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Sefton Council demands a ‘grown-up conversation’ on the future of Adult Social Care

Sefton Council has responded to the Local Government Association’s (LGA) consultation on Adult Social Care and raised serious concerns about the future of the service.

Without a grown up, cross party conversation about a sustainable way forward, the Council strongly believes the most vulnerable people in our communities will not receive the care and support that they need.

‘The Lives We Want to Lead’ green paper was produced to challenge central governments lack of action in the face of a social care crisis and invited responses to help shape a proposed solution for the future.

The Council calls for immediate action and money, placing emphasis on the importance of investing more in developing early intervention and protection models.

The local authority believes this will help to reduce future demand on services, develop the social care market, demonstrate how much the care and support workforce is valued and most importantly support those in need of care and their carers.

To do this, the Council estimates that it will require an immediate funding injection of £25 million over the next three years to ensure that people in need of care are supported in a way that is right for them.

Sefton Council also highlights the need to keep decision making local where there is proven track record of working with communities and partners to build resilience and safeguard the most vulnerable.

It also stresses the importance of national investment to wider wellbeing services that work towards reducing the health and social inequalities in their communities and calls for this matter to be looked at holistically as Children’s Social Care is also under great pressure.

Cllr Paul Cummins, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, said: “Social Care is in crisis and a grown-up conversation needs to happen now nationally.

“We desperately need more money to meet the needs of our most vulnerable people to ensure that we do not fail them when they need us the most. We must ensure that people in need of care and support are able to continue to live the lives that they want to live.

“The government must put this matter at the very heart of its thinking now, this cannot be kicked into the long grass or we will fail the most vulnerable in our communities.”

Margaret Carney, Chief Executive of Sefton Council, added: “When I grow old, I want to live in my community, with my family, being as happy and healthy as I can for as long as I can. I have that hope for all of our communities. Without the help of Adult Social Care, that probably isn’t going to happen for a lot of people.

“It is a false economy to under invest in Adult Social Care. It will lead to a greater and more complex demand in the future including an added burden on the National Health Service and significant inequalities between those who can afford to pay for care and those who can’t.

“This is unfair and unjust and the government must act now.”

Statement: Chapel Lane Trees

Works are due to start to remove two dying trees from Chapel Lane in Formby.

The unavoidable works are to be carried out in order to ensure public safety as both trees have been identified as unsafe.

All options, including the possibility of remedial works, have been explored but none of the options identified would immediately reduce the significant health and safety risk the dying trees are causing.

In order to ensure the public highway is kept safe for both pedestrians and motorists the two trees concerned must now be removed.

A spokesman for Sefton Council said: “Sadly due to the extent of decline of both trees, any remedial works would have no effect on the longevity of them.

“As the highway authority, we have a statutory duty of care to make sure Chapel Lane is a safe area and we have taken the decision to approve the removal of these trees.

“The tree in front of Cassidy’s greengrocers is dying and no amount of maintenance works will improve the trees health, while the tree outside Boots is suffering from a considerable amount of decay within the crown leading to major structural concern.

“Both trees have the potential to drop considerable limbs in windy conditions and if left would pose an unacceptable Health and Safety risk to users of the public highway.

“Formby Parish Council and Ward Councillors are fully aware of this decision and, despite some public comments, significant and proactive talks have taken place between all parties.”

Work to remove both trees are expected to take place between October 4 and October 15. 

Chapel Lane will be closed to traffic while these works are taking place. Diversions will be in place via Elbow Lane, Duke Street, Three Tuns Lane and vice versa.

A consultation on the proposed closure of Sand Dunes nursery school, Seaforth has begun.

An 8-week consultation regarding the proposed closure of Sand Dunes nursery school, Seaforth is set to start.

 Sefton Council was formally asked by the governing body at Sand Dunes to start a statutory consultation on proposals to close the nursery from August, 2019. This was agreed at a Cabinet meeting held on July 26, at Bootle Town Hall.

 Sefton Council’s multi-agency consultation and engagement panel met on August 16 to outline the formal process and offer support, advice and guidance to ensure that communities have an opportunity to express their views.

 The consultation will run from August 20 – October 12 and for anyone to comment on the closure proposals please visit www.sefton.gov.uk/sanddunes from Monday (August 20).

 The consultation is the first part of a 5 stage statutory process Sefton Council has to follow.

 Cllr John Joseph Kelly, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Children, Schools and Safeguarding, said: “This is the start of the formal process we have to follow after being contacted by Sand Dunes Nursery to close the facility.

“The consultation opens on August 20 and we would urge as many people to take the time to look into this and let us know how they feel about the proposals.

“The nursery will reopen at the start of the next academic year in September and throughout this difficult process we will be as open and transparent as possible working closely with parents, pupils and staff at the nursery. Further meetings with staff and parents are planned in the coming weeks.”

 

Businesses booming thanks to InvestSefton funding

Two Sefton businesses that have benefited from European funding and local growth hub support along with assistance from InvestSefton and Sefton@Work were recently visited.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, along with support staff from InvestSefton dropped in to Morgan Hope Industries Ltd and Immersive Interactive Ltd to see how both businesses are booming.

Morgan Hope Industries Ltd, based at the Blowick Industrial Park, Southport manufactures, supplies and installs lighting and electronic energy control systems, which reduce energy consumption.

InvestSefton has assisted the business by helping them tender for public sector contracts, and linking them to support and commercial opportunities through the Liverpool City Region.

Also on the agenda was a trip to Immersive Interactive Ltd who are based on Princes Street in the town centre.

The company offers futuristic learning spaces which can be used in both mainstream and special needs education establishments and simulation training for the emergency services.

The local business was supported by InvestSefton through grant application work.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said: “Getting out and visiting local businesses is a great way to see how the support offered to them has enabled them to grow and move forward.

“Both businesses have been supported by InvestSefton and Sefton@Work and it is great to see local companies doing so well and expanding in their respective fields.

“Success stories like these really show how Sefton is open for business and supports our local companies.”

Peter Salt, from Immersive Interactive Ltd, said: “Our initial inquiry was in relation to the purchase of new premises in Southport and our advisor, Colin Hickey, guided us successfully through the Merseyside Growth Fund application.

“Since that initial experience Colin and Invest Sefton have become an integral part of Immersive Interactive’s success and progress, with both sound advice and networking opportunities. I would recommend any SME to take advantage of this fantastic resource.‘’

Stephen Fisher of Morgan Hope Industries Ltd, added: “We design and manufacture our range of lighting products in house as a bespoke solution, with savings of up to 80% achieved.

“Saving energy and reducing costs is important for businesses, and we have developed valuable new commercial opportunities in the Liverpool City Region, through working with InvestSefton.”

Experience the Sefton Circular this summer!

With the summer holidays in full swing, Sefton Council is urging families to get on their bikes and take on the Sefton Circular.

The popular cycle route encompasses 24 miles around the beautiful Sefton coast and countryside, taking anything from three hours to half-a-day to complete.

When following this route, you will cycle through pine woods, pass by Antony Gormley’s statues, take in the sights of the Leeds Liverpool Canal and follow the former Cheshire Lines railway.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “We are incredibly lucky to have this fantastic asset in our borough.

“The Sefton Circular is a thoroughly enjoyable half day cycle ride suitable for all abilities to undertake at your own pace.

“The route encompasses many parts of Sefton, showcasing a lot of wonderful things that we have to offer – all the while boosting your mental and physical wellbeing.”

Highlights of the route include Crosby Lakeside, Hightown Dunes, Formby pinewoods, Ainsdale, the Cheshire Lines, Rimrose Valley, the Leeds Liverpool Canal and the Gormleys.

To view the route or for more information about the Sefton Circular Route, visit www.mysefton.co.uk.

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