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Issue:- 1 November  2012

Southport at Risk?

Standing on the dividing line between Golden Sands and mud Cllr Tony Crabtree says “do we want to build sand castles or mud pies on Southport beach"

SOUTHPORT Councillor Tony Crabtree reminds us of the past when a Southport Guide Book promoted our town as we would have expected, and deserved.  "Southport is famous for its miles of golden sands" Sadly today and to the concern of an Increasing number of local people, and others who regularly visit our town, those days have gone and the promotion could well read:- "do you want to build sand castles or mud pies?", as our golden sands are fast becoming miles of mud and marsh.

Cllr Tony Crabtree with his colleague Cllr Ted Hartill has recently met on site with Seftons Chief Executive Margaret Carney and Beach Manager Dave McAleavy to ensure they have the facts and are aware of local concerns and the threat this situation is to our town.

"Past decisions to give support to the beach have not been put into action and this must be put right with areas. I have highlighted areas needing immediate attention." Cllr Crabtree told us in a statement.

Southport is currently advertised as a Classic Resort and the beach is very much part of that package and while some dismiss its importance the local community contacting Cllr Crabtree are certainly not of that mind. "We have a choice" says Tony Crabtree long time supporter of retaining our heritage, "retain the gift we have been given to the highest of standards or continue to neglect it and develop an eyesore for the future. Southport residents and our visitors have clearly made their choice over the years so let us listen before it is too late to put right."

New law will protect safety, charity claims

THE British Dental Health Foundation has welcomed a change in tooth whitening law that should put an end to illegal tooth whitening treatments. The announcement comes as a result of the European Council's directive that tooth whitening products containing or releasing between 0.1% and 6% hydrogen peroxide can now only be sold to a registered dental professional offering the treatment in their practice. Supported by a number of leading dental bodies, it has long been the Foundation's belief that tooth whitening is a dental procedure and should only be offered by qualified dental professionals. Chief Executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, Dr Nigel Carter OBE, said under the European Council's new directive, safety levels around tooth whitening will substantially improve. Dr Carter said:- "Tooth whitening kiosks and the provision of whitening by beauticians pose a danger to our health. The procedure is often carried out by someone with no dental qualifications and can contain hydrogen peroxide above the recommended limit. They may be cheaper but this comes at real risk to our health and a possibility of permanent damage to our teeth and gums. Beauticians and those working in kiosks have carried out this procedure without the skills, the knowledge or the expertise required. Under the new law, the Foundation believes our safety will no longer be jeopardised by illegal tooth whitening that can often leave lasting damage. By firmly outlawing tooth whitening treatments carried out in beauty salons and whitening kiosks, we are no longer left confused by who can carry out the procedure. If you want your teeth whitened, you must now visit a dental practice." We expect local trading standards officers and the General Dental Council now to take action to close down and prosecute those carrying out illegal whitening.

  Casserole dish at the ready 30 October was the official start of Comfort Food Season

AS the days turn colder and the nights get longer, research by Knorr; the UK's leading producer of stock; has revealed that 30 October 2012, was officially the landmark day of the year that heralded the start of the comfort food season, with Spaghetti Bolognese now officially the nations favourite.

Traditional methods of cooking are more popular than ever with more of us cooking entire meals using just one pot. The data reveals that the popularity of one pot cooking has soared in recent years, with 50% of the nation cooking more one pot dishes now than they did 5 years ago with 60% of Brits cooking comfort food at least once a week during the winter months.

Spag Bol the nations' favourite

The study shows that 47% of the nation say they crave comforting food when the weather get's cold and rainy, and with the winter ahead looking grizzly, the nation has voted Spaghetti Bolognese (60%), Stew (58%) and Curry (53%) as their favourite comfort food dishes.

Saving the Nation

The increasing popularity of this traditional style of cooking has been pinned on a number of factors; with the economic recession playing a role in its noticeable come-back. In fact, money was stated as the number one reason people have adopted this method of cooking (60%), backed up by the figure that 30% of Brits say they have returned to a 'back-to-basics' style of cooking since the recession hit.

It would also appear we're becoming a more thrifty nation with 59% saying they're more mindful of wasting food now than 5 years ago and 23% of Brits saying they never throw away food.

Come Dine With Me

Despite palates becoming more sophisticated and our culinary horizons being broadened, one pot dishes are now widely accepted as being "fashionable" with 58% saying they would serve one pot favourites to guests at a dinner party.

Acclaimed chef, Marco Pierre White commented:- "We all start to crave hearty, warming food around the time when the clocks go back; as sales of Knorr have shown this is the time of year when people start making comfort food. I've always loved one pot dishes; they're warming, cost-effective, easy and always delicious; especially when using high quality stock. It's no wonder the nation has started to embrace this simple but effective method of cooking!"


MERSEYSIDE Police have confirmed that they are investigating after a Police Car was damaged by a fire in Fazakerley on Tuesday, 30 October 2012. Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service were called shortly before 7pm to Hursley Road following reports that a parked Police Car was alight. The Fire Service attended and quickly extinguished the fire. No-one was hurt during the incident and nothing else was damaged by the fire. A joint Merseyside Police and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service investigation is underway into the cause of the blaze. The vehicle has been removed for forensic examination.

Superintendent Rowley Moore, said:- "Fortunately no one was injured as a result of this blaze and a joint Merseyside Police and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service investigation is ongoing to establish the cause of the fire. I would like to reassure the public that incidents of this kind are rare and we would encourage anyone with information about the incident to come forward. This was a busy night for the emergency services but we have seen a reduction in reports of anti-social behaviour and criminal damage when compared to last year."

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Merseyside Police on:- 101 or Crimestoppers on:- 0800 555 111.

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