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Approval for new £5.7m Hampshire activity centre

HCC leader set to determine fate of Runways End outdoor adventure facility plans after council panel backing

By Pete Hayman

Plans for a new £5.7m activity and adventure centre near Farnborough and Aldershot, Hampshire, have received the green light from councillors. The scheme will now go

before Hampshire County Council (HCC) leader Ken Thornber on 14 April after receiving the backing of the council's buildings, land and procurement panel. Runways End Youth Activity

Centre will provide day and residential outdoor activities for

schools, young people and adults from across the county, as well as further afield. The centre – set to open in

summer 2011 – will include an 8-acre (3.2-hectare) woodland adjacent to the Basingstoke Canal, a climbing and abseiling tower, high and low ropes courses, a caving system and an indoor multi-activity hall. Plans also include an indoor

bouldering facility for climbing, a BMX track, accommodation for up to 50 people and an amenities block for a large camping zone.

The outdoor facility is set to be able to cater for up to 50 people

By Tom Walker

RCP calls for smoking ban to cover all public parks

The RCP's report was

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) is calling for the UK smoking ban to be extended to cover public parks, play areas and outdoor swimming pools. The institution wants the ban

extended to protect children from being exposed to passive smoke, which it said is a 'major hazard" for young people. According to RCP, more than 160,000 children each year

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The ban could be expanded

suffer from medical conditions linked to passive smoking, costing the NHS an estimated £23.3m each year.

welcomed by the chief medical officer for England, professor Sir Liam Donaldson. He said: "Secondhand smoke

is a serious public health concern which I highlighted in my 2002 Annual Report. "This report by RCP aligns

very well with the govern- ment's ten year vision for tobacco control set out in its new strategy for England, A Smokefree Future."

Council launches centre search

Plans for a new leisure centre and swimming pool in West Bromwich have moved forward after the local authority launched its search for a development site. Local residents objected

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