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SATURDAY18 July 2015
Survey finds that Southport
firms "want to remain in EU!"
ACCORDING to Southport accountancy and
business advisory firm Moore and Smalley, who conducted a poll, have found out
that almost ¾ of businesses believe the economy will be stronger if Britain
remains in the European Union. Of the business owners surveyed, 56 per cent said
they wanted to stay in the EU if Britain could secure key reforms, and a further
16% wanted Britain to "remain a member at all costs."
However, almost 1 in 5 (18%), said they believed that leaving the EU was the
best strategy to help Britain's economy. Just eight per cent said a straight
in/out referendum, without attempts at EU reform, was the best option. James
Treadwell, partner at Moore and Smalley, said:- "Britain's membership of
the European Union has been a divisive issue for decades and, with a referendum
due to be held on the issue within two years, it remains a key consideration for
the business community. The EU is the Britain's key trade partner and there are
fears an exit could shrink the UK economy on the back of weaker trade and
reduced inward investment, as well as reducing our export markets and making
imports more expensive. However, other leading business figures have argued that
an EU exit could actually benefit Britain as we would be able to negotiate as
one country rather than being one of 28 nations." Prime minister, David
Cameron, has pledged to push hard for EU reform before holding a referendum on
Britain's membership before the end of 2017. Since being elected in May, he's
been on a round of diplomatic visits to other member states to secure support
for his reform plans and he formally set out Britain's proposals at a meeting of
EU leaders on 25 June 2015. James added:- "The EU question is one
that is causing uncertainty for businesses and many business owners I speak to,
particularly those who trade with Europe, agree that the quicker it is resolved
the better. There's a danger that the EU issue just hangs over the economy like
a dark cloud for the next few years and that could damage business growth."
'To let' board ban
HUNDREDS of 'to let'boards have
now been taken down in part of Liverpool in a scheme to improve life for local
The pilot initiative came into force on Monday 22 June following concerns raised
by residents and local ward councillors living in Greenbank ward about the
number of boards; estimated to be around 500.
It was due to the fact the area has a large student population and a significant
proportion of privately rented accommodation.
Local people believed they were having a detrimental impact on the
sustainability of the housing market in the area.
The City Council wrote to all estate agents and landlords asking them to remove
the boards and the vast majority have now complied, leading to a huge
improvement in the streetscape.
Councillor Frank Hont, Cabinet member for housing, said:- "I would like to
thank the estate agents and landlords in the area for co-operating with the
wishes of local residents.
We have had some excellent feedback from residents who are pleased with the
difference that it has made.
There are still a handful of boards remaining and we will continue to do what we
can to get the home owners to follow the lead of everyone else." Kris Cargill from the Dales Residents Association added:-
"We wanted action because the boards gave the impression that the area is a
place where nobody wants to live, when in actual fact we are a strong and
thriving community. This scheme has removed the eyesores and made our area
Greenbank Councillor, Laura Robertson Collins, who took a motion to council
calling for the introduction of the ban, said:- "I am delighted that such
a simple idea has made a big difference in such a short space of time." The area covered by the zone is bounded by Gainsborough Avenue (evens side
only), Smithdown Road and the railway line and includes:-
If necessary, the council does have the power
to apply to the Secretary of State for permission to prohibit the use of boards.
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