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NEWS ROUNDUP: Green waste collection & building bridges

 

Your latest news update for the region

 

Wirral Council has been recognised for being involved in the very first British effort to contain Covid-19. In January last year, 83 British citizens were quarantined at Arrowe Park Hospital. Wirral Council led this response with just two days notice and has now been shortlisted for the Care and Health Integration Award at this year's Municipal Journal Awards.

 

Liverpool City Council is temporarily suspending garden waste collections for two weeks due to a spike in Covid-19 related absences. Normal services should resume on Monday, 2 August. The two-week suspension, which will begin on Monday, 19 July, will allow the Council’s waste collection contractor, LSSL, to focus their available staffing resources on the collection of the general waste purple and blue recycling bins. Waste services are experiencing higher than anticipated staff absence as a result of Covid-19 related cases. In the last week alone, 26 staff have had to self-isolate either because they have had a positive test or they have been contacted by track and trace. This level of absence on top of current sickness and leave means 24% of the workforce are unavailable. As well as the temporary suspension, the council is using all available resource including agency and when necessary overtime, to catch up outside of core time and at weekends. If residents feel they cannot store green waste during the suspension, they are encouraged to use one of the city’s major recycling centres which are operating as normal.

 

A spectacular bridge is set to mesmerise north Liverpool – bringing together culture, communities and civic pride. The structure will be located in Walton and will be the focal point of a three-day event between the fifth and seventh of August. It will play host to a series of free activities and outdoor performances. From 10am-5pm Thursday to Saturday, the community, artists and designers will come together in a series of workshops, conversations and activities which look to discover and tell the story of County ward and the people who live there. At 8.45pm on Friday and Saturday, a gravity-defying circus acrobatics, dance, comedy, theatre and live music experience, inspired by local people’s stories, will create a thrilling climax. This will be a FREE tickets performance and further details on ticketing will be announced on Tuesday 20 July. As part of the project, communities will be encouraged to make their own bridges and share stories of bridge-building (and bridge-burning), using special kits which will be provided. The aim is to bring together people who wouldn’t normally meet, to create an astonishing and beautiful structure in public and outdoor spaces. Community groups, schools, businesses and individuals are welcome to build their own bridges.


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