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Council leads call for more domestic abuse support

Sefton Council is calling for more support to tackle domestic abuse and to be addressed at every stage from prevention through to rehabilitation in its response to the Government’s latest consultation.

The consultation has been seeking views nationally on both legislative proposals for a landmark draft Domestic Abuse Bill and a package of practical action to tackle domestic violence.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Cabinet Member for Communities, said:  “Domestic abuse is an absolute priority for the Council and our partners and we have embraced the opportunity to feed into such important proposals for a Domestic Abuse Bill.

“As a society, we need to challenge the acceptability of any sort of abuse.

“We need ensure that domestic abuse is at the top of everyone’s agenda, break the silence and encourage people to talk more openly about the issue, particularly young people, and reduce the stigma for children and young people to access services.

“In Sefton, we already have in place a robust strategy for tackling domestic and sexual abuse. It is based around partners working effectively together, the provision of educational and awareness raising programmes, providing vital victim support and perpetrator programmes, and protection through the criminal justice system.

“Any proposed measures to tackle domestic abuse are welcome but it will take more than new laws to help victims and survivors rebuild their lives, we need more support and to do as much as we can to raise awareness, support victims, and ensure perpetrators are stopped.

“We are determined to ensure victims feel safe and supported and will continue to work closely with our partners to address the needs of survivors and victims, and ensure perpetrators are brought to justice.”

Lord Street to temporarily close overnight for maintenance

Lord Street, Southport will undergo essential carriageway maintenance works from June 11, which will last for approximately five days.

Sefton Council’s Highways team will be issuing letters to residents and businesses on Lord Street, to let them know about the upcoming carriageway resurfacing project.

Work is due to commence on Monday June 11 and will take approximately five working days to complete.

The works will take place on isolated areas of the carriageway between Duke Street and Manchester Road.

Cllr John Fairclough, Cabinet Member for Locality Services, said:”Sefton is a borough on the move and making sure Lord Street’s carriageway is maintained is a key priority for us.”

“Due to the location of the site and the amount of surrounding properties and businesses, we are intending to carry out the works of an evening after 6.30pm to minimise inconvenience and disruption as much as possible.”

It is planned for the night works to end at midnight, followed by a site safety procedure which will be completed on each occasion by 1am.

Pedestrian access to shops and amenities will be available at all times, as well as access for emergency vehicles.

Diversions will be in place via Duke Street, Victoria Way, Esplanade, Seabank Road and vice versa.

Works nearing Eastbank Street and Nevill Street junctions will be signposted accordingly.

For further information on road closures across the borough visit www.sefton.gov.uk.

Have your say on Sefton’s Equalities consultation

Residents and visitors still have time to have their say on Sefton’s Council’s updated Equality and Diversity Policy.

The refreshed Equality and Diversity Policy 2016 – 2020 helps set out Sefton’s approach to making sure all staff are equipped with the relevant knowledge and skills to meet the diverse needs of the borough.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “This is a very important policy and we encourage as many people as possible to take part in our consultation.

“The policy sets out our approach to equality and diversity for the next three years and shows how we meet the requirements of the Equality Act 2010.

“In everything we do as a council, we make sure that our services are accessible and that we encourage supportive and cohesive communities.”

Those wishing to have a say on the policy have until June 29 to make their views known.

A draft copy of the refreshed policy is available to view online via www.engagespace.co.uk/sefton or by calling 0151 934 3202

Investment works start at Southport Town Hall

Major improvement works have started at Southport Town Hall as part of Sefton Council’s commitment to invest in its local communities and improve access to its facilities.

Work started on April 16 and will take approximately 20 weeks to complete.

Once completed, the important building works will improve accessibility and will benefit children, families, business and regular visitors to Southport.

As Southport is a listed building, all design elements are being carried out sensitively.

Work will be carried out in three phases and some will be carried out during the weekends to ensure minimal disruption.

While the building will remain open, customers to the One Stop Shop are being advised that there may be some longer waiting times or some services moved to The Atkinson.

This work is an important step in making sure that the community base at Southport Town Hall is fit for purpose, financially sustainable and it will contribute directly to the Council’s early intervention and prevention offer, helping some of the most vulnerable residents in Sefton.

Tails start wagging with interactive Good Dog Code posters

Tails will be wagging with the launch of a brand new smartphone campaign from Sefton Council Good Dogs Code.

The Sefton Good Dog Code has launched a series of QR codes which will be displayed across parks, beaches and main roads in Sefton to encourage good and responsible dog ownership in the borough.

The interactive smartphone adverts are simple to use. After taking a photo of the code on a phone camera, users are directed to the Sefton Good Dog Code website which details how dog owners can encourage others to be responsible for their pets.

Local residents and dog lovers have worked alongside Sefton in the creation of the Code, which tells residents to clean up after their pets, respect those who don’t like dogs, follow the rules and ensure their dog is socialized before it mingles with other dogs.

Steve Smith, Sefton Council’s Environmental Health & Trading Standards Manager said: “The code was jointly put together by ourselves and residents to promote responsible dog ownership.

“Along with the poster and flyers, we’ll now be placing QR codes around our parks, coastal areas and cemeteries which links to the online version of the Good Dog Code.

“There are plenty of ways you can be a responsible dog owner, from making sure you clean up after your pets to respecting none-dog lovers.

“Unfortunately some dog owners are not responsible and have no regard for their community. For these few, legislation is tough on them.

“Enforcement action such as fixed penalties and possible court action can be taken against these dog owners.”

Lyn Hilton the founder of local volunteer group ‘Sefton Dogs’ added: “What began as a campaign to ensure that our dogs could enjoy off lead experience at the beach and on our local nature reserves changed into a volunteer movement which aims for a friendly, informed and responsible approach to dog ownership in Sefton.”

Since July 2017, Sefton has had a Public Space Protection Order across the borough with informs dog owners about certain rules which must be followed.

For more information about these rules and to learn more about the Good Dog Code, visit www.sefton.gov.uk/thegooddogcode.

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