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Sefton Council encourages residents to crack down on smoky vehicles

Sefton Council is asking residents to work with them to help reduce the air pollution caused by taxis, HGVs and buses.

 Traffic places a considerable threat on the quality of Sefton’s air, so if vehicles are polluting more than they should be, they are causing a serious threat to the environment.

 Sefton Council wants to wants to enlist the support of communities to make sure that vehicles which are producing excessive smoke are reported to the appropriate authorities so that the fault can be rectified.

 Residents can report overly-polluting taxis to Sefton Council’s licensing team by making a note of the taxi driver number which usually appears on a small plate above the license plate and should have the Sefton Council logo on it. Taxis can be reported online at www.sefton.gov.uk/taxi

 Smoky HGVs and buses can be reported to the driver and vehicles standards agency (DVSA) online via https://www.gov.uk/report-smoky-vehicle or by calling the DVSA on 0300 123 9000 (select option 7).

The information required is:

  • Type of Vehicle (HGV heavy goods vehicle or PSV public service vehicle)
  • Vehicle Registration Mark
  • Company Name (if apparent)
  • Road Name/Number where vehicle seen
  • Date & Time of sighting

 Well maintained vehicles should produce very little smoke from exhausts except when they are starting up, accelerating hard or climbing steep hills. However, some vehicles emit dense plumes of smoke and may not meet legal emission standards.

 These vehicles will undoubtedly create higher levels of pollutants which in turn can have an adverse effect on people’s health and the surrounding environment.

 Cllr Paulette Lapin, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regulation and Compliance, said: “We don’t want vehicles that emit plumes of smoke to be welcome on Sefton’s roads. Our taxi licensing team will review any vehicles that are reported to them to ensure they have an up to date MOT.

 “We are working hard to keep Sefton’s air clean and in the past few years, the council has implemented a number of measures to reduce pollution across the borough resulting in improvements in air quality”.

 Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “Air pollution can have major health consequences and micro-pollutants such as PM 2.5s are small enough to travel into the respiratory system.

 “With many Sefton roads providing a route to the docks, HGV traffic can be high and if these are releasing excessive fumes they can have a detrimental effect on people’s health and the environment. By reporting smoky HGVs and buses to the DVSA, we can all help to protect Sefton’s air.”

Sefton residents urged to ‘keep warm, keep well’

NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS South Sefton CCG have joined Sefton Council in encouraging people in Sefton to ‘keep warm, keep well’ over the next few days as severe low temperatures and a bitterly cold wind are forecast from now until the weekend.

The Met Office has issued severe weather warnings across the North West and although Sefton isn’t currently expected to see any snow over the coming days, that doesn’t lower the risk from freezing cold temperatures.

People over the age of 65, pregnant women, people with a long-term health condition and very young children are amongst those who most at risk from the cold weather. The NHS offers advice on how to keep you and your family well at home including:

  • heating your home to at least 18C (65F)
  • draw curtains at dusk and keep doors closed to block out draughts
  • get a flu jab, if you haven’t already had one
  • wear several layers of clothes to maintain body heat
  • have at least one hot meal a day and have hot drinks regularly
  • keep moving and active
  • seek advice from a pharmacist if you are feeling unwell, even if it’s just a cough or cold
  • check in on older neighbours or relatives to make sure they are safe and well

Debbie Fagan, chief nurse at the CCGs, said: “This week looks like it could be one of the coldest we’ve had for some time so it is important for people to prepare. It can be difficult to stay warm in these kind of temperatures and if you know someone who needs help, please do take the time to look in on them over the next few days.”

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: “With temperatures predicted to drop below zero this week, it’s important for residents to make sure that they are prepared for the cold.

“If you’re in good health and able to get about please check in on elderly relatives, neighbours or those who may be living with dementia to ensure they are warm enough and have everything they need at home.”

For more advice on how to ‘keep warm, keep well’, please visit the NHS Choices website:

https://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/winterhealth/Pages/KeepWarmKeepWell.aspx

Dive into a new era of swimming in Sefton

Sefton’s pools are set to launch brand new swimming timetables complete with a selection of new sessions on March 1 2018.

 Dunes Splash World in Southport, Bootle Leisure Centre and Meadows Leisure Centre in Maghull will be introducing a variety of new swim sessions that have been specifically designed to match the feedback residents gave in a consultation last year.

 This comes as part of Sefton Council’s measures to improve the swimming offer in the borough made possible by grant funding from Sport England.

 The installation of high tech sound systems and lighting at the three centres has opened up a world of opportunities for the kind of pool sessions that can be offered in Sefton.

 Calm Waters will make use of mood lighting and gentle music to create a relaxed pool environment, perfect for those recovering from ill health or anyone who wants to enjoy a swim in calmer waters.

 Swim and Splash on the other hand will be perfect for younger swimmers looking to have fun in the pool. These sessions will come complete with music, floats and monthly Wave Raves will even see the pool dyed different colours.

 Swimming is a great form of exercise and the new swim fit sessions will allow participants to train in a lane that is relevant to their ability. They will have to option to follow exercises led by an instructor or through poolside swim fit cards.

 As well as the new additions, popular sessions are set to return including £1 swims, swimming lessons and Get Healthy Get Active, a swimming confidence programme for adults with learning disabilities and over 65’s.

 Over 3,000 people took part in the consultation to tell the council what they thought about swimming and how it could be improved.

 As well as tailoring new timetables, the consultation also led to a full renovation of the changing facilities at Dunes Splash World and Bootle Leisure Centre. All three centres will also be fitted with poolside lockers that can be used to store items such as glasses, hearing aids and walking sticks while poolside hangers can be used to hang towels and robes.

 Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “A lot of hard work has gone into improving the swim offer in Sefton and it’s fantastic to see everything come together.

 “The new changing facilities at Dunes and in Bootle have made a huge difference to the pool environments and the introduction of the new timetables will truly open up a world of swimming opportunities for Sefton residents!”

 To see the full list of sessions heading to the centres visit www.sefton.gov.uk/swimsessions

Bootle-based YKids is on the look out for volunteers!

Are you over the age of 18? Would you like to to volunteer for a charity, working to improve the lives of children, young people and families in Bootle?

Join Ykids in their newly refurbished building- 98a Linacre Lane on Thursday February 8 at 6pm to find out about the range of opportunities available for volunteers.

Most roles are children & youth work focused and YKids is particularly looking for people who have time in the evenings- ideally at least one day per week. This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone who has, or is looking to work in education to help our in its after schools program.

During this evening the team will let you know all about Ykids as an organisation, the work it does, and what roles are available. It will give both staff and volunteers a chance to get to know each other.

Please note, this is an information evening- all new volunteers will also have to complete an informal interview, induction process and DBS check (criminal record). If you have any questions about this please contact: alihorton@ykids.co.uk

There are also be opportunities to work within an office environment on tasks such as admin or fundraising- please contact YKids for further information about this sort of opportunity.

 

Could you help someone with dementia keep doing the things they love?

Alzheimer’s Society will be holding a drop-in volunteer recruitment event to encourage people to sign up and help Sefton residents in need of support.

Side by Side is a new free service that links a volunteer to someone living with dementia to help them get out and about and continue enjoying the activities they love. From joining a local club, going to the football, or just going for a stroll in the park, Alzheimer’s Society wants people with dementia to live the lives they want and deserve, and Side by Side volunteers can help make this possible.

The drop in will be held at Linacre Bridge Community Hub on Tuesday January 30, 10am-12.30pm. 

Whether you’re a social butterfly, shopaholic or nature lover, Alzheimer’s Society needs volunteers like you to help people in Sefton who are living with dementia.

The information event is an informal drop-in opportunity for members of the public to come and find out about the different types of volunteering they can get involved in.

Both staff and current volunteers will be on hand to answer any questions that may help you to decide if volunteering is for you or not. 

You can volunteer on weekdays, evenings and weekends at various times, either in person or over the phone- so it’s a flexible way to give your time and really make a huge difference to someones life.

For more information phone 0170 453 9967 or email sidebysidesefton@alzheimers.org.uk 

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