With Cllr Liz Savage
AS MAYOR, I often meet mayors from other areas and collectively we are known as the Chain Gang.
We will usually meet for charity functions or for a tour of another borough.
On Wednesday of last week, my consort, Noel, and I were very privileged to visit Halton.
As part of this tour, we were given a talk about the Mersey Gateway, the new (second) bridge which will connect both sides of the borough – Runcorn and Widnes.
The bridge has taken three years to build and is expected to be open in autumn.
We were given the opportunity to walk on the building site and across the full length of the bridge, something which won’t be possible once it’s opened.
The bridge will have a toll but should make business connections across the Liverpool city region much easier and is expected to open up significant business opportunities.
During the tour we also paid a visit to Norton Priory.
It was really interesting to see the partnership work which has happened to preserve this.
A visitor centre has been built over the remains of the mansion house and when you go upstairs you can look out at the foundations of the original priory.
Norton Priory has a rich, interesting history and is certainly well worth a visit.
The week has generally been very busy with lot of interesting experiences, including a trip to the Civic Hall for the Athena Healthcare Monthly Community Activity Hub Launch – which was introduced by Everton in the Community champion Henry Mooney and Pat Van Den Hauwe, the exEverton player.
The hub encourages local care homes to meet together with people in the community to engage in social events, with the aim of people ageing well in the community through meaningful activities.
John Macca performed a tribute act to Paul McCartney and the Skelmersdale Community Singers provided an afternoon of singalong entertainment.
There were many other events – including a visit to the Sons of Divine Providence in Roby Mill to view activities for Dementia Prayer Week.
Noel and I were very impressed with the warm welcome we were given, and the work that has been undertaken to develop younger people’s understanding of dementia.