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Breathe easy this week in Sefton!

In recognition of Breathe Easy Week (June 18-24) and Clean Air Day (June 21), leading health figures from Sefton Council, NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG want residents to be aware of how air quality can affect respiratory health.

 It is important for people who live and work in Sefton to understand how their health can be affected by air pollution and the actions that can be taken to reduce exposure to harmful pollutants.

 In the short term, breathing air containing pollutant gases or microscopic particles can cause irritation to the nose and throat. Over time more serious health consequences can arise, especially for older people, children and those with existing  lung conditions, including asthma. 

 However, simple changes like opting for public transport, car-sharing and minimising the use of coal fires, wood-burning stoves and garden bonfires all add up to cleaner air. 

 Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said:

“It is important for Sefton residents to be aware of the actions they can take to reduce their exposure to air pollution.

 “Car drivers can be exposed to twice as much air pollution as pedestrians and nine times more than cyclists and using quieter streets when you’re on a bike or on foot can lower your exposure to air pollution by 20%.

“By leaving the car at home and using alternative ways of travel you can reduce the impact of air pollution on your health and keep fit at the same time.”

Jenny Owen, respiratory programme lead for the CCGs, said:

“We all know that being able to breathe is vital, but sometimes pollution makes that more difficult, especially if you have conditions like asthma.

“We all have a part to play and making small changes could have long term benefits to both your health, and that of those in our community.

“All this week we’re going to be sharing hints and tips on our twitter channels on how to help reduce air pollution. Follow us at @NHSSSCCG and @NHSSFCCG.”

“If you have a chronic respiratory disease and feel like you may be affected, in the first instance visit your local pharmacist.

“They can offer tailored advice on taking extra measures such as stopping smoking and trying various breathing techniques to prevent further adverse effects and help you to better manage your condition.

”If you’re really concerned make an appointment to see your GP.”

Sefton secures £244k to help migrant children get a better start in education

Sefton Council has been awarded £244,000 to help make sure migrant schoolchildren get a better start at early years education.

 The Controlling Migration funding will help to assist primary schools in the Local Authority increase their already impressive levels of educational support to migrant children who come to live in Sefton.

 Work is now well underway to launch a two year English Language Support project which will be rolled out to primary schools across the borough.

 Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “Sefton Council has a proven track record of being an incredibly welcoming borough for all and this project will further our efforts in making sure children from all backgrounds have the best start in life, learning equally with their friends and peers.

 “This project will assist our excellent primary schools in dealing with the increased pressure caused by recent migration. 

 “We will be able to provide additional teachers and support to improve standards and outcomes for migrant children and their families in English. 

 “This will help make sure migrant children get a much better start at school and prevent diversion of teaching support away from pupils in the wider community.”

 Further announcements about the English Language Support project will be made in due course.

Air Show returns with awesome three day line-up

Three days of awe inspiring, jaw dropping aerial displays are set to make Southport skies thunder next month for the 2018 Air Show.

Starting with an exhilarating night line up of the Red Arrows, pyrotechnic laden aircraft and a thundering firework finale, the Southport Air Show promises none stop fun for all the family over three days (July 6-8).

On Friday the skies around Southport beach will be lit up with displays from The Red Arrows, The Blades, Fireflies Display Team, OTTO the Helicopter, the Tigers Free Fall Team and even the amazing Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

There will be pyros and LED lights on planes, as well as a firework finale on the beach to end the special evening, making way for two adrenaline-packed days of aviation action on Saturday and Sunday with a host of incredible displays all weekend.

To make this an incredible day out for the family there will be a host of fun filled activities taking place on the ground including military tanks, a diving tank, replica aircraft, flight simulators plus the return of the much loved beach explosions!

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member Regeneration and Skills, said: “The 27th Southport Air Show promises to be a fantastic three day event for all the family and I can’t wait to see the huge crowds across the weekend.

“Sefton Council continues to offer an incredible events programme throughout the year which caters for all the family.

“With the return of the marvellous Friday night flying displays, this promises to be an exciting weekend for the Southport Air Show and the whole of the borough.

“If you are planning to attend one of the three days, make sure to get there early and make the most of your visit to Southport and the beautiful Sefton coast.”

Discounted tickets for each day of the Air Show are available to buy in advance and start at just £6.50 (including all fees).

For more information or to book your tickets visit

Private Landlords in Sefton reminded of new licence rules

Private Landlords across Sefton are being reminded that the deadline to apply for a licence to rent out their property is fast approaching.

The deadline for applications is set for September 1 and landlords who have yet to apply are being urged to do so as soon as possible.

Since March 1, Sefton Council requires landlords of private rented properties in some parts of the borough to apply for a housing licence.

So far the Council has received hundreds of applications and are now issuing licences but many landlords have yet to apply.

If you are a private landlord in Sefton and haven’t already, you need to check whether you will need a licence to rent out your property and if so, apply for one.

If your property is in the Bootle (L20, L21) area you may need a Selective Licence.

If your property is in Seaforth (L21), Waterloo (L22), Brighton-le-Sands (L23) or Southport (PR8, PR9) AND it is a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) you may need an Additional (HMO) licence.

HMOs do include buildings that have been converted into self-contained flats where the standard of conversion does not meet that required by the Building Regulations 1991, and less than two-thirds of the flats are owner occupied.

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

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member Communities and Housing, said: “I would strongly advise all landlords to check whether their properties need a licence and, if so, to apply for one as soon as possible.

“By introducing the new licensing scheme we can help identify improvements in property management which benefits landlords and tenants alike.”

Landlord Mark Hodge from Bootle owns three rented properties and was one of the first to apply for a licence.

He said: “Moving towards a properly regulated rental market through the licensing scheme is a step in the right direction.

“Signing up and registering was made very easy and I hope more landlords do the same which can only benefit us all and our tenants.”

A rigorous enforcement regime will commence from September 1, and landlords found to be operating unlicensed properties will face prosecution or Civil Penalty Notices which carry fines up to £30,000.

The Government is also extending the scope of Mandatory HMO Licensing from October 1, 2018. All landlords of HMOs throughout the borough that meet the following criteria are required to have applied for a licence by that date, so should make an application now:
• 5 or more occupants (who comprise two or more separate family units)
• Shared amenities such as bathroom, kitchen, or toilet facilities or where all the units of accommodation are not fully self-contained (i.e. although a kitchen, bathroom or WC are provided for the tenant’s use elsewhere in the building, they are not actually situated within their unit of accommodation)

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

You can check if you need a housing licence, which type of licence you need and apply for a housing licence

If you want further details or wish to be kept informed about housing licensing please email

Sefton joins Women’s Aid to call for an end to World Cup related Domestic Violence

Sefton Council is backing the ‘Football United against Domestic Violence’ campaign by Women’s Aid to raise awareness of a rise in domestic abuse during the World Cup.

Studies have found that incidents of domestic abuse rose by 38% when the England team lose when compared with the days that England did not play during a World Cup.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “While we’re cheering on the Three Lions this month, we should not forget that there exists a small minority who use the tournament as an excuse to commit horrid acts of abuse.

“In previous World Cups, cases of domestic violence rose by an average of 25 per cent after an England match, win, lose or draw. While the vast majority of fans are good natured and enjoy what is an incredible spectacle, there is a small minority who will become more violent and put others at risk during this time.

“At Sefton we fully support Women’s Aid and their ‘Football United against Domestic Violence’ campaign, as we call upon the football community to sign a pledge to make a positive difference to raise awareness and reduce the amount of domestic abuse now and in the future.”

Katie Ghose, Chief Executive of Women’s Aid, said: “Categorically, football does not cause domestic abuse, the behaviour and actions of abusers who exert power and control over their victims cause domestic abuse.

“However, domestic abuse does not happen in a cultural vacuum. The sexist attitudes, chants and behaviour at football matches encourage an environment in which women are belittled and demeaned.

“Together, we can send out the powerful message that domestic abuse is always unacceptable and that there is no place for violence in football whether on or off the pitch.”

For more information about the Football United against Domestic Violence campaign visit

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