Liverpool New Queens Drive M&S is car parking nightmare

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/drivers-warn-traffic-chaos-new-11805908

The Liverpool Echo has the story – see link above

This Liverpool Echo article is interesting especially as an easily accessible M&S in Bootle was axed to facilitate this new inaccessible one!

My previous posting about the closure of M&S Bootle is accessible via the link below:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2016/06/07/bootle-another-hammer-blow-to-the-local-economy-as-ms-says-it-is-shipping-out/

Bootle – Howitzer your day?

Defending Bootle from.....

The army were out with artillery next to Bootle’s soon and very sadly to be closing M&S store last week but what were they doing, defending or indeed attacking? A few possibilities:-

* Were they there to ‘advise’ protestors about the dangers of trying to stop M&S from closing?

* Were they there (at Sefton Council’s behest?) to fire a salute to Bootle’s very own UKIP national leader in waiting Paul Nuttall?

* Were they there to take pot-shots at joy riders on scrambler bikes who seem to like riding through the Strand shopping centre malls?

* Were they there at the behest of Bootle Labour Party as they try to defend a visiting Jeremy Corbyn from Labour’s civil war?

Or was the show of military power simply about recruiting local youngsters for the Army?

The photo is amongst my Flickr shots at:-

www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/

Bootle – One blow after another

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/warning-over-redundancies-hugh-baird-11450896

The Liverpool Echo has the story – see link above

Poor old Bootle it’s one piece of bad news after another recently. First it is to lose over 3,000 Civil Service jobs, then Wetherspoons say they are pulling out of the Merton Pub, then M&S says it is leaving town and now redundancies at Hugh Bard College!

Time for some good news for Bootle please.

Bootle – Another hammer blow to the local economy as M&S says it is shipping out

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/bootle-ms-store-closure-announced-11437321

The Liverpool Echo has the story – see link above

In fact I got this story before I saw it on the Echo web site from staff in the store when I popped in earlier today. They are expecting closure August or a little later.

Coming only a short time after HMRC announced it is taking over 3,000 civil service jobs out of Bootle/Netherton this is another hammer blow to the fragile Bootle economy. One wonders if the loss of the civil service jobs in Bootle contributed to M&S deciding to sling their hook?

M&S has clearly been the anchor store for the Stand Shopping Centre ever since it opened in 1971. The Strand seemed to be on the up recently following around a third of the retail units being empty at the height of the recession. It will be interesting and indeed most probably very challenging to see how the new owners of the Strand find a new anchor store.

I think many of us will worry over the future for the Bootle economy.

Bootle – back to those huge Civil Service job losses in the Borough of Sefton

I posted some time ago about what I dubbed ‘Exit Bootle’ as HMRC announced that a huge number of Civil Service jobs were to be taken out of Bootle/Netheron and for some of them then to be relocated within Liverpool. My original posting is available via the link below:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2015/11/25/hmrcs-exit-bootle/

The devastating effect of these job losses on the fragile Bootle economy has indeed been completely ignored and therefore not taken into account by the those planning the move, this has been admitted to. Government seems to have adopted the stance of ‘this has nothing to do with us, it’s a matter for HMRC to decide upon’ or words to that effect!

But it’s not just Bootle where HMRC is going to effect huge job losses on a local economy, it is happening across the UK and MP’s representing those communities, many of them deprived by many social and economic indicators, are naturally up in arms. So much so that a debate on the floor of the House of Commons was held on 28th April and Peter Dowd the MP for Bootle contributed to it. Here’s a link to the Hansard report on the debate:-

hansard.parliament.uk/Commons/2016-04-28/debates/16042848000002/HMRCBuildingOurFuturePlan

My thanks to Peter for his contribution in my capacity as a serving Civil Servant, a trade unionist and as a former Leader of Sefton Council. Taking jobs out of Bootle in their thousands will harm the economy and, as I have said before, it reverses a well trodden path that has been successful in providing jobs in Sefton. Let’s not forget that HMRC also took jobs away from Southport when they closed Southport Tax Office a few years ago.

Even at this late stage Government needs to stop washing its hands of the matter. Of course Government is responsible for a Civil Service Department reorganising itself in a way that will be economically destructive to many deprived communities across the UK. There’s no one else to blame.