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Public welcome at local CCG meetings

Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in Sefton have announced the dates of their next governing body meetings and are encouraging anyone with an interest to go along.

The CCGs’ hold their bi-monthly governing body meetings in public, so people can hear them discussing and making decisions about local health services.

Doctors, nurses and other health professionals who make up the committees will discuss a range of issues including the performance of the services they commission, like hospitals and community care.

Rob Caudwell, local GP and NHS Southport and Formby CCG chair, said: “The governing body is a formal meeting and it’s a way for people to find out more about what we’re doing. They can also ask us any questions ahead of the meeting getting underway.”

Andy Mimnagh, local GP and NHS South Sefton CCG chair, said: “The meetings are also a chance for residents to meet some of the doctors and other professionals that make up the governing body and to listen in on the discussions taking place.”

The NHS Southport and Formby CCG meeting will take place on Wednesday 29 March at the Family Life Centre, Ash St, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 6JH, at 1pm. Papers will be made available here beforehand:

The NHS South Sefton CCG meeting will take place on Thursday 30 March at Merton House, Stanley Road in Bootle at 1pm. Papers will be made available here beforehand:

Anyone who is interested in attending is asked to call 0151 247 7000 to confirm their attendance.

Ditch Those Stabilisers Spring Half Term

The Easter holidays sees the return of the popular ‘Ditch Those Stabilisers’ cycling events.

Children aged four and above can learn to ride a bike unaided at sessions in Litherland and Southport.

The events have a very high success rate and staff from Sefton Council’s Highway Safety Team, offer a range of practical advice to children and their parents.

Sessions are free but pre-booking is essential. They take place at Litherland Sports Park, Boundary Lane (L21 7LA) on Tuesday, April 11 from 9am-12pm and Shoreside Primary School, Westminster Drive (PR8 2QZ) on Thursday, April 6 from 9am-12pm.

We are now part of The Children’s University Scheme so please bring along your booklets to be stamped!.

To register, call Sefton Council, on 0345 1400845

Crime Prevention Advice Issued in Blundellsands After Burglary Offences

Sefton Council and Merseyside Police have been visiting Blundellsands, to give local residents crime
prevention advice after recent burglaries in the area.

Blundellsands Cllr Diane Roscoe joined Merseyside Police officers and PCSOs this morning (Wednesday, 15 March) in talking to members of the community and giving out crime prevention leaflets.

Community Sergeant Kate Young said: “We have seen recent incidents where unfortunately access has been gained through insecure doors and windows. Everyone can take some simple steps to stop your home being an easy target.

“Information on how to do this is available on the force website or you can speak to our local officers to get further advice.

“We also have numerous successful Neighbourhood Watch schemes in existence across Merseyside, which make a big difference to the way we police local areas. I would encourage anyone who is able to spare some time to get in touch.”

Blundellsands Labour Cllr Diane Roscoe, added: “Time spent with Merseyside Police and local residents in this capacity has been really positive and worthwhile.

“Local residents need to be aware that opportunists have been operating in the area and will take advantage of unlocked doors and windows left open.

“These types of burglaries are preventable so please be as vigilant as possible.”

Crime Prevention Advice

· Opportunists may try dozens of handles in a street and it won’t be long before they find one that opens if people forget to lock their doors properly
· Improve any security features like locks and alarms, and making sure your house always looks occupied
· Always be vigilant about anyone suspicious in your area and report any concerns to police

For more information about keeping your home and property safe please visit or call Merseyside Police on 101.

Sefton GULPs

Matt Ashton

This month sees the launch of the Sefton GULP Campaign.  Across Sefton, 24.7% of reception age children are overweight or obese, rising to 35.2% at year 6 and 69.7% of adults. And whilst dental health is better than some of our neighbouring local authorities, 22.7% of five year olds still have decay in their milk teeth.

Children and young people are consuming more than three times as much sugar as the maximum recommended daily intake, most of which comes from sugary drinks.  A recent World Cancer Research Fund study found that our young people are drinking three bath tubs of sugary drinks per year!

The recommended daily maximum is no more than five cubes of sugar for 4 to 6 year olds, no more than six cubes for 7 to 10 year olds per day and no more than seven cubes for 11 years and older, including adults.  Now bear in mind that one can of Cola can contain nine cubes alone, this is before we have considered any added sugar contained within food and other drinks.

Sugar is not necessary in the diet and especially when consumed in the form of sugary drinks can cause a whole host of health issues, from tooth decay, to obesity, heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Excess sugar intake has also been linked to certain cancers.

An easy way to reduce sugar intake is to cut out or reduce sugary drinks.  And this is why along with Food Active, Sefton Council are running a borough-wide campaign to encourage residents to Give Up Loving Pop (GULP).

The GULP campaign is aimed at young people and families to encourage them to switch from sugary drinks to water or milk.  The Sefton campaign involves working with schools through the delivery of PSHE lessons at both Key Stage 2 and 3, along with school assemblies suitable for all year groups.  Sefton Council and Food Active have teamed up with Everton in the Community to deliver theory and physical activity sessions to year 5 and 6 students across schools in the borough.  Using community coaches to deliver health messages, such as GULP, has been shown to be effective in changing behaviour.

During April we will be challenging students, teachers and parents to give up sugary drinks. Residents can sign up the challenge via a website and will receive encouraging emails, there will be a prize draw for those who let us know whether they were successful or not.

Sefton schools will also be challenged to enter an inter-school competition.  Primary schools classes will be asked to design and deliver an assembly to the rest of the school to encourage reduced consumption in sugary drinks, whilst secondary schools will be asked to design a campaign based on soft drinks industry tactics. With just one entry per school, the students must choose which entry to take forward.  A panel will judge the entries with a prize-giving ceremony at the start of June.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Cabinet member, Health and Wellbeing said:

Cllr Ian MoncurChildren have far too much sugar in their diet, and much of this comes in the form of sugary drinks.  Not only is this causing problems for children and young people now in terms of tooth decay and weight gain, but continued over-consumption of sugar can lead to problems in later life.

Evidence shows that regardless of weight, consumption of sugary drinks can lead to cardiac and metabolic issues in adulthood.

“We are also aware of the effect that sugary drinks, especially in the form of energy and sports drinks can have on behaviour during school and academic performance. The GULP campaign will educate our young people about the benefits of switching to water or milk and we hope that the messages will be taken home, to impact on family and friends.

“We are excited to have the inter-school competitions which we hope will really engage the schools in the campaign. I look forward to being on the judging panel.”

Mike McSorley, Head of Schools and Families said:

Delivering sessions on sugary drinks in schools is essential before children become accustomed to the taste of liquid sugar. The GULP sessions were smart, encouraging children to be inquisitive and question the world around them, but also gave them the knowledge and skills to make up their own minds about sugary drinks and what is best for their education and for playing sport.

The resources encouraged the pupils to think about the sugar content of what they drink daily and encouraged them to get the message to others not only in school but at home also.”


Lifeboat Road Drop In Event

Sefton residents and coastal users are invited to come along and find out more about the potential transfer of land at Formby Point to the National Trust at a special drop in event on Saturday, 18 March at the Lifeboat Road carpark from 11am to 3pm.

Staff and volunteers from the National Trust and Sefton Council will be on hand to talk to residents and users of the coast at Formby and to answer any questions. Children can get hands-on with free activities and coffee and ice creams will be available for purchase

The event follows the announcement last week that positive discussions have taken place between the National Trust and Sefton Council over the potential transfer of 204 acres of land at Lifeboat Road and Ravenmeols. If agreed, this would mean that the dunes and pine forests would be become part of the National Trust’s portfolio. 2017 marks 50 years of the National Trust caring for land at Formby and is also Sefton’s Year of the Coast. The area is of vital importance for its mobile dune habitat and is home to rare wildlife including sand lizards, Northern Dune Tiger Beetles, Natterjack toads and red squirrels. It is also much loved and used by local residents and visitors.

Joanne Hudson, General Manager for the National Trust in Central and South Lancashire said:

“We are really excited about the opportunity this transfer would offer to improve visitor facilities and access along the coast, working together with local people to shape future plans. We’ve already been talking to people over the past year about what they would like to see improved. So far, we know that they would like more toilets, to buy a cup of coffee and to continue to visit this special place. Our aim is to ensure that this amazing stretch of coast will be protected and can continue to be used and enjoyed by future generations. We hope you will come and talk to us, ask any questions you may have and tell us what you would like to see happen at Formby Point.”

Cllr Ian Maher, Labour Leader at Sefton Council, added:

“Positive discussions have taken place with National Trust with the view of transferring land to them to develop further and secure the future of this fantastic coastline.

“We see this as an amazing opportunity where National Trust can improve and invest on this piece of land for the benefit of our communities and the many visitors to our borough. The drop in session is a perfect opportunity for people to find out more about this exciting development so please come along and feel free to ask any questions. We really want to hear peoples’ views to help develop this site for future generations.”

Residents can also discover what makes this stretch of coast so special on a series of Spring walks and talks throughout April and May. These will provide a chance to explore the local wildlife, including learning more about its rare squirrel and toad residents. For more information please visit

 Any objections or representations to the proposed disposal must be made in writing and addressed to Mr David Street, Assets and Property Manager, Sefton Council, Magdalen House, 30 Trinity Road, Bootle, L20 3NJ, no later than March 22, 2017.

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