Weekender 44 Sold Out in Just 6 Weeks
unbelievable response to Southport Weekender 44. Yep, you read the
headline correctly... 44 is completely sold out on site just 5 weeks
after going on general sale on 1 December 2008.
"We'd like to say a huge thank you for all your support in these
turbulent times and also to the hundreds if not thousands of people
who have regretfully missed out. All we can do is say sorry if you
did not get a ticket and we do hope that you get in on the
Cancellation list if you've applied. There will be cancellations of
course, for genuine reasons and of course people messing about or
simply changing their minds. However, for the first time ever in
running Southport, in over 21 years, we've had to decided to take
the unprecedented step of stopping the cancellation list. This is
due quite simply to it growing too large and we don't want to give
out false hope of Chalets becoming available to people too high up
the list. Should you have any other questions about May's Weekender,
the please call the office on 0870 990 1987 during office hours or
email us via:-
UpNorth Promotions have told us.
Our advice is if you missed out on this one, then do not delay,,,
get on the Southport Weekender
website and get your name
down fast before November's sells out! The 2009 November Southport
Weekender 2009 takes place from 6 November to 8 November and is
expected to be massive, so UpNorth Promotions will be putting the
tickets on sale from 1 February 2009. The price remaining the same
for the 2nd year running at £140 pp provided its booked by the 30
June 2009, rising to £150 pp after that.
SOUTHPORT MEP BRANDS CANNABIS LAW CHANGE 'LUDICROUS'
Government's decision to upgrade cannabis to 'Class B'
status has been branded as ludicrous by a Liberal Democrat MEP.
Chris Davies said the change took no account of evidence, ignored
the advice of expert advisors, and risked ruining the lives of
thousands of young people. Possession of cannabis now commands
a maximum penalty of 5 years imprisonment, although police officers
will be invited to issue on-the-spot fines to first time offenders.
But Davies describes the policy as hopelessly confused and says it
will prove ineffective. "Five years ago the Government
followed the advice of its advisors that cannabis presented too few
dangers to warrant its status and downgraded it to Class B. Since
then its use amongst use young people has fallen by more than 20%.
Now in the face of this success the criminal penalties are being
raised against the advice of the Advisory Council on Drugs Misuse.
It makes no sense at all!"
The MEP claims that cannabis presents many less dangers than
alcohol, and he warns that the change in law will make criminals of
individuals who have done no harm to anybody. He said:-
"Ten years ago more than 40,000 people were people arrested each
year for cannabis possession, and a significant number were
imprisoned. Lives were ruined for no good purpose.
Drugs policy in Britain is a farce. It puts huge sums of money
into the hands of real villains, while branding decent people as
Davies has called for a reappraisal of government strategy, with
drugs use being treated as a matter not for the courts, but for
public health. Email us your views on this to
Merseyside Fire Crews Hit Out at Irresponsible and Masochistic Cuts
MERSEYSIDE fire crews have
branded the latest round of cuts planned for the local fire service
as irresponsible and masochistic. It accused senior managers of
testing the limits of health and safety and significantly cutting
the number of fire fighters.
The Fire Brigades Union says Merseyside fire service has already
made more cuts to frontline services than any other fire service in
the UK. While only 3% of 'efficiency savings' were
demanded by Government, managers on Merseyside forced through cuts
of more than 15%.
The figures come from details in an Audit Commission report
published before Christmas which said fire services in England had
made "efficiency savings" - cuts - of Pounds Sterling
185 million in four years. Four fire authorities, one of them
Merseyside, accounted for more than Pounds Sterling 62.5 million of
that figure, half the total.
According to the Government's own Audit Commission's official report
'Rising to the Challenge', Merseyside made cuts of at
least Pounds Sterling 23.125m over 4 years, well in excess of the
Pounds Sterling 3.12 million in savings they were expected to make.
It means senior managers, backed by willing councillors, have
already made Pounds Sterling 20 million more in cuts than they
needed to and more than the Pounds Sterling 5 million Merseyside
bosses say they now need to save.
Les Skarratts, Merseyside FBU brigade secretary said:-
"Merseyside are top of the cuts league, not something we should be
proud of. We're also top of the league for senior managers' pay,
while the number they manage has fallen sharply.
The fire authority is now looking at more cuts of Pounds Sterling
5.3 million. They are already testing the frontiers of health and
safety and significantly reduced the numbers of fire crews.
This latest round of cuts is masochistic and irresponsible.
Councillors appear happy to stand back and see the chief officer
make a name for himself as the king of cuts, with yet another
wielding of the axe.
There is nothing left to cut. Councillors need to take
responsibility rather than shirking it and throw these latest plans
in the dustbin."
Key parts of the Audit Commission according to the FBU are:-
"The fire services have achieved Pounds Sterling 185M in
annual efficiency savings since 2004'/ '4 fire services account for
nearly half of all savings achieved' ('this equates to 9 per cent of
total expenditure in 2007/08 and is much higher than the original
target of Pounds Sterling 105m annually recurring savings from
2005/06 to 2007/08' para 26)
The Efficiency Challenge - para 32 'while overall efficiency savings
targets have been exceeded, just 4 fire services accounting for
around a third of expenditure, have contributed nearly half of the
savings achieved to date. 5 fire services (GMC, IoW, M'side,
Northumberland and Cleveland) have reported efficiency savings
equivalent to more than 15 % of their total expenditure in 2003/04."
Para 45 'the met with the highest level of savings was Merseyside.."