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Posted by: John Brace | 24th November 2014

David Parr tells Liverpool City Region Combined Authority about how Mersey Gateway Bridge will cost under £600 million

David Parr tells Liverpool City Region Combined Authority about how Mersey Gateway Bridge will cost under £600 million

                                                                                                          

Updated: 11:25 24/11/14 Declaration of interest: In February 1997 the author of this piece was an employee of John Moores University for a week on work experience.

The papers for last Friday morning’s public meeting of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority can be found on Knowsley Council’s website.

If you wish to watch what happened at the meeting you can do so below filmed by myself. If you want to watch me filming the meeting you can do so thanks to Knowsley Council. Also filming was somebody from Liverpool John Moores University Journalism. I think three people filming the same meeting is a record so far (considering that before August 2014 all requests to film Liverpool City Region Combined Authority meetings were refused).

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority public meeting 21st November 2014

However, what actually happened? A good chunk of the meeting (around half) was a twenty-five minutes presentation (followed by questions and answers) by Halton Borough Council’s Chief Executive David Parr (pictured below) on the Mersey Gateway bridge across the River Mersey being built in Halton near to the Silver Jubilee Bridge (or Runcorn Bridge).

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority 21st November 2014 L to R David Parr Chief Executive Halton Council Angela Sanderson Monitoring Officer Jim Fogarty Treasurer Cllr Phil Davies Chair Wirral Council

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority 21st November 2014 L to R David Parr Chief Executive Halton Council Angela Sanderson Monitoring Officer Jim Fogarty Treasurer Cllr Phil Davies Chair Wirral Council

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority 21st November 2014 item 5 Mersey Gateway Progress Update L to R David Parr Chief Executive Halton Council Angela Sanderson Monitoring Officer Jim Fogarty Treasurer Cllr Phil Davies Chair Wirral Council

Agreement was also reached to amend the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority’s constitution. Last month on the 15th October 2014 West Lancashire Council decided to join the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority as an Associate Member.

However to join, first the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority had to amend its constitution. Now that’s been done, a memorandum of understanding will be sent to West Lancashire Council which will need to be signed by them. However it seems likely that by the time the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority next meets that there will be someone there representing West Lancashire Council.

The area covered by West Lancashire has a population of 111,314 (2013 estimate), which is about a third of the Wirral. Its current political composition is 26 Labour councillors and 27 Conservative councillors. It was (until recently) evenly split at 27:27 but there is now (at the time of writing) a by-election going on in Skelmersdale North due to the recent death of a Labour councillor. The results of the by-election will be known by December 12th 2014.

The rest of the meeting was largely routine. However I welcome both hearing the result of the Skelmersdale North by-election and seeing who West Lancashire Council send to the next public meeting of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority. Pictures of its Leader and Deputy Leader can be viewed on this blog which covers the West Lancashire area.

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  1. Mr Brace, I cannot understand why I keep coming over like a Belgian Chocolate Biscuit in respect to this matter, although there is I believe plans for another Bridge add on somewhere across the said same River, just passed Speke Airport. I also note from the article another connection to Wirral and the Combined Authority, this time not CWAC, it is WestLanc.

    • There’s an existing bridge. This is a second bridge. When they’ve finished the second bridge and opened it, they will close the first bridge (for repairs).

      So as this second bridge (referred to) isn’t finished, it is probably the one you’re referring to the plans for. It’s not going to be finished and open for a good while yet.

      As to West Lancs, officially they’re not part of the CA until they sign the memorandum and send it back to the CA. Due to its distance from here, I’m not quite as gemmed up on West Lancs as I should be.

      • Your Missing some good things

        • A good place to start to Jam Up would be the Local Newspaper

          • G’day Lads

            Talking of local papers check out page 2.

            The paper boy who is in their pocket will be on “The Dunny Chain Wearer’s” carpet this morning.

            “It wasn’t me honest guv it was one of those pesky females.”

            Don’t ever get one to run your Empire “Chainee” err I mean Your Mayorhood.

            Dreaming of a new macho bully at the top.

            Ooroo

            James

        • I know been busy lately, but let me know what you think about this please.


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