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Iron Men are waiting to welcome you to Another Place

As part of English Tourism Week 2018, Sefton Council is celebrating some of the very best attractions, sights and tourism hotspots which bring thousands of people to our beautiful borough each year.

One of the major attractions along Sefton’s beautiful 22 miles of coastline and the internationally renowned Antony Gormley’s ‘Another Place’ in Crosby.

At least some of us are enjoying the windy weather! #MySefton #Gormley #IronMen #Statue #AnotherPlace

100 spectacular cast-iron, life-size figures by Anthony Gormley spread across three miles of the foreshore and stretch almost one kilometre out to sea.

The Another Place figures are made from casts of the artist’s own body standing on the beach, all of them looking out to sea, staring at the horizon in silent expectation.

Having previously been seen in Cuxhaven in Germany, Stavanger in Norway and De Panne in Belgium, ‘Another Place’ is now a permanent feature along Crosby beach for a number of years.

The foreshore is easy to reach by public transport via three railway stations served by Merseyrail – Waterloo, Blundellsands and Crosby or Hall Road – and a range of bus services. Ring the Merseytravel Traveline for more information on 0871 200 22 33.

Taking place in spring each year, English Tourism Week campaigns to raise the profile of the industry and celebrate the value and quality of tourism in England.

 

Mayor’s Musings: A New Year and a new beginning for our citizens

Happy New Year and welcome to the first edition of the Mayor’s Musings! For those of you who don’t know me, I’m Mayor of Sefton Councillor Dave Robinson.

Along with my wife Mayoress Wendy Robinson and my team of civic helpers, I get to see the very best of what our beautiful borough has to offer – from welcoming new citizens to fabulous theatre performances from our talented troupes and much more in between.

The start of 2018 has been a rollercoaster of Mayoral engagements! We started on January 5 with a trip to the Showmen’s Guild of Great Britain  Annual Luncheon. Around 35-40 other Mayors from the North West attended along so it was a great opportunity for me to meet the other mayors and to see what they’re doing in their terms of office. 

But there’s little time to take in the busy diaries of my contemporaries as the very next day I was honoured to attend the Sefton Children’s Trust Christmas Party at the Plaza Cinema where I got to meet and greet the families of the children I had previously met at the Children’s Trust House in Shropshire.

Not everyone realises part of the Mayor’s duty is also to give tours of our fabulous town halls – the following Monday I was delighted to welcome Formby U3A (University of the Third Age) to Bootle Town Hall; a building of much grandeur! 

And from Formby it was onto Romania…and India…and Eqypt! I welcomed nine lovely people from a variety different countries including Romania, Philippines, Egypt, America, China, India, Australia and Malaysia as part of one of our many citizenship ceremonies we host throughout the year.

Finally, just before I hung up my robes for another week, it was on to Merseyside Police HQ for a fantastic initiative between our friends in Blue and Sefton Council to help warn children of the dangers of scrambler bikes. A special competition saw some of our fabulous local school kids win a one of a kind ski-trip to Scotland.

 Five different schools throughout Sefton including Lander Road, The Grange, English Martyrs, Hatton Hill and All Saint took part where they were asked to make short videos about the dangers of scrambler bike use and the impact they have on the community. 

Now it’s time for me to look forward to my next set of adventures and start planning for the Mayor’s Charity Dinner in March! Plenty of more details soon to come! 

Cllr Dave Robinson
Mayor of Sefton

 

Year of the Coast thanks!

Sefton Council want to say a massive ‘Thank You’ to the thousands of residents, volunteers, tourists and staff who have helped make 2017 a fantastic Year of the Coast.

In January 2017, Sefton Council launched its Year Of The Coast celebrations to highlight the beautiful 22 miles of vibrant coastal land within our beautiful borough.

The Sefton coast forms the largest dune system in England and is home to thousands of different species of flora and fauna, internationally renowned artwork, golden sands, picture perfect landscapes and much more!

Throughout the 12 month long celebrations, Sefton celebrated fifty years of the National Trust in Formby, witnessed land in Formby being transferred to the National Trust, welcomed people from all over the world for the Open Golf Championships at Royal Birkdale and launched the Sefton Coast Plan for 2030 and beyond.

The Year Of The Coast culminated with the unveiling of the #SeftonSelfie collage featuring hundreds of selfies, snaps and stunning photos taken along the coast throughout 2017. The collage is now on display for all to see at the Eco Centre, Southport.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing and sponsor for the Year of Sefton’s Coast, said:

“I feel very proud that Sefton has such a unique coastline that spreads over 22 miles ,

“Around 3 million people live within an hour’s drive from the Sefton coast and thousands upon thousands of people regularly visit our amazing coast.

“Throughout 2017 the Friends of the Sefton Coast helped organise and facilitate about 148 events on our coast with in excess of 2,319 hours of volunteer time given.

“2017 also marked 50 years since the National Trust first set up in Formby. This celebration also enabled us to successfully transfer further land at Formby Point to the National Trust.

“The Sefton coast was also put in the global shop window as record crowds witnessed an amazing Open golf Championship played out at Royal Birkdale.

“To sum it up it has been an amazing year and thanks to everyone here today who worked extremely hard to make it happen. Thank you very much.”

Following the culmination of the Year of the Coast, Sefton Council can reveal that 2018 has been officially dedicated as the Year of the Volunteer.

More details on the Year of the Volunteer will be revealed in due course.

Adoption Appeal for Sefton Siblings

64% of the children in the North West who are waiting for adoptive families are brothers and sisters in groups of 2 or more according to new information published to mark National Adoption Week (October  16-22). 
Based on the latest Government information, and figures from national adoption information service, First4Adoption, it shows that sibling groups wait longer than single children to be placed with a ‘forever family’. 


Cllr John Joseph Kelly, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Children, Schools and Safeguarding, said: “As in previous years, the need to find families for some of our most vulnerable children remains at the heart of this year’s campaign. 

“We’re asking anyone who may be considering adoption to think about whether they could parent siblings?

“There’s no denying that having more than one child comes with real challenges but it also has advantages and brings great rewards. If you’re interested in finding out more, please contact Sefton Adoption Service today.”

 

The new research, by Adoption Match and based on data from the Adoption Register for England also reveals that:

  • 52% of sibling groups awaiting adoption in the North West are children aged over 4
  • 59% of these groups awaiting adoption are made up of boys
  • 11% of the siblings groups awaiting adoption are Black and Minority Ethnic children

 

Elaine Jamieson from Sefton Council’s Adoption Service, added: “The majority of people adopting for the first time choose to take a single child into their family. 

“Also, it is often in the best interests of the children that a sibling group finds a family together rather than experience further trauma by being separated. 

“This presents an extra challenge for social workers and these factors account for the high proportion of siblings in our region waiting for an adoptive family.”

Sefton adopters, Chris and Julie, said: “Adoption has meant we’ve got the family we’ve always wanted, perhaps slightly less conventionally then some people do it but we’re proud to have a part in shaping their world.

“When our girls were placed with us it was exciting and bewildering but you just take a leap of faith! The moment they called us mum and dad meant everything to us.” 



The regional adoption agency, Adopting In Merseyside (AIM), covering Liverpool, Sefton, Knowsley and Wirral are holding an information evening on October 18. For more information on adoption or to register for the event, contact Sefton Adoption Service on Freephone 0800 923 2777 or visit seftonadoption.co.uk 

You’ve used your vote, so take good care of it

A guest blog by Joanne Lee, Sefton CVS

So, I wake up and send my mate Richard a Snapchat story from last night, even though we went see Derren Brown together.

Take care of your vote
It’s boring I know, but make sure you’ve had one of these!

Then a quick scroll through the craziness of Twitter, as I do every day, see that the world is completely mad, but 2017 has been one of those hasn’t it? Has it always been like this?

Anyway, I digress. There is a point to all this!

Like any routine, and being starved of tech for nearly three months, I slipped straight into my social apps when I touched down on my flight from Liberia* in May.

It turned out I had the small matter of a general election to vote in. Britain, I can’t leave you alone for 3 months!

Before I voted I had to deal with a major comedown – Liberia was monumental, life changing, all of those clichés!

The buzz of seeing my mates, a promotion at work, jaunts to Scandinavia and Hamburg, soon wore off (I still can’t get Michael Jackson’s Liberian Girl out of my head though).

While all this was going I was sorting out somewhere to live.

Oh, and that general election. I voted in 2015 so I didn’t have to worry about registering. Right? Wrong! The electoral register still had me at my old address and I hadn’t signed the papers on my new place.

I actually panicked (for five minutes), which probably seems weird to you. I’m not one of the disaffected millennials that you read about in the press, but even my mates who aren’t politico geeks were fired up for this election, so no way was I missing out.

It turned out I needn’t have worried and my details were updated as soon as I signed my rental papers and could confirm my new address details. Phew!

Yes that’s right, if you’ve changed address without updating your records on the electoral register, or haven’t updated your details at your current address in the last 3 years, you won’t be able to vote when the next election comes around. And who knows when that will be?

If you’re at uni, you can be registered at two addresses, but if you want to vote in a general election, need to decide which of those addresses you will vote at and stick to that polling station. 

Updating your records is really easy to do online. If it’s only to confirm that the details haven’t changed, just send a text to 80212 or call 0800 197 9871 Make sure that you use the reference number on the mail out you have received in the post, which I am clearly overjoyed to be holding (see picture above).

If you haven’t received the form, contact Sefton Council on 0345 140 0845 or by email

So, that point I wanted to make? If, like a lot of my friends you were finally fired up to get off your backsides in June, a vote is for life not just for elections. You need to take good care of it. If you don’t look after it, you won’t have a voice.

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