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One Vision Housing Fire Safety Update – Cygnet House and Wren House

One Vision Housing (OVH) has today (26/06/17) completed the removal of cladding from two high-rise blocks, Cygnet House and Wren House in Bootle.

Following the tragic events at Grenfell Tower in London, OVH have been working closely with a number of Government Departments, Local Authorities as well as Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service regarding fire safety within all high-rise properties.

Part of this approach involved testing cladding through the Building Research Establishment (BRE). Tests concluded that elements of the cladding on Cygnet House and Wren House, whilst meeting building regulations, did not meet the latest Department for Communities & Local Government (DCLG) test criteria.

As a precautionary measure to ensure the continued safety of tenants, OVH took the decision to remove the cladding from the two blocks. Work began to remove the cladding early on Saturday morning, with staff on-site to ensure residents were fully informed throughout the process.

Work to replace the cladding will commence as soon as is practically possible and in consultation with stakeholders.

Stephanie Williams, who lives in Wren House said: One Vision have been really informative. I’ve had three letters explaining the situation. I’m glad they are doing something about it, and doing it so urgently.”

Roy Williams, Chief Executive – One Vision Housing commented: “Colleagues from OVH together with our partners at Merseyside Fire and Rescue have worked tirelessly over the weekend to ensure works were completed as quickly as possible with the safety of our residents being paramount and at the forefront of our thinking.”

 Cllr Ian Maher, Labour Leader at Sefton Council, said: “Protecting our local communities is of massive importance to us and through this example of partnership working, this matter has been dealt with quickly and efficiently. Residents at both high rise blocks can feel much safer now this work has been carried out.”

 Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service said: “We have been working hard over the weekend with Sefton Council and OVH staff to quickly resolve cladding test failures at Cygnet House and Wren House. We are very pleased that thanks to the effective partnership working, professionalism and dedication of all concerned we have been able to deal with the issues without evacuating the blocks.”

New home for Crosby Village, Post Office gets Stamp of Approval with Sunday Opening

 

  • Post Office services available seven days a week
  • Convenient, quick service, open-plan layout
  • Extra 24 hours of Post Office service every week
  • Banking services for personal customers and small businesses
  • Bill payment, banking, benefits and travel money
  • Postage, home shopping returns, Local Collect

 The Post Office is opening a new main style Crosby Village Post Office at McColls Retail Group, 15 – 21 Liverpool Road, Crosby, Liverpool, L23 2SA.

The new modernised Post Office will have four counter positions, three modern screened positions and a Post Office serving point at the retail counter offering selected services outside normal branch opening hours.

The branch itself will open from 9am – 5:30pm Monday to Saturday, with selected Post Office products and services available from the retail counter between 8am and 9am  and 5:30pm to 6:30pm, Monday to Saturday and 9am to 4pm on Sunday. The opening hours which will increase by an extra 24 hours a week will make the branch much more convenient.

 

Dave Thomas, Chief Operating Officer McColl’s Retail Group, said “We are delighted to be welcoming customers to our new Crosby Village Post Office, which will offer a wide range of Post Office services alongside our extensive retail offer. As a convenience store operator we are always looking for ways to make life easier for our customers and the additional Post Office services will be available for the full opening hours of the store in order to provide an excellent service for the local community.”

 

Customers will be able to access a wide range of Post Office and mails services, including Special Delivery, Local Collect, home shopping returns, online banking cash deposits and withdrawals, sending funds abroad using Moneygram, and customers can pay bills, pre-order travel money, apply for travel insurance and top up mobile phones.

As the traditional banking network declines, customers for the majority (95%) of UK banks can also use their post office for online banking cash deposits and withdrawals and bill payments.

The date for the relocation has yet to be confirmed. Posters will be displayed in the current Crosby Village Post Office at Unit 5, Telegraph House, Moor Lane, Crosby, Liverpool, L23 2SF to advise customers of when the move will take place.

 

Suzanne Richardson, Post Office Regional Network Manager said: “We are making it easier for customers to get their cash, send and collect their mail and do their banking because we know how important these services are to local residents.

She added: “We are confident that this vibrant new-style Post Office at the heart of the local community will meet customer needs. This modernisation is part of a major investment programme, the largest in the history of the Post Office.”

Businesses On The Up

Representatives from Sefton Council visited two local businesses to hear all about their thriving ventures.

Success stories and plans for expansion were discussed when Sefton Council visited two borough-based businesses.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, was joined by officers from Invest Sefton on guided tours of Sefton Carers Centre, Waterloo and Hybrid Technical Services Ltd, Aintree.

 Sefton Carers Centre has been running for more than 21 years and through the company, they set up the Learning Well Agency as a trading arm in 2015.

The Learning Well Agency has been given a unique opportunity to sell recycled paint via Recipro, Wirral (an organisation set up with community benefits in mind and supports the environment by recycling unused building materials from projects).  

Dulux, the paint manufacturer, have selected Recipro to be one of the first Community Repaint Remanufacturing Centres in the UK, and invested over £3m in the new recycling equipment.  

The re manufacturing process takes unused/discarded paint, then filters and processes it to create a new paint product.  The Learning Well Agency had meetings with Recipro about becoming a supplier of the paint for the Sefton area.

The Learning Well Agency have now got exclusivity to sell the Community Repaint to commercial companies, public sector and members of the general public.  

Invest Sefton have supported Sefton Carers with introductions to commercial painting and decorating companies and visits to the Recipro site.

The company has also created job opportunities with support from Sefton@Work’s ILM programme. 

Hybrid Technical Services Ltd was established in 2005 as a Training Provider. They specialise in Electricity, Gas and Plumbing training and accreditation.

In April 2006 they moved to their current location in Aintree, grew the business and acquired an additional unit. The growth of the business was restricted by the size of the premises and the next phase of development is the purchase of business premises, the creation of larger classrooms to train and accredit more students and grow turnover.

Invest Sefton have assisted in acquiring Finance and Grant Support to purchase and renovate the new unit, which is 3 times larger than their current units. This secures Hybrid’s future and provides a permanent home within Sefton.

Job creation is expected to be in the region of 10 new roles adding to existing staff of 8.

Cllr Marion Atkinson said: “It was really pleasing to hear directly the success these two local businesses are having and the positive impact they are having on the local economy.

“We are very keen to help businesses both new and established to develop and grow further through expert business support. The InvestSefton and Sefton@Work teams work extremely hard to support a number of SMEs and it is fantastic to hear that this partnership work is having such a positive impact in developing the local economy and securing jobs for now and the future.

“The more I hear about success stories like these, it reinforces the message that we have an important role in making sure everyone knows that Sefton is open for business.”

Vicky Keeley, CEXfrom Sefton Carers, added: “As a charity, we are not experts in commercial business development. Invest Sefton provided the knowledge and development support we lacked to make this project a reality. Not only have they developed the business model with us they have added energy, strength and confidence to the project.
 
“Without Invest Sefton I do not feel that the project would be the success it is and we will continue to work with them to grow and develop this social enterprise which will enable us to support local vulnerable people in the borough.”

John Burns at Hybrid Technical Services said: “We started our journey with Sefton Council and the Invest in Sefton group about a year ago not really knowing what we were looking for but knew we needed to expand. 

“They guided us through the financial minefield with an expertise and knowledge that was both comforting and impressive and today we are the proud owners of a large building which we are turning into a state of the art training centre. Thank you.”

Next of Kin- Brian Wright

Sefton Coroner’s Office is appealing for the family of a man who died in Southport to come forward.

Brian A Wright, 53, who lived in Castle Walk, Southport died at home on Saturday, 24 June 2017.

There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.

Anyone who can help the Coroner identify and trace his next of kin should call 0151 777 3422 or email Sefton.Coroners.Office@merseyside.pnn.police.uk.

Sefton’s para-triathletes aim high in the sunshine

Young disabled athletes from Sefton and beyond recently lit up the Waterloo Festival as the sun shone on Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre.

 Taking place on Sunday 18 June, Sefton’s second para-triathlon for children and young people with additional needs saw over 30 competitors swimming, cycling and running through a challenging course. Cheered on by a strong crowd, the para-triathletes run a closely fought contest.

Matt Ashton, Director of Public Health at Sefton said:

 “I was really inspired by everyone who took part in the para-triathlon – at Sefton Council we never take for granted how challenging competitive sport can be for children with disabilities.

 “I am also really proud of the young people who came along to give them very vocal encouragement on the day.

“During the training programme at Litherland Sports Park, a group of local young people asked if they could use the bikes. Our children were wary of them but the team at Aiming High let them join in on the condition they also took part in the running practice with the group.

 “Friendships were forged with these young men and it was a wonderful surprise for the children to see them there to give them very vocal support on the day, and some of them even completed all three disciplines with their new friends.”

 

Cllr. John-Joseph Kelly, Cabinet Member for Children, Schools and Safeguarding said:

“It is encouraging to see so many of our young people with disabilities pushing themselves to their limits and clearly enjoying comradery with their peers and new friends they have made.

“This event is the only one of its kind in the Liverpool City Region and I look forward to watching it grow and grow fulfilling the ambition to be the youth para-triathlon event for the region”

John Doran of Sefton Aiming High added

“This is another example of how disabled young people show society what they are capable of. Ability, strength and determination were here in abundance today and we should be proud of them all. I would also like to thank the volunteers from Aiming High and TEAM Sefton, and the organisers of the Waterloo festival for agreeing to let us showcase the athletes’ ability not disability”

Winners on the day were, Dylan Duke, Over 18 Male, Mild Learning Difficulty (MLD) category; Dan Harden, over 18 Male, Complex Needs category; Jim O’Keefe, Secondary Male, MLD category; Sam Lofthouse, Secondary Male, physical category; Sarah Bricklebank, Female over 18 MLD category and Jess McNally, Female Primary MLD category.

For more information on sporting activities for children and young people with special educational needs and / or disabilities (SEND), contact Sefton Council’s Aiming High for Disabled Children Service on 0151 288 6811 or by email:aiminghigh@sefton.gov.uk

You can find all information for children and young people SEND at Sefton’s Local Offer website: seftondirectory.com/localoffer

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