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Consultation opens on plans to redevelop Liverpool's Williamson Square

Artist's impression of the new square Credit: Consultation organisers

A consultation is being opened on plans to develop one of the Liverpool's most historic squares.

The public are being asked to comment on plans to redevelop Wiiliamson Square near the Playhouse Theatre.

The theatre will host the opening session of the consultation which runs until the end of April.

The square was initially laid out in 1745 and became pedestrianised more than 20 years ago.

It was last upgraded in 2004 when almost six million pounds was invested introducing new seating, planting and a fountain.

Williamson Square is one of Liverpool's main public open spaces and should be a vibrant gathering place but over the past decade has for various reasons lost its way and sense of purpose.

This debate and public consultation is an ideal opportunity to have an honest conversation which, with the calibre of the major partners involved and the support of the people of Liverpool, I've no doubt will reset the play button and lead to some positive action - both in the short and long term.

Liverpool city centre has made phenomenal progress over the past decade, the time has now come for Williamson Square to join the party and live up to its potential as a dynamic public space the city can be proud of.

– Councillor Nick Small, Assistant Mayor of Liverpool

Roman barracks dug up in Chester

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Experts believe this is the remains of barracks for roman soldiers Credit: Chester Chronicle

Archaeologists have found a wall from a Roman soldiers' barracks while digging the foundations for a new shopping centre in Chester. The multi million pound Northgate development –– will cover a site once occupied by a Roman fortress 2,000 years ago. Experts are probing underground remains before construction starts by digging a series of trial holes. They believe they have already found the remains of a Roman wall in Hamilton Place, at the rear of The Forum shopping centre, which would have formed part of the soldiers’ barracks.

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Inside the secret £1 million vault under the Liver Building

The city’s first safe deposit box facility has opened at Liverpool’s Royal Liver Building.

The facility allows people to safeguard their most valued possessions in a secure vault.

The space was once a secret vault guarding Royal Liver’s records. When the Royal Liver Building was built, a vault was constructed in the basement as an integral part of its security.

It’s now been given a £1 million makeover by Liverpool Vaults.

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Shaun Walmsley: Police vow to catch escaped murderer

Shaun Walmsley was given a life-sentence for a Credit: Merseyside Police

Detectives hunting a prisoner who escaped during a hospital visit in Liverpool have warned him that he will be found.

Convicted murderer Shaun Walmsley escaped from prison officers during a visit to Aintree University Hospital a year ago today.

Walmsley was serving a life sentence for the murder of Anthony Duffy and police have warned that he is extremely dangerous.

Officers believe he fled abroad, and despite the passage of a year since he escaped they say they're still determined to catch him.

How Liverpool could save its World Heritage Status

Liverpool's famous historic waterfront Credit: pa

A report's been drawn up outlining how Liverpool intends to save its World Heritage Status.

It's under threat because of plans to change the historic waterfront.

The report focuses on how the city can balance its growth over the next 15 years.

The main threat to the city's World Heritage Status, as perceived by UNESCO, is the proposed developments in the £5bn Liverpool Waters scheme, specifically for its Central Docks area.

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WATCH: Manchester turns out in march for Grenfell Tower victims

A march for Grenfell has taken place in Manchester. It coincided with a march in London to show solidarity with the victims of the disaster.

The silent candlelit march was led by people who carried photographs of those who died in the Grenfell Tower fire last June.

Among those supporting the march was the Bishop of Manchester, Dr David Walker.

Greater Manchester Mayor on a mission to end homelessness

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Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham will deliver a speech about how homelessness in the city is being tackled.

The mayor has given a commitment to end rough sleeping in Greater Manchester by 2020.

In the speech, he will outline the progress that has been made so far – recognising that whilst the problem has got worse in recent months, the response is getting better.

Figures issued last month saw an increase in rough sleeping of 42% in Greater Manchester.

Stars to turn out for Chester FC fundraiser

A fundraising match will be held for Chester FC later at the Swansway Stadium.

Ian Rush and Michael Owen will be making appearances in a bid to raise money to secure the club's long term future.

45 thousand pounds has been raised for the struggling club who are looking at relegation from the National League.

Liverpool legend Ian Rush will giving his support at the match Credit: pa

WATCH: Stopping children choosing a life of crime.

Can you persuade children to say no to a life of crime? Well that's what Rod Carter and Matthew Norford from Manchester are trying to do.

Rod Carter used to be a policeman and spent fifteen years tracking down criminals. Matthew Norford. was groomed into a life of crime at the age of 13 and went on to head up one of the area's most notorious gangs.

They take hard-hitting stories into schools to help children make the right choices, and understand the consequences if they don't. They took time out to speak to Lucy and Tony on Granada Reports.

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