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Issue Date:- 24 December 2007

Harron Homes Helps Children Put Safety First

HARRON Homes North West has recently given local school children the chance to learn about the dangers of a building site at its Highfield Park development in Newton-le-Willows.

The visit was designed to enable year five pupils from Wargrave Primary School to see exactly how a new homes site operates, the latest construction methods used and learn about the many hidden dangers.

Dressed in reflective safety wear, high-visibility jackets and hard hats, the children all aged between nine and 10 spent the afternoon at Highfield Park on Catherine Way along with Harron Home’s Health and Safety Officer Derek Patrick, Site Manager Gary Carr, Assistant Site Manager Tim Cookson, and Field Sales Manager Carol Stewart, who each gave the group a short presentation about their role within Harron and the activities at the development.

Derek Patrick said:- “Site visits are an excellent way to highlight the dangers of a new homes site but also to show children how our homes are built, in a really positive way. It gives them the opportunity to see exactly what happens, from the different machinery and materials used to seeing the final product completed, whilst learning about why there are so many hazards.

The safety visit has proven very popular with the school and indeed the pupils who enjoyed the hands on learning experience and we aim to hold further visits in the future.”

Clive Davies, Headteacher at Wargrave Primary School said:- “We are always on the lookout for new and innovative ways in which to educate our pupils on different safety issues. This visit allowed the children to have an interactive experience and the reaction has been very positive with pupils showing an increased awareness and responsibility for the safety of themselves and their peers.”

Liverpool drinkers turning green

NO, it is not the Christmas binge drinking... Liverpool revellers are going green as they celebrate the New Year thanks to a service that’s helping the city’s pubs, clubs, hotels and restaurants recover thousands of glass bottles.

More than half a million tonnes of glass is dumped in the UK each year . That’s enough glass to see a line of beer bottles stretch 10 times around the Earth. Most of these go to landfill but now a major waste company is trying to stop this unnecessary loss of valuable resources and energy.

“We’re having a push to stop this crazy situation,”
said Dave Meehan, from Biffa, which is expanding its glass recycling service in Liverpool.

Previous attempts to introduce glass recycling schemes required bottles to be sorted by colour, which wasn’t always practical for retailers. But glass reprocessors have invested heavily in technology to sort bottles into different colours. This means that different coloured bottles can now be collected together in the same container, eliminating the need for separation, reducing the number of containers required and making collection easier.

Further pressure for pubs and clubs to recycle follows a change in the law , which requires that companies pre-treat their waste prior to its disposal. Coupled with year on year increases in Landfill Tax, it is now cheaper to recycle than it is to landfill.

“We’re making recycling easy and cost effective for companies who want to demonstrate to their customers that they are doing what they can to recycle more waste.”
said Dave Meehan.

A Christmas message from the Sefton Crime Prevention Office

"Seasons greetings to you all.   I do not want to sound like I am putting a dampener on your festivities,  but I hope that this small note will help you keep your festive celebrations trouble free!"


* Look out for car parks displaying a 'secured car park' sign. These are part of a police approved scheme, which have high standards to make them safer.

* Always lock and secure your car.

* Don't leave valuables on display. If you can't take all valuables with you, lock them in the boot of your car, taking care nobody is watching you.

* Never return to your car to offload items you have just purchased, and go back and carry on shopping.


* Keep your money and keys safe - in an inside pocket rather than in your bag.

* Check your bag is closed with the opening facing towards your body.

* Be aware of what's happening around you.

* Take care when using cash points - avoid using them at night, or after you have been drinking.

* Don't carry large amounts of cash with you.

* If you collect your pension, vary the times you do this avoid going alone.

* Don't use your mobile phone in crowded situations.

* Avoid texting while you walk.

"From all of us at Merseyside Police, we would like to wish you all, in advance, a very happy New Year."

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