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Sefton Council declares a Climate Change Emergency

Sefton Council has declared a ‘Climate Change Emergency’ to help protect future generations.

Councillors voted to approve the declaration at Southport Town Hall (Thursday, July 18) following a motion raised by Cllr Paulette Lappin, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regulation and Compliance. 

A declaration of a ‘Climate Emergency’ was voted through which will see the council continue it’s hard work to reduce carbon emissions and aim to be a ‘net-zero’ local authority by 2030.

It is hoped that Sefton can adapt cleaner and greener alternatives for all of its energy usage over the next 11 years.

Cllr Lappin said: “Recent extreme weather events over several years have presented severe challenges to Sefton and the Met Office clearly states that these kind of extreme weather events are significantly more likely on a planet with human-caused climate change.

“The message is loud and clear: business as usual is no longer an option.

“This is now a time for action and we will work closely with our partners across the Liverpool City Region to make sure we do all we can to tackle climate change in our beautiful borough and the world.”

For more information about Sefton’s environmental protection work, please visit https://www.sefton.gov.uk/environmental-protection

Metro Mayor announces next steps in city region’s digital revolution

Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, has announced the next step towards the creation of an ultrafast fibre network, in a push to make the Liverpool City Region the most digitally connected in the country.

In preparation for work starting on the 220km+ fibre network, two supplier events will be held where fibre companies, network operators, contractors, investors, and other relevant organisations can find out how they can get involved in the design, deployment and management of the network.

The events will be held in London on Tuesday, 30 July and in Liverpool on Thursday, 1 August.

Speaking about the project, Steve Rotheram said: “Connectivity made us the gateway to the first Industrial Revolution and can put us at the forefront of the fourth Industrial Revolution.
“Devolution gives us the opportunity to transform our city region by making use of our key assets.

“The transatlantic internet cables connecting the UK, North America and the rest of the world land in Sefton, and we have one of the most powerful supercomputers in the country – the Hartree supercomputer – in Halton. By linking those two assets with an ultrafast fibre network that connects all six of our local authorities, and links into projects like the Knowledge Quarter, we can supercharge our economy, creating inclusive growth that benefits everyone.

“We are going to make this digital revolution a reality and I’d like to encourage industry experts and investors to join us. It’s not just about fibre broadband; it’s about digital in all of its forms.
“Transformational projects such as Digital Connectivity and our Mersey Tidal Power project will enhance our reputation internationally and deliver real benefits for local people, businesses and our communities.”

The ambitious vision is for the Liverpool City Region to deliver transformational, inclusive economic growth, which will require faster, more reliable and more resilient digital connectivity.

This major new core fibre network will consist of a series of digital ‘loops’, which will stimulate local fibre networks enabling businesses, public service providers and people at home to access next generation connectivity.

The Combined Authority is working collaboratively with its six constituent local authorities and other key partners.

BeActive this summer thanks to Sefton Council

Sefton’s most anticipated activity days are returning for the 2019 summer break thanks to Sefton Council’s leisure service.

Running throughout the summer holidays, Be Active fun-filled camp days have been planned across the borough from July 24 to August 30.

Brand new for this summer, LFC Foundation and Active Sefton will be delivering a 3-day summer camp at Netherton Activity Centre. Open to all abilities aged 5-12 years, the days will consist of sports drills, challenges and small-sided games with prizes to be won each day.

Keen footballers will also be impressed by the return of the Active Sefton Football Academy.

Sefton’s youngest sports stars may also be interested in Gymnastics and Yoga Camp, Summer Fun Days and the array of swimming sessions on offer.

Budding adventurers will be keen to try Active Explorers where they will have the chance to experience the outdoors through exciting fun and games.

Once again the ever-popular Dance Mash-ups will return with sessions themed around The Greatest Showman, Toy Story, Frozen, Aladdin and The Lion King.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “The Be Active line-up just keeps getting better and better with a huge range of activities targeting a variety of abilities and age groups.

“The camp days are fun and affordable and provide a brilliant way to keep children active while they’re not in school.”

To see the full list of activities visit www.sefton.gov.uk/beactive and to book a place call 0151 288 6286 or 0151 934 4799.

Can you help police identify these two women?

Police are appealing for the public’s help to identify two women in this CCTV image.

They would like to speak to these women as we believe they could have crucial information to help us investigating a theft from a shop in Southport.

The incident is reported to have happened on 24th June, at around 3.15pm when two people have entered a shop on Chapel Street where they have stolen a number of perfumes.

If you recognise these women or have information to help us identify the offenders, then please get in touch @MerPolCC, by calling 101 or contacting @CrimestoppersUK anonymously quoting crime ref: 19100334140.

Sefton awarded £240,000 cash boost for Human Library project

Sefton Library Service is celebrating after being awarded almost £240,000 in National Lottery funding to support the Human Library project.

The National Lottery Community Fund, distributes money raised by National Lottery players for good causes and is the largest community funder in the UK.

The award will provide 3 years funding to Sefton Libraries to offer a programme of creative activities that invite local people to meet spend time together, and make their neighbourhood a better place to live.

It builds on a successful pilot project supported by Arts Council England.

The project will see a year-round creative programme in Bootle Crosby and Netherton libraries, volunteering opportunities, and new initiatives including creating a garden space for Bootle library, and programmes of work with young families and refugees.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “We’re delighted that The National Lottery Community Fund has recognised our work in this way.

“Sefton’s libraries are creative, innovative and support the local community and individuals to flourish.

“Libraries are vital community spaces, with a key role in the cultural life of our borough.”

Tanya Wilcock, Sefton Council’s Head of Communities, added: “Through this project we are creating a sense of wellbeing and supporting people in their own community. People don’t just use our libraries to read books.

“Through The Human Library local people can enjoy the arts, be creative, learn skills and make friends, creating a network and community that wouldn’t have existed otherwise.”

Human Library is a project by Sefton Library Service in partnership with local arts organisation Rule of Threes. The idea behind the project is that everyone has “gifts of the heart, the hand and the head” to offer their community. Artists projects, commissions and events help local people find and share these gifts. A new season of events will begin in September.

To find out more or to take part please see www.thehumanlibrary.co.uk

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