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Important Notice: Incident at Springbrook Residential Unit

Following an incident where a large van drove into Springbrook residential unit (for children & young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities), we can confirm that the property, which is in Ainsdale, was empty at the time of the incident and nobody was hurt.

 

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 

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 landmark year as it moves predominantly online – households should expect a unique access code, allowing them to complete the questionnaire on their computers, phones or tablets.

The census, which covers participants’ sex, age, work, health, education, household size, ethnicity, time served in the armed forces and optional questions on sexual orientation and gender identity, will mean every resident over 16 will play an important role and make a difference, in some way, to everyone in Sefton.  

The information they provide will helping key decision makers to understand the needs of their community and where public funding is needed, whether that be investment in new schools, doctor’s surgeries, bike lanes and much more besides.

Both the council and ONS have moved to reassure residents about the way their data is being used. The ONS is completely independent of Government, meaning officials cannot see your information, which, including your anonymity, is protected by law. In fact, no one will be able to see any personal information you have shared for a further 100 years.  

To make sure all Sefton residents can successfully complete the Census on March 21 when they receive their unique access code, in line with local authority areas across England and Wales, Sefton will be supported by its own Census Engagement Manager, David Yorke.

Leader of Sefton Council, Cllr Ian Maher, said:

“The census is incredibly useful to us in Sefton, helping us to build a picture of the communities we serve in a borough for everyone, so please take part on Census Day.

“It is important that if you’re eligible, you complete the census in the same high numbers we saw in 2011.

“The move to a mainly digital process is welcome, but this won’t suit everyone. The ONS have made sure there is support available so no one is left out. This includes help over the phone from a dedicated contact centre, as well as guidance in a range of accessible formats, such as paper questionnaires and large print. Please also be reassured that your data is completely safe.”

For more information, visit the Census 2021 website or follow Census 2021 on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram

Sefton joins neighbouring areas in Tier 3 Coronavirus restrictions

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Tier 3 Poster showing a guide to Tier 3 restrictions

Following news of a new strain of Coronavirus, which has led to a significant spike in daily infections, with 53,135 infections announced in the last 24 hours (correct as of December 30), Sefton, alongside it’s neighbours in the Liverpool City Region has moved from the Tier 2 to Tier 3 Very High Risk level of infection from Covid-19.

Residents and businesses within Tier 3 must stick to the following restrictions:-

  • No household mixing in any indoor setting.
  • You must not meet socially indoors, in your garden or in most outdoor public venues with anybody you do not live with or have a support bubble with
  • You can see friends and family you do not live with (or do not have a support bubble with) in some outdoor public places, in a group of up to 6. This limit of 6 includes children of any age. Find out more here
  • Hospitality settings, such as bars (including shisha bars), pubs, cafes, restaurants, and social clubs must close except for takeaway, delivery and click and collect services.
  • You can take part in organised sport and physical activity outdoors with any number of people. Gyms and sports facilities will be open for individual exercise and exercise in single households or support bubbles only.
  • Indoor group activities and exercise classes should not take place. You can take part in sports outdoors with more than 6 people, although there are exemptions here.
  • Personal care, including hairdressers and barbers, is allowed.

Find out more about what Tier 3 means for Sefton by visiting the Local Lockdown Restrictions webpage of the Sefton Council website.

Directors of Public Health urge people to take extra care to guard against new COVID strain

Following news of a new, more virulent strain of COVID-19, Sefton’s Director of Public Health Margaret Jones joined her peers from Cheshire and Merseyside to issue an important joint statement, which residents are urged to read (see below):

This weekend has seen our focus move to a new strain of coronavirus which is being transmitted at an even faster rate than the original COVID-19 disease, and we ask everyone to be extra careful over social distancing, social contacts and general hygiene during the festive period.

It is important to remember that COVID-19 continues to be a potent threat in its original form and so this latest variant needs to be tackled in exactly the same way, with anyone who has travelled from a Tier 4 area being particularly vigilant to protect their loved ones.
It is why we urge everyone to double down on what they have been doing so far to drive the infection rate down by:-

Staying local and not travelling between tiers, following good hand hygiene at all times, wearing face coverings when required to do so, taking extra care over social distancing – staying at least 2 metres apart – keeping all social contact to a minimum and staying in well-ventilated places.

We should all act as if we have got the virus to protect ourselves, our families, and our communities, particularly those who are most vulnerable, while doing our utmost not to place an already busy NHS under further strain.

Anyone with symptoms should also book a test as soon as possible and follow the guidance around self-isolation until the result is known and thereafter if it comes back positive. If you have the opportunity of asymptomatic testing, people should also take up that offer.

The virus will continue to mutate and Hands, Face, Space is proven to be the best defence at least until the population has been vaccinated.
We know how difficult this is, especially at a time of the year when families traditionally come together to celebrate Christmas.

Our advice remains – just because the Tier 2 rules now allow three households to meet on Christmas Day does not mean we should. If you do, then you still need to do so responsibly, so please follow the guidance, do everything you can to limit your activities as of today, make sure windows are open, keep the visit short and do not hug others outside your own household.

We thank everyone who has been doing their bit for so long, and we know everyone desperately wishes we could see an end to the restrictions, but it’s more important than ever that we all put in that extra effort to keep our friends and families as safe as possible in the coming weeks.

Matthew Tyrer – Cheshire East Council
Ian Ashworth – Cheshire West and Chester Council
Eileen O’Meara – Halton Council
Sarah McNulty – Knowsley Council
Matthew Ashton – Liverpool City Council
Margaret Jones – Sefton Council
Susan Forster – St Helens Council
Thara Raj – Warrington Council
Julie Webster – Wirral Council

For further information on government guidance around Covid-19 please visit:
www.gov.uk/coronavirushttp://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
For further resources on mental wellbeing visit: www.kindtoyourmind.org

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