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
Residents 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
C New Youth Club
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
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.".
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