Oldham Council is unveiling a new major development of Oldham town centre bringing new shops, housing and jobs to the area. Its hoped the project, called the Princes Gate, will capitalise on Metrolink’s arrival and be a way to transform and regenerate the area. Click here for an animated 3D flyover of what the development will look like when completed.
'Prince’s Gate at Oldham Mumps is all about our aspirations for our future – it is a gamechanger for the new Oldham.'
There's a warning that millions of pounds meant for emergency grants and essential support to help North West families in a crisis is under threat from Government cuts. The Children's Society said ministers are looking to withdraw all support from Local Welfare Assistance Schemes. These are run by local councils to help get struggling families back on their feet. Rob Jackson is from the Children's Society.
It's believed the Government is planning to give more powers to councils in Greater Manchester to run their own affairs. George Osborne is thought to be preparing an announcement next week creating a new 'super council' which would make decisions on areas like transport. Ralph Blunsom looks at that and Ed Miliband's plans for devolved power in the North West
The Labour leader, Ed Miliband is in Manchester to unveil his party's plan to try and spread power and prosperity across England's regions. He believes the economic recovery is only benefitting a wealthy few in London and not everyday working people in the North West and elsewhere outside the capital.
Included in Labour's plans, if they win the next general election, is giving regions more power over their public transport networks and passing an English Devolution Act which Labour says will mean a cash boost of £30 billion pounds over five years.
Cumbria County Council is planning to cut 1,800 jobs to achieve savings of £83 million over the next three years.
By 2018 the authority, run by a Labour/Liberal Democrat coalition, will employ 5,200 staff, almost half as many as five years ago.
A consultation on the planned cuts will run until the new year, but the authority warned that millions of pounds of savings were needed to balance its books.
Cumbria County Council deputy leader Patricia Bell said:
These are dark times for the public sector. These are the biggest cuts the council has ever seen. Losing another 1,800 staff will impact on lives, families and our local economy.
"It will be very painful but there is no alternative. We have a legal duty to balance our books and we must live within our means and face up to the reality that if the Government cuts our grants and reduces our budget by a quarter, then we have to make cuts too.
"It has taken a massive effort to identify the £130 million of savings a year that we've already found, but the next three years of cutting a further #83 million is going to be incredibly tough.
ABTA are warning passengers to keep in touch with airlines after the news that Blackpool Airport could close.
The owners say that its been losing money for years and unless a buyer is found it may have only two weeks.
Its the third biggest airport in the North West.
The Association of British Travel Agents say passengers should keep in touch with their tour operators.
Flight operator Jet2 says the threat of closure the Blackpool Airport has come as a 'surprise'.
A spokesperson for the company said:
"Today’s announcement has come as a surprise to us. It is our intention to continue operating flights as normal from Blackpool Airport.
"Should the airport make the decision to close, contingency plans will be in place and we will do everything we can to support both our loyal Jet2.com and Jet2holidays staff and customers.”
Blackpool City Council has released at statement after it was revealed Blackpool Airport could close operations if no buyer is found.
The statement, from Cllr John Jones, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for highways and transport, said:
“We have been aware that Balfour Beatty have been making significant losses at the airport, however, the speed of the decision comes as a shock and we are naturally disappointed.
“Our first concern is, of course, for customers and those who are overseas or are due to be overseas at the time of the intended closure date, as well as those who have existing bookings.
“We want to know what is going to happen to those bookings and return arrangements and ensure they are dealt with properly to the satisfaction of the customers.
“We will be seeking answers from Balfour Beatty and the airlines over these issues immediately.
“From a wider point of view, this is likely the end of an era for the airport as a commercial passenger flight terminal which is a great shame. “We are very disappointed with how things have gone and we do feel that more could have been done by all concerned to stimulate demand and enhance the airport to increase its popularity."
Blackpool Airport's operating company says it may have to close airport operations if a buyer can not be found.
A statement by the airport said: "On 28 August 2014, we announced our intention to find a buyer for the airport operating company. The airport operations have been making a loss for a number of years and we are currently exploring a number of options in an attempt to secure the future of the airport.
"We regretfully confirm that if no agreement can be reached before 7 October 2014 which ensures the viability of its operations, then it is likely that the airport operations will close. In this event, we expect that the last commercial flights will take place on Wednesday 15 October 2014.
"We apologise for the uncertainty this will cause over the coming weeks and we recommend that any affected passengers contact their airline."