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Plans revealed to improve traffic management in Thornton

Residents in Thornton and Thornton Parish Council are being informed about plans to improve traffic management in the local area.

Sefton Council has undertaken a detailed and extensive study of issues in the area and is now confirming the measures to be delivered in the next 12 months.

These include:

• the permanent closure of Edgemoor Drive at its junction with Moor Lane
• making The Crescent one way
• providing traffic calming in Southport Road and Ince Road
• pedestrian safety improvements at the Edge Lane / Moor Lane junction and the Green Lane / Park View junction
• a major change to the junction at Buckley Hill / Edge Lane / Gorsey Lane to divert traffic towards Brooms Cross Road away from Thornton

Cllr John Fairclough, Cabinet Member for Locality Services, said: “We promised the residents of Thornton that we would tackle their concerns about traffic and I am confident that the package of measures we will be delivering will have real benefits for the local community.

“This follows extensive consultation with our communities and some of the schemes outlined will start immediately.”

The update report of the Thornton Corridor Action Plan is available at www.sefton.gov.uk/thorntoncorridor.

Sefton tops Merseyside list for council tax collection

Sefton Council are yet again the best performing Merseyside local authority for the collection of Council Tax.

Figures released by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government show that Sefton continues to outperform neighbouring authorities in the Liverpool City Region for collection of both Council Tax and National Non-Domestic Rates.

The annual collection rate for 2017/18 showed that the local authority had a Council Tax collection rate of 96.3%, while collection rates for National Non-Domestic Rates was 98.7%.

Cllr Paulette Lappin, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regulation and Compliance, said: “We are proud to once again be the best performing Merseyside local authority for Council Tax and Business Rate collection.

“These figures will provide reassurance to residents that we are maximising our revenue to keep Council Tax down.

“We will always do our best to collect what is rightly owed to us and feel we offer many valuable services through the income we receive from our Council Tax and Business Rates.

“Everyone who is required to pay their Council Tax and Business Rate bills should do so, and anyone who is struggling should contact us directly where we can try and help.”

For more information or help with managing payments, visit www.sefton.gov.uk for more information.

Special toolkit helps schools and youngsters kickstart their volunteer life

A brand new toolkit has launched part of the Year of the Volunteer– packed with information about local volunteer opportunities and creative ideas for fundraising events and activities!

This pack has been produced by Volunteer Centre Sefton, who help individuals and groups with volunteering across the borough.

To download the pack click here

Sefton 4 Good, who help with fundraising for local good causes, also helped put together the brand new toolkit.

For more information about volunteering, please email info@volunteeringsefton.org.uk, and to share your fundraising ideas please contact the Sefton 4 Good team at info@sefton4good.org.uk.

Don’t forget, you can also share your fundraising ideas with Sefton4Good on Twitter @Sefton4Good.

Sterrix Lane undergoes carriageway maintenance works

Sterrix Lane, Litherland will be temporarily close over two weeks to undergo essential carriageway maintenance works.

The stretch of carriageway, between Gorsey Lane and Boundary Road will be temporarily closed for two weeks from July 25.

Access will be maintained for residents and emergency vehicles at all times.

Residents are asked however to make adequate alternative provisions for deliveries, as site health and safety rules will only allow access when it is safe to do so.

The works will be signposted accordingly and a signed diversion route will be in place for the duration of the works to minimise any disruption.

For further information on road closures across the borough visit www.sefton.gov.uk.

Global printing firm Domino sets up shop in MySefton

A global developer and manufacturer of coding and marking products, headquartered in the UK, is celebrating the official opening of its new fluids facility in Bootle.

Domino Printing Sciences has moved its fluids manufacturing to a new 172,000 sq ft (16,000 sq m) state-of-the-art factory on the Senate Business Park, enabling a significant increase in productivity and capacity, as well as reduced lead times through investment in leading-edge production processes.

The expansion will also result in the creation of 19 new jobs over the next nine months, bringing the total workforce to 88.

Nigel Bond, Domino CEO said: “This new facility, located less than a mile from our previous factory, will accommodate the expansion of our fluids manufacturing capacity in line with growing demand, including a wider range of products and greater volumes. Not only will this meet our customers’ rapidly changing requirements, but also enable them to be even more responsive and competitive within their own marketplaces.

“Very importantly, this significant global investment underlines our ongoing commitment to a presence in Liverpool, continuing as the epicentre of our fluids business as it has for the last 35 years.”

At the Opening event, guests included Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool region, Koide-san on behalf of Brother and Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member Regeneration and Skills, together with representatives from Sefton Council, Liverpool City Region LEP and Liverpool Chamber of Commerce.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony was carried out by Domino employees Martin Hiddleston, Christine Linden and Dave McMahon, followed by site tours.

The new facility is five times larger than the previous factory and is arranged on three floors. It includes the manufacturing area, Quality Assurance labs, dedicated customer training and seminar facilities, administration offices and conference facilities, as well as ten-metre high warehousing space. From here products are shipped directly to major customers, sales channels and more than 200 distributors worldwide.

State-of-the-art technology with in-line mixing capability and innovative materials handling processes, automated filling lines and robotic automated handling and palletisation systems will increase productivity and capacity, enabling faster lead-times.

Cllr Ian Maher, Leader of Sefton Council, said: “We are delighted to watch Domino go from strength to strength as they expand its operation within Sefton, investing in the borough’s economy and creating new job opportunities.

“We have an excellent working relationship with Domino and their ambition sits within our economic and regeneration plans as part of our Vision for 2030. It also demonstrates that our borough is well and truly open for business.”

Dave Jenkinson, Fluid Operations Director said: “This is an important milestone for Domino and everyone who has worked so hard to bring this new facility to fruition. Two years ago we held a ground-breaking ceremony to mark the start of construction and here we are today, seeing a state-of-the-art factory that is fully operational.

“I’d like to thank everyone who has played a part in this including Fletcher-Rae architects based in Manchester and Eric Wright Group as the main build contractors. We are also grateful to Sefton Council for its support in making this happen, as well as the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership who have helped with the opening today.”

In welcoming the guests, Nigel Bond, Domino CEO said: “I’m delighted to be here this morning to open our new production facility which is a further major investment for our company, following on from the recent opening of a new factory in Shanghai serving the local market in China and the expansion of our HQ buildings in Cambridge. These collective investments demonstrate our confidence in the business, the robustness of the markets we serve and our ambition to grow our market share and provide our customers with the highest service levels possible.

“Domino has had a long association with Liverpool, establishing our primary ink and consumables factory in the local area back in 1984. Our employees in Liverpool have done a wonderful job since that time, so it was never in question where we would build this new facility; the only question was could we find the right site within a radius from our existing buildings, to keep all the skills and the team together.

“This operation here in Liverpool is absolutely critical to the success of Domino, not only in terms of sales revenue, but more importantly, our brand reputation, and our people here have done a great job in helping Domino build a reputation. So, in summary, this new building and site is absolutely critical to our future and I hope our people enjoy working in these new state-of-the-art surroundings and that we continue on our journey of growth and success, which the operational performance of this facility is such a critical part.”

Speaking after the opening of the factory, Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram said: “As Metro Mayor, one of my priorities is to attract more inward investment into our area – but that should always complement the need to retain and grow our existing local businesses. For me – Domino’s investment in their brand new factory is a massive vote of confidence in our city region and the direction it is heading. I hope that their example will be followed by other local businesses and we stand ready to support them in whatever way we can.”

Sustainability credentials for the new facility include photovoltaic cells on the roof to generate power from solar sources, and drainage of all rainwater and surface water into attenuation ponds on site for natural drainage or evaporation.

Domino recently celebrated its 40th anniversary with a special event to recognise staff contributions to its success, held at its Cambridge headquarters. Staff in Liverpool will hold their own celebratory event with a Family Day in August.

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