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Residents and businesses now have more time to give their views online about Southport’s new Liveable Neighbourhood project

Contributions and feedback on the Liveable Neighbourhoods scheme have now been extended until February 21 as a result of the current COVID-19 lockdown restrictions.

Opinions and ideas from the local community, schools and businesses are central to create new street designs for the neighbourhood, which stretches between Lord Street and Cemetery Road.

It aims to make the area safer and healthier for people to walk, cycle or use a wheelchair for local shops and services. Over 600 people have already contributed to Tell Us About Your Street survey through the post or online.

There have also been four online engagement events for local residents and businesses.

Current national lockdown restrictions mean that further face to face meetings and workshops, which are part of the process to gather views from all sections of the community, have been postponed.

The community will have a chance to comment on each stage of the design process via online workshops and surveys through the post or on the phone. In addition school children from eight schools in the area will survey their own streets and contribute ideas through activities and workshops.

Sustrans’ urban designers use the ideas from the survey and work with local residents to develop a new look street design, which will help reduce rat-running traffic and accidents in the area, and create a more attractive environment for residents and customers. Workshops to feedback the results of the surveys and initial meetings and to start to develop designs for the area will take place at the beginning of March. There will be further chance for people to have their say before a trial of the new designs.

Cllr John Fairclough, Sefton Council’s cabinet member for Locality Services, said: ““The Liveable Neighbourhoods Project is a completely community led endeavour to help make our borough clean, green and beautiful in order to protect the health and wellbeing of our residents.

“We want to get as many views as possible and now people have longer to take part. I would encourage everyone to give their feedback on the project so that we can ensure it is shaped and designed in the most beneficial way to everyone.”

“We are working closely with Sustrans to ensure that we are consulting everyone in the community where the Liveable Neighbourhoods scheme would be; from schoolchildren to business owners”

Ali Dore from Sustrans said: “We’ve had a great response so far to the survey so if you haven’t had a chance to give your views please do go online and have your say. We can’t operate our usual face to face meetings at workshops at the moment due to pandemic restrictions but we are working hard to try and reach a broad section of the community through postal and online activity.

“This stage is all about listening to people that work, live, learn and visit the area to find out the issues people face and how they would like to see the area improved.”

To give your views on the scheme please visit https://sln-sustrans-uk.hub.arcgis.com/

January coronavirus testing facilities across Sefton for those with symptoms

Testing for people with symptoms 

Across January, drive-through Mobile Testing Units will operate once again. These sites are for those 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:

Opening times from 5th January 

  • Monday 4th January – NO MOBILE TESTING
  • Tuesday 5 January – Litherland
  • Wednesday 6 January – Litherland
  • Thursday 7 January – Litherland
  • Friday 8 January – NO MOBILE TESTING
  • Saturday 9 January – Ainsdale
  • Sunday 10 January – Ainsdale
  • Monday 11 January – NO MOBILE TESTING
  • Tuesday 12 January – Litherland
  • Wednesday 13 January – Litherland
  • Thursday 14 January – Litherland
  • Friday 15 January – NO MOBILE TESTING
  • Saturday 16 January – Aintree Racecourse
  • Sunday 17 January – Aintree Racecourse
  • Monday 18 January – Southport
  • Tuesday 19 January – Ainsdale

 

In addition, local walk-through test centres are open every day from 8am to 8pm, providing easy access to COVID-19 tests for people who do not have access to a car and for those who have symptoms and should not travel by public transport.

The four local test centres are located at:

  • Bootle Town Hall, L20 7AA
  • Crosby Library Car Park, Haigh Road, L22 OLQ
  • Netherton Activity Centre, Glovers Land, L30 3TL
  • Southport Town Hall, PR8 1DA

Those with symptoms seeking tests, need to book ahead of going to either the walk-through or drive-through sites. It’s quick and easy to book by calling 119 or going online at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus.

 

Testing for people not displaying any symptoms

Targeted, SMART COVID-19 testing for residents who DON’T have COVID-19 symptoms is now taking place at:

  • Splash World in Southport
  • Bootle Leisure Centre
  • Aintree Racecourse.

Each site is open from 9am to 6pm.  The SMART test sites are walk through only

Find out about SMART coronavirus tests for people with no COVID-19 symptoms. 

 

Leader, Chief Executive and Mayor join together to say THANK YOU

The Leader at Sefton Council Cllr Ian Maher, Chief Executive Dwayne Johnson and Madam Mayor June Burns send a Christmas message of thanks to Sefton residents, staff and partners for being strong and pulling together to support one another in what has been a challenging year.

Watch their Christmas Message for all staff, residents and partners, here

Additionally, in a joint statement to staff, Leader of Sefton Council, Cllr Ian Maher and Chief Executive Dwayne Johnson said:

“We know every member of staff at Sefton Council is working hard to make sure that we are able to continue to provide the vital services that our communities rely on.

We are immensely proud of the way in which the Council and its workforce have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic, working in very demanding and challenging times.

Elected Members and the Council’s Senior Leadership Team have been considering a number of ways that we can formally thank our staff in recognition of everyone’s efforts in the ongoing Covid-19 response.

We have consulted with Trade Unions and employees that are centrally employed by Sefton Council will be awarded with an extra one day’s leave (pro-rata) during 2021/22. This will be linked to a person’s birthday, or if on a non-working day or for operational reasons this cannot be taken, a substitute day will be given, ideally as near to a person’s birthday.”

 

Council Services over Christmas 2020 and New Year

Restricted services will be in place during Christmas and New Year as most Sefton Council staff are required to take unpaid leave as part of continuous cost-saving measures.

Like previous years, residents can still access a range of information and transactions via the council website – sefton.gov.uk.

This includes checking bin collections, applying for licences, reporting environmental issues or paying Council Tax and business rates.

Because of the unpaid leave to be taken on December 24, 29, 30 and 31, most council buildings will be closed, contributing to significant savings as part of the budget setting process.

Services that will continue to operate include critical social care services for adults and children, a limited street cleaning service, Registrars, domestic and commercial waste collections and urgent highways issues, including gritting.

Residents are also being encouraged to recycle as much waste as possible and use the household waste recycling centres across the borough.

Similar to other years, the green wheelie bin collection for garden waste has now been suspended and will return in March 2021.

Some Sefton Council-run leisure centres will be open at varying times during these dates and users are advised to check sefton.gov.uk for opening times.

A list of social care emergency phone numbers is attached below (see notes to editors).

Cllr Ian Maher, Labour Leader of Sefton Council, said:

“The Christmas shutdown has been in operation for a number of years now and it contributes to the savings we have to make due significant reductions in Government funding.

“Over the course of the financial year, our hard-working staff have their pay reduced in order to take four days unpaid leave.

“Other savings from the closure period come from the reduced need for heating, lighting and running buildings, equipment and vehicles, which all help contribute to the saving we need to make.

“While reduced services are being operated, we will still maintain key services for some of the most vulnerable residents in our communities. However, it is still clear to see that austerity is not over and the harsh Government cuts are still biting us with a noticeable impact on our residents.”

To access a range of service and transactions online, visit sefton.gov.uk. An automated phone service will be in place which details helpful emergency points of contact on 0345 140 0845 and most service requests will only be actioned beyond January.

If you require emergency Covid-19 support, please call 0345 140 0845 between 10am to 3pm on 24th 29th 30th 31st December 2020, and 2nd and 3rd January 2021.

 

Information regarding Covid test sites is available 24 hours a day at www.sefton.gov.uk

 

If you are experiencing a crisis or severe financial hardship and need emergency support with food, gas or electricity you may be eligible for help. You must live in Sefton, be aged 16 or over and you will be required to provide a contact telephone number so that support can be arranged.

 

If you are eligible please call 0151 934 3663, between 10am until 12 noon on, 29th and 30th December. This is for emergencies only.

 

Normal service will resume on Monday 4th January 2021.

 

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Notes to editors:

Emergency contacts on December 24, 29, 30, and 31 between 9.00am-5.30pm:

Children’s Social Care: 0151 909 1206
Adult Social Care: 0151 909 1523

For Social Care emergencies at all other times call the Emergency Duty Team 0151 934 3555

Normal service will resume on Monday 4th January 2021.

Sefton supports taxi drivers with £400k grant amidst impact of COVID-19 pandemic

Sefton Council is currently distributing over £400,000 in grant funding to support taxi drivers who have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

From today (Monday, November 30) over 4,000 taxi drivers licensed in Sefton, and who live in the Liverpool City Region, will each be eligible for a £100 support grant.

Drivers who are eligible will receive a letter sent to their home address containing details of how to access the grant.

Once approved, the drivers will receive their grant within 5 working days

Sefton Council has ensured a dedicated team will be on hand to support all applicants through the claims process.

Those drivers who do not meet the criteria for this grant are able to access other support schemes which offer financial aid. Check your local authority for their support offer.

For more information visit www.sefton.gov.uk/taxigrant

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