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Have your say on a proposed PSPO across coastal and visitor areas in Sefton

Sefton Council are asking people to have their say on a proposed Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) across coastal and visitor areas.

A Public Space Protection Order is an official measure that is an enforceable part of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.

A public consultation, which will run for five weeks until Friday 24th June, has been launched today.

We are encouraging everyone to have their say on the proposed list of restrictions to be included in the PSPO, including the right to confiscate alcohol from those causing anti-social behaviour in certain locations.

The new order aims to support the Council and partner agencies manage visitor behaviour and protect our natural coastline and other popular visitor areas. Visitors can be tourists or local residents. The restrictions will be based on the existing Sefton Byelaws and in line with legislation associated with the protected status of the Sefton Coast.

Although most visitors know how to behave, sadly there are some who can act in an inappropriate manner that cause distress and disturbance to local residents and businesses, as well as causing damage to infrastructure in the area.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing said: “While the majority of people do respect Sefton’s natural coast, we are keen to explore more ways to support Council officers and partner agencies manage those few who behave inconsiderately and who could cause damage to our unique Natural Coast.

“We want everyone coming to our beautiful coastline to enjoy their visit but also to do their bit to protect the environmentally sensitive site for other people, for local residents and for generations to come.

“I encourage all residents and visitors alike to share their thoughts and take part in the consultation.”

Cllr Paulette Lappin, Cabinet Member Regulatory, Compliance and Corporate Services, said: “The use of Public Spaces Protection Orders are favoured by many local authorities as there is the opportunity to issue fixed penalty notices at the time of the offence being committed, allowing Officers more powers in managing visitor behaviour.

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

The survey is available online on the Council’s consultation portal, Your Sefton Your Say.

Hard copy versions of the questionnaire are also available and are in Easy Read format. To request a hard copy or for further support with the consultation, people can call 0151 934 2962 or email greensefton@sefton.gov.uk

Further detail about the public consultation and proposed PSPO is available on the Council’s website, sefton.gov.uk/pspo

Stunning images of Marine Lake Events centre revealed as consultation launches

Sefton Council is set to launch its public consultation on much anticipated plans for the Southport Marine Lake Events Centre and accompanying Water and Light Show.

The community will shortly be invited to share their views on exciting plans for a new, state-of-the-art theatre and entertainment space and a flexible conference and business events venue and water and light show attraction, which will greatly boost the town’s economic and tourism sectors.

Consultation events are being held at Southport Market in the coming weeks and a live webinar will take place to provide more information on the plans, which will be revealed when the consultation begins on Thursday 26th May when feedback will be invited via an online survey at https://yourseftonyoursay.sefton.gov.uk/futuresouthport/ – with the consultation running until 10th June.

The MLEC will replace the former Southport Theatre and Convention Centre which closed its doors in 2020. The new development will provide first class theatre space, a conference and exhibition centre able to accommodate a range of events, and café and signature restaurant, providing facilities for both visitors and the community alike.

The plans also include a new Water and Light show installation on the Marine Lake. Designed to set Southport apart from other seaside towns, the show will attract thousands of additional visitors to the town each year.

The project forms part of the Southport Town Deal which secured £37.5 million funding in 2021 and follows the success of Southport Market, which opened its doors last year. The project has also secured £2.3 million funding from Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.

Consultation events are being held at Southport Market on Friday 27th May between 11am and 6pm, and Saturday 28th May between 11am and 3pm.

A live webinar will also be held at 6pm on Thursday 26th May. You can register to attend the webinar in advance at https://yourseftonyoursay.sefton.gov.uk/futuresouthport/ The consultation webpage will be updated on the 26th May with further details of the plans and an online feedback form.

Cllr Ian Maher , leader of Sefton Council, said: “The Marine Lake Events Centre is the latest fantastic opportunity for us to build on our successful bid for Town Deal funding.

“This project directly compliments the ongoing and continued investment Sefton Council makes toward improving the future of the town for our amazing communities and visitors.

“I would encourage everyone to join in with the upcoming consultation events, either online or in person, to find out more.

“We are looking forward to hearing feedback before a planning application is submitted.”

Steve Rotheram, Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said: “Southport holds a special place in the hearts of so many people in our city region and beyond as being a family-favourite destination for days out and holidays alike. The town has been entertaining generations of visitors for as long as it has existed.

“We want to build on that legacy and make sure that Southport can continue to thrive and attract visitors for many more years to come, giving a massive boost to local businesses and creating good quality, secure jobs. We are working with Sefton Council to drive the town’s revival and start a new chapter in its story. I for one cannot wait to see what the future has in store.”

A public telephone line has also been set up via 0808 168 8296. This is a freephone consultation hotline where people can call to speak to a member of the project team and ask any questions, as well as share any feedback.

An update on allegations of rat poison present at Beach Lawn Park, Waterloo

A spokesperson for Sefton Council said: “We are aware of allegations of rat poison being present by a bin in Beach Lawn Park in Waterloo and want to reassure residents that these allegations are incorrect.

“What appears to be photographed is likely to be remnants of bird feed which could be suet based product. These products were probably dropped around the bin by someone who was feeding birds.

“Sefton Pest Control and Green Sefton have been working in partnership within this area to reduce to rodent population by installing waste bins with a feeding station beneath. This bin in particular has not had bait placed in it.

“We have spoken with the resident and cleared up the misunderstanding.

“We understand how stressful it can be if something is consumed is believed to be dangerous and we urge people to get in touch directly with the Council if they are unsure.

“This will help prevent false information being spread and the inevitable concern that can cause as well as enabling us to clear up any unwanted substances as was the case with this bird food. Please get in touch via the contact centre by calling 0345 140 0845.

“We are glad to be able to put these false allegations to rest but would also like to remind people that threats to Council employees are unacceptable.”

Photograph from the resident
Bird feed hanging in a garden
Bird feed hanger

 

Take part in the first ever Great Community Climate Change Experiment

two children by a pondTwo psychologists from Edge Hill University are launching the first-of-its-kind experiment to discover whether children are the best people to convince adults to live more sustainably.

Professor Geoff Beattie and Dr Laura McGuire have created The Great Community Climate Change Experiment –  a unique psychological research project – where adult participants will be shown a new film about schoolchildren changing their own behaviours after learning about climate change. The grown-ups will then be asked by researchers whether the film has influenced them and their attitude to sustainability.

Participants will be asked to complete a brief survey both before and after watching the short film to test what effects the film has had.

The Sefton event will be held on:

Friday 24th June, Southport Eco-Centre, 6-8pm

Esplanade, Southport, PR8 1RX.

Book your event using this link: The Great Community Climate Change Experiment – Southport Eco-Centre

 

Professor Beattie said:

“What influences people to make changes in their everyday lives? Can local children be role models for adults? These are some of the big questions we will be asking in ‘The Great Community Climate Change Experiment’. If urgent action against climate change is going to be effective, we have to learn how best to convince people to make changes to their everyday lives and live more sustainably.

“We are assessing whether people are more likely to alter their behaviour once they’ve seen children from their own community change because of their increased emotional engagement with climate change through the creative arts. It’s a very local angle on climate change, with a very high-level goal – making significant change in attitudes to sustainability.”

 

 Dr McGuire explained:

“By using creative arts techniques, such as drama, creative writing, art, songs and rap, we wanted to really engage children and young people with climate change and to tap into their underlying implicit attitudes. Implicit attitudes are attitudes which are held without conscious awareness but direct much of our everyday habitual behaviour.”

“This project was the first of its kind because it measured the change in the pupils’ underlying attitudes towards climate change and the film we then made, funded by the AHRC, really shows the impact of the project. It was a huge success with the children taking climate messages home, telling their parents to save energy and recycle more.”

 

Council asking people of Sefton to help shape future of Borough’s housing

The cover of the draft Housing Strategy 2022- 2027Sefton Council is asking people to help shape the future of housing across the Borough.

A consultation, which lasts until Friday 29th July is now underway and details can be found at www.sefton.gov.uk/housingstrategyconsultation. The feedback will be used to help shape a new, 2022-2027 Housing Strategy .

Have your say.

More than bricks and mortar

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “Sefton Council knows housing is about more much more than bricks and mortar.

“It’s about people’s homes, which are a vital part of all our lives and have a direct effect on our health, wellbeing, quality of life and the opportunities available to us.

“Our homes need to be secure and safe bases from which we can support and enjoy our families, go about our jobs and education and make the best of our lives and how we want to live them.

“The Council has a key role to play in ensuring that is the case by ensuring the local people’s needs are met through a properly functioning housing market.

“This new Strategy that we want people to help us shape will sets out our vision for housing in the Borough, along with aims and objectives to achieve it.”

Quality

Key themes of Sefton Council’s draft Housing Strategy include Improving the quality of housing in the Borough and Providing homes that meet people’s needs.

Enabling people to live independently and Tackling Barriers to Obtaining Suitable Housing and Services for the most vulnerable are also main objectives along with Effectively using council-owned properties and assets to support additional housing.

Sefton Council’s Local Plan includes a commitment to enabling the development of over 11,500 new, high-quality homes across the Borough by 2030. Part of the Council’s plans to meet this target have included the establishment its own housing development company – Sandway Homes Limited.

Social housing

The Council has also registered with the Regulator of Social Housing to become a social housing provider, stock owner and landlord. For the first time since 2006 we will be able to provide Council-owned social housing to our most vulnerable residents with a range of good-quality, affordable homes.

Cllr Hardy added: “Housing affects everyone in Sefton so I would urge people to visit www.sefton.gov.uk/housingstrategyconsultation and give us their views.”

Have your say.

Extending Housing Licensing schemes

Sefton Council is also carrying out a 12-week consulting on plans extend its Housing Licensing schemes for a further five years.

Since March 2018, Sefton Council has had a Selective Licensing scheme for private landlords in the Bootle area. There is also another licensing scheme which is called ‘Additional (HMO) Licensing which is only for houses of multiple occupancy (rented to at least three people, who are not part of the same family) for privately rented property situated in parts of Seaforth, Waterloo, Brighton-Le-Sands and central Southport.

Since introduced Housing Licensing in 2018, serious health and safety hazards – including issues relating to fire safety, electrical hazards, damp & mould and excess cold – have been removed from hundreds of properties.

Find out more and have your say on extending Housing Licensing schemes here.

 

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