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WOW ‘Weekend of Walk-ins’ boost to North West vaccine programme

COVID-19 vaccination services across the North West are to stage a bumper Weekend of Walk-ins (WOW) to further increase the number of people with protection against COVID-19.

The extended WOW weekend, which runs from the evening of Thursday 17th June to Sunday 20th June, aims to make it easier and more convenient than ever for eligible people who haven’t had their vaccine yet to come forward – crucially boosting the numbers of people receiving their first and second dose jabs.

It comes as the NHS works through the final cohorts to be called for their vaccine, with those aged 18 and over now being invited to get vaccinated.

People will be able to choose from mobile, pop up and pharmacy-led vaccine sites across the North West, with no appointment needed.

As well as regional vaccination locations listed on the NHS website for the WOW weekend, there are some walk-in vaccinations available at local sites in Sefton on various dates between 19 – 25 June:

Formby – Formby Vaccination Centre, 56 Brow’s Lane, L37 4ED (Saturday 19, 8am to 2pm, Sunday 20 June, 8am – 8pm)

Ainsdale – AshaEve, Unit 1, rear of 56 Station Road, Ainsdale, PR8 3HW (Saturday 19 – Sun 20 June, 8am – 8pm)

Bootle – Davey’s Chemist, Randall Drive, L30 2PB (Monday 21 June – Friday 25 June,  9am – 6pm)

Litherland – Linacre Methodist Mission, Lineacre Road, L21 8NS (Tuesday 22 June, 12pm – 6pm, for second doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, or for those over 40 to get their first dose.)

Other nearby available walk-in locations taking part in the regional WOW weekend are:

Knowsley – Davey’s Chemist, 112 Dinas Lane, L36 2NS

Liverpool – Speke (West), (Outside The Orient PH) 1 Eastern Avenue, L24 2SX

St Helen’s – Saints, The Totally Wicked Stadium, McManus Drive, WA9 3AL

Clinic dates and times for the WOW weekend vary, so residents are encouraged to check the NHS England website for full details and a full list of participating sites: www.england.nhs.uk/north-west/wow-weekend-of-walk-ins/

Vaccines will be available on a first come, first served basis and those with appointments at participating clinics will be able to attend at their timed slot and receive their vaccine as planned.

The initiative will also support efforts to accelerate second doses for those aged 40 and over, health and social care workers, unpaid carers and people at higher clinical risk, who will be able to receive their second dose from 8 weeks after their first, instead of 12.

The weekend of walk-ins kicked off with a match day drop-in vaccine clinic at St Helens Rugby Stadium ahead of the Saints-Warrington game on 17th June.

More than 7.7 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine have been given in the North West since the vaccination programme – the largest in NHS history – launched six months ago.

Regional Director of Commissioning, Dr Linda Charles-Ozuzu, said: “With the help of NHS staff, partners and volunteers, we’ve made incredible progress with the vaccine programme in the North West and we’re going to boost that success further still with our weekend of walk-ins.

“We know that younger people have busy work, family and social commitments – especially with the Euros football tournament taking place at the moment – and we want to make it as easy as possible for them to come forward quickly when they become eligible.

“We’d also love to welcome people in earlier cohorts who haven’t come forward yet to our walk-in vaccine sessions and if they’ve got any questions, they’ll be able to chat to one of the staff on site first.”

Council’s Green Sefton service takes a bough after tree-mendous planting season

Three new trees planted by Sefton Council
Three new trees planted by Sefton Council

Sefton Council’s Green Sefton service has overseen the planting of 3,230 new trees in its most recent, November to March planting season.

This winter’s planting branched across 19 of the Borough’s wards in parks, woodland areas and along its highways.

Residents might have noticed the 230 larger size trees that are now taking root along streets and in parks. Less noticeable but equally as important are the 3,000 saplings planted as woodland that will eventually become high-density areas, great for wildlife to thrive. 

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “Sefton is a clean, green and beautiful place to live in and to visit and the Council is dedicated to maintaining its green spaces, which includes looking after 90,000 trees.

“Our small but expert Tree and Woodland team, which is part of our Green Sefton service, has done a sterling job this season, overseeing the planting of thousands of new trees across nearly all of our wards.

“Not only does this enrich our already green Borough, it comes at a time when we have seen unprecedented use of our outdoors spaces by residents and visitors alike. What’s more, continued tree planting contributes towards our continuing action on climate change.”  

Earlier this week, Sefton Council confirmed it is on track to be net zero carbon by 2030 after it published its Climate Emergency Annual Report. Tree planting has a vital role to play in this work which, in time, will reduce the amount of carbon in our atmosphere and contribute further net carbon reductions.

The Council also works in partnership with organisations like the Mersey Forest with woodland planting across Sefton, and community groups who would like to support this activity in their area.

Cllr Moncur added: “Restrictions due to the pandemic, mean that sadly we haven’t been able to undertake our planting with community groups and volunteers as we have done in previous years, but we can’t wait to work with them once more now that our volunteering activity is taking place again.”

New trees planted on South Road, Crosby
New trees planted on South Road, Crosby

The Tree and Woodland team are working towards a strategy that will set out the Council’s goals with respect to maintaining, conserving and enhancing tree cover in the Borough over the next 20 years and beyond. It will ensure that the right trees are planted in the right places.

The decision to remove any tree across Sefton is taken extremely seriously by the Council and is always undertaken in the interests of health and safety. 

If residents would like to know more about the work of the Tree and Woodland team, or have a request or question about tree planting in their ward, they can email trees@sefton.gov.uk or visit the Council’s dedicated tree pages on its website.  

It’s all aboard for second helping of beach bites following successful Sefton coast trial

Sefton Council is looking to bring back a pop-up food and drink offer at Crosby Coastal Park later this summer following a well-received 28-day trial at the popular location.

Sefton-based owners of The Bus Yard took part in the trial, operating from a double decker bus near to the Marine Lake, overlooking the beach.

From fish finger butties to chocolate brownies and cocktails, the street food-style outlet has been incredibly popular with residents and visitors alike over the past four weeks.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “Our Green Sefton Service is gearing up for a busy few months ahead and are proactively looking at ways to ensure our coast offers the best possible experience for all beach users.

“They’ve worked really closely with the local business who took part in the trial, as well as understanding community concerns about any adverse effects such as littering that might result from an offer like this.

“I’m really pleased to report that we’ve received overwhelmingly positive feedback during the pop-up which finished at the weekend, so much so that we are exploring options to bring the bus back later this summer.

“The team at The Bus Yard even took part in a beach clean-up following the busy late May Bank Holiday, showing their dedication and commitment to working alongside the Council and volunteers to keep Crosby looking clean and tidy.

Bus Yard staff supporting Crosby beach litter pick
Bus Yard staff supporting Crosby beach litter pick

“I would urge anyone with further thoughts to get in touch to tell us what they feel worked well or perhaps didn’t work as well. We often get asked to provide more hospitality facilities at the coast, so your input on a trial like this is vital to ensure we get the right offer for everyone, balancing the needs of our people and our environment.”

Feedback can be submitted by email to the Green Sefton team greensefton@sefton.gov.uk

Andy Laird, The Bus Yard, said: ‘’We have had an amazing time at Crosby over the last month and its success has gone beyond our expectations. Feedback has been really positive from the local community and visitors.’’

Planning approval was recently received for another pop-up food and drink trial at Ainsdale beach.

Plans are still being finalised, but it is hoped that the shipping container units that will house the temporary offer will be in place by the middle of July, with a trial running there until the late autumn.

Feedback from both the Crosby and Ainsdale trials will be reviewed later this year, before considering how more permanent facilities might be arranged from 2022.  

With threats of thunderstorms across the region Sefton reminds residents of work to manage and reduce flood risk

After weeks of sunny weather, thunderstorms are now predicted to sweep across the region and Sefton Council are reminding residents of how to check the flood risk in their area and other ways to protect themselves and their properties.

The Met Office has issued yellow warnings for the storms expected late on Wednesday and through to Thursday night, with the potential for travel disruption and flooding.

Sefton Council is monitoring forecasts to put necessary measures in place if required. While it is not anticipating widespread issues, its flood officers are calling upon communities to sign up for the latest flood alerts, to check any potential risk in their area and to ensure they are prepared should the rainfall result in instances of flooding.

Cllr John Fairclough, Deputy Leader of Sefton Council and Chair of the Sefton Flood Resilience Strategic Group, said: “Flood risk is a serious issue for residents across the Borough and something that our officers are dedicated to finding both short and long-term solutions for through everything from routine maintenance of gullies to seeking out investment for coastal defences. As part of their roles it’s also incredibly important for them to raise awareness and educate communities about how they have a role to play in flood prevention and preparedness.

“Thankfully the forecast for thunderstorms this week doesn’t look like it will have the same impact as we saw at the start of this year when a major incident was declared in Maghull. It does however remind us that no matter what time of year it is, we can face extreme weather events and we want to ensure our communities are equipped with the information they need to be prepared for such instances.”

Steps that people can take not only while the weather alerts are in place, but to manage flood risk all year round and to be prepared for a flooding event, are:

  • Finding out your own risk of flooding before a flood happens. Floods can happen anywhere, and it is important to remember you don’t need to live by water to be at risk of flooding. Visit the government’s flood warning information service online or call Floodline on 0345 988 1188.
  • If you are in an at-risk area sign up for flood warning messages from the Environment Agency’s Floodline online or by calling: 0345 988 1188.
  • Make a personal Flood Plan for what you will do if there is a flood at your home. Resources can be found at The Flood Hub.
  • The Council does not have a duty to provide sand bags to protect homes or businesses. Have your own stock of sandbags – these can be bought from builders’ merchants or DIY shops.

Cllr Fairclough added: “We continue to work with our key partners including the Environment Agency and United Utilities, to manage flood risk across Sefton. We’ve already met a number of times this year under our new working group and I am confident that this collaborative approach is already resulting in positive outcomes that will benefit all of our communities.”

Anyone concerned about flooding can find further advice on flood risk and what to do to protect their property on the Flood Hub website or Sefton Council website.

Residents can report flooding on a public highway or any blocked road gullies on the Sefton Council website using an online reporting form.

Should anyone end up with flood water in their property, they should report this to flooding@sefton.gov.uk with any photos to accompany the report. 

Reporting incidents will ensure that the Council can understand the extent and location of properties affected by incidents of flooding and allow officers to work with other flood risk management authorities to help reduce the risks and consequences of future flooding.

Green bin update: Monday 14th June 2021

Unfortunately there are a small number of green bin collections that remain outstanding from Bank Holiday Monday 31st May.  These will now be collected on the next scheduled collection Monday 21st June.

We apologise for the delay but are doing our best to maintain all core collections of residual and co-mingled recycling collections, which take priority.

Garden Waste collections are not a statutory collection and not funded through your Council Tax, many authorities now charge for this service.  

If you do have excess green waste you need to dispose of before your next collection all Household Waste and Recycling Centres are now open.

We apologise for this inconvenience.

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