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Generous donation helps boost therapy

Due to generous donations to Coventry’s Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre, they will soon be able to provide eye movements desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, which helps victims of sexual violence.

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Hundreds turn up to voice HS2 concerns

At a recent HS2 community event held in Kenilworth, residents turned out in great numbers to find out about the proposed high-speed line.

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Town firm’s 50 new jobs

Contechs the automotive design, engineering and recruitment firm has announced it will create 50 new jobs as part of a £45,000 investment at its Warwick base on the Budbrooke Industrial Estate.

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Cycle study delayed

A report which is due to be published into the possibility of a cycle path in Abbey Fields has now been delayed.

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DHL workers voice concern over BHS

With the demise of BHS, hundreds of drivers and warehouse workers at DHL’s base in Atherstone.

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New contracts and new base

ESP Design which is a new architectural design company have moved to a base at the Rural Innovation Centre at Stoneleigh Park.

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BT dangles prospect of £6bn broadband investment

As it seeks to head off the risk of regulatory attack on its dominant fixed-line business, BT is planning a £6bn investment drive to extend its ultrafast fibre and mobile broadband networks.

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Town aims for purple patch

Warwick District Council and partners are hoping to gain a Purple Flag accreditation for the town.

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Route of world cycling event is now revealed

Organisers of the Aviva Women’s cycling tour, have announced the route that the elite cyclists will take as they come through Warwickshire on Thursday 16 June.

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What a load of bollards

Dear Sir:  I write with reference to the so-called ‘improvements’ to High Street and Jury Street in Warwick which took place in 2012.  Since then the keep left bollards at the West Gate End of High Street must have been replaced about five times.  In fact, the temporary signs held in place by sand bags have been there more than the bollards themselves………………writes Bill Timson from Harbury

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Take pedestrianisation out of quiet town centre streets to boost economy

In his weekly column, Nuneaton MP Marcus Jones writes: The weather seems to have improved over the past few days, thank goodness.  As is so often the case, the May Bank Holiday weather was far from ideal……………………

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Fat Britain: Alarming report reveals 1 in 3 children are overweight by the age of 11 and women account for 75% of weight loss surgery

Mail online/Daily MailShocking new figures have revealed the scale of the nation’s obesity crisis. Now 58 per cent of women and 65 per cent of men are classed as overweight – while obesity has increased from 15 to 26 per cent of the population since 1993. The HSCIC figures also show a 10-fold increase in the number of hospital admissions where obesity played a role. There were 440,288 admissions to England’s hospitals in 2014/15 compared to the 40,741 recorded in 2004/5. Of those, 3,357 were for children aged under 16. LGA Community Wellbeing spokeswoman Cllr Izzi Seccombe said: “These are extremely worrying figures that illustrate the scale of the challenge we face in the fight against obesity. But the problem will only get worse unless we take urgent action, with the number of obese adults in the country forecast to soar by a staggering 73 per cent to 26 million people over the next 20 years. We cannot delay tackling this issue any longer.”

Fat Britain: Alarming report reveals 1 in 3 children are overweight by the age of 11 and women account for 75% of weight loss surgery

Over a million UK citizens living in destitution, report reveals

localgov1.25 million people, including over 300,000 children, are destitute in the UK, according to a new report.  The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) found 1,252,000 people, including 312,000 children, were destitute at some point in 2015. It also revealed four out of five of them were born in the UK and around a third had a complex need.

Over a million UK citizens living in destitution, report reveals

Calls for traffic lights to be switched off as study finds drivers face controlled junctions every six miles

Daily TelegraphA study by the British Infrastructure Group of MPs and peers says councils should switch off traffic lights to ease congestion and reduce parking restrictions. The report, backed by the AA and the RAC, claims drivers are suffering from an “explosion” in the number of controlled junctions, with one set of traffic lights every six miles. It warned that motorists stuck in traffic jams are losing money on wasted fuel because poorly designed junctions contribute to congestion.

Calls for traffic lights to be switched off as study finds drivers face controlled junctions every six miles

Children are ‘neglected’ in transport policy and provision

Transport networkIndependent travel by children is falling and often actively discouraged, leaving children ‘neglected in transport provision’, a new report argues.  Children and Travel, a paper from think tank the Independent Transport Commission (ITC) says that children are travelling much less independently than 40 years ago, and child walking has declined dramatically, replaced with travel by car.

Children are ‘neglected’ in transport policy and provision

Report says cyber resilience needs more local focus

UKAuthorityInfluential forum hosted by DCLG calls for more active role for local bodies with central support in facing up to cyber security threats.  A group of cyber security experts and high level public and civil servants have highlighted the need for much stronger coordination between central and local government in facing up to information security threats.  A report published by the influential St George’s House consultation forum calls on the Government to take in a number of issues as it works on a new National Cyber Security Strategy, including a need for common standards and guidance, a more focused role for local resilience forums (LRFs), and a holistic approach that recognises the blurring of boundaries between central and local government.

Report says cyber resilience needs more local focus

Primary academies show ‘mixed results’

BBCAn analysis of primary school test results in England suggests that successful schools are not likely to improve when they become academies.  But the study, by education data firm SchoolDash, says there can be gains for disadvantaged pupils in struggling primary schools that convert.  The study comes as the government wants all state schools to become academies.

Primary academies show ‘mixed results’

UK economy ‘near stalling’ as service sector slows

BBCUK economic growth is “near stalling”, partly due to uncertainty over the EU referendum, according to a survey.  Research firm Markit said its closely-watched Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) surveys for April pointed to growth of just 0.1% in the month.

UK economy ‘near stalling’ as service sector slows

Apprenticeship Levy is a car crash waiting to happen say manufacturers

Business deskTHE Government must delay launching the Apprenticeship Levy until at least September next year, manufacturers have said.  The call comes as new research claims to show that firms have grave concerns about the scheme’s design and implementation.  The EEF said misgivings were so strong that just 1% manufacturers supported the levy’s roll out in its present guise, with the majority believing the scheme looks set to fail. Almost three quarters (72%) of manufacturers want the scheme redesigned so it is fit for purpose. Read more of this post

Giving money does not have a positive effect

Dear Sir:  As a former victim of a Godless life, I found myself addicted to Class A drugs, shoplifting to feed my addiction, begging (preying on the kindness of our beautiful community), taking orders from a mind corrupted with dark, unloving thoughts…………writes Tom Prosser from Stratford

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Potential Solar Farm for Clifton?

Warwickshire County Council is considering putting a solar farm onto its land at Dunsmore Home Farm on Lilbourne Road.

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Teenagers suffers injuries in collision

At around 8.15am on yesterday, at Kingsbury School, a teenager was in collision with a bus and has suffered serious foot injuries.

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Manufacturing output declines for the first time in three years

Business deskFALLING domestic demand has been blamed for the first fall in UK manufacturing output in more than three years.  The latest Markit/CIPS manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index fell to 49.2 in April, down from 50.7 in March. Anything below 50 indicates declining output.  It is the first time that output in the sector has fallen since March 2013 and it raises wider questions about the overall health of the economy. Read more of this post

Householder’s path campaign continues

Homeowners of the Whitacre Garden Estate are still campaigning for pedestrian access included in its original proposals, despite nearly two years of waiting.

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Not long to wait for huge cycle event

Warwickshire County Council has now launched its official Aviva Women’s Tour in Warwickshire.

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