'Super council' will take Liverpool name after calls from St Helens Council leader Barrie Grunewald to recognise worldwide brand

St Helens Star: Liverpool's global identity can help the wider region, says Barrie Grunewald Liverpool's global identity can help the wider region, says Barrie Grunewald

THE region’s new “super council” will carry the Liverpool name after St Helens Council leader Barrie Grunewald said he did not want to lose the “instant recognition” it offered.

The combined authority, which met for the first time in Liverpool on Tuesday, had originally been named given the “tongue twister” title of ‘Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, St Helens, Sefton and Wirral Combined Authority’.

But a motion put forward by Cllr Grunewald called on the authority to opt to use the name ‘Liverpool City Region Combined Authority’ instead.

He said the Government had imposed the “unworkable title” despite all councils agreeing on the simpler name on previous occasions.

“I don’t want to lose the instant recognition that this brand gives us across the world,” added Cllr Grunewald.

Leaders from the region’s six councils voted unanimously to use the shorter title and will now write to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles, to inform him of their decision.

Tuesday’s meeting – described as a “landmark event” - also saw Wirral Council leader Phil Davies appointed as chair of the super council.

He said it was “an honour and a privilege to be appointed”.

The Labour councillor will now head the region’s combined authority, with Knowsley leader Cllr Ron Round taking up the vice chair seat.

Cllr Davies said: “I believe that we have huge potential to take the city region forward around the growth plan.

“I sincerely believe that we can be a formidable force in the job we have got ahead of competing with other city regions not just in the UK but elsewhere.”

Merseytravel and other regional bodies will now be answerable to the authority, which will co-ordinate efforts to boost trade and co-operation between the different councils in the region.

Driving economic growth and creating thousands of new jobs for the region will be among its chief aims.

The next meeting of the combined authority will take place on June 13 at Mann Island, Liverpool.

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4:30pm Tue 1 Apr 14

suttonboy says...

As if Grunewald has any kind of influence in anything this new super council does.
How St Helens can cash in on the Liverpool brand and create thousands of jobs is a complete mystery. I fear for our council employee's jobs. Sold down the river by a right shower.
As if Grunewald has any kind of influence in anything this new super council does. How St Helens can cash in on the Liverpool brand and create thousands of jobs is a complete mystery. I fear for our council employee's jobs. Sold down the river by a right shower. suttonboy
  • Score: 14

4:43pm Tue 1 Apr 14

mattmxl says...

That was my thought exactly! He's just sold us out to the scousers! St Helens is now entirely for the benefit of Liverpool! Enjoy living here folks, it about to get a whole lot worse whilst Liverpool prospers!
That was my thought exactly! He's just sold us out to the scousers! St Helens is now entirely for the benefit of Liverpool! Enjoy living here folks, it about to get a whole lot worse whilst Liverpool prospers! mattmxl
  • Score: 10

5:18pm Tue 1 Apr 14

barrie timpson says...

All this exercise is , is yet another way for the fat cat Councillors and bosses to suck more expenses out of the system.

Don't believe me? Have a look at the echo tonight , the imbecile Joe Anderson has spat his dummy out already , because he can't be the boss.

I wonder how much it costs us for Barrie to turn up at one of these meetings?
All this exercise is , is yet another way for the fat cat Councillors and bosses to suck more expenses out of the system. Don't believe me? Have a look at the echo tonight , the imbecile Joe Anderson has spat his dummy out already , because he can't be the boss. I wonder how much it costs us for Barrie to turn up at one of these meetings? barrie timpson
  • Score: 6

6:21pm Tue 1 Apr 14

keepitreel says...

i was listening to radio MERSEYSIDE this afternoon and the chap on there RODGER PHILIPS was blatantly saying without LIVERPOOL this area had nothing to offer and if JOE ANDERSON was not put in charge it would be a fiasco,what will we gain from this,will our kids be given jobs in the LIVERPOOL regeneration plans,how much more of our tax will be given to LIVERPOOL,GRUNWALD (who is a scouser dont forget) has sold this town down the mersey without a paddle,when i see some of the millions given to LIVERPOOL being given to our sorry bunch of no hopers(council) i will show my bum on the town hall steps.
i was listening to radio MERSEYSIDE this afternoon and the chap on there RODGER PHILIPS was blatantly saying without LIVERPOOL this area had nothing to offer and if JOE ANDERSON was not put in charge it would be a fiasco,what will we gain from this,will our kids be given jobs in the LIVERPOOL regeneration plans,how much more of our tax will be given to LIVERPOOL,GRUNWALD (who is a scouser dont forget) has sold this town down the mersey without a paddle,when i see some of the millions given to LIVERPOOL being given to our sorry bunch of no hopers(council) i will show my bum on the town hall steps. keepitreel
  • Score: -10

7:23pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Keva68 says...

Let's face it St Helens is a dying town and needs some sort of initiative to help it.
Most of the comments that will be on this subject are going to be driven by anti Liverpool/scouse sentiment with no regard to any benefit that may come from it.
And just to add Roger Phillips is correct the area probably does have nothing to offer without influences of Liverpool or Manchester.
Let's face it St Helens is a dying town and needs some sort of initiative to help it. Most of the comments that will be on this subject are going to be driven by anti Liverpool/scouse sentiment with no regard to any benefit that may come from it. And just to add Roger Phillips is correct the area probably does have nothing to offer without influences of Liverpool or Manchester. Keva68
  • Score: 4

8:32pm Tue 1 Apr 14

barrie timpson says...

keepitreel wrote:
i was listening to radio MERSEYSIDE this afternoon and the chap on there RODGER PHILIPS was blatantly saying without LIVERPOOL this area had nothing to offer and if JOE ANDERSON was not put in charge it would be a fiasco,what will we gain from this,will our kids be given jobs in the LIVERPOOL regeneration plans,how much more of our tax will be given to LIVERPOOL,GRUNWALD (who is a scouser dont forget) has sold this town down the mersey without a paddle,when i see some of the millions given to LIVERPOOL being given to our sorry bunch of no hopers(council) i will show my bum on the town hall steps.
He's Scottish. Sorry, SCOTTISH.
[quote][p][bold]keepitreel[/bold] wrote: i was listening to radio MERSEYSIDE this afternoon and the chap on there RODGER PHILIPS was blatantly saying without LIVERPOOL this area had nothing to offer and if JOE ANDERSON was not put in charge it would be a fiasco,what will we gain from this,will our kids be given jobs in the LIVERPOOL regeneration plans,how much more of our tax will be given to LIVERPOOL,GRUNWALD (who is a scouser dont forget) has sold this town down the mersey without a paddle,when i see some of the millions given to LIVERPOOL being given to our sorry bunch of no hopers(council) i will show my bum on the town hall steps.[/p][/quote]He's Scottish. Sorry, SCOTTISH. barrie timpson
  • Score: 8

10:57pm Tue 1 Apr 14

keepitreel says...

Keva68 wrote:
Let's face it St Helens is a dying town and needs some sort of initiative to help it.
Most of the comments that will be on this subject are going to be driven by anti Liverpool/scouse sentiment with no regard to any benefit that may come from it.
And just to add Roger Phillips is correct the area probably does have nothing to offer without influences of Liverpool or Manchester.
if Liverpool is such an influence WHY have we not benefited before,as for MANCHESTER all the large towns in greater manchester have their own identity and in most cases dont need MANCHESTER to help them survive we had our identity bulldozed years ago so we have nothing to attract tourist to the town,so every one who agrees with our town being a suburb of LIVERPOOL must agree we will be given the crumbs from their table
[quote][p][bold]Keva68[/bold] wrote: Let's face it St Helens is a dying town and needs some sort of initiative to help it. Most of the comments that will be on this subject are going to be driven by anti Liverpool/scouse sentiment with no regard to any benefit that may come from it. And just to add Roger Phillips is correct the area probably does have nothing to offer without influences of Liverpool or Manchester.[/p][/quote]if Liverpool is such an influence WHY have we not benefited before,as for MANCHESTER all the large towns in greater manchester have their own identity and in most cases dont need MANCHESTER to help them survive we had our identity bulldozed years ago so we have nothing to attract tourist to the town,so every one who agrees with our town being a suburb of LIVERPOOL must agree we will be given the crumbs from their table keepitreel
  • Score: -1

8:33am Wed 2 Apr 14

Keva68 says...

keepitreel wrote:
Keva68 wrote:
Let's face it St Helens is a dying town and needs some sort of initiative to help it.
Most of the comments that will be on this subject are going to be driven by anti Liverpool/scouse sentiment with no regard to any benefit that may come from it.
And just to add Roger Phillips is correct the area probably does have nothing to offer without influences of Liverpool or Manchester.
if Liverpool is such an influence WHY have we not benefited before,as for MANCHESTER all the large towns in greater manchester have their own identity and in most cases dont need MANCHESTER to help them survive we had our identity bulldozed years ago so we have nothing to attract tourist to the town,so every one who agrees with our town being a suburb of LIVERPOOL must agree we will be given the crumbs from their table
The point you seem to be missing is St Helens does now need some sort of help.
May be a few years ago when all the pits were still open and it had a strong manufacturing base it didn't need any help or influence from any other town or city.
Unfortunately all this has now gone and external influences are needed to bring investment into the town.Like it or not the 2 major city's that may be able to provide that influence are Liverpool and Manchester.With Liverpool being the closest it makes more sense to go with Liverpool.
If it takes the crumbs from Liverpool's table to help the town survive I'm afraid your going to have to except them.
[quote][p][bold]keepitreel[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Keva68[/bold] wrote: Let's face it St Helens is a dying town and needs some sort of initiative to help it. Most of the comments that will be on this subject are going to be driven by anti Liverpool/scouse sentiment with no regard to any benefit that may come from it. And just to add Roger Phillips is correct the area probably does have nothing to offer without influences of Liverpool or Manchester.[/p][/quote]if Liverpool is such an influence WHY have we not benefited before,as for MANCHESTER all the large towns in greater manchester have their own identity and in most cases dont need MANCHESTER to help them survive we had our identity bulldozed years ago so we have nothing to attract tourist to the town,so every one who agrees with our town being a suburb of LIVERPOOL must agree we will be given the crumbs from their table[/p][/quote]The point you seem to be missing is St Helens does now need some sort of help. May be a few years ago when all the pits were still open and it had a strong manufacturing base it didn't need any help or influence from any other town or city. Unfortunately all this has now gone and external influences are needed to bring investment into the town.Like it or not the 2 major city's that may be able to provide that influence are Liverpool and Manchester.With Liverpool being the closest it makes more sense to go with Liverpool. If it takes the crumbs from Liverpool's table to help the town survive I'm afraid your going to have to except them. Keva68
  • Score: 3

1:26pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Bill Bradbury says...

Keva68 youare correct as many of the doomongers on this site decry the town and its politicians at every opportunity at least we will get the crumbs for according to them we get pretty little else.
But with a Ukip and Tory Council the money will just keep rolling in and they will do it for nothing, no expenses, no lap-tops etc.. They conveniently forget this Town was in control of the Tories and Lib/dems for some considerable years when we lost job opportunities at Parkside which they opposed.

We do need help and I don't care from where it comes.
Keva68 youare correct as many of the doomongers on this site decry the town and its politicians at every opportunity at least we will get the crumbs for according to them we get pretty little else. But with a Ukip and Tory Council the money will just keep rolling in and they will do it for nothing, no expenses, no lap-tops etc.. They conveniently forget this Town was in control of the Tories and Lib/dems for some considerable years when we lost job opportunities at Parkside which they opposed. We do need help and I don't care from where it comes. Bill Bradbury
  • Score: 3

2:13pm Thu 3 Apr 14

kjd161 says...

Quite right Bill. And as for keepitreel's assertion that we have no tourism because our identity's been bulldozed, could he/she remind me of the tourist figures from the 50' and 60's? Our identity HAS been bulldozed though. I'll give you that. Pilks virtually gone, no pits, no UGB, no Fosters,no Jacobs, no Couristan,no Remploy.Worst of all, no Pimbletts or Lievesleys. In fact, almost no manufacturing at all. We were well fixed for jobs once upon a time. Every borough had places of work. Now, unless you like flipping burgers or pulling pints, there's not much left. Hell, now I'm all depressed. Time for a lie down.
Quite right Bill. And as for keepitreel's assertion that we have no tourism because our identity's been bulldozed, could he/she remind me of the tourist figures from the 50' and 60's? Our identity HAS been bulldozed though. I'll give you that. Pilks virtually gone, no pits, no UGB, no Fosters,no Jacobs, no Couristan,no Remploy.Worst of all, no Pimbletts or Lievesleys. In fact, almost no manufacturing at all. We were well fixed for jobs once upon a time. Every borough had places of work. Now, unless you like flipping burgers or pulling pints, there's not much left. Hell, now I'm all depressed. Time for a lie down. kjd161
  • Score: 6

5:45pm Thu 3 Apr 14

barrie timpson says...

Bill Bradbury wrote:
Keva68 youare correct as many of the doomongers on this site decry the town and its politicians at every opportunity at least we will get the crumbs for according to them we get pretty little else.
But with a Ukip and Tory Council the money will just keep rolling in and they will do it for nothing, no expenses, no lap-tops etc.. They conveniently forget this Town was in control of the Tories and Lib/dems for some considerable years when we lost job opportunities at Parkside which they opposed.

We do need help and I don't care from where it comes.
So should we just let the current Labour lot lie in our faces - because they are Labour?

So what if the others made mistakes in the past?

New Labour - old Tory as you say - but you're still going to vote for them .
[quote][p][bold]Bill Bradbury[/bold] wrote: Keva68 youare correct as many of the doomongers on this site decry the town and its politicians at every opportunity at least we will get the crumbs for according to them we get pretty little else. But with a Ukip and Tory Council the money will just keep rolling in and they will do it for nothing, no expenses, no lap-tops etc.. They conveniently forget this Town was in control of the Tories and Lib/dems for some considerable years when we lost job opportunities at Parkside which they opposed. We do need help and I don't care from where it comes.[/p][/quote]So should we just let the current Labour lot lie in our faces - because they are Labour? So what if the others made mistakes in the past? New Labour - old Tory as you say - but you're still going to vote for them . barrie timpson
  • Score: 0

11:43pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Bill Bradbury says...

barrie --I live in hope!! This night I sat through a "consultation"?? where I found that Academy Trust is another Local Authority controlling system and with Schools being allowed to adopt Multi Academy Trust status is another local Authority by any other name, whose Trustees are non elected could be there for life and not accountable for anyone except Lord Nash in London to whom parents of Hope should take their complaints.
Talk about heads Empire building is an understatement! I saw no magic dust but threats and bullying. Education is a political disgrace and parents and the public are fed misinformation which they swallow.

I am now "angry of Billinge". I wish some of the "usual suspects" could sit with me and hear this nonsense rather than take it from the Tory Press.
And to its shame my party set this ball rolling.
barrie --I live in hope!! This night I sat through a "consultation"?? where I found that Academy Trust is another Local Authority controlling system and with Schools being allowed to adopt Multi Academy Trust status is another local Authority by any other name, whose Trustees are non elected could be there for life and not accountable for anyone except Lord Nash in London to whom parents of Hope should take their complaints. Talk about heads Empire building is an understatement! I saw no magic dust but threats and bullying. Education is a political disgrace and parents and the public are fed misinformation which they swallow. I am now "angry of Billinge". I wish some of the "usual suspects" could sit with me and hear this nonsense rather than take it from the Tory Press. And to its shame my party set this ball rolling. Bill Bradbury
  • Score: 3

5:07pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Bill Bradbury says...

Getting back on to topic I read an interesting commet in today's Times on Manchester which Liverpool and its consortia would do well to learn

"Look at Gtr. Manchester,10 local Councils that have banded together to organise transport. As a result they found almost £2billion to invest in the Metrolink. That is not mostly money from Whitehall. Instead the City struck a deal with central government to borrow to invest in projects to boost economic growth. To pay the debt they can keep a portion of tax revenue generated in the City. Chorlton's trendy commuters are among the few beneficialries of some real devolution in Britain---the dead hand of central Governmnet still controls the purse strings."

Daniel Knowles (who writes for the Economist.

Worth thinking about?
Getting back on to topic I read an interesting commet in today's Times on Manchester which Liverpool and its consortia would do well to learn "Look at Gtr. Manchester,10 local Councils that have banded together to organise transport. As a result they found almost £2billion to invest in the Metrolink. That is not mostly money from Whitehall. Instead the City struck a deal with central government to borrow to invest in projects to boost economic growth. To pay the debt they can keep a portion of tax revenue generated in the City. Chorlton's trendy commuters are among the few beneficialries of some real devolution in Britain---the dead hand of central Governmnet still controls the purse strings." Daniel Knowles (who writes for the Economist. Worth thinking about? Bill Bradbury
  • Score: 1

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