Spaceport celebrates successful first year
ON 27 July
2006, Spaceport, the UK’s best space-themed tourist attraction, is
celebrating its first birthday with a thank you for visitors. So
every visitors coming to the attraction where given a slice of a
giant Spaceport birthday cake.
The £10 million venture, based in a listed building at Mersey
Ferries Seacombe Terminal in Wallasey, is proving a to be a major
success in the region and beyond.
It has reached sky-high visitor numbers
totalling more than 100,000, it is successfully reaching out to the
school and corporate market and it is due to host one of the
country’s biggest and best Dr Who exhibitions from September –
called ‘Dr Who Close Up’.
Councillor Mark Dowd, Chair of Merseytravel, which owns both the
Mersey Ferries and Spaceport, said:- “We said Spaceport would
be educational and entertaining and it is proving to be exactly
that. The response from visitors and schools has been brilliant. One
year on it is continuing to go from strength to strength.”
Free educational activity packs have been launched to help teachers
guide school parties on their journey through space – and the demand
from the schools market has been overwhelming.
Neil Scales, Chief Executive and Director General of Merseytravel
said:- “It’s been a fantastic first year for Spaceport. The
demand for visits from schools has been way above our expectations.
We’re seeing primary and secondary schools visiting Spaceport from
around the North West and beyond. Teachers see it as a way of
delivering part of the national curriculum in educational and
Spaceport is also being boosted by its venture into the corporate
market. A range of corporate functions and awards ceremonies has
been held at the attraction, which has an unsurpassed view of the
world famous Liverpool Waterfront and River Mersey.
The attraction is part of Merseytravel’s major drive to improve
facilities at all of the three ferry terminals.
Merseytravel has funded the multi-million transformation of Seacombe
ferry terminal, which also now boasts a new children’s ‘Play
Planet’, a bigger and better café area, new toilets and ticket sales
Neil Scales added:- “Spaceport was launched as part of our
overall strategy to ensure a sound financial future for Mersey
Ferries which are already the most popular paid-for tourist
attraction in the region. Its success will also provide a welcome
boost to the local economy.”
Spaceport opens at 10.30am six days a week and seven days a week
during the whole of August. Last Admission is 4pm and it closes at
Excluding Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day, Spaceport is
open on Bank Holidays.
Prices for admission are Adult £6.95, Child £4.50, Concession £4.95
and Family (2 adults and up to 3 children) £18.95.
Adults must accompany children under 14 years.
Sofa so good for recycling!
drive is being launched to encourage people in Liverpool to keep
council tax bills low by accessing local authority services online.
It is estimated that people could save the city council hundreds of
thousands of pounds every year by accessing a wide range of services
www.liverpool.gov.uk. Information about everything
from rubbish collection to school term dates is now available
In Liverpool, if a customer visits their local One Stop Shop to
request a recycling pack, the average cost to the council is £8.43.
If they request a recycling pack via the council's call centre
Liverpool Direct it costs the council an average of £2.20. But if
they log-on to get recycling, the cost to the council is just 8p!
Customers who log-on save the cost and time of making a phone call,
or the cost and time of travelling to a One Stop Shop.
And free internet access at each of Liverpool's 24 libraries means
it's easier than ever to connect to the council on-line. Bulky
Bob's, a social enterprise which collects bulky household waste,
free of charge, is encouraging Liverpool people to log-on and find
about recycling bulky items.
It forms part of a wider, national 'e-Government Take-Up
campaign' by the Department for Communities and Local Government
(DCLG), which aims to free over £1.1bn to frontline council services
through on-line services and make queues at council offices a thing
of the past.
Business Development Manager at Bulky Bob's, Alan Smith, said:-
"It's vital that people don't throw their bulky household goods
away or fly tip them, because we can reuse and recycle the items we
collect. There's so many ways for people to get recycling, and with
many Liverpool people now having access to computers, what better
way to find out about recycling than by logging-on to the internet?
Bulky Bobs has made over 220,000 collections throughout the city -
reusing and recycling around 40% of this furniture. Hopefully, by
getting people to find out about our services on-line, we can
encourage even more people to recycle their household goods.
And by encouraging people to choose the 'paperless' way of finding
out information, we can also help to save trees!"
Set up in 2000, Bulky
Bobs works in partnership with the council to collect bulky goods,
providing paid training opportunities for long term unemployed
people. It collects everything from fridges to washing machines and
from sofas to wardrobes. Residents can then buy the restored goods
at reduced prices at the Revive store, London Road.
The city council's executive member for environment and heritage,
Councillor Berni Turner, said:- "We all have a responsibility
to protect our environment, We need to make it as easy as possible
for people to get all the recycling information they need. By
getting people to log on to recycling services, hopefully we can get
many more people doing their bit to create a greener Liverpool."
The council's executive member for central services, Richard Marbrow,
said:- "Our on-line services are all about using new
technology to bring council services closer to our customers and
give them more choice about how they contact us. Thousands of
Liverpool people now have access to a computer at home, or through
their local library, and by logging on to council services, they can
access a huge range of services, from recycling to council tax, and
from benefits to library services at a time that suits them."