bottles once finished with so they can't tions of the community remains of great concern in be later used as a weapon.itastone™“Turn your thoughts to quartz”Luxurious quartz worktops Available from all leading kitchen retailerswww.itastone.co.uk Champion Media Group is a member of the Independent Press Standards Organisation (which regulates the UK’s magazine and newspaper industry). We abide by the Editors’ Code of Practice and are committed to upholding the highest standards of journalism. If you think that we have not met those standards and want to make a complaint please contact the editor on 01704 392402 or email malcolm.hindle@champnews.com. If we are unable to resolve your complaint, or if you would like more information about IPSO or the Editors’ Code, contact IPSO on 0300 123 2220 or visit www.ipso.co.uk.The Champion l Wednesday 14 August 2019Visit us @ www.ChampNews.com l 3Restaurant and office complex plan for former car showroom Report by Tom Martin AMBITIOUS plans have been unveiled to turn a former car showroom in Crosby into a mixed-use of offices, studios, cafes and a restaurant. The site at 113 Liverpool Road has been targeted by Next Big Thing Developments who plan to create 20 modern workspaces and two cafes, as well as a restaurant in a separate building at the back. The regeneration specialists have an impressive track record, and boast Clock Tower Park Offices, in Fazakerley, and Baltic Triangle offices on their CV as previously successful projects. They want to expand their work in Crosby as they claim “the regenerating Crosby town centre is becoming a popular destination for bars, restaurants, cafes and independent retails.” The site used to be a car showroom before it was taken over by Freshfield Animal Rescue Charity Shop, who occupied the building until 2016, when they were told by new owners that they needed to find a new premises. This was because new developers Derwent Lodge Estates wanted to tear down the shop and build a two-storey restaurant, bar and 26 space car park, but this was rejected by Sefton Council's planning department because it would harm “residential amenity.” Next Big Thing Developments will be hoping for better luck when they eventually turn to the council for planning permission, but the project has notImages, above and right, by Next Big Developments to show how the café could look at the site which is currently unused, top right.reached that stage yet. A website has been set-up by the firm to showcase the plans, which states: “The regenerating Crosby town centre is becoming a popular destination for bars, restaurants, cafes and independent retails. “Over the last eight years, Next Big Thing Developments have delivered over 40,000 sq ft of offices, studios and commercial space. From renovated factory buildings in the Baltic Triangle to fully restored Grade II listed mansions in Clock Tower Park, we have provided superb modern workspacesSoroptimist group to support ‘community gem’ Plaza Cinema PLAZA Cinema has been chosen as the official charity of the new President of Soroptimist International of Crosby for the next 12 months. The incoming president, Deborah Oulton, wanted to support the Waterloo community cinema because it makes a “real difference to the lives of local people.”She said: “This cinema not only provides great entertainment at affordable prices buttalso offers work experience opportunities for people with special needs and supports local causes like food banks. “I was astounded when I learned just how much it offers our community. It is a gem.”NEW DENTURESfor over 70 companies. “113 Liverpool Road is our next large development, aiming to deliver fantastic studio office accommodation, restaurant spaces and creative workshops within a fully renovated former car showroom and workshop buildings. “Subject to planning, we aim to deliver a mixed use development of open plan studio offices around a central atrium with creative workshops and three A3 use class cafe / restaurant units. “Our proposals will include over 20 modern work-spaces, including own front door creative workshops and open plan studio office spaces. As with our other developments, all customers will have access to high speed lease line internet systems and meeting rooms, included in the price. “There are two A3 restaurant / cafe units proposed to the prominent Liverpool Road frontage, both with dedicated pavement space and own front door access. 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It came to light on Thursday, August 8 Liverpool star Mo Salah when it was posted by Magistrates Court on Friday, a Twitter user and then shared by several others, prompting Mersey- August 9 when he pleaded guilty to racially aggravated public order side Police to launch an offence and obstructing a coninvestigation. stable in the execution of their A spokesperson for the police duty. said at the time: “Merseyside His case was adjourned for proPolice is aware of an offensive Tweet posted in relation to a Liver- bation reports and he will return to court at the end of August. pool footballer, which was shared Meanwhile, Everton are investigby others, and will be investigatating whether Hyland has any ing the matter. “Hate crime in any guise will not connections to the club. An Everton spokesman said: be tolerated and those who use condemns in the “Everton the internet to target others, and strongest terms any kind of who commit a criminal offence racism. such as hate crime in doing so, “We are looking into the matter need to understand that they are further to understand if the Twitnot beyond the law.” ter user in question is known to Hyland appeared at Liverpool the club in any way.”Marine to unveil new-look stadium in league opener Report by Tom Martin MARINE FC is set to unveil its new-look stadium on Saturday, August 17 after spending nearly £83,000 over the summer on giving it a much-needed revamp. The Marine Travel Arena will look a little different for supporters arriving for the opening match of the season this Saturday (August 17) after a clubhouse first erected in the 1920s was demolished. This paved the way for the construction of a smaller building comprising of three steel-lined modular units, which now contains a kitchen area and servery for fans, a first aid room and office space in unit one. The second unit features a club shop and counter area, whilst the third unit is a hospitality and seating area, including facilities for disabled spectators.The Marine Travel ArenaNew turnstile units have also been installed at The Marine Travel Arena to give the ground a complete facelift for the new season. The work was made possible after the Crosby club secured an £82,813 grant from the Premier League through the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF)Glasses While You Wait SPECIAL OFFER FREE SINGLE VISION LENSES WITH DESIGNER GLASSES2 pairs of single vision glasses from £50 2 pairs of bifocal glasses from £95 2 pairs of varifocal glasses from £115£10 EEYSTES TSingle vision lenses while you wait. 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The surrender was designed to give people in possession of firearms an opportunity to hand them in and of the 131 weapons given to officers, 22 were described as ‘viable firearms.’ Some of the notable figures include 36 air weapons, 19 imitation guns, 2,000 rounds of ammunition and a number of crossbows.Detective Superintendent Richie Salter said: “Every day our officers are working proactively to remove guns and other potentially lethal weapons from our streets as part of our ongoing pledge to tackle serious and violent crime, disrupt criminal activity and put those making other people’s lives a misery behind bars. “I would like to thank members of the public who supported this surrender and handed in their unwanted or unused weapons for safe disposal. “I would also continue to ask people that if they know where weapons are being stored or who is using them to let us know so that we can take action.”FREE Furniture Collections & House Clearance* We urgently need good quality furniture to sell in our charity shops. * Please note Sofa’s & Mattresses must be of good quality and meet the British Standards Specification for fire safety. Our House Clearance Service is only available for good quality items which we can sell in our shops.www.jospice.org.uk • Tel 0151 525 3072 Follow @JospiceUKHighways England admits High Court did not rule in favour of Rimrose road option Company says that its statement of the ruling was ‘factually incorrect’ Report by Tom Martin HIGHWAYS England has backtracked after they were criticised for “misleading claims” over last year's High Court ruling on the proposed dock link road through Rimrose Valley Country Park. The Champion reported recently how a possible four year delay to the start of work on the road was blamed by Highways England on Sefton Council’s unsuccessful legal challenge. The project manager at the government-owned company, Dan Healey, was quoted as saying: “The court ruled in favour of the preferred route option but naturally the challenge has impacted on the 2019 construction date.” This sparked anger from Save Rimrose Valley campaigners, who pointed out that Mr Justice Kerr simply ruled that Highways England was not obliged to include a tunnel option in their original consultation – not that the court “ruled in favour of the preferred route.” Campaigners claimed Highways England was using “subtle wor
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