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Agencies launch community campaign across Merseyside for Arson Awareness Week

Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service is joining forces with partner agencies to highlight the dangers of deliberately setting fires as part of Arson Awareness Week.

The initiative, which runs from Monday March 20 to Friday March 24, will see Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service team up with Merseyside Police, local authorities across Merseyside and housing providers to highlight the consequences of setting fires.

Teams of staff, advocates, PCSOs and volunteers will visit homes and businesses in Kirkdale, Everton, Litherland, Kirkby, Speke, St Helens town centre and Egremont in Wirral throughout the week to carry out Home Fire Safety Checks, distribute information leaflets and identify residents who may be vulnerable to arson attacks.

They will also provide skips to remove fly-tipped rubbish from communities, give advice to business owners about waste management, engage with homeless people to raise awareness of the dangers of fires and provide support to residents concerned about anti-social fire setting in their neighbourhoods.

‘Mini’ Police Officers from Hatton Hill Primary School in Litherland will join the teams around Litherland to hand out safety leaflets and give advice.

Station Manager Paul Kay, Arson Reduction Co-ordinator for Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service, said: “This campaign will see organisations from across our county come together to raise awareness of the dangers of arson and the impact fires have on our communities.

“Arson is a serious criminal offence which puts people’s lives at risk, causes damage to homes, businesses and community facilities and impacts on wildlife and the environment.
“It can range from mindless criminal damage to a deliberately-targeted attack but, either way, the potentially deadly consequences remain the same.

“If fire appliances are called out to deliberate fires this may delay the response to other emergencies, which could endanger lives elsewhere.
“We want to make people aware that deliberately setting fires in a public place is arson and, if caught, those responsible may face legal action.”

Merseyside Police Chief Superintendent Peter Costello, Head of Local Policing, said: “Merseyside Police is delighted to be supporting Arson Awareness Week, and we will be carrying out extensive work alongside MFRS and our other local partners throughout the week.

“We will also be using this as an opportunity to target serious and organised criminals operating across the county, in order to disrupt their criminal activity.

“The consequences of arson can be catastrophic in our communities, putting lives and businesses under threat and greatly impacting on the response of Merseyside’s emergency services.

“Educating people about the dangers of arson in all its forms is vital in reducing this impact. Alongside MFRS, we will robustly investigate incidents of arson and prosecute all those identified as being responsible.”

Cllr George Davies, Wirral’s Cabinet Member for Community Safety, said: “Arson attacks not only put lives at risk but also people’s homes, businesses and local facilities.

“In Wirral we have been working closely with Merseyside Fire Service to combat the problem of fires in fly-tipped rubbish.

“We would urge residents to report any suspicious activity immediately, particularly the initial dumping of rubbish as this can give us the opportunity to get it removed before an even more serious incident happens.”

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “Sadly, deliberate fires take up a large amount of firefighters’ time which could easily be avoided.

“Many fires are started deliberately and this irresponsible behaviour needs to stop so supporting Arson Awareness Week can really help raise awareness about this.

“It is great to see pupils at Hatton Hill Primary School in Litherland getting involved in the project and I hope that it will have a lasting impression on them and their local communities.”

Cllr Eddie Connor, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said: “We are delighted to be working with Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service to help raise awareness of this important issue. Arson can not only cost lives, but also costs a lot of money in repairs and we will do everything we can to support this campaign.”

Crosby Library to host special community meal

One pot will be plenty for local residents as Crosby Library hosts a special community meal on Monday, 27 March.

If you have a glut of ingredients that you need to use or fantastic personal recipes that the world is missing out on, the Fairland Collective of professional artists, are inviting you to be part of the One Pot Project in Crosby Library to cook a meal for your local community. 

This unique event will give local residents insight into all aspects of food production, from how produce is made to getting the best from your ingredients to create delicious, nutritious meals.

The day will start at 11am, as participants make their own pasta, print food labels, share recipes and document those recipes in zines they will design with the help of artists from Fairland. This will be followed by an informal lunch for participants and library staff before the day is rounded off by making chutney, including chopping, cooking, jarring and labeling.

There is no need to book a place on the One Pot Project and you can turn up any time during the day.

 The partnership between the Fairland Collective and Sefton Library Service is part of At The Library, an Arts Council England funded programme of commissions, projects and residencies inviting artists and communities to be creative in Sefton’s libraries.

To learn more about At The Library, visit:

Art at the Library Facebook and Instagram

Alternatively, you can visit the Fairland Collective Tumblr page

 

Industry leaders flock to Sefton

Yesterday Sefton Council, in partnership with Edge Hill University held a Child Criminal Exploitation conference, at Bootle Town Hall.

Industry leaders across Merseyside came together to share their thoughts, ideas and experiences about gangs, violence and exploitation.
The conference was a huge success and has continued this valuable conversation with the many partner organisations involved.

Popular School Holiday Programme Returns With Premiership Partnership

Be Active returns this school holiday with a host of egg’cellent activities for youngsters and a brand new partnership with Everton Soccer School.

The programme, designed by Sefton Council’s Active Sefton team, will ensure that young residents get a healthy dose of outdoor fun to burn off those sweet treats and encourage them to try out new sports and games.

Mini Blues and Reds will have the chance to learn from Everton trained coaches and develop their skills at the new soccer schools.  While there is also a chance for youngsters to enjoy Come and Try sessions covering gymnastics and archery.  

 The Easter Egg’stravaganza Day will see children take part in a number of enjoyable and challenging activities, such as obstacle courses, adventure games and dodgeball.

 Other events taking place across the week include preschool swimming crash courses, Crosby Lakeside Adventure days, discounted Swim and Splash sessions and many more.

 

 

 

 Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “The Easter break is a great holiday for the whole family and I am delighted with the programme that is on offer for youngsters across Sefton.

 “The Be Active programme goes from strength to strength every school holiday and even more so this Easter thanks to the new partnership with Everton Soccer School.”

 

 

Be Active takes place at venues across the borough from Monday, April 3 to Friday, April 7 and Monday, April 10 – Thursday, April 13.

To view the full timetable or find out more, visit sefton.gov.uk/BeActive or call 0151 288 6286.

 Some sessions are fully inclusive and places are open for disabled children. To book, call Aiming High on 0151 288 6811.

Formby Point

Discussions have taken place between Sefton Council and the National Trust over the potential land transfer of land in Formby. Sefton Council has just published a formal notice considering the disposal of land to the northern and southern side of Lifeboat Road (Formby Point). In light of this, positive conversations have taken place regarding the transfer of land at Lifeboat Road and Ravenmeols from Sefton’s ownership to The National Trust. If agreed, 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 entire UK. The dunes themselves are home to some very rare wildlife including sand lizards, Northern Dune Tiger Beetles and the rare Natterjack toad. The pine woodlands that fringe the coast are also home to rare red squirrels. The land at Lifeboat Road adjoins an area whose significance is reflected by being part of the Sefton Coast Site of Special Scientific Interest, Special Area of Conservation and Special Protection Area for birds. The potential land transfer coincides with 2017 being the Year of Sefton’s Coast and also the 50 year anniversary of the National Trust in Formby.

Cllr Ian Maher, Labour Leader at Sefton Council, said: “As part of the Sefton Coast Landscape Partnership Board, we constantly work with partners to continue to conserve and enhance the natural landscape that forms the Sefton Coast. This is done while managing growing visitor numbers in a sustainable and responsible manner. “Residents and visitors to the borough made strong representation through the consultation process for the Sefton 2030 Vision for their desire to access and enjoy all the benefits the Sefton coast has to offer. The consultation also revealed how people wish to preserve the cultural, historical and ecological assets that are much cherished. “In light of this, discussions are taking 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.” It is hoped the acquisition of the land at Lifeboat Road and Ravenmeols will enable the National Trust to have a much bigger positive impact in terms of managing the broader landscape for the benefit of people, wildlife and nature.

 

Rebecca Burton, National Trust Assistant Director of Operations, said: “The Formby Coast is very important both to the people who love it and use it and because of its environmental significance and the wildlife that lives here. “As one of our key neighbours and partners in the management of the coastal area at Formby, we are continually talking to Sefton Council, local people and with our other partners, about the best way to managethis special area for the benefit of both wildlife and people. “2017 marks 50 years since parts of Formby came into the care of the National Trust. This stretch of coastline is of international significance for its sand dunes and is home to rare wildlife including red squirrels and Natterjack toads. “Our aim is to ensure that this special place can continue to be used and enjoyed by future generations, whilst recognising that the coast is a continually evolving and changing environment. “We are excited about the future opportunity to invest in better visitor facilities and access across this area of the Sefton coast, working with local people to help us design our plans. “By working closely with our neighbours, key stakeholders and partner organisations, we will continue to care and protect this special piece of coastline in a way no other organisation can.”

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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