Coastal Access set to improve in Northwest as new Act receives Royal
England has heralded the Marine and Coastal Access Act as a landmark
moment in the history of countryside access as well as a once in a
lifetime opportunity to enhance and protect the marine environment.
The act provides a mechanism for safeguarding threatened marine
ecosystems and for managing the multiple uses of our seas as well as
improving access to the coast.
Liz Newton, Natural England’s Northwest Regional Director said:-
“Our region has some of the most diverse and dramatic sections of
coastline in the country. This new legislation represents a dramatic
leap forward in the work to improve coastal access, allowing
everyone to enjoy the region’s beautiful coastline.”
Natural England also announced that Cumbria is 1 of 6 areas across
the country where work would be concentrated first, once the
Secretary of State has approved the detailed approach. There will be
close local consultation including ‘walking the course’
Launching a 12-week public consultation on the “Scheme”
guide Natural England’s work under the Act, Liz Newton continued:-
“The approach proposed involves extensive consultation with
individuals, communities, businesses and local authorities all
around the coast to help map out and agree the route. This
painstaking work may take years to complete, but the objective of
achieving a continuous path around the coast is a worthwhile one”.
Liz Newton, concluded:- “The new Act provides a unique
opportunity to create a permanent and secure walking route around
large parts of this region’s magnificent coast. This exciting
programme will undoubtedly bring economic benefit to the area, and
as provision will be made for coastal erosion, it will provide a
solution to the age-old problem of paths being lost to the sea.”
Report of a
suspicious device at a cash machine
Police have had receive reports of a false device at a cash machine
on Lord Street, Liverpool and is investigating.
The public are warned to always be vigilant at cash machines, to
conceal their PIN number when entering it and to report anything
that looks suspicious.
We have been told that it is thought the device may have been
constructed to copy the details of the cards that were being used.
It has yet to be confirmed. Remember to always check cash machine
slots before using them.
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Calls to Parent helpline shows 84% of bullying is in schools
charity Parentline Plus is calling for a stronger partnership
between parents, pupils and teachers to tackle bullying in UK
schools. The call comes following research carried out by
Parentline Plus from calls to their free 0808 800 2222 Parentline
which shows most bullying happens in schools.
Of 41,513 calls taken
by Parentline Plus during the period October 2008 – September 2009;
1,847 calls (4.4 %) concerned bullying in its various forms.
Key findings from Parentline Plus:-
· 84% of bullying occurs in the school environment
· For 89% of the
cases, the perpetrator was known to the victim
· 11% of cases, the
callers child is the perpetrator
· 69% of the
perpetrators come from either the same class or same social circle
as the victim in school.
· 76% of calls about
bullying were from parents concerned about the verbal abuse their
children had received, where as 56% concerned physical abuse.
· 5.7% of calls were
from parents concerned about their child being cyber bullied.
Jeremy Todd, Parentline Plus Chief Executive said:- “Bullying
in schools is a real concern to families and parents of bullied
children often find the situation traumatic and difficult to manage.
Some families may find it difficult to report bullying to the school
concerned and parents should contact Parentline Plus, or visit our
“Be Someone to Tell” website if they need support. Fostering strong
partnerships between parents and schools will ensure that if
problems do arise there is already a trusting relationship between
teachers and families.”
To address the problem of bullying and to encourage greater parental
involvement in the schools; Parentline Plus runs a series of
preventative programmes within schools. One example is the “Be
Someone to Tell Project” in Hertfordshire, a three year Department
for Children Schools and Families funded project that supports
parents, pupils and schools in identifying and preventing bullying,
improving the emotional and mental wellbeing of children, and
enabling them to achieve their potential.
Parentline Plus today launches an anti-bullying i-professionals
module called ‘Understanding and tackling bullying’ which contains
activities and information to help schools, professionals and
practitioners understand how when and where bullying takes place and
the approaches that can be implemented to tackle it. For more
For information on if your child is being bullied, is a bully, cyber
bullying and bullying, prejudice and difference, can all be found on
the Parentline Plus website
website with further support
Parents concerned about verbal or physical abuse from their children
can call the free Parentline Plus 24 hour helpline, Parentline, on
0800 800 2222, or
for a personalised reply within 3 days.