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Metro Mayor Announces Bus Discount Scheme for Apprentices, Saving ÂŁ420 a year

Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of Liverpool City Region, will today announce one of the country’s most generous discounted bus travel schemes for apprentices, as part of a speech exploring the future of bus services in the city region.

The scheme, brought in after working with Bus Alliance partners Stagecoach and Arriva, will introduce half-price weekly and four-weekly bus passes for all apprentices aged 19 to 24.

Prices will be in line with Merseytravel’s already great-value Solo bus tickets for under-19s, which means that any apprentice up to the age of 25 will get half-price travel on buses, saving up to £420 per year.

The announcement is part of a major speech in which the Metro Mayor will talk about the importance of buses to local people, businesses and the economy as a whole.

He will emphasise that the Liverpool City Region has some of the best bus services in the country, bucking the national trend to increase bus use by 16% to 147 million journeys a year, last year, with 92% of users happy with their experience.

However, he will warn that in spite of this high performance, the city region cannot afford to rest on its laurels and will set out how he will use additional powers over bus services granted to areas with a Metro Mayor through the Bus Services Act to deliver the best possible service.

The Metro Mayor will announce a significant big bus conversation with the public and all stakeholders with an interest in bus services to help shape the future of buses in the city region.

 

Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of Liverpool City Region, said: “Buses are the backbone of our public transport system, with more than 400,000 journeys in the city region every day, making up 82% of all public transport journeys.

“More than £40 million has been invested in our bus fleet, making it as good as any outside London.  We know that we have one of the highest satisfaction levels in the country, with 92% of people happy with their bus journeys last year, but we know there are areas where we can do better.

“For example, the cost of travel has been putting some young people off taking-up apprenticeship opportunities, which is why I am so pleased that we have been able to introduce this new discounted scheme, which will provide apprentices up to the age of 25 with half-price bus travel, potentially saving them up to £420 a year.

“Devolution gives us the opportunity to do things differently, to take greater control of our buses, and deliver a better bus service.  We want the people of the city region to be part of that process, which is why I am announcing a big conversation about bus travel, to help us lay the foundations of a 21st century public transport system.”

 

Iain Finlayson, Business Performance Director at Liverpool ONE, said: “We know that bus travel is essential to our customers and staff and to the retail industry in the Liverpool City Region. 7.6 million customers a year visit Liverpool ONE by bus and a quarter of our 4,200 staff depend on the bus to get to and from work.

“That’s why we fully endorse the Metro Mayor’s initiative to deliver the very best bus services possible and will be contributing to the Big Bus Debate over the coming months.”

 

Paul Askew, Chef Patron of The Art School restaurant and Co-Chair of the Hospitality Association, said: “The city region’s bus network is particularly important for its restaurants, pubs and cafes, enabling our staff to get to and from work, and our customers to get out and about and enjoy themselves.  While we have seen significant improvements in buses locally in recent years there is always room for improvement and I would encourage everyone to have their say in the Big Bus Debate.  I’m also very pleased to hear about the discounted tickets for apprentices – it is vital that we continue to attract young people into our industry and anything that removes barriers to people taking up apprenticeships is to be applauded.”

 

Marcus Magee, General Manager of the Liverpool One Hilton Hotel and Co-Chair of the Hospitality Association, said: “Hotels are a vital part of the city region’s visitor economy, which brings in £4.3 billion and is the city region economy’s second biggest sector.  Buses are vitally important to our sector, whether by enabling visitors to get around, or getting staff to work and back home, and we are committed to supporting this attempt by the Metro Mayor to ensure that we have a bus network that works as well as it can for everyone.”

 

Sue Higginson, Principal, Wirral Met College, said: “Transport costs can be the first barrier to success and this initiative will ensure that by offering discounted bus travel for young apprentices, we remove that barrier and ensure that young people who learn through a vocational route get the same level of support that is already available to those who have chosen an academic route.”

 

Howard Farrall and Rob Jones, the Area Managing Directors for Arriva and Stagecoach, said: “Liverpool City Region is blazing a trail with the Bus Alliance, a voluntary partnership with operators and Merseytravel that has invested more than ÂŁ52 million in the bus network since it was formed, leading to real improvements for passengers. Bus patronage has bucked the national trend with a 16% increase to 147 million journeys a year and with independent surveys showing that 92% of bus users are satisfied with their journeys and 93% of 19-21 year olds being satisfied, up over 10% in 2017.

“As bus operators we are pleased to see bus travel being given the level of priority it deserves by the Metro Mayor and are committed to taking part in the ongoing debate about how we can make bus the best it possibly can be.”

Time Capsule buried for 50 years to mark the opening of Maghull Station

School children helping to preserve time for future generations of commuters have buried a time capsule in the foundations of the new ÂŁ13 million state-of-the-art Maghull North Station, which will be re-opened in 2068.

 The container, which was created by pupils at St Thomas’ Church of England Primary School, is packed with school memorabilia, and also LFC/EFC match programmes, an unused mobile phone, popular books and a film created by all the pupils at the school with help from staff at Sefton Council.  

 It was presented to the station’s staff, Merseyrail’s HR director Jane English and Cllr Liam Robinson, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority Transport Portfolio Holder, at a special ceremony held on June 11.

 Pupils from the school all got the honour of planting the historical milestone which will remain buried in the station’s grounds for the next fifty years.   

 A plaque will also be placed in the ground above the time capsule which will read:

 St Thomas CE Primary School Time Capsule, Sealed at Maghull North station on 11th July 2018.  To be opened 11th July 2068.

 The time capsule is one of several community projects that have been created to mark the arrival of the new station which was officially opened to the public last month.

 Other projects included a community artwork piece, to brighten up the new station’s site, which was designed by local groups and schools in the town.  

 Additionally, a set of story boards reflecting the fascinating the history of Moss Side Hospital, which was located on the land on which the station now resides, and how it became a leading institution at the forefront of research into mental health and PTSD during and after the First World War have been unveiled on both platforms.

 Speaking about the time capsule, head teacher, Mr Ward, said: “The new station is such exciting news for Maghull and our pupils were thrilled to help mark this occasion by creating a piece of local history which will give future generations a snapshot of what life was like in 2018.  

“They are really excited to have their work, poems and stories captured in time and be part of this lasting legacy.”

 Jane English, HR Director, at Merseyrail, said: “We are incredibly passionate about getting local schools involved in all our projects because we want to give back to all the communities in which we operate as they are an integral part of everything we do.

“The new station is hugely important for Maghull because it will improve travel options and drive ongoing development in the town, which is why we wanted to involve the children as they will be enjoying it for many years to come.”

“We are delighted that they got on board to support us and the time capsule is a fitting celebration to mark the end of such a major milestone for the town.”

 Cllr Liam Robinson, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority Transport Portfolio Holder, said: “This new station is a great asset for the local community and we’re delighted to see the schoolchildren getting involved with this project.

“It will be fascinating to look back in 50 years at what has been left behind in the capsule and hopefully many of our other future aspirations for the local rail network will have been realised at that stage too.”

 Cllr John Joseph Kelly, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Children, Schools and Safeguarding, said: “The time capsule project has provided an invaluable link between education and the new railway station.

“It will be a real eye opener when the capsule is opened in 50 years’ time to see how the station, the school and the local area has progressed.

“Special thanks goes to Sefton Council’s Communications Team who helped put together the film about the school which will form an interesting piece of history in the future.”

 The new Maghull North station is located just off School Lane next to the former Ashworth Hospital site, between the existing Maghull and Town Green stations on the Ormskirk branch of Merseyrail’s Northern Line. 

 The station forms a key piece of infrastructure in the Sefton Local Plan, supporting local public transport demand from a nearby new housing development that will include 370 homes, with more homes planned for the area in the near future. 

 It also forms part of the wider ÂŁ340m investment of rail improvements across the Liverpool City Region over the next three years and sits within the wider Great North Rail Project to transform train travel across the North.

 The ÂŁ13m scheme is being funded through the Government’s Local Growth Fund (LGF), Merseytravel and the Homes and Communities Association, which previously owned the land on which the station will be built. Network Rail is building the station, which will be operated by Merseyrail. 

Watch this video which Sefton Council produced with St Thomas School about the time capsule project.

Domiciliary Care Contracts

Sefton Council’s current Home Care/Domiciliary Personal Care contracts have been in place since 2012 and will come to end with some new providers running services from August 1, 2018.

A fair and open tendering exercise was undertaken to retender these contracts, and the outcome of this process was approved by elected members.

Sefton Council will continue to ensure a range of good quality home care support services are provided for vulnerable people across the borough and the new contracts will provide better, more flexible services

Every effort is now being made by the Council and new providers to ensure as smooth a transition as possible for services users and their families.

 

Cllr Paul Cummins, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, said: “While some service users will soon receive care from different providers, we feel in no way should it affect the quality or standard of care. In fact the new contracts will deliver a number of improvements to the service provided in Sefton.

“The transfer of existing work to a new provider is covered by TUPE legislation, so that where appropriate care workers can transfer to the new provider and the relationship between service user and care worker can continue.

“We will continue to work closely with new and existing providers to ensure as little disruption as possible during this transition period.”

Anyone who requires further assistance in relation to this should call 0345 140 0845.

Sefton Sports Awards 2018

Southport Theatre and Convention Centre was filled with Sefton’s sporting stars and unsung heroes last night (Wednesday, July 11) as Sefton Council celebrated its 18th annual Sefton Sports Awards.

 Organised by Active Sefton in partnership with Sefton Sports Council, the awards celebrate volunteers, coaches, teams or individuals from across the borough who have been successful or shown great tenacity in their sport.

Abigail Bates (highly commended) Disabled Sports Personality

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 Over 100 nominations were whittled down to 53 nominees all hoping to walk away with one of the prestigious awards.

 The awards this year welcomed guest speaker, Commonwealth medallist Holly Hibbott, who had encouraging words of wisdom for Sefton’s up and coming sports stars.

 As always the awards recognised some of the boroughs unsung heroes, many of whom dedicated much of their life to sport with little thanks or recognition.

 This year’s winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award, John Henners, has spent almost two decades supporting the swimming club at Bootle Leisure Centre even while battling serious illness. His passion for swimming has encouraged his students to compete regionally and nationally, with one talented student going on to swim for Team GB in the Paralympics.

 Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, was at the stunning event. He said: “Each year I continue to be blown away by the achievements and dedication of both the winners and nominees.

 â€śIt is thanks to these people, clubs, teams and schools that grassroots sport has a place in Sefton and our young people are inspired and supported when following their sporting ambitions.

 â€śCongratulations to all of last night’s winners and thank you for your commitment to sport in Sefton!”

 The winners of last night’s awards are as follows:

  • Primary School of the Year – St Patricks Catholic Primary School
  • Secondary School of the Year – Formby High School
  • Supporter of the Year – T.E.A.M Sefton
  • Club of the Year – Crosby Stuart JFC
  • Coach of the Year – Sid Siadankay (North Merseyside Amateur Boxing Club)
  • The Richard McGrath Award – Kyle Taylor
  • The Richard McGrath Special Award – Ann Taylor
  • Sports Club Volunteer of the Year – Lee Taylor (Sefton Sea Cadets)
  • Young Volunteer of the Year – Alexandra Webb (Winwood Netball Club)
  • School Team of the Year – Formby High Boys Junior Cross Country and Running Team
  • Team of the Year- Friends of Moorside Park Run Club
  • Junior Male Sports Personality of the Year – Sam Cooper, Competitive Dinghy Sailor, West Lancashire Yacht Club
  • Junior Female Sports Personality of the Year – Francesca Pivaro, Unite Martial Arts
  • Disabled Sports Personality of the Year – Tash Simpkin-Watkinson
  • Male Sports Personality of the Year – Tommy Fleetwood
  • Female Sports Personality of the Year – Holly Hibbott
  • Lifetime Achievement Award – John Henners
  • Services to Sport- Tina Pilkington

 

Maghull and Lydiate Neighbourhood Plan: Have Your Say

The Council would like to notify residents and others that Maghull Town Council and Lydiate Parish Council have each submitted a Neighbourhood Plan proposal.

The Neighbourhood Plans set out a shared vision for the Maghull and Lydiate areas establishing the type of development needed to sustain each community.

The plans will each be examined by an independent planning examiner and separate local referendum will be held in both Maghull and Lydiate parishes before they can be adopted.

If adopted each Neighbourhood Plan will help guide development proposals within Maghull or Lydiate.

Plans can be inspected in physical form at:

  • Meadows (Maghull) Library, Hall Lane, Maghull, L31 7BB
  • Magdalen House, 30 Trinity Road, Bootle, L20 3NJ 
  • Maghull Town Hall, Hall Lane, Maghull, L31 7BB (Maghull Plans Only)
  • Lydiate Village Centre, Lambshear Lane, Lydiate, L31 2LA (Lydiate Plans Only)

Comments should be made in writing stating which plan you are commenting on to:

  • via email at neighbourhoodplanning@sefton.gov.uk
  • via standard mail addressed to Local Plan Team, Magdalen House, 30 Trinity Road, Bootle L20 3NJ
All comments must be received by the Council no later than noon, Monday July 30, 2018.
 
All comments received will be forwarded to the examiner and published on the Council’s website. Please indicate if you wish to be notified of Sefton Council’s decision to adopt either neighbourhood plan.
 
The personal data you provide will be only used as part of the Council’s statutory planning duties. Information supplied may be published and made available for others to see and copy.

For more information on how we deal with personal data please see www.sefton.gov.uk/PlanningGDPR

 

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