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Share your Views about Caring for the Formby Coast

The National Trust at Formby is inviting local people to share their thoughts about caring for the coast at an Open Day on Monday 17 July 2017 from 9.30am to 7pm.

The Trust is encouraging people to share their views and stories about the Formby coast past, present and future. The event will explore ideas for how this special place can best be cared for and benefit the people who love it and the wildlife that makes its home here.

The day follows announcements earlier this year that the Trust is in discussions with Sefton Council about the transfer of an additional 204 hectares of land at Lifeboat Road and Ravenmeols into its care. The transfer has been approved by the Sefton Cabinet and positive discussions are ongoing, with further announcements expected later this Summer.

Formby Point is much loved and used by local people and is home to rare wildlife including sand lizards, Northern Dune Tiger Beetles and the rare Natterjack toad. The pine woodlands that fringe the coast provide a wonderful habitat for rare red squirrels.

Joanne Hudson, General Manager for the National Trust, commented:

“2017 marks 50 years since the National Trust took on the care for the land here at Formby and it is a fitting time to be celebrating that work and looking to the future. We’ve already been speaking to local people about what they would like to see at Formby and this Open Day will provide further opportunities for people to share their ideas, thoughts and stories.

‘We’ll be exploring everything from challenges around traffic and access, to opportunities to get involved through volunteering and how we can manage the landscape for wildlife and nature. We hope you’ll be able to come along and get involved and explore how we can continue to work together as a community to enhance this special place.”

Cllr John Fairclough, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Locality Services, said:

“Our entire stunning coast is very important to us and we are always looking at ways of improving it for the benefit of our local communities and visitors to the borough.

“The Open Day hosted by the National Trust will give people the chance to share their thoughts on how the Formby coast can be enhanced even further. Please take the time to attend and get involved.”

Stalls will be open throughout the day for people to drop in and chat to National Trust staff and other members of the local community. A series of workshops (booking required) will also be running focused on themes of access and facilities, caring for the coast and working with local businesses and the community. For more details of how to join visit:

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/formby/features/formby-coast-open-day

Workshops:

  • 00-13.00: Experiencing Formby, Access and Facilities: we will discuss: traffic and access, car parking, dog walking, facilities (toilets, coffee shops, food offer), memberships, events and how to manage busy days.
  • 00-16.00: Caring for the Coast, Caring for Formby: we will discuss nature and wildlife, car park location, sand dunes and woodland management.
  • 30-18.30: Working with local businesses and the community: we will discuss opportunities for businesses and communities in Formby to work with the National Trust: catering and retail opportunities, volunteering and work opportunities.

Bootle Schools Come Together to Celebrate Local History

A digital map of Bootle’s captivating history has been developed by pupils of Bootle schools.

Each of the schools focused on a specific aspect of local history and found out about the history of their schools and their connections with famous people; they discovered about mysterious buildings on the Leeds Liverpool Canal, as well as Johnson’s dye-works.

The pupils did their own research and investigations into their chosen area, taking part in ‘History Days’, outdoor visits and engaging with re-enactors who brought aspects of the history to life in the classroom and provided artefacts for the children to handle.  For many it was the first time that they had been able to visit The Atkinson.

The Atkinson has supported this project as part of the programme of activities linked to the museum development, which has been funded by the Heritage Lottery.  This has enabled the schools to work with leading web designers Fuzzy Duck in creating the Bootle History Website – which means the schools are able to digitalise the map and add new important discoveries  all the time.

The Strand Partnership is a collaborative of 24 schools in South Sefton, who work together to improve the training and development of staff, programmes for pupils and to develop collaborative working across the sites.  

Every year the Strand Partnership schools come together to work on a project and this year we are delighted that it was with The Atkinson, who were able to help them develop this incredible  map of historical events and places for their local area. This new digital resource will be added to for years to come and act as an educational resource to teach local heritage in schools whilst helping to instil a real sense of pride of place in their home town. 

David Atkin – Strand Facilitator said:

Everyone agreed that the project was a great success, but we also agreed that it was just a start!  There was plenty of work left to do, much more research to undertake, many more things to be discovered!

The Strand Schools Council History Project, ‘Our Bootle History’ has engaged pupils and staff across South Sefton and created a very modern new resource which will benefit our schools forever.”

Emma Anderson, Director, The Atkinson said:

“This has been a fabulous project for us to be involved in. The schools have worked incredibly hard and have developed something very special and that they can be proud of and develop further. Bootle has such an interesting and varied history that it is important that local pupils learn about it and can feel proud of where they come from.”

The Bootle History Map is being launched on 6 July at a special event at Bootle Cricket Club for everyone who has worked and been involved in the project.

To see what the pupils discovered check out the digital map at  ourbootlehistory.co.uk.

One Vision Housing Fire Safety Update – Cygnet House and Wren House

One Vision Housing (OVH) has today (26/06/17) completed the removal of cladding from two high-rise blocks, Cygnet House and Wren House in Bootle.

Following the tragic events at Grenfell Tower in London, OVH have been working closely with a number of Government Departments, Local Authorities as well as Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service regarding fire safety within all high-rise properties.

Part of this approach involved testing cladding through the Building Research Establishment (BRE). Tests concluded that elements of the cladding on Cygnet House and Wren House, whilst meeting building regulations, did not meet the latest Department for Communities & Local Government (DCLG) test criteria.

As a precautionary measure to ensure the continued safety of tenants, OVH took the decision to remove the cladding from the two blocks. Work began to remove the cladding early on Saturday morning, with staff on-site to ensure residents were fully informed throughout the process.

Work to replace the cladding will commence as soon as is practically possible and in consultation with stakeholders.

Stephanie Williams, who lives in Wren House said: One Vision have been really informative. I’ve had three letters explaining the situation. I’m glad they are doing something about it, and doing it so urgently.”

Roy Williams, Chief Executive – One Vision Housing commented: “Colleagues from OVH together with our partners at Merseyside Fire and Rescue have worked tirelessly over the weekend to ensure works were completed as quickly as possible with the safety of our residents being paramount and at the forefront of our thinking.”

 Cllr Ian Maher, Labour Leader at Sefton Council, said: “Protecting our local communities is of massive importance to us and through this example of partnership working, this matter has been dealt with quickly and efficiently. Residents at both high rise blocks can feel much safer now this work has been carried out.”

 Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service said: “We have been working hard over the weekend with Sefton Council and OVH staff to quickly resolve cladding test failures at Cygnet House and Wren House. We are very pleased that thanks to the effective partnership working, professionalism and dedication of all concerned we have been able to deal with the issues without evacuating the blocks.”

New home for Crosby Village, Post Office gets Stamp of Approval with Sunday Opening

 

  • Post Office services available seven days a week
  • Convenient, quick service, open-plan layout
  • Extra 24 hours of Post Office service every week
  • Banking services for personal customers and small businesses
  • Bill payment, banking, benefits and travel money
  • Postage, home shopping returns, Local Collect

 The Post Office is opening a new main style Crosby Village Post Office at McColls Retail Group, 15 – 21 Liverpool Road, Crosby, Liverpool, L23 2SA.

The new modernised Post Office will have four counter positions, three modern screened positions and a Post Office serving point at the retail counter offering selected services outside normal branch opening hours.

The branch itself will open from 9am – 5:30pm Monday to Saturday, with selected Post Office products and services available from the retail counter between 8am and 9am  and 5:30pm to 6:30pm, Monday to Saturday and 9am to 4pm on Sunday. The opening hours which will increase by an extra 24 hours a week will make the branch much more convenient.

 

Dave Thomas, Chief Operating Officer McColl’s Retail Group, said “We are delighted to be welcoming customers to our new Crosby Village Post Office, which will offer a wide range of Post Office services alongside our extensive retail offer. As a convenience store operator we are always looking for ways to make life easier for our customers and the additional Post Office services will be available for the full opening hours of the store in order to provide an excellent service for the local community.”

 

Customers will be able to access a wide range of Post Office and mails services, including Special Delivery, Local Collect, home shopping returns, online banking cash deposits and withdrawals, sending funds abroad using Moneygram, and customers can pay bills, pre-order travel money, apply for travel insurance and top up mobile phones.

As the traditional banking network declines, customers for the majority (95%) of UK banks can also use their post office for online banking cash deposits and withdrawals and bill payments.

The date for the relocation has yet to be confirmed. Posters will be displayed in the current Crosby Village Post Office at Unit 5, Telegraph House, Moor Lane, Crosby, Liverpool, L23 2SF to advise customers of when the move will take place.

 

Suzanne Richardson, Post Office Regional Network Manager said: “We are making it easier for customers to get their cash, send and collect their mail and do their banking because we know how important these services are to local residents.

She added: “We are confident that this vibrant new-style Post Office at the heart of the local community will meet customer needs. This modernisation is part of a major investment programme, the largest in the history of the Post Office.”

Businesses On The Up

Representatives from Sefton Council visited two local businesses to hear all about their thriving ventures.

Success stories and plans for expansion were discussed when Sefton Council visited two borough-based businesses.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, was joined by officers from Invest Sefton on guided tours of Sefton Carers Centre, Waterloo and Hybrid Technical Services Ltd, Aintree.

 Sefton Carers Centre has been running for more than 21 years and through the company, they set up the Learning Well Agency as a trading arm in 2015.

The Learning Well Agency has been given a unique opportunity to sell recycled paint via Recipro, Wirral (an organisation set up with community benefits in mind and supports the environment by recycling unused building materials from projects).  

Dulux, the paint manufacturer, have selected Recipro to be one of the first Community Repaint Remanufacturing Centres in the UK, and invested over £3m in the new recycling equipment.  

The re manufacturing process takes unused/discarded paint, then filters and processes it to create a new paint product.  The Learning Well Agency had meetings with Recipro about becoming a supplier of the paint for the Sefton area.

The Learning Well Agency have now got exclusivity to sell the Community Repaint to commercial companies, public sector and members of the general public.  

Invest Sefton have supported Sefton Carers with introductions to commercial painting and decorating companies and visits to the Recipro site.

The company has also created job opportunities with support from Sefton@Work’s ILM programme. 

Hybrid Technical Services Ltd was established in 2005 as a Training Provider. They specialise in Electricity, Gas and Plumbing training and accreditation.

In April 2006 they moved to their current location in Aintree, grew the business and acquired an additional unit. The growth of the business was restricted by the size of the premises and the next phase of development is the purchase of business premises, the creation of larger classrooms to train and accredit more students and grow turnover.

Invest Sefton have assisted in acquiring Finance and Grant Support to purchase and renovate the new unit, which is 3 times larger than their current units. This secures Hybrid’s future and provides a permanent home within Sefton.

Job creation is expected to be in the region of 10 new roles adding to existing staff of 8.

Cllr Marion Atkinson said: “It was really pleasing to hear directly the success these two local businesses are having and the positive impact they are having on the local economy.

“We are very keen to help businesses both new and established to develop and grow further through expert business support. The InvestSefton and Sefton@Work teams work extremely hard to support a number of SMEs and it is fantastic to hear that this partnership work is having such a positive impact in developing the local economy and securing jobs for now and the future.

“The more I hear about success stories like these, it reinforces the message that we have an important role in making sure everyone knows that Sefton is open for business.”

Vicky Keeley, CEXfrom Sefton Carers, added: “As a charity, we are not experts in commercial business development. Invest Sefton provided the knowledge and development support we lacked to make this project a reality. Not only have they developed the business model with us they have added energy, strength and confidence to the project.
 
“Without Invest Sefton I do not feel that the project would be the success it is and we will continue to work with them to grow and develop this social enterprise which will enable us to support local vulnerable people in the borough.”

John Burns at Hybrid Technical Services said: “We started our journey with Sefton Council and the Invest in Sefton group about a year ago not really knowing what we were looking for but knew we needed to expand. 

“They guided us through the financial minefield with an expertise and knowledge that was both comforting and impressive and today we are the proud owners of a large building which we are turning into a state of the art training centre. Thank you.”

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