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Have your say on proposed Netherton housing development

A consultation by Sefton Council has now begun to gauge residents’ views on a proposed housing development in the Buckley Hill Lane area of Netherton.

The site under consideration is the land to the east of Buckley Hill Lane and west of Higher End Park, which was the site of the former ‘Z-Blocks’ residential development.

The site was allocated for housing in Sefton’s Local Plan adopted in April 2017.

The proposed development would consist of approximately 40 homes would consist of 2, 3 and 4 bedroom properties, including both market sale and affordable houses.

Residents in the area are being asked to give their views via public consultation ahead of any planning proposals being submitted for consideration.

Residents have until July 20 to give their views in writing or via email on the proposal.

There will also be an opportunity for residents to attend a drop-in session to discuss the proposal with both Sefton Council and project agents GL Hearn.

The drop-in session will take place at Netherton Activity Centre from 5pm on Thursday July 11.

Letters have already been sent out to residents who are directly affected by the proposals but all views are welcomed.

To submit your views on the proposals please email sefton.info@glhearn.com or write to GL Hearn, The Observatory, 8th Floor, The Observatory Chapel Walks, Manchester, M2 1HL.

Young People in Sefton to benefit from FREE online counselling

Young people in Sefton can now benefit from completely free online counselling to help them in their time of need, thanks to a new collaboration from local health and wellbeing partners.

Sefton Council, NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG has commissioned Kooth for young people in the area.

The service will provide free and anonymous mental health and wellbeing support to local young people aged 11-18, with access to online counselling, self-help materials and a safe online community of young people 365 days a year. Support can be found at www.kooth.com

Kooth, accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, also offers peer-to-peer support, an online magazine, access to moderated forums and goal setting and mood tracking tools from any connected device.

The site is open 24 hours a day; one-to-one counselling sessions with a qualified counsellor are available from 12-noon until 10pm on weekdays, and from 6pm until 10pm on weekends.

The service has been commissioned to increase the number of early intervention services available and in response to young people requesting a digital solution in addition to existing local services.

Councillor John Joseph Kelly, Sefton Council Cabinet Member for Children, Schools and Safeguarding, said “We are delighted that Kooth is now available in Sefton. All children and young people should have access to mental health support when they need it.

“Being able to access good advice, guidance and support via mobile phone, tablet or computer is a great way to help make sure that children and young people can develop positive mental wellbeing.”

Fiona Taylor, chief officer at the CCGs in Sefton, said: “We are proud to be involved with Kooth, it will enhance support for young people with mental health issues in Sefton. We need services such as this to be easily accessible and available at a time when people need it most and this ticks all the boxes.

“We do think it helps being anonymous as some find it hard to speak face to face, this is ideal for people who are perhaps nervous about reaching out and we really do hope it helps them.”

Elaine Bousfield, from Kooth said, said: “We are delighted that we are now able to provide our support and counselling service to young people in Sefton. Digital mental health services like Kooth are beneficial to young people as they are anonymous and free from the stigma some individuals face. We hope through the new commission more young people will seek help for their mental health and wellbeing.”

Sefton’s school uniform bank needs your help!

Sefton Council are appealing for kind hearted residents to consider donating to the local authority’s annual school uniform bank.

The council’s Schools & Families teams are preparing their seventeenth annual school uniform bank but are desperately short of vital good quality blazers for those pupils most in need.

Swops, Sefton’s school uniform bank scheme, has been running since 2002 and continues to go from strength to strength thanks to donations from people across the borough.

Clothing items both old and new are accepted at Sefton run libraries and Town Halls throughout the year and are then distributed to families and children in need.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “In a perfect world we would not need food banks or school uniform banks but, sadly, they are a necessity.

“Last academic year we helped over four hundred schoolchildren and their families get access to much needed uniforms, from shoes to summer dresses and shorts.

“This year will be no different and we are appealing for our kind hearted communities to come together and help those families who are most in need. We really need good quality school blazers.

“Through the contribution of our residents we have been able to help those most in need and will continue to do so for as long as possible.”

To donate to Sefton’s uniform bank please visit one of the local authority’s library buildings or a Sefton Town Hall.

To access the scheme or for more information about uniform banks in Sefton please call 07837863075.

New ‘Library Light’ across all Liverpool City Region library services

Libraries across the Liverpool City Region, covering the local authority areas of Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, St Helens, Sefton and Wirral, have been working together to explore new ways to make it easier for customers of one library service to be able to use the other libraries too.

This will be helpful for people who live in one borough and work, study, or visit other neighbouring boroughs.

The introduction of Library Light from Monday, 8 July 2019 means that existing customers can access all libraries across the Liverpool City Region with their current library card. Simply present your library card, provide you name, address and contact number and ‘Library Light’ will do the rest for you!

Library Light will enable you to:-

• Borrow up to 6 books from any neighbouring library services – you will need to return those books to the library authority you borrowed them from.
• Reserve up to 6 books from any library in the Liverpool City Region via contacting them direct.
• Access PC’s and printers (charges may apply for printing).

Library Light is available for all ages. If you’re under 16, you’ll need to provide parental / guardian consent. Residents who are not currently library customers only need to join one library service to access Library Light.

Councillor Graham Morgan on behalf of the Liverpool City Region, said “Our libraries are a fantastic community resource and I’m delighted that we are extending the services they offer across the Liverpool City Region. Enabling you to visit any library with your existing library card will make it much easier for everyone across the Liverpool City Region to enjoy the benefits they bring, as well as giving you a great choice regarding where and when you visit.”

Southport girl, 11, becomes Young Musician of the Year

Sefton’s Mayor has been delighted to present an eleven year old Southport girl with the Southport Young Musician of the Year award.

Winner Xi Xi Jessica Worlock, aged 11, from central Southport, won with her vibrant piece on piano, with 16 year old Thomas Corcoran, from Churchtown, Southport, runner up on voice, and 15 year old Rachael Wells, from Hillside, carrying off Most Promising trophy for her pieces on saxophone and clarinet. after a glittering final on Friday 5 July.

Over 75 people watched as the 13 contestants who made it to the final of the fifth annual Young Musician competition – organised by Trinity Arts and sponsored by Whittakers Schoolwear – wowed them with their performances on piano, trumpet, drums, saxophone, cello, guitar, clarinet and voice.

Sefton Mayor Cllr June Burns, who presented the trophies, echoed the audience thoughts, saying “The standard of music was wonderful, and the talent and confidence of the competitors was unbelievable.”

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