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Sefton Businesses receive more than half a million pounds in help with Business Rates

Businesses in Sefton have received more than half a million pounds from Sefton Council in rate support.

Enterprises across the borough that faced large increases in their businesses rates bills following a national revaluation in 2017, have benefited from additional relief to help keep their bills down.

In March, 2017 the Government made additional funding available to Sefton Council to assist businesses with their rates bills in 2017/18.

As at October 31, 2018 the Council has been able to use the additional funding to assist 1,140 businesses in the borough to financial assistance totalling ยฃ542,973 when the final relief payments were distributed. This represents 98.4% of the total available funding of ยฃ551,739 made available for businesses in Sefton.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said: “At a time when our high streets are facing unprecedented challenges, we are delighted to able to help so many businesses keep their bills to a minimum through this support.

“The money distributed across Sefton will help retain people in employment and make a significant contribution to the economic well-being of our residents.

“We actively support businesses of all shapes and sizes throughout the borough and will continue to do so enforcing our position that Sefton is well and truly open for business.”

Response to anti-gum dropping campaign is simply Gumbelievable!

Businesses, residents and visitors to the borough were given something to chew over at the weekend as Sefton launched its ‘Gumbelievable’ campaign.

Launched on Chapel Street, Southport on Saturday, September 28, the local authority teamed up with the Chewing Gum Action Group to hand out special packs to gum lovers, in a bid to combat the amount of gum which is dropped on the street.

The launch saw hundreds of packs being handed out to residents and tourists along the busy shopping street, as well as A3 chewing gum boards being erected for people to stick their used gum to.

Huge banners warning people not to risk hefty fines have also been placed outside Sefton run leisure centres and beer mats have been handed out to businesses to further reiterate the gumbelievable message.

Cllr Paulette Lappin, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regulation and Compliance, said: “It was great to see that we have the support of so many businesses and residents in our campaign.

“Dropping gum, like any form of litter, is a disgusting and unsightly thing to do and you can be fined so we are making sure there is no reason to do it!

“The packs we handed out contain dozens of disposable wrappers which gum lovers can carry around with them, or failing that, we placed ‘gum boards’ along Chapel Street for people to stick their used gum to.

“We are doing all we can to raise awareness of this issue and we continue to spread the message far and wide, nobody can have an excuse to drop gum.”

Further Gumbelievable events will be announced in the coming weeks.

Business clinics the perfect tonic for local entrepreneurs

Businesses and entrepreneurs across Sefton can look forward to a healthy future with the help of experts from across the world of commerce.

Sefton’s business clinics are taking place every Tuesday at The Atkinson, Southport from 10am-1pm. They are a chance to meet movers and shakers in the world of business to ask any burning questions and gain insights to help you start up your business or take it to the next level.

Officially opened by Cllr. Marion Atkinson, Sefton Councilโ€™s Labour Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills on September 18, the clinics are Organised by Invest Sefton, Sefton Council’s enterprise, business support and inward investment service. Sessions cover all business themes, from accessing funding to starting your business to employing the right people to make it a success and everything in between.

Cllr Marion Atkinson said: “Business is the lifeblood of our borough and we make the point that we are very much open for business. More than ever we need budding entrepreneurs to be bold and make the next step, creating jobs and opportunities for local residents and those across the Liverpool City Region.

“Making that leap into business ownership can be fraught with risk but it needn’t be if people know where to turn for help and advice. This is why an open forum to access the region’s vibrant business community is an asset you should make the most of. All you need to do is just turn up at The Atkinson.”

If you cannot make it to a business clinic, the friendly team at Invest Sefton are on hand all year round to offer advice and support to help your business grow. Contact them on 0151 934 3452, by email or visit their website.

Sefton helps hundreds of families to access school uniform banks

Generous residents across Sefton have once again helped keep vital school uniform banks topped up with donations.

This is the sixteenth year that Swops, Sefton’s school uniform bank scheme, has been running and it continues to go from strength to strength thanks to donations from people across the borough.

Clothing items both old and new are accepted at Sefton run libraries and Town Halls throughout the year and are then distributed to families and children in need.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “In a perfect world we would not need food banks or school uniform banks but, sadly, they are a necessity.

“In the last academic year we helped over four hundred schoolchildren and their families get access to much needed uniforms, from shoes to summer dresses and shorts.

“This scheme would not be able to continue without the support of our kind hearted residents.

“Through their contribution we have been able to help those most in need and will continue to do so for as long as possible.”

To donate to Sefton’s uniform bank please visit one of the local authority’s library buildings or a Sefton Town Hall.

To access the scheme or for more information about uniform banks in Sefton please call 0151 934 3359.

Signs go up in Sefton parks to reiterate PSPO rules

Signs have gone up around parks and greenspaces in Sefton to let dog walkers know about a Public Space Protection Order which is now in full force.

Traffic light style signs have been installed in parks and greenspaces across the borough to let people know which areas are designated as either off-lead, on-lead or no dog zones. 

Failure to comply with the Order can result in a Fixed Penalty Notice of ยฃ75. 

The Dog Control PSPO has been formulated by Sefton’s Regulation & Compliance teams in conjunction with Green Sefton, with help from local residents and dog lovers. 

As well as it still being an offence for not removing dog fouling, the PSPO:

  • Prohibits dogs from entering enclosed playgrounds and prohibit dogs from entering marked or fenced sports pitches during specified periods.
  • Ensures dogs are kept on leads of not greater than 2 metres on designated carriageways (A and B classified Roads) and footways
  • Ensures dogs are kept on a lead within defined picnic sites and family areas, all public roads and footways and all cemeteries and crematoria.
  • Allows rulings so that a Council Officer can require your dog to be put on the lead to prevent annoyance or disturbance to others.
  • Community rangers will be speaking to park visitors over the coming weeks to explain the PSPO and to hand out informative flyers.
  • Restricts the number of dogs that can be walked by one person to a maximum of six.

Cllr Paulette Lappin, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regulation and Compliance, said: “We actively encourage responsible dog ownership throughout the borough and the PSPO actively reflects this.

“Through a detailed consultation  we really reached out to many different groups and individuals regarding an important subject that numerous people have a vested interest in.

“In their thousands people responded which shows how much they care about their pets and our communities.

“Out of that came the Dog Control Public Space Protection Order.”

For more information about the PSPO visit www.sefton.gov.uk/dogs.

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