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Issue:24/25 March 2010
Air pollution warning
A Pioneering alert system to warn
people with serious respiratory problems when there is the
likelihood of significant air pollution is being launched in
The city council has worked with Liverpool Primary Care Trust (PCT),
Cambridge Environmental Research Consultants (CERC) and Breathe Easy
Liverpool on the ‘LiveAir Text’ scheme.
From April, for an initial six month period, a selected group of
people with severe breathing conditions such as chronic bronchitis,
emphysema and asthma will be contacted when moderate, high or very
high levels of air pollution are predicted.
Users have been put forward by Breathe Easy Liverpool, which is part
of the British Lung Foundation and works to help people with
breathing related diseases, and Ellergreen Medical centre.
And two schools – Barlows Primary in Fazakerley and St Christopher’s
in Speke – are working with the parents of pupils with asthma so
that they too will get the alerts and know when to take their
inhalers out with them.
On Friday, 26 March 2010, pupils taking part in the scheme at
Barlows Primary will be out on the playground with their inhalers
celebrating its launch.
The remainder of the city’s 180 schools will be informed through the
city council’s “Ednet” information system.
The system will use email, text message or voice mails to remind
users of the system to take their medication with them if they go
outdoors on that particular day, or in some circumstances consider
Liverpool is one of the first places in the country to use the
system – only London and Wakefield operate a similar scheme.
Councillor Berni Turner, executive member for the environment,
said:- “Air quality in Liverpool is far better than it used to
but there are still occasions when there is more pollution than
there should be in the air. We are working hard to improve it
further by getting people out of their cars and on to public
transport, but it is a gradual process that will take several years.
What we can do right now is make sure we let the people who are most
at risk know when the air quality will be poor so they can prepare
for it and make informed choices such as deciding to take an inhaler
or other medication out with them or spend less time outdoors."
Assistant executive member, Councillor Phil Moffatt, added:-
“This is just one of a number of measures contained within our
latest Air Quality Action Plan to reduce pollution and it is fitting
that we are launching it in our Year of Health and Wellbeing.”
The information will also be placed on the Live Air pages of the
city council’s website at:-
The system will send alerts when hot weather conditions combined
with traffic levels produce high levels of pollution by identifying
when it is likely that levels will be severe enough to affect people
with respiratory conditions.
It is envisaged that one potential benefit to the PCT will be a
reduction in the number of people with respiratory issues being
admitted to hospital during an air pollution event.
Dr Paula Grey, Director of Public Health for Liverpool said:-
“Although the levels of air pollution are much lower now than they
were in the 1950's when smog was a major problem, they can still
have effects on health. For most people, pollution levels in the UK
are unlikely to cause any serious health effect, but some people
with heart and lung disease, including asthma and bronchitis are
more sensitive to air pollution and may feel their condition worsens
when pollution levels are increased. Road traffic is a major cause
of outdoor air pollution and everyone’s exposure would be reduced if
we use our cars less and use public transport and cycle or walk when
Stan Cox from Breathe Easy Liverpool said:- “We have got many
of our members already signed up to this scheme as it means they
will be able to prepare in advance and prevent any respiratory
We’ve Made Liverpool
LIVERPOOL’S Yellow Boat Cruise
crewmembers are so dedicated to their jobs and proud of the city’s
300-year-old dock history, that they have devised an all-new
Heritage Tour to share their passion with their passengers.
Captain Dennis Titherington and Captain Colin Edwards have a wealth
of nautical experience and an extraordinary knowledge of Liverpool’s
South Docks history. Together with Crewman Paul Furlong, they have
worked hard to deliver a diverse and unique tour that people will
find entertaining and informative. The tour takes passengers on a
personal and intriguing voyage around Liverpool's impressive South
Captain Dennis Titherington said:- "I was in the merchant navy
for 40 years and have captained many vessels including the Royal
Iris and the Daffodil ferries on the Mersey, but this is the first
time I’ve had the opportunity to speak to my passengers and
hopefully share my passion for the city. Liverpool’s port legacy is
fascinating and I really believe that people will find our tour
interesting and above all entertaining."
To celebrate the launch of the new Heritage Tour, Yellow Boat Cruise
has teamed up with a popular wine specialist and a fine dining
restaurant at the Albert Dock, to create a new experience for
visitors wanting to encounter Liverpool by water.
Yellow Boat Cruise, Vinea and Gusto have designed a range of
packages to suit couples and groups who want to enjoy the Yellow
Boat crew’s unique tour of Liverpool’s South Docks. To complement
the 40-minute Heritage Tour passengers can choose their own treat,
including a two-course meal or a wine tasting session to complete
Steeped in history, Liverpool’s South Docks offer an intriguing
insight into the workings of a major port city as well as a stunning
vista incorporating the key aspects of the World Heritage Site along
with the Liverpool Marina. The new Yellow Boat Heritage Cruise,
which departs from the Albert Dock, will provide up to thirty-eight
passengers with a relaxing and informative voyage through the water,
celebrating the city’s Dock based legacy and its transformation into
a popular visitor destination.
Before guests climb aboard the Yellow Boat Cruise, or after if they
prefer, they can indulge in either a delicious 1-course lunch or
2-course dinner at Gusto. Exuding Italian charm, Gusto is perfectly
adapted to cater for large parties, seating up to 40 people on one
Yellow Boat Cruise passengers can also choose to relax and indulge
in the art of wine tasting at the Albert Dock’s wine specialist
Vinea. Guests can enjoy a number of fruity whites or opulent reds,
which have been carefully selected from the world’s finest
Vineyards. Both venues are perfect for couples and groups, with
elegant surroundings and top class service. The packages, which are
flexible and start from just £10.00, are specifically created to
give people a quality value for money experience, a great idea for
any occasion or celebration.
For times, prices and to book your cruise, call The Yellow Boat
Cruise Office on:- 0151 708 7799.
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