What did the public ask the 4 MPs on the House of Commons Transport Committee in Liverpool yesterday?

                                    

Transport Committee (House of Commons) Question and Answer Session Right Lilian Greenwood MP (Chair, Nottingham South) left Daniel Zeichner MP (Cambridge), Mann Island, Liverpool 14th January 2019

Transport Committee (House of Commons) Question and Answer Session Right Lilian Greenwood MP (Chair, Nottingham South) left Daniel Zeichner MP (Cambridge), Mann Island, Liverpool 14th January 2019

The House of Commons Transport Committee visited Liverpool yesterday to hear a formal evidence session from witnesses from Merseytravel, Arriva and Stagecoach. Unfortunately their link video recording link didn’t work and their session is only at the time of publication available in audio which can be listened to here. Although I was present for part of that, I’m not permitted to film it although it was interesting to see how scrutiny by Members of Parliament is different to scrutiny by councillors.

However I did film the later public question and answer session which was well attended by the public and raised a whole range of very interesting transport issues.
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Letter from the Wirral – audio podcast – episode #1 New Ferry Trial 13th January 2019

                                 

Queen Elizabeth II Law Courts (Liverpool Crown Court), Derby Square, Liverpool, L2 1XA (5th January 2019)

Queen Elizabeth II Law Courts (Liverpool Crown Court), Derby Square, Liverpool, L2 1XA (5th January 2019)

Below is a transcript of a new audio series I’m starting this year, the topic of our first one is a conversation between myself and our criminal justice correspondent about the trial last week.

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Letter from the Wirral – audio podcast – episode #1 New Ferry Trial 13th January 2019

The focus on a criminal justice case (the first two days of the trial of what happened in New Ferry) came about as a result of the Bureau of Investigative Journalism’s Bureau Local project and specifically the open newsroom last year on “What are the challenges with accessing court information and reporting on them?” as I realised that there needed to be a field test to understand things better.

I did as a journalist challenge one of the restricted reporting orders on this listing for this case (one of which has now been removed as it didn’t exist and was a clerical error). The official and extremely polite response back was I quote, “it was a clerical error, the reporting restrictions in the case are as per the order handed to you yesterday. Thank you for taking the time to point out this error to the Court.”
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How much do Kingdom Services Group Limited receive in £££s for issuing fixed penalty notices for litter and dog fouling on the Wirral in 2019?

                                             

Leaked information about Wirral Council’s controversial 3 year contract with Kingdom Services Group Limited has revealed the amounts in pounds that Kingdom receive for issuing Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs), the hourly rate for environmental enforcement work and work on skip permits.

Kingdom Day Rates Wirral Council environmental enforcement skip permits 2018 to 2021

Kingdom Day Rates Wirral Council environmental enforcement skip permits 2018 to 2021

The amounts also include enforcement of Public Space Protection Orders (such as the proposed Dog Control Public Space Protection Order to be discussed on Tuesday evening).

The hourly rates for an Environmental Enforcement Officer are below:

Year 1 – £18.00 to £20.00 (depending on time of day)
Year 2 – £18.45 to £20.50 (depending on time of day)
Year 3 – £18.91 to £21.00 (depending on time of day)
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Councillors to discuss proposed Dog Control Public Spaces Protection Order after over 30,000 people sign petitions opposing it!

                                   

Cllr Anita Leech (Cabinet Member for the Environment) Wirral Council

Cllr Anita Leech (Cabinet Member for the Environment) Wirral Council

Wirral Council’s cross-party Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee meet next Tuesday evening for a special public meeting to discuss the recent consultation responses on a proposed Dog Control Public Spaces Protection Order.

Two large petitions (the first attracting 15,033 signatures) and an online petition which at the time of writing has 15,415 signatures are opposed to the changes.
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Posted by: John Brace | 8th January 2019

What happened on the 2nd day of the New Ferry Explosion Trial?

What happened on the 2nd day of the New Ferry Explosion Trial?

                                          

Queen Elizabeth II Law Courts (Liverpool Crown Court), Derby Square, Liverpool, L2 1XA (5th January 2019)

Queen Elizabeth II Law Courts (Liverpool Crown Court), Derby Square, Liverpool, L2 1XA (5th January 2019)

This report of a criminal trial in the Liverpool Crown Court continues from What happened on the 1st day of the New Ferry Explosion Trial?

The reporting restrictions I referred to in my report on the first day linked to above mean I can only report on what happened after around 3.15 pm. The following may be of interest to those ever called for jury service wondering what happens.
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