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Concerns about Freeman Street Paving

Claims coloured block paving in Grimsby could affect people with epilepsy and other conditions

CRAZY PAVING? From migraines to falls, the new block paving on Freeman Street, installed as part of the regeneration of the area, is causing concern to some groups and residents. Picture: Rick Byrne

CRAZY PAVING? From migraines to falls, the new block paving on Freeman Street, installed as part of the regeneration of the area, is causing concern to some groups and residents. Picture: Rick Byrne

THE leader of North East Lincolnshire Council has denied claims the controversial block paving in Grimsby’s town centre and Freeman Street could prove hazardous to health.

A spokesman for North East Lincolnshire Falls Collaborative said the group had “real areas of concern” about the potential risks to the disabled and those with dementia and other conditions.

Hope collaborative facilitator Sylvia Leary has revealed she has received reports from carers of those with dementia that many sufferers perceive the black blocks among other coloured bricks as holes, which they then try to avoid, risking injury in the process.

She also said a risk assessment she had carried out in the area had revealed a lack of drop-kerbs, making the area difficult to navigate for the disabled.

Epilepsy sufferer Councillor Steve Beasant  added the pattern could also trigger epileptic fits for those with photosensitive epilepsy – a fact he had pointed out to NELC before the blocks were laid.

However, NELC leader Chris Shaw has denied there is an issue, adding the council had contacted the Epilepsy Society for advice before going ahead with the scheme.

As reported, the concerns are the latest in a long line of complaints about the blocks, which have already come under fire from businesses, residents and taxi drivers – many of whom have branded it a “waste of money”.

Now, the worries over health issues has led to calls for the council to take action to avoid anyone being seriously injured.

Mrs Leary said she was “disappointed” NELC had not consulted the Falls Collaborative before laying the new multi-coloured paving – especially as it had previously regularly sought advice from the group on highways issues.

She said: “NELC is probably doing it to make Freeman Street look prettier – and it is a big improvement there – but there are some areas which are quite disappointing. There are lessons to be learned from this.”

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Pupils encourage recycling

St Mary’s Catholic Primary Academy: Recycling Posters

Posted January 4, 2014

Owen's poster

The children from St Mary’s Catholic Primary Academy are encouraging local residents of North East Lincolnshire to take care of the local environment and do more to recycle household products – they have submitted posters ideas to highlight recycling to North East Lincolnshire Council.

The Councils two favourite were sent in by Owen and Katy.

 

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New campaign to highlight heathier eating options

Swap while you shop: new campaign launched to get families making healthy swaps in January

Change4Life’s Smart Swaps TV advertising will focus on swapping sugary drinks to diet, sugar free options or low fat milk, as it’s revealed that by doing so, an average family could save up to three quarters of a 1kg bag of sugar over 4 weeks.

While milk and dairy products are great sources of protein and calcium, families looking to make healthier choices could also swap whole milk for semi-skimmed milk, potentially saving up to a third of a pint of fat over 4 weeks.

The campaign comes as new data shows the vast majority of parents of children 18 and under (76%) are concerned about the amount of sugar their children consume and over two thirds (68%) are concerned about the amount of fat in their children’s diets.

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New Sporting Opportunities in the East Marsh

Charity scores £345k for new sport provision on East Marsh in Grimsby

GOAL!:  Foresight has been awarded a grant of £345,893 by Sport England to providing sporting activities for East Marsh residents. Pictured holding the cheque are chief  officer Paul Silvester and senior administrator Clarise Southern, watched by service users.

GOAL!: Foresight has been awarded a grant of £345,893 by Sport England to providing sporting activities for East Marsh residents. Pictured holding the cheque are chief officer Paul Silvester and senior administrator Clarise Southern, watched by service users.

A CHARITY is teaming up with sports clubs from across North East Lincolnshire to increase sporting participation in the East Marsh.

Foresight, which is based in Newmarket Street, has secured a grant of £345,893 from Sport England for the project, which is entitled Activate To Participate On The Marsh.

The money will be used to pay coaches to deliver taster sessions in their respective sports at Foresight's Newmarket Street base over the next three years.

Sports being offered will include curling, table tennis, basketball, hockey, netball, yoga, cricket, shooting, fencing, golf, archery, football, tennis and rugby.

Although aimed primarily at residents of the East Marsh, the sessions will be open to people from across the borough.

The hope is that many of the people who take part will then go on to join a club and become a regular participant in that sport.

Paul Silvester, chief officer at Foresight, a charity which provides support for people with physical and learning disabilities, said the project was aimed at able-bodied as well as disabled people.

"It was identified through the Active People Survey that, out of all the areas in North East Lincolnshire, the East Marsh had the lowest amount of sporting opportunities available locally."

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