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Bootle schoolchildren set to raise their aspirations

Two schools in Sefton are set to benefit from a new programme aimed at getting their pupils to think about their futures.

The Raising Aspirations programme, designed by Positive Footprints, aims to improve the life chances of young people by building resilience, developing employability skills and opening up the world of work.

Students at Springwell Park Primary School and Netherton Moss Primary School are set to be the first two schools in the borough to benefit from the programme.

Raising Aspirations is a fun and engaging way to get primary school children to start thinking about their futures and developing skills which will benefit them as they move through life. The programme includes a number of business events, which give students the chance to speak to a range of businesses. In the past, this has included large multinational companies, such as Santander and North West based businesses, such as M&Y Maintenance and Construction.

Lesley Burrows, Managing Director of Positive Footprints, said: “We are delighted to bring our programme to pupils in Bootle and to be partnering with these two fantastic schools.

“Children are now forming opinions on their future career when they’re as young as seven, so it is really important that we open the world of work in primary schools.

“Raising aspirations and improving life chances for our young people should be high on everyone’s agenda. These pupils are not just our future workforce, they will form our future society, and we believe this programme will set them up to win.”

David Hird, Deputy Headteacher at Netherton Moss Primary School: “It is never too early to have an aim in life, even in Primary School, we all need something to work towards.

The final destination may change over time but the skills and experiences gained along the way help to ensure future success”

The Raising Aspirations programme is being supported by the Sovini Group, which is funding 10 schools across Merseyside.

To find out more about Positive Footprints, visit positivefootprints.co.uk

A consultation on the proposed closure of Sand Dunes Nursery School has ended

A consultation regarding the closure of Sand Dunes Nursery School, Seaforth has now ended.

Following a request from the governing body of Sand Dunes, a statutory consultation process on the proposal to close the Nursery School, was agreed in July.

Sand Dunes Nursery School has been struggling financially for a number of years. Sefton Council and the school had explored every available option before Sand Dunes formally proposed the closure.

The consultation was the first part of a 5-stage statutory process Sefton Council must follow. During this time, it was critical that all those affected could express their views and opinions.

The consultation which was originally planned for 8 weeks, was extended to a period of 9 weeks, to allow enough time for people to submit their comments and ran from July – October.

Meetings were also held with staff, governors, and parents/carers of pupils at the school.  A consultation document and forms were handed into the school and collected. Comments could also be submitted by email, via Sefton Council’s website, by letter or via the Sand Dunes Facebook page.

At its meeting on 1 November, Cabinet considered a report on the outcome of the consultation process.  There was a huge amount of support for Sand Dunes but no viable options to address the financial shortfall came forward and Cabinet agreed to publish the statutory notice.

Cabinet are also asked to agree to continue exploring alternatives with the school and to report on this and any representations received to the public notice in the new year.

Cllr John Joseph Kelly, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Children, Schools and Safeguarding, said: “Sand Dunes Nursery has been a crucial part of the community for many years. This has been demonstrated with anonline petition which has had more than 900 signatures.

“I understand that this is a difficult time for all those involved and want to thank everyone who took the time to tell us how they felt through the consultation.

“It is extremely regrettable that the governors at Sand Dunes Nursery school have had no alternative but to request a formal consultation to close, because it is no longer financially viable.

“We will now consider the responses to the statutory consultation process and will continue to make sure the community are continually updated throughout this difficult and emotive process.”

Sefton welcomes Criminal Behaviour Order for nightmare Maghull neighbour

Sefton Council and Merseyside Police have welcomed a five year Criminal Behaviour Order for a Maghull man who made his neighbour’s lives a misery. 

Charles Robert Wall, 48, of Eastway in Maghull was handed the order at South Sefton Magistrates Court on October 29, banning him from using threatening behaviour, causing an obstruction to neighbouring properties and from revving his motor engine after 6pm.

The judge’s decision was welcomed by Sefton Council’s Localities team after neighbours said they had been put under a great deal of emotional stress by the actions of Mr Wall. 

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “This nightmarish anti-social behaviour had gone on for a considerable amount of time and we have had cause to deal with Mr Wall on numerous occasions to try and mediate this behaviour.

“We are resolute in protecting a good quality of life for all of our residents and we will always, along with our partners, work hard to tackle all forms of anti-social behaviour.

“We believe this court case sends out a strong message to everyone that appalling behaviour will not be tolerated and we would like to thank those residents who have found the strength and courage to speak out about their ordeal.”

Community Policing Chief Inspector Jerry Harris said: “Criminal Behavioural Orders are an extremely effective tool in tackling persistent offenders.

“The successful application for a Criminal Behaviour Order for Wall shows our commitment, working alongside Sefton Council, to dealing robustly with repeat offenders who have a negative impact on the community.

“In this case, Wall is the definition of a nightmare neighbour and we are pleased he has been dealt with accordingly.

“We are committed to ensuring the people of Maghull and across Sefton are able to live, work and visit the area free of any harassment, distress and abuse.

“Any breach of this order will result in further action being taken against him, and we will robustly act on all information provided should Wall breach any of these conditions.”

The Criminal Behaviour Order will now be in place until 2023 and breaching this type of order can result in a custodial sentence.

For more information, help and advice on how Sefton Council can help tackle anti-social behaviour, please visit www.sefton.gov.uk.

Anyone with information on anti-social or abusive behaviour is asked to speak to local officers, contact @MerPolCC, call 101 or 999 if a crime is in progress, or you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Highways team to hold Over 60s Road Safety session

Sefton Council’s Highways Safety team are to hold a special senior’s road safety event in Ainsdale.

Drivers and other senior road users over the age of 60 years are invited to attend the event at Ainsdale Methodist Church, 688 Liverpool Road, Ainsdale on Tuesday November 13 at 10am.

Sefton’s Highways Team are hoping to use this event to promote safer use of the highway for both pedestrians and road users.

This is the latest in a series of Senior Road User events which have been taking place across Sefton over the last three years.

Cllr John Fairclough, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Locality Services, said: “Over the last few years there have been an increasing number of casualties involving the over 60s age group in collisions across Merseyside.

“That’s why our Highways Safety team at Sefton Council want to use these types of events to proactively promote safer use of the roads for both pedestrians and motorists.

“The aim is to highlight road safety issues that may affect road users over the age of 60 such as diminishing eyesight, medications and how their driving is affected.”

Guest speakers at the event will include representatives from Merseyside Police, Mersey Fire & Rescue Service, Specsavers and local health clinicians.

Lunch, as well as tea and coffee will be provided free of charge for those attending, however places are limited and booking a place is essential.

To book your place contact the Highway Safety Team on 0151 934 4259.

‘Great’ Southport visited by Great Yarmouth group for tourism tips

A delegation from Great Yarmouth visited Sefton to see at first hand the excellent work taking place in the borough’s tourism sector.

More than 35 people including staff and councillors from Great Yarmouth Borough Council and delegates from the private sector undertook a study visit to Southport.

The main focus was to learn how Sefton works with the private sector, how Southport BID operates, Sefton’s success on putting on major events, destination marketing and how we secure external funding for large investment projects.

During the visit the group had a guided tour of King’s Gardens, Southport Pier and The Atkinson and heard presentations from Sefton’s Tourism team and Southport BID. Cllr Dave Robinson, the Mayor of Sefton, also met the group.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said: “We were delighted to welcome the delegation from Great Yarmouth to our wonderful borough and the amazing resort of Southport.

“Both Great Yarmouth and Southport have a number of similarities and uses the successful visit to share our expert knowledge, best practice and learning in the Tourism sector.

“We are very proud of our working relationship with many different external partners and we shared this way of working with the delegation during their visit. We really hope the time spent in Southport will be beneficial to all partners involved.”

Karen Youngs, from Greater Yarmouth Tourism & Business Improvement Area (GYTABIA), said: “The trip was organised by the Greater Yarmouth BID with a total of 38 delegates from both the public and private sector of the borough of Great Yarmouth who stayed at the Ramada Plaza.

“All the group paid for the visit out of their own pockets in order to gain an insight on how the resort of Southport manages their BID with the forthcoming 2nd term BID vote in 2019 and the general tourism offer.

“It was agreed that this visit was amongst one of the most informative and interesting study trips with excellent presentations from Sefton Council and the Southport BID.”

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