Liverpool mayor 'quits Northern Powerhouse body'

Reports that the mayor of Liverpool has resigned from a government-backed Northern Powerhouse body in protest over Whitehall's commitment to the initiative features in today's newspaper round-up.

The Liverpool Echo reports that Joe Anderson resigned from the Northern Powerhouse Partnership - which is intended to bring together business and local politicians - because the government was not "prepared to listen" and he could "no longer see the point" of being a part of the body.

London’s Evening Standard reports that "a £1.5 billion scheme has been unveiled to transform the area outside Waterloo station with a 30-storey skyscraper". The paper says that fresh plans to replace the 1960s block, Elizabeth House, will go on display this week. "The proposal is the third bid to demolish the building, which stands between Britain’s busiest rail terminal and the South Bank and has blighted the congested approach to the station for decades", the paper says.

The Times (subscription) reports that "doubts over Britain’s planned nuclear revival increased yesterday amid fears that the Japanese company developing a new plant on Anglesey may be preparing to scrap the project". The paper says that "shares in Hitachi rose by as much as 2.9 per cent at one point after Japanese media reported that it was considering abandoning work on the proposed Wylfa plant because of rising costs".

The Times also reports that "a plan for a new residential neighbourhood with more than 700 homes in a historical area of Glasgow has been given planning permission". The paper says that "the proposals for 727 build-to-rent homes on the 7.5-acre (30,000 sq m) site behind High Street train station are the brainchild of Get Living, a property management company that is backed by £200 million of investment".

The Guardian confirms that London’s Crossrail project has been been given a bailout worth up to £2.2 billion "amid warnings that it could be delayed for two years". The paper says that "trains were due to start running on the east-west line this month but the project has been plunged into crisis because of problems with signalling systems and the completion of stations".


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