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Sefton Council is putting people at the heart of plans for Bootle

Town planners in Sefton will be out and about next week to gather your views on the ongoing regeneration of Bootle.

Bootle, as one of the hardest hit towns during the pandemic, is the focus of major regeneration and transformation work and has been chosen as one of the areas to test the Government’s new ‘National Model Design Code’.

To help test the code, the team are seeking views on what people like about Bootle, what they want to see improved and how they like to see new places designed. This work is part of a series of opportunities to engage on the future of Bootle over the next 6 months.

A drop-in event will be held in Bootle Strand on Friday 6th August between 11am-4pm in 47 Medway (the former Thomas Cook Travel agent) to enable local people to drop in and give their views. Comments can also be made online at www.sefton.gov.uk/bootleAAP

The Council are also hosting an online workshop for local residents and groups next week for the design pilot work. If you are interested in attending, please email bootleAAP@sefton.gov.uk for details

 

Cllr Daren Veidman, Cabinet Member for Planning and Building Control said:

“Bootle has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic and is getting some much needed focus and spotlight as part of the regeneration plans for the area.

“We want to ensure that the views of our communities are reflected in our plans and that the transformation and regeneration of Bootle works for everyone in our community.

“I would urge people to go and visit our town planners in the Strand and have their say on what makes Bootle tick and what will make Bootle work for future generations.”

 

Further details can be found at www.sefton.gov.uk/bootleAAP

 

Think Green and give your view on LCR plans to be net carbon zero by 2040

Residents in Sefton are being asked to help shape the Liverpool City Region Net Zero Action Plan.

Work is already underway here in Sefton to reduce the Council’s own emissions, these include: expanding our walking and cycling networks, implementing agile working practices, installing LED street lights and retrofitting our town halls.

The Liverpool City Region Net Zero Action Plan is being developed across Merseyside and views of residents, businesses and young people in particular, are being sought to shape this plan.

Online surveys and in-person sessions will show the changes we will have to make by 2040, in our homes and neighbourhoods, in our workplaces, and in how we get around. The survey will collect your views on how you feel about potential changes and what support we will need to put in place to make any future changes work for everyone.

 

Cllr Paulette Lappin, Cabinet Member for Compliance, Regulatory and Corporate Services said:

“The Climate Emergency that Sefton Council declared in 2019 is one of the biggest challenges we will face in the coming years.

“Sefton is a coastal borough, it is particularly vulnerable to climate change, but it is also filled with opportunities to take action to protect our planet and improve the health and wellbeing of our communities.

“Climate change will have an effect on all aspects of our lives, and it is vital that everyone takes the opportunity to have their say. I would urge everyone in Sefton to take part in this consultation.

“I hope young people especially feel empowered to shape the decisions that will affect their lives for many more years to come. ”

 

The Liverpool City Region is planning two major surveys and a series of workshops and focus groups. One of the surveys is specifically designed for young people, under 25 years of age, who as the next generation will also be impacted by the changes that will need to be made.

The results will inform what the city region says at the COP26 summit held in Glasgow in November 2021 as well as helping to shape plans in Sefton to tackle the climate emergency.

Younger Person’s Survey (open to those under 25 years old): https://liverpoolcityregionalca.researchfeedback.net/s.asp?k=162446479330

General Survey:

https://lcrcanetzerocarbon.commonplace.is/

 

You can find out more about Sefton Council’s own plans to be carbon neutral by 2030 here

 

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Sefton Council switch on to cleaner, greener street lights

Sefton’s Highways team are switching on to new energy saving eco streetlighting, using green technology to make big emissions savings.

A new series of eco-friendly LED streetlighting technology has been approved for rollout across the borough, which will help to slash a significant part of the energy used by the local authority.

The energy used by street lighting in Sefton accounts for around 26% of the Council’s total carbon footprint and furthermore causes significant expenditure with year-on-year increases in energy costs.

To combat both a rising cost and to help tackle the Climate Emergency, Sefton Council will now look to install eco-friendly LED technology across the street lighting network to replace the older units which are currently in place.

 

Cllr John Fairclough, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Locality Services, said:

“Already we are working towards a considerable reduction in our carbon emissions through a number of projects and our plans to install new LED street lighting will contribute enormously.

“Sefton is particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change as a coastal borough and this work is a vital part of our Climate Emergency Action Plan to address this pressing issue. We have a desire to keep up the momentum and tackle climate change across the borough in any way we can and in the long term if we can also save money, that is even better.”

 

Once completed, the project will contribute significantly to the reduction in the Council’s emissions in line with the Climate Emergency target of net zero carbon by 2030.

Since 2019, the Council have reduced emissions by 10% and this project will contribute a further 17% reduction from the 2019 baseline, keeping the council on track to meet the 2030 target.

For more information on what Sefton are doing to tackle the Climate Emergency, visit our website

 

Sefton celebrate Plastic Free July with plea to cut down on single use plastics

Sefton Council have joined organisations across the UK in celebrating Plastic Free July and reflecting how we can all do more to reduce plastic pollution.

In 2018, Sefton Council passed a motion to reduce the use of single use plastics in order to protect our Borough, particularly our coastal environment.

Since then, the Council have required new concessions stalls, e.g. ice cream vans to be plastic free – no longer using plastic straws, stirrers, cups, cutlery, bags etc and only selling bottles which are 100% recyclable.

The Council have also made great strides in removing single use plastic, such as tea and coffee sachets, from our office spaces. However, the onset of the global pandemic and the associated reliance this has brought on Single Use Plastic (e.g. face masks, test kits, gloves) is a cause for concern.

The Council are calling on residents and businesses to do #OneSmallThing to reduce their use of single use plastics. This ‘Plastic Free July’ think about:

  1. Taking your own reusable bags when shopping
  2. Carrying a reusable water bottle and hot beverage cup
  3. Using reusable containers for lunches and picnics when at work or on day trips
  4. Avoiding plastic disposable straws, cutlery, cups or plates etc.
  5. Making sure that if you do use some plastic items, please take them home with you and put them in your recycle bin.
  6. Can your business provide a Single Use plastic alternative?

 

Cllr Paulette Lappin, Cabinet Member for Regulatory, Compliance and Corporate Services said:

“Plastic is a material designed to last for hundreds of years but we now make things that are used just once and thrown away. A plastic bag is used, on average, for 12 minutes, but it’s likely to be around when our great-great-great grandchildren are born!

“Sefton Council have made great strides in phasing out single use plastics in our Borough, but we all have to work together to reduce them even further.

“Plastic Free July should get people thinking about how a small change can result in a big reduction in single use plastics across the Borough and I hope people will join me in changing One Small Thing about the way we live to make Sefton cleaner and greener.”

 

Plastic Free July is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution – so we can have cleaner streets, oceans, and beautiful communities. You can find more great tips on becoming plastic free at the Plastic Free July website

For more information on what Sefton are doing to tackle the Climate Emergency, visit our website

Sefton kids and Council staff help coastal scientists make a splash with YouTube channel

Coastal scientists at Edge Hill University are making waves on the internet after launching their own YouTube channel in a bid to inspire the next generation of learners to protect the world’s coastlines.

Professor Irene Delgado-Fernandez, from the Department of Geography and Geology, has co-ordinated and produced Coasts for Kids, a series of short, educational videos to teach primary school children aged six to eight about the vital role that coasts play in our ecosystem.

Developed in partnership with Sefton Council and Southport Eco Visitor Centre, the Coasts for Kids videos have attracted global attention from across the international coastal community. Coastal scientists from other universities in the UK, Canada, Australia, Spain, France, and Mexico were involved in the project, as well as teachers and community artists.

The series of five videos have been narrated by school children in Sefton and are designed to empower children to understand the often complex language used in coastal science, in the hope that they will develop a greater awareness and interest in the challenges facing the world’s coastlines from an early age.

Prof Irene Delgado-Fernandez is a coastal geomorphologist and marine geoscientist and lead researcher on the Coasts to Kids project.

 

Prof Delgado-Fernandez said: “Our coastlines are under serious threat from rising sea levels, coastal erosion and flooding. These are significant challenges for our global community, and it’s critical that we educate children about this issue from an early age.

“One day this will be their world and their responsibility, so it’s vital that they are empowered with the knowledge to understand and enjoy learning about the precious and irreplaceable landscapes that make up our coasts.

“These children hold the potential within them to one day be the scientists and leaders with the power to influence the policies and decision-making that can protect our coastlines. It has been a wonderful experience to work with the children and to help them learn the language we use so often in our research. Not only has it bettered their understanding of our coasts, but it has reinforced our own knowledge and process on how we communicate our work to young people.”

 

Coasts for Kids is a collaborative experience between children and their parents, coastal scientists, community artists, teachers, animators and coastal managers.

Michelle Barnes, Lead Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Officer for Sefton Council’s Green Sefton Service, said: “In Sefton we have 22-miles of stunning dynamic coastline, constantly changing with tides, winds, waves, storms and people. It is important that we understand how these have shaped our coast over the years and will continue to do so into the future and with the threat of climate change.

“The Council’s Green Sefton team are incredibly proud to have supported this project, with my own son Henry, taking part to record a voiceover for episode two of the series. I know that these lasting resources will help to inform children and adults alike across the globe about how our coasts work, how precious they are, and I hope they will encourage and inspire more people into roles like my own where we are doing all we can to better understand and manage our changing coastline now and in the future.”

 

Darren Lloyd, Resident Teacher and Education Projects Co-ordinator at Southport’s Eco Centre, said: “Throughout much of our work the main ethos has always been about creating platforms to equip our young people with the skills and confidence to become educators in their own right. The Coast for Kids series is a fantastic tool to allow both teachers and parents to nurture this. As ambassadors for the future it is paramount that they understand the impact, both negative and positive, we can have on our environment.”

 

The series is also available via the Eco Centre’s website for download in high resolution and supporting teacher/parent notes and the education team will be working on curriculum focussed resources to support the series in the near future.

This latest project builds on from a series of important coastal research projects undertaken by Edge Hill’s Geography and Geology department. In 2020 the University was awarded £25,000 from the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) to explore how coastal communities in Thailand can use data to manage risks around climate change.

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