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New houses go electric

Sefton Council has approved a requirement for new houses in the borough to have electric vehicle charging points as standard.

 The requirement, contained in the New Housing Supplementary Planning Document will mean that all new housing developments with dedicated parking will have to provide at least one electric vehicle charging point. For housing with communal parking, at least 1 in 10 parking spaces must provide an electric vehicle charging point.

 The Sustainable Travel and Development Supplementary Planning Document also contains a requirement for commercial developments to provide charging points.

 This comes as part of the Council’s action plan to reduce air pollution across the borough by providing better infrastructure for electric vehicles to support the transition away from polluting diesel and petrol cars.

 It is hoped that the new approach will encourage the use of electric vehicles and in turn reduce the air pollution caused by diesel and petrol car emissions as well as helping to reduce carbon emissions. 

 Cllr Daren Veidman, Cabinet Member Planning and Building Control, said: “This very welcome initiative shows Sefton Council’s commitment to creating an environment that is ready for the future by providing infrastructure that supports electric vehicles.

 “It will help to encourage the use of electric vehicles and reduce the harmful pollution emitted from petrol and diesel cars.”

 Cllr Paulette Lappin, Cabinet Member for Regulatory, Compliance and Corporate Services, added: “I am delighted we are requiring new development to provide electric vehicle charging points, it will have a positive impact on the health of Sefton residents and will contribute to the fight against air pollution.”

Local NHS staff and Asda celebrate the NHS’ 70th birthday

Local NHS and Asda staff brought the national NHS 70th celebrations to shoppers in Southport.  

Staff from NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) held a roadshow in Southport’s Asda on Monday (9 July).  Local people were able to share their experiences of the NHS in the past, present and importantly find out about future plans for local healthcare. Many shoppers also signed up to receive regular updates from their local CCG.  

Dr Rob Caudwell, chair of Southport and Formby CCG, said:

“The 70th anniversary of the NHS is an important milestone for both staff and patients, and our team really enjoyed sharing the celebrations with local shoppers. We would like to thank Asda, for their support, and everyone who took part in an NHS70 event over the past week.

“These events are a chance for us to share our work with the community and listen to local views and experiences. We are holding our next Big Chat/Annual Review meeting in September and I would like to encourage people to come along and find out more about their NHS.”

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the NHS and is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the achievements of one of the nation’s most loved institutions and to appreciate the vital role the service plays in our lives. It is also a time to recognise and thank the extraordinary NHS staff – the everyday heroes – who are there to guide, support and care for us, day in, day out.

The NHS 70th celebrations will continue locally with an NHS@70 Big Chat/Annual Review event being held on Tuesday, 11 September 1- 4.30pm at the Royal Clifton Hotel. A marketplace is being organised by the CCG to showcase local health services, share information on the future of the local NHS and give people the chance to have their say. 

If you’d like to attend the NHS@70 Big Chat / Annual Review or find out more about getting involved in the work of your local NHS, please email communications@sefton.nhs.uk or call 0151 317 8456.

Do you know your rubbish responsibilities?

Sefton Council is reminding residents across the borough of their duty of care when using doorstep salespeople to get rid of household waste.

The plea follows an incident whereby three sofas and a bed were dumped outside South Sefton Recycling Centre on July 16.

Environmental Officers are now investigating and are confident that they will find those responsible.

Many residents hire third parties to take away household waste and large bulky items from their properties – but most do not know the rules and regulations that cover these types of waste disposal.

By law, individuals are required to make sure the individuals or firm removing their waste is authorised to do so and is registered with the Environment Agency as an official waste carrier, and uses an approved trade waste site.

It is also vital to retain the name and address of the person or firm disposing of your waste.

If flytipped waste is traced back to a particular property, the householder could be fined if they cannot properly identify who they used to get rid of their waste.

Similarly, residents should also be cautious of any door-to-door salespeople offering their services for work to be done on or around a property.

Cllr Paulette Lappin, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regulation and Compliance, said: “Recently we have experienced issues with members of the public not complying with their legal responsibilities to ensure any waste they produce is removed by a registered carrier.

“This can be from a doorstep call, social media or shop noticeboard but the responsibility is with the household to check they are legitimate first before they employ them.

“Too many residents are employing people to take waste away which is then being flytipped in the borough.

“Householders are required to make a simply check with the Environment Agency in order to ascertain if the person that they are passing their waste to is a registered waste carrier.

“Ask to see their waste carrier license issued by the Environment Agency or contact the Environment Agency directly on 08708 506 506 and ask for a free instant Waste Carrier Validation Check. Alternatively you can check online on the Environment Agency website.

“Even after you’ve checked, keep their details so that if flytipping does occur, you can show that you acted responsibly.

“You can do this is many ways, such as asking for an official invoice or a form with all of their details on.

“If they are not prepared to give you their details, don’t employ them. Always consider getting a number of quotes for any pieces of work or ask friends and family for recommendations.”

For more information about waste disposal visit www.sefton.gov.uk/bins-recycling

People living with cancer invited to chat about their health and wellbeing

People across Southport and Formby who are affected by cancer are invited to find out more about the range of health and wellbeing support available to them on Thursday 19 July.

The Southport Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre, a joint partnership set up by Macmillan and NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), is holding a Health and Wellbeing event in partnership with Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, at the Royal Clifton Hotel in Southport from 2pm – 4.30pm.

The aim of the afternoon is to support people in adjusting to life with and beyond cancer by providing information on the wide range of services which are available locally as well as healthy living activities.

There will be a number of information stalls for people to visit and access support from cancer nurse specialists, support groups and other key organisations.   The main talk will be around community support led by Hannah Bland (Community Connector for Southport) from Sefton CVS. 

People will be able to take part in two breakout sessions, “Fear of recurrence” by Alexandra Waddington, Assistant Psychologist for Clinical Health Psychology and Community Pain Service, Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust and “The Importance of Self-Management” by Cass Garner, Colorectal Support Worker for Southport and Ormskirk NHS Hospital Trust.

There will also be a healthy eating demonstration on the day, a pilates taster session, Boots mini pamper sessions and hand massages by Sefton OPERA throughout the afternoon.

Dr Graeme Allan, Macmillan GP and NHS Southport and Formby CCG cancer clinical lead, said:

“These events are ideal for people to come along and meet others who have had a similar experience. It is always useful to share and the hope is that there may be an activity or group out there that suits an individual’s needs, so you might go away with an idea of what we can help you with. It’s a friendly and informative event and everyone is very welcome.”

 

Sonia Holdsworth, Macmillan Partnership Quality Lead for Cheshire and Merseyside, said:

“We saw over 150 people at the last event and we hope to see even more this time, they are always a great success and the more people we can support the better.

“The feedback we get is that people enjoy meeting others they can chat to, whether that be other patients, clinical nurse specialists or someone from a support group. Many people who come to the centre or one of our events have joined one of the support groups such as the walking, cycling or craft group, which they feel is another good way to meet others and get out and about during or after treatment.” 

 

Elaine Deeming, Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust’s lead cancer nurse, said:

“We’re delighted to continue to build on the success of previous health and well-being clinics. The events provide access to the wide range of services available locally in one venue, making it easier for our attendees.”

 

Anyone affected by cancer, either recently or in the past, as well as family and friends supporting others are welcome to book onto this free event.

The events are friendly and educational with the opportunity for visitors to chat to cancer nurse specialists, key organisations and support groups. The Macmillan Singing Group will also be performing on arrival, to welcome people to the event.

The Health and Wellbeing events are free of charge and refreshments are provided, but booking is essential. To book onto the next event please call 01704 533024 or email: sfccg.macmillancic@nhs.net.

For more information about the work of the Macmillan Information and Support Centre on Stanley Street in Southport, please see the website: www.southportmacmillancentre.org.uk

You can watch a video here about the regular events in Southport: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GL4Fakg6dYU

Young people in Sefton have their say on changes to sex education in schools

Young people from SYMBOL (Sefton Youth Making Better Opportunities with Leaders) have been making their voices heard over plans to improve Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) and Personal, Social, Health Education (PSHE) in schools.  

 The Department of Education is considering updating the existing Sex and Relationship guidance which was last revised in 2000.

 At a recent SYMBOL meeting held at Bootle Town Hall, young people from across the borough discussed the topic.

 Being a member of SYMBOL means a young person can play an active role in their community, with a direct line of communication with key decision makers, such as councillors and senior managers at Sefton Council including representatives from Public Health. They meet three times a year at different locations across the borough. 

 At the meeting young people talked about their experiences of sex education in school and gave advice on how it can be changed to be more effective. They believed that they would benefit more by having discussions about thoughts, feelings and the various issues surrounding relationships.

 Cllr John Joseph Kelly, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Children, Schools and Safeguarding, was at the meeting. He said: “Some great points were raised by the young people attending the meeting. 

 “As a new curriculum in SRE and PSHE is shaped, it is important that we listen to young people’s views and experiences in order to make lessons relevant to them and their needs.

 “Young people believed that some teachers may be embarrassed when talking about the subject and understand it may be difficult for them to make the transition from teaching their usual curriculum subject, to having open discussions about sex and relationships. Advice like this is really relevant and will be shared with Public Health.” 
  
 During the meeting there was a performance from Access27, a theatre company which portrays the issues which effect young people. The hard hitting ‘Like Glue’ exposed relationship abuse in 5 scenarios including domestic abuse and controlling behaviour. This creative and emotive piece brought the issues to life, leaving a lasting impression on the room.
 
 Also on the agenda and keeping to the important topic of sex and relationships, young people and key figures took part in a session which raised awareness of the increase of on-line sexual abuse and e-safety. The workshop gave a greater understanding of how to spot the warning signs that a young person is being targeted and how to report any incidents. 

 For more information visit: www.consult.education.gov.uk/life-skills/pshe-rse-call-for-evidence/ and www.listentomystory.co.uk

 To get involved in SYMBOL contact Rob Hancock on 07792 315 890

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