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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

Mayors Musings

Welcome to the latest Mayor’s Musings! I had another busy week as I attended 9 engagements which varied from the spectacular Rowan Park School Musical to the Southport Charity Committee Coffee Morning. It was an honour to be invited to all engagements which I again want to take the opportunity thank for the invitations and hospitality.

Monday, July 2: Rowan Park School Musical  

Myself and the Mayoress were both looking forward to another delightful School Musical at Rowan Park School having attended last year’s wonderful show.  We were met with great pleasure by Cathy Harley who then introduced us to where we would be situated for when the show begun. Once the show had finished, we were given the opportunity to congratulate and applaud the students as well as the staff for making the night such a huge success and also congratulate them for their hard work and commitment.  Myself and the Mayoress were also given the opportunity to have some refreshments after the show before we left. Both of us would like to take this opportunity to thank the whole of the Rowan Park School for inviting us, in fact we enjoyed ourselves that much, I have been invited to their leavers Assembly on July 17!

 Tuesday, July 3: Dementia Friends Training Session

The Dementia Friends Training Session was an engagement which myself and the Mayoral officer took pride in being a part of due to Dementia being such a huge part of the community.  The event was organised by Athena Healthcare and it really was an interesting course that taught me a great deal about how people with this condition see things.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, July 3: Citizenship Ceremony

It is always a pleasure to welcome new people into the UK citizenship – in particular to our wonderful borough. The latest Citizenship Ceremony welcomed 8 new people into Sefton.

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, July 4: Southport Charity Committee Morning

It was a delight to be at such an event which thrives on hard work and dedication from the people of the community. The Charity Committee Coffee Mornings are always a fantastic opportunity to get to know the community more and find out a little bit more of an insight of which charities are most community driven as well as finding out why and how specific charities started.

Wednesday, July 4: Licensing Ceremony of Rev David Andrew Stott

It was with great pleasure and honour to be invited to welcome a new Reverend to the community in Reverend David Andrew Stott. I believe that he will take great pride in his job and complete his job with great pleasure.

Saturday, July 7: Grange Primary 50th Anniversary Party

Grange Primary School has been a huge part of its community for the best of 50 years this year and I and the Mayoress were delighted to be invited to the celebration of the 50th anniversary of this great communal building. Grange Primary school isn’t just a place where children go to school and people go to work, it’s also a place in which the community comes together to help of families and charities in need by holding coffee mornings as well as many more charitable events.

Saturday, July 7: St Joseph’s Hospice Garden Party

The Mayoress and I took great pride in accepting our invitation to join St Joseph’s Garden party as well as even being judges for their special event of the teddy bears parade! This event is another fantastic example of the community pulling together in order to help out others.

Sunday, July 8: Crosby Lions Carnival

The Crosby Lions Carnival provides an opportunity for the community to gather together to raise much needed funds as well as providing a great day out for the Crosby families. Crosby and District Lions Club is a member of Lions Clubs International which is the largest service organisation in the world with nearly 1.5 million members ano over 200 hundred countries including China.

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

Sefton’s green spaces receive the prestigious Green Flag Award

A total of 12 parks and greenspaces in Sefton are proudly flying the prestigious Green Flag award.

 The international award, now into its third decade, is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.

 A record-breaking 1,883 UK parks and green spaces will receive a Green Flag Award – the mark of a quality park or green space including 12 across the borough.

 The areas recognised that can fly a Green Flag are: Botanic Gardens, Southport, Coronation Park, Crosby, Derby Park, Bootle, Hatton Hill Park, Litherland, Hesketh Park, Southport, King’s Gardens, Southport, Liverpool Road Cemetery, Southport, Lord Street, Southport, North Park, Bootle, Southport Crematorium, Thornton Garden of Rest and Duke Street Park, Formby.

 A number of Green Flag Community Awards have also been awarded to, Ainsdale Village Park, Edda Community Arts and Library, Bridge Inn Community Farm, St Luke’s Church Grounds, Queensway Allotment and Green Gym.

 Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health & Wellbeing, said: “We are delighted to receive so many Green Flag Awards, across the borough once again.

 “Having quality green spaces is very important to residents and visitors, and this award celebrates the dedication that goes into maintaining all of them to such a high standard.

 “As well as having a great network of volunteers, we have also put a lot into bringing together our dedicated Green Sefton team which work to ensure a joined up approach to the management, development and oversight of our beautiful coastline, parks and green spaces for years to come.”

 International Green Flag Award scheme manager, Paul Todd, added: “We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme, with more Green Flags awarded this year than last year. 

 “Each flag honours the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. We are proud to have so many wonderful green spaces in the UK for people to enjoy, and hope that next year, we award even more flags.”

Sefton announces huge plans for English Language support

Sefton Council has revealed plans to help migrant schoolchildren get a better start at early years education.

In May the local authority announced that it was successful in securing a £244,000 grant to help Sefton schools increase their already impressive levels of educational support to migrant children who come to live in the area.

Work has already begun on a two year English Language Support project which will be rolled out to primary schools across the borough.

As part of the project, migrant schoolchildren who are learning English as an additional language will now have access to weekly support sessions, while their families will receive access to linguistic lending libraries.

Teachers and support staff in primary schools across Sefton are also undergoing additional training to help them further improve their skills to support new migrant children who move to the borough.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “The legacy of this amazing project will leave schools across Sefton with specially trained staff, a sustainable English Language network and a bank of key resources for staff to build upon in years to come.

“Not only will this project help support migrant children in learning English, but it will also foster an inclusive ethos which our schools pride themselves in, welcoming everyone as equal, valued members of the community.

“Sefton 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.

For more information about Sefton schools and learning opportunities, visit www.sefton.gov.uk/schools-learning.

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