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Waste Collection Update 16/06

We would like to make residents aware that Sefton Council Waste Collection Crews will be working hard over the weekend to catch up on outstanding green bin collections in the following areas:

  • Crosby
  • Waterloo
  • Bootle
  • Litherland
  • Seaforth
  • Thornton
  • Blundellsands
  • Little Crosby
  • Brighton-le-Sands

Residents in those areas are asked to leave their green bins presented for collection.

We understand the frustration surrounding recent delays and would like to assure residents that we are continuing to make progress towards clearing the backlog.

Beating the heat in Sefton

Person in sunglasses and sunhatNHS and council leaders in Sefton are advising residents to keep cool this summer, by planning ahead and taking precautions to ‘beat the heat’ while enjoying the sunshine.

With warmer weather forecast across the UK, healthcare professionals are reminding everyone to be aware of the risks of hot weather and to take extra care of themselves and others.

Top tips

Their top tips for keeping safe in the sun include:

  • Staying hydrated: drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol.
  • Physical activity: avoid extreme physical exertion or keep it for cooler parts of the day like early morning or evening.
  • Keep your environment cool: use curtains or blinds to keep your home cool, or find the coolest part of your home, garden or outdoor space to sit in.
  • Travelling: ensure that babies, children, older people or animals are not left in closed, parked vehicles which can quickly overheat.
  • Enjoy the water safely: going for a swim can help you cool down but take care and follow local safety advice if you are going into water.
  • Avoid sunburn: try to keep out of the sun at the hottest part of the day, between 11am and 3pm.
  • Protect yourself: apply sunscreen of at least SPF15 with UVA protection, wear UV sunglasses, a wide-brimmed hat, and loose-fitting clothes.

Keep cool and protect ourselves

Martin McDowell, deputy chief officer at NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: ““The advice might sound like common sense, but it’s good to remind ourselves to keep cool and protect ourselves, our family and friends.

“At a time when NHS services are still under pressure, taking precautions to keep ourselves safe in the sun will mean that urgent care services are kept available for those who need them most.

Margaret Jones, Sefton Council’s Director of Public Health said: “Everyone loves to enjoy the great British summer, but it’s important to remember that hot weather can pose health risks for some people.

“Remember to keep an eye on any friends, family or neighbours who may be more vulnerable to the heat, such as older people, those with underlying health conditions and very young children.”

During the hot weather, residents are also encouraged to seek medical if they need it by contacting NHS 111 online at 111.nhs.uk  or by calling 111 to help them reach the best NHS service for their need.

To find out about the signs of heat exhaustion and heatstroke and when to get help, visit: NHS Live Well.

Strand shoppers breathe easy on Clean Air Day as extension of the Strand ‘Living Wall’ is unveiled

Shoppers at Bootle Strand Shopping Centre will see a wall of green as they head to the shops on Thursday 16th June as an extension to the existing ‘living wall’ is installed.

The Washington Parade entrance has boasted a living wall packed with greenery and shrubs since 2020. The wall is designed to be visually appealing and also add an element of urban green space to a busy built up area.

The plants play a vital role in absorbing carbon dioxide from the nearby road and releasing oxygen into the atmosphere, thereby contributing in a positive way to the environment.

Councillors Gordon Friel and Christine Maher with Deputy Leader of the Council, John Fairclough standing in front of the new living wall extensionThe wall increases green space in this urban area, improves air quality and supports health and wellbeing for the community. There are benefits to local wildlife too providing a brand new habitat in the town centre, encouraging bees and other pollinators to new areas.

Ward members for Linacre ward have now funded an extension to make the health and social benefits even greater for Strand regulars.

This project is the latest in a line of projects aimed at improving the environment for the community and fulfilling the Council’s climate emergency commitments to promoting green activity.

 

Sefton Council Linacre Ward Members said:

“We are thrilled to unveil our extended living green wall today which will not only enhance the experience of visiting this cornerstone of the Bootle community but also has so many health, wellbeing and environmental benefits.

“Green spaces in town centres can be few and far between and this is a great way to introduce biodiversity and green space and improve the look and feel of our town centre.

“Given that today is Clean Air Day, I’m sure Strand shoppers will breathe a little easier today knowing that we are fully committed to ‘greening’ our town centres and showing our commitment to climate change..”

Sefton households being urged to respond to Energy Rebate reminder letters and register for £150 payment

Sefton Council is reminding households to which it has sent follow-up letters about Council Tax Energy Rebate that they need to register their bank details before Thursday  30th June 2022 to speed up payment of their £150.

Almost 18,000 of the households that received the initial letter registered their bank details online and are now receiving their £150 payments.

Follow-ups have been sent to those who didn’t respond urging them to use the unique 14-character security code on their letter to provide their bank details online before Thursday 30th June 2022. The code can only be used once, and the household will need their Council Tax account reference to hand when they register.

People receiving the letters and wanting more information can find details of the Council Tax Energy Rebate Scheme, including Frequently Asked Questions and an easy-read guide, at www.sefton.gov.uk/energyrebate.

There is also a video explaining how the letters and the registration process.

People who do not have internet access or relatives and friends who can help them through the process, can call the Council’s Contact Centre on 0345 140 0845

Those who can use the easy online route, are being urged to do so. That way the Contact Centre team will be able to concentrate their efforts on people who can’t.

The Council is also reminding residents that these letters are the only way it will contact them about the Energy Rebate Scheme. It will never telephone or cold call at people’s doors asking for bank details.

Sefton Council has already paid more than £12.5 million to 83,500 Council Tax Band A to D households across the Borough. At next week’s Council Cabinet meeting, members are being asked to approve a plan to allocate over £70,000 of discretionary funding under the Energy Rebate scheme.

High-tech pollution sensors to help reduce emissions and improve air quality on Sefton’s roads

This Clean Air Day, Thursday 16th June, Sefton Council is gathering pollution data with brand new sensors to monitor and improve air quality at some of the Borough’s biggest junctions.

Located at seven key junctions around Sefton, the sensors will give the Council’s Highways Management team access to real-time updates on air quality on key roads for the first time.

Among the locations where the devices will be located is Dunnings Bridge Road in the south of the Borough. which is known to be a hotspot for air pollution. Fitted to traffic lights, they will monitor harmful gases and particulate matter.

The data collected will be sent live to Highways Management as they control traffic signals and electronic signage on major corridors. This will enable them to manage traffic flows and even implement diversions, to help avoid serious congestion and reduce harmful emissions, particularly in built up areas most affected by air pollution.

The seven sensors have been funded by the Liverpool City Region ,and Sefton Council has installed a further three outside schools in the north of the Borough to monitor the levels of air pollution near certain schools.

 

Cllr Ian MoncurCllr Ian Moncur, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing said:

“I am delighted to see the installation of these sensors in Sefton.

“Poor air quality can have a really damaging effect on our environment and on the health of our community. This new technology will allow us to monitor air quality along congested routes in real time and enable us to develop strategies aimed at reducing air pollution.

“Clean Air Day is a chance for us all to celebrate work like this aimed at monitoring and addressing air quality in challenging areas of our borough and considering how we can all have an impact on improving air quality in Sefton.”

 

The data from these sensors will be used to inform future strategies.

Alongside this work, we have been progressing our Outline Business Case for a Clean Air Plan

For more information on the Clean Air Plan, go to Your Sefton, Your Say

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