government to find markets for North's natural environment
THE CLA has urged the
Government to move quickly to find new ways to pay farmers and land
managers who look after the North's natural environment.
Following the launch of a report by the Ecosystem Market Task Force
(EMTF) published on 5 March 2013, the Association said that more
conservation work is needed within the natural environment, and that
the work should be funded by private money,
CLA North Director of Policy and Public Affairs Douglas Chalmers
said:- "The CLA is completely committed to finding market
solutions to pay for conserving the natural environment. We must
move away from relying on public money to pay for everything. We
fully support the EMTF ideas that private sector solutions should
encourage the development of markets such as biodiversity offsetting
and the greater use of wood fuel. These would add value and help pay
for the natural environment."
Mr Chalmers said the main challenge was removing the obstacles
blocking these markets. He added:- "We could have more
small-scale anaerobic digestion to turn waste into energy, but this
is hindered by the planning and permitting rules. We could meet the
costs of flood prevention by ensuring those who benefit from such
measures contribute towards the cost."
Mr Chalmers said he was pleased the report noted the limitations of
using the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) to fund environmental
works. He said:- "As current discussions in Brussels are
making clear, the CAP budget is highly unlikely to remain the same
size over the long term. Rules underpinning the CAP only allow
payments for environmental works to be made on potentially lost
income. So if the land manager only gets the money he would have
received from continuing his existing activities, why should he do
anything different? Clearly, this needs to be looked at more
thoroughly and more thoughtfully."
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FREE advice is being
offered to people on dealing with their fuel bills and cutting their
The City Council and the Healthy Homes team are holding special
surgeries in the One Stop Shop at the Municipal Buildings to offer
guidance on fuel debts, and energy efficiency.
"Fuel poverty is a major issue in this City and a lot of people do
not know where to turn to for help over how they can cut costs or
even understanding their bills. These surgeries will offer practical
advice on a range of issues and those people who are in difficulties
over fuel bills will find them really helpful." said
Councillor Ann O'Byrne, cabinet member for housing.
The 1st surgery is on Wednesday, 13 March 2013, at 1pm. It is by
appointment only and appointments can be made by ringing 0800 012
1754. They will be held twice a month, initially, although their
frequency may increase depending on demand.
Advice can be offered on managing fuel debts understanding bills,
cutting energy use, what financial assistance is available for
clearing arrears, grants available for heating and insulation and
emergency heating for vulnerable households.
FREE PART EXCHANGE AT LINKS VIEW
TO further help homebuyers
in Southport, Bellway Homes has a launched a free Part Exchange
service at Links View, its desirable development on Liverpool Road
With increased demand from discerning buyers for this popular
scheme, Bellway Homes will offer the service free of charge at Links
View throughout March.
Presenting potential purchasers with a host of benefits, Part
Exchange is a very sought-after incentive in today's housing market.
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At Links View, homebuyers just need to select the property they wish
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dedicated Part Exchange Manager, Annette Kirby, will provide a
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Annette comments:- "It is my job to visit a client and
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which buyers are well aware of, making it an attractive incentive to
Part Exchange ensures a smooth move for homebuyers and without the
involvement of estate agents and their associated fees, it also
saves them money too.
For a limited period only, potential purchasers can save even more
money at Links View, with Bellway Homes wavering the £100 fee for
the month of March.
The luxurious Links View is conveniently located on Liverpool Road
in Ainsdale, with the village providing everyday amenities and
further choice available in nearby Southport.
Part Exchange is available on selected plots at Links View,
including a range of 3, 4 and 5 bedroom properties.
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sales advisor to find out which plots are available with Part
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