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What to do with your green waste during winter months

Residents in Sefton are being reminded that any excess green waste can be taken to their nearest Household Waste Recycling Centre or composted at home.

Last week (Monday, November 22nd) green waste collections were suspended for winter due to unavoidable operational pressures, resulting in a collection a week earlier than previously anticipated.

For those residents who missed the final collection date, the local authority’s incredibly hard working cleansing teams will be attempting to revisit some areas where outstanding green bins have been left out for collection.

A full garden waste collection service will resume in March 2022.

The vast majority of grey and brown bin collections over the Christmas period will take place on their normal day of collection and, for those on an alternating weekly wheelie bin collection, according to the normal brown/grey bin pattern.

The only exceptions are:

Saturday 25th December 2021 to be collected Sunday 26th December 2021
Monday 27th December 2021 to be collected Sunday 26th December 2021
Saturday 1st January 2021 to be collected Sunday 2nd January 2022

How to help rough sleepers in Sefton this winter

Sefton Council is highlighting details of where anyone who finds themselves sleeping rough or knows someone who is, can find help and support.

Earlier this month The Big Issue reported that the number of households facing eviction tripled in the three months after Covid protections to keep renters in their homes ended.

And there are fears that the impact of rising living costs and other issues such as the Government’s £20 per week cut in Universal Credit could see evictions rise in the coming months.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “This Council has a long-standing commitment to helping people suffering from homelessness and supporting those rough sleepers who may find themselves in a vulnerable position, without a safe and warm place to call home.

“I am very proud of the work our teams do to help combat rough sleeping.

“Nobody wants to find themselves bedding down for the night on a cold pavement or stairwell and we are fully aware that with each new day, people may find themselves in need of support through absolutely no fault of their own.

“That is why we continue to urge the public to report an incident of rough sleeping in Sefton, by calling the Rough Sleeper Outreach Team via Light for Life on 01704 501256 or 07918 746042 outside normal office hours and weekends.’’

People can provide details of the location and any description of anyone they suspect is sleeping rough by emailing shc@lightforlifesefton.org.uk or housing.options@sefton.gov.uk.

Veterans in Sefton (ViS) has also been commissioned to provide support to people who are currently serving or who have served in the Armed Forces. This covers regulars and reservists, their families and their dependents, who are homeless or threatened with homelessness.

ViS is based at The Brunswick Youth and Community Centre in Bootle. For any further help and information from ViS people can call 0151 933 0800 or 07591 825204 out-of-hours assistance.

Find out more about gritting in Sefton this winter

Sefton Council’s gritting teams have already rolled into action as the 2021/22 gritting and road treatment programme gets underway.

The local authority dispatched a fleet of winter vehicles from its award winning ‘Gritting Headquarters’ in Netherton to grit nearly 470km of road and heavily pedestrianised pavements across the borough during periods of very low temperatures 

The first dispatch of the 2021/22 winter season was recorded on the evening on Sunday, 21st November.

During periods of low temperatures when ice can form on road surfaces, Sefton Council and its contractors undertake a large scale carriageway treatment programme, supplemented by footway gritting in key town centres at any time day or night and continue treatments as long as necessary.

This is the second year Sefton Council are working from its ‘Winter Hub,’ after it was deemed the previous depot was no longer fit for purpose.

Located in Netherton, the ‘Hub’ has the capacity to store 3500 tonnes of salt, over 250% more storage space than was available in the previous depot.

Cllr John Fairclough, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Locality Services, said: “Without a doubt having this in-house facility is a major boost to the quality of our winter gritting service.

“The ‘Winter Hub’ is a much needed addition to our Council assets and will help us to ensure, as we do every year, that residents in Sefton will be driving on safe roads this winter.

“While our gritting programme is extensive, we do encourage residents to take extra care when out and about as untreated side roads and pathways may be icy.”

During colder months Sefton also encourages residents to check in on elderly or isolated neighbours to make sure they are ok and are fully prepared for any potential adverse weather conditions.

Find out which roads and pavements are treated here

Southport Market launches first ever Christmas Extravaganza

Southport Market is set to play host to a winter wonderland as the popular food and drink venue launches its first Christmas Extravaganza!

Throughout December, Southport Market, on the town’s King Street, will undergo a magical transformation into a festive dream world. There will be  with Christmas film showings, Christmas Markets, additional seating for Christmas bookings and even playing host to the big man himself.

Free events

Sefton Council’s Tourism elves are putting finishing touches to the plans, which will see a host of completely free events take place at Southport Market during the Christmas period.

Decorations will also see the venue adorned with amazing garlands, giant baubles along with an eye-catching tunnel of light.

Book and reserve tables

Anyone wanting to arrange a Christmas get together at the market can now book and reserve tables by pre-purchasing a drinks package for any date between Friday 3rd and Saturday 18th December. And, from Wednesday 11th December, free festive films will be shown in the market’s bespoke events space, in partnership with Bijou Cinema.

Also starting from December 11th, children will be able to visit the market’s special North Pole post office drop-off to ensure their letters to Santa are delivered in time for the big day. Father Christmas and his elves will also be making a special guest appearance on certain dates.

Outdoor chalets featuring a wealth of present and gift ideas will also be located in the area around Southport Market

Wonderland

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Santa’s Sefton representative and Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said: “Southport Market will be a winter wonderland with fun for all the family this December.

“All of the special events we have planned are completely free and we are using a first come, first serve basis for our film showings and Santa meet & greet.

“There is plenty on offer from our incredible traders and they will be complimented by a selection of outdoor shopping chalets.”

Find out more about what’s on offer at Southport Market over the Christmas period.  

 

Statement: Orrell Mount 3G pitch works postponed

Cllr Ian Maher, Leader of Sefton Council, has today (Friday, November 12th) announced that work to create brand new 3G pitches on Orrell Mount in Bootle will be temporarily paused in order to continue open dialogue with local community groups.

Throughout the planning application process for the hugely beneficial scheme residents, members of the community and a number of sports organisations were consulted on the plans, which received wide reaching support.

Proposals were approved and work was due to be undertaken on site this week. These works however have now been put on hold following a recent public demonstration.

Cllr Maher said: “While we have continued to engage with the community around Orrell Mount, recent demonstrations on site have indicated there is still more dialogue to be had.

“Our initial consultations led Sefton to revamp, tweak and add in certain elements to the scheme in order to best benefit surrounding residents and address concerns raised, which is why we were confident that a schedule of works could begin in earnest.

“It was never our intention to close the park off while these works took place and this drastic decision was only taken at the eleventh hour in order to keep both the public and contractors safe after it became clear demonstrations could lead to a health and safety issue.

“After a significant amount of discussion between Cabinet, ward members and officers, we have unanimously agreed to temporarily halt all works and reopen the park as a sign of good faith, while we seek to continue further constructive dialogue and consultation with residents.

“We all want to find a solution which allows this hugely beneficial scheme to become a reality and we will now await the findings of this additional consultation before any further potential progression is made.”

Orrell Mount Playing Fields will now fully reopen, however a small number of playground improvement and maintenance works will still be taking place within the grounds.

 

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