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Alcohol consumption PSPO consultation

Sefton Council is asking for residents’ views on as part of a consultation on Public Spaces Protection Order to prevent the consumption of alcohol in designated areas.

The current Bye Law restricts alcohol in four geographical areas across Sefton and we would like to know if you think the areas should still be covered under the Public Spaces Protection Order and whether the areas should be extended or reduced?

Sefton Council has had a Bye Law in place since 2003, which prohibits drinking alcohol in public places.

Since being in place, the Law surrounding Anti-Social behaviour has changed under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.

This means that as of the 20th October 2017, the current Bye Law will automatically become a Public Spaces Protection Order.

When a Bye Law becomes a Public Spaces Protection Order, this will give officers of Sefton Council and Police Officers the powers to issue a Fixed Penalty Notice to those drinking alcohol in public spaces, once they have been given a warning.

To take part or to find out more information about the consultation, click here.


There is more than meets the eye with local war hero

An heroic centenarian was recently recognised for his exploits during World War Two in a special ceremony at Bootle Town Hall.  

Cyril Askew, 100, late of the King’s Regiment, now the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, holds the very rare distinction of having serving in two theatres of war during the same conflict.

He was hosted by The Mayor of Sefton, Cllr. Dave Robinson in the Council Chambers on December 5 as he was awarded the Legion d’Honneur for serving at Normandy in World War Two.

Cyril, who hails from Litherland, was typically modest in his account of his exploits:

“I returned home in 1944 having served 7 years as a regular soldier in the 1st Battalion of The King’s Regiment in India.

“I was then attached to the 2nd Battalion of The Lincolnshire Regiment. I was in France from 6 June to 22 July 1944, where I took part in the successful capture of the chateau at Lion-sur-Mer and liberating Caen.

“I was then involved in Operation Goodwood until 20 July, where the Battalion suffered 250 casualties.

Mayor of Sefton, Cllr. Dave Robinson said:

“It is very humbling to spend time in the company of Cyril and other members of the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment. It was a great privilege to present him with his medal for his selfless role in Normandy.

“While it has rightly been an honour to recognise Cyril for his role in France, it is only one part of the story. He was also a Chindit as part of the 1st Battalion of the King’s Regiment in India. To have done both is a very rare feat in indeed, in what was a remarkable military service.

“We really are proud to say that a man as rare and brave as Cyril is one of our own.”

Cyril is the latest Sefton recipient of the Legion D’Honneur. Former flying ace Len McNamara was honoured with the same accolade at Southport Town Hall earlier this month.

Below: Cyril receives his medal from Cllr. Dave Robinson, Mayor of Sefton 


Help for the Homeless in Sefton this Christmas

If you know or are aware of anyone who is either homeless or sleeping rough this winter, help is at hand.

Vital information designed to help, advise and work with people who have found themselves without a home or sleeping rough on the streets, especially during the harsh cold winter months, is readily available via Sefton Council’s website.

If you have nowhere to stay or if it is unsafe for you to return home, or you will be homeless within the next 56 days, you should contact our Housing Options Team immediately.

The Sefton Housing Options Team are ready to help and are available Monday to Thursday (10am to 4pm) and Fridays (10am to 3pm) by calling 0151 934 3541.

For people who become homeless when our office is closed, Sefton Council’s Health and Social Care Emergency Duty Team manages our out of hour’s service.

The service is for emergencies only and can give you general advice and will be able to assist you to find temporary emergency accommodation.

You can contact the Out of Hours service on 0151 934 3555.

More information about Sefton Gateway Services that asses, manage and allocate homelessness and housing is available here

Festive market ‘with a difference’ helps spread Christmas cheer

Sefton residents turned out in force to enjoy a Christmas market with a difference in Southport at the weekend.

The event at the New Leaf garden centre on Rotten Row featured festive goods created by clients of the borough’s leading adult social care provider, New Directions. They include people with support needs due to disability, age or mental health conditions.

Organisers say there was a lot of interest in the seasonal items on offer, all produced by service users at New Leaf and the New Directions North Hub on Mornington Road in Southport town centre.

Gift ideas ranged from wooden tea light holders, twig trees and table decorations to slate signs and bughouses.

Unusual handcrafted items included wooden angels, snowmen and soldiers, and even hand-knitted Christmas tree decorations.

Meanwhile, customers were also able to choose from a range of yuletide plants, flower arrangements, wreaths and grave pots, all prepared by the green-fingered team at New Leaf.

Refreshments and a raffle were also on offer at the market, which was organised by the same team that helped the New Directions show garden to win a gold medal at this summer’s Southport Flower Show.

New Directions Business Development Manager, Dave Hughes, commented:

“Everyone at New Leaf worked very hard to prepare for the Christmas market, so we are all delighted that it has proved to be such a success again this year.

“Customers were very complimentary about the range and quality of the goods on sale.

“And as well as having the chance to choose from the wide variety of unusual festive items on offer, they have the satisfaction of knowing that the money they spent will be ploughed back into providing more resources and opportunities for our clients,” added Mr Hughes.

The official Southport Christmas Market on Chapel Street continues to run until December 17.

Bootle firm play key role in major Europe project

A South Sefton organisation is playing a key role in a major European project which aims to support people with innovative new ideas to solve social problems.

Bootle-based Regenerus is working with partners in Portugal, Denmark, Italy, Germany and Latvia on the Tomorrow’s Land project, which is funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.

The objective of Tomorrow’s Land is to help so-called social innovators, people with the ability to develop new products or services, or new ways of working, to achieve positive social change and ultimately a more inclusive society.

The focus of these new ways of working is on collaboration, and creating solutions that are more effective, efficient, sustainable or just than previous approaches.

In addition, when value is created, the aim is that is should benefit a community or society as a whole, rather than simply generating profits for owners or shareholders.

Partners in the Tomorrow’s Land project recently produced a strategic report identifying the key elements of the initiative, which was unveiled at an event at Regenerus’s Investment Centre HQ in Bootle town centre.

Key priorities identified in the report include the development of online resources offering new creative learning approaches to social innovation, and guidance to support educators and trainers who are working with future social innovators.

The Tomorrow’s Land project will also stage a major international social innovation conference on Merseyside at the end of next year.

Ruth Livesey of Regenerus commented:

“We’re delighted to be working with our European partners on Tomorrow’s Land because it’s such an exciting project.

“It’s all about creative thinking and encouraging connectivity, so that pioneer social innovators can get their new projects off the ground, and so contribute to a more innovative and inclusive – and ultimately better – economy and society.”

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