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Weather Notice: Maghull area moved from ‘severe flood warning’ to ‘flood warning’

Following the issue of a severe flood warning for the Maghull area yesterday (January 20), overnight rainfall was not as heavy as predicted, meaning the outlook was adjusted by the Environment Agency to a flood warning, which means that flooding is still expected. 

Water levels at Dover Brook, near the River Alt, reached 2.5m yesterday, which is unprecedented for that area and remains the case today. 

If you are concerned about flooding in your area, you can find further info and support on the following My Sefton webpage 

Supermarket safety message from Sefton Council’s Public Health Director

Sefton Council’s Director of Public Health Margaret Jones, has written to managers of the Borough’s supermarkets to support their efforts to keep customers and staff safe from COVID-19.

In her letter, Mrs Jones thanks them for their tireless work and for the measures stores are taking to ensure COVID safe practices are followed by members of the public. These include ensuring all staff and customers wear a face covering unless medically exempt, that people shop on their own where possible and that they maintain distancing in store.

Other measures include controlling numbers in the store, layouts, signs and floor markings to promote social distancing, providing hand sanitizer and the facilities to disinfect shopping trollies and baskets and frequent disinfection of regularly-touched surfaces.

SMART test centres

Margaret Jones at Sefton's Aintree SMART testing site
Director of Public Health, Margaret Jones, at Sefton’s Aintree SMART testing site.

Mrs Jones also reminds store managers that their staff can use Sefton Council’s SMART test centres at Bootle Leisure Centre, Aintree Race Course and Splash World in Southport.

The Lateral Flow tests available at the sites are for people without coronavirus symptoms. The results tell people whether they are unknowingly carrying the COVID-19 virus and can help prevent them from spreading it accidentally to customers, colleagues and family members who may be vulnerable. Results can come through in as little as 30 minutes.

This week, the Council has extended opening hours at its three test sites to 8am to 8pm to make it easier for people who are working to go along for a test. No appointments are necessary. It is recommended that those who are working and having to go out and mix with others should get tested every five days.

People wanting a test can check on the live Find a Test map to see if the sites are busy and how long they might have to wait.

Essential purposes

Because the Government’s latest regulations say that people in England must ‘stay at home’ except for essential purposes, only key workers, including those who work in the shops and supermarkets that are open and those with caring commitments during the lockdown should now go for a SMART test. Everyone else should be staying at home, not mixing with others outside our household or bubble, and only going out for local exercise and to shop for essentials. This means we don’t currently need a SMART test unless there are specific circumstances.

Margaret Jones said:

“In my role as a Director of Public Health and as a supermarket user, I really do appreciate the efforts that the stores and their staff are making to enable us to buy the essential supplies we need and keep us safe.

“It is important we all play our part by following the guidance that’s in place for our own safety and respecting that supermarket staff are just doing their job when they ask us to comply.

“And, anyone who is having to go out to work can and should go to get tested and regularly re-tested at our three SMART test sites, from 8am to 8pm seven days a week.”

She finishes her letter with a reminder that anyone showing coronavirus symptoms – a fever, a new continuous cough or a loss of taste or smell should self-isolate and book a test straight away by visiting  or by calling 119.


Weather Notice: Severe Flood Warning Issued for the Maghull area

Heavy rain from Storm Christoph has led to raised water levels and flooding from the River Alt, that is set to increase significantly and means that some residents in the Maghull area are advised to vacate their properties as soon as possible.

The increase in the water level has led the Environment Agency to issue a severe flood warning, meaning there is a threat to life and significant disruption. Flood warnings mean that flooding is expected, which is the case in Maghull from 10pm until 10am tomorrow morning.

Water levels at Dover Brook, near the River Alt, reached 2.5m today, which in unprecedented for that area, modelling from the Environment Agency, including anticipated overnight rainfall, will take that level to 3.5m.

This is expected to impact the Sefton Lane, Sefton Drive, Claremont Avenue and old Racecourse Road areas Maghull.

Residents are being urged by Sefton Council and its partners to vacate their homes immediately, with a temporary rest centre will provide shelter at the nearby Meadows Leisure Centre, the option of joining their established Covid bubble or staying with family and friends.

Where residents do not want to leave their property, it is imperative that they ensure their safety in their property and secure their belongings.

A borough for everyone as Sefton urges all households to take part in Census 2021

Census 2021 will be open from Census Day on March 21, with Sefton Council encouraging all of its eligible residents to take part and shape how key services are delivered to local communities for years to come, including in healthcare, education and transport.

Sefton is a borough for everyone – the census, which takes place every ten years, will provide a detailed snapshot like no other of every household in the area, as it does throughout England and Wales.

Carried out by the Office of National Statistics (ONS), the census has taken place every decade since 1801, with 2021 a landmark year as it moves predominantly online – households should expect a unique access code, allowing them to complete the questionnaire on their computers, phones or tablets.

The census, which covers participants’ sex, age, work, health, education, household size, ethnicity, time served in the armed forces and optional questions on sexual orientation and gender identity, will mean every resident over 16 will play an important role and make a difference, in some way, to everyone in Sefton.  

The information they provide will helping key decision makers to understand the needs of their community and where public funding is needed, whether that be investment in new schools, doctor’s surgeries, bike lanes and much more besides.

Both the council and ONS have moved to reassure residents about the way their data is being used. The ONS is completely independent of Government, meaning officials cannot see your information, which, including your anonymity, is protected by law. In fact, no one will be able to see any personal information you have shared for a further 100 years.  

To make sure all Sefton residents can successfully complete the Census on March 21 when they receive their unique access code, in line with local authority areas across England and Wales, Sefton will be supported by its own Census Engagement Manager, David Yorke.

Leader of Sefton Council, Cllr Ian Maher, said:

“The census is incredibly useful to us in Sefton, helping us to build a picture of the communities we serve in a borough for everyone, so please take part on Census Day.

“It is important that if you’re eligible, you complete the census in the same high numbers we saw in 2011.

“The move to a mainly digital process is welcome, but this won’t suit everyone. The ONS have made sure there is support available so no one is left out. This includes help over the phone from a dedicated contact centre, as well as guidance in a range of accessible formats, such as paper questionnaires and large print. Please also be reassured that your data is completely safe.”

For more information, visit the Census 2021 website or follow Census 2021 on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram

Updated weather warning for rain across Sefton this week

Heavy rainfall has been forecast across the Borough this week.

The Met office issued a yellow warning for rainfall, on Monday which has since been updated to an amber warning for many part of the North West.

The Environment Agency has also issued two flood warnings and one flood alert for Sefton. 

Our parks and green spaces are already quite wet from the wintry conditions experienced last week, which means that further disruption and flooding may be possible this week.

Areas in our parks may become waterlogged with ‘ponding’ that may also affect pathways.

Wider flooding is anticipated, with some roads and properties currently affected, including the closure of Sefton Lane in Maghull. The Council’s contactors are out and about across the Borough at hotspots to ensure that drainage systems are clear.

The Council is already aware of flooding around Crosby Marine Lake and pumping is taking place to lower the high-water levels, but this will take some time.

The North West Flood Hub has advice and guidance about flooding in the region, and the Environment Agency offers a flood alert and warning service.

Important changes to how the Green Sefton parks & greenspace offer works within Sefton under lockdown measures can be found in this article:

Whilst the wet weather persists, please do take extra care when driving or visiting any of Sefton’s outdoor spaces.

Under lockdown guidance you can exercise in a public outdoor space so long as you do so:

  • Only with your household (or support bubble) or if you go out by yourself with one other person (in which case you should stay 2m apart and follow social distancing).
  • Exercise should be limited to once per day.
  • You should not travel outside your local area.


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