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Mayors Musings

I had a quieter yet still enjoyable week this week in which I had the pleasure of attending 4 engagements which varied from attending the Annual Ceremony of Signing of the High Sheriff Rolls to attending the S.A.F.E Meeting in Southport.

Monday 23rd July (11:30): StedyChefs Visit

It was with great delight that I accepted the invitation from StedyChefs Learning Centre. It was very pleasing and eye-opening to see what the new Learning Centre entailed and how the Staff aid adults with learning disabilities as well as courses for Hospitality Training and Work-Essential skills. It was fantastic to see the positive impact the Learning Centre has on the community. It was intriguing to see what the students had to say about how much the Learning Centre has such a positive impact on their lives.

Monday 23rd July (19:15): S.A.F.E Meeting

The S.A.F.E. (Southport Access For Everyone) meeting was an engagement which filled me which much excitement and interest about what the meeting was about as well as finding out more about S.A.F.E as an organisation. SAFE is a small voluntary organisation working to improve access for disabled people of all ages to both premises and services in the Southport area.  The S.A.F.E meeting was to review any problems between the last meeting and this meeting. It was a pleasure to be there and it was also an honour to give them a little insight of what my Mayoral job entails.

Tuesday 24th July (09:30): Signing of the High Sheriff Rolls

It was a pleasure yet again to be invited to another ceremony in which the High Sheriff sings the roll of High Sheriffs of the county in front of the High Court Judge and the other Judges. It is always such an honour to be invited to these engagements as it gives me the opportunity to meet other Mayors of the Boroughs of Merseyside.

Wednesday 25th July (17:45): Princes Trust Team 36 Presentation Evening

The prince’s Trust Team Programme is a 12 week personals development programme, this is delivered by the Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service. It’s a great way for young people to build their confidence, and participate in work experience as well as to gain life skills. The presentation was to congratulate and celebrate all of the graduates who have completed the 12 week programme and it gave me the opportunity to congratulate and celebrate with the students as well as thank the staff for all of their hard work they have put in and to appreciate how much of a success this programme is.

Competition: Pen a poem to commemorate the end of WW1

A Sefton poetry competition to commemorate the centenary of World War One ending has been expanded due to its popularity.

As part of Sefton Libraries’ Beyond The War Memorials Project, schools across the borough have been asked to put pen to paper and create emotive poetry to commemorate the centenary of the end of the first World War.

However due to its popularity the competition is now being opened up to over 16s.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communtities and Housing, said: “During World War One two of the Great War poets; Siegfried Sassoon and Robert Graves spent time in Sefton, so it seemed a fitting way to mark the end of the centenary commemorations.

“We want all budding poets and writers to get their thinking caps on and compile emotive, thought provoking and fitting poetry for our Beyond The War Memorials project.

“Group entries are welcome too so put your heads together and get writing! I can’t wait to see what wonderful verses our residents will create.”

The competition will be split into two categories: 15 & under or 16 Plus.

Further details and to obtain an entry from for the competition email information.services@sefton.gov.uk or call 0151 257 6401.

All 16 Plus entries must be submitted by 5pm on Friday September 21.

Plans revealed to improve traffic management in Thornton

Residents in Thornton and Thornton Parish Council are being informed about plans to improve traffic management in the local area.

Sefton Council has undertaken a detailed and extensive study of issues in the area and is now confirming the measures to be delivered in the next 12 months.

These include:

• the permanent closure of Edgemoor Drive at its junction with Moor Lane
• making The Crescent one way
• providing traffic calming in Southport Road and Ince Road
• pedestrian safety improvements at the Edge Lane / Moor Lane junction and the Green Lane / Park View junction
• a major change to the junction at Buckley Hill / Edge Lane / Gorsey Lane to divert traffic towards Brooms Cross Road away from Thornton

Cllr John Fairclough, Cabinet Member for Locality Services, said: “We promised the residents of Thornton that we would tackle their concerns about traffic and I am confident that the package of measures we will be delivering will have real benefits for the local community.

“This follows extensive consultation with our communities and some of the schemes outlined will start immediately.”

The update report of the Thornton Corridor Action Plan is available at www.sefton.gov.uk/thorntoncorridor.

Formal Consultation on Sand Dunes Nursery School

Sefton Council has been formally asked by the governing body at Sand Dunes Nursery School, Seaforth to start a statutory consultation on proposals to close the nursery from July, 2019.

 At a Cabinet meeting held on July 26 at Bootle Town Hall, it was agreed to start with a formal consultation in August.

 Sefton Council’s multi-agency consultation and engagement panel will meet on August 16 to outline the formal process and offer support, advice and guidance to ensure that communities have an opportunity to express their views during this time.

  The nursery will reopen at the start of the next academic year in September and the consultation will run until October to give parents and the local community the chance to have their say on the future of the school.

 Cllr John Joseph Kelly, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Children, Schools and Safeguarding, said: “It’s heartbreaking that governors at Sand Dunes Nursery school have had no alternative but to request a formal consultation to close the building because it is no longer financially viable.

 “This nursery is a crucial part of the community and has been for many years but has been struggling financially for some time despite their best efforts to balance the budget. I have no doubt that this will be a difficult time for all those involved and we will do our best to support pupils, parents and staff during this difficult process. The school will continue to provide quality early years support while it remains open during this extremely challenging time.

“We will ensure that the consultation period includes meetings with staff, governors and families to give them plenty of chances for open discussion and for people to express their views.

“We will advertise how to take part in the consultation after the panel meeting on August 16 and continue to make sure the community are continually updated throughout the process.”

 To take part in any Sefton Council led consultations visit www.sefton.gov.uk.

Sefton Council Help to Launch a New Regional Adoption Agency

A Regional Adoption Agency covering Sefton, Liverpool, Knowsley, and Wirral has been officially launched.

 AIM (Adoption in Merseyside) brings together a team of around 50 staff from across the four councils who have been seconded into the new organisation.

 Responsibilities include recruitment, approval and ongoing support for adopters, tracking, linking and matching of children and the training and development of staff.

 Councillor Margaret Harvey, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet member for children’s services, said: “Adoption really can change a child’s life so I’m delighted that the Regional Adoption Agency could offer greater opportunities for children in our region.

“Having shared resources, expertise and processes will provide enormous benefits to our children and young people, as well as the local authorities taking part.”

 Although the Regional Adoption Agency has a centralised hub, staff still have a presence in each of their local authority areas to ensure they retain close links with social work staff.

 Councillor Barry Kushner, Cabinet member for children’s services in Liverpool, said: “AIM means we are able to provide a better service for children and adopters.

“Previously, each local authority has effectively competed with each other for adopters and there has been a great deal of duplication of effort.

“By creating a regional agency, we have widened the net of potential adopters, shared expertise and ideas and are making sure adopters and children get a consistent level of support, regardless of where they live.

“This shows the potential of working across authorities and further collaboration on residential care, fostering and leaving care.”

 Every year, the four local authorities approve around 100 adopters each year and place approximately 140 children for adoption.

 Councillor John Joseph Kelly, Cabinet Member for Children, Schools and Safeguarding at Sefton Council, said: “We know that we often receive enquiries from across the Liverpool City Region, so it makes sense that we are collaborating with our neighbours to meet the challenges we face together and increase the potential for our vulnerable children to find a forever family.

“I’m looking forward to this new regional adoption agency making the process for would-be adopters quicker and more effective as both they and children in Sefton and the wider region are matched so they begin their new family life.”

 The launch of the new agency follows a successful bid to the Government by local authorities on Merseyside to create a new shared service to get more children with a plan for adoption placed successfully and as quickly as possible.

 Councillor Bernie Mooney, Cabinet member for Children and Families in Wirral, said: “It is vital we are able to offer fast, effective and safe support to those children who need to be adopted.

 “Working with our partners throughout the City Region should mean we are able to offer more support to more children, through a quicker and more efficient service.”

 People interested in adoption can find out more by visiting http://adoptioninmerseyside.co.uk/ or calling 0151 477 8700.

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