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Sefton Council call on government to give them the tools to fight climate change

On Regions and Cities day of COP26, Sefton Council has called on the government to provide more support to local government to tackle the issue of climate change at a local level, empower community led action and address crucial adaptation concerns.

Sefton Council has declared a climate emergency and has pledged to be net zero carbon by 2030 for all council activities.

The Council has now urged the government to revise it’s 2050 target for net zero to reflect the emergency we currently face and to provide more support to local authorities to be net zero carbon much sooner.

 

Cllr Paulette Lappin, Cabinet Member for Regulatory and Corporate Services said:

“COP26 has been a big moment for the UK and the international community and we have seen political will across the world to tackle one of the biggest issues facing humanity. Now that COP26 is drawing to a close, we call on the government to tackle this problem together, across all levels of government, right down to our local authorities.

“We want the Government to see the opportunities for bottom-up, locally led climate action to be of equal importance as the Levelling Up agenda and to invest in our regions to enable us to truly lead on this work.

“We need to see greater investment in adaptation measures, particularly for coastal areas and areas at risk of flooding. The carbon we emit will stay in the atmosphere for around 100 years and therefore the effects of climate change will have an impact on us. As a coastal borough, Sefton will be affected more than most by extreme weather events to come and we must be prepared.  

“There is no one thing that the Government alone can do to end this climate emergency and we must approach this problem as a problem for all, to be solved by all. Everything we do has a cumulative positive effect and the Government must provide more support to local authorities to ensure that we can protect our communities from climate change and invest in net zero ambitions.”

Orrell Mount fields temporarily closed as fantastic 3G pitch works get underway

Earlier this year Sefton Council announced that it had been successful in a bid for £780,000 funding from the Football Foundation to create brand new and much needed all weather 3G pitches at Orrell Mount.

Alongside around £350,000 direct investment from the Council, this welcome additional funding allows the Council to undertake work to replace the existing grass pitch and to install new changing facilities on the site – ultimately benefitting local people all year round.

A spokesperson for Sefton Council said: “We are aware of misinformation which has been shared online about the scheme and we have reiterated that key facilities will remain and even be improved, including dog walking facilities and a fully refurbished children’s playground.”

Local Sefton former professional footballer Jamie Carragher’s 23 Foundation will be running the new facility, to maximise its potential and nurture a new generation of future sporting stars

They will provide a managed programme which supports partner club growth and offers a range of recreational football activities to people of all ages, backgrounds, genders and abilities to deliver the FA strategic outcomes.

Full backing has been given to the scheme by the Liverpool County FA, local grassroots football teams such as Northfield Juniors and many members of the community.

Tony Smith, Football Development Manager at the Liverpool County FA, added: “There is a huge shortfall of match play on 3G pitches and having this facility in the heart of the community will not only develop better grassroots players but also develop better social outcomes to combat obesity, improve health and wellbeing, while also tackling anti-social behaviour.”

Rachel Stevenson, Welfare Officer for Bootle’s Northfield Junior’s Football Club, said the team can’t wait to play on the pitch.

She said: “Historically in the winter months we have found real difficulties and challenges to get our kids access to proper training facilities.

“This will be our first opportunity to keep players within the local community and allow them to train closer to their homes.

“We are a registered charity so this scheme will also allow us to keep our costs down and allow us to pass this back on to our members so our football remains completely inclusive to everyone in the local community.”

A Sefton Council spokesperson reiterated these comments, adding: “Any surplus made from operating the facility will be put back in to the community.

“Throughout this process to provide significantly improved health and wellbeing provisions for football players of all abilities and ages, Sefton Council has endeavoured to work closely with members of the local community and has acted on some of the concerns expressed.”

Despite these promises, a pocket of public opposition to the plans has remained and owing to the ongoing actions of these demonstrators, Sefton Council have reluctantly taken the decision to temporarily close Orrell Mount park to the public.

A council spokesperson confirmed: “This decision has not been taken lightly, however we need to ensure the ongoing safety of both demonstrators and our contractors.

“This closure will remain in place until works to install a 3G pitch, lighting and community safety provisions have been completed.”

Sefton schools to WOW us all in a bid to save the planet

Sefton schools are being urged to sign up to the WOW Living Streets project and walk to school to save on emissions.

Day 10 of COP26 shines a light on transport and urges people to consider ‘green’ options and nothing is greener than walking.

Anyone who is able to walk to school could make a big difference to their own carbon footprint as well as helping to cut air pollution and staying active.

WOW is Living Streets’ “Walk To School Challenge” where pupils log their daily journeys to school each day on the WOW Travel Tracker. Those that walk to school at least once a week for a month earn a WOW badge, with 11 to collect across the year.

Each badge is made in the UK from recycled yoghurt-pot material.

WOW encourages more families to be active on their journey to school, resulting in a 23% average increase in walking rates and up to 30% fewer cars and less air pollution outside the school gates

Link to downloadable WOW leaflet

Find out more or secure a place by registering here www.livingstreets.org.uk/freewow

 

Cllr Diane Roscoe, Cabinet Member for Education said: 

“Walking to school, even once a week can be of huge benefit to us all. Not only does it cut emissions and pollution around our schools, but also a walk to school is good for the mind and body.

“Our kids here in Sefton are passionate about the future of our planet so this is a great scheme to get involved with.

“I would urge schools in Sefton to sign up and get walking to save our planet!”

Council invites Bootle residents to help shape exciting 20-year vision for the future of the town

Sefton Council is inviting residents and stakeholders to share their thoughts on the future of Bootle as it launches the first stage of consultation on a new 20-year plan for the town.

‘Our Future, Our Bootle’ is an Area Action Plan that will set out a clear vision for the town for the next two decades and beyond.

The Plan will act as a catalyst for further investment in the town, creating more opportunities for local people and businesses. It will also help to secure the homes that people need and want, help address the challenge of climate change, provide good-quality open spaces and facilities and seek local environmental improvements, as well as securing job opportunities.

The Council wants residents and other stakeholders to play a key role in shaping the plans which, once adopted, will form part of the Development Plan for Sefton alongside the Local Plan.

Councillor Ian Maher, Leader of Sefton Council said: “A lot is happening in Bootle right now, including the repurposing of the Strand. We are really excited about ‘Our Future, Our Bootle’ and want everyone in Bootle to get involved in this amazing opportunity to shape the future of our town.”

Councillor Daren Veidman, Cabinet Member for Planning added: “There has been a lot of talk about the regeneration of Bootle over the past few years and the Area Action Plan gives us the opportunity to reflect on all of the positives and provide greater certainty to residents, developers and local businesses about the future of the town.”

This first phase of a multi-staged consultation on the Plan is the ‘Issues and Options’ phase. Over the coming weeks, a newsletter containing details how to get involved in the consultation will be circulated to all homes and businesses in Bootle. .

The Issues and Options document and an online feedback form are available online now at www.sefton.gov.uk/bootleAAP. There will also be a number of in-person, drop-in and online events. Drop-in events will nbe held at:

  • The Bootle Strand (Pop-up shop on Medway) : Saturday 20th November, between 10am – 2pm
  • The Bootle Strand (Pop-up shop on Medway): Wednesday 24th November, between 10am – 2pm
  • Brunswick Youth and Community Centre, 104 Marsh Ln: Wednesday 24th November, between 4 – 6.30pm
  • The Bootle Strand (Pop-up shop on Medway): Friday 3rd December, between 10am – 2pm
  • Community By Nature, 40-42 Hertford Rd: Friday 3rd December, between 4 – 7pm

There will also be online workshops on:

  • Tuesday 23rd November between 6pm and 7pm
  • Wednesday 1st December between 1pm and 2pm

People can register to attend the online workshops at www.sefton.gov.uk/bootleAAP. There is no need to register to attend the in-person drop in events.

The Issues and Options document will be available to read in full at Bootle Library, Stanley Road; Magdalen House, Trinity Road and Bootle Town Hall, Oriel Road. Feedback forms are available to complete at these locations.

The consultation is due to run until Friday 7th January 2022. All feedback received will be reviewed and used to develop the ‘preferred options’. This will be the next stage of consultation in June and July 2022.

InvestSefton backs campaign to encourage businesses to reduce their carbon footprint

Sefton Council’s business growth service, InvestSefton, is inviting business leaders to attend an expert-led net zero workshop which will help them to better manage and reduce their carbon output.

At a time when many of the world’s business leaders are discussing how to tackle the climate emergency, the very same notion applies to the entrepreneurs and professionals operating in Sefton.

To help local businesses to achieve net zero status in the future, InvestSefton are partnering with Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) to deliver a workshop with free, practical support to assist businesses in this important action on climate.

It will see leading climate change academics and green advocates outline why businesses should be making a net zero carbon commitment, and the steps that can be taken to reach that goal.

Representatives from the Council’s Energy and Environmental Management Team will also deliver a session on the practical steps businesses can take to reduce energy consumption which should reduce emissions while also saving them money.

The event is set to take place between 10am and 1pm at Formby Hall Golf Resort and Spa on Tuesday 23rd November.

Sefton Council Leader, Cllr Ian Maher, said:

“We are facing a climate emergency and it is vital that a collaborative approach is undertaken to managing the effects of these changes – be that as individuals or as businesses.

“Decarbonising will play a massive role in mitigating the impact of climate change and it is therefore the responsibility of local business leaders to ensure that they are doing all they can to cut the emissions they produce.

“In order to do that, they will need to change the way they operate, and some businesses will need a helping hand to be able to meet those commitments. That’s why I would encourage as many business owners in Sefton as possible to sign-up for the InvestSefton and LJMU event to help them take steps to be greener, to save money and the planet.”

The idea of working together for our planet, and pledging to cut carbon emissions, is something that businesses of all sizes around the UK are being encouraged to do by the UK government. Further information for businesses can be found online at the Business Climate Hub: https://businessclimatehub.org/uk/

Sefton Council itself has committed to becoming net carbon zero by 2030 as a business and has already made a 10% reduction in its emissions in the first year of its Action Plan. Savings on energy consumption and agile working practices have driven this reduction and projects currently in progress are likely to save a further 17% in emissions upon completion; saving energy and money long term.

Any Sefton business interested in booking a place at the net zero event can contact the InvestSefton service on 0151 934 3452 or via email investsefton@sefton.gov.uk.

To find out more about InvestSefton, Sefton Council’s enterprise, business support and inward investment service, visit their website: www.investsefton.com

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