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Klondyke Redevelopment

Sefton Council has announced that the Bellway Homes are set to commence work at the Klondyke Development on Monday, March 13.

The major milestone will see the construction of 142 homes on the site which has already been cleared and prepared for redevelopment.

 Cllr Trish Hardy, Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “I am delighted that work is finally set to start on this development, bringing much needed quality housing to the borough.

“Importantly this development will have wider reaching impact on regeneration with increased footfall for local shops and businesses.

“The new estate which has already been finished is an example of the future of the Klondyke and the future of Bootle. I look forward to seeing this final project completed.”

Budget 2017/2018

Due to huge budget savings Sefton Council has to achieve and the spiralling cost of Adult Social Care, Council Tax for 2017/18 will rise by 4.99% for Sefton Council services. The total Council Tax, including Police and Fire services charges, will increase by 4.55%. This evening (March 2) councillors at Bootle Town Hall approved a Council Tax increase in 2017/18 of 1.99% along with a Social Care Council Tax Precept of 3% in 2017/18. This results in an overall increase in Council Tax for Sefton Council services of 4.99% in 2017/18. Due to central Government policy, between 2011-17, Sefton Council has faced a funding gap of £169m. Between 2017-20 a further £64m of savings has been identified to set a balanced budget. This is a total funding gap of £233m. In total, the Council will have lost 51% of Government funding between 2010 and 2020. This is equivalent to £722 from every household in Sefton. Delivering a further £64m savings on top of the £169m achieved to date will have a significant impact on the delivery of Council services. The approved report also explains how the budget setting process links with the Sefton 2030 Vision. It also outlines the four key areas of a new Framework for Change which the Council is now embarking on: Economic Growth, Public Sector Reform (changing how the council does things), Service and Corporate Savings Options and Strategic Investment.

Cllr Ian Maher, Labour Leader at Sefton Council, said: “By law we have to set a balanced budget and it is with a heavy heart we have opted for a 4.99% Council Tax increase for Sefton Council services for 2017/18.  “This includes the maximum we can raise it specifically for Adult Social Care. But what is deeply disappointing is that the Government knows that Adult Social Care is underfunded and their response is to pass the buck onto local Council Tax payers. “Not only is this unacceptable, it will not even scratch the surface of what this Council needs to care for its older vulnerable people. We will of course continue to prioritise services to vulnerable people but this is getting more and more difficult as cuts get deeper and deeper. “Ultimately we have no option other than to increase our Council Tax. Savage cuts by Government of over 50% means that the only alternative is to make even bigger cuts to other local services. “The average Band C property will go up by about £1.17 a week for Sefton Council services. This small weekly increase in Council Tax is essential for us as the Government has reduced our money by the equivalent of £722 from every household in Sefton between 2010 and 2020. “Our residents told us what matters to them through the Imagine Sefton 2030 consultation and what money we have needs to achieve the best outcomes for all our communities while protecting the most vulnerable. “To put it into context, the £64m we have to save is the equivalent to our total spend each year on safeguarding children, emptying your bins, libraries, getting rid of your rubbish, parks and open spaces and cleaning your streets. Try to imagine losing all of that! “How we operate will have to change and people must understand that we cannot do everything we have done in the past. What money we have needs to achieve the best outcomes for all our communities. “The foundations for the future are now being laid through the drive for economic growth across the whole of the borough. This will lead to the creation of more quality jobs, economic prosperity and potentially new income streams for the council.”

The increase in Council Tax for a Band C property (for Sefton Council services) will rise from £1.217.93 in 2016/17 to £1,278.70 for 2017/18. Including Police and Fire services the rise for a Band C property will be from £1,427.43 in 2016/17 to £1,492.31 in 2017/18. This excludes the amounts charged by Parish Councils for homes in their areas.

Liverpool Council awards contract for £18m road scheme

Liverpool City Council has appointed a construction company to create a new dual carriageway on a major route into Liverpool city centre.

National contractor Osborne’s Liverpool based project team won the tender, worth £18m, to widen the A565 (Great Howard Street/Derby Road) with work set to begin in April.

Upgrading the route, which handles traffic between Sefton and Liverpool along the northern docks, also forms part of a major regeneration drive.

The new 2.7km long stretch in the city’s Atlantic corridor is seen as crucial to a new creative village in the area – called Ten Streets – with the council set to announce a vision for the scheme this Thursday, 2 February.

The new dual carriageway will also pave the way for a major revamp of the historic Regent Road – aka “the Dock Road” – to make that more pedestrian and bike friendly, creating a continuous cycle route from Crosby to Liverpool.

Lane restrictions rather than a road closure will be deployed to minimise disruption on the A565, which is also currently having a new £10m bridge created that will enable freight to travel to and from the new £400m Liverpool2 deep water container terminal.

The scheme, which includes improved paving, traffic signals and street lighting, will complete as follows:

  • Phase 1 – between King Edward Street and Blackstone Street – new dual carriageway section
  • Phase 2 – between Bankhall Street to Millers Bridge – new dual carriageway section
  • Phase 3 – Improvements to Regent Road – new cycle and pedestrian facilities

Expected to finish by Spring 2019, the works are part of Liverpool City Council’s wider £250m Better Roads programme to improve the city’s road infrastructure and will be complemented by the creation of a new £20m waterfront link road at the city centre end of the A565.

 

Councillor Malcom Kennedy, Liverpool’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: “I’m delighted a company committed to engaging local Liverpool supply partners has won this contract as we are very keen to ensure Liverpool’s regeneration stimulates the local economy at every level. The A565 is a vital artery in North Liverpool and making it a full dual carriageway is part of a much wider plan to improve the transport infrastructure and stimulate a long overdue renaissance in our Atlantic Corridor. I’m especially excited by the fact that this scheme will give Regent Road a completely new lease of life. It will also provide a solid platform for the Ten Streets creativity zone to flourish and prosper.”

 

John Dowsett, Managing Director – Infrastructure at Osborne, said: ‘’This award is highly significant in our business strategy as we continue to target opportunities with forward thinking Local Authorities who recognise the importance and value of a collaborative approach with their partners and suppliers. This project presents another excellent opportunity to support our public authority customers in the on-going challenge of delivering increasing highway capacity within reducing capital and operational budgets. Working with Liverpool City Council further enhances our growing geographical presence and expansion into the North West.’’

 

Cllr John Fairclough, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member Locality Services, added: “This is a great example of Local Authorities within the City Region working in partnership to deliver a scheme which will benefit residents and business across Sefton and Liverpool. We are keen to see the positive impact this exciting project will have on improving links between Sefton and Liverpool. The proposed cycle facility along Regent Road will also form part of a continuous route linking Crosby, Bootle and Liverpool. We look forward to continuing this collaborative working with the newly appointed contractor.”

 

Carriageway Surface Dressing Programme 2016/17

Sefton Council is informing residents about problems in the surfacing materials recently applied to road across the borough.

 The treatment, which is designed to seal the existing road surface from the ingress of water and protect its underlying structural layers from further deterioration, is applied along with stone chippings to improve the level of skid resistance.

 Unfortunately since its application August 2016, a number of the treated roads have failed and will need to be repaired.

 The Council is working with its surfacing contractor to determine the cause of the problems and all costs associated with the repairs will be met by them.

 Surfacing dressing can only be applied between the months of May and August due to the warmer weather and therefore Sefton Council’s contractor will be undertaking mechanical sweeping as an interim measure.

A spokesman for Sefton Council said: “We would like to apologise to local residents and assure everyone that the failed works will be rectified at no cost to the Council.”

Sandy Road – Seaforth

Sefton Council is warning motorists that it will be carrying resurfacing works on Sandy Road, Seaforth in the coming weeks.

The scheme, which stretches the whole carriageway and roundabout from the junction with Claremont and Ewart Road up to 57 Sandy Road, will start on Monday, February 27 and a road closure will be in place each evening from 7pm for around a week.

Access for pedestrians and emergency vehicles will be maintained at all time, while residents will be able to enter and leave when it is safe to do so.

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