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Managing Agent Accreditation Scheme

Following the introduction of the property accreditation scheme launched in 2013, Sefton Council has now launched a Managing Agent Accreditation Scheme.

The free scheme offers agents and property managers public recognition for being a good agent that provides well managed private rented accommodation within Sefton.

Agents who meet the requirements of the scheme will receive a certificate of accreditation which will last for 5 years, Concentric Sales and Lettings are the first agent to be accredited.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Cabinet Member Communities and Housing, said: “I am really pleased that we are offering this voluntary scheme across the borough.

“It gives good agents an opportunity to stand out amongst the rest and ultimately helps to improve housing conditions in the private rented sector throughout Sefton. If you are an agent please consider this valuable scheme.”

If you are a managing agent that wants to be accredited please visit or call 0345 140 0845 for more information.

Lost Medication- Crosby

Merseyside Police is appealing for the public to be cautious after prescription medication was reported to have been lost on Monday (20 March 2017).

Officers received a report at about 4.25pm yesterday (Tuesday) that the medication had been lost at 6.20pm on Monday.

It was reported a Debenhams carrier bag was left on Islington in Crosby containing 28 x 7.5mg of Zimovane tablets after being collected from Boots in Crosby village.

Officers are reminding people that taking any medication which has not been prescribed for them can be dangerous and, in some circumstances, can prove fatal.

Anyone who finds any of the medication is asked to hand it in to any pharmacy or police station or call officers on the 101 number

World Social Work Day

To mark World Social Work Day today, we are sharing with you some of the inspirational work of Social Workers in Sefton.

A Social Worker, who has worked in Sefton for many years recalls a gentleman she recently met and was able to support integrating back into the community and reconnect with his family.

‘He has previously been homeless and spent most of his life outside therefore struggles with being indoors. The support that he has from Sefton has improved his mood and again has lessened the impact of the deprivation He can now access the community safely without being exploited and he has been able to rebuild a relationship with his family whom he has been estranged from for many years.’

Another of our Social Workers told us about a young couple she met and supported into independent living,

‘The young couple both had Learning Disabilities, Individually they both received a high care package and were both in supported living. Sefton assisted their transition to move in together. The couple then progressed to getting married they now both have jobs and only receive a minimal care package, to assist them with budgeting and keeping a home.’

A Social Worker who assessed an elderly gentleman, was able to help him reduce risks and increase his social engagement,

‘A joint visit was recently undertaken with a district nurse to assess a gentleman in his 80’s, who was not managing to live independently, he had no food in the cupboards and his personal hygiene was poor. He was having falls and ringing the ambulance service numerous times, He had four separate admissions into hospital in six weeks. Sefton arranged a short term placement that day. He was very pleased with this and is now settled, feeling safe and secure and has had no further hospital admissions.’

For more stories like this make sure to follow our Twitter handle and follow the hashtag #WSCD17

South Sefton Businesses Look To The Future

Representatives from Sefton Council visited two local businesses to hear all about their success and plans for expansion.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, was joined by officers from Invest Sefton on guided tours of Accu-Right Engineering Ltd and Mersey Timber, who are both based in the south of the borough.

Established in 2014 by three Bootle born, bred and educated businessmen, Accu-Right Engineering has achieved incredible growth with a turnover of £1.2m in the 2015/16 financial year.

The company, based in the Port of Liverpool, specialises in rotating equipment and recently branched out into the low energy market, securing a contract with Grundfos as its preferred distributor.

Invest Sefton has provided the business with support for a number of years, including inward investment, market research and tender submission.

Along with the three directors, David Morley, Stuart Smith and Lee Smith, Accu-Right Engineering employs a further 12 people in the head office.

Due to a number of contract wins, the company is about to embark on a recruitment drive which will be a major boost for employment across the borough.

Having lived in Bootle their whole lives, the directors are also keen to ensure any employment opportunities are available to local people and have worked closely with Sefton@Work to fill vacancies, along with offering apprenticeships to school leavers.

The second visit of the day was to the long established Mersey Timber, who specialise in the manufacture and supply of decorative boards in a range of materials, including MDF, melamine faced chipboard and plywood, to the UK market.

Although it was bought by its current owners in 1984, Mersey Timber can be traced back to 1919 and has been working with Invest Sefton to expand its offering in 2017.

The business was recently awarded RGF funding following an assisted application. The grant will be used to purchase new machinery and ultimately create a further.

Preparing For The 146th Open

Work has started in and around Southport as Sefton prepares to host the 146th Open at Royal Birkdale.

Extensive planning has been carried out ahead of the Championship as more than 200,000 are expected to attend the July spectacle.

Some work has already started on Birkdale Common meaning restricted access and parking on the site. This includes the widening of entrances, clearances of trees and scrub, laying of fibre optics and a new road infrastructure.

Alternative routes have been created to allow the use of the Common for as long as possible and information boards will give further information to local residents and users of the site.

Other welcome and road signs will be springing up in the run up to the Championship and some parks are being prepared for park and ride facilities.

Sefton Council and the Southport BID team have also been preparing toolkits for local businesses with Sefton keen to promote any job opportunities for local people.

The Championship will take place from July 16-23 at Royal Birkdale and The R&A will soon be delivering information leaflets to nearby properties by the course explaining how the event may affect them.

Cllr Ian Maher, Labour Leader at Sefton Council, said: “To host a tournament of this magnitude, a huge amount of time and effort needs to be dedicated to prepare for the influx of hundreds of thousands of visitors to the borough.

Cllr Ian Maher“Work has now started in and around Southport making sure the infrastructure is all in place as we put the borough in the global spotlight.

“Being ready will ensure we use The Open to really boost our local economy, grow employment opportunities and ensure our businesses reap the benefits of hosting one of the largest sporting events in the world.

“We want the world to see we are very much open for business and for everyone to marvel at all our assets and fantastic coastline which forms part of Royal Birkdale’s famous links course.

“Obviously there will be some minor disruptions for local residents but this will be far outweighed by the enormous volumes of positive profile the Championship will generate for Sefton.

“We want 2017 to leave a golfing legacy with as many people as possible from across Sefton getting involved in this wonderful sporting spectacle. It also ties in with 2017 being the Year of Sefton’s Coast with us celebrating everything surrounding our unique coastline.

“We will support local residents as much as possible in the run up to the Championship and hope they along with the many local businesses really get behind The Open.”

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