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Sensational summer for Coast volunteers

Over the summer we’ve enjoyed spending time on the Sefton Coast with visitors to our dunes, woodlands, beaches and parks.

Over the summer (April – September), the Friends of Sefton Coast have had over 750 volunteer visits, giving more than 1500 hours of time to help clean up beaches, woodlands and parks, and  keeping access routes clear and carrying out wildlife surveys.

We held several Beach Clean Ups over the summer and our volunteers recovered over 550 bags of debris, they then separated the debris into recyclable and non-recyclable materials, this produced almost 100 bags recyclable plastics.

If you were one of the brilliant volunteers who helped out over the summer, we’d love to hear from you and capture your experiences of working along the Sefton coast. We would love to be able to share your feelings and experiences with people living and working in Sefton and hopefully inspire others to help maintain Sefton’s natural beauty and share in its huge capacity to improve health and wellbeing amongst our local communities.

Lifeboat Road and Ravenmeols Local Nature Reserve are now under the management of the National Trust. For the Friends of Sefton Coast who volunteer at these sites, you may still do so, but you might want to discuss your voluntary contributions with the National Trust also. If you are happy for us to forward your contact details to the National Trust, please let us know.

All of our volunteers who have previously gone through the grazing animal’s welfare training will be aware that as winter approaches, the sheep and cattle will be back on the grazing enclosures at Ainsdale and Birkdale Local Nature Reserve. If you can help with welfare checks, please get in touch with us at the Ainsdale office and we will make arrangements with you. If you have not been through the stock animals training, but are still be interested in helping us to monitor the winter grazing animals, then please get in touch because we can arrange to provide you with suitable training.

 

Don’t forget that you can contact the Friends of Sefton Coast group or email Gordon White, Coast & Countryside Officer for Sefton Council – Email: Gordon.white@sefton.gov.uk at any time. Equally, if you know anyone who is interested in visiting, exploring and enjoying the coast, who might like to volunteer, then please ask them to get in touch, everyone is welcome.

Twelve convicted of littering offences in Sefton

Twelve people have been found guilty of littering in Sefton, leading to convictions worth over £4,000. 

Residents from Sefton, Preston and Liverpool were convicted of littering at South Sefton Magistrates Court at hearings which took place on Tuesday, August 22 and Tuesday, August 29. 

 Chelsea Rebecca Owen, 18, of Crosby Road South in Waterloo, appeared in court to plead guilty to littering and was fined a total of £205.

Eleven defendants were found guilty in their absence. They were:

Gytis Andrius, 21, of Duke Street Southport; fined £372

Paul Finch, 44, of Stanley Street Southport; fined £372

James Owen, 21, of Alma Road Birkdale; fined £372

Irena Borwiec, 42, of Bath Street North Southport; fined £372

Sebastian Tabaroiu, 22, of Irving Street Southport; fined £372

Nicola Foster, 19, of Manchester Road Southport;  fined £372
 
Sharon Jeffries, 52, of The Ferns, Preston; fined £322

Deborah Lunt of Lord Street, Southport; fined £422

Amelia Trim, 32, of Eastbank Street, Southport; fined £322

Gerad Derby, 32, of Fir Avenue Liverpool; fined £322

Tracy Jones, 41 of Wennington Road Southport; fined £322 

 A spokesman for Sefton Council said:

“No matter how big or small an item is, dropping litter is an offence.

 “Residents and visitors to the borough need to understand that they are responsible for correctly disposing of their own waste and we will not hesitate in following court proceedings for those who simply ignore this. 

 “Court cases like these highlight what can happen if you are caught and we hope it will make people think twice before just throwing their waste away.

 “Either take it home or use a bin.”

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.”

Longer hours for Merseyside Recycling Centres

Merseyside residents will have the opportunity to recycle more from Saturday 1 April as the region’s Household Waste Recycling Centres open for an extra three hours every day.

The 14 Recycling Centres, which are provided by Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) and operated by resource management company Veolia, will be switching to their summer opening hours, meaning they’ll be open from 8.00am until 8.00pm*, seven days a week.

The Recycling Centres are situated throughout the region with all 14 available to use for all Merseyside householders. They accept all sorts of household materials for recycling, from batteries, cans and cardboard, through to garden clippings, glass bottles, furniture, soil, timber, electrical items and white goods, plus much more.

A Van Permit scheme is in operation at all the sites meaning if you are planning to use a van or large trailer then you will need a Permit. Permits are free of charge.

Further details about Merseyside’s Household Waste Recycling Centres and the Permit Scheme can be found at www.merseysidewda.gov.uk or by calling MRWA on 0151 255 1444

Man Fined in Flytipping Blitz

Sefton Council is warning flytippers to think twice following the successful prosecution of a man from Wigan.  Ben Molyneux, 41, of Norfolk Street was fined a total of £763.40 at South Sefton Magistrates Court on January 17 after he was caught illegally disposing of rubbish at Ainsdale Discovery Centre.  The prosecution comes as Sefton Council launches a name and shame blitz in a bid to warn potential offenders against flytipping.  Mr Molyneux pleaded guilty to the charges and Magistrates fined him £120 plus a £30 victim surcharge and costs of £613.40.

 Cllr Paulette Lappin, Cabinet Member for Regulatory, Compliance and Corporate Services, said: “I am delighted that we have been able to successfully prosecute this individual for flytipping.  “Unfortunately, many people believe that they can dispose of rubbish wherever they want causing issues for residents and draining Council services.    “Hopefully this case will act as a deterrent to other potential offenders.” It is estimated during the 2015/16 financial year, Sefton Council spent almost £400K in relation to the clearance, disposal and enforcement of flytipping offences.

 If any residents have any concerns regarding flytipping or wish to report an offence, they should contact Sefton Council via the  website sefton.gov.uk or report it via our Flytipping page.

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