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Edition No. 137

Date:- 31 January 2004

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Kids Show Red Card To Litter!

SCHOOL CHILDREN across Liverpool are getting 'in a flap' about a new project which encourages them to play an active role in keeping the city tidy in the wake of the forthcoming Capital Culture Celebrations due to hit the city in 2008 as part of Liverpool Council's anti-litter campaign.

The new slogan 'Become a Culture Vulture' has been adopted by both Everton and Liverpool football clubs as an encouragement to schoolchildren to keep the city tidy.

A competition available to children of all ages across Liverpool to produce an 'anti-litter' logo for a poster campaign is being run by the City Council to enhance the promotion of the city at Anfield Comprehensive School this weekend in which the winner will see the entry used as part of the campaign.

Assistant Executive Member for the Environment, Councillor Paula Keaveney said:- "It is really good that we are encouraging children to take part in schemes like this because when you get children on board you often get the parents involved as well."

The city council and Liverpool football club has also worked together in recent months on the Sweeper Zone initiative which tackled the problem of match day litter.

TUC statement on dispute at SERCO Metrolink Manchester

THE TUC DISPUTES COMMITTEE met yesterday to consider a complaint brought by the T&G regarding ASLEF and matters concerning recognition at SERCO Metrolink Manchester. As part of the agreed settlement, ASLEF's planned industrial action will not take place and further talks will commence under the auspices of the TUC.

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THE transformation of Beatle John Lennon's old school reached a major landmark this week as the historic Quarry Bank Hall, which lent its name to Lennon's original band, "The Quarry Men", opened its doors to a new generation of pupils who will benefit from renovated buildings and the latest technology and facilities.

Originally the home of boys' grammar Quarry Bank High School, and now forming part of Calderstone's School, the Grade I listed building has been meticulously restored by a team of education specialists from Jarvis, the facilities management and infrastructure services firm, which signed an agreement to build 15 new schools and refurbish three others in Liverpool with the City's Education and Lifelong Learning Service in 2001. 

Work at Calderstone's started in June 2002, when Jarvis developed a rationalisation programme to bring together the 14 disconnected blocks that had sprung up as the school grew during the 1900s. The programme was designed to unify the separate departments and teaching facilities and provide a more effective learning environment for the pupils. 

The majority of the new teaching facilities are now completed with refurbishment of the technology block, sports hall and swimming pool in progress. Forthcoming work is planned on a brand new sports pavilion and the last of three modernised gymnasium buildings, for which the school has obtained a Sports Science Grant. 

Under the terms of the overall partnership with the council, which involves expanding and improving facilities for almost 10,000 pupils, Jarvis is building 14 new primary schools and one new secondary school. Three other schools, including Calderstone's, are undergoing comprehensive refurbishment programmes. Initially the Council had requested three new-build schools and refurbishment for the rest but under the Private Finance Initiative programme Jarvis was able to devise a scheme that provided 15 new schools for the same overall cost. All construction work is due to be completed by September 2004.

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