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Issue:- 19 January  2012

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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 considering booking.

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 has:-

►  Staff trained in basic deaf awareness.

►  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 to:-  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 newsroom via:- and 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 Lisa Barsby.

"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.

Safety advice 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 secure.

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 by insurance.

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 your vehicle

Mobile phones, coats, bags, sat navs and CDs are all a potential target for thieves take all valuables with you

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.

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