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Advocacy groups merge to better help people in Sefton

Two groups designed to help a number of people across Sefton have merged to form a supergroup.

Sefton Pensioners’ Advocacy Centre and Sefton Advocacy are very pleased to announce that they are merging and that the new larger charity will be known as Sefton Advocacy.

Following a period of talks and consultation, the two charities decided that in order to keep providing high quality advocacy services to the people of Sefton it was in their best interests to merge and become a larger, single charity.

Sefton Pensioners’ Advocacy Centre is currently a leading force in the field of older peoples’ advocacy projects, as one of the largest independent charities with an exceptional local and national reputation.

They have over 20 years’ experience of supporting the voice of older people with specific focus on people living with Dementia, Older people affected by Cancer, Housing & Care Projects and facilitating five older peoples’ forums across Sefton.

Sefton Advocacy’s expertise lies in the fact that it continues to be the only generic service within the Borough that offers one-to-one advocacy, help, information and advice.

Alison Ayres, Service Manager of Sefton Advocacy, said

“We have seen a growth of referrals with many more residents turning to our volunteer led service for support throughout the year. As a charity, we offer a wide range of benefits to ‘Our Sefton Community’, ensuring that there is a long-established service for anyone with a problem to access.

“The merger has come about in order to ensure that all residents of Sefton can continue to have the support of Advocacy.

“In these times of austerity, the board’s of both organisations decided that to take advocacy forward in a sustainable way it was in everyone’s best interest to merge. The new charity will be a single place of contact for Advocacy across Sefton and has the potential to develop new and innovative projects and areas of support.

“Providing the most vulnerable with an independent voice can have a transforming effect upon the individual and the wider community. A merging of these two organisations will strengthen this service and voice for Sefton residents.”

Andrew Booth, Director of Sefton Pensioners’ Advocacy Centre and the new CEO of Sefton Advocacy, added:

“The support of Advocates and the strategic role for Advocacy Organisations are needed now more than ever.

“This merger will help us provide more one to one independent support for our communities, across all age groups and enable us to grow to meet the needs we, and our population, are identifying.”

Ditch Those Stabilizers returns for 2018 Half term fun

Back by popular demand during the February 2018 half term, Sefton Council is delighted to offer a number of ‘Ditch Those Stabilisers’ cycling events.

Children aged four and above can learn to ride a bike unaided at sessions in Litherland and Southport.

The events have a very high success rate and staff from the Council’s highway safety team will offer a range of practical advice to young riders and their parents.

Sessions are free but pre-booking is essential. Join in the fun at Litherland Sports Park, Boundary Lane on Tuesday, February 13 between 9am-12pm or Shoreside Primary School, Westminster Drive on Thursday, February 16 from 9am to 12pm.

Parents of youngsters that have taken part in previous sessions have said: “Thank you to you and your team for this morning’s cycling session.

“It was brilliantly run and the positive attitude and enthusiasm of you and your team was evident from the start. Great tips, great advice, and great results.

“We have absolutely loved the session learning skills to carry this on and enjoy cycling together as a family!”

Pre booking is essential due to popularity. To register, call Sefton Council, on 0345 140 0845.’

New changes for Private Rented Landlords & Tenants

From March 1, 2018 landlords who privately rent out their properties will be required to obtain a new licence from Sefton Council if their properties are located within selected areas in the borough.

Sefton Council approved the implementation of two new housing licensing schemes in September, 2017 in separate areas of the borough. Both schemes will run until the end of February 2023.

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Sefton designated an area of Bootle as being subject to Selective licensing, (all privately rented properties) and has designated parts of Seaforth, Waterloo, Brighton-le-Sands and Southport as being subject to Additional licensing.

Additional licensing requires all houses defined as a house in multiple occupation (HMO) to apply for a housing licence.  Mandatory licensing for larger HMO properties is currently a national requirement.

A full list of all streets affected along with further details of the schemes, licensing conditions and fees are available on

Landlords will be required to meet a range of licence conditions, and show that they have appropriate management arrangements in place.

It is an offence, which can result in fines of any amount, if the landlord or person in control of the property:

•           fails to apply for a licence for a licensable property, or
•           allows a property to be occupied by more people than is permitted under the licence
•           breaches any of the licence conditions

If you are a landlord, a person managing a property within the areas of the designation you are advised to check whether your property will require a licence and ensure that you apply for one per property.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member Communities and Housing, said: “We have areas where many properties currently fail to meet the required homes standard, which can have a terrible impact on the health and welfare of their tenants and their wider communities.

“The schemes we have introduced aim to reduce that by making sure private landlords meet satisfactory standards of tenancy and property management.

“But it is also about tenants behaving in a way that does not blight or impact on their community and shows respect for their neighbours.

“If you are a landlord renting a property in any of the designated areas, you must check whether your property will need a licence from March 1, 2018.”

Landlords can apply for a reduced fee for either applying within the first 3 months of the scheme, being accredited or when a Sefton accredited managing agent is appointed by the landlord to be the licence holder. Further details of the reduced fees are available on the Council’s website.

Further details of Sefton’s property (and managing agent) accreditation schemes are available on Early application for property accreditation is encouraged.

Work starts on new £20 million Southport Hospital

Health chiefs got an early Christmas present when construction of Southport’s new £20 million mental health hospital got underway with a ceremony to mark ground breaking on the site.

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust Chairman Beatrice Fraenkel and Chief Executive Joe Rafferty were joined by construction partners and guests for the sod-cutting to commemorate the official start of building and ground works.

It will give a new lease of life to the historic site situated off Scarisbrick New Road, rejuvenating the only remaining hospital provision left on the former Southport General Infirmary site. The new-build will replace Mersey Care’s existing Boothroyd Unit located there, as well as nearby Hesketh Centre, which will close once the new facility is complete.

 The hospital will combine local mental health inpatient care and some related community services on one site, with its own parking and close to a main route well served by buses. All 44 bedrooms will all be single with en-suite bathrooms and patients will have access to inner garden courtyards, therapy and activity areas. There will be an on-site café for patients, visitors and staff, a family visiting room and sacred space, suite of offices and outpatient services.

Mersey Care’s Design Champion and Chairman Beatrice Fraenkel:

“We know that the right physical environment helps recovery and the design of our new building has been developed together with our service users and staff to ensure it’s both beautiful and therapeutic – and a great place to work.”

Chief Executive Joe Rafferty added:

“People in our care deserve the best standards of accommodation and therapeutic environments within the resources we have. This new hospital builds on the success of our most recent hospital at Clock View, Walton, and goes a long way towards parity for the people of Sefton who access our services.”

At the launch were representatives of Liverpool and Sefton Health Partnership (LSHP), which has over the past 12 years delivered 15 new health facilities, representing a capital investment of over £150 million across Liverpool and Sefton. LSHP General Manager Mike Webb said:

“LSHP has been honoured to be part of the health transformation that continues to take place across Merseyside. It is great to see a much-needed, modern mental health unit taking shape on the old Infirmary site, replacing two older units and aiding improved patient care.”

Carrying out construction over the next two years will be Farran Heron Joint Venture (FHJV), who built Mersey Care’s award-winning hospital at Clock View in Walton, which opened in March 2015. Commercial Director at FHJV Noel Mullan said:

“Farran Heron Joint Venture aim to have a positive impact on the local community by providing job opportunities and promoting careers in construction with neighbouring schools and colleges. We look forward to working closely with our health partners and the local community while delivering the scheme.”

The construction team are now working closely with Sefton Council to ensure safe access arrangements are put in place before heavy site equipment is moved on site.

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 You can find out more about the wider investment across the Liverpool city region at  

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