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Have your say on Sefton’s road network

Residents and visitors to Sefton are being encouraged to have their say on the borough’s highway network.

Each year Sefton Council conducts a detailed survey to find out what residents, commuters and visitors alike think of the highways around the borough.

Launched in June and running until September 7, the survey seeks feedback on a range of services provided, including road defects, street lights, pavements, traffic management, cycling facilities and road safety.

The results of the survey are then published on Sefton Council’s website, and the data captured helps to inform service planning and prioritisation in the coming months and years.

Cllr John Fairclough, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Locality Services, said: “Our highway network is the largest asset that Sefton Council is responsible for.

“It is important that it works for everyone who lives, works and has fun in our borough.

“Last year’s survey proved popular with a great deal of engagement – our highways are clearly something local residents feel are very important.

“The feedback that we received was exceptionally useful and I encourage as many people as possible to take part this year. It’s really easy to get involved.”

To take part in the survey, visit www.sefton.gov.uk/transportation

Local companies and start ups find Sefton is open for business

Sefton Council has been spreading the message that the borough is open for business and ready for the future.

As part of a jam-packed calendar of commerce friendly events, local businesses, start-ups and budding entrepreneurs benefitted from the insight of thought leaders, successful peers from the world of business, key organisations as well signposting to funding and support to help make their ventures a success.

Organised by Invest Sefton, the enterprise, business support and inward investment arm of Sefton Council, the Sefton Economic Forum (June 8) and the Business Start Up Conference (June 20) enjoyed big turnouts during a very busy period for Invest Sefton, including the International Business Festival and the Liverpool City Region Skills Show.

The Economic Forum gave local businesses and residents the opportunity to enjoy talks from and a Q&A session with key speakers, including respected sports journalist Tony Evans; Robin Tudor from Liverpool John Lennon Airport; Rob Capleton from Liverpool International Business Festival and Head of Commissioning at Sefton Council, Peter Moore.

Organised in partnership between Invest Sefton, The Enterprise Hub and Kevin Murphy, Managing Director of host Venue Rent a Space, the Start-ups Conference saw budding entrepreneurs flock to the Bootle venue as over 50 would be business owners enjoyed “A Taste of Business”.

Hosted and curated by Kevin, a passionate advocate of local business, the event was open to anyone thinking of starting a new business or at the early stages of their new enterprise.

Attendees heard from Invest Sefton and The Women’s Organisation about the support available to them, as well as real world anecdotes and advice from businesses based at Rent a Space, including family run business Perfect Samosa, Workout Liverpool fitness gym and fashion designer Alex Meade.

Kristina Swift of Invest Sefton pictured with Kevin Murphy of Venue Rent a Space

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills at Sefton Council said:

“Sefton really is open for business and hungry to do business, as the fantastic turnout for  the Economic Forum and start-ups conference demonstrated, although the three Ps of pizza, prosecco and Peroni lager may have helped!

“In all seriousness, the Council is working tirelessly to make Sefton a place where businesses want to grow and invest, bringing jobs and prosperity to our communities. Events such as those hosted by Invest Sefton are vital part of the local authority’s role of facilitator for economic growth as we work towards our vision for the borough in 2030.

“If you are a local business, looking to go into business for yourself or bring your enterprise to our beautiful borough, make sure you contact Invest Sefton to support and advise you.”

For more information, contact Invest Sefton on 0151 934 3452, by email or visit them online

One Vision Housing awarded £10k to host events to tackle loneliness

Sefton-based social housing association, One Vision Housing have been awarded £10,000 by the Big Lottery Fund to support ‘Celebrate the Good Times’, a series of four community events which aims to bring people together and tackle social isolation.

Social and retirement housing provider One Vision Housing (OVH) are addressing the issues of loneliness and lack of social interaction in older generations.

Studies show that social events can improve mental and emotional wellbeing as well as lower depression and anxiety.

The housing association successfully applied for National Lottery Awards for All funding towards four, free entry, community events taking place between June and December 2018.

OVH are working with different local organisations to invite individuals who would benefit from the social interaction afforded by the events.

The first of the four events was The Great Get Together (a More In Common project in partnership with the Jo Cox Foundation) which took place at the Bootle Firwood Cricket Club on Friday 22nd June.

Other events include a Suffragette-themed afternoon tea with live entertainment to celebrate Older Person’s Day in October, a WWI centenary event involving the Armed Forces and local veterans, and a Christmas Day Lunch where guests, who may be spending the holidays alone, can enjoy a three course meal in the company of fellow attendees and volunteers.

OVH Head of Customer Empowerment, Ann Owens said: “We were overjoyed to be awarded this funding which allows us to reach more people in our communities. It’ll make a real difference to those who may be socially isolated and wanting to get out a bit more and meet new people.”

For more information about One Vision Housing and their work in the community, visit ovh.org.uk

Don’t score an own goal this week! Stay cool in the hot weather

With weather forecasters predicting a hot, sunny week ahead, and the bonus of another England football match, health leaders in Sefton are encouraging people to stay cool. 

 If you’re combining the footie with a few beers and a BBQ afterwards, remember that alcohol increases your risk of dehydration. Don’t score an own goal; take care to stay hydrated and use sunscreen.  

 With temperatures predicted to reach 28°C on Merseyside, sun worshippers are being urged to take it easy in the heat by following this simple advice:

  • Drink cold drinks and avoid tea, coffee and alcohol which can dehydrate you
  • Use sunscreen with a SPF of at least 15, make sure that it is still in date, follow the pack instructions and apply at regular intervals – otherwise it is ineffective
  • Use sunscreen together with shade and clothing to protect your skin from burning – never use sunscreen as a reason to stay longer in direct sunlight
  • Make sure you have water with you
  • Check on elderly and vulnerable neighbours and friends who may find the heat too much. The heat can be dangerous for the very young, older people or those with serious illnesses. In particular, it can make heart and respiratory problems worse.

 Debbie Fagan, chief nurse at NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “Most of us will be making the most of the warm weather we’re currently enjoying, but it’s important we don’t end up regretting it either.

“Sunscreen, shade and plenty of water, especially if you’ve been drinking alcohol, are the three main things you should be doing to keep yourself healthy.

“If you feel unwell after being in the sun for some time, it’s a good idea to go somewhere cool to rest and have a cool shower or bath.  If you are breathless, or are confused or dizzy, call NHS 111 straight away, they’ll be able to give you more advice.”

 Your local pharmacy can also help provide over the counter remedies during the summer.   The NHS Choices website is also full of help and advice www.nhs.uk.

Actor and interviewer Gyles Brandreth brings his hilarious show to the Atkinson.

Actor, author and One Show reporter Gyles Brandreth is coming to  the Atkinson with his new one-man show Break a Leg!

 This show promises to have everyone roaring in the theatre aisles with laughter.

Gyles said, “The new show is a celebration of some of my favourite actors – people I’ve met and admired.  The show will include the day I shared a stage with Laurence Olivier and the night I shared a dressing room with the stripper at Bernard Manning’s club in Manchester. ”

 When Gyles interviewed his dear friend Joanna Lumley (In a car park adjacent to The Absolutely Fabulous rehearsal room)… this happened as Gyles recalled…

It is 9.00 am: we are sitting in the sun, by her car (an unspectacular green Nissan), drinking take-away cappuccino from paper cups: Jo does not eat breakfast; she barely eats lunch; in the evening she toys with a lettuce leaf.  (She is a committed vegetarian, with a soft spot for cigarettes and fine wine.)  I cut to the chase.  She is beautiful.  She has energy, style, class.  For many she is a fantasy woman.  What is her fantasy of herself, I asked Joanna…she throws back her head and laughs.  ‘It changes all the time.  At the moment I’m going through a Doris Day period.  I want to wear perky, gingham dresses.  Actually, I don’t want to look like Doris Day.  I’d like to look more like Brigitte Bardot, with cute little dark glasses.  I’d either be cycling with a puppy in the front basket on my bicycle, or I’d be driven in a sports car, or possibly I’d be sitting sideways, without a helmet, on a Lambretta, whipping through Rome.”

 Gyles has starred in The West End and on TV for decades, Gyles added, ” As a performer I have appeared in pantomime, Wilde and Shakespeare. I’m privileged to know some wonderful theatre folk, from the effortlessly charming Vincent Price to the endlessly dazzling Maggie Smith.  On his ninetieth birthday, we invited the great Sir John Gielgud to join us both for lunch.  The actress Glenda Jackson made up the fourth.  When Sir John arrived, I told him how honoured we all felt that he should choose to celebrate his ninetieth birthday with us.  ‘Oh, my dears,’ he replied in that beautiful fluting voice of his, ‘I’m delighted.  You see, all my real friends are dead.”

 Gyles is one of the UK’s most recognisable names and is truly amazing live, ‘Break a Leg!‘ promises to be a side splitting evening of amazing comedic stories and one not to be missed!

Break a Leg! starring Gyles Brandreth comes to The Atkinson on
Sat 7 July at 7.30p. To book call Box Office on 01704 53333 or book online at theatkinson.co.uk.

Visit the website theatkinson.co.uk and join our mailing list to keep up to date with the full programme of events coming to the venue soon.

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