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Celebration of Life event: Former Mayor & Mayoress of Sefton

Sefton Council would like to send its condolences to the family of former Sefton Mayor and Mayoress Thomas Ridley Lewis MBE and Mavis Flora Lewis following their sad passing in late 2020.

Due to COVID restrictions at the time, many people who would have liked to pay their respects were sadly unable to do so.

A Celebration of Lives event will take place on September 15th 2021 at Aintree Conservative Club, Harrow Drive, Aintree, Liverpool L10 8LN at 1pm.

If you would like to join us to share your memories of Tom and Mavis with friends and family at the Conservative Club please RSVP to dutton.denise@rocketmail.com

Communities urged to back the Sefton Afghan Appeal

An appeal has been launched across Sefton to help families from Afghanistan who may find themselves resettling in the Borough in the coming weeks and months.

Sefton Council, Sefton Council for Voluntary Services (CVS) and Sefton 4 Good are working in partnership to coordinate a Borough-wide response.

New life

This will be similar to those taking place throughout the UK, to help Afghan people starting a new life in the North West.

All funds raised through the Sefton Afghan Appeal will be used to purchase bespoke items including appropriate clothing, toys and household items such as kitchen utensils.

Donations of newly-bought goods, sealed clothing, children’s shoes and toiletries are also being gratefully received and will form a ‘welcome pack’ to be distributed to families.

Due to COVID-19 control measures, organisers are unable to accept donations of second-hand goods or un-sealed items.

The Borough-wide appeal will see eight locations across Sefton set up as donation drop-off points, while a dedicated fundraising platform has been created where kind-hearted residents can contribute.

Drop Off Locations are: 

  • Marie Clarke Family Wellbeing Centre, Linacre Lane, Bootle
  • Bootle Library, 220 Stanley Road, Bootle
  • Netherton Family Wellbeing Centre, Magdalen Square, Netherton
  • Sefton Carers Centre, 27-37 South Road, Waterloo
  • Crosby Library, Crosby Road North, Waterloo
  • Formby Library, 17D Duke St, Formby
  • Talbot Street Family Wellbeing Centre, St Andrew’s Place, Southport
  • Southport Library, 112 Lord Street, Southport

Forced to flee

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “We are all too aware of the devastation and conflict taking place right now in Afghanistan and, like many others across the UK, we are doing all we can in Sefton to help support displaced families who have been forced to flee their homeland.

“The Council and its partners at Sefton CVS and Sefton 4 Good have immediately sprung into action and launched a dedicated fundraising platform to help in these coming weeks and months.

“We know the people of Sefton is a welcoming Borough that cares for their fellow humans in need and I am confident that our communities will give as much as they possibly can do the Sefton Afghan Appeal, whether that be via a financial contribution or via a donation of much needed goods and clothing.

“Sefton Council have offered eight of its buildings to act as donation points for the appeal and we continue to work closely with partners to ensure we are doing everything in our power to help.

“Please, if you can, give generously to this appeal and lend your support to these families many of whom have arrived with very few belongings but the clothes they are wearing.”

Devastating

Angela White OBE, Chief Executive at Sefton CVS, said: “Following the devastating situation in Afghanistan, Sefton CVS are working in partnership with Sefton Council and other voluntary, community and faith (VCF) organisations to coordinate and provide welcome to Afghan families resettling in Sefton over the coming weeks.

“The Sefton Afghan Appeal will enable us to provide bespoke items to directly support families when they arrive in Sefton. We are also encouraging local residents to donate newly-bought sealed items such as clothing and toiletries which can be dropped off at a number of designated donation points across the borough. We know how generous and welcoming our local residents and businesses are, and your vital support will make such a difference in resettling Afghan families into our communities.”

Find out more information about the Sefton Afghan Appeal  and how to donate.

For all enquiries about the Sefton Afghan Appeal, please email afghanappeal@seftoncvs.org.uk.

Crosby flats decision is ‘dangerous and baffling’ says Sefton Council

Sefton Council has hit out over a ‘dangerous and baffling’ decision by the Government’s Planning Inspectorate to allow a housing development that would see its occupants deprived of private outdoor amenities.

In November 2020, Sefton Council’s Planning Committee officially refused proposals to build a four-storey building comprising of 39 apartments at the former Central Buildings on Church Road, Crosby.

Making its decision, the Council cited ‘an unacceptable level of private amenity space, which would have a detrimental impact on the living conditions of the future occupiers’.

This is in line with conditions supplied to developers prior to planning submissions, in which Sefton Council makes clear it will not, under any circumstances, agree proposals lacking amenity space or space that is significantly below the standard. This is ‘to protect and improve the living conditions of its communities’.

However, the developer appealed to the Government’s Planning Inspectorate, which overturned Sefton Council’s decision.

In its ruling, the Planning Inspectorate stated that the development’s occupants will be able to grow plants indoors or walk to a ‘nearby’ park to make up for a lack of outdoor space. And, residents will have to use energy- consuming tumble-driers supplied, owing to the lack of an outdoor drying area. where they would live.

In a scathing letter to the Planning Inspectorate, Sefton Council’s Chief Planning Officer Derek McKenzie has criticised the Planning Inspectorate’s decision and its ‘blithe acceptance’ of the developer’s position.

He claims that by dismissing the local authorities’ concerns, the Planning Inspectorate’s Inspector ‘completely dismantles all prospect of residents in Crosby benefitting from amenity space in future developments.’

The decision gives developers the encouragement to forgo the provision of basic facilities and create development well below minimum standards expected by Sefton’s Local Plan and indeed the Government’s own planning and housing policies

Cllr Daren Veidman, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Planning and Building Control, said:
“These proposals are for 100% affordable housing, for people who would otherwise struggle to secure a home.

“Forcing these disadvantaged people to use expensive tumble dryers to dry their clothes risks driving them into fuel poverty, which is at odds with the basic principles of human rights.

“To flat out deny occupants a right to private outdoor space in any development is baffling and we are stunned that the Planning Inspectorate has dismissed our concerns.

“We have written to the Planning Inspectorate to express our grave concerns over this decision and we will continue to approach any future similar applications with the safety and security of our communities in the forefront of our minds.”

Cllr Veidman continued: “In its Annual Report, the Planning Inspectorate states that ‘sustainable development is at the heart of the Government policies that set the framework for its decisions and recommendations our Inspectors make’.

“All Inspectors’, the report claims, ‘are aware of their duty to ensure the planning system contributes to the achievement of sustainable development’.

“To be honest I am struggling to understand how forcing residents to use energy-inefficient tumble dryers and leaving them with a 30-minute walk to enjoy the benefits of a green open space, meets any of these claims.”

Tens of thousands enjoy brand new Southport Market in just 48 hours

More than ten thousand excited and hungry customers passed through the doors of the brand new Southport Market in its first 48 hours of opening.

After much excitement, Sefton Council opened the doors of the refurbished ÂŁ1.4m Southport Market on Thursday, July 22 and immediately traders were made to handle the heat of what is the North West’s latest place to be for good food and drink.

In fact nearly 15,000 tasty treats, from wood fired pizzas to mouth watering bubble waffles, were served up to customers in the first 48 hours of the market’s launch, as thousands descended on the resort’s market quarter for a taste of the action.

Gavin Williams and James Kennedy, co-owners of Allotment; one of the ten stunning food stalls in the new look market, said they were delighted to be firing up the grills and serving up a selection of burgers, hot dogs and loaded fries meals.

Gavin said: “The council have been phenomenal and the market is already buzzing! I am sure this is the start of something amazing for Southport.

“We chose to be a part of the market after walking into the building for the first time and became instantly struck by how spectacular it looks.

“It is a real eye catching site and we know it will draw in so many people to the town.”

James added: “The investment that has been put into the market is fantastic and it is something that is completely different and we are very excited to be a part of it.”

Cllr Ian Maher, Leader of Sefton Council, said: “It’s no surprise that already we are seeing tens of thousands of people visiting Southport Market in its first few days of opening.

“Across the region word is spreading quickly about the market and we cannot thank our incredible traders, bar team and council staff enough for all the hard work that has been put into making this a reality.

“We look forward to welcoming even more people through our doors this coming weekend!”

Southport Market’s opening hours:

Mon and Tue closed
Wed 10-10
Thursday 10-10
Friday 10-11
Sat 10-11
Sunday 10-8
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Sefton to provide food for children in need during summer holidays

Sefton Council and its partners are once again leading the way in providing food to schoolchildren in need throughout the 2021 summer holidays.

Now in its sixth year, the much-needed provision will see Sefton Council and Sefton Council For Voluntary Services (Sefton CVS) plate up thousands of hot meals for those children who need them.

Eligible

As in 2020, families who have had their income significantly affected by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic will also be eligible for the scheme.

More than five thousand meals, in the form of takeaway packed lunches, are served through the scheme.

Sefton Council is again working in partnership with Sefton Council for Voluntary Service (CVS) to co-ordinate additional access to food with local Voluntary, Community and Faith (VCF) sector organisations across the borough.

Struggle

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing said: “This is always a very important service to provide and we continue to do all we can to help people who would otherwise struggle to put food on the table.

“We have had families tell us that without this service, they would have to miss paying bills to meet the extra cost of feeding their children during the long summer months.

“Sadly, there is a need for schemes such as the Access To Food Programme and we are delighted that we are once again able to help and support those families that are most in need within our communities.”

It comes after Sefton confirmed funding for free school meals over the six-week school summer holidays.

That scheme to support children and families who receive free school meals will, once again, work through the provision of supermarket vouchers. As with previous holiday vouchers, they will be valid to buy food in store and online at local supermarkets.

Challenging

Angela White, Chief Executive of Sefton CVS said: “We understand that the summer holidays can be an extremely challenging time for some families.

“We are pleased to be working alongside Sefton Council to offer a coordinated response to meet the needs of our local communities.”

The scheme will run from August to September, with those families eligible for the scheme being notified in advance of where they can collect their meals.

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