To receive updates from the Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor.
Metro Mayor S Rotheram provided Members with an update on his activities and key developments since the last meeting of the LCR Combined Authority.
Metro Mayor S Rotheram referred to the outcome of the retrial of Commander David Duckenfield. He noted that the families of the victims had made their feelings clear on the outcome and that they would continue to have the deepest sympathies and support. Along with Margaret Aspinall and Mayor Andy Burnham, he explained that they had written to Political Party Leaders asking that enact the Hillsborough Law which calls for equal funding so there is parity of access to legal representation and Duty of Candour.
Metro Mayor S Rotheram explained that the first LCR Environment Summit had been held in November. The summit had been hugely successful and it had seen the announcement of a Green Community Fund, which would support some local organisations as well as the LCR Climate Partnership. A newly announced body would also ensure that the City Region met its aim of becoming net zero carbon by 2040.
Metro Mayor S Rotheram reported that he recently attended Business Awards hosted by both St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council and Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council. Both Business Awards showcased what each of the Boroughs had to offer. He went on to explain that following on from these two events he had spoken with Wirral Chamber of Commerce to talk about the recent £75m agreed at the last meeting of the LCR Combined Authority which would go directly towards supporting businesses in the City Region.
Metro Mayor S Rotheram reported that this week had seen the launch of the Poverty and Life Chances Action Group. This followed the release of statistics earlier in the year which said that 31% of children living in Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, St Helens, Sefton and Wirral were growing up in poverty and was a disgrace. He went on to explain that by bringing together politicians, practitioners, academics, trade unionists and faith leaders from across the six boroughs of the City Region, it was hoped this terrible statistics could be addressed.
Metro Mayor S Rotheram provided an update on the following community activity he had undertaken, which included:-
· A visit to Calderstones Mansion House in Allerton with the Mayor of Greater Manchester Combined Authority, Andy Burnham;
· Attended Kirkby High School to witness the fantastic work being achieved by the Innovate Her programme, which encouraged young girls into studying STEM;
· Visited Southport College to view the newly opened gas and plumbing facilitates which had received £400,000 of LCR Combined Authority funding; and
· Witnessed at first hand the work at Tuebrook Children’s Centre, which was providing children with the best possible start in life.
The Metro Mayor went on to highlight that the first of the new fleet of Merseyrail trains would shortly be arriving in the City Region. In conclusion, the Metro Mayor reported that this week saw the transfer of the title of Borough of Culture transfer from Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council to Sefton Borough Council. To celebrate the success of Wirral’s year as Borough of Culture, Members watched a short video which showcased the highlights of the last 12 months.
On behalf of the LCR Combined Authority, the Metro Mayor thanked the teams involved in Wirral’s Borough of Culture year, both at the Combined Authority and Wirral MBC for their work in making it such a successful year, in doing so he noted that this was a real collaborative effort across the City Region.