Paul Hammond, bike
engineer at CREATE
CREATE, a social enterprise and
charity that specialises in recycling and refurbishing white goods,
has launched the scheme for residents in Knowsley with help from a
grant from Knowsley Housing Trust (KHT).
Residents can take their old unused bikes, regardless of the
condition, and exchange them for £50 off the price of a new bike
from CREATE. There are funds for 120 new bikes.
Chris Gold from CREATE said:- “This is a great way of
recycling bikes that may have been sitting in a shed unused or
headed for landfill, and providing an incentive to use a healthier,
more sustainable form of transport. We have a range of new bikes,
from children’s bikes to adult mountain bikes. The unwanted bikes
brought in to us will be refurbished and sold on at affordable
prices to those who may not be able to afford a new bike.”
CREATE, based in Speke, was set up in 1995 to provide training and
work opportunities for the long term unemployed. CREATE achieves
this by recycling and refurbishing white goods that would otherwise
go to landfill, and then selling these in its retail showroom
alongside new household goods and appliances, furniture, garden
furniture and bikes.
Terry Bonner, Operational Director of Landlord Services at KHT,
said:- “There are so many benefits to this scheme, from
promoting health and wellbeing to diverting goods from landfill
sites. KHT is a great supporter of social businesses like CREATE,
which supports low income families and provides training and work in
our communities. It is a fantastic way of providing a service while
helping those families who need it the most.”
To be eligible for the scrappage scheme you must prove you live in
Knowsley and sign a document stating you are the owner of the bike.
For more information about the scheme, contact CREATE on:- 0151 448
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let us know what you think about the scheme.
Lord Mayor Cleans Up
LIVERPOOL’S Lord Mayor will be
mucking in this week to help Netherley sparkle. Starting
Tuesday 8, a special week-long spring clean will take place with 18
skips being placed in the area. And residents who are not able to
carry items to the skips are even being offered a free pick-up
service. Enterprise Liverpool staff will remove graffiti while
pupils from 2 local primary schools will conduct litter picks with
Riverside Lee Valley Environmental Enforcement Wardens. There will
also be a crackdown on dog fouling.
Liverpool’s Lord Mayor, Councillor Hazel Williams, said:-
“Giving an area a spring clean also gives a boost to residents and I
am delighted to be involved in this project. It’s a great way
to encourage local schoolchildren to take pride in where they live
as well as taking responsibility for improving their local
environment.” The week will conclude on Friday, 11 March
2011, with the Lord Mayor taking
part in a tree planting ceremony and certificate presentation to
pupils at each primary school in recognition of their involvement in
the week. The Lord Mayor will visit Norman Pannell School at
midday to plant a tree, then walk to St Gregory’s School, conducting
a litter pick along the way, followed by another tree planting
ceremony at the school and presentation of certificates to pupils.
The week ends, with an information day at St Gregory’s Church on
Friday, 11 March 2011, where free bicycle marking, dog micro-chipping and
compost will be available to residents. Groundwork Merseyside will
also be organising activities for young people.
South Liverpool Neighbourhood Management Service (SLNMS), LCC
Environmental Services, Riverside, Regenda, Arena and Plus Dane
Housing associations, Enterprise Liverpool, Merseyside Police,
Norman Pannell and St Gregory’s Schools, St Gregory’s Church,
Groundwork Merseyside and ward councillors have all helped to
organise the event.
Time for Banks to pay their way says Euro MP
VICE Chair of
the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee, Euro MP Arlene McCarthy
speaking following the European Parliament’s vote in favour of a
Financial Transaction Tax said:- “For too long the financial
sector has been under taxed and largely exempt from VAT. It’s time
that this industry started contributing to the real economy and a
Financial Transaction Tax will help achieve this.
A recent study showed how a 0.005% tax to the foreign exchange
market could raise around £17.6 billion worldwide in new taxes -
£7.7 billion in the UK alone. This would be new money that could go
to go to fund UK poverty reduction, international development and
climate change mitigation.” On Tory MEPs voting against the call for an FTT Arlene said:-
“It’s a shame the Tories refuse to support citizens' campaigns for a
financial transaction tax and yet again voted against an FTT and in
favour of their friends in the financial sector.
This Government talks tough but in practice we have seen Cameron cut
corporation tax on the banks, and try to undermine new regulations
to make the financial system more secure. Following the global economic crisis the banks
received massive subsidies from the public purse for a crisis of
their own making - costing £2,000 for every man woman and child in
the United Kingdom. It’s only fair they should now pay their way and
not get a free ride.
There is already clear public backing for a tax on financial
transactions, through active campaigns for ideas such as a 'Robin
Hood Tax' by charities like Oxfam and ActionAid. It is time to take