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Road users invited to learn about exciting new scheme

Sefton Council is inviting road users to a drop-in session to learn about the building of new slip roads at Junction 1 of the M58.

Taking place on November 28 at Meadows Leisure Centre in Maghull, the session will be open throughout the day so that visitors can find out about the huge £6.7m scheme, which will get underway in Spring 2018.

The slip roads are expected to have a host of benefits, including making it much easier for people in the local area to access the motorway network, traffic reduction, reduction of air pollution on congested roads and making journeys quicker and easier.

John Fairclough, Cabinet Member for Locality Services at Sefton Council:

“The scheme for Junction 1 of the M58 is one that will make a positive difference to residents, local businesses and visitors alike.

“Understandably, our local communities will want to know more about how we manage the construction of the project. They may also be interested to know more about this exciting, landmark project.

“This session is the perfect opportunity for residents to find out more.”

Jim Black, Head of Locality Services at Sefton Council said:

“The development at Junction 1 of the M58 will be significant and create a positive impact when it is completed.

“If you would like to know more, the session at Meadows Leisure Centre will give you the opportunity to learn about the scheme in greater detail.

“It is a drop-in session and is open until 7pm to give as many people as possible the opportunity to pop along. If you can’t make it, you will be able to find updates as and when they are available at a specially created page on the Sefton Council website.”

For more information on the scheme, visit: www.sefton.gov.uk/M58J1

The Information Session takes place 7am – 11pm, Meadows Leisure Centre, Hall Lane, Maghull, L31 7BB.

It’s #OurDay to shine as Sefton celebrates the wonderful life of council staff

Sefton Council is joining local authorities across the country to celebrate their role in their local communities.

Billed as a Tweetathon, #OurDay is organised by the Local Government Association (LGA) to give councils the opportunity to highlight the many ways they improve the lives of their residents.

This year, Sefton Council wants local residents to come forward with stories and examples of the way in which the services it provides make a difference to their lives.

The Corporate Communications team at Sefton Council is pulling together a wide range of content to share on the day and in the build up to the event.

Cllr Ian Maher, Labour Leader at Sefton Council said:

“The local authority has faced major challenges in recent times and continues to do so. I am proud to say that our workforce and the many volunteers who support us have been a credit to public service, making sure that we are still able to make a huge difference to the lives of local residents.

“Every day is Our Day at Sefton Council, but it is great to see a national day that recognises the brilliant work that takes place. I would really like to see our service users come forward to tell us the many ways the council makes a difference to their lives.”

Nicky Speed, Corporate Communications Manager at Sefton Council also commented:

“In Corporate Communications we often hear good news stories about the selfless work carried out by our workforce and volunteers. Our Day is a welcome opportunity to really shine a light on those individuals, while reminding local residents of the scale of the work carried out by the local authority.

“Last year’s event saw over 20 million reached nationally on social media as #ourday trended. It would be pleasing to see Sefton play a role in achieving this number or better once again.

“While messages will be predominantly shared via our Twitter account, we will also be using other social media channels, such as Instagram and Facebook. Watch this space…”

If you would like to share positive stories about the way Sefton Council has

helped you, tag the authority

on Twitter @seftoncouncil using #ourday, or alternatively you can tag on Facebook /onesefton or Instagram sefton_council.

You can also share stories with the Council’s Corporate Communications team via email

Final green waste collections for Winter

As Autumn turns to Winter, the final green waste bin collections will be taking place, with local residents advised to make sure they do not miss them.

The last green waste collections in Sefton will be on 27 November, although the last collection date will vary depending on where residents live.

Using Sefton Council’s website, residents can find out when their last green waste collection will be.

 

You’ve used your vote, so take good care of it

A guest blog by Joanne Lee, Sefton CVS

So, I wake up and send my mate Richard a Snapchat story from last night, even though we went see Derren Brown together.

Take care of your vote
It’s boring I know, but make sure you’ve had one of these!

Then a quick scroll through the craziness of Twitter, as I do every day, see that the world is completely mad, but 2017 has been one of those hasn’t it? Has it always been like this?

Anyway, I digress. There is a point to all this!

Like any routine, and being starved of tech for nearly three months, I slipped straight into my social apps when I touched down on my flight from Liberia* in May.

It turned out I had the small matter of a general election to vote in. Britain, I can’t leave you alone for 3 months!

Before I voted I had to deal with a major comedown – Liberia was monumental, life changing, all of those clichés!

The buzz of seeing my mates, a promotion at work, jaunts to Scandinavia and Hamburg, soon wore off (I still can’t get Michael Jackson’s Liberian Girl out of my head though).

While all this was going I was sorting out somewhere to live.

Oh, and that general election. I voted in 2015 so I didn’t have to worry about registering. Right? Wrong! The electoral register still had me at my old address and I hadn’t signed the papers on my new place.

I actually panicked (for five minutes), which probably seems weird to you. I’m not one of the disaffected millennials that you read about in the press, but even my mates who aren’t politico geeks were fired up for this election, so no way was I missing out.

It turned out I needn’t have worried and my details were updated as soon as I signed my rental papers and could confirm my new address details. Phew!

Yes that’s right, if you’ve changed address without updating your records on the electoral register, or haven’t updated your details at your current address in the last 3 years, you won’t be able to vote when the next election comes around. And who knows when that will be?

If you’re at uni, you can be registered at two addresses, but if you want to vote in a general election, need to decide which of those addresses you will vote at and stick to that polling station. 

Updating your records is really easy to do online. If it’s only to confirm that the details haven’t changed, just send a text to 80212 or call 0800 197 9871 Make sure that you use the reference number on the mail out you have received in the post, which I am clearly overjoyed to be holding (see picture above).

If you haven’t received the form, contact Sefton Council on 0345 140 0845 or by email

So, that point I wanted to make? If, like a lot of my friends you were finally fired up to get off your backsides in June, a vote is for life not just for elections. You need to take good care of it. If you don’t look after it, you won’t have a voice.

Your vote matters, don’t lose it

The 2017 General Election saw a huge increase in voter turnout, both nationally and locally.

Following these gains, Sefton Council is again contacting local residents to make sure they do not lose their vote.

All households in Sefton have been sent an Electoral Registration Form for them to provide up-to-date information of who is living at the property.

This will ensure their information is correct on the electoral register.

 Cllr Paulette Lappin, Cabinet Member for Regulatory Compliance and Corporate Services said: “The reason this form is so important as not only does it make sure people can vote in local and national elections, but it also gives them the opportunity to register to vote for the first time.

“In particular, those who have changed address or students living at more than one address may have quite a shock when it comes to voting.

“Even if they have registered already, their vote is invalid if new details have not been provided.”

Jill Coule, Head of Regulation and Compliance at Sefton Council, added: “I urge everyone who sees this form to read it carefully and respond to it.

“Even if your details have not changed, if you do not confirm this within three years, you will automatically be removed from the register and lose your right to vote.

“If there has been no change in your circumstances, it is as straightforward as making a phone call or sending a text.

“You should also return an updated form if the previous occupier is registered to the address or if the property is empty”

To update the register with any changes, residents should visit Sefton’s household response website with the  with the code provided on their form, or sign and post the form to the address provided.

If there are no changes in circumstances, residents can call freephone on 0800 197 9871 or text their security code to 80212.

If no form has been received, residents should contact Electoral Services at Sefton Council on 0345 140 0845 or by email

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