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Good evening. Welcome to North West Tonight with Gordon Burns and
Ranvir Singh. Our top story: Save the city's heritage - Unesco warns
Liverpool against a multi-billion- pound Docklands development. They
want to build Shanghai on the Mersey. So how would losing its
World Heritage status damage the city? Also in the programme: 26 new
services from Manchester as Ryanair patches up its relationship here.
Consultants at one of our biggest hospitals pass a vote of no
confidence in the Chief Executive and other management. Tonight we
ask if Liverpool Football Club is ripping off its fans?
And joining the Tatton tea party - how you are helping to set the
scene for our garden at next week's Liverpool's status as a World
Heritage Site ranks it alongside the Taj Mahal and the Great Wall of
China. But that status could be at risk if it approves controversial
plans to redevelop its waterfront. That's the warning from Unesco -
the United Nations body that awards the status. Its unhappy with plans
submitted by Peel Holdings to invest billions in revamping
derelict stretches of land alongside the Mersey. Our chief
reporter, David Guest, is there now. Dave. Yes, and that truly is one of
the world's iconic sights. It was designated a World Heritage Site in
2004, but what has that meant in practical terms? Well, the status
is said to have brought great pride to the city, helping build its
confidence. It has enhanced Liverpool's image around the globe.
And it has brought extra funding for heritage and regeneration
projects. But plans to invest billions regenerating the area
further along the waterfront could cost Liverpool that status if the
council approves the proposals as they currently stand. It hardly the
most attractive stretch of waterfront at present, but this is
how it could look, according to Peel Holdings. They want to spend
�5.5 billion creating Liverpool Waters - a huge development of
homes, shops, commercial space and visitor attractions. It would
radically alter the waterfront appearance, but it's a little too
radical for some. They want to build Shanghai on the Mersey.
UNESCO had said this is a bit alien to Liverpool and its historic World
Heritage Site. After all, we are Mercantile and maritime city.
key will be to balance the city fit for the 21st century, creating jobs
and investment, with the need to preserve Liverpool's rich cultural
heritage. UNESCO fear that the Liverpool Water's plan as it stands
may well come preside -- compromise the city's World Heritage status.
The environmental impact assessment did not take into account the
values for which it was recognised. Some people we spoke to agreed that
the plan has too many high rise buildings. Everything is getting
cut off, all the views are going. would like to keep it the way it is
rather than going for the skyscrapers. And you are from
America? I am. UNESCO will send a delegation over in the autumn to
take a closer look at what is planned.
Are you worried about this? Every development of that has been
proposed has been controversial. When the live a building was
proposed it was deeply controversial. When the Liverpool
Museum was proposed the UNESCO Commission were interested and
wanted to come over and see it. They satisfied themselves that it
was appropriate and our World Heritage status remained. We are
confident that these proposals will not only bring much-needed jobs and
investment to the city, but will be sympathetic to the World Heritage
Site status. Are you going to propose -- support the proposals as
they stand? There has been a dialogue with Peel Holdings. There
is a dialogue between the planning officers and the developers. As a
result of that, the planning application will go through the
planning process and then we will wait and see whether there is any
further intervention after that. it comes to a straight choice
between World Heritage status or the development, which is it to be?
We are firmly of the view that there is no incompatibility between
the two back. No doubt UNESCO no longer want to see the docks being
unused. What would it mean if you lost the World Heritage status?
Were we would be very disappointed but we are quite confident that we
can do both. That he is coming over in the
autumn to look at the proposals. That is not the last we have heard
The World Heritage Centre will be sending a delegation over to
Liverpool in the autumn to take a closer look at what's planned.
The budget airline Ryanair is setting up a new base at Manchester
Airport. They say they will invest more than
�170 million, fly to 26 destinations and provide hundreds
of jobs. The move is a dramatic U- turn from the airline which pulled
out of Manchester just 18 months ago in a row over landing charges.
Our transport correspondent, Colin Sykes, reports.
His own flight from Dublin was late, but Michael O'Leary, complete in
Manchester City shirt, hit the ground running. We are here this
morning with great news. Ryanair flew out of Manchester 18 months
ago when a bitter row over fees. Its comeback will see four planes
based at the airport by next year, servicing 26 routes and 260 flights
a week. That, it claims, will ultimately safeguard 2,000 jobs.
think the market has changed here. The tour operators have continued
to decline. Manchester themselves have reached a compromise. They are
more keen to get us back and we have learned from our mistakes the
last time. Falling passenger numbers and increased competition
are changing the way we fly. It is the passengers who are calling the
shots. People are always looking for the best deal, aren't they?
only thing I would say with Ryanair is the amount you have to pay for
your cases the stock that is the only complaint I have. We always go
on a package tour rather than looking for cheap flights because
you have Critics of more flights say the move will increase aviation
pollution. Air transport comes at a terrible cost to the environment.
And to the quality of life to the people who live in the vicinity of
the airport. Meanwhile, as airlines battle for business, Manchester
Airport is clear about its own way forward. We have seen the decline
in passenger numbers at Manchester over the last few years and we have
also seen some attrition with Ryanair passengers to Liverpool and
Leeds. We want passengers to fly from Manchester.
Well, I'm joined live now by Simon Calder, travel writer for the
Independent. What do you think this move says about Manchester?
means it is being pragmatic. It is the biggest airport in the UK
outside of London. It has a huge number of really important long-
haul routes. Its main overseas destination is now Dubai. It has
always had a problem with low-cost airlines. I remember in the 90s,
shortly after the Easyjet started, and Liverpool airport suddenly came
back from the dead. Ryanair, as you have been reporting, fell out and
left 18 months ago. They have now come back, no doubt tempted by some
very good terms from Manchester Airport. Frankly, for the main
there -- the main airport in the north-west not a of Europe's
biggest airline would be a little embarrassing. As some people say in
aviation, the Olly thing worse than having Ryanair flying from your
local airport is not having them. - - the only thing. Some of their
flights and as cheap as �8. Is that sustainable in the long term?
but let's be realistic. The average price of a Ryanair flight from
Manchester will be something like �100 to �120 return. Will it dried
up passenger numbers? Manchester, like any airport, depends on having
more and more passengers going through it. They hope that this
will start to turn things around. Certainly, the effect that Ryanair
has had on many other reports suggested is the only strategy in
town. Thank you for joining us. Consultants at one of Merseyside's
biggest hospitals have overwhelmingly passed a vote of no
confidence in the hospital's Chief Executive and management. 200
senior doctors took part in the vote at Arrowe Park Hospital in
Wirral. Consultants are concerned over a number of management
decisions, including plans to move vascular surgery from Wirral to
Chester. Our Merseyside reporter, Andy Gill, has this exclusive
report. Consultants at Arrowe Park met this
afternoon to be told that they'd voted by a significant majority in
favour of a motion which asked them if they had lost confidence in the
chief executive, Len Richards, and if their relationship with him had
irretrievably broken down. They voted on management's understanding
of clinical needs at the hospital. A third vote, critical of plans to
move vascular surgery from here to Chester, was also passed. More than
82% of the consultants eligible to vote did so. Although the actual
figures have not been made public, there is no doubt that this is a
serious rebuff to the hospital management. One senior source here
at Arrowe Park Hospital described the result as dynamite. The doctors
think moving vascular surgery would be bad for patients. Wirral MPs
have urged the managers to think again. The MPs are concerned about
how part of that change is being managed, particularly from the
point of view of the staff. They are raising issues which are
crucial for a constituents in that our patients in the future going to
The Isle of Man is to lose up to �75 million a year from its
revenue-sharing agreement with the UK Government. The cut comes after
10 months of negotiation. It means a total of �30 million will be cut
next year, followed by �50 million the year after an increasing to �75
million in three years' time. Jobs could be lost it Liverpool's
Tate Gallery. Managers say they are looking at ways to make it run more
efficiently and are currently reviewing their staffing levels.
The review will continue until 2013. It's not yet known how many posts
will go. Thieves have stripped lead from the roofs of a model village
in Lancashire. It happened at Stanley Park in Blackpool. Hundreds
of pounds of lead was taken from the miniature buildings. Thousands
of students around the North west have been putting on mortar boards
and gowns for graduation ceremonies this week. But universities are
going through a difficult period as budgets are cut and fees are
increased. Today, half of our 12 universities have been granted
permission to charge the maximum �9,000 tuition fees. Our political
editor, Arif Ansari, is here with the breakdown.
There are 12 universities in the North West. Of those, nine have
been given permission to charge the maximum �9,000 a year for some
courses. And seven have permission to charge the maximum for all their
courses: Chester, Edge Hill, Lancaster, Liverpool, Liverpool
John Moores, and Manchester UCLAN. So would that put potential
students off? For me, probably not. But for lower income groups,
possibly. You think about it in the here and now. I did it because of
my interest in the subject, not because of a career Pat. If I had
to pay �9,000 a year I probably would not have done it. As far as
volume for a -- value for money is concerned, I think about �3,000 is
the limit. The increases will affect courses starting next year -
that is September 2012. But the maximum fee was only supposed to be
charged in "exceptional circumstances". And this policy has
caused big problems for the Liberal Democrats, who campaigned against
an increase in fees and then voted for the policy in government.
fact clearly show that most of them have gone above the kind of limits
that the Government wanted to see. The important point is that people,
from whatever background, will still be able to go to university
are. Universities have been obliged to
have their plans approved by OFFA, the Office for Fair Access. OFFA
accepted every proposal, but in return universities must widen
access - in other words, attract more poorer students through things
like bursaries and grants. I hope that it will not put
students off. They have to understand what the packages are
that are available to them. We also need them to understand what the
repayment system is, that they will not repay any loans until they are
earning over �21,000. universities say that, once
bursaries and scholarships are taken into account, the real cost
of a degree will be lower. But will more students be attracted by the
scholarships or be put off by the higher fees?
Discuss, as they used to say. Still to come in North West
Tonight: Join Kate as she inspects the latest donations to our garden
at Tatton. And can money really make you happy? Where better to
find out than a party full of lottery millionaires? I went
through a big phase of spending on cars when I was younger but I have
settled down a bit now. Booking fees - retailers say it's a
way to cover expenses. Consumers say it's a way to bump up profits.
Today the Office of Fair Trading waded into the row, saying fees for
debit card payments should be scrapped. So what about when you
pay in person, in cash, something Liverpool football club is doing on
some of its ticket sales? Fans are not happy. Here's Jayne Barrett.
Phil McKeown is a loyal fan, but these tickets had him seeing red.
He didn't mind the ticket price, he did mind and 90p booking fee.
time did I are paid to -- attempt to pay with credit cards. They
shrugged their shoulders. I do not like having a go at them but, at
the end of the day, we are the 12th man and we're getting ripped off by
the club. Almost all north-west clubs charge a booking fee if you
pay by card. But pay in cash and the fee is dropped. Today, the
Office of Fair Trading said it wanted fees for debit cards band.
In its opinion, they were the online version of cash. So what
about when it really is just cash? Which? Magazine led the campaign.
Do they see red with the Reds? is difficult to understand from
companies why they are actually charging us to turn up at their
office and hand over cash. When we got to the supermarket we do not
have to hand over cash for the pleasure of paying for our shopping.
Liverpool Football Club decided not to put anyone up for interview, but
they said the removed some booking fees at the start of the season for
fans who booked in advance. But there are still plenty of instances
when they are charged. We would have liked to ask them, in person,
of what the fee was for. Instead, they dodged the question by e-mail.
"The club is working to standardise fees and provide more consistency
and transparency." They are ripping off the loyal Liverpool fans to
turn up in their droves because they want to watch them. Will you
stop buying tickets? unfortunately not. Chatting to
these fans, I realised there is a common term in the language of
finance. It is of not -- it is not even not British, it is not
Colombian. And it has provoked lots of
reaction from you on e-mail, Twitter and Facebook. And do carry
on letting us know what you feel. But here are a few we've had
already. This was posted on the LFC fans' forum after someone saw our
lunchtime report, saying, "It's not fair, it's greedy and disgraceful
that the club are charging loyal fans for paying cash to buy
tickets." Michael Day e-mailed that he drove from North Yorkshire to
Manchester to pay in cash for a group of tickets for Manchester
Pride only to find he was charged a booking fee for each individual
ticket. He says, "When I protested I was told it was to cover costs
such as electricity." Happily, Joe Mulvaney from Colne says he's a
Blackburn Rovers season ticket holder and he's never had to pay a
booking fee. Do get in touch now if you have a comment and we'll try to
get more of them at the end of the programme.
Salford City Reds' new head coach has arrived at the club to take up
his new role. The Australian, Matt Parish, was introduced to the media
earlier today. The club's moving to a new purpose-built stadium for the
start of next season. Parish says he's expecting the players to give
the Willows a great send-off. like to think that the players here,
particularly for the guy sitting next to me, will do their best to
make sure this place is left with the performances it deserves.
years to the day since they reached an agreement to sign Carlos Tevez,
Manchester City are likely to reject a bid to sign him by one of
his former clubs. Brazilian side Corinthians have offered �35
million for the City captain, which would be his dream, according to
his adviser, Kia Jorabchin. It is understood City won't consider
anything less than �30 million. In cricket, Lancashire won the toss
and decided to bat. A few moments ago, they had reached 99 for seven.
We've been asking you to get involved with helping to create the
North West Tonight garden at the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park. With
just a week to go until the garden has to be ready, we asked you to
help us accessorised our grown from seed show feature. The brief - a
pretty vintage finish to the garden. And your response had Kate Simms
racing round the region. The team have been growing the
plants for our garden for weeks. The designer needs help with the
finishing touches. And here is what we need - a small cafe table and
chairs, pretty china tea sets, Vintage cushions and pretty
tablecloths and napkins. I have posted an appeal on Facebook and
tweeted about it. Would you be able to include this appeal about what
we need for the Tatton garden in the breakfast bulletin? The garden
is ready but we need your help with accessories for it. By mid-morning
I have a lead. Time to hit the road. I am off to Liverpool to see Jan's
china collection. Is this the sort of thing you are looking for?
have a lot. My mother gave me this little set. On my 20th anniversary
my mother gave me a tea set. you happy for us to borrow it?
more than happy. Thank you. Goodbye. So we can take China of the list.
But then the trail goes cold. Until...
The Office calls with news about cushions so why Hector the road and
go to see Judy. We have some vintage cushions. They look great.
Or they will do once we find a table and chairs. I have some
things in the back garden. They look perfect. We didn't get them?
Bingo, and we are on a roll. Colin Sykes is in the area to pick up
tablecloths. Cushions, tablecloth and napkins and China. That is it,
mission complete. You will be able to see what are designer does with
your offerings when we reveal the garden in a week's time. You have
been very helpful. Thank you very much.
Good evening to you at home. It has been a real mixture of sunshine and
cloud today. We have managed to hold the rain off in many places.
In the next couple of days, but temperatures are not great for the
time of year. Heading to the weekend, it looks like there will
be some rain in the forecast. That is because the saviour of low
pressure moves in. There is a frontal system coming in from the
Atlantic and, behind it, a band of rain. Tonight will be dry. It will
be chilly in some rural areas, despite the temperatures sticking
in double figures. Tomorrow we are likely to see some isolated showers
in the afternoon but we start off dry and bright in the morning. Some
cloud may move in in the afternoon bringing isolated showers. It will
generally be a fine day tomorrow. By Friday we may see some rain or
showers. Thank you.
It was launched in 1994 and is one of the country's most exclusive
clubs. So exclusive, not even Ranvir's a member. Neither is
Gordon, come to that. It's the North West Lottery Winners' Club
and it now includes 254 millionaires. Today they had a get-
together at a hotel in Cheshire. Stuart Flinders went along. Deborah,
more than �5 million. At Nigel and Sharon - more than �12.5 million.
Some of them are worth more than a small republic. Do you want the
exact figure? I cannot remember. Some of them are worth more than
they realise. �24,951,259.40. I have spent the 40p. They got
together to compare notes - �50 notes, prisoner by. By won in
February 2004. Have you spent all of it yet? Not all that. I went
through a big phase of spending on cars when I was younger but I have
settled down a bit now. The region's newest winners, Jeff
and Hillary, are still finding their feet. We won �3 million.
much have you spent so far? Zeal. Nothing? When did you win? Three
weeks ago. We have been quite busy It was crisps, not caviar. It may
be a time of austerity but there is Work commitments?! I cannot believe
that. Three weeks after you have won the lottery?
We have some time for more of your comments on booking fees on tickets.