Heroes of Great
WITH many people beating
the January blues by booking ‘staycations’, Action on
Hearing Loss is urging Southport holidaymakers with hearing loss to
know their rights and check the accessibility of hotels they are
Under the Equality Act 2010, UK services including hotels,
guesthouses and B&Bs must make ‘reasonable adjustments’
to be accessible to people with disabilities. This means that
accommodation managers must ensure that people who are deaf or hard
of hearing can enjoy the same level of service as other guests.
However, not all hotels are as accessible as they should be and this
can cause frustrating experiences for guests with hearing loss.
Action on Hearing Loss is urging people with hearing loss to avoid
future disappointment by contacting their accommodation options in
advance and checking what steps they will take to meet their
individual communication needs.
The charity is advising staycationers to ask if the accommodation
► Staff trained in basic deaf
► A hearing loop in reception, and
when the last time they checked that it was working.
► Rooms with an amplified telephone
with an in built hearing loop and a flashing doorbell.
► Procedures to alert guests with
hearing loss when their fire alarm is activated and an alerting
system designed for guests with hearing loss.
► Televisions with subtitles already
set up in rooms.
Acting Chief Executive of Action on Hearing Loss, Paul Breckell,
says:- "With more holidaymakers choosing to stay in the UK,
it’s vital that all hotels, guesthouses and B&Bs recognise their
legal responsibilities and make simple adjustments to meet the
individual needs of guests with hearing loss. We urge Southport
residents with hearing loss to check accommodation is suitably
accessible before making any reservations and exercise their right
to get the same level of service as other guests."
If you have hearing loss and recently stayed in a hotel which was
not deaf aware or accessible, email brief details of your experience
Also if you have a hotel or B&B or want to comment about the
information given and requested by the chaity, please do email our
let us know your thoughts.
JLA business up 4.5% in 2011
THE End Of Year Figures for
Liverpool John Lennon Airport (JLA) show that over 230,000 more
passengers used the airport in 2011 compared to 2010; that is an
increase of 4.5%! 5.3 million passengers travelled through JLA
last year, making this its third busiest year ever and almost
reaching levels last seen in 2008. The reason for the year on year
growth is down to the record numbers of passengers choosing to fly
from JLA last Summer, with over 3.6 million travellers passing
through the Airport between April and October. The months of
July, August, September and October 2011 were particularly busy,
breaking all previous records for the time of year, with the highest
month August, seeing over 580,000 travellers pass through the
terminal; the busiest month in the Airport’s 78 year history.
Despite the difficult economic climate, holidaymakers in particular
from across the North West clearly continued to value their Summer
holiday abroad, taking advantage of the many value for money flights
available, with the added convenience of flying from their local
airport. In 2010 low cost operators easyJet and Ryanair operated
flights to more summer sun destinations than ever before with a
number of new holiday resorts featured for the first time.
Craig Richmond, CEO Peel Airports commented:- "News of growth
in our passenger numbers is a great achievement for the Airport and
one that all the staff here can be proud of, particularly when we
recognise that this remains an extremely challenging time for all
involved in the aviation industry. The many low cost flights
available from Liverpool means the region’s passengers can still
afford to get away on holiday even during these difficult economic
times. We expect the year ahead to be one of consolidation, however
work to improve passenger facilities and standards of customer
service will continue as we look to make this the Airport of choice
for the region’s travellers."
P1 AquaX has a
big impact at the Autosport international Show
IN London on Wednesday, 18
January 2012, the P1 AquaX has significant increase the number of
competitors in the wake of a very successful 4 days at the Autosport
International Show at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre.
Powerboat P1 returned to the country’s biggest motorsport show and
the initiative looks to have paid off handsomely, with interest in
AquaX running at an all-time high according to Championship Manager
"We had some very good feedback from people who first saw our stand
at the show last year, so I am glad we returned to capitalise on the
interest motorsport people are showing in Powerboat P1. I was amazed
by how many car racers we talked to who also own a jet ski and they
showed a lot of interest in the series, so it was very good for
raising our profile to potential racers." said AquaX
Championship Manager Lisa Barsby.
Barsby says interest in AquaX is way above the same time last year
following the series successful inaugural season and she is
confident the number of riders will grow in 2012. "Last year
all the serious people who contacted us took part and the number of
racers who are now calling has dramatically increased so I believe
AquaX will take a significant step forward this season."
Reigning champion Russell Marmon (Christchurch) was amongst many
AquaX stars who visited the Powerboat P1 stand at the NEC over last
weekend. His title-winning Kawasaki Ultra 300 attracted huge
interest from racers and the thousands of motorsport fans who
attended the 4 day show.
AquaX UK was featured alongside Powerboat P1 stable-mate SuperStock
UK and the striking Typhoo Panther 250 of Andy Wilby (Fleet) and
Jonny Allbut (Southampton). SuperStock is the only one-make
championship on water in Britain and created a real stir amongst the
cream of Britain’s car racing and rallying establishment. Regular
car competitors were stunned by how cost- effective racing a Panther
can be and P1 SuperStock UK will shortly announce the names of those
making the cross over from four wheels to powerboats.
"SuperStock UK certainly made an impact amongst drivers at the
Autosport Show, so much so we’re now close to reaching our initial
target for filling the P1 Panther grid." commented P1
SuperStock UK Championship Manager Paolo Callea.
for all motorists in Merseyside
MERSEYSIDE Police are
warning motorists across Merseyside to be vigilant when defrosting
their cars this winter. Officers are urging drivers to be aware that
opportunist thieves prey on vehicles left unlocked with the engine
running and for motorists to do all they can to keep their cars
This advice follows the theft of
several cars across Merseyside since the icy spell began at the
weekend. A spokesman for Merseyside Police said:- "Never leave
your vehicle unattended with the engine running even when it's on
your drive. This is especially relevant during the cold mornings and
when defrosting windows. It only takes a second for a thief to jump
into your car and drive it away."
Officers are also reminding
motorists that it is an offence to leave a vehicle unattended with
the engine running on a road and if it is stolen while the keys are
in the ignition it is possible that the theft would not be covered
Drivers should take the following advice to reduce the risk of
becoming a victim of car theft:-
► Never leave your vehicle
unattended with the engine running
► Always lock and secure your
vehicle and check windows and sunroof are closed
► Never leave anything on display in
► Mobile phones, coats, bags, sat navs and
CDs are all a potential target for thieves take all valuables with
If you have any information about a crime in your area please call:-
Allerton Police Station on:- 0151 777 5126, or Crimestoppers,
anonymously, on:- 0800 555 111.