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Sefton supports businesses – any size, any sector!

Business growth and investment plans were the topics of conversation as Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, Cllr Marion Atkinson, visited two Southport businesses.

The visits were set up by InvestSefton – Sefton Council’s enterprise, business support and inward investment service who have helped both businesses through their ERDF Business Growth programme.

First up was a visit to Glennray House to meet co-directors Ray Warburton and Glenn Critchley, who have totally revamped a Victorian property in Alexandra Road into a 7-bedroomed B&B.

In its first year of trading, they have already received a Booking.com Gold Accommodation award of 9.7 to 10, an Excellence award from TripAdvisor and invitation and membership of Britain’s finest collection of luxury hotels and B&Bs. InvestSefton has supported the business since its inception and the business now trades on a range of social media and through its own website.

The group then visited Adaptive Communications Solutions – an owner-managed Telecoms IT and web solutions provider business based in Hoghton Street. The company was set up by Managing Director James Brayshaw in 2003 with the aim of creating a reliable telecoms company that focuses on building long term relationships with customers, offering a high-quality service.

The company has grown with a loyal workforce of 25 people and have accrued a wide range of accreditations, qualifications and awards.

InvestSefton has supported the business on its growth journey and more recently James Brayshaw worked with the team by using his expertise to facilitate a number of highly acclaimed b2b events attended by some 200 businesses, helping them to prepare for GDPR.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said: “Once again it was great to see two growing and successful ventures from two ends of the Southport business spectrum that support our own objectives for the local economy and both with a focus on customer quality. For Glennray House, they have gone to great lengths of time and investment to completely restore a beautiful Victorian property to further enhance the Southport visitor offer; I am delighted InvestSefton has been able to lend its support.

“Adaptive Communications Solutions are at the forefront of a growing and highly competitive Telecoms IT and web support market and I have been particularly impressed by the company’s continuing commitment to its staff in terms of their development and wellbeing; again it was good to see that InvestSefton has developed a good relationship with James and his team and in turn they have used their expertise to support other Sefton businesses.”

Ray Warburton of Glennray House, said: “This is the culmination of more than two years hard work and investment and InvestSefton has been with us every step of the way offering support and advice. The online comments we have received have been overwhelming and we are looking forward to grow the business further ”

James Brayshaw of Adaptive Communications Solutions Ltd, added: “I have always passionately believed in looking after your employees. I believe that if you look after people they will look after you. We take customer services very seriously indeed and will always go the extra mile for people. This has led to our fantastic staff and customer retention rates and ultimately been the bedrock of our growth.
“I have enjoyed working with the team at Invest Sefton, their local knowledge has assisted me with networking and development. I would highly recommend speaking to them to see how they can help you

Sefton’s Budget Meeting and Council Tax set for 2019/20

Council Tax for services provided by Sefton Council will increase by 2.99% to fund the unprecedented demand on Children’s Social Care, protecting our vulnerable older people, and being able to continue to provide the everyday services residents rely on.

At Full Council this evening (February 28), councillors agreed the third year of the budget plan and approved the 2.99% rise for 2019/20 for the local authority’s services.

For an easy explanation of how your council tax is spent, click here.

It means that for the provision of council services, it will cost the majority of householders an extra 78p or less per week (figures based on a Band C property).

Cllr Ian Maher, Leader of Sefton Council, said: “It is with a heavy heart that we have to increase our Council Tax but we’ve been left with no alternative because we just don’t get enough funding from the Government to continue to run the services that our communities rely on. This is the only way to ensure we manage to provide the vital services everyone expects from us. From caring for children, the elderly and other vulnerable people to emptying the bins, cleaning the streets and maintaining the roads, as well as still providing leisure, cultural and community activities and supporting the skills and business sectors that are essential to the growth of our economy.

“To put it into context, between 2010 and 2020, Sefton will have lost the equivalent of £746 from each household as the Government continues to reduce the money it gives to councils. That is a huge loss and we keep warning about the huge risk to local services. This loss also comes at a time when we have seen massive increases in pressures for services. Not only due to the unprecedented loss of funding and the ongoing social care crisis, but a surge in demand for children’s services, support for special educational needs and disabilities and the uncertainty over schools funding.”

Due to the increased pressure for social care services, Sefton has still had to identify some new savings to ensure a balanced budget this year. At full Council, a number of options were agreed that would have the least impact on Sefton’s communities.

Cllr Maher continued: “We will continue to invest our resources where it will deliver the most impact – in creating jobs, protecting our most vulnerable children, adults and families and in improving the local environment. Despite the challenges we face we will work hard with our partners to remain a confident and connected borough. We believe that with the right funding, we can continue to lead our areas and improve residents’ lives.”

The overall Council Tax bill – which includes police and fire services charges and the new tax for a Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor – will go up by 5.11% to £1,662.32 for the coming financial year (for a Band C property). This excludes the amounts charged by Parish Councils for homes in their areas.

In the following video, Cllr Maher provides insight into the pressures facing Sefton Council as it continues to deliver quality services to residents despite increasing pressure on its resources.

Town Lane resurfacing: All you need to know

Diversions will be in place to ensure visitors to Southport Hospital are unaffected by the temporary closure of Town Lane next month.

A small stretch of Town Lane will be closed to traffic between Scarisbrick New Road and Folkestone Road from March 4 to March 15 between 6.30pm and 1am for essential carriageway resurfacing works.

Access for emergency services will be maintained throughout the works.

Cllr John Fairclough, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Locality Services, said: “In order to safely carry out carriageway resurfacing, it will be necessary to close a small stretch of Town Lane between Kew Roundabout and Folkestone Road.

“Diversions have been put in place to make sure disruption to staff and visitors to Southport Hospital is kept to a minimum.

“These works were agreed in principle last year and we’re delighted that we can carry out this work to help ensure Sefton continues to be a borough on the move.”

Signage will be in place to divert motorists via Town Lane, Southbank Road, Scarisbrick New Road and vice versa.

To keep up to date with the latest road closures and diversions throughout the borough please visit www.roadworks.org.

Friends Of… groups help make borough sparkle during Year Of Friendship

Friends Of groups have united in a shared love of making sure Sefton stays clean, green and beautiful.

Throughout the Year Of Friendship, Sefton Council and its partners are celebrating groups, individuals and organisations who make a difference and help foster friendship throughout the borough.

For February, Sefton Council has been celebrating the continued hard work of the many ‘Friends Of…’ groups who turn out week in, week out in parks, greenspaces and the 22 miles of Sefton’s coastline to remove litter and make the environment a better place.

The 22 miles spanning between Southport and Seaforth are some of the most iconic, idyllic and important stretches of greenspace and coastline in the UK and are home to a menagerie of fauna and flora.

But it takes a lot of work to make our coastline the sandy success that it is!

The Green Sefton coast and countryside division are supported by hundreds of volunteers, who come under the umbrella group, the ‘Friends of Sefton Coast.’

Between them they give up just a small portion of their time throughout the year to keep our coastline beautiful.

Last year alone an incredible 2,300 people volunteered 5,200 hours of their time over 76 clean-up events that saw thousands of bags of rubbish cleared from our coastline and this continues well into our Year Of Friendship campaign.

Inland too volunteer groups remain hard at work helping perfect our parks and greenspaces such as the Friends of Derby Park, while volunteer gardeners like the Lord Street Volunteers give up their time to help  make sure floral planters are constantly blooming.

There’s always plenty to get your teeth into on both our coastline and in our parks and greenspaces and Green Sefton are always looking for more people to get involved.

To register your interest in forming or joining a Sefton ‘Friends Of…’ group click here.

To find out more about the Year Of Friendship visit www.sefton.gov.uk/friendship.

Next of kin appeal: David Moreland

Police are appealing for help in locating the next of kin of a 69 year-old man who died in Bootle.

David Moreland passed away at his home address on Fernhill Road in Bootle on Monday 25th February.

There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.

It is believed Mr Moreland may have relatives living locally and also family in New Zealand.

Anyone with information is asked to email sefton.coroners.office@Merseyside.pnn.police.uk

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