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Hop on the bus for some recycling advice!

An ‘Advice Bus’ roadshow hits the street next week with all the answers to your recycling questions.

Next week sees the launch of a new ‘recycling surgery’ roadshow across the Merseyside and Halton region.

The Advice Bus, which is supported by Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) and its contractor Veolia, will be touring a range of locations and with local council support will be able to solve your recycling problems and questions.

The bus will visit a range of venues including:

 DATE             VENUE                                                                                              TIME

22nd May        Widnes Town Centre (Green Oaks Shopping Centre)         10.00am – 12.00pm

                        Greenoaks Shopping Centre,  WA8 6AU

22nd May        Runcorn New Town (Trident Retail Shopping Park)           1.00pm – 4.00pm

                        Trident Retail Park, WA7 2FQ

23rd May        Runcorn Old Town                                                                        10.00am – 12.00pm

Old Town, Market Church Street, WA7 1LR

23rd May        New Brighton (Fort Perch Rock carpark)                                1.00pm – 4.00pm

                        Fort Perch Rock, Marine Promenade, New Brighton. Wallasey CH45 2JU (carpark)

24th May         Birkenhead Precinct (by ASDA)                                                 10.00am – 4.00pm

                        222 Grange Road, Birkenhead CH41 6EB (on the precinct outside ASDA)

25th May         Park and Ride Southport                                                             10.00am – 4.00pm

                        Park & Ride (Southport Eco Centre)

26th May         Liverpool                                                                                          10.00am – 12.00pm

                        To be confirmed on Monday 22nd May

26th May         Knowsley                                

 1.00pm – 4.00pm

                          Forum end of Derby Road, Huyton Village

The distinctive bus – which is being supplied by resource management company, Veolia – will also as be promoting recycling opportunities at the regions 16 Household Waste Recycling Centres.  The free-to-use centres are located across neighbourhoods so that householders can recycle and dispose of items from their own homes – everything from grass cuttings to mattresses. Most centres can recycle more than 40 different items and materials.

Carl Beer, MRWA Chief Executive said: “This is a trial project – with partners from all of our councils joining up to get out into the community, and speak with residents and communities.

We think that this more joined up approach – being closer to the doorsteps of the people we provide services for – will prove to be a big hit.  We’d encourage everyone to come along – find out more about the recycling collection in your area – and ask any questions you might have to the people who deliver your recycling services.”

Jeff Sears, Director of Veolia in Merseyside and Halton said:  “The roadshows are a great opportunity to meet the recycling advisors, who will be on hand to explain more about your recycling, what items can go in your bin and also what to do with items that can’t go in. Visitors that we meet at our Recycling Discovery Centre’s often ask these questions, so we hope this project can clear up any confusion when it comes to recycling.”

Land At Formby Point

Sefton Council is seeking formal approval to transfer land at Formby Point to the National Trust.

In March 2017, Sefton Council announced discussions had taken place regarding the potential transfer of land at Lifeboat Road and Ravenmeols from Sefton’s ownership to The National Trust.

A public notice to dispose of the land was then issued which asked for comments regarding this.

From the correspondence received, there was over-whelming support for the transfer of land to the National Trust. A petition was received with 69 names in favour of the transfer along with 7 separate written responses – 3 supportive and 4 not in favour.

Following further discussions with National Trust, a report is now going to Cabinet on May 25 recommending approval to transfer land at Formby Point to the National Trust.

It would see more than 204 hectares become part of the National Trust Formby portfolio which is home to one of the very best mobile sand dune habitats in the UK.

Sarah Kemp, Executive Director at Sefton Council, said: “The feedback received over the potential transfer of land in Formby to the National Trust was very supportive and gives extra support for this proposal.

“We are now in a position to recommend the transfer of the land to the National Trust for them to develop a richer visitor experience with local communities and secure the future of this extraordinary coastline. 

“We have said all along that we believe the land transfer will enable the National Trust to make a significant contribution to the outcomes of the Sefton 2030 Vision. It will also enable a positive impact in terms of managing the broader landscape for the benefit of people, the local economy, natural wildlife and the environment.”

squirrelThe dunes themselves are home to rare wildlife including sand lizards, Northern Dune Tiger Beetles and the rare Natterjack toad. The pine woodlands that fringe the coast provide a wonderful habitat to rare and much loved red squirrels.

The significance of the land at Lifeboat Road recreation area and Ravenmeols has been recognised as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, Special Area of Conservation and Special Protection Area.

Rebecca Burton, National Trust Assistant Director of Operations, said: “Our discussions with Sefton have been progressing very well and we are really encouraged by the positive feedback received to the public notice about the potential land transfer.

“We appreciate just how important the Formby Coast is to the people who love it and use it and for the rare wildlife that makes its home here. We look forward to the Cabinet decision and the opportunity that the transfer would offer for the Trust to invest in better visitor facilities and access for the benefit of people who enjoy this special place.

“Our aim is to continue to ensure that Formby Point can continue to be used and enjoyed by future generations. We want to continue caring for and protecting this special piece of coastline, working closely with our neighbours, key stakeholders and partners to shape our plans.”

The land transfer would coincide with 2017 being the Year of Sefton’s Coast and also the 50 year anniversary of the National Trust in Formby.

Love My Beach- Get your Feet Wet

When was the last time you visited the British seaside? Research shows that over 50% of adults haven’t been near the coast in the last year! And with the North West’s beaches and the seas at their cleanest in 20 years there’s no reason not to!

That’s why, this May Bank Holiday weekend, the LOVEmyBEACH campaign is calling for residents and visitors to get their feet wet and head to the coast!

A trip to the seaside is a good value for money day out which appeals to all generations. In Sefton there are a number of recommended beaches which are all safe to enjoy. These include, Ainsdale, Crosby, Formby& Southport.

You can find out more about these beaches including facilities, upcoming events and how to help keep the beaches clean at www.lovemybeach.org

Whether you chose to walk the dog, build a sandcastle or go for a paddle please share your photos and ‘foosies’ (the selfie for your feet!) using the hashtag #getyourfeetwet.

Also this year is Sefton Years of the Coast! There is a website which is dedicated to the Coast, Please click here to visit it.  

 

 

Update on measures to protect poultry against avian flu

Prevention zone and poultry gatherings ban to be lifted in England on 15 May, with localised measures in Lancashire, Cumbria and Merseyside.

New ‘Include-IT Mersey’ project aims to get people online

Include-IT Mersey is a new project, jointly funded by the European Social Fund and the Big Lottery Fund as part of its 2014-2020 Building Better Opportunities Programme.  The project will provide a personalised package of support to digitally excluded residents of the Liverpool City Region that are out of work to help improve their IT and online skills, confidence in using and practical access to digital technologies and, ultimately, support them towards and into employment.

The project will be delivered by a partnership of 23* not-for-profit and public sector partners spanning the six boroughs of Liverpool, Knowsley, Sefton, St Helens, Halton and Wirral, with specific target areas in each borough.

Led by Sefton CVS, in collaboration with VOLA Consortium members, local Housing Associations and Local Authorities, this innovative multi-agency partnership is founded on partners that really care about their local communities.  It will ensure that those in need of support to help develop their IT skills, access to online services and digital technologies will receive the best possible service, whatever their starting point.  In addition to IT skills development, assistance will include employability and personal skills development to support people into or closer to employment.

Angela White, Chief Executive of Sefton CVS said:

“We are delighted to have been awarded this funding and it is an honour to be leading such an innovative partnership, spanning the voluntary, public and social housing sectors.  The online agenda is increasingly prevalent in people’s every day lives and can present an additional barrier to those people that are not online, not just in terms of their employment prospects and access to job opportunities, but in their private and social lives too. Developing IT skills and getting online can open up a whole new world to people in many different ways!  We very much look forward to working with our partners to offer this vital service to across the city region and to make a real difference to local people and communities”.   

The project is currently being set up and hopes to start being able to offer services to people from May 2017, and more details will be announced in the coming weeks. For those already online, you can find out more and sign up to receive updates at www.includeitmersey.org.uk.

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