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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 Southportairshow.com.

Private Landlords in Sefton reminded of new licence rules

Private Landlords across Sefton are being reminded they need to apply for a licence to rent out their property.

From March 1, Sefton Council now 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 sefton.gov.uk.

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 https://housinglicensing.sefton.gov.uk/

If you want further details or wish to be kept informed about housing licensing please email landlord.licensing@sefton.gov.uk.

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 www.womensaid.org.uk

Maghull and Lydiate Neighbourhood Plan: Have Your Say

The Council would like to notify residents and others that Maghull Town Council and Lydiate Parish Council have each submitted a Neighbourhood Plan proposal.

The Neighbourhood Plans set out a shared vision for the Maghull and Lydiate areas establishing the type of development needed to sustain each community.

The plans will each be examined by an independent planning examiner and separate local referendum will be held in both Maghull and Lydiate parishes before they can be adopted.

If adopted each Neighbourhood Plan will help guide development proposals within Maghull or Lydiate.

Plans can be inspected in physical form at:

  • Meadows (Maghull) Library, Hall Lane, Maghull, L31 7BB
  • Magdalen House, 30 Trinity Road, Bootle, L20 3NJ 
  • Maghull Town Hall, Hall Lane, Maghull, L31 7BB (Maghull Plans Only)
  • Lydiate Village Centre, Lambshear Lane, Lydiate, L31 2LA (Lydiate Plans Only)

Comments should be made in writing stating which plan you are commenting on to:

  • via email at neighbourhoodplanning@sefton.gov.uk
  • via standard mail addressed to Local Plan Team, Magdalen House, 30 Trinity Road, Bootle L20 3NJ
All comments must be received by the Council no later than noon, Monday July 30, 2018.
 
All comments received will be forwarded to the examiner and published on the Council’s website. Please indicate if you wish to be notified of Sefton Council’s decision to adopt either neighbourhood plan.
 
The personal data you provide will be only used as part of the Council’s statutory planning duties. Information supplied may be published and made available for others to see and copy.

For more information on how we deal with personal data please see www.sefton.gov.uk/PlanningGDPR

 

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