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Mayor Musings- From the Citizens 4 Good Awards to attending the Clarence House Art Exhibition

I had another rather busy week in which I had the pleasure of attending 7 engagements which varied from giving out certificates at the Citizens 4 Good Awards evening to attending the intriguing Clarence House Art Exhibition.

Tuesday 10th July (13:30): Bootle Older Person’s Forum Tour – BTH

It is always a pleasure to give a guided tour of our splendid Bootle Town Hall and Tuesday was no different. Group tours our always an honour to do as it gives me the opportunity to show how proud I am of being the Mayor of Sefton and show off this fascinating building with all its history.


Wednesday 11th July (18:30): Sefton Sports Awards

I and the Mayoress always look forward to awards events as it gives us the opportunity to show everyone how proud we are of all of their hard work and dedication as well as to celebrate with them as well. I had the honour of giving out both the School of the year as well as the Female Sports Personality of the Year. It also gives us the opportunity to get to know how much work goes into these award nights and how much work the nominees put in, it’s a fantastic way for me and the Mayoress to congratulate and show recognition of all of the effort which takes place in the community.

Thursday 12th July (16:45): Citizens 4 Good Awards

The Citizens 4 Good awards is a program ran by Sefton4Good and my Mayoral  Office in which all the ‘unsung’ heroes of the community who don’t get much recognition for all their hard work for charities or even just by helping someone out on their own accord. This is again a fantastic opportunity for me and the Mayoress to congratulate and celebrate with all of the nominees for all of their unseen hard work and dedication to all of the charities or even just for helping out massively within the community.

Thursday 12th July (18:30): Bedford Primary Finale Show

The Bedford Primary Finale Show has been an engagement I have been looking forward to ever since I attended my first show a couple of years ago as the Primary School is such a great family orientated place and it was with great pleasure to attend this year’s Bedford Primary Finale Show. The Bedford Primary Finale Show sums up the general togetherness and ‘family feeling’ which gives you so much warmth when doing an engagement associated with Bedford Primary School.

Friday 13th July (11:15): Clarence House Art Exhibition

Clarence House is a charity which aims to be the voice of the voiceless working with underprivileged and disadvantaged people of all ages. The art exhibition gave some of the students the opportunity to express themselves and show people what they are made of. However it was tainted with some sadness this engagement as due to low pupil numbers this school will unfortunately be closing in the next few months.

Saturday 14th July (10:20): Sefton Sea Cadets 75th Anniversary

It was with great pride that I accepted the invitation of coming along to the 75th Anniversary of Sefton Sea Cadets and I was pleasantly surprised when they gave me the opportunity to open the ceremony. The day was celebrating the 75 years that volunteers have been supporting young people in the community. Events such as Dragon Boat Racing as well as Cadet Drill Formation Teams also took place during the day.

Sunday 15th July (15:00): Crosby Charity Committee Afternoon Tea

Charity Committee Teas are a great way of relaxing and finding out how and why people choose to raise money for charity as well as giving myself the opportunity to for myself to congratulate and appreciate all of the hard work which is put into charity events as well as what charitable events have took place and which ones have been planned for the near future.C

Global printing firm Domino sets up shop in MySefton

A global developer and manufacturer of coding and marking products, headquartered in the UK, is celebrating the official opening of its new fluids facility in Bootle.

Domino Printing Sciences has moved its fluids manufacturing to a new 172,000 sq ft (16,000 sq m) state-of-the-art factory on the Senate Business Park, enabling a significant increase in productivity and capacity, as well as reduced lead times through investment in leading-edge production processes.

The expansion will also result in the creation of 19 new jobs over the next nine months, bringing the total workforce to 88.

Nigel Bond, Domino CEO said: “This new facility, located less than a mile from our previous factory, will accommodate the expansion of our fluids manufacturing capacity in line with growing demand, including a wider range of products and greater volumes. Not only will this meet our customers’ rapidly changing requirements, but also enable them to be even more responsive and competitive within their own marketplaces.

“Very importantly, this significant global investment underlines our ongoing commitment to a presence in Liverpool, continuing as the epicentre of our fluids business as it has for the last 35 years.”

At the Opening event, guests included Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool region, Koide-san on behalf of Brother and Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member Regeneration and Skills, together with representatives from Sefton Council, Liverpool City Region LEP and Liverpool Chamber of Commerce.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony was carried out by Domino employees Martin Hiddleston, Christine Linden and Dave McMahon, followed by site tours.

The new facility is five times larger than the previous factory and is arranged on three floors. It includes the manufacturing area, Quality Assurance labs, dedicated customer training and seminar facilities, administration offices and conference facilities, as well as ten-metre high warehousing space. From here products are shipped directly to major customers, sales channels and more than 200 distributors worldwide.

State-of-the-art technology with in-line mixing capability and innovative materials handling processes, automated filling lines and robotic automated handling and palletisation systems will increase productivity and capacity, enabling faster lead-times.

Cllr Ian Maher, Leader of Sefton Council, said: “We are delighted to watch Domino go from strength to strength as they expand its operation within Sefton, investing in the borough’s economy and creating new job opportunities.

“We have an excellent working relationship with Domino and their ambition sits within our economic and regeneration plans as part of our Vision for 2030. It also demonstrates that our borough is well and truly open for business.”

Dave Jenkinson, Fluid Operations Director said: “This is an important milestone for Domino and everyone who has worked so hard to bring this new facility to fruition. Two years ago we held a ground-breaking ceremony to mark the start of construction and here we are today, seeing a state-of-the-art factory that is fully operational.

“I’d like to thank everyone who has played a part in this including Fletcher-Rae architects based in Manchester and Eric Wright Group as the main build contractors. We are also grateful to Sefton Council for its support in making this happen, as well as the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership who have helped with the opening today.”

In welcoming the guests, Nigel Bond, Domino CEO said: “I’m delighted to be here this morning to open our new production facility which is a further major investment for our company, following on from the recent opening of a new factory in Shanghai serving the local market in China and the expansion of our HQ buildings in Cambridge. These collective investments demonstrate our confidence in the business, the robustness of the markets we serve and our ambition to grow our market share and provide our customers with the highest service levels possible.

“Domino has had a long association with Liverpool, establishing our primary ink and consumables factory in the local area back in 1984. Our employees in Liverpool have done a wonderful job since that time, so it was never in question where we would build this new facility; the only question was could we find the right site within a radius from our existing buildings, to keep all the skills and the team together.

“This operation here in Liverpool is absolutely critical to the success of Domino, not only in terms of sales revenue, but more importantly, our brand reputation, and our people here have done a great job in helping Domino build a reputation. So, in summary, this new building and site is absolutely critical to our future and I hope our people enjoy working in these new state-of-the-art surroundings and that we continue on our journey of growth and success, which the operational performance of this facility is such a critical part.”

Speaking after the opening of the factory, Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram said: “As Metro Mayor, one of my priorities is to attract more inward investment into our area – but that should always complement the need to retain and grow our existing local businesses. For me – Domino’s investment in their brand new factory is a massive vote of confidence in our city region and the direction it is heading. I hope that their example will be followed by other local businesses and we stand ready to support them in whatever way we can.”

Sustainability credentials for the new facility include photovoltaic cells on the roof to generate power from solar sources, and drainage of all rainwater and surface water into attenuation ponds on site for natural drainage or evaporation.

Domino recently celebrated its 40th anniversary with a special event to recognise staff contributions to its success, held at its Cambridge headquarters. Staff in Liverpool will hold their own celebratory event with a Family Day in August.

Sefton care home puts spotlight on making memories

A Netherton care home has been chosen as the Sefton representative in a Merseyside-wide summer initiative to highlight the importance of memories and reminiscence among older people living with dementia.

James Dixon Court on Harrops Croft has been selected as the borough’s recipient of a Sense of Summer memory basket, produced by the multi-award-winning House of Memories dementia awareness programme, created by National Museums Liverpool.

Sefton Council Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, Cllr Paul Cummins, put forward James Dixon Court which is operated by the borough’s leading adult social care provider, New Directions.

House of Memories is a museum-led dementia awareness programme which offers training, resources and activities to enable carers to support people living with the condition.

The new Sense of Summer memory baskets are designed to stimulate discussion about the past, and the contents are inspired by the great outdoors, bringing together items related to gardening, home-grown produce and summer picnics.

The basket includes objects that can form topics for reminiscence, and suggestions for outdoor and garden-themed activities that can help to improve the health and wellbeing of older people living with dementia.

The basket also contains multi-sensory objects that will work well for people with different levels of sensory communication, including items that stimulate smell, hearing, touch and sight.

Commenting on the Sense of Summer initiative, New Directions Head of Operations Paul Bamber said: “We are delighted and grateful to have been chosen as the Sefton recipient of this very valuable new resource, and would like to thank both House of Memories for their support and Cllr Cummins for putting us forward.”

James Dixon Court Service Manager, Martina Barr, added: “There’s nothing our residents like more than to get together and chat about the past, so this memory basket is very much appreciated and will certainly get a lot of use.”

Just one care home in Sefton, Wirral, Knowsley, Halton and St Helens has received a summer memory basket, a development inspired by Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram’s pledge earlier this year to build a dementia-friendly Liverpool City Region.

The baskets are sponsored by Financial Planning Corporation (FPC), based in Ainsdale, who has supported a number of other House of Memories projects..

FPC Partner Moira O’Shaughnessy commented: “We are delighted to have been able to contribute to the Sense of Summer memory baskets. Attending the presentation at James Dixon Court provided us with a unique opportunity to see the benefits that the residents experience from them in action.”

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 or call 0151 317 8456.

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