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Plans revealed to improve traffic management in Thornton

Residents in Thornton and Thornton Parish Council are being informed about plans to improve traffic management in the local area.

Sefton Council has undertaken a detailed and extensive study of issues in the area and is now confirming the measures to be delivered in the next 12 months.

These include:

• the permanent closure of Edgemoor Drive at its junction with Moor Lane
• making The Crescent one way
• providing traffic calming in Southport Road and Ince Road
• pedestrian safety improvements at the Edge Lane / Moor Lane junction and the Green Lane / Park View junction
• a major change to the junction at Buckley Hill / Edge Lane / Gorsey Lane to divert traffic towards Brooms Cross Road away from Thornton

Cllr John Fairclough, Cabinet Member for Locality Services, said: “We promised the residents of Thornton that we would tackle their concerns about traffic and I am confident that the package of measures we will be delivering will have real benefits for the local community.

“This follows extensive consultation with our communities and some of the schemes outlined will start immediately.”

The update report of the Thornton Corridor Action Plan is available at www.sefton.gov.uk/thorntoncorridor.

Experience the Sefton Circular this summer!

With the summer holidays in full swing, Sefton Council is urging families to get on their bikes and take on the Sefton Circular.

The popular cycle route encompasses 24 miles around the beautiful Sefton coast and countryside, taking anything from three hours to half-a-day to complete.

When following this route, you will cycle through pine woods, pass by Antony Gormley’s statues, take in the sights of the Leeds Liverpool Canal and follow the former Cheshire Lines railway.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “We are incredibly lucky to have this fantastic asset in our borough.

“The Sefton Circular is a thoroughly enjoyable half day cycle ride suitable for all abilities to undertake at your own pace.

“The route encompasses many parts of Sefton, showcasing a lot of wonderful things that we have to offer – all the while boosting your mental and physical wellbeing.”

Highlights of the route include Crosby Lakeside, Hightown Dunes, Formby pinewoods, Ainsdale, the Cheshire Lines, Rimrose Valley, the Leeds Liverpool Canal and the Gormleys.

To view the route or for more information about the Sefton Circular Route, visit www.mysefton.co.uk.

Sefton tops Merseyside list for council tax collection

Sefton Council are yet again the best performing Merseyside local authority for the collection of Council Tax.

Figures released by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government show that Sefton continues to outperform neighbouring authorities in the Liverpool City Region for collection of both Council Tax and National Non-Domestic Rates.

The annual collection rate for 2017/18 showed that the local authority had a Council Tax collection rate of 96.3%, while collection rates for National Non-Domestic Rates was 98.7%.

Cllr Paulette Lappin, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regulation and Compliance, said: “We are proud to once again be the best performing Merseyside local authority for Council Tax and Business Rate collection.

“These figures will provide reassurance to residents that we are maximising our revenue to keep Council Tax down.

“We will always do our best to collect what is rightly owed to us and feel we offer many valuable services through the income we receive from our Council Tax and Business Rates.

“Everyone who is required to pay their Council Tax and Business Rate bills should do so, and anyone who is struggling should contact us directly where we can try and help.”

For more information or help with managing payments, visit www.sefton.gov.uk for more information.

Residents invited to learn more about carer opportunities in MySefton

Merseyside residents are being invited to find out more about careers in Sefton’s care sector at an event in Southport next week.

New Directions, Sefton’s leading adult social care provider, is staging a jobs fair at the Royal Clifton Hotel on The Promenade between 10am and 2pm on Monday August 6

Staff from the organisation will be on hand to brief guests on the wide range of services operated by its 500-strong team for people across the borough with support requirements due to disabilities, age or mental health conditions.

They will also provide details of a number of full and part-time positions that New Directions is looking to fill immediately in two of its key services – reablement and domiciliary care.

Reablement team members support patients throughout Sefton who have been discharged from hospital, or people who have had an illness, fall or other crisis at home.

The aim is to help them regain their life skills and confidence, and to maintain their independence, thus reducing pressure on hospital beds.

Meanwhile, the domiciliary care team supports older people in the south of the borough who still live by themselves

Staff provide help with personal care, household tasks and a range of other activities that enable clients to remain at home and maintain their quality of life.

Commenting on the jobs fair New Directions HR Manager, Adam Drury, said: “We’re actively looking to recruit new staff at this event so we’re hoping for a very good turnout on the day.

“It’s an ideal opportunity for people to develop a career in social care, and at the same to make a real difference to vulnerable members of the local community.”

Anyone unable to attend the Royal Clifton Hotel event can learn more about the opportunities on offer by ringing New Directions on 0151 705 0300 or by visiting www.ndirections.co.uk.

Mayor’s Musings: From graduations to geraniums!

Welcome to the Mayor’s Musings, chronicling the civic duties and events attended by the Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Dave Robinson…

I had another rather busy week in which I had the pleasure of attending 6 engagements with a very eclectic calendar – from giving out certificates to school graduates to attending the Hairlucinations’ 50th Anniversary at the Bootle Strand!

Monday July 16
I accepted my VIP Invitation to the University of Liverpool Graduation Ceremonies with great delight as it gives me the opportunity to recognise and appreciate all of the hard work which the students give into their work and future.

In the afternoon however it was time for me to show students from Spain and Chile the history and background of Southport Town Hall.
I always enjoy these visits as often I find myself sometimes learning new things as well!

Tuesday July 17
In the morning I thoroughly enjoyed meeting with Sefton Veterans for a historical tour explaining how both World Wars affected Bootle Town Hall and how the community rallied together in order to get the Town Hall back and running.

Later in the day I was invited to the Rowan Park School Leavers Assembly. It’s always a pleasure to go to Rowan Park as it really embodies the closeness of the local community.. I was given the opportunity to give out certificates to the graduates who gave both myself and the students a great smile on our faces.

Wednesday July 18 
It was a pleasure to be invited to attend the 50th Anniversary of Hairlucinations in Bootle.  I also had the honour of officially presenting the stylists with  the Sefton Apprenticeship Employer of the Year 2018 award.

Saturday July 21
I rounded off a busy week at the Hightown Flower Show, hot on the heels of last year’s roaring success. There were some fantastic displays on show and I can’t thank Mr Clive Harris enough for the invitation. Special mention must go to all of the competitors for all of their hard work in making this show such a success. 

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