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Intrepid volunteers aim high for Sefton 4 Good

A Sefton charity has been aiming high with its latest major fundraising project.

A team of 11 brave volunteers abseiled down the outside of the main entrance of Liverpool Cathedral and raised more than £1,000 for Sefton 4 Good.

Team members who took on the 150-foot free-fall drop in wet and windy conditions
included Sefton CVS, Sefton Council and members of the public.

Sefton 4 Good was established by Sefton CVS in 2013 to make it easier for borough
residents and businesses to support local good causes by giving their money, resources, time and skills.

Money raised is distributed via a grant scheme which is particularly aimed at smaller
organisations, or collaborative projects that include small groups.

Sefton’s Head of Commissioning Support & Business Intelligence Peter Moore along with Head of Regulation & Compliance Jill Coule, Daniel Longman and Adam Blackwel took it in turns to abseil down the iconic city cathedral.

Sefton 4 Good Co-ordinator, Mike Howlett, commented:

“This event was a completely new venture for us, so we’re very pleased at how it went and that so many people supported the team and helped us raise a very significant sum for our charity.

“We’re especially grateful to the intrepid volunteers who actually completed the abseil. This was always going to be a very daunting challenge for them, but it was made even more difficult by the far from ideal conditions on the day.”

Foragers find floral treats in the heart of Bootle

Members of the highly successful One Pot Meal club at Bootle library had a hands on lesson in foraging recently.

The group, led by the Fairland Collective and Sefton Libraries, took a break from cooking up a homemade minestrone soup, to set about foraging for natural table decorations in and around Stanley Road.

Bootle Library assistant Louisa Harrison was on hand to lead a team of intrepid explorers around Bootle to find decorative flowers and plants that could easily be crafted into a bespoke table decoration. 

The initiative has already inspired a number of residents to join the Bootle Library’s Human Library scheme.

Thanks to a grant of almost £100,000 from Arts Council England – a brand new project will aim to support adults living in Bootle through the creation of a ‘human library’ where people can ‘gift’ their talents or experience to someone in need.

The concept is based around a place where real people are on loan instead of books. They provide gifts that might range from preparing and hosting a community meal or one to one sessions with someone living with a mental health condition.

A series of creative programmes will aim to uncover local talents which, in turn, will build a sustainable bank of volunteers who can pass their ‘gift’ or experiences on.

Calling all dog owners: your dogs are your duty

Sefton Council is calling upon dog owners to ensure that their dogs are kept under control in all public spaces.

A Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) is now in place to keep Sefton’s public spaces safe and to protect the environment and wildlife throughout the borough.

In relation to the order, dog owners are required to pick up their dog’s mess, walk no more than 6 dogs at one time, keep dogs from entering enclosed playgrounds and prohibit dogs from entering marked or fenced sports pitches during specified times.

Dogs must also be kept on a lead within defined picnic sites and family areas in parks, within all public roads and footways, within all cemeteries and crematoria, and under any direction from an authorised officer.

It’s important to remember that dogs that are not under control can frighten people and young children and may have an adverse effect on those suffering with allergies.

Additionally, dog foul is not only an eyesore but also has damaging effects to the environment and dogs that are not on leads can unwittingly disturb protected wildlife.

The PSPO has been in place since 13 July 2017 and will continue to be enforced for the next 3 years.

Anybody who fails to comply with this order will be guilty of an offence and will face a fixed penalty notice of £75.

For more information and to see the PSPO in its entirety, please visit https://www.sefton.gov.uk/dogs

Crime Prevention Advice Issued in Blundellsands After Burglary Offences

Sefton Council and Merseyside Police have been visiting Blundellsands, to give local residents crime
prevention advice after recent burglaries in the area.

Blundellsands Cllr Diane Roscoe joined Merseyside Police officers and PCSOs this morning (Wednesday, 15 March) in talking to members of the community and giving out crime prevention leaflets.

Community Sergeant Kate Young said: “We have seen recent incidents where unfortunately access has been gained through insecure doors and windows. Everyone can take some simple steps to stop your home being an easy target.

“Information on how to do this is available on the force website or you can speak to our local officers to get further advice.

“We also have numerous successful Neighbourhood Watch schemes in existence across Merseyside, which make a big difference to the way we police local areas. I would encourage anyone who is able to spare some time to get in touch.”

Blundellsands Labour Cllr Diane Roscoe, added: “Time spent with Merseyside Police and local residents in this capacity has been really positive and worthwhile.

“Local residents need to be aware that opportunists have been operating in the area and will take advantage of unlocked doors and windows left open.

“These types of burglaries are preventable so please be as vigilant as possible.”

Crime Prevention Advice

· Opportunists may try dozens of handles in a street and it won’t be long before they find one that opens if people forget to lock their doors properly
· Improve any security features like locks and alarms, and making sure your house always looks occupied
· Always be vigilant about anyone suspicious in your area and report any concerns to police

For more information about keeping your home and property safe please visit https://www.merseyside.police.uk/advice-and-protection/ or call Merseyside Police on 101.

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.

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