The Vamps live
Photographs by Jo
WHAT a show on 4 October
2014, as the British pop band, The Vamps came to town. The band has
come a long way since 2013,
when the backed McFly on their 'Memory Tour" follow by
backing bands like Little Mix and The Wanted. The group has always
been ambitious, wanting to become a massive stadium band and they
are well on track. After seeing Brad Simpson, Jame McVey, Connor
Ball and Tristan Evens energetic performance, it is no wonder why
this group is still winning over fans. Intact their quick moves
where so lively our photographer Jo Forrest has trouble keep them in
shot as they bounced around the Liverpool Arena. Also pictured on
the night was Luke Friend and 2 of Nina Nesbit who were supporting.
Both were equally as lively as The Vamps.
Blackpool Airport Closes
THE loss of Blackpool
Airport comes as a massive blow to the North West and will have far
more of an effect on the region than most might think. "We
expect that the last commercial flights will take place on
Wednesday, 15 October 2014. Airport operations have been making a
loss for a number of years." says Blackpool's owner, Balfour
Beatty, this week. Oddly Blackpool, this year, was voted 3rd Best
Airport out of 35 regional airport by the Which?, so it is shocking
that no one wanted to buy it, but it goes to show that "being
loved does not equate to being financial viable". According
to Balfour Beatty this old wartime aerodrome has seen 40% drop over
5 years in passenger numbers and its losses are unsustainable. The
airport requires major investment if it is to survive, but Balfour
Beatty is a construction firm has a reported £75m hole in its
accounts. However, that hole in the accounts alongside the fact that
this is a construction firm has raised a few suspicions that, with
the push to build new houses, this possibly might be the true motive
and not simply the fact it is losing money. Yes, a major investment
could be done to save it; it really has potential if someone was
willing to take the plunge. Currently the airport can only
accommodate 1.5m passengers each year in comparison to the 191,000
people who pass through Heathrow's 5 terminals every single day. So
putting this into context of UK aviation as a whole, Blackpool
should not affect the major airports too much whether saved or not.
However, if it were to be used correctly, it could relieve up some
of the stress on capaCity in the UK as a whole. Some locally have
asked why the airport that has good road connections didn't focus
more on freight transportation over passenger services. This they
attribute to the fact that Blackpool has had a massive cut in
transportation links, like rail services over the years and so, it
is cited as one of its major flaws. Manchester Airport is now the
3rd busiest airport in the UK and busiest of the non-London
airports, and it is struggling to keep up with demand. Liverpool
wants to expand, but has problems with space. If a buyer can step in
and save Blackpool, it could be possible for it to turn a corner
given a lot of investment on all sides. Sadly, no matter what, as it
currently stands, the airport has been losing money and the present
owners are adamant that they are no longer prepared to sustain the
airport's losses. Currently Balfour Beatty remains the owner of the
Blackpool Airport site and said publicly that:- "We will
continue to work with the independent aviation businesses currently
operating from our site, to develop a sustainable future for
aviation services. We will also support the local Councils who are
working together to develop regeneration plans for the area, which
are designed to generate future employment and sustainable economic
development opportunities for Blackpool and the Fylde." One
of the options being talked about is that the area could be turned
into a technology park or a business park. Interestingly, the North
West Air Ambulance has 1 of their 3 helicopters based at the
airport, so it could see them move to RAF Woodvale, should the
airport be lost fully. Currently Head of fundraising for the
charity, Jenny Haskey, has told the media that:- "We want to
reassure the public that whatever happens we have a number of
measures in place and our service will not be affected." We
are waiting for a full press release from them about what they
intend to do next. Citywing who operated flights to the Isle of Man
and Belfast from Blackpool have said that they are "in discussions
to find a way to re-open the airport." Like Jet2 it suspended its
flights to Blackpool. In a statement Jet2 said:- "We are
saddened and disappointed to hear about Blackpool's closure. As a
result we have had to move all flights scheduled to depart from and
return to Blackpool Airport, to Manchester Airport instead."
Now many businesses in Blackpool have said that they fear that
without an airport, the already struggling town will suffer further.
But what effect will this have on Merseyside? Can Liverpool Airport
capitalise on it situation and what lessons are to be learned? Will
the loss affect the Southport Air Show and the Blackpool Air Shows?
Also, should we take note of what some locals in Blackpool are
saying when they blame the local Council for abandoning what they
see as a "Key asset", the airport, after selling it
off, back in 2005 when "they didn't listen to the local
businesses." Are there any lessons to be learned by
Southport from this? As, according to some locals in Blackpool, it
shows that national transportation links are extremely vital for a
town, and not just an airport. Many grumble that the Council had
wrongly invested. They say that the £11m they had put into a new 4
star Holiday Inn Hotel, in a bid to attract political party
conferences back to the resort could have been far better spent on
its infrastructure. Most pointing out that Blackpool will inevitably
struggle against the likes of Liverpool and Manchester, who can
offer far better infrastructure and far bigger venues, and the loss
of Blackpool Airport will further damage its competitive status.
Interestingly, the managing director of Pool Aviation (NW) Ltd.
Simon Menzies, has told the media that:- "The airport is part
of the infrastructure of the area like schools, hospitals or roads
and should be embraced as such; something that often gets
overlooked." Should Southport take note? Are our Councils on
Merseyside overlooking our infrastructure and heritage in a similar
way and investing in the wrong things? Email your thoughts on
Blackpool Airport airports closure. Will its closure have any
noticeable affects Merseyside and the North West in the future?
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your thoughts and views on this topic and the questions raised.
charges are being proposed for parking permits in Liverpool. The
City Council is putting forward plans to create a fairer system
which will allow it to carry on with its existing residents parking
Liverpool City Council will begin public consultation on the
proposed new charges on 9 October 2014. There will be a number of
consultations and the first phase focuses on parking around Anfield
and Goodison Park stadiums (Football Matchday Parking Zone).
Operating permit schemes costs the Council in the region of £850k a
year and the new charges aim to help the City Council make the most
of limited resources by contributing to the costs of running,
maintaining and administering schemes in the future.
The charges also aim to respond to increasing demand for residents'
parking spaces by helping reduce the number of vehicles parked
on street, making it easier for residents to find a parking place,
reducing congestion and improving road safety.
The introduction of charges is in line with other local authorities.
Of the seven other major English cities outside London, five already
charge for residents' permits with the charges ranging from free to
Under the proposals the following new
charges and permits would be introduced:-
► Residents permits – each household will get their first
permit for free, with charges for a second permit (£40 per year), a
third permit (£60 per year) and fourth and further permits (£100 per
Visitor permits –
£40-a-year charge will be introduced for visitor permits, limited to
one per household. This will be free if no resident permit has been
► Business permits – businesses that regularly require a
vehicle can apply for one business permit which will cost £50 a
► Trade permits – new, temporary permits will be introduced to
allow contractors and other traders to park in residents bays
outside the City Centre. A daily permit will be £6 and a weekly
Landlord's permit – a new
permit for landlords who regularly need to visit their properties
within residents' parking schemes outside the City Centre. This
permit is already in use in other parts of the City and is being
rolled out. A new charge of £50 will apply.
► Relocation permit - a new permit, it aims to resolve
difficulties residents face when first moving into a property within
a parking permits zone. The temporary permit will be valid for one
month and will cost £50.
Liverpool City Council's Cabinet
Member for Regeneration and Transport Councillor Malcolm Kennedy,
said:- "It's been a number of years since we have made changes
to parking permits, but faced with having to make a further £156m of
cuts, we need to do things differently if we want to continue
running and enforcing schemes efficiently. The City Council
heavily subsidises reserved parking places and we need to make sure
these schemes start to pay for themselves. We think, by providing
the first permit for free for residents, and then introducing
charges to people who want further permits we can deliver a fairer
system and make it easier for residents, and their visitors, to find
a parking place near to their home."
In addition to the new charges for permits, football parking zones
will also see the introduction of additional charges. The on street
'free' bays around Anfield and Goodison Park stadiums will be
converted into 'pay by phone' bays.
People who wish to park in these bays during the football season
will be required to pay a charge of £6, using their mobile phone.
The charge will also apply to residents, visitors and businesses who
wish to park in these bays.
Councillor Kennedy added:- "The introduction of new charges
for on-street football parking is another way in which we are trying
to make our parking schemes safer and improve traffic management. We
know the build up of vehicles in residential areas, with fans
driving up and down streets looking for parking spaces on match days
causes major frustrations for local people, and these proposed
changes would play an important part in tackling this problem. These
proposals are not connected in any way with football stadium
developments. It is something we have been considering for some time
and we will also be consulting in other residents parking zones."
The new charging model for permits forms part of a major City wide
review of the City's parking operations, which saw the cost of
parking at City Centre pay-and-display bays cut by almost 10% in 2012, with an even bigger reduction at Mount Pleasant car
park. Maximum parking times at City Centre pay and display bays were
also increased from 2 hours to 4.
Details on consultations in the other residents parking schemes will
be released in the near future.
Full details of the Football Matchday Parking Zone proposals will be
9 October 2014.
returns to The Town Hall
ON Saturday, 11 October
we're bringing our fabulous Vintage Fashion Market back to The Town
Hall in Liverpool. Between 10:30 and 4:30 you'll be able to listen
to live music whilst enjoying afternoon tea, get creative at the
vintage inspired workshop and visit the beauty parlour, who will be
ready to curl, quiff and roll your hair into a pinup worthy style.
Autumn is the perfect time for revamping your wardrobe, so why not
dive on in to the vintage world this season? Lucky for you
(especially thrifty students!) our vintage traders will be offering
bang on trend vintage goodies for way less than the high street.
Britain Does Vintage are winners of an 'Outstanding Customer
Service' Award, organisers Alex and Sam aim to make everybody
feel welcome from the moment they reach the entry desk. So you'll be
met with a smile! "Our first Liverpool fair was a huge hit!" says Sam
Agnew from Britain Does Vintage "With even more on offer this
time around, you definitely won't want to miss us!" For more details visit:-