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Plans to make Buxton a world-class "healthy holiday" destination

Tourism officials in Buxton are hoping it can become a world-class "healthy holiday" destination, thanks to in a multi-million pound redevelopment of one of its most treasured buildings. The Crescent opened in 1789 as a spa to rival Bath. But in recent decades, the building lay empty and fell into ruin. Now the once-thriving thermal baths will make a comeback alongside a luxury hotel and heritage centre. Sarah Rogers has been to take a look.

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Knowsley Council Cabinet backs tax increase

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Knowsley Council’s Cabinet has backed the recommendation to increase Council Tax in 2017/18 by 4.99%. Of the proposed increase, 3% will be ring-fenced to go towards funding Adult Social Care services.

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The income raised by the proposed increase in Council Tax will be invested in services that support vulnerable and older people to live independently in their own homes for longer. Over the next three years, the Council has to find £14.8m of savings due to cuts. The increase will mean a £43.11 increase per year on a Band A property.

"The Government’s solution is to get local people to pay for adult social care through an extra 3% Council Tax rise – referred to as the “Osborne Tax”. We have worked hard to come up with the best mix we can of savings and Council Tax rises but it is a difficult balancing act when you are trying to protect key services and deal with funding cuts that will total £100m by 2020.

– Cllr Gary See, Knowsley Council

The recommendation will now be considered at Council on 8th March.

Man hit by three buses in Liverpool

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Police continue to investigate after a man, thought to be in his 30s, was hit by multiple vehicles in Stoneycroft this afternoon. Officers were called to the scene at around 2:05pm.

The male pedestrian has been taken to hospita in a serious condition.

Prescot Road remains closed between Queens Drive and Eaton Road and motorists are urged to avoid this area.

Liverpool FC to leave Melwood training ground

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Liverpool Football Club are planning to leave their Melwood training ground. The club have been at the site in West Derby since the 1950s. A new state of the art training ground will be built at their academy ground in Kirkby. The project would cost around £50m. If the development's approved, it could be completed in two years time.

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“We recognise that Melwood has played a significant role in the club’s success and forms an important part of our history. However, the Melwood site is limited in space and is unable to accommodate our longer-term ambitions, which is why we are exploring options on the Academy site.

– Andy Hughes, LFC

A public consultation is being held next month for local residents and businesses to discuss the proposed plans in more detail.

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Drivers urged to take care during Storm Doris

Drivers are being urged to be prepared before setting out on journeys tomorrow after Highways England issued a severe weather alert.

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An amber alert for gales will be in place across the North between 6am and 6pm in response to the strong winds and heavy rain forecast during Storm Doris.

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Gusts of up to 70 miles per hour are expected on some roads, along with heavy rain and surface water. There is a particularly high risk to high-sided vehicles, caravans and motorbikes on exposed sections of the network.

Drivers of these vehicles are being strongly advised to avoid travelling on around 40 stretches of motorway and major A road while the alert is in place. These include:

  • M53 J1-J2 Wallasey to Birkenhead
  • M56 J12 Runcorn and Sutton Weaver
  • M58 J1 Kirkby
  • M6 J20-J21 Thelwall Viaduct
  • M6 J26-J27 M58 to Standish
  • M6 J36-J45 Through Cumbria
  • M60 J10-J12 Barton Bridge through to M62
  • M60 J16-J17 Pendlebury and Kersley to Prestwich and Whitefield
  • M62 J18-J27 Between Manchester and Leeds
  • M61 J4-J5 Westhoughton
  • M61 J9 / M65 J1 Interchange
  • A56 Between M65 and A680 at Edenfield
  • M65 J3-J4 Withnell and Blackburn Interchange
  • A66 Between M6 J40 - A1 (Scotch Corner)
  • A69 Entire route

"We’re expecting Storm Doris to have a significant impact on the roads throughout the day tomorrow so are urging drivers to consider changing their plans if necessary and to slow down in stormy weather. Drivers should look out for warnings on the electronic message signs and listen for updates in radio travel bulletins.

– Richard Leonard, Highways England

Man jailed for Levenshulme drug and gun stash

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A man has been jailed after a horde of guns was found at his home in Levenshulme.

John Maneely of Anchor Close, Levenshulme, pleaded guilty to five counts of possession of a prohibited weapon, possession of ammunition, possession with intent to supply a psychoactive substance and possession of MDMA.

He has been sentenced to 7 years and 4 months in prison.

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“We discovered a plethora of weapons at Maneely’s home that could be used with fatal consequences, and today he has been jailed. Today’s outcome is a result of hard work by the team at Xcalibre Task Force and support from the public and our fight against guns and drugs will not stop.”

– Detective Sergeant Patrick Goodrich, Greater Manchester Police
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