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<b>Wednesday 12 August:</b> Dirty ambulances, the council's cash crisis and the artist and artisan market

Published on August 12th 2009.

AN INSPECTION OF the North West Ambulance Service has found it to be dirty and putting patients lives at risk. The Royal Liverpool Hospital was one of 22 North West stations and hospitals visited by inspectors. In their damning report it said, “It was clear from the level of dirt these vehicles were not cleaned on a frequent basis” and were in a very poor condition with “visible dirt”. The NWAS has said, “The safety of both our patients and staff is an absolute priority to us”.

THE INDIAN OWNERS of Jaguar Land Rover have obtained private funding to support the car maker. Tata said it had secured direct bank loans, as well as guarantees that would allow it access to a £340m European Investment Bank loan. Business secretary, Lord Mandleson, said the extra money is “an encouraging outcome for its workforce”, which includes 2,000 employees at the Halewood plant.

A LEADING LIVERPOOL POLITICIAN has urged the city’s two main party leaders to set aside their differences to address the council’s cash crisis. Last week it was revealed Liverpool faces a budget black hole of more than £90m in the next five years. Cllr Richard Kemp has asked council leader Warren Bradley and Labour’s Joe Anderson to “work together to make the partnerships really work”.

AN ARTIST AND ARTISAN MARKET is being held in Liverpool’s Queen Square until Saturday August 15. It will include works from new, up-and-coming creative talent, and will be open from 11am-5pm.

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TescopolitanAugust 12th 2009.

Then we jolly well should have a Waitrose in Hope Street or elsewhere. I have to travel to Southport or Cheshire

Art SchulerAugust 12th 2009.

Hope Street has always been a proper working street, not the pretentious, middle-class mountebank-a-rama it is now. Even proper, traditionally 'posh' areas of Merseyside have never had a Waitrose.

TescopolitanAugust 12th 2009.

Hope Street's getting a Tesco. The store at No 32, will be their 9th in the city centre. But Hope Street - shouldn't it be a Waitrose?

New Brighton RockAugust 12th 2009.

Tescopolitan - you obviously have more money at your disposal than sense. You are Warren Bradley and I claim my £5!

Cycling Council Tax PayerAugust 12th 2009.

If the City Council is so skint why is it wasting a fortune on road-narrowing, congestion-aggravating so-called 'cycle lanes' that cyclists never use because they are so useless?

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