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<b>Tuesday Oct 6:</b> £2bn tourist masterplan, Everton player held and that city mayor referendum again

Published on October 6th 2009.


TOURISTS WILL SPEND £2 BILLION in the next decade, according to an industry masterplan. Tourism bosses at the Mersey Partnership said say they have put together one of the most “ambitious and bold” strategies to boost the sector by 60% by 2020. Their targets include growing the number of jobs supported by out-of-town visitors by 14,000. They also say the region should see 16m hotel visits booked per year by 2020, with the region also bidding to host more major events l,ike the Ryder Cup.

AN EVERTON FC PLAYER HAS BEEN ARRESTED on drug possession and counterfeit money charges. Jose Baxter, 17, from Bootle, and two other men were arrested yesterday in Kirkby. The centre forward became the youngest player, at the age of 16 years and 191 days, ever to feature in an Everton line-up. Three men, aged 17, 29 and 34 are currently in custody, said police.

A WIRRAL LIBRARY EARMARKED FOR CLOSURE will be unable to host community meetings because all its furniture was sold off. The “Friends” group at Wallasey Village Library had sold off furniture and other items earlier this year after the council gave a date for its closure. Furious residents are now demanding the council to help out the library, after last month’s U-turn to keep it open.

THE TORIES HAVE VOWED TO HOLD A REFERENDUM on whether Liverpool should have an elected “executive” mayor. Caroline Spelman, the party's local government spokeswoman, told the Conservative conference: "I want power back in the hands of our counties and districts, towns and cities.”

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