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Clean-up marks start of Sefton allotment consultation

Sefton Council staff and volunteers have come together to give a boost to a Crosby allotment site in the week the Council’s Green Sefton team has launched a new public consultation on the future of the Borough’s allotments.

clean-up day at Crosby’s Scape Lane allotments
clean-up day at Crosby’s Scape Lane allotments

Supported by ten or more of the site’s tenants, Crosby’s 4th Scout leaders and Crosby Rotary, the clean-up day at Crosby’s Scape Lane allotments saw waste removed and plots restored. The first skip was filled in in two and half hours and surplus plant pots have been donated to Green Sefton’s Natural Alternatives scheme at Southport’s Botanic Gardens.

The clean-up comes as Green Sefton begin the consultation to develop a long-term allotments strategy to ensure local residents can get the best out of them.

Current allotment holders, people on the waiting list for an allotment and also the general population are being asked to take part in the questionnaire which can be found on Sefton Council’s Consultation Hub at https://yourseftonyoursay.sefton.gov.uk/ and is open until Friday 13th August 2021. 

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing said: “Allotments have proved themselves to be an invaluable asset for tenants throughout the lockdown, remaining open when other services closed. The Council has been active in the last year in targeting issues on our allotment sites and helping tenants to get some plots back into use as some people have struggled to visit sites owing to being vulnerable to Coivd-19.

Beautiful allotment in Birkdale
Beautiful allotment in Birkdale

“We have supported efforts to remove waste at sites and have been working with Allotment Associations to give a boost to sites in the future.

“We are now launching this consultation, which will help us develop a strategy to maximise the use of allotments and the satisfaction of allotment holders.”

Demand for Sefton’s allotments is high and has grown during the pandemic, which means waiting times for a plot can be long. Uncultivated plots are re-let, and some half-plots have been made available to increase the opportunities for people to get started.

The survey asks users their views on current allotment provision and facilities and people on the waiting list their motivation for wanting an allotment. Feedback will be used to formulate the new 10-year strategy.

Cllr Paulette Lappin, Ford ward Councillor and allotment holder, said: “As well as being very rewarding, allotment gardening can be good for your physical and mental health and your social life. I am pleased to see Green Sefton progressing the development of an Allotments Strategy. I would urge anyone with even the slightest interest to head over to the consultation on our Your Sefton Your Say website and to have their say on growing the future of Sefton’s allotments.”

clean-up day at Crosby’s Scape Lane allotments
clean-up day at Crosby’s Scape Lane allotments

There are 14 allotment sites in Sefton. Some are managed by the Council and others by Allotment Associations. Plots are usually about 250 square metres and cost just ÂŁ108 per year for rental of a full plot.

Allotment gardeners usually grow vegetables although some cultivate fruit and flowers as well. Allotments can also be used as a leisure garden and tenants can keep chickens and rabbits are allowed. Bees can also be kept on allotments providing the Green Sefton team is informed in advance.

Tenants are expected to visit, maintain and cultivate their plot to a reasonable Standard and inspections are carried out from time to time. Tenants not meeting requirements may have their tenancy terminated.

Time extended to have your say on transport improvements through Sefton’s Maritime Corridor

People across Sefton will now have an extra two weeks to submit their views as part of a Council consultation on proposed improvements to transport links through the Maritime Corridor.

The public consultation will remain open for a further two weeks until Sunday 11th April.

The Maritime Corridor scheme proposes improvement works at five key junctions, as well as enhancements to walking and cycling routes.

Stretching from Switch Island to the Netherton Way (A5038), the Maritime Corridor links Atlantic Park to the wider region. It includes junctions on Ormskirk Road (A59), Dunnings Bridge Road (A5036) and Netherton Way (A5038), as well as the local road network. The Corridor is also key to connecting the Port of Liverpool with the wider region and is a recognised area for potential economic growth by both the Council and the Liverpool City Region.

Feedback from the survey will be incorporated into development plans while funding is sought for the improvements.

As part of the Council’s 2030 vision, all improvement plans for the Borough’s streets and transport networks take into account the need to tackle the wider Climate Change Emergency while improving the health and wellbeing of its residents.

Schemes aim to keep people active and encourage them to think about alternative and green modes of transport that will improve air quality, while at the same time reducing congestion and enhancing access for residents, visitors and businesses alike.

Cllr John Fairclough, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Locality Services, said: “Thank you to everyone who has taken part so far in this consultation. Your views are extremely important and will help us to shape the scheme as it moves forward.

“There’s still plenty of time for people to tell us what they think about the proposed improvement works to key junctions, as well as the enhancements to both walking and cycling routes in the area. The intention is to make it easier to move around and to improve links across the region and beyond, while also including active travel measures that support the health and wellbeing of our communities. It’s also vital that we maintain our commitment to taking positive actions in support of Sefton’s Climate Emergency objectives.

“The consultation, along with maps of the proposed junction improvements and cycle provisions, can be accessed on the Your Sefton Your Say website and will be open until Sunday 11th April 2021.”

Fortnight left to have your say on transport improvements through Sefton’s Maritime Corridor

There’s just two more weeks left for people across Sefton to share their views on Sefton Council’s scheme to improve transport links for all who use the Maritime Corridor.

Stretching from Switch Island to the Netherton Way (A5038), the Maritime Corridor links Atlantic Park to the wider region. It includes junctions on Ormskirk Road (A59), Dunnings Bridge Road (A5036) and Netherton Way (A5038), as well as the local road network. The Corridor is also key to connecting the Port of Liverpool with the wider region and is a recognised area for potential economic growth by both the Council and the Liverpool City Region.

The Maritime Corridor scheme proposes improvement works at five key junctions, as well as enhancements to walking and cycling routes. The public consultation will run until Sunday 28th March 2021 and feedback from the survey will be incorporated into development plans while funding is sought for the improvements.

As part of the Council’s 2030 vision, all improvement plans for the Borough’s streets and transport networks take into account the need to tackle the wider Climate Change Emergency while improving the health and wellbeing of its residents.

Schemes aim to keep people active and encourage them to think about alternative and green modes of transport that will improve air quality, while at the same time reducing congestion and enhancing access for residents, visitors and businesses alike.

Cllr John Fairclough, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Locality Services, said: “We are improving our streets and transport networks throughout the whole of the Borough to support our Sefton 2030 Vision. The intention is to make it easier to move around and to improve links across the region and beyond, while also including active travel measures that support the health and wellbeing of our communities. It’s also vital that we maintain our commitment to taking positive action towards a low carbon transport network and supporting Sefton’s Climate Emergency objectives.

“The scheme around the Maritime Corridor area is just one part of this wider approach which will aim to improve connectivity and reduce congestion, improving air quality and health, while not forgetting the opportunity to unlock the area’s economic potential.

“The planned improvements to junctions and active travel routes for pedestrians and people who cycle are at a very early stage of development, and we would encourage all residents and businesses to use this consultation period to get involved and help to shape the scheme as it moves forward.”

The consultation, along with maps of the proposed junction improvements and cycle provisions, can be accessed on the Your Sefton Your Say website and will be open until Sunday 28th March 2021.

Feedback will be reviewed and considered in the development of the scheme’s next stages.  A report summarising the consultation responses and next stages will be produced and made available on the Council website.

Views welcomed on improvements to transport links through Sefton’s Maritime Corridor

Cyclists, pedestrians and motorists, as well as local businesses, are being encouraged to share their views on Sefton Council’s scheme to improve transport links for all who use the Maritime Corridor.

Stretching from Switch Island to the Netherton Way (A5038), the Maritime Corridor links Atlantic Park to the wider region. It includes junctions on Ormskirk Road (A59), Dunnings Bridge Road (A5036) and Netherton Way (A5038), as well as the local road network. The Corridor is also key to connecting the Port of Liverpool with the wider region and is a recognised area for potential economic growth by both the Council and the Liverpool City Region.

The Maritime Corridor scheme proposes improvement works at five key junctions, as well as enhancements to walking and cycling routes. The public consultation will run until Sunday 28th March 2021 and feedback from the survey will be incorporated into development plans while funding is sought for the improvements.

As part of the Council’s 2030 vision, all improvement plans for the Borough’s streets and transport networks take into account the need to tackle the wider Climate Change Emergency while improving the health and wellbeing of its residents.

Schemes aim to keep people active and encourage them to think about alternative and green modes of transport that will improve air quality, while at the same time reducing congestion and enhancing access for residents, visitors and businesses alike.

Cllr John Fairclough, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Locality Services, said: “We are improving our streets and transport networks throughout the whole of the Borough to support our Sefton 2030 Vision. The intention is to make it easier to move around and to improve links across the region and beyond, while also including active travel measures that support the health and wellbeing of our communities. It’s also vital that we maintain our commitment to taking positive action towards a low carbon transport network and supporting Sefton’s Climate Emergency objectives.

“The scheme around the Maritime Corridor area is just one part of this wider approach which will aim to improve connectivity and reduce congestion, improving air quality and health, while not forgetting the opportunity to unlock the area’s economic potential.

“The planned improvements to junctions and active travel routes for pedestrians and people who cycle are at a very early stage of development, and we would encourage all residents and businesses to use this consultation period to get involved and help to shape the scheme as it moves forward.”

The consultation, along with maps of the proposed junction improvements and cycle provisions, can be accessed on the Your Sefton Your Say website and will be open until Sunday 28th March 2021.

Feedback will be reviewed and considered in the development of the scheme’s next stages.  A report summarising the consultation responses and next stages will be produced and made available on the Council website.

Public consultation launched on Sefton Council’s Gambling Licensing Policy

As part of Sefton Council’s licensing duties, it is seeking the views of residents across the Borough on how it implements gambling laws at businesses such as betting shops.

A public consultation will run from Monday 8th February to Monday 5th April. The Council’s Licensing Unit will be seeking the views of local businesses with gambling licenses, as well as key partners including police and Public Health colleagues and members of the community.

Under the Gambling Act 2005, the Council is the Licensing Authority for processing certain gambling applications. This means that a Statement of Licensing Policy must be in place, and reviewed every three years, to show specifically how the Council understands the law.

As the policy is up for review, people interested in submitting their views are encouraged to take part in the consultation. All comments will be collated, and as a result, changes will be suggested to the draft policy.

Cllr John Kelly, Chair of Sefton Council’s Licensing and Regulatory Committee, said: “Sefton, like all local authorities, has a duty to periodically review its licensing policies. This is an opportunity for not just the owners of gambling businesses to submit their views, but for anyone across Sefton to find out more about how we process gambling licenses and how they feel our policy could be amended.

“Please take the time to read about the proposed policy and tell us what you think about it.”

People can take part on the Your Sefton Your Say website.

Alternatively, those wishing to offer their views who do not have access to the online consultation, can contact the Licensing Unit via email licensing@sefton.gov.uk or by calling 0345 140 0845.

The Council will try to meet any other requirements that anyone may have that will allow them to engage in the consultation process.

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