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Sefton launches mobile app for building sector

Sefton Council is helping builders to quickly have their work quickly assessed and approved by building control officers with the introduction of a new mobile app.

Constructors and developers will be able to use the new Inspection Request mobile app to arrange specialist site inspections from Sefton Council’s Building Control officers.

Sefton Council have teamed up with the Local Authority Building Control (LABC) agency to be included on the app.

Cllr Daren Veidman, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Planning & Building Control, said: “We are always looking at innovative ways of working which to help those in the development and construction sectors carry out their work and be assessed promptly.

“The LABC Inspection Request app is free and allows developers and constructors to quickly request a site inspection from a Sefton Council building control specialist.

“Using the app to supplement the previous telephone-based system means our customer service support teams will be able to focus more time on dealing with issues or queries from local residents and businesses.”

Members of the construction sector can download the app by searching for ‘LABC inspection request’ in either the iPhone App Store or via Google Play store on Android.

Alternatively appointments can still be made via telephone by calling 0345 140 0845

Council’s Communications team devises Roads to Heaven and Hell playslists for visitors to Sefton coast

Having advised people how they can avoid the queues when travelling to Sefton’s beautiful beaches, the Council’s Communications team has come up with some in car sounds for people who did and who did not take its advice.

High tides mean that the beach parking normally available at Southport is closed, while at Ainsdale it is reduced to just 500 spaces. And with the National Trust’s Formby site usually filling up quickly, the Council has suggested other places people can find parking and avoid queues.

Heaven and Hell

SummerHeaven playlist graphicA team spokesperson said: “For those people who have taken our advice and headed to alternative destinations we’ve created the SeftonSoundsOfSummerHeaven playlist on Spotify , which includes tracks like On the Beach by Chris Rhea, The Beach Boys’ Good Vibrations and Walking on Sunshine by Katrina and the Waves. Local band Red Rum Club also feature with Sweet Degrees.

Summerhell playlist graphic“But for those who haven’t taken our advice and are likely to be stuck in queues, there’s the SeftonSoundsOfSummerHell playlist which features tracks like Road to Nowhere by Talking Heads, Feeling hot, hot, hot by The Merrymen and Melting In The Sun by ELO. And Chris Rhea makes a second appearance with Road to Hell.”

Expecting a very busy few days along its coast, Sefton Council has reminded people it beaches are in easy walking distance from a number of Merseyrail stations.

Alternatives

It also suggested alternatives to Formby, which can fill up quickly, resulting in local congestion. Southport, Ainsdale and Crosby beach are all RNLI lifeguarded beaches with natural beauty and fantastic facilities, all within minutes of Formby.

Ainsdale Beach is just two stops on Merseyrail or 16 minutes’ drive from Formby, using a satnav at postcode PR8 2QA. Southport is five stops on Merseyrail or a 20-minute drive from Formby and Crosby Coastal Park is three stations or 29 minutes’ drive away.

The Council is asking those who do drive to its coast to park responsibly and considerately away from residential areas and to make sure there is access for residents and emergency service vehicles at all times.

Spaces

There are over 1,000 parking spaces close to Southport Beach at Esplanade Park and Ride, which people can find using a Sat Nav at postcode PR8 1RX. Costs are just £2 per day per car Monday to Saturday, including free bus service into Southport Town Centre.

On Sundays, the Esplanade site is a Car Park costing £5 all day. The Park and Ride Service on Sundays runs from Fairways at postcode PR9 0LA. The cost is £2 all day per car.

Seven hundred spaces are also available adjacent to the beach, on Marine Drive.

Facilities

The facilities at Ainsdale beach include men’s, women’s, and disabled toilets. A daily cleaning regime is in place, ensuring the amenities are kept clean and replenished during busy periods through the summer. Accessible toilets are also available at Crosby Coastal Park.

There are also fantastic food and drink outlets on offer at Crosby and Ainsdale beaches, providing much-needed refreshments in the hot weather, and everything you could need for a great day out in Southport.

With high temperatures forecast for the coming days, people can find information about staying safe and well at www.sefton.gov.uk/heatwave

Novel

The spokesperson added: “Coming up with these playlists was a novel idea by the team but there are some serious messages too.

“We want people to have a great day out at our coast in the fine weather, but we want to avoid them having to sit in queues.

“We want to minimise disruption and inconvenience to local residents.

“And we want people to stay safe in the sun and to look after our wonderful coast.”

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Sefton Council business team’s charity offer to boost economy consultation returns

Sefton Council’s Business Support and investment Team-InvestSefton are offering to donate an hour of voluntary work to a local charity for every 10 responses that are completed in the current Economic Strategy consultation.

Feedback

Team members are keen to ensure they get as much feedback as possible for the current consultation on the new Economic Strategy, which looks at the Borough’s business and employment needs and sets out what the Council will do to meet them.

Scheduled to close on Wednesday 17th August, the consultation has already generated over 100 responses, which means 10 hours of voluntary work for the team already. However, they want to double that and make it 20 hours, thanks to 200-plus responses by nest week’s closing date.

You can take part in the consultation here. 

Residents, communities & businesses

Through the consultation to the Council wants to collect views on how to help improve the Borough’s economy for its residents, communities and businesses. Feedback gathered will help form a new Sefton Economic Strategy.

Strategic economic growth is a key part of the Sefton 2030 Vision towards which the Council is working. This new consultation will enable the Council to understand better the needs of Sefton residents, business owners, organisations and investors, as it plans its Economic Strategy for the years 2022 to 2024.

Pre-consultation work was carried out gathering the views on areas including employment and opportunities for work, business growth, investment, and social inclusion from a diverse range of people.

Opportunities

Team leader Mike Mullin said: “It is important we get as many people’s views as possible so that we can help to help create the environment to generate opportunities for the workforce and local businesses across Sefton.

“That’s why the team and I have committed to doing this voluntary work to help a local charity , to try and get as many responses as possible.

“Anyone providing feedback to the consultation will know that they are contributing to the economic future of Sefton and at the same time, generating support for a good cause.”

Partners & stakeholders

When the consultation was launched in July, Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said: “We recognise the importance of working with our many key partners and stakeholders from the private sector, communities, voluntary sector and local businesses. This consultation is for everyone, including those partners, and can help define our future.”

The team will carry out the work with a local charity through the Council’s Employee Volunteering scheme through which employees can use for two days’ paid leave and three days unpaid leave per year for these activities.

Take part in the consultation here. 

Staying safe in the hot weather

Golden sun lighting up cloudsWhile temperatures in Sefton may not be forecast to reach the levels that have caused the Met Office to issue a second heat warning, the Council is still urging people to be careful and prepare for the heat.

Some people could experience health problems such as heat exhaustions and heatstroke, as temperatures rise to 30°C or above. This is especially the case if they are either young or older or if they have an underlying health condition.

During hot and sunny weather, we also need to protect ourselves from the harmful effects of UV light.

Heat exhaustion and heatstroke

Sustained exposure to the sun even at lower temperature can cause a number of health problems such as heat exhaustion and heatstroke and everyone is vulnerable the harmful effects of UV light if unprotected.

Ahead of the previous heatwave, Margaret Jones, Sefton Council’s Director of Public Health said: “I can fully understand that many people thoughts will turn to visiting the coast, but what we need to remember is that on the beach, we are fully exposed to the effects of the sun and heat, especially if we are not prepared. 

“It is important to stay out of the sun as much as possible during the hottest part of the day. While it is so sunny if we do go out, we should wear sunscreen and a hat and try and stay in the shade.

“We should try and keep cool this could be indoors or outdoors in the shade.

Dehydration

She continued: “If you do want to go out, staying local in areas such as parks where trees and shelters can provide shade will be cooler and much more suitable for young children and elderly people who can succumb to the potentially dangerous effects of heat and dehydration very quickly.”

Heat Exhaustion is where people become very hot and start to lose water or salt from their body. Symptoms include weakness, faintness, headache, muscle cramps, feeling sick, heavy sweating and intense thirst.

Heatstroke is where the body is no longer able to cool itself and a person’s body temperature becomes dangerously high. Heatstroke is less common, but more serious and untreated, it can cause confusion, seizures and loss of consciousness.

Shade

Margaret added: “The best way to look after ourselves is to stay out of the extreme heat, ensure we cool ourselves down, keep our environment cool or find somewhere else that is cool, this could be indoors or outside in the shade.”

“Anyone who does go to the coast needs to remember that with no shelter or shade, sand temperatures can rise very quickly, creating a very uncomfortable and challenging surface to walk or stand on.

“People can find out more advice on keeping cool during the hot weather at www.sefton.gov.uk/heatwave.”

Factor 30

Margaret Jones continued: “If you are determined to go the beach, use factor 30 or above sun cream and lots of it and make sure children are protected and not exposed too much, as sunburn can do long-term damage. 

“Take plenty of drinks and ensure you keep hydrated because heat exhaustion and heatstroke can creep up on you and think about taking regular trips to somewhere off the beach where you can find some shade.”

Sefton and its partners coast teams will be on duty over the coming days, and they can provide some first aid.

People visiting the Sefton coast this weekend are asked to dispose of litter carefully in bins, or if they are full, to take litter home with them as some items such as glass in strong sunshine can cause fires, like a magnifying glass.

Sefton Council is also urging visitors to think about where they visit to avoid lengthy queues in a hot cars and disruptions for local residents. 

 

Visitors to Sefton coast urged to plan journeys and avoid in-car hotspots

With its coastline expected to be very busy over the coming days as temperatures soar, Sefton Council is urging people to plan their journeys to avoid queues hours spent in a boiling hot car and disruption for local residents.

Sefton’s beaches are in easy walking distance from Merseyrail stations such as Southport, Birkdale, Hillside, Ainsdale, Freshfield, Formby, Hall Road, Blundellsands & Crosby and Waterloo. People can plan their journeys and find timetables and service updates at www.merseyrail.org.

And with the two National Trust sites at Formby often filling up first, meaning the car parks have to be closed, the Council is also suggesting people consider other destinations instead.

All within minutes of Formby

Southport, Ainsdale and Crosby beach are all RNLI lifeguarded beaches with natural beauty and fantastic facilities, all within minutes of Formby.

Ainsdale Beach can be found just two stops on Merseyrail or 16 minutes’ drive from Formby, using a satnav at postcode PR8 2QA. Southport beach, five stops on Merseyrail or a 20-minute drive is at postcode PR8 1SB. And Crosby Coastal Park is three stations or 29 minutes’ drive from Formby

Sefton Council is asking those who do drive to its coast to park responsibly and considerately away from residential areas and to make sure there is access for residents and emergency service vehicles at all times.

Aindsdale Beach Car ParkParking

There is beach parking available with 2,000 spaces at Ainsdale and 400 at Southport, although high tides mean Southport beach parking will be closed from Friday 12th to Tuesday 16th August.

Also, dry sand in which vehicles can get stuck, andthe high tides mean there will only be around 500 spaces available at Ainsdale over the same period, which means it could be full by mid-morning over the weekend.

There are over 1,000 parking spaces close to Southport Beach at Esplanade Park and Ride, which people can find using a Sat Nav at postcode PR8 1RX. Costs are just £2 per day per car Monday to Saturday, including free bus service into Southport Town Centre.

On Sundays, the Esplanade site is a Car Park costing £5 all day. The Park and Ride Service on Sundays runs from Fairways at postcode PR9 0LA. The cost is £2 all day per car.

Seven hundred spaces are also available adjacent to the beach, on Marine Drive.

Beach parking costs just £8 per day per cars at Southport beach and £10 per day per cars at Ainsdale. Half price parking is available after 4pm subject to availability. Annual season tickets cost only £30 for Sefton residents and electric or hybrid vehicle users. Season tickets for non-Sefton residents cost £60.

Facilities

The facilities at Ainsdale beach include men’s, women’s, and disabled toilets. A daily cleaning regime is in place, ensuring the amenities are kept clean and replenished during busy periods through the summer. Accessible toilets are also available at Crosby Coastal Park.

There are also fantastic food and drink outlets on offer at Crosby and Ainsdale beaches, providing much-needed refreshments in the hot weather, and everything you could need for a great day out in Southport.

 Golden sun lighting up cloudsStaying safe and well

With high temperatures forecast for the coming days, people can find information about staying safe and well at www.sefton.gov.uk/heatwave

The hot weather also brings greater fire risk, so we would encourage to people to use the outlets rather than lighting fires or bringing their own barbeques, which are strictly not allowed anywhere long the Sefton Coast

You can find information to help you enjoy their day out on Sefton Coasts here.

 

 

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