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Drivers urged to 'change plans' as Storm Doris hits the NW

The M62 between Manchester and Leeds could be badly hit Credit: PA

Highways England has issued a severe weather alert for the North West's major roads, as Storm Doris sweeps in. Motorists are being urged to change their plans, or slow down if they have to travel.

Heavy rain and winds gusting up to 70mph will put truck drivers, motorcyclists and those with caravans at high risk. The body which manages the motorway and trunk road network is advising such travellers to avoid a number of routes:

  • 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

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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.

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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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