Letters to the
editor:- "On your bike!"
"AS a society, we have
rightly adopted a harm reduction culture in which we seek to
persuade people by law and reason to safeguard their health. Changes
in the law have brought about restrictions on smoking and the
forthcoming crackdown on alcohol will similarly save many lives.
Healthy eating promotion is also playing its part (although the
legal route may yet be needed in this respect). And Police will stop
and prosecute any motorist not wearing a seatbelt or motorcyclist
without helmet. Yet, when it comes to pedal cyclists, little is done
to enforce existing safety legislation. Whereas cycle helmets are
not a legal requirement, adequate nocturnal front and rear lighting
is; as well as obeying traffic signals whilst mounted. Yet, how
often does one see cyclists sailing through red traffic lights;if
one actually sees them at night without lights? Is the only reason
that police never seem to enforce cycling law a Clarksonesque view
that cyclists form the natural prey of the 4 wheeled avatar and are
a species not worth saving? Or is there some other agenda?"
John Eoin Douglas.
Access system needs to be
modernised, says CLA in hard-hitting report
THE Country Land and
Business Association (CLA) who have a 36,000 strong membership have
published:- "The Right Way Forward ~ The CLA’s common sense
approach to access in the countryside."
report was published on 23
February 2012 and calls for a shake-up of the access and public
rights of way system. The CLA report says the system must be
improved in a way that boosts efficiency and gets better value for
CLA North Regional Director Dorothy Fairburn said:- "The
public rights of way system in England is governed by a failing
bureaucratic and legislative system which is long-winded, expensive
and completely incomprehensible to most people. Even to call rights
of way a ‘system’ suggests an order and logic not apparent in
reality. Many thousands of pounds of public money can be spent
pursuing claims for paths which have not been used for centuries
while present day users struggle along overgrown paths because there
is not enough money for maintenance. This cannot be right. We should
look at the public access we already have in the North West and
determine where it needs to be improved for the benefit of the
majority. We should consider where people actually want to go, and
their safety. If that means opening new paths or cycle ways, and
closing those now historic and redundant, then that is good use of
public money. It can take many years to process a rights of way
claim, resulting in enormous cost and ongoing uncertainty for all.
Even once fought and won, cases can be reopened and examined all
over again; hardly a sensible use of increasingly scarce resources.
Although local authorities have seen their budgets cut, the grand
plan for an all-England coastal path, complete with ‘spreading
room’, remains a key objective of Natural England."
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Praises Southport Recycling Champion!
A Sefton resident in
Southport, Tom Culshargh, has really taken the reduce, reuse,
recycle message to heart and has so little rubbish left that he only
needs to, put his grey wheelie bin out twice a year.
Gail Ormston, Promotions Officer with North West-based Palm
Recycling said:- "Tom is making full use of the weekly
kerbside recycling service provided by Palm Recycling on behalf of
Sefton Council and never puts anything in the bin that can be reused
Tom said:- "Every empty glass bottle and jar goes into my
green box, as well as cans and aluminium foil packing. All my papers
go into the blue bag and I use the kitchen caddy for all my food
waste in the kitchen. I don’t have old clothes and shoes to recycle
every week but when I do, into the pink bag they go and I put it out
with my green box and blue bag so Palm Recycling can collect it."
Cllr. Simon Shaw, Cabinet Member Environmental, said:- "Mr.
Culshargh sets a good example for us all to follow and shows just
what is possible with recycling. He recycles all his glass bottles
and jars, cans and every bit of paper, as well as any textiles and
Gail remarked that:- "If every family in Sefton recycled just
1 more glass bottle a week that would save enough energy to power a
washing machine for over 2 years."
Cllr. Shaw added:- "If your recycling containers are full
every week, please ring our call centre on:- 0845 140 0845 to
request an extra box and bags for your recycling, free of charge.
Please don’t be tempted to throw anything recyclable in the bin. If
you are interested in recycling more, please ring the call centre
Burscough Wharf Chic Vintique Fair
ON Saturday, 24 November
2012, BR Events are holding a Chic Vintique Fair at the Burscough
Wharf, Liverpool Road North (A59)in Burscough, L40 5RZ. The event
will have a blend of vintage/retro, arts, quality arts, crafts,
collectables, quality antiques, and gorgeous gifts and goodies
running from 10.00am to 4.00pm. Adult admission will be:- £1.50. For
more information call:- 07779342782.