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Time extended to have your say on transport improvements through Sefton’s Maritime Corridor

People across Sefton will now have an extra two weeks to submit their views as part of a Council consultation on proposed improvements to transport links through the Maritime Corridor.

The public consultation will remain open for a further two weeks until Sunday 11th April.

The Maritime Corridor scheme proposes improvement works at five key junctions, as well as enhancements to walking and cycling routes.

Stretching from Switch Island to the Netherton Way (A5038), the Maritime Corridor links Atlantic Park to the wider region. It includes junctions on Ormskirk Road (A59), Dunnings Bridge Road (A5036) and Netherton Way (A5038), as well as the local road network. The Corridor is also key to connecting the Port of Liverpool with the wider region and is a recognised area for potential economic growth by both the Council and the Liverpool City Region.

Feedback from the survey will be incorporated into development plans while funding is sought for the improvements.

As part of the Council’s 2030 vision, all improvement plans for the Borough’s streets and transport networks take into account the need to tackle the wider Climate Change Emergency while improving the health and wellbeing of its residents.

Schemes aim to keep people active and encourage them to think about alternative and green modes of transport that will improve air quality, while at the same time reducing congestion and enhancing access for residents, visitors and businesses alike.

Cllr John Fairclough, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Locality Services, said: “Thank you to everyone who has taken part so far in this consultation. Your views are extremely important and will help us to shape the scheme as it moves forward.

“There’s still plenty of time for people to tell us what they think about the proposed improvement works to key junctions, as well as the enhancements to both walking and cycling routes in the area. The intention is to make it easier to move around and to improve links across the region and beyond, while also including active travel measures that support the health and wellbeing of our communities. It’s also vital that we maintain our commitment to taking positive actions in support of Sefton’s Climate Emergency objectives.

“The consultation, along with maps of the proposed junction improvements and cycle provisions, can be accessed on the Your Sefton Your Say website and will be open until Sunday 11th April 2021.”

Tell Healthwatch your care home story

Healthwatch Sefton, the local independent champion for health and care, wants to hear people’s experience of what it’s been like being in a care home during the past 12 months.

Diane Blair, Manager of Healthwatch Sefton, explained: “During this pandemic, we have not been able to plan our Enter and View visits into care homes and, as a result, have not been able to talk to residents, their relatives, or staff about how care is provided within care homes.

“Visiting is a central part of care home life. It is crucially important for maintaining the health, wellbeing and quality of life of residents. Visiting is also vital for family and friends to maintain contact and life-long relationships with their loved ones and contribute to their support and care.”

To gather people’s stories, Healthwatch has launched the campaign Care Homes: Your Story. Your Say!

Diane added: “By asking people to share their stories with us we can then get a picture of the impact the pandemic has had on people who have been living in care homes. We are also welcoming feedback from relatives and friends who may not live local but have someone they care for in one of our Sefton-based homes.”

All feedback shared is anonymous. To share your story go to: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Care-Homes-Your-Story-Your-Say

If you don’t want to fill in this form and would prefer to speak to someone about your experiences, give the team a call on 0800 206 1304.

More information on the campaign can be found on the Healthwatch Sefton website: https://healthwatchsefton.co.uk/news/care-homes-your-story-your-say/

Crosby Library joins national Census celebration by lighting up purple

Crosby Library and Civic Centre in Waterloo joined more than a hundred buildings and landmarks across England and Wales by lighting up purple to celebrate the upcoming census and its importance to communities.

The event was organised by The Office for National Statistics (ONS) to raise awareness of the census, a survey that happens every ten years and gives a picture of all the people and households in England and Wales.

The iconic library, which has been lit up for a wide range of occasions, joined beloved national landmarks in celebration of the census, these included the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff, BT Tower in London and Blackpool Tower.

The census helps inform the provision of public services throughout the UK, such as determining the appropriate number of school places and hospital beds that are needed to properly serve their communities.

 

Pete Benton, ONS Director of Census Operations, commented:

“The census is such an important undertaking that helps inform the vital services we all rely on every single day within our communities.

 “We wanted to shine a (purple!) light on the buildings and landmarks that matter most to their local areas, highlighting the importance of the census in helping shape the communities we live in.

 “We’re thrilled with all the support we have received so far and would like to thank Sefton Council’s library service for their participation. Now is the time for everyone to complete their census and be part of history”

 

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.

“Sefton has supported the national push to reach as many parts of our communities as possible and it’s great to see such an iconic local landmark lit up as part of that support.

“While it’s been fun for the authority to support the Census in this way, there’s also a serious point to make. Please make sure you complete and return your census form as you can be fined £1000 if you don’t take part or share false information.”

Every household in England and Wales should have received their census letters with unique access codes enabling them to fill in their census online.  Paper forms are available for those who need it, plus a range of other support.

In the coming days, the census field operation will begin contacting households who have not completed their census. They will never enter a house, they will always be socially distanced, be equipped with PPE and work in line with all government guidance.

If you need any help, or to request a paper form, you can visit the Census website  The census support centre (freephone 0800 141 2021 in England and 0800 169 2021 in Wales) is available if you can’t find the help you need online. 

MARINE IN THE COMMUNITY CELEBRATE 12 MONTHS OF LUNCH DELIVERIES

Seaforth resident Jane Berry receiving her lunch delivery from David Fairclough

Pitching In Northern Premier League Marine announces that next week Marine in the Community, its charity arm, will complete a year of delivering free lunches to the residents of Crosby. In addition to a free substantial lunch, quizzes and local information from Sefton CVS are also provided. More importantly a knock on the door and the knowledge someone is there to say hello and to have that friendly and welcome chat, albeit at a distance.

Marine in the Community have delivered over 2700 lunches so far, and is thankful to Radfield Homecare, Spoilt for Choice, Merchant Taylor’s Boys School and it’s many volunteers including David Fairclough and Jamie Carragher, Liverpool FC legends for assisting with lunch bag preparation and deliveries. A special thanks also to volunteer Colin Mitchel who has not missed a week of deliveries.

When the second wave hit, Marine in the Community has gone a step further to support the community introducing free zoom training to the elderly and isolated. This has now led to online free fitness classes, yoga and mindfulness sessions and a weekly lunchtime quiz. All in all, Marine have continued to support the residents of Crosby who have been shielding throughout this pandemic and are proud to continue to offer their support during these difficult times.

Marine Chairman Paul Leary said:

“The delivery of the weekly lunches throughout the pandemic has been so important for the recipients who have either been in isolation, are shielding or just in need of a welcome knock on the door. I thank the team of volunteers and food donors for playing such an important part in making the deliveries happen, that I know are so much appreciated. The provision recently of the yoga, fitness classes and quizzes by zoom are further examples of how Marine in the Community is making a positive difference to residents wellbeing.”

 

Commitment made to Maghull communities for strengthened flood risk management

Sefton Council, the Environment Agency and United Utilities have signed a joint statement of intent to reassure Maghull communities that they are continuing to work together to explore solutions to reduce the risk of flooding.

The statement strengthens the collaborative approach already undertaken to manage and reduce flood risk, further prompted by weather events in January. A major incident was declared due to significant rainfall brought by Storm Christoph on Wednesday 20th January 2021 which also saw the Environment Agency issue two Severe Flood Warnings in Maghull, covering 439 properties within the flood warning area.

The predicted flooding did not happen as expected but the incident highlighted the need for all three organisations to come together to find deliverable improvements that make a significant difference for the community.

Council Leader, CEO, Green Sefton colleague and Environment Agency partner at the River Alt in Maghull
Council Leader, CEO, Green Sefton colleague and Environment Agency partner at the River Alt in Maghull, January 2021

All three organisations have sought to manage the risks through a range of means to date including routine maintenance, capital investments, improvements to warning and informing residents as well as planning control. Alongside the statement of intent, a new flood risk working group will also be established with representation from all three agencies.

Cllr John Fairclough, Deputy Leader of Sefton Council and Chair of the new working group, said: “Flood risk is a serious issue for residents across the Borough and something that our officers are dedicated to finding both short and long-term solutions for through our flood risk management strategy.  Over the past decade due to a combination of severe weather events and instances occurring from rivers, sewers and surface water, we’ve seen significant issues in not just Maghull, but across Sefton.

“But now more needs to be done, and a working group led by the Council will seek to find and drive investment into flood risk management across the whole Borough of Sefton. An essential part of this requires collaborative work alongside partners, to share expertise and to identify actions that can be taken individually and collectively to reduce this risk. I am confident that the establishment of the new working group, and confirmation of our joint commitment through the statement of intent, will explore and identify feasible solutions that are needed by all.”

Andy Brown, Environment Agency Flood and Coastal Risk Manager for Lancashire, said: “Across England, we’re working to better protect communities from the risk of flooding and make homes and businesses better prepared and more resilient through our long-term FCERM strategy. Alongside our partners we have already taken a number of steps to reduce the risk of flooding across Sefton such as routine maintenance activity, investment in flood defences and improvements to our warning and informing service.

“We are committed to joining up further and feel that a working group, with input from all risk management authorities, is a good way forward. Together, we can better identify all possible actions, large or small, to reduce flood risk and we hope this will help to reassure local communities.”

Jo Harrison, Director of Environment, Planning and Innovation at United Utilities, said: “We continue to invest in the sewer network across Sefton, including work in Maghull, involving a £4 million project in the Rock View area to help reduce the risk of sewer flooding, which is nearing completion.

“However, storm flooding is a complex issue with no simple answer. The drainage network includes pumping stations, culverts, watercourses, sewers and highway drains all operating and interacting together but under the responsibility of different agencies.

“Collaboration is key and we remain absolutely committed to working with the Lead Local Flood Authority (Sefton Council) and the Environment Agency to ensure issues are investigated thoroughly and measures are put in place to minimise the risk of flooding, to help protect the community.”

The statement can be read in full on the Sefton Council website

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