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Sefton Council dedicated to tackling obesity

Sefton Council has signed a declaration to show its dedication to promoting healthy weight across the borough through improved food and drink provision.

 The declaration shows a commitment to reducing overweight and obesity in the borough by helping residents to make healthier choices.

 Developed by North West based Health Equalities Group’s Food Active project, the healthy weight declaration was first adopted by Blackpool Council in 2016 where it has been shown to have made a positive impact on policy at local authority level.

 Overweight and obesity in Sefton is currently above the national average with figures from 2013 to 2015 estimating that 69.7% of Sefton adults are overweight or obese.

 Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said:

“Obesity is a huge problem for us in Sefton. 35.1% of children in the borough are overweight or obese by the time they start secondary school.

 “We will be working with all departments to ensure healthy weight is included in all policies, strategies and actions and I’m really pleased that the council has taken this positive step in tackling this.”

 As part of the declaration, Sefton Council will be reviewing the catering and vending options in council leisure centres to ensure the promotion and availability of more healthy items.

 The Council has also recently adopted planning guidance in an effort to restrict the opening of new hot food takeaways, specifically in the areas around secondary schools and further education centres. 

 Robin Ireland, Director of Research at Food Active (Honorary) and the lead for this project, said:

“Congratulations to Sefton Council for taking this stand.

 “We all know how difficult it is to make the right choices when we are surrounded by unhealthy food, the wrong advertising messages and when sugary drinks are cheaper than water.

 “I am delighted that Sefton Council is doing everything they can to help their residents, workers and pupils eat healthier. I hope other councils will follow Sefton’s example.”


Involving you in the development of health services

Sefton residents are being invited to share their thoughts and ideas on how health commissioners in the borough could better involve them in their local NHS.

There are a number of ways that people can currently find out more about the work of NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS South Sefton CCG or get involved in what they do. This includes taking part in surveys, coming along to their governing body meetings, or directly contacting the CCGs with their queries and questions via email, website, phone or post.

Gill Brown, lay representative for patient and public engagement of NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said:

“We greatly value the views of our residents and their feedback helps to shape our work. So it’s important that as many people as possible have the opportunity to give their views when we are asking about health issues that matter to them most.”

Both CCGs hold regular public events, called ‘Big Chats’, where residents are asked for their views and experiences to help shape the health commissioners’ latest work. However, the CCGs understand that different people will prefer different ways to feedback their experiences of local health services, or to get involved in what they do.

Graham Bayliss, lay representative for patient and public engagement of NHS South Sefton CCG, said:

“There is always more we can do to get people involved in our work and new and different ways like social media that we can use to do this. We want to hear from residents about how they would like us to involve them and we’re inviting people to tell us how we can best do this by taking part in our survey.”

Sefton residents are asked to complete a short online survey about the ways they would like the CCGs to update them or involve them in their work. Feedback will help the CCGs to look at new and different ways to involve and inform their residents in the future.

Anyone with an interest in local health is invited to take part in the questionnaire, which can be found on each CCG website, along with short films highlighting the views of Big Chat attendees and how they think the CCGs could improve how the involve people in the work of the local NHS.

Examples of how the CCGs have used people’s feedback to shape health services and strategies can also be found on their websites.


Top of the class! Sefton schools scoop awards at the Educate Awards 2017


Schools in Sefton were honoured at the prestigious Educate Awards ceremony last week (Friday 17 November).

Two Sefton schools were among the winners on the night with Netherton Moss Primary and Formby High winning their categories and St Micheal’s C of E High School coming runner up for Eco Project of the Year.

Netherton Moss Primary School fought off stiff competition and won the Outstanding Teaching of Life Skills award for its focus on teaching children how to cook.

The project explored many areas of cooking, including the financial and economical skills related to food, the growing of vegetables in their own school allotment and hosting food events for the local community.  Central to Netherton’s work is its cooking space, christened ‘Moss Munch’ by the children.

Judges commented:

“What a fantastic project teaching a wide range of life skills. Using cooking as the main ingredient to teach pupils all about financial and economical skills. The school even has its own allotment which is a big hit in the school community!”

Formby High School took home the Most Inspirational Secondary School award, thanks to its impressive academic performance; extra-curricular lessons; fundraising initiatives and experiences students can take part in.

In the words of the school:

“Whether it is the students, the staff, the parents or our community partners, Formby High School is home to a diverse family of people, who possess a shared vision to create a unique, world class learning environment to nurture and showcase everyone!”

Kim O’Brien, founder of the Educate Awards, says:

“The Educate Awards is an opportunity to shine a spotlight on the teaching profession and say thank you to the remarkable individuals who improve the life chances of our children.

“We are proud to host this event which champions the creativity, diversity and dedication of teachers, school support stars, schools and colleges in the Liverpool City Region, Cheshire and Lancashire. Congratulations to all the winners, runners-up and shortlisted schools.”

Nearly 600 guests gathered for the Educate Awards ceremony held at the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, hosted by broadcaster Simon ‘Rossie’ Ross.

The awards, in partnership with Copyrite Systems and Ricoh, is now in its sixth year and is the biggest celebration of education in the North West.

On the night, 21 awards were handed out to schools in the Liverpool City Region, Lancashire and Cheshire.

The opening act was a 300-strong Super Choir led by musical director Steve Cook from Formby High School. Participating schools included Formby High School; Freshfield Primary School; Redgate Primary School; Saughall All Saints CofE Primary School; St Anne Stanley Primary School and Valewood Primary School.

Guests were also treated to music from St John Rigby College students; a special performance of Beauty and the Beast Jr by Archbishop Blanch School; a fashion show by Holly Lodge Girls’ College and a spoken word performance by five students from The Hollins Technology College.


The winners were chosen by an esteemed judging panel which includes Michelle Dow, managing director of All About STEM; James Tartt, Merseyside track athlete and architect; Radio City breakfast host Leanne Campbell; Councillor Gary Millar, assistant mayor & mayoral lead for business & international trade; Chris Walker, regional managing editor of Trinity Mirror North West and North Wales; Lesley Martin-Wright, chief executive of Knowsley Chamber; Fiona Barnet, director of The Foundry Agency; Andrew Pimbley of Wirral’s Claremont Farm; Sue Cronin, head of teacher education at Liverpool Hope University and the education team at the respected Everyman and Playhouse Theatres.

Held in partnership with Copyrite Systems and Ricoh as title sponsors, other category sponsors include Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU); The Foundry Agency; Wray Brothers; Paul Crowley & Co; The Bishop of Liverpool, The Rt. Revd. Paul Bayes; MILK Education; The Liverpool Learning Partnership (LLP); Shaping Futures; All About STEM; Hi-Impact Consultancy; LSSP; Air Products; School Improvement Liverpool; CER Education, DMR David M Robinson Jewellery & Watches, and Progress Schools.

Ovington Drive Play Area

Money has been made available through Sefton Council’s Capital Programme for new play equipment at a site in Southport.

 A sum of £30K has been agreed with Cllr Ian Moncur, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, for new playground equipment at Ovington Drive, Kew.

 In August, following some safety concerns, Sefton Council reluctantly took the decision to close the facility and decommission the old equipment, which was done with Cabinet Member approval and ward councillors notified.

 Money has been made available and designs are being drawn up involving the local community to replace the outdated equipment which had rapidly deteriorated and been removed. Once finalised, it is hoped the new play area will open in spring, 2018.

 Cllr Ian Moncur, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said:

“Earlier this year we made the difficult decision to decommission the play area on safety grounds.

 “As a result of community reaction to the closure and representations made to the Leader of the Council and myself, I rapidly exercised my discretion to identify funding from within the existing parks budget to prevent the closure.

 “We are currently working with the local community on designs for the play area, and once complete and agreed, we will start work on the site.

 “Discussions are ongoing on a similar scheme relating to Smithy Green in Formby and as soon as we have further details about this, we will highlight them through our many communication channels.”

Carnegie Library

Sefton Council is advertising for rental offers for a leasehold interest in Carnegie Library, Crosby.

 Sefton recognises the importance of the Grade II listed building and is advertising it again to try and identify the right opportunity that benefits the community and local residents.

 Regenerus had previously expressed an interest in operating the College Road building, but earlier this year they informed Sefton Council and withdrew their offer after being unsuccessful in a Heritage Lottery bid.

 The building is now being advertised by way of informal tender with a closing date for receipt of tenders of January 19, 2018. Any offers for the building will be evaluated and then reported to Cabinet Member to approve any preferred bidder.

 Cllr Paulette Lappin, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member Regulatory, Compliance and Corporate Services, said: “This is a valued asset for both the Council and the local community and its heritage status is widely recognised.

 “As a result, we are endeavouring to identify the most appropriate long term use for the building and hope community groups and enterprises really consider this.

 “We believe a renewed tender process will offer the Council exposure to a greater range of options to consider for the benefit of the wider community.”

 Tender details are available from Sefton Council’s Property and Facilities Management Team, Third Floor, Magdalen House, 30 Trinity Road, Bootle, L20 3NJ, by calling 0151 934 3254 or by emailing

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