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The Council is recruiting school crossing patrols

Sefton Council’s School Crossing Service is currently recruiting school crossing patrols across the borough. 

The local authority is appealing to parents, carers, grandparents or anyone who may have a few hours to spare each week.

The school crossing patrols are there to provide a safe passage across the road for children or anyone needing assistance at a designated site.

They operate at the start and end of each school day and the role is term time only.

On offer for this much valued service is £9.43 per hour plus travelling expenses where applicable. Those successful would also be entitled to holiday pay plus a retainer fee when the schools are closed. There is no upper age limit.

We would welcome parents who would like to Job Share with another parent for school run purposes.

If you, or anyone you know would be interested please call 0151 288 6153 and ask for Samantha Moss, Senior School Crossing Supervisor.

Sefton Council clears the air on pollution initiatives

As National Clean Air Day (June 20) approaches, Sefton Council is reflecting on the work it has done to protect the borough’s air and help minimise the effects of air pollution on residents.

The Council continues to support and maintain a number of initiatives aimed at limiting the impact heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) using major port routes have on air quality. A port booking system was recently developed which means that all vehicles destined for the port in Bootle now have a specific arrival and departure time. This has reduced waiting times for HGVs waiting to enter and leave the port and therefore reduced pollutant emissions from the port estate.

The Council also continues to fund the ECOstars fleet recognition scheme which rewards operators for ensuring their fleets are energy efficient. There are now around 3,000 vehicles taking part in the scheme with 4 and 5 star ratings.

Improvements to traffic light systems continue to be made to ensure that Sefton’s infrastructure is optimised for maintaining vehicle flows and minimising congestion. This work includes the implementation of a Hurry Call System at Millers Bridge which prioritises green lights for approaching HGVs.

The council is also working closely with the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) to identify HGVs operating with emission controls systems deactivated. During the pilot of the project, 10% of vehicles stopped were fitted with cheat devices, this project is set to continue in the Summer of 2019.

But it’s not just HGVs that are air pollution culprits, the Council recently launched its anti-idling campaign to target buses, taxis and parents on the school run and encourage them to switch off their car engines when waiting for passengers.

Sefton Council continues to work closely with schools to ensure that its youngest residents are aware of both the causes and risks of air pollution and the steps they can take to avoid it. Southport Eco Centre is set to launch it’s ‘Clean Air Crew’ website on Thursday (June 20) which is jam-packed with teaching resources and interactive learning opportunities. The site has been developed thanks to active engagement with schools and can be found at www.southportecocentre.com/cleanaircrew 

Thanks to recent grant funding from DEFRA, the Council is preparing to introduce an intensive road cleaning project that will aim to reduce particulate levels in Sefton’s air pollution hotspots. This grant funding from DEFRA will also help to fund research into the use of solid fuels for domestic heating and help to develop a behaviour change project.

Cllr Paulette Lappin, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regulation and Compliance, said: “Air pollution isn’t something that the Council can tackle alone and while there are a number of schemes and programmes in place to approach the issue, we all need to do our bit to make a difference.

“This may be as little as turning off your car engine when you’re doing the school run or it could be making the decision to switch to alternative travel like walking, cycling or using public transport.”

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, added: “Air pollution continues to pose a real threat to public health and we are dedicated to remaining transparent to our communities about the threat posed by air pollution and the steps residents can take to avoid exposure.

“You can check air quality readings online at www.breathingspace.sefton.gov.uk.”

Matt Ashton, Director of Public Health at Sefton Council, said: “Each year I develop a Public Health Annual Report to look closely at key issues that affect the health and wellbeing of residents. This year the report focuses on air quality in further detail.

“As we approach National Clean Air Day, I’ve decided to release a short excerpt of the report ahead of its official release. You can view the clip by visiting www.sefton.gov.uk/PHAR.”

Diane Blair, Manager at Healthwatch Sefton, said: “Air quality is an issue which local residents have raised with us and we have this on our work plan to monitor.

“We will continue to work with Sefton Council to share local feedback we receive and gain assurances that air quality remains a priority area”.

Brendon Prescott deputy chief nurse at NHS South Sefton CCG and NHS Southport and Formby CCG said “Air quality can have a significant impact on health, particularly for children, older people, those with underlying conditions and those exposed to higher levels of pollution because of living or commuting in urban areas.”

“That’s why together with Sefton Council we’re supporting clean air day and helping to raise awareness amongst residents of how their health can be affected by air pollution and of the actions they can take to reduce their exposure to harmful pollutants.”

Transgender Employability Course to be piloted in Sefton

A bespoke initiative to help unemployed transgender and transitioning people back in to work is being piloted in Sefton.

The Butterflies Programme, the first ever Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)-funded transgender eligibility course, will be held in Southport in July.

The course has been commissioned by DWP following feedback from members of the transgender community and people undergoing transition, and will provide support and advice to address additional barriers faced by transgender people when looking for work.

The free two-week programme involves one-to-one and group sessions to offer support with:

  • Confidence building and personal development
  • Employment skills and tools
  • Handling difficult questions and situations
  • Preparing for interviews

It is open to any Merseyside resident, aged over 18, who is unemployed and in receipt of one of the following benefits; Universal Credit, Jobseekers Allowance, Income Support or Employment and Support Allowance. The course begins in July 2019 in Southport and all travel costs will be covered.

For more information or if you are interested in joining contact Jan Morrell on 0788 027 5733 / Janice.morrell@dwp.gov.uk or Gary Bell on 0755 725 4010 / gary.j.bell@dwp.gov.uk Alternatively you can approach your JobCentre Work Coach.

Next of kin appeal Kenneth Statham

Sefton Coroner’s Office are appealing for information to find the next of kin for a Southport man who was found deceased earlier this week.

67-year-old Kenneth Statham was found on Tuesday 11 June at his home address in Stamford Road. His death is not being treated as suspicious. 

Anyone who may be able to assist is asked to contact Coroners Investigation Officer Clair Sajewicz on 0151 777 3754 or via email at Sefton.coroners.office@merseyside.pnn.police.uk

Sefton invests £320k to keep borough’s communities safe from crime

Sefton Council continues to help keep communities across the borough safe from crime and anti-social behaviour, a recent report has revealed.

Throughout the past twelve months, Sefton’s Safer Communities Partnership (SSCP) have invested in a number of initiatives, programmes and activities designed to disrupt and prevent disorder.

Key targets for the SSCP include:

Investing in community infrastructure projects
Working with victims
Combating domestic and sexual abuse
Tackling serious and organised crime
Improving youth offending services

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “In the last financial year we have spent over £320,000 on helping to reduce crime, supporting victims and working with partners to provide resilience to our wonderful communities.

“Through the SSCP we identify a number of areas where there is a need for a project, scheme or event which can often deter crime and anti-social behaviour as well as provide a platform of education.

“The impact that the SSCP have had, from our park night sessions to our scrambler bike partnership work with Merseyside Police, has been incredible and we are constantly receiving positive feedback from our initiatives.

“We are committed to tackling anti-social behaviour in Sefton along with partners in the Sefton Safer and Stronger Communities Partnership (SSCP), and this is shown we’ve seen an incredible reduction in anti-social behaviour incidents since we started our invaluable work.

“We will continue to build a positive future for our thriving communities and work tirelessly to combat any crime and anti-social behaviour in Sefton.”

For more details on the Sefton Safer Communities Partnership, or to read the latest report, visit www.sefton.gov.uk

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