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Bike lovers to get in gear for July cycle chat

Anyone with an interest in cycling is encouraged to attend the next Sefton Cycle Chat at the MeCycle Café on Station Road, Ainsdale.

The evening session, on Tuesday July 3, runs from 6pm until 8pm and is an ideal opportunity to talk about cycling issues and news around Sefton.

The latest of many regular meetings, a number of riders, enthusiasts and local groups are set to come together and debate the top topics that affect cyclists in the borough.

All local cyclists will be warmly welcomed at the July session and will be encouraged to engage with their ideas and thoughts on topical matters.

If you would like further information please email activetravel@sefton.gov.uk or call 0151 934 4541/4808

City Region Leaders Join Calls For Government Action to Improve Air Quality

Steve Rotheram, Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor, and Nathalie Nicholas, the Combined Authority’s recently-appointed Deputy Portfolio Holder for Transport and Air Quality, are representing the city region at a National Clean Air Summit tomorrow (Wednesday, 20 June, 2018), convened by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan.

The summit will be attended by leaders representing around 20 million people from towns and cities in England and Wales, as well as Members of Parliament and the Environment Secretary Michael Gove.

Together, the cross-party leaders will urge government to take action to tackle poor air quality, including bringing forward a ban on sales of new pure diesel and petrol cars by 2030.

Currently poor air quality is estimated to contribute to more than 40,000 premature deaths across the country each year, with emissions from cars and vans estimated to cost £6bn annually to the NHS and society.

But research has shown that the phasing out of petrol and diesel vehicles would lead to a 30 per cent reduction in pollution in 2030, improving health, and potentially boosting the country’s economy by billions by making the UK a global leader in low-emission technology.

Speaking ahead of the summit, Steve Rotheram said: “Air pollution is no respecter of boundaries so it is vital that we have concerted action at a national level to effectively tackle an issue which has such an impact on our people’s health and quality of life.  In some parts of our city region, men can expect to die seven years earlier than the national average 

“At the same time it is vital that government gives us the tools to tackle specific issues in our local areas.”

Nathalie Nicholas, Deputy Portfolio Holder for Transport and Air Quality for the Combined Authority, and also Deputy Chair of Liverpool City Council’s Social Care and Health Select Committee, said: “By the government’s own admission, poor air quality is the largest environmental risk to the public’s health, contributing to respiratory and cardiovascular disease and, over the long-term, lung cancer. 

“It affects everyone but has a disproportionate effect on the old and the young, on those who are already sick and on our most deprived communities.

“We are in London today, joining our voice with those of communities around the country, to ask the government to take action nationally, and give us the tools locally, to help clean up our air and improve the lives of our residents.”

The leaders at the summit – including Mayors and city leaders covering Bradford, Bristol, Cardiff, Greater Manchester, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, London, Newcastle, Oxford, Sheffield, Southampton and the West Midlands – will say that they want to play their part in an ambitious national plan for clean air that prioritises action to reduce road transport emissions, provides new powers to tackle other sources of pollution and creates a framework to support partnerships between local, regional and national Government and its agencies, including Highways England and businesses.

The national air quality summit is organised by the Mayor of London, UK100 and IPPR.

Breathe easy this week in Sefton!

In recognition of Breathe Easy Week (June 18-24) and Clean Air Day (June 21), leading health figures from Sefton Council, NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG want residents to be aware of how air quality can affect respiratory health.

 It is important for people who live and work in Sefton to understand how their health can be affected by air pollution and the actions that can be taken to reduce exposure to harmful pollutants.

 In the short term, breathing air containing pollutant gases or microscopic particles can cause irritation to the nose and throat. Over time more serious health consequences can arise, especially for older people, children and those with existing  lung conditions, including asthma. 

 However, simple changes like opting for public transport, car-sharing and minimising the use of coal fires, wood-burning stoves and garden bonfires all add up to cleaner air. 

 Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said:

“It is important for Sefton residents to be aware of the actions they can take to reduce their exposure to air pollution.

 “Car drivers can be exposed to twice as much air pollution as pedestrians and nine times more than cyclists and using quieter streets when you’re on a bike or on foot can lower your exposure to air pollution by 20%.

“By leaving the car at home and using alternative ways of travel you can reduce the impact of air pollution on your health and keep fit at the same time.”

Jenny Owen, respiratory programme lead for the CCGs, said:

“We all know that being able to breathe is vital, but sometimes pollution makes that more difficult, especially if you have conditions like asthma.

“We all have a part to play and making small changes could have long term benefits to both your health, and that of those in our community.

“All this week we’re going to be sharing hints and tips on our twitter channels on how to help reduce air pollution. Follow us at @NHSSSCCG and @NHSSFCCG.”

“If you have a chronic respiratory disease and feel like you may be affected, in the first instance visit your local pharmacist.

“They can offer tailored advice on taking extra measures such as stopping smoking and trying various breathing techniques to prevent further adverse effects and help you to better manage your condition.

”If you’re really concerned make an appointment to see your GP.”

Sefton secures £244k to help migrant children get a better start in education

Sefton Council has been awarded £244,000 to help make sure migrant schoolchildren get a better start at early years education.

 The Controlling Migration funding will help to assist primary schools in the Local Authority increase their already impressive levels of educational support to migrant children who come to live in Sefton.

 Work is now well underway to launch a two year English Language Support project which will be rolled out to primary schools across the borough.

 Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “Sefton Council has a proven track record of being an incredibly welcoming borough for all and this project will further our efforts in making sure children from all backgrounds have the best start in life, learning equally with their friends and peers.


 “This project will assist our excellent primary schools in dealing with the increased pressure caused by recent migration. 

 “We will be able to provide additional teachers and support to improve standards and outcomes for migrant children and their families in English. 

 “This will help make sure migrant children get a much better start at school and prevent diversion of teaching support away from pupils in the wider community.”

 Further announcements about the English Language Support project will be made in due course.

Air Show returns with awesome three day line-up

Three days of awe inspiring, jaw dropping aerial displays are set to make Southport skies thunder next month for the 2018 Air Show.

Starting with an exhilarating night line up of the Red Arrows, pyrotechnic laden aircraft and a thundering firework finale, the Southport Air Show promises none stop fun for all the family over three days (July 6-8).

On Friday the skies around Southport beach will be lit up with displays from The Red Arrows, The Blades, Fireflies Display Team, OTTO the Helicopter, the Tigers Free Fall Team and even the amazing Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

There will be pyros and LED lights on planes, as well as a firework finale on the beach to end the special evening, making way for two adrenaline-packed days of aviation action on Saturday and Sunday with a host of incredible displays all weekend.

To make this an incredible day out for the family there will be a host of fun filled activities taking place on the ground including military tanks, a diving tank, replica aircraft, flight simulators plus the return of the much loved beach explosions!

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member Regeneration and Skills, said: “The 27th Southport Air Show promises to be a fantastic three day event for all the family and I can’t wait to see the huge crowds across the weekend.

“Sefton Council continues to offer an incredible events programme throughout the year which caters for all the family.

“With the return of the marvellous Friday night flying displays, this promises to be an exciting weekend for the Southport Air Show and the whole of the borough.

“If you are planning to attend one of the three days, make sure to get there early and make the most of your visit to Southport and the beautiful Sefton coast.”

Discounted tickets for each day of the Air Show are available to buy in advance and start at just £6.50 (including all fees).

For more information or to book your tickets visit Southportairshow.com.

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