Merseyside Collective Switch offers much needed help with energy bills

This past year has seen a huge change in the way many of us live and work. With more people working from home, there has been a significant increase in energy bills, and many are struggling. The Merseyside Collective Switch helps local people find cheaper energy tariffs, and reduce their energy bills. Set up in 2013, the Merseyside Collective Switch is one of the longest running Local Authority Collective Switches in the country. Together, we’ve helped people across the Liverpool City Region save over £1.5 million on their energy bills. Run by local charity Energy Projects Plus, in partnership with ...
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River Alt in Maghull

Guidance and advice for residents following flooding

Sefton saw heavy rainfall this week across the Borough which resulted in flooding across parks, highways and properties. There may still be standing water in areas and residents are advised not to walk or drive through any floodwater. Council officers have now moved to a recovery phase and continue to support residents affected by the severe weather this week. To help with future flood risk management, incidents of flooding should be reported to the Council. Find out more about this here. Public Health advice Public Health advice encourages people to wash their hands regularly if they have been in contact ...
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Council Leader, CEO, Green Sefton colleague and Environment Agency partner at the River Alt in Maghull

Sefton’s joint response to flooding following Storm Christoph

Sefton Council has worked with its partners over the last 48 hours responding to flooding as a result of heavy rainfall from Storm Christoph. Yesterday the River Alt burst its banks resulting in standing water in properties in Maghull and Lydiate, with Council teams working alongside members of the emergency services and volunteers to help and support the residents affected. Later on Wednesday, water levels reached dangerously high levels and a severe flood warning was put in place in the Maghull area by the Environment Agency. The Council established a temporary rest centre at Meadows Leisure Centre. Ten residents affected ...
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After clean water, vaccination is the most effective public health intervention.

COVID-19 vaccination rollout gathering pace in Sefton

As well as providing people with COVID-19 jabs from local vaccination centres, roving teams of immunisers are also going directly into care homes to vaccinate residents and staff. Dr Craig Gillespie, chair of NHS South Sefton CCG, explained: “Since December our GP practices have been working together in groups to deliver the vaccinations as quickly as possible to those aged over 80 years and to invite them into a community centre in Sefton to be immunised safely and we’re making good progress.” Sefton’s GP led services are just one part of the national vaccination programme. A regional vaccination centre has ...
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Blue heart with arms wrapped around it with the text: who would you hug and why?

Who would you hug? #NationalHugDay

Sometimes only a hug will do, but as the whole country continues to face ongoing coronavirus restrictions, sadly it’s not possible to hug those nearest and dearest to us. Today, on National Hug Day, people across Sefton are being encouraged to look ahead to happier times and think about who they will hug and why. People can join the conversation online on the Council’s social media channels- Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. To mark the day, Sefton Council's Director of Public Health, Margaret Jones, has also recorded a reading of Eoin McLaughlin’ bestselling children’s book ‘While We Can’t Hug’. Featuring best ...
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Weather Notice: Maghull area moved from ‘severe flood warning’ to ‘flood warning’

Following the issue of a severe flood warning for the Maghull area yesterday (January 20), overnight rainfall was not as heavy as predicted, meaning the outlook was adjusted by the Environment Agency to a flood warning, which means that flooding is still expected. Water levels at Dover Brook, near the River Alt, reached 2.5m yesterday, which is unprecedented for that area and remains the case today. If you are concerned about flooding in your area, you can find further info and support on the following My Sefton webpage ...
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Photograph looking down on supermarket aisles.

Supermarket safety message from Sefton Council’s Public Health Director

Sefton Council’s Director of Public Health Margaret Jones, has written to managers of the Borough’s supermarkets to support their efforts to keep customers and staff safe from COVID-19. In her letter, Mrs Jones thanks them for their tireless work and for the measures stores are taking to ensure COVID safe practices are followed by members of the public. These include ensuring all staff and customers wear a face covering unless medically exempt, that people shop on their own where possible and that they maintain distancing in store. Other measures include controlling numbers in the store, layouts, signs and floor markings ...
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Weather Notice: Severe Flood Warning Issued for the Maghull area

Heavy rain from Storm Christoph has led to raised water levels and flooding from the River Alt, that is set to increase significantly and means that some residents in the Maghull area are advised to vacate their properties as soon as possible. The increase in the water level has led the Environment Agency to issue a severe flood warning, meaning there is a threat to life and significant disruption. Flood warnings mean that flooding is expected, which is the case in Maghull from 10pm until 10am tomorrow morning. Water levels at Dover Brook, near the River Alt, reached 2.5m today, ...
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Graphic promoting different elements of Census 2021

A borough for everyone as Sefton urges all households to take part in Census 2021

Census 2021 will be open from Census Day on March 21, with Sefton Council encouraging all of its eligible residents to take part and shape how key services are delivered to local communities for years to come, including in healthcare, education and transport. Sefton is a borough for everyone – the census, which takes place every ten years, will provide a detailed snapshot like no other of every household in the area, as it does throughout England and Wales. Carried out by the Office of National Statistics (ONS), the census has taken place every decade since 1801, with 2021 a ...
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Important weather information

Updated weather warning for rain across Sefton this week

Heavy rainfall has been forecast across the Borough this week. The Met office issued a yellow warning for rainfall, on Monday which has since been updated to an amber warning for many part of the North West. The Environment Agency has also issued two flood warnings and one flood alert for Sefton. Our parks and green spaces are already quite wet from the wintry conditions experienced last week, which means that further disruption and flooding may be possible this week. Areas in our parks may become waterlogged with ‘ponding’ that may also affect pathways. Wider flooding is anticipated, with some ...
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