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Full steam ahead for Maghull North scheme

As work to build the new Maghull North station heads into its next phase, key Liverpool City Region partners visited site last week to see the progress being made on site.

Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram, Sefton Central MP Bill Esterson and other representatives from the key delivery partners involved in developing the scheme joined Merseytravel and Network Rail at the station compound just off School Lane in Maghull.

Since work began in September this year, engineers have been hard at work preparing the site for the construction phase of the works, while enabling services to operate on the Ormskirk line as normal.

Extensive excavation and grading works have already been completed on the embankments to accommodate the new station platforms and significant progress has been made installing the platform foundations. Groundworks have also been completed in preparation for the new 156-space car park alongside the new station.

Forthcoming works planned to take place overnight on Saturdays will involve realigning both tracks to ensure the lines are level and spaced correctly in line with the new platforms.

After the festive period, from 27th December to 8th January, the line will be closed to enable engineers to install the new platforms, the new footbridge to the platforms and associated staircases, lift shafts, and new track drainage. During this time, there will be a rail replacement bus service in operation between Maghull and Ormskirk.

The new Maghull North station will be located just off School Lane next to the former Ashworth Hospital site, between the existing Maghull and Town Green stations on the Ormskirk branch of Merseyrail’s Northern Line.

The station forms a key piece of infrastructure in the Sefton Local Plan, supporting local public transport demand from a nearby new housing development that will include 370 homes, with more homes planned for the area in the near future. It will also offer relief for the existing station in the town.

Facilities at the new station will include:-

  • Staffed station building and ticket office with passenger toilet.
  • Passenger waiting facilities on the platforms.
  • Step-free access with lifts and a bridge to, from and between both platforms and the station building.
  • 156-space car park with blue badge and motorcycle parking facilities, as well as cycle storage.
  • Pedestrian and cycle routes from School Lane and Park Lane to the station, and bus stops on School Lane.
  • Future provision for electric vehicle charging points.

The new station, which will be operated by Merseyrail, is expected to be open to the public in May 2018.

The £13m scheme is being funded through the Government’s Local Growth Fund (LGF), Merseytravel and the Homes and Communities Association, which previously owned the land on which the station will be built. While Network Rail is building the station, it forms part of the wider £340m investment of rail improvements across the Liverpool City Region over the next three years.

Cllr John Fairclough, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member Locality Services, said:

“This project is a very important piece of infrastructure promoting public transport in Maghull and the wider Liverpool City Region.

 “It’s fantastic to see progress being made and moving on to the next stage with completion planned for 2018.

 “Once finished, the new station will provide some of the key infrastructure needed to support our Local Plan and will also complement other transport schemes like the improvements to junction 1 on the M58 and the A59 making Sefton even more accessible to everyone.”

Steve Rotheram, Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor said:

“It was great to visit the Maghull North development today and see the fantastic progress that has been made in such a short period of time.

“This much-needed new station will greatly benefit the people of Maghull, as the town continues to grow in the years ahead. I am really looking forward to visiting the site again when the station opens next year.”

Bill Esterson, MP for Sefton Central added:

“The new station will make a big difference to people in North Maghull and Lydiate, with the extra parking also a help to the rest of Maghull as well. This investment in Maghull is also important because of the new homes which are being built and will help commuters, students and shoppers alike.

“I am pleased that Merseytravel and Network Rail are talking to nearby residents about the building works as it is important to keep them notified of upcoming works. Once the station is open, I hope that the benefits will outweigh the inconvenience during construction.

“This station has been talked about for over 30 years and I am pleased that Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram, the Combined Liverpool City Region Authority, Sefton Council, Merseytravel and Network Rail have worked together to make sure it is finally being built for the many in Maghull and Lydiate.”

Cllr Liam Robinson, Chair of Merseytravel said:

“The Maghull North station scheme is a prime example of our Long Term Rail Strategy being put into practice area and it’s great to see how much has been achieved on the site in such a short space of time.

“The new station will be of huge benefit to local residents, giving more travel options while playing a big part in helping the on-going development of Maghull in the coming years.”

 

More details on the scheme can be found on the Merseytravel website at www.merseytravel.gov.uk/MaghullNorth. You can find out more about the wider investment across the Liverpool city region at www.keepliverpoolmoving.com.  

Litherland Together Project helps unite community with vital info

Sefton Council are offering residents in Litherland and the surrounding areas vital information, advice and support to help make everyday life easier next week.

The project will see a number of advice and support sessions taking place at English Martyrs School from Monday November 20 to Friday November 24. 

Sessions include Universal Credit Support, Debt advice, Money Management and Education & Training Opportunities.

Litherland Together was created after a multi agency consultation exercise took place over the summer asking residents what support and advice they would benefit from.

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For CAB appointments or for more information please call 0151 934 3800 to book.

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.”

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