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Council shows Cambridge Arcade businesses plans for refurbishment

THE refurbishment costing £400k was pledge by Sefton Council in November 2021, and now the 1st phase is set to start in 2023. The plans of the much needed revamp of the Grade II listed building and work to fix the damaged canopies and glasswork has been shown to the businesses within the Arcade. The work will also see roof repairs taking place on Southport Town Hall.

This restoration project has been welcomed by businesses located within the arcade, but sadly, it will not be an easy job. Sadly, at this point, just over half the Arcade will be able to be worked on, as the Council is having external issues with the Chapel Street side of the project.

Once work is completed, it should see the Victorian arcades glass canopies protected and keeping this valuable Town Centre asset in good shape for years to come.

We would love to know your thoughts on the improvements and maintenance work within Cambridge Arcade, which has been requiring action for several years. Please email our newsroom at:- News24@SouthportReporter.Com.

Mayor of Prescot's Charity Christmas Concert!

ON Thursday, 8 December 2022, from:- 7pm to 8.15pm, the Mayor of Prescot will be hosting a Charity Christmas Concert at the Prescot Parish Church, Church Street, (L343LA) The event will be featuring:- St Mary and St Paul's Primary School Choir, Prescot Parish Church Choir, Evelyn Primary School Choir and Bluebell Park School Makaton Signing Choir. The event includes free entry with a raffle and retiring collection for the Mayor of Prescot's Charities. For more information about this Concert, and to learn more about the voluntary community arts group, please visit:- PrescotFestival.Co.UK. It's worth adding that the 19th Annual Prescot Festival will be held on Friday, 16 June to Sunday, 25 June 2023, and you can learn more about the year long programme of arts, music and cultural events in and around Prescot, on that website, as well.

Global cage free progress increasing, 6th EggTrack report by Compassion in World Farming reveals!

MORE companies than ever are making global commitments towards cage free production, according to the sixth annual EggTrack report by Compassion in World Farming. The report, which tracks the progress of major food businesses against their cage free egg commitments, shows that more companies have made global pledges during the last year. These include:- Pizza Express, Yum! Brands, Bloomin' Brands and more. The expansion of commitments beyond regional policies is strongly encouraged by the animal welfare and environmental NGO. Of the 232 companies in the 2022 EggTrack report, 175 (75.4%) now report progress towards their cage free commitments, an increase from 71% in 2021, with an average 79.1% transition to cage free. Of the companies that reported global progress, their cage-free sourcing increased by an average of 7.9 percentage points from 55.2% in 2021 to 63.1% in 2022.  In the UK 64.6% of eggs are now cage free and the decline in caged eggs produced in the UK (down to 35% share of production) is accompanied by a concurrent increase in free range (up to 59% of production) and, to a lesser extent, organic production (4%). Barn production remains unchanged at 2%. 1 company that has successfully achieved 100% cage free production throughout its global business and which provides this year's Foreword for the EggTrack report, is Danone.

Cees Jan Hollander, Global Farming Expertise Manager at Danone, commented:- "Danone has been working on animal welfare for many years, embedding it as a key pilar of its regenerative agriculture strategy. When we took our commitment to cage free eggs and egg ingredients in 2018, we knew it wouldn't happen overnight and that we would need to work closely with our suppliers. But we persisted and reached our target of 100% cage free eggs and egg ingredients in 2020. Tracking and reporting our progress are important ways to hold ourselves accountable inside and outside our company, answering consumers and investors' growing demand for transparency and improvement, via benchmarks like the Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare (BBFAW). What's exciting is that thanks to tracking from Compassion in World Farming, we can see that cage free eggs are swiftly becoming the industry standard."

Compassion in World farming advises that to achieve 100% cage free production, companies must address all egg types in their commitments (including:- shell eggs, egg products and ingredient eggs) and ensure the cage-free systems they transition into are fit for purpose (exclusive of combination and limited access systems). As the global egg industry is shifting towards cage free production and implementation deadlines are quickly approaching, it is essential that companies effectively collaborate with their suppliers to ensure their value chain is on track for fully implementing cage free commitments by the expected deadlines.

Dr Tracey Jones, Global Director for Food Business at Compassion said:- "Despite difficult economic times, companies are still forging ahead with their cage free commitments which should be applauded. It's fantastic to see an increase in global commitments from leading companies who are showing a reasonable transition to cage free. EggTrack is an important tool in ensuring this progress continues, helping to drive transition and compliance. But going forward, companies must address all egg categories in their commitments and ensure the cage free systems they transition into are fit for purpose. Cage free production is a smart investment, as increasing consumer and corporate demand will only accelerate this global trend."

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