Bootle job losses

Bootle Crest. This version is fixed to the wall of the Council Chamber in Bootle Town Hall.

I spent my whole working life in Bootle as a civil servant, or more precisely as a PCS trade union officer looking after the interests of civil servants, so to see significant job losses in the town in both the public and private sectors troubles me.

It’s a subject I’ve blogged about previously on the back of the announcement of the loss of civil service jobs in Bootle. Here’s a link back to my most relevant posting:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2016/11/05/bootle-yet-more-civil-service-jobs-to-be-withdrawn/

And now things on the Santander front look more than a little gloomy too as the long-promised redevelopment of the former GIRO building in Netherton has been cancelled. The Liverpool Echo has an article on its website – see link below:-

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/huge-new-75m-santander-bootle-20252021

As I’ve said time and time again, public sector and in particular civil service jobs were brought into Bootle in the 1960s and 1970s to boost job opportunities in a town that was struggling with the demise of the docks and associated industries. To now remove those civil service jobs elsewhere (in HMRC’s case into central Liverpool) makes no sense to me at all. Those jobs and those at Santander will have had a positive effect on the local economy, indeed I’ve often thought that without the thousands of civil servants in Bootle’s mini-Whitehall the Strand Shopping Centre would have encountered serious trading problems many years ago.

Bootle New Strand shopping centre

Removing public sector jobs from Bootle can only make regenerating the town a much bigger job and the investment in jobs that would have flowed from the Santander project makes that tough job even tougher.

As an aside, I also wonder how big an influence the Liverpool City Region is on the sucking of jobs into central Liverpool. My fear is that Liverpool’s gains are at the expense of its surrounding towns…….

My thanks to Roy Connell for the lead to this posting

Bootle – 100 new homes planned for canal-side development near Strand Shopping Centre

Place North West has the article on its website – see link below:-

www.placenorthwest.co.uk/news/ellis-williams-appointed-to-33m-bootle-community-housing/#.XkqyV7noJh4.twitter

And the Liverpool Echo carried an article about the refurbishment of the Lock and Quay pub (mentioned as an integral part of the planned housing development in the Place North West link above) recently – see link below:-

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/rough-ready-old-school-boozer-16015668

Below is a photo of the Pride of Sefton Trust barge near the site this posting is about. The photo dates back to 2010 as do the other photos.

Bootle – Controversial property speculation by Sefton Council takes £5m hit

Bootle New Strand shopping centre

I’ve blogged about the hugely controversial purchase of the Strand Shopping Centre in Bootle by Sefton Council in 2018 previously. I’ve also questioned the role of our local Borough Council dabbling in the oh so volatile property market. Click on the article below, from Hannah Gee, for more detail:-

Sadly my fears, based on the valuation mentioned above, make this highly questionable purchase look like the poor deal for council tax payers of the Borough that I thought it could well turn out to be.

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/

Scrambler bikes destroying the peace of Sefton’s lovely countryside

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/scrambler-bikes-causing-misery-across-10692363

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/police-helicopter-follows-dangerous-scrambler-10700883

The Liverpool Echo has the stories – see links above

There is no doubt in my mind that Sefton Borough has long had a problem with anti-social people riding scrambler bikes in our beautiful places and now even in an indoor shopping centre! That’s not to say that Merseyside Police have been ignoring the problem because they have had a number of successes in tracking the dangerous riders down.

In the East Parishes part of the Borough the tow path of the Leeds Liverpool Canal, the Cheshire Lines Path and Jubilee Woods all suffer from scrambler bikes being ridden at speed and with no regard for the the safety of walkers.

Merseyside Police, despite their very limited resources are to be commended for trying to tackle this problem. Let’s hope they confiscate more bikes for the crusher!

Bootle and its history wall

You know when you walk past something so often that it just becomes a part of the background well that recently happened to me until someone said ‘What’s that history wall all about in the Strand? It’s asking for people to share their memories of WW1 but there will be hardly anyone who can do that’.

Bootle's history wall 05 2015

Click on the photo to enlarge it.

Well the wall remains blank despite being on the shop unit for 6 months or more now but if you think about it anyone with memories of WW1 would have to be well over 100 years old now.

I posted on this site last year about Bootle’s WW1 Pop-Up shop/Museum (see link below) and my recollection is that the memory wall appeared around the same time.

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2014/09/05/world-war-1-bootle-has-a-3-month-pop-up-shopmuseum/

I wonder what those who put the memory wall up intended?