PROJECTS UP FOR GREEN GONGS
Company-supported projects have been short-listed for an
environmental award. The Groundwork Merseyside Environmental
Awards is a showcase event that gives community groups, businesses,
schools and public authorities an opportunity to demonstrate they
are playing their part in improving the environment on Merseyside.
The 2 projects up for the Merseyside 21 award are Meadow, an art
project creating wild flowers from used plastics, and Stories of
Steps which charts people’s feelings towards the Herculaneum Steps
Liverpool City Council Leader, Cllr Warren Bradley, said:-
“It’s fantastic to see that environmental projects like these are
getting the recognition they deserve. Enhancing the quality of our
surroundings is vital to improving the quality of life for every
resident of the city. These 2 schemes do just that - let’s keep our
fingers crossed that both of them do well at the awards!”
Ticky Lowe from the National Wildflower Centre has been running the
Meadow project. She said:- “I am really pleased that Meadow
has been short-listed for the award, it is project with exciting
plans in the pipeline for this year - Meadow seems to be getting
bigger and better all the time."
Janette Porter from Living at the Edge (Late) devised and managed
the Stories of Steps project. She said:- “As an artist I have
been challenged and inspired by the people I have met and the
stories they have shared with me. This project leaves their legacy
within an already vibrant community. The project participants
listened to and gathered the stories, and then worked together to
create a platform for the sharing. We look forward to our next phase
of story sharing and gathering!”
Organisers are rewarding projects which make an effort to reverse
the unsustainable impact people are having on the planet and are
taking positive action to help the environment.
North West is the most relaxed region in Britain
released by Barclaycard Business has revealed that retailers in the
North West are the least stressed in their work than any other
region in the UK. The research, of more than 1000 retailers across
the UK, has found that 35% of the North West’s retailers consider
their jobs stressful, this is 12% lower than the South East whose
retailers were the most stressed.
The research comes from the 1st Barclaycard Business Retail in
Detail Survey, an annual survey of more than 1000 retailers across
the country which aims to build a comprehensive picture of the
nation’s high street and to gauge the view of retail owners in the
The survey also revealed that concern for the retail economy has
less of an impact on retailers in the North West than the South
East. 23% of retailers in the North West say that the health of the
retail economy contributes to their stress level, 6% less than South
East retailers (29%). Only retailers in the South West say the
health of the economy contributes to their stress levels less than
the North West, with 22% saying it affects them in this way.
Bill Thomson, Commercial Director, Acquiring from Barclaycard
Business said:- “Our research confirms that stress is a
problem faced by many of Britain’s retailers. Stress in the
workplace is an important issue as it can impact on managerial
effectiveness and can affect all retail workers. Retailers in the
North West appear to be dealing with stress better than the rest;
setting an example for other regions to follow in 2007.”
Barclaycard Business also unveiled the stress levels of retailers in
other regions. Following the South East at the top of the list were
the East and South where 44% of retailers rated their job as
Stress levels of retailers by region:-
At a national level,
stress among retailers appears to be increasing, particularly among
young retail managers. 70% of Britain’s young retailers aged 24 or
under consider their jobs stressful, almost 30% higher than the
national average (41%).
Bill Thomson, Commercial Director, Acquiring from Barclaycard
Business added:- “The young generation represents the future
of the retail industry. Their performance in the workplace will help
to shape the future of the retail landscape so it is crucial that
industry bodies support them and help improve the wellbeing of the
UK’s retail owners.”
Tourist board hugely disappointed Blackpool loses out on regional
Blackpool Tourist Board, the official tourist board for the
Lancashire and Blackpool sub-region, is very disappointed to hear
the news on Tuesday 30 January 2007 that Blackpool has not been
recommended for the licence to run the UK’s first regional casino.
Lesley Lloyd, chair of Lancashire and Blackpool Tourist Board said:-
“This is a disappointing day for Blackpool and also the wider
Lancashire visitor economy which was also set to benefit from the
extra visitors who would have been attracted to a rejuvenated
Blackpool. We know from our research that many visitors to Blackpool
do take days out to the rest of the county. Perhaps the Casino
Advisory Panel did not fully appreciate the benefits the regional
casino could bring to an area heavily reliant on tourism.
But we are heartened to hear that Blackpool Council will continue
its fight to secure casino-led regeneration to the resort. We share
their view that this is the right approach to take, despite today’s
However, Blackpool is still the nation’s number one resort and we,
and our partners, will continue to actively market the resort and
attract the millions of people that visit and enjoy this unique
We look forward to continuing to work very closely with all key
stakeholders, to ensure that the benefits from the recently
published visitor economy strategies for the area are realised not
just in Blackpool, but in the county as a whole.”
Editor:- "Casino = devastating effects of problem gambling."
"MUCH has been
made of the potential economic benefits of a casino, but that needs
to be balanced against the potential devastating effects of problem
gambling to individuals, families and organisations in our
community. There are already around 370,000 problem gamblers in the
UK. Evidence suggests that the new casino could have resulted in an
increase in the number of people in Blackpool and the surrounding
area experiencing problems related to excessive gambling.
The Salvation Army has consistently warned that an increase in
opportunities to gamble could lead to a rise in problem gambling,
resulting in long term detrimental effects not only for individuals,
families and communities but for society as a whole. Experience in
the US shows a rise in gambling-related debt, crime, bankruptcy, and
associated social problems including unemployment and family
Any rise in problem gambling is far too high a price to pay for
possible economic benefits. In an NOP poll commissioned by The
Salvation Army, 56% of the population, and 64% of women, said they
would not be happy for a casino to open where they live.
Britain is already fast becoming a culture obsessed with gambling.
Only through meticulous and objective evaluation of the social
effects of increased gambling over an extended period will we begin
to understand the long term damage that may result from the
increased availability of gambling products made possible by the
2005 Gambling Act.
The new Gambling Act gives the green light to one regional casino, 8
large casinos and 8 small casinos. The one regional casino, or
so-called ‘super casino’, will contain hard forms of gambling that
have never been seen before in the UK, including unlimited-jackpot
machines. Machine gambling has been called the ‘crack cocaine’ of
gambling, due to its addictive properties, and the lure of
mega-prizes can only further compound this danger.
The Salvation Army with the Methodist Church campaigned during the
passage of the Gambling Bill, requesting greater measures to protect
children and vulnerable people, including limiting the number of
regional casinos to one, so that thorough research can be done into
its impact on the community it is built in.
The Salvation Army remains concerned that, wherever new casinos open
up, there is a risk of increased problems related to gambling, the
costs of which are yet unknown both socially and financially.
The Salvation Army and the Methodist Church have this week called on
the government to ensure robust monitoring and evaluation of the
impact of the new casinos, and other increased opportunities to
gamble. We also believe it is vital that resources for education,
prevention and treatment are made available and both the government
and the gambling industry must be prepared to foot the bill."
Major Marion Drew Divisional Commander of The Salvation Army in
the North West.