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TRAFFORD Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council has begun a media relations offensive to remind businesses and consumers about new restrictions on the sale of fireworks.

Unless people have a special licence from the fire brigade, fireworks can only be bought and sold between 15 October and 10 November, 26-31 December, three days before the Chinese New Year and three days before the Hindu festival Diwali.

COI The Central Office of Information (COI) has completed
the review of its merchandising and promotional items roster, worth £2m per year.  Suppliers on the roster have been split into two categories: one for manufacturers, trade suppliers and direct importers, including SPM Lithographics and Crystal Galleries; the other for merchandising and incentive agencies such as Creative Emporium and EMC Advertising.

HARINGEY Haringey Council has showcased its community work for minority ethnic residents with a 'Beacon' open day. The event, entitled 'Getting closer to communities', featured programmes printed in Bengali and Polish – demonstrating the language barrier that many Haringey residents face. Over 160 languages are spoken in the north London borough.

RICHMOND Richmond Housing Partnership has won the National Housing Federation iNBiz Communications Award for its
work to reduce anti-social behaviour on housing estates. It claims the campaign has reduced anti-social behaviour by 70 per cent on some estates.

LEWISHAM Lewisham Council is consulting residents on potential changes to the civic publication Lewisham Life. A readers survey has gone out with the October edition, an online consultation is being undertaken and focus groups will be used to gauge what residents want to read. The 24-page colour magazine currently appears six times a year. It is distributed to over 100,000 addresses in the south east London borough.

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