Daily News Brief: Concerns over Liverpool’s ‘north-south split’ air in investigation

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Over 900 people have recently completed Liverpoolcouncil’s Our city, your opinion survey, in which residents were asked what they like about the city and what they think needs to be improved.

While there was praise for the city’s cultural events programme, concerns were raised over Liverpool’s ‘north-south split’.

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The survey suggested their is a perception in the city of poverty in the north, while the south of the city receives more investment and cultural events.

Some of the titles from the survey – which was accessible online and through postcards at libraries, children’s centers, lifestyle centers, customer hubs – include:

  • A request for more to be done around cleaning streets and public spaces and attack those who litter and litter
  • fears about public safety, especially in the night economy
  • Concerns about Liverpool’s ‘north-south divide’, with references to poverty in the north and a perception that the south of the city receives more investment and cultural events
  • Praise of the city cultural entertainment program and a demand for more, especially for children and young people, especially during school holidays
  • A plea for fewer building sites, more efficient public transport, especially to the football pitches and the airport.

Deputy Mayor Cllr Jane Corbett said: “I’m glad so many people responded and shared their views with us. It’s all part of our commitment to being an organization that listens and responds to the concerns of residents who pay for local services.

“Some of the issues raised are not in our direct control, such as public transport, but we have strong partnerships with local agencies that do, we will share their views with them.

“This is an ongoing conversation that we will continue to have with people who live and work in Liverpool over the months and years to come. It will also feed into our budgeting process for 2022/23 and the development of the medium-term financial plan We are determined to make this city a city that offers everyone.

COVID case rate drops

Coronavirus cases have almost halved in the space of a week in Wirral. In the week to January 11, there were 4,888 cases of COVID-19 in Wirral at a rate of 1,507 per 100,000.

That’s a 49% drop from the figure of 9,548 cases recorded the previous week, at the much higher rate of 2,944 per 100,000.

The latest figures show 98 people in hospitals in Wirral with COVID-19 on January 11, compared to 73 on January 4 and only 28 on December 28. It remains to be seen whether this upward trend in COVID-related hospitalizations will continue.

Cost of recycling mistakes in Liverpool

Recycling mistakes cost Liverpool taxpayers nearly £1million last year.

Data from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) shows that 9,946 tonnes of waste collected by Liverpool City Council was discharged at the sorting point in the year to March.

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