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George enjoys his new smoke-free life

One Sefton resident is counting the benefits of stopping smoking with Sefton’s free stop smoking service.

George Travers, from Bootle, went to Smokefree Sefton’s clinic at the May Logan Centre and is delighted that he has said goodbye to cigarettes.

“I have been smoking most of my life, at least 20 per day. I’m in my seventies now and was unsure if I would ever quit.

“However, I would like to thank Smokefree Sefton because, after attending Smokefree Sefton and completing the course with the help and support of my advisor, I am now smoke free!”

The other benefit is that George has noticed he’s got more cash to spend and comments: “I am looking forward to my holiday in Spain with the money I have saved. I would say to anyone ‘It’s never too late to stop’.”

Thousands of people in Sefton have also successfully quit smoking with the help of the borough’s free stop smoking service.

Smokefree Sefton, a partner of Living Well Sefton and managed by Solutions 4 Health, offers professional support in a variety of community venues to make it easier for people to get the help they need to stop smoking.

If you would also like to stop smoking then ring Smokefree Sefton, which is commissioned by Public Health Sefton, on 0300 100 1000 for details.

Have your say on the government’s Clean Air Strategy

The UK government is making changes to its approach to tackling air pollution and has launched a consultation to find out what the public thinks about its plans.

This is a great opportunity for Sefton residents to input their views on how they feel air pollution is being tackled at a national level.

The government’s draft Clean Air Strategy 2018 sets out actions to improve air quality by reducing pollution from a wide range of sources. The consultation will be open until August 14 and would like to collate views on the actions being proposed to reduce air pollution and its effects, and to hear whether the public has any further suggestions.

The consultation will cover each of the main themes of the strategy document: understanding the problem; protecting the nation’s health; protecting the environment; securing clean growth and innovation; reducing emissions from transport; reducing emissions from farming; reducing emissions from industry; and leadership. The consultation also asks for views on the strategy as a whole.

If you’re interested in providing feedback you can find out more about the Clean Air Strategy and how you can submit your response by visiting The deadline for feedback is August 14.

Sefton Council will also be facilitating an engagement event on Monday August 6  at Waterloo Community Centre that will allow residents to come together to help form a joint response to the national consultation. This event will not cover the strategy in its entirety but instead will focus on two key themes; understanding the problem; and protecting the nations health.

There will also be an opportunity at the event to find out more about what Sefton Council is doing at a local level to improve air quality, as well as finding out about what more can be done by individuals to make a difference.

Places at the event are limited and those interested should contact to request a booking form.

Health experts urge people over 50 to be clear on cancer

Local health experts are backing a national campaign urging people over the age of 50 to speak to their doctor if they notice blood in their urine.

NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG are supporting the Be Clear on Cancer ‘Blood in Pee’ campaign which runs from July 9 until Sept 23 2018.

The campaign urges people aged over 50 to tell their doctor straight away if they notice blood in their pee, even if it’s just once. The chances are it’s nothing serious, but blood in pee is a key symptom for both bladder and kidney cancers and these cancers are more treatable if they are found early.

In Sefton, the average number of bladder and kidney cases registered in 2012-2016 per year was 131 and in the same timeframe the average number of bladder and cancer related deaths were 57.

Dr Debbie Harvey, clinical lead for cancer at NHS South Sefton CCG, said:

“It is really important to let your GP know if you notice blood in your urine. It’s something that you can easily miss so as the campaign recommends check before you flush.”

Dr Graeme Allan, clinical lead for cancer at NHS Southport and Formby CCG said:

“It may be nothing at all but bladder and kidney cancers are more treatable if found early. Seeing your doctor could save your life.” 

For more information, visit

Mental health at the forefront in Sefton

Sefton’s Director of Public Health, Matthew Ashton, is delighted to release this year’s Public Health Annual Report (PHAR) which focus’s on children and young people growing up healthy and happy.

 Presented for the first time in video format, the report explores how children and young people from across the borough approach mental health and wellbeing. Using real-life stories, the film looks at how young people deal with issues such as exams stress, anxiety, worry and looks at the support available throughout Sefton.

 While there is no single reason why children and young people experience problems with their mental health, growing up in challenging home environments; having a disability; being a looked after child or a young carer; not being in education, employment or training; being exposed to domestic abuse; or having a parent with mental health problems can have a negative impact on mental health. 

 In Sefton, the number of people from some of these vulnerable groups is higher than the national average.

 Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “In Sefton we are dedicated to creating the right conditions and environments to promote and improve the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people.  

 “The report gives us a chance to consider the opportunities and challenges ahead as Public Health continues to be at the forefront at Sefton Council.”

 Matthew Ashton, Director of Public Health for Sefton and Knowsley, said: “I am pleased to be able to share this year’s annual report, which covers the pressing issue of mental health in young people.

 “Evidence shows that experiencing mental health problems before the age of 14 can affect educational attainment, physical health and impact on social relationships; therefore, leading to poorer outcomes in later life. 

 “For this reason,  Sefton Council continues to work with partners to develop early intervention programmes to promote emotional resilience which will enable children and young people to be able to cope better with difficult circumstances and do well in school and in life.”

The PHAR and a short supplementary document can be viewed online at


New houses go electric

Sefton Council has approved a requirement for new houses in the borough to have electric vehicle charging points as standard.

 The requirement, contained in the New Housing Supplementary Planning Document will mean that all new housing developments with dedicated parking will have to provide at least one electric vehicle charging point. For housing with communal parking, at least 1 in 10 parking spaces must provide an electric vehicle charging point.

 The Sustainable Travel and Development Supplementary Planning Document also contains a requirement for commercial developments to provide charging points.

 This comes as part of the Council’s action plan to reduce air pollution across the borough by providing better infrastructure for electric vehicles to support the transition away from polluting diesel and petrol cars.

 It is hoped that the new approach will encourage the use of electric vehicles and in turn reduce the air pollution caused by diesel and petrol car emissions as well as helping to reduce carbon emissions. 

 Cllr Daren Veidman, Cabinet Member Planning and Building Control, said: “This very welcome initiative shows Sefton Council’s commitment to creating an environment that is ready for the future by providing infrastructure that supports electric vehicles.

 “It will help to encourage the use of electric vehicles and reduce the harmful pollution emitted from petrol and diesel cars.”

 Cllr Paulette Lappin, Cabinet Member for Regulatory, Compliance and Corporate Services, added: “I am delighted we are requiring new development to provide electric vehicle charging points, it will have a positive impact on the health of Sefton residents and will contribute to the fight against air pollution.”

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