Cllr Ian Maher

Chancellor’s Budget plans must be long-term, sustainable and not at council taxpayers’ expense, says Sefton Council leader

Sefton Council Leader, Cllr Ian Maher has given a cautious welcome to news that Chancellor Rishi Sunak plans to invest in skills and education, families, business, transport and culture in his budget statement this week. New money Cllr Maher said: “After years of Government austerity and the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, these are all areas that desperately need more investment. “But what we need to see this week is guaranteed new money and long-term commitments that mean people in Sefton will really see a levelling-up, rather than headline-grabbing announcements. “As a result of the pandemic, Councils such as Sefton ...
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Mobile Testing in Sefton – November 2021

Throughout November , drive-through Mobile Testing Units will be available across the Borough.These sites are for people with symptoms – a new persistent cough, a high temperature or a loss of sense of taste or smell – and can be booked by calling 119 or visiting www.nhs.uk/coronavirus.Planned dates and sites may be subject to change if testing is required in other locations: Dates and locations for November 2021 Monday 1 Litherland Sports Park Tuesday 2 Litherland Sports Park Wednesday 3 Litherland Sports Park Thursday 4 Maghull Town Hall Friday 5 Maghull Town Hall Saturday 6 Southport, Esplanade Park and Ride Sunday ...
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Huge improvements announced for Kings Gardens

King's Gardens in Southport is set to undergo a series of improvement works designed to restore and regenerate a number of the park's key features. The large scale maintenance programme, made possible via Sefton Council's own King's Garden's contingency fund, will see the popular site undergo a series of restorative works, costing nearly £90,000. Transformation King's Gardens underwent a major £5.5 million transformation in 2012 and was formally reopened in 2016, having welcomed millions of visitors to its stunning Victorian inspired landscape in the years that followed. Now Sefton Council's Tourism & Green Sefton teams are working together to begin ...
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Southport's Botanic Gardens lake

Aeration fountains ordered for Botanic Gardens lake improvements thanks to community fundraising efforts

Two aeration fountains have been ordered as part of the first phase of lakeside improvements at Southport’s popular Botanic Gardens. Fundraising efforts The installation of the new aeration systems will be overseen by Sefton Council and will cost £8,500. These costs will be covered by recent fundraising efforts from the Make a Change for Ben group who have donated their funds raised to date to the Botanic Gardens Community Association, a long-standing voluntary group overseeing maintenance and activities at the park. At the end of August, Sefton Council met with members of the two groups and outlined ideas for up ...
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Sefton listens to the views of children whose parents foster

Throughout October Sefton has been celebrating Sons and Daughter Month. This is an annual campaign to recognise and say ‘thank you’ to the children of fosters carers for the important work they do in welcoming vulnerable children into their home. In the lead up to Sons and Daughters Month, Sefton listened to children from fostering families who spoke about how fostering impacts their life, the challenges that growing up in a fostering family brings and the benefits it has. The children told us; They explained that the extra rules, lots of visitors to the house could be hard. The biggest ...
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Sefton Council to provide voucher scheme for families eligible for free school meals this half-term holiday

Sefton Council will, once again, be providing vital ‘much-needed’ school holiday meal vouchers to eligible local families during next week’s half-term holiday. The Council is using its Household Support Grant funding allocation from the Department of Work and Pensions to provide this invaluable service. Like during previous holidays, families eligible for free school meals are being given supermarket vouchers that can be used to purchase food. Worth £15 per week per for each child, the vouchers are valid to buy food in-store and online at local supermarkets. They cannot be used to purchase alcohol, tobacco, lottery tickets, phone top ups ...
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Sefton Council agrees to consider closure procedure for St Teresa’s Catholic Infant & Nursery School

In line with a request from the school’s Governing Body, Sefton Council is starting procedures to propose the closure of St.Teresa's Catholic Infant and Nursery School in Southport. After being advised by the Governing Body that they have exhausted all options available to increase pupil numbers, the Local Authority has agreed to consider instigating the procedure for closing the school. To avoid any speculation or rumour, the school’s headteacher has written to all pupils’ families and has held a meeting with all staff. An announcement will also be made to parishioners at St Teresa's R C Church on Sunday. The ...
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Reminder: Taxi driver licence auto-renewals have now ended

The auto-renewal period for all taxi driver's licences has now come to an end. All taxi licence holders that are due for renewal will be invited into Bootle One Stop Shop for an appointment. Letters will be sent out confirming the date and the time of your appointment, it will also include detailed information about the evidence that will be required to be submitted to renew your licence. Failure to attend your appointment or to provide all the necessary information will result in your licence being lapsed. There is no need to contact the licensing team to enquire about your ...
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Eligible business will have until Friday 12th November to apply for a Trading On grant

Liverpool City Region leaders launch new £8.1m scheme to support Covid-hit businesses

Having successfully distributed more than £44m in emergency funding to more than 4,000 businesses across the city region, the Liverpool City Region has secured a further £8.1m to support local businesses. The original £44m from the government’s Additional Restrictions Grant scheme was secured by Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram, following negotiations with government when the city region was first put into Tier Three restrictions in October 2020. Funds to be shared under ‘Trading On Scheme’ This further £8.1m in funding – to be known as the Trading On Scheme – will be allocated to the city region’s six local authorities, proportionate ...
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Sefton Council Chief Executive Dwayne Johnson

Dwayne Johnson, Sefton Council’s CEO, shares message for Black History Month 2021

Black History Month, which runs throughout October, is an opportunity to celebrate the incredible history and contributions of our Black and ethnically diverse communities. I am really proud of the fantastic work that is going on across our Borough to promote equality, inclusion and empowerment within the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic community. I want to reiterate that as a Council we are completely committed to driving forward the race equality agenda, as an employer, service provider and as a partner both locally and regionally. I would also like to take this opportunity to give an update about some of ...
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