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Issue:- 8 November  2012

Police Authority host final awards ceremony

LANCASHIRE Police Authority (LPA), on Wednesday, 7 November 2012, hosted its final awards ceremony. The LPA will be replaced by a Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire following elections on 15 November 2012. The awards were presented in a special ceremony following final LPA meeting and celebrated the work of Lancashire Police and their partners. 2 awards were given out at the ceremony:-

George Herbert Redman Award, honouring officers who have gone above and beyond the call of duty was picked by trustees. This award was presented to PC Karen Wallace. Karen is a Community Beat Manager for Wensley Fold and Bank Top in Eastern Division. She has been a Community Beat Manager for almost 3 years. She receives the George Herbert Redman award for her work in tackling anti-social behaviour, domestic violence, drug and alcohol misuse and helping those in her area with mental health problems. The runners-up in this category where:- PC Martin Midgely and Special Constable Michal Nurek. PC Martin Midgely is a Community Beat Manager for the Woodnook and Peel areas of Accrington. He was nominated for his proactive approach to incidents of violent crime, alcohol-related anti-social behaviour and dealing with graffiti in his neighbourhood. Special Constable Michal Nurek is originally from Poland and has lived in Chorley since 2007, becoming a Special Constable in June last year. He was nominated for his work in improving the relationship between the Police and the Polish community in the town. He has since worked with Police as a translator during incidents of violent crime and domestic violence. Speaking about the George Herbert Redman Award, Lancashire Police Authority Chairman, Bruce Jassi, said:- "The Trustees were genuinely delighted by the quality of this year's nominations. With regard to the George Herbert Redman award, PC Wallace has proved that there are innovative and effective ways to tackle issues like anti-social behaviour. Her work has been selfless and showed a determination beyond what is asked of our Community Beat Managers. My congratulations also go to the other nominees in this category; their commitment to tackling crime in their area deserves to receive such recognition. I would like to thank them for their work so far and I'm sure their impact on local policing will be felt for many years to come."

The other awarded presented was the Problem Oriented Partnership Community Award, that was chosen by a panel of LPA members. That award this recognises and celebrates successful partnership working between the Police, partners and communities in Lancashire. The winner of the Problem Oriented Partnership Community Award was Blackpool Night Safe Haven; a partnership which deals with the impact of night-time Town Centre alcohol abuse. A converted bus acted as a Mobile Police Station, a centre for immediate medical assistance and place to seek practical advice for those who felt vulnerable due to the affects of alcohol or had been the victim of alcohol-related violence. The runners-up in this category where:- Preston Early Intervention Partnership - The Custody Experience; Hyndburn Community Alcohol Network; and Pennine Division – Operation Staysafe. Mr Jassi also praised the winner and nominees of the Problem Oriented Partnership Community Award:- "All 4 nominations are fine examples of commitment and effective collaboration between Lancashire Police, partners and community members. This award recognises projects which aim to have real influence and positive involvement from communities and local businesses. Blackpool Night Safe Haven embodies all the aspects of successful community working; a project that is beneficial, practical and makes real improvements. All those involved should be very proud of their achievement."

Civic honours set to be approved

A number of organisations and individuals have been honoured by Liverpool City Council for their work to benefit the people of the City. The extraordinary meeting took place at the Town Hall on Wednesday, 7 November 2012 to propose that the following organisations be admitted to the City of Liverpool Freedom Roll of Associations:- The Linda McCartney Centre; for the services it provides for advanced and innovative treatments for breast cancer  St Joseph's Hospice (Jospice); which provides care for terminally ill people living in Liverpool and Sefton Magistrates Organisation; which recently celebrated its 650th anniversary as an important part of the justice system in Liverpool.  In addition, the following individuals are being nominated to become Citizens of Honour:-Peggy O'Brien and Winnie Keating; founders of the Lily Centre which helps and supports women with breast cancer. Its patrons include Cherie Blair.  Professor Ray Donnelly; founder of the Lung Cancer Fund (Roy Castle Foundation) which works to tackle the disease  Gabriel Muies; who was instrumental in the re-opening of the historic Williamson Tunnels, and played a key role in securing the return of the Henry Pooley Sailors' gates to the City in 2011. Lord Mayor, Councillor Sharon Sullivan, said:- "Liverpool is fortunate to have many organisations and individuals who are truly public spirited. They devote their lives to championing worthy causes and improving the quality of life for others in the City. It is right and proper that we honour their dedication and commitment."

Peel Airports urge Government to urgently rethink UK Aviation Policy

PEEL Airports, who are the owners of Liverpool John Lennon Airport and Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield, have submitted their response to the Government's consultation on its Draft Aviation Policy Framework. In a detailed response, Peel Airports highlighted the need for a coherent national aviation policy which places the industry and regional airports at the heart of the economic drive for recovery and rebalancing of the national economy. The UK's Transport Secretary, Patrick McLoughlin, has also said, in a press statment, that:- "Aviation is vital to the UK economy and we need to have a long term aviation policy which meets the challenges of the future. Sir Howard and his team will now take forward this vitally important work for the Government and bring a much-needed fresh perspective to the debate." Peel goes on to says that the current Government policies mean that the UK aviation industry is stagnating. Peel Airports believe that the Draft Aviation Policy Framework is a missed opportunity. It fails to address a number of core issues such as growth, a vision for connectivity and the economy, airport capaCity, the importance of regional airports, aviation taxation and regulatory costs. This was echoed by Sir Howard Davies, who is the Chairman of the Airports Commission, who said:- "Our ambition is to do a thorough piece of work that will ensure aviation continues to support this country's economic, social and environmental ambitions. The experience of recent years shows we need a robust evidence base which has the support of a broad consensus of opinion. We aim to put the next UK government into a position in which rapid and implementable decisions can be soundly made." Peel Airports has also told the media that it advocates an aviation strategy which addresses the barriers to regional competitiveness and supports increased regional and international connectivity. The Company's response also highlights the damage to the industry and regional economies
caused by policies which include Air Passenger Duty (APD) and the support given to other transport modes at the expense
of aviation. Craig Richmond CEO of Peel Airports Limited commented:- "Airports such as ours have the opportunity to get the UK regional and national economy back on track, however we need Government policy to work with us, not against us. In its current form this Draft Policy Framework will do nothing to improve the current situation. There must be no further delays! Peel Airports joins with others in the industry and calls for an independent study of the economic impact of APD on the industry and the economy, as suggested during last Thursday's Parliamentary debate on the subject. We also need to see a joined-up approach by the Treasury, the Department for Transport and the industry on resolving the APD issue in the interest of regional economies and UK plc."

Liverpool to host its first ever 'pop up shop festival' this Christmas

Kate Stewart and Councillor Small at the mad-here shop.

OVER 15 November to 24 December 2012 the 'Liverpool Pops-up for Christmas' will be running, with shops and stalls located throughout the retail heart of the City Centre.

Promoted by Liverpool's own 'queen of pop-up' Kate Stewart, who founded made-here, the website and pop-up shop that supports local artists and designers, the festival has the backing of key players including the Mayor Joe Anderson, Liverpool Vision, City Centre Councillor Nick Small, Academy ONE, City Central BID and landlords including Clayton Square
and Metquarter.

The project also involves partnerships with Liverpool Community College, Liverpool John Moore's University and Liverpool Community College which will see made-here working with their graduates and under-graduates to offer mentoring and a retail outlet for their work.

made-here founder Kate Stewart said:- "The festival is an exciting project which not only shows Liverpool and its commercial landlords to be working together in a dynamic way to regenerate our City, but which offers a vital first step for many small businesses in our City. These Pop-ups will provide Christmas shoppers with a more diverse offering from local businesses, with benefits to existing tenants and landlords including increased footfall to our shopping centres and making vacant spaces more desirable to prospective tenants."

Councillor Nick Small, Liverpool City Council cabinet member for employment, enterprise and skills, said:- "This is a really imaginative project. Not only will it provide Christmas shoppers with more choice but help budding entrepreneurs start up businesses and reduce the number of empty shops in the City Centre. So make sure you pop into these shops during the Festive Season."

The festival will include a pop-up department store on the 1st floor of Clayton Square, which will offer gifts, photography, cards, fashion, and shops by Laura's Little Bakery, dot-art and we walk as well as the made-here pop-up shop. There will also be various events and shorter pop-ups in other venues including Metquarter.

Ged Gibbons, Chief Executive of City Central BID, said:- "Liverpool City Centre has a fabulously diverse shopping offer and this pop-up festival will greatly enhance our high street appeal this Christmas. Crucially it will also provide much needed training and jobs in our retail sector and by generating interest in the long term future of the vacant units it's an idea that could be bearing gifts for many Christmases to come."

Liverpool Pops-up for Christmas will also run alongside the City's Christmas Market which runs from 22 November to 22 December 2012, in Church Street, Lord Street and Whitechapel.

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