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Still time to have your say on joining up Family and Children’s Centres

There is still time for families to have their say on Sefton Council’s consultation to join up Family and Children’s Centres, which you can complete online

The idea behind the proposals is to make sure that children and young people aged 0-19 years can find the right support, for the right issue at the right time.

The consultation runs until November 17 and anyone who is interested in the proposals are being encouraged to give their views.

Cllr John Joseph Kelly, Cabinet Member for Children, Schools and Safeguarding, said:

“We must stress that the proposals we are consulting on are not about closure. Some of the options for re-location need further discussion and we want to hear what our communities think about our plans to provide inclusive Family Wellbeing Centres for 0-19 year olds and their families.

“Communities have told us that we need to be more joined up, most recently through the consultation on Imagine Sefton 2030. We have listened to this feedback and developed these plans on the back of what people have told us.

“While no decisions have yet been made, we believe the proposals will make the most of the money that we have available, allowing us to support those most in need while offering families, children and young people the opportunity to enjoy many health and wellbeing activities.”

To take part in the consultation, please visit sefton.gov.uk or go directly to a Children’s and Family Centre, a Sefton library or leisure centre where paper copies can be filled in and shared with us.

Families can also directly discuss the proposals at the consultation engagement sessions taking place across the borough. A number of sessions have already taken place and upcoming dates include:
• Netherton Children’s Centre and Family Centre, every Wednesday from 9.30am-11.30am, and every Thursday from 12.45pm-2.45pm.
• Freshfield Children’s Centre, 1 November, from noon-1pm.
• Springwell Park Children’s Centre, 3 November, at 2.30pm.
• Linaker Children’s Centre in Southport, 6 November, from 9am-10.30am
• Cambridge Children’s Centre, 7 November, from 1pm-2pm.

Feedback from this consultation will be considered by Cabinet in December 2017.

Remember your duty of care when getting rid of household waste

Sefton Council is urging residents to remember their duty of care when getting rid of household waste, in order to avoid huge flytipping fines.

Many residents hire third parties to take away household waste and large bulky items from their home but most do not know the rules and regulations that cover these types of waste disposal.

By law, individuals are required to make sure the firm removing their waste is authorised to do so and is registered with the Environment Agency as an official waste carrier.

It is also vital to retain the name and address of the person or firm disposing of your waste.

In three recent cases in South Sefton, residents have fallen foul of rogue waste collectors who have simply dumped their waste as flytipping around the borough.

If flytipped waste is traced back to a particular property, the householder could be fined up to £5,000 if they cannot properly identify who they used to get rid of their waste.

Cllr Paulette Lappin, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regulation and Compliance, said:

“Recently we have experienced issues with members of the public not complying with their legal responsibilities to ensure any waste they produce is removed by a registered carrier.

“This can be from the local paper, social media or shop noticeboard but the responsibility is with the household to check they are legitimate first before they employ them.

“Too many residents are employing people to take waste away which is then being flytipped in the borough.

“Householders are required to make a simply check with the Environment Agency in order to ascertain if the person that they are passing their waste to is a registered waste carrier.

“Ask to see their waste carrier license issued by the Environment Agency or contact the Environment Agency directly on 08708 506 506 and ask for a free instant Waste Carrier Validation Check.

“Alternatively you can check online on the Environment Agency website.

“Even after you’ve checked, keep their details so that if flytipping does occur, you can show that you acted responsibly.

“You can do this is many ways, such as asking for an official invoice or a form with all of their details on.

“If they are not prepared to give you their details, don’t employ them.”

For more information about waste disposal visit www.sefton.gov.uk/bins-recycling

Bootle firm build for the future in Sefton

Kura, who recently opened a new contact centre site in Sefton having worked with InvestSefton, is celebrating after being shortlisted to bid for a number of government contracts which could support hundreds of jobs in the borough.

 Contact centre and software specialist Kura, who has a major base at Caspian House and employ more than 200 staff, has been appointed to the Crown Commercial Service Framework for the next four years.

 The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) brings together policy, advice and direct buying; providing commercial services to the public sector meaning Kura have the opportunity to tap into a potential value of £1bn worth of government contracts.

 As part of the celebrations, the leader of Sefton Council and other dignitaries including Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram and Bootle MP, Peter Dowd, joined Arceeb Moughal, Director of Commercial and Hayley Marshall, Senior Operations Manager from Kura in a special visit to the Bootle operation.

 Caspain House, with capacity of 400 seats, is the firm’s first major new site outside of Scotland and the visit comes as Kura announces plans to expand their local employee base and hire more staff from around Sefton.

 Cllr Ian Maher, Labour Leader of Sefton Council, said: “It was a pleasure to visit Kura and see the fantastic work they are doing to create more jobs to the local economy.

 “The call centre at Caspian House is already expanding and we are seeing a whole host of new jobs and opportunities created within the borough.

 “They have been supported by the fantastic teams at InvestSefton and it is great to hear they are now included on the Framework being able to bid for new contracts, hopefully supporting existing and new staff in the borough.

 “Kura selecting Atlantic Park as the home for its first contact centre outside of Scotland shows that it sees the borough as the perfect springboard for future growth in the UK and reinforces that Sefton is open for business.”

 Kura provides award winning out-sourced contact centre and software services from its four locations across the UK.

 Arceeb Moughal, Director of Commercial, Kura, added: “We are absolutely delighted to be on this framework as it demonstrates we have the capability to support central government in their transformational agenda. We hope to win more business as a result of this framework and our plan is to put this work into our Sefton site bringing more jobs for people in the area.

 “At Kura we’re out to build a very different business in our industry – we want to help people to develop and reach their full potential. Our vision is, to one day, be recognised as ‘Unrivalled in Developing People’. Caspian House will be a flagship site, creating the right learning environment for the culture we are creating.”  

 Liverpool Combined Authority Metro Mayor, Steve Rotheram, said: “I was delighted to visit the Bootle contact centre, and learn about Kura’s success on being selected for the Crown Commercial Services Framework.

 “This is a massive boost to the business and a great achievement. They have shown great ambition and determination to secure this opportunity, and I have every confidence that it will help them generate additional employment and business at Bootle.”

Formby Civic chair to give fascinating Ypres talk

The chairman of Formby Civic Society is set to deliver a fascinating talk on Ypres to a crowd at Formby Library.

The talk, which is free to book, takes place at Formby Library on Duke Street from 2pm on Tuesday November 14.

John Philips will speak on the harrowing battles which resulted in terrible losses over a hundred years ago in Ypres, Belgium.

The talk will also touch on the affects it had on the lives of people living in Formby during and after the war. 

To book a place at the talk simply sign up at the library, call 01704 874 177 or email formby.library@sefton.gov.uk

Lakeside Bar and Bistro launches winter menu

The Lakeside Bar and Bistro at Crosby Lakeside has launched its brand new winter menu.

 The popular bistro offers a selection of dishes to be enjoyed for brunch, lunch and dinner and even has a menu dedicated to feeding those ‘hungry kids’.

 Located at Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre, the bistro offers stunning views out across the Sefton coastline.

 The new menu offers a range of brunch classics served until 11.30am including breakfast sandwiches, eggs benedict and American pancakes.

Diners can also enjoy two main courses for £15 on weekdays between 2.30pm and 4.30pm and with British, Italian and even Indian inspired dishes on offer there’s something for everyone.

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

“Situated on one of Sefton’s beauty spots, the Lakeside Bar and Bistro offers a great menu in a fantastic location.

 “Whatever the weather guests can enjoy views from inside the bistro or in finer weather, diners can relax and dine outdoors on the decking area while watching activities on the Lake”.

 Mike Woodruff, General Manager, at Crosby Lakeside added:

“At Lakeside Bar and  Bistro we offer mouth-watering food and drink at great prices.

“We ensure that our contemporary menus are of the highest quality and ingredients are locally sourced where possible, delivered fresh, daily, and prepared to order.

“I am excited about the launch of the new menu and can’t wait to hear what our guests think about it!”

In addition to the launch of the new menu Lakeside is also encouraging people to book in for its Christmas parties and with places going fast it is advised that party lovers act quickly.

Visit the website to find out more about the bistro and to see the new menu in full. 

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