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Liverpool City Region Combined Authority launches £18 million skills capital fund

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority has launched an £18m fund to enable local colleges and learning providers to improve their facilities.

 This is the third Liverpool City Region skills capital investment prospectus, with more than £30 million already invested in 40 schemes across the city region. 

 Of the £18m available, it is expected that £8m will be invested in new sites and premises, up to £2m in learning and skills equipment, and £3.5m in improvements to existing learning facilities.

 The £18m funding comes from the Local Growth Fund.  Local Growth Funding is awarded to the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and invested through the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority’s Strategic Investment Fund.

 Colleges in the Liverpool City Region will also benefit from up to £3.5m of dedicated funding for maintenance of their campuses and up to £1m for investments in low carbon technologies. Low carbon investments will decrease colleges’ carbon footprint and reduce energy costs over time with savings re-invested for the benefit of learners.

 Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said: “Our skills capital investments into local colleges and providers have allowed them to improve their facilities. This investment gives them the right environment and tools to deliver the technical and vocational training our employers and learners in the city region need to compete in the 21st century economy. I look forward to supporting further skills capital investments that provide new learning and apprenticeship opportunities for local residents.”

 Mayor Joe Anderson OBE, Liverpool City Region Portfolio Holder Education, Employment and Skills said: “Today’s launch of a further £18m of skills capital investment will deliver the learning facilities our learners and job seekers need to gain the technical skills our local employers are looking for, so they can compete for high quality jobs across the Liverpool City Region.”

Minister for the Northern Powerhouse and Local Growth, Jake Berry MP said:

“We’re committed to boosting economic growth across the whole of the Northern Powerhouse and building a Britain fit for our shared future. 

 I’m delighted to see a further £18m from the Local Growth Fund invested in skills capital projects in Liverpool City Region. This funding has already enabled significant improvements across the Region’s colleges, for everything from maintenance of the new buildings at Hugh Baird College to investments in low carbon technologies at Wirral Metropolitan College. Together we are truly equipping our young people for the opportunities the future has to offer.”

 Chair of the Liverpool City Region LEP, Asif Hamid MBE said: “I am extremely pleased to see Local Growth Funding being allocated to our City Region Colleges and learning providers. This investment will enable them to enhance and develop their facilities ensuring our future workforce is equipped with the necessary talents and training for the jobs of today and tomorrow.”

 The first Skills Capital Prospectus operated from February 2015 to March 2017 with £19.3m invested in over 30 Skills Capital projects, including eleven major refurbishment and new build projects. The Combined Authority committed a further £11.9 million for nine projects from the second Skills Capital prospectus launched in December 2016.

Previous investments have included:

  • supporting Hugh Baird College to convert a former church into a new health engagement and training hub in Bootle;
  • Wirral Metropolitan College’s low carbon infrastructure to improve energy efficiency through Combined Heat and Power plants and battery storage technologies;
  • The Greenbank Project’s refurbishment in Sefton Park for learners with learning difficulties and disabilities;
  • North West Training Council’s new advanced manufacturing training centre for apprentices;
  • St Helens Chamber’s Clickworks supporting digital pre-employment training;

Riverside College’s Idea Centre which focuses on the skills required for the automation and digital aspects of  manufacturing.

Works Starts on New Motorway Junction

Work has just started on a multi-million pound M58 improvement scheme in Sefton.

The project involves the construction of the ‘missing’ slip roads at Junction 1 of the busy motorway, providing a northbound off slip and a southbound on-slip.

As well as improving journey times between Maghull and North Liverpool, it is hoped the scheme will reduce traffic on the A59 and some residential roads and facilitate potential future development in the Maghull area.

Sefton Council received an offer of funding from the Liverpool City Region Local Growth Fund for £5.5m toward the scheme in 2016 which was formally approved a year later at Sefton Council’s Planning Committee.

Early in 2017, Sefton Council appointed John Sisk and Sons to complete the design and construction of the scheme. They appointed Atkins Ltd as their design partner.

Works began on site on May 20 with the early activities include the construction of the site compound and farm access track for the benefit of Guest Farm. Once this exercise is completed, the section of Giddygate Lane parallel to the motorway will be stopped up as per the Order granted in 2018. Works will then be focussed on the earthworks associated with the slip roads.

Cllr John Fairclough, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Locality Services, said: “It’s great news to hear that initial work has started on this important scheme.

“Once complete we believe it will really improve the junction by providing additional slip lane facilities to accommodate all possible traffic movements.

“It will also support commercial and residential development in Maghull, increasing employment and facilitating new, more accessible development helping Sefton remain ‘open for business’.”

Sisk’s Managing Director for UK Civils, Paul Brown, said: “We have been working closely with Sefton Council since early 2017 to design and develop this project. We are delighted that it has now started on site.

“We are committed to delivering this project to a high standard and on time, and will be working with the local communities and stakeholders to ensure we leave a positive legacy.”

If the scheme goes to programme, then the new slip roads should be open and operational by Spring 2020.

Bruce Parker, North West Head of Planning & Development at Highways England, said: “The M58 provides a vital motorway link from Merseyside to connect businesses, families and friends across the north of England and beyond.

“We’re pleased that work has now started on the new slip roads at junction 1, which will help to improve the flow of traffic and provide quicker and more reliable journeys for drivers.”

For more information on the scheme visit www.sefton.gov.uk or follow us on Twitter and Facebook for regular updates and progress. Sisk will provide regular updates on Twitter @M58J1.

Get back in the saddle and rediscover your love of cycling in confidence

People who want to rediscover their love for cycling in Sefton after years of staying out of the saddle can now benefit from free refresher sessions.

To mark Sefton Council’s Year Of Friendship, the local authority’s Highways Safety Team are holding bespoke ‘Back In The Saddle’ rides for those who want to rediscover their confidence on two wheels as part of a friendly group.

Those looking to get a handle on their cycling skills will join like-minded others at MeCycle cafe in Station Road, Ainsdale, every Friday before 10am to bike in confidence with the aim of improving overall skill and ability.

The sessions will run every week throughout the summer holidays. 

John Fairclough, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Locality Services, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone over the age of 16 to have a wealth of help and support to find their way back into the saddle.

“The best thing about our courses is you won’t be alone and it’s great to be around like-minded others who share the same fears, abilities and difficulties but still want to learn and want to be able to ride.

“Sefton is a fantastic borough for cyclists and boasts an incredible cycle route that encompasses our coastline which will make a beautiful victory lap for our Back In The Saddle graduates.

“This is a wonderful initiative which ties in perfectly with our ongoing Year Of Friendship campaign to bring people together throughout our borough.”

No booking is required for the Back In The Saddle events, simply turn up with your own equipment.

If you need to borrow a bike or helmet, please contact MeCycle Ainsdale ahead of time via 01704 579353.

For further information please email road.safety@sefton.gov.uk

Food waste collection service suspension

It is with regret that Sefton will be suspending the Food Waste Collection Service in June 2019. 

The amount of food waste collected by the service has fallen from over 3,500 tonnes to 1,200 tonnes per annum, which is roughly 1% of the total waste collected in Sefton. As such, the current service is no longer sustainable.

Once the service has been suspended food waste will need to be either home composted or placed in your grey bin or black bin bag.

Residual waste collected in Sefton does not go to landfill, it is incinerated in a purpose-built plant which generates energy from waste. 

Please DO NOT put any food waste in your green garden waste bin as food waste cannot be composted alongside our green garden waste.  If food waste is put in with garden waste then the whole load will be rejected from our green waste composting site immediately.

As you may be aware the Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA), recently announced, subject to consultation, that they will be seeking legislation to make food waste collection’s mandatory across England from 2023. Sefton Council is actively engaging in this consultation.

DEFRA has said that a food waste service will be assessed accounting for future recycling burdens upon collectors such as Sefton Council, and that it will be funded appropriately. It is anticipated that nationwide collection schemes will also ensure the necessary infrastructure for composting food waste will by then be available to make the service sustainable at a local level. It is hoped that when this legislation has been passed we will be able to reinstate food waste collections across the Borough.

For hints and tips on reducing your food waste at home please visit: www.lovefoodhatewaste.com

 

Sefton Council celebrates the invaluable work of foster carers in the borough

The work of the borough’s foster carers was celebrated at the annual Sefton Fostering Service Conference held at the Formby Professional Development Centre on June 5.

 Foster carers and staff from Sefton’s Children’s Services enjoyed a programme of events which included a talk from Liverpool author Ron Clarke, who told his moving story about being fostered at a young age and how this affected his journey into adulthood.

 Presentations throughout the day also included information about key changes to the service, development opportunities and concluded with workshops and personal stories from people with fostering experience.

 After the event, Dwayne Johnson, Sefton Council’s new Chief Executive, said: “This annual event is a great way for the Council to recognise foster carers for the invaluable work they do for our looked after children. It’s also a chance for people to come together and share their experiences.

“I really hope that the presentations given today have not only been informative, but have also lifted the spirits of our foster carers who have taken on this challenging but rewarding role.

“Anybody who is thinking about being a foster carer with Sefton Council should know that you will become part of our amazing fostering network which comes together regularly and which makes sure you get all the support you need.”

 If you would like to know more Fostering at Sefton Council please get in touch with the team; 0800 923 2777 or visit seftonfostering.co.uk.

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