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Sefton GULPs

Matt Ashton

This month sees the launch of the Sefton GULP Campaign.  Across Sefton, 24.7% of reception age children are overweight or obese, rising to 35.2% at year 6 and 69.7% of adults. And whilst dental health is better than some of our neighbouring local authorities, 22.7% of five year olds still have decay in their milk teeth.

Children and young people are consuming more than three times as much sugar as the maximum recommended daily intake, most of which comes from sugary drinks.  A recent World Cancer Research Fund study found that our young people are drinking three bath tubs of sugary drinks per year!

The recommended daily maximum is no more than five cubes of sugar for 4 to 6 year olds, no more than six cubes for 7 to 10 year olds per day and no more than seven cubes for 11 years and older, including adults.  Now bear in mind that one can of Cola can contain nine cubes alone, this is before we have considered any added sugar contained within food and other drinks.

Sugar is not necessary in the diet and especially when consumed in the form of sugary drinks can cause a whole host of health issues, from tooth decay, to obesity, heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Excess sugar intake has also been linked to certain cancers.

An easy way to reduce sugar intake is to cut out or reduce sugary drinks.  And this is why along with Food Active, Sefton Council are running a borough-wide campaign to encourage residents to Give Up Loving Pop (GULP).

The GULP campaign is aimed at young people and families to encourage them to switch from sugary drinks to water or milk.  The Sefton campaign involves working with schools through the delivery of PSHE lessons at both Key Stage 2 and 3, along with school assemblies suitable for all year groups.  Sefton Council and Food Active have teamed up with Everton in the Community to deliver theory and physical activity sessions to year 5 and 6 students across schools in the borough.  Using community coaches to deliver health messages, such as GULP, has been shown to be effective in changing behaviour.

During April we will be challenging students, teachers and parents to give up sugary drinks. Residents can sign up the challenge via a website and will receive encouraging emails, there will be a prize draw for those who let us know whether they were successful or not.

Sefton schools will also be challenged to enter an inter-school competition.  Primary schools classes will be asked to design and deliver an assembly to the rest of the school to encourage reduced consumption in sugary drinks, whilst secondary schools will be asked to design a campaign based on soft drinks industry tactics. With just one entry per school, the students must choose which entry to take forward.  A panel will judge the entries with a prize-giving ceremony at the start of June.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Cabinet member, Health and Wellbeing said:

Cllr Ian MoncurChildren have far too much sugar in their diet, and much of this comes in the form of sugary drinks.  Not only is this causing problems for children and young people now in terms of tooth decay and weight gain, but continued over-consumption of sugar can lead to problems in later life.

Evidence shows that regardless of weight, consumption of sugary drinks can lead to cardiac and metabolic issues in adulthood.

“We are also aware of the effect that sugary drinks, especially in the form of energy and sports drinks can have on behaviour during school and academic performance. The GULP campaign will educate our young people about the benefits of switching to water or milk and we hope that the messages will be taken home, to impact on family and friends.

“We are excited to have the inter-school competitions which we hope will really engage the schools in the campaign. I look forward to being on the judging panel.”

Mike McSorley, Head of Schools and Families said:

Delivering sessions on sugary drinks in schools is essential before children become accustomed to the taste of liquid sugar. The GULP sessions were smart, encouraging children to be inquisitive and question the world around them, but also gave them the knowledge and skills to make up their own minds about sugary drinks and what is best for their education and for playing sport.

The resources encouraged the pupils to think about the sugar content of what they drink daily and encouraged them to get the message to others not only in school but at home also.”

 

Lifeboat Road Drop In Event

Sefton residents and coastal users are invited to come along and find out more about the potential transfer of land at Formby Point to the National Trust at a special drop in event on Saturday, 18 March at the Lifeboat Road carpark from 11am to 3pm.

Staff and volunteers from the National Trust and Sefton Council will be on hand to talk to residents and users of the coast at Formby and to answer any questions. Children can get hands-on with free activities and coffee and ice creams will be available for purchase

The event follows the announcement last week that positive discussions have taken place between the National Trust and Sefton Council over the potential transfer of 204 acres of land at Lifeboat Road and Ravenmeols. If agreed, this would mean that the dunes and pine forests would be become part of the National Trust’s portfolio. 2017 marks 50 years of the National Trust caring for land at Formby and is also Sefton’s Year of the Coast. The area is of vital importance for its mobile dune habitat and is home to rare wildlife including sand lizards, Northern Dune Tiger Beetles, Natterjack toads and red squirrels. It is also much loved and used by local residents and visitors.

Joanne Hudson, General Manager for the National Trust in Central and South Lancashire said:

“We are really excited about the opportunity this transfer would offer to improve visitor facilities and access along the coast, working together with local people to shape future plans. We’ve already been talking to people over the past year about what they would like to see improved. So far, we know that they would like more toilets, to buy a cup of coffee and to continue to visit this special place. Our aim is to ensure that this amazing stretch of coast will be protected and can continue to be used and enjoyed by future generations. We hope you will come and talk to us, ask any questions you may have and tell us what you would like to see happen at Formby Point.”

Cllr Ian Maher, Labour Leader at Sefton Council, added:

“Positive discussions have taken 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. The drop in session is a perfect opportunity for people to find out more about this exciting development so please come along and feel free to ask any questions. We really want to hear peoples’ views to help develop this site for future generations.”

Residents can also discover what makes this stretch of coast so special on a series of Spring walks and talks throughout April and May. These will provide a chance to explore the local wildlife, including learning more about its rare squirrel and toad residents. For more information please visit https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/formby/news/the-future-care-of-formby-point

 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.

Battling Dog Fouling in Parks

Sefton Council’s Community Parks Team, in partnership with the Council’s enforcement contractor NSL, recently visited parks that have been experiencing issues with dog fouling and littering.

On February 28, Council officers spoke to local dog walkers and residents, handing out poop scoop bags and chatting about responsible dog ownership and litter. At Poets Park in Bootle, staff undertook a clean up, removing litter, tipping and dog fouling. Whilst at Broad Hey in Litherland, officers were looking at the possibility of developing a project to engage partners and the local community to tackle the issue of dog fouling, litter and tipping.

The following week, the Community Parks Team also visited Crossens Community Park in Southport in response to reports of high levels of dog fouling at the Park. Again, local dog walkers and residents responded positively to discussions with Council staff.

These sites will be continuously reviewed and the team will be visiting other sites throughout the year wherever a need is identified in partnership with the Council’s enforcement contractor NSL.

The Community Parks Team would like to say a big Thank You to the members of the Crossens Community Association for their kind hospitality whilst they were on site.

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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