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Ruth Kelly, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, has denied Neptune Developments £73million plans for the redevelopment of New Brighton. For many years New Brighton was a must-see destination for tourists but is currently suffering from the tail end of a 30 year decline. With this in mind Paul Unger explores why the developer’s proposals were overturned and what this decision will mean for the town.
New Model Farming
The Northwest is blessed with beautiful upland habitats that are vital for maintaining biodiversity. However, due to subsidies paid to farmers, our uplands have been shrinking due to over-grazing and un-sustainable land management. Mark Hillsdon looks at the range of benefits open to farmers who enter into agri-environmental schemes and looks at the case study of Whitendale Farm in Lancashire that has become involved in United Utilities Sustainable Catchment Management Plan (SCaMP) aiming to help restore the natural landscape and utilise it as an alternative source of income.
Japanese knotweed - a plant that can grow through concrete and damage the foundations of houses. Giant hogweed - a plant that has sap that burns the skin and leaves wounds that can be aggravated by light up to six years after the initial contact. This may sound like something out of a science fiction film, but non-native invasive plants are one of the biggest threats to the UK's biodiversity. Ciara Leeming investigates some of the countries most dangerous plants and explores the problems associated with their control and eradication.
Down to the Sea in Ships - Source
The Port of Liverpool, located on the mouth of the great River Mersey is the largest working dock in the Northwest and the most efficient in the country. It handles more UK, non-EU and container traffic than any of the ports on the east coast and exports more scrap metal to be reused and recycled, than anywhere else in the UK. Michael Taylor takes a guided tour around one of the Northwest’s most important assets and finds out what keeps the massive operation running like clockwork.
Environmental Champion - Joe Feeley
Source talks to Joe Feeley of IN Environmental Services. This community-based social enterprise employs local young people, often from criminal backgrounds, to clean and green grot-spots and open spaces across Merseyside. The project provides training and development to its workforce whilst encouraging them to take pride and ownership of their local area.
Walking on Water
Source introduces five waterside walks covering natural beauty spots in Cheshire, Lancashire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester and Merseyside. The guide gives tips on where to start your ramble as well as highlighting the sort of natural delights you will expect to find when you follow the trails.
Westward Ho! (Source)
Anthony Wilson discusses the huge influence that Liverpool has had, not only on the world of music, but also on the world itself. He discusses how Liverpool's involvement in the slave trade allowed the UK to open its doors to rhythm and blues and sowed the seeds of rock and roll to allow the Beatles change the world forever.
River of Life
Source interviews a variety of people from ex-cabinet ministers to local angling enthusiasts about their memories of the River Mersey. These stories form part of a new book and accompanying exhibition titled "Mersey: the river that changed the world", which tells the river's story from its source in Stockport, right down to where it meets the sea at Liverpool.