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Edition No. 210

Date:- 17  July 2005

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Design a T-shirt for Traidcraft

WANT to see your T-shirt design on the catwalk at a top London fashion show?

Then make sure you enter the Traidcraft On-line T-shirt Competition, run in conjunction with Camden Lock. 9 short listed entries will be produced as T-shirts and modelled at the Camden Fashion Show at Camden Lock in September - with the overall winner's design being sold via the Traidcraft webstore.

With 3 categories - kids under 13, teenagers 13 to 18 and adults over 18, fair trade supporters of all ages have a chance of seeing their design make it through to the final selection and ultimately winning the top prize. The designers of the 3 short listed entries in each category will receive a paid-for trip to London to see their design on the catwalk at the Camden Fashion Show on 8th September. A top-judging panel will choose the winner on
the night. Their design will be produced on fairly traded, organic cotton T-shirt and sold on the Traidcraft webstore.

"The design focus is fair trade and trade justice,"
said Traidcraft Product and Branch Manager Jenny File. "The competition is another way of encouraging people to focus on these issues during this important year when thousands of people are campaigning to make poverty history. We know many people are passionate about fair trade, and hope that they will take up this opportunity to use art and design as a way of getting their message across."

Visitors to Traidcraft's new interactive website, visitors will be able to view entries, vote and comment on the designs. The top 20-rated designs will then be included in the final judging process.

The competition closing date is 19 August. Full details of how to enter are available at:- 

Access all areas

HORSE riders in the Thelwall and Lymm are benefiting from improved bridleway facilities along the Trans Pennine Trail following the construction of a new access at Pickerings Lane. Waste Recycling Environmental Ltd (WREN) and funding from the Council have built a ramp for horses and a pedestrian staircase thanks to a £15,000 grant from the Landfill Tax Credit system.

Cllr Jeff Richards, Executive Board Member for Sustainable Environment, said:- "This is great news for horse riders and will enable them to access the countryside and the Trans Pennine Trail more easily and safely. The interest and involvement of organisations including WREN to help complete projects such as this one is invaluable and many people will benefit as a result."

Richard Smith, Cheshire Project Manager for WREN, is very pleased to see the scheme successfully completed. He said:- "The new access will help to encourage greater use of this safe, off-road bridleway and be of major benefit to the many local riders in the area."

Horse riding is permitted on the Trans Pennine Trail between Pickerings Lane and Star Lane in Statham. Recently, riders have also been granted access to the section of the Trail between Whitbarrow Road and Lymm Hay Lane, Lymm, which contributes to the completion of a continuous route accessible for horses between Thelwall and the Trans Pennine Trail bridleway running eastwards from Mill Lane, Heatley to Dunham Massey and Altrincham.


MERSEYSIDE Police Officers from Southport will be holding two surgeries on Wednesday 3 August and Thursday 4th August, at the Churchtown Library, on Mill Lane in Churchtown and at the Botanic Gardens Cafe, Botanic Road, Southport respectively.

The Churchtown surgery will be held between 10-3pm and the Southport surgery will be held between 10am to 2pm.

The local community is invited to come along when the officers will be on hand to give advice and support.


JUST 4 Keepers organised a free goalkeeper training course on the 18 June 2005, especially for the development of girls'footbal, within the Lancashire and Southport area.

30 Girls attended the course, ranging from 6 to 18 years old, amongst them some very talented young keepers, maybe even the next Rachel Brown! All the girls worked extremely hard in the scorching heat. The group is looking at organising more free goalkeeper training courses for girls, across the North West, to raise awareness of the position of goalkeeping, within the rapidly developing sport of girls' football.

Just 4 Keepers also runs successful goalkeeper development centres across the North West for boys aged 6 and above. It is this reason why we have decided there is not enough organised at present for female goalkeepers and therefore are offering a course free of charge. 

For more information, please contact Andy at J4K on 01772 456111

Contractor fined for demolition of listed buildings!

A DEMOLITION contractor has been ordered by the courts to pay £16,500 for the unauthorised demolition of listed buildings in Warrington The demolition contractors, DDS Ltd, pleaded guilty at Warrington Magistrates Court last week to two charges relating to the unauthorised demolition of the listed Bay Horse Public House on Winwick Street, Warrington and the adjoining building 54 to 56 Winwick Street.

The prosecution was brought by the Council following the demolition of buildings earlier this year. The company was given fines of £8,000 per building and costs of £500 that comes to a total of £16,500.

Magistrates accepted the contractor's defence that works had been carried out as a result of a breakdown in communications with the planning consultant and the developer relating to the demolition of other buildings, which were not listed, on the same site. 

The fact they had made no financial gains and submitted prompt guilty pleas were also taken into account.

John Groves, Head of Development Control, said:- "We are satisfied at the outcome of this prosecution as it demonstrates how seriously both the Council and the Courts will deal with breaches of planning control for listed buildings, even when there may be arguments to justify a breach. It would clearly have been better if the buildings had remained until a proper debate had taken place over the potential development of the site. That way we could fully assess the condition, historic and architectural value of these buildings. The level of penalty should be seen as a clear deterrent to any works to a listed building which have not been accepted or approved by the Council."
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