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NEWS ROUNDUP: Joe Anderson legal fees & building bridges in Walton


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Liverpool City Council has been ordered to reconsider covering former mayor Joe Anderson's legal fees after the politician brought a High Court challenge. Mr Anderson, 63, was arrested last year as part of a Merseyside Police probe into alleged bribery and corruption. In a judgment on Tuesday, Mrs Justice Yip said the council should reconsider Mr Anderson's request to compensate him as it had wrongly applied its policy. The politician, who remains under investigation, stood aside from the role of mayor in December and did not stand for re-election in May. Earlier this year, Mr Anderson brought action against Liverpool City Council for refusing to provide an indemnity to cover his legal costs of defending the allegations. The High Court in Liverpool heard that the council had refused to grant an indemnity to Mr Anderson – an agreement which would have covered his legal fees – claiming it was not lawful to do so and that the allegations did not relate to duties he carried out in his role as mayor.


Plans for a multi day arts festival that will see "circus-like" events have been given the go ahead. Bridges will take place in a 72ft long and 19ft high bridge structure on Millenium Green, just off Breeze Hill in Walton, later this week. 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. 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.


Consumers have seen more than 17,000 extra al fresco seats on England's streets within a year as part of a government strategy to help businesses recover from the pandemic. Following the first lockdown last year, Liverpool city council issued more than 160 licences to venues across the city, allowing them to reopen their doors to customers once again. Councils have approved requests for at least 17,045 more outdoor seats, mainly for pubs, bars and cafes, but also hairdressers, hotels, co-working spaces and luxury retailers, according to analysis by PwC. The fast-tracked pavement licences are valid for between three and 12 months and were introduced by the UK government in July last year with the intention of helping businesses boost customer numbers outside and partially offset the impact of social distancing and indoor restrictions on takings.

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