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Liverpool City Region lead the way on local energy

Liverpool City Region has been nominated to host a new North West Energy Hub, which will help consolidate the region’s strengths as a leading player in sustainable energy.

Endorsed by the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and Combined Authority Boards, the Hub will provide expertise and resources to help local authorities and LEPs across the North West prioritise and deliver local energy projects.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is considering funding the Hub as part of its Local Energy programme, which was announced in the Clean Growth Strategy last October.

The Hub will cover the five LEP areas in the North West (Cheshire & Warrington; Cumbria; Lancashire; Greater Manchester and Liverpool City Region) who will work together to coordinate local action to support the energy agenda.

Steve Rotheram, Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor, said:

“This is great news for the Liverpool City Region and will enable us to further consolidate our reputation as one of the UK’s leading regions for sustainable energy.
“We are already home to a hugely important low-carbon cluster, with 1400 companies, employing 23,000 people and contributing £2bn to the city region economy. And through projects such as harnessing the power of the River Mersey, we will build on that in the years to come.
“Clean, low carbon energy production is the key to the future economic prosperity of our city region. Combining predictable and plentiful renewable energy with world-class digital connectivity will give us a unique competitive edge as a global investment destination.”

Welcoming the North West Energy Hub, Liverpool City Region LEP Chair Asif Hamid MBE, said:

“This is not just fantastic news for the City Region but also for the wider North West. For us, the opportunity to host the North West Local Energy Hub in the City Region is a chance to show national and regional leadership in the energy agenda that has been identified as a key priority of the City Region, for the LEP, Metro Mayor and the Northern Powerhouse.

“Importantly, the creation of a Local Energy Hub will also enable us to identify projects suitable for low carbon investment aligned with our city region strategic ambitions which, in turn, can enable our local economy to seize opportunities and implement projects that will deliver investment, jobs and local growth.”

The Local Energy Hub is expected to commence in April 2018. The appointment of the Liverpool City Region LEP as lead for the Local Energy Hub and associated funding are subject to Government approval.

Football Pitches

Following discussions with the managing agents from the district leagues, matches on all Sefton Council playing fields have been postponed this weekend (Saturday, January 20, and Sunday, January 21, 2018).

 The decision has been taken due to the current ground conditions caused by the recent poor weather and the present forecast.

 The managing agents will notify relevant clubs and leagues affected.

Resort workshop need more volunteers

MakeIt Workshop, a not-for-profit social enterprise based in Southport, are on the lookout for more volunteers.

The MakeIt team run fundraising shops in the town and a workshop where they test and repair items such as renovated telephones and other interesting and quirky items.

They are currently looking for volunteers to join their team.

A spokesman for the workshop said: “We need volunteers to help in our very busy shop in the heart of Southport.

“The shop is open from 12pm – 5pm Tuesday to Saturday and we need you to serve on the till, greet customers, receive donations and help to keep the store neat and tidy.

“No qualifications or previous experience necessary as training will be given.

“With busy lives, it can be hard to find time to volunteer. However, the benefits of volunteering are enormous to you, your family, and your community. The right match can help you to reduce stress, find friends, reach out to the community, learn new skills, and even advance your career.

“We really look forward to hearing from you.”

For more information call 01704 535123 or email MakeIt.Southport@gmail.com.

MakeIt Workshop are based in Cambridge Walks, Cambridge Arcade, Southport.

Opening times are Tuesday to Saturday 12 noon till 5pm.

 

Keep Warm, Keep Well event at The Atkinson

Sefton continues to help vulnerable people get through winter by hosting a Keep Warm, Keep Well event next month.

The Local Authority, alongside Sefton OPERA are supporting the National Energy Action’s Warm Homes Campaign by organising an event at the Atkinson Arts Centre, Southport on February 19 from 11am.

A recent report highlighted that over a million families won’t be able to meet basic costs of living this winter, facing an income shortfall of up to £9,331 per year.

Many vulnerable people will be hit hard, including older people and those in ill-health, living in energy inefficient homes that are difficult and expensive to heat.

Cllr Catie Page, Sefton Council’s Fuel Poverty Champion, said:

“Living in a cold damp home can lead to extremely poor health, especially for the more vulnerable members of our community.

“There is however excellent work going on locally to tackle this problem. I urge anyone living in a cold home or concerned about their energy bills to come along to our Keep Warm, Keep Well on February 19.”

Information stands will be open between 11am and 12.30pm, followed by a free tea dance from 1.30pm.

If you are unable to attend but would like to know more about help with your energy bills, contact Sefton’s Affordable Warmth Team on 0151 934 2222.

Litterbugs in court after being caught dropping rubbish

Litter louts who have been caught irresponsibly disposing of rubbish in Sefton have been convicted in court this week, leading to fines totaling more than £1,000

Three people, all from the Southport area of Sefton failed to appear at South Sefton Magistrates court this week (Tuesday, January 16) after they were spotted by enforcement officers littering in the borough.

Phillip Coates, 57, of Scarisbrick New Road, Southport was found guilty in absence and fined £350.

Stephen Knight, 33, of Central Avenue, Birkdale was found guilty in absence and fined £350.

Malcolm Webb, 34, of Part Street, Southport was found guilty in absence and fined £350.

A spokesman for Sefton Council said:

“It’s simple. If you drop litter and our enforcement officers catch you, you will be fined £75.

“If you fail to pay and your case goes to court, then the fine can be considerably higher.

“It’s a criminal offence to litter and we will not hesitate to fine those who deliberately make our beautiful borough untidy.

“People need to think twice before just throwing their waste away and court cases like these highlight what can happen if you are caught. Either take it home or use a bin.”

For more information about litter, visit www.sefton.gov.uk/bins-recycling/litter-and-fly-tipping.

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