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Spotlight - Kath Juckes
Source talks to PC Kath Juckes about her involvement in the massive community clean-up of Westhead Clough in Skelmersdale. She talks about the huge effort made by the community to clear 300 tonnes of litter and debris from the site and the positive effect that the clean-up has had on the area.
With the government putting greater emphasis on the need to cut carbon emissions, renewable energy generation is becoming more and more important. With the Northwest’s constant winds and the mighty power of the River Mersey, Matthew Sutcliffe examines the schemes already up and running in the region and looks at the potential for further projects that could be installed to help fight the battle against climate change.
Ganges of the North
This year the Hindu celebration of Durga puja culminated in a traditional send off of the Goddess Durga, but rather than down the Ganges she has been set floating down the River Mersey instead. Louise Tickle joins the celebrations in Fletcher Moss Park in Manchester on a cold October day to find out about the significance of the celebration to the Manchester Hindu community.
A new report has been commissioned to assess the impact of climate change on the Northwest’s tourism industry and the findings are far from sunny. It is assumed that once the country starts warming up, tourists will be flocking to the Northwest rather than the over-heated Mediterranean but the research suggests this may not be the case. Paul Unger examines the issues raised by the report and examines how tourism in the Northwest may bring increased problems in terms of managing and maintaining the natural environment once climate change hits home.
Louise Tickle explores the reasons behind the Mersey Basin Campaign setting up a guide to watersports in the Northwest whilst enjoying her first experience of kayaking on Derwentwater in Cumbria.
Spotlight - Tony Dean
Source talks to Tony Dean, the regional director for the Environment Agency in the Northwest about how his career has led him to his current position and about his aspirations for the Environment Agency in the future.
Behind the Facade
Residents have moved into New Islington, Ancoats, the unusual redevelopment of one of Manchester's most rundown estates. The new development is centred around a new canal link and water park and features uniquely designed housing. Mark Hillsdon talks to residents about their new homes and finds out how the New Islington vision became a reality.
Right to Float
Canoeists in the UK can only along paddle legally along 2% of the UK’s waterways. The British Canoe Union (BCU) has been campaigning for years to get increased access to Britain’s rivers and canals but with limited success. Now an 18 mile stretch of the River Mersey between Stockport and Carrington has been opened up to canoeists. Anne Arnold talks to Chris Cleaver, BCU’s voluntary Northwest officer about paddling down the Mersey and the impact he hopes it will have on canoeing in Britain.