A Homes For All|
Organisations that help the homeless
are warning that people will face even greater hardship this winter unless urgent
action is taken to offer shelter to those without a home. This warning follows
publication of figures showing an increase in the number of homeless people. Susan
Evans of the organisation 'Homes for All' said: "With a shortage of accommodation,
more people than ever before - young and old - are having to sleep rough. A cold
winter is predicted this year which means that these people will have to put up
with sub-zero temperatures. Action must be taken urgently to offer these people
shelter." A nationwide demonstration to raise awareness of the problem will take
place this weekend. Supporters welcome.
B Village Protest
of local village, Shilden, are preparing for a night of protest to save their
village from Government planners. Proposals for a new motorway to be built that
will run within 2 kilometres of Shilden have caused uproar amongst residents.
They claim that they were given insufficient time to respond to the proposal.
Tony Fellows, spokesperson for the 'Village Protest' campaign explains: "The planned
route cuts across some of the most picturesque countryside in the region. Shilden
welcomes thousands of tourists each year. Many of the shopkeepers depend on this
trade and would almost certainly face ruin if tourists were put off coming by
the damage this road is likely to cause". The all-night protest will take place
in the fields where the building work is likely to begin.
C New Youth
Youngsters in the city-centre will lose out on a much-loved project
if substantial funds are not found this year. The 'New Youth Club', which is open
to young people from the ages of 10 to 17, is being threatened with closure by
Health and Safety officials who claim the building is unsafe. The club, built
30 years ago, was badly damaged by heavy storms last year and city engineers estimate
that one hundred thousand pounds in needed to repair structural damage. With only
limited funds at their disposal, managers fear the club will have to close. Youngsters
from the club have organised an Open Day on Tuesday in an effort to raise some
of the money needed to enable the repairs to be undertaken. "This alone won't
be enough, however" warned Adam Ross, Youth Leader.
D Save lea Valley
A rare species of butterfly and many native plants face extinction if the 'Lea
Valley office complex' project goes ahead. This is the claim made by local environmentalists
involved in the 'Save Lea Valley' campaign. They argue that the proposed development,
to be built on the site of woodland dating back hundreds of years, will rob the
country of several rare species of wildlife. 'Local people would be horrified
if they knew of the consequences of this project,' claimed environmentalist Ian
Wilson yesterday. "We need to instigate a local campaign to alert everyone to
the dangers. We are starting by writing letters to everyone in the area asking
for their support. The office complex developers must not be allowed to do this.".