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Healthy eating on the menu
Feb 19 2008
by Mary Murtagh, Liverpool Echo
A CHILDRENâ€™S centre is hosting a weekly fruit and vegetable market.
Families using the Grange Children’s Centre in Stonyfield, Netherton, will be able to buy locally sourced food every Friday between 2pm and 3pm.
Julie Finch, centre manager, said: â€œWe hope to encourage parents and children to find out about the health benefits of eating fruit and vegetables.â€
Bravo and well done to all of you. I hope that you have much success and that other centers take up this idea.
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Recycling reaps city rewards
Feb 19 2008
by Vicki Kellaway, Liverpool Echo
ECO-FRIENDLY council workers saved more than Â£3m when they emptied their filing cabinets for recycling.
Liverpool council staff have spent the past five years transferring 30 million documents to CDs.
They created so much space the council has vacated six city buildings in three years.
The move has saved Â£1m in annual leasing and running costs and generated more than Â£2.5m in buildings sales.
The council ended leases in Kingsway House in Hatton Garden, the India Buildings in Water Street and premises in Dale Street.
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Anger at ‘secret’ eco-town plans
Villagers in the heart of the Cheshire countryside have reacted angrily after learning their homes are next to the site of a planned new eco-town.
People living in Wardle, near Nantwich, only found out about the planned 7,000-home town on Friday.
The scheme is one of dozens submitted to the government as it aims to create up to 10 eco-towns across the country.
Stephen O’Brien, Tory MP for Eddisbury, said there was “deep concern” within the local community at the plans.
Mr O’Brien, whose constituency home would be sited next to the proposed town, has written to the government asking ministers to explain the “secrecy” surrounding the scheme.
The MP described the plans as “ill-conceived” and said they would present major environmental issues to the rural community.
Opponents claim the town would bring an extra 17,000 people and 10,000 vehicles into the area, placing an unnecessary burden on local infrastructure.
As part of the nationwide eco-town scheme, the Department for Communities and Local Government has received in excess of 50 bids for consideration.
A department spokesman told BBC News that each bid, if shortlisted, would be subject to the normal “rigorous” planning process, including public consultation.
“They must meet tough tests proving they make best use of brownfield land, safeguard local wildlife and habitat areas and provide low and zero carbon technologies and good public transport systems,” he said.
“We are not about to start imposing these towns on local people.”
Nevertheless, residents are planning a march to protest against the development proposals in Wardle on Saturday.
Update: The plans have now been scrapped