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Under two weeks left for Sefton businesses to apply for Covid Additional Relief Fund

Sefton Council is urging eligible local businesses to apply for assistance from the COVID Additional Relief Fund. The application window for the COVID Additional Relief Fund closes in under two weeks, on Thursday 30th June.

Bank notesBusinesses that were not eligible for relief from their Business Rates bills in 2021/22 may be able to claim assistance from this new fund.

To be eligible, businesses must have a business rates charge for the whole of the 2021/22 financial year and need to have been in continuous occupation of the premises from the 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022. In addition, they have to be able to provide evidence they have lost at least 30% of turnover as a result of the pandemic.

Full information about the scheme and how to apply is available at www.sefton.gov.uk/carf.

Cllr Paulette Lappin, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regulatory, Compliance and Corporate Services said: 

“This is a great opportunity for local enterprises to receive assistance if they have not been previously eligible over the past year.

“I would encourage any businesses planning on making applications to get them in as quickly as possible and to make sure they supply all the information that’s required for them to receive payment.”

Sefton Council has already paid out over £100 million of pandemic grant funding to the Borough’s businesses.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said:

“The Council has already been able to make payments to thousands of Sefton businesses to help counter the effects of the pandemic and I am glad we are able to do so again through the COVID Additional Relief Fund.”

New funding round launched for Sefton Crowd campaign

Sefton Council has launched a new funding round as part of its digital crowdfunding initiative Sefton Crowd, to support community-led ideas that will help the borough to become more vibrant, resilient, and connected. 
 
Working in partnership with Spacehive, the UK’s leading civic crowdfunding platform, Sefton Crowd is an initiative that gives residents with an idea to improve their community the opportunity to gain funding via Spacehive’s crowdfunding platform. 
 
Sefton Council has allocated a total of £50,000 to the programme, with up to £5,000 available to help boost projects towards their funding target. The deadline to put forward your idea is 14th September 2022. 
 
Sefton Council and Spacehive will hold a virtual workshop to discuss your project ideas on 14th July, 2.00 – 3.00pm. To register, visit Sefton Crowd Project Creator Workshop 
 
Over £111,000 has already been raised for 21 local projects, by more than 860 backers. 
 
Linda Gaskell, Rimrose Valley Friends, said: Rimrose Valley Country Park was all overgrown with no wildflowers. The local community were incredible. The donations flooded in and we have seen the rewards and people visiting.  During Covid, it has been immense for people to visit the Wildflower Meadow, escape and relax.  The mental health benefits have been incredible.   
 
Councillor Trish Hardy, Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing said: “We’re excited to launch this Sefton Crowd funding round with Spacehive and I can’t wait to see the range of ideas that our communities put forward. Local people are best placed to understand the challenges and opportunities in their local area and this model puts them and their ideas in the driving seat.
 
I’m also calling on companies and organisations that care about Sefton to join us in offering support to project ideas, whether funding or in-kind, so we can support the success of locally-led campaigns. The more people that get involved in Sefton Crowd, the more inspiring local places we can create together.”
 
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Waste Collection Update 16/06

We would like to make residents aware that Sefton Council Waste Collection Crews will be working hard over the weekend to catch up on outstanding green bin collections in the following areas:

  • Crosby
  • Waterloo
  • Bootle
  • Litherland
  • Seaforth
  • Thornton
  • Blundellsands
  • Little Crosby
  • Brighton-le-Sands

Residents in those areas are asked to leave their green bins presented for collection.

We understand the frustration surrounding recent delays and would like to assure residents that we are continuing to make progress towards clearing the backlog.

Beating the heat in Sefton

Person in sunglasses and sunhatNHS and council leaders in Sefton are advising residents to keep cool this summer, by planning ahead and taking precautions to ‘beat the heat’ while enjoying the sunshine.

With warmer weather forecast across the UK, healthcare professionals are reminding everyone to be aware of the risks of hot weather and to take extra care of themselves and others.

Top tips

Their top tips for keeping safe in the sun include:

  • Staying hydrated: drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol.
  • Physical activity: avoid extreme physical exertion or keep it for cooler parts of the day like early morning or evening.
  • Keep your environment cool: use curtains or blinds to keep your home cool, or find the coolest part of your home, garden or outdoor space to sit in.
  • Travelling: ensure that babies, children, older people or animals are not left in closed, parked vehicles which can quickly overheat.
  • Enjoy the water safely: going for a swim can help you cool down but take care and follow local safety advice if you are going into water.
  • Avoid sunburn: try to keep out of the sun at the hottest part of the day, between 11am and 3pm.
  • Protect yourself: apply sunscreen of at least SPF15 with UVA protection, wear UV sunglasses, a wide-brimmed hat, and loose-fitting clothes.

Keep cool and protect ourselves

Martin McDowell, deputy chief officer at NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: ““The advice might sound like common sense, but it’s good to remind ourselves to keep cool and protect ourselves, our family and friends.

“At a time when NHS services are still under pressure, taking precautions to keep ourselves safe in the sun will mean that urgent care services are kept available for those who need them most.

Margaret Jones, Sefton Council’s Director of Public Health said: “Everyone loves to enjoy the great British summer, but it’s important to remember that hot weather can pose health risks for some people.

“Remember to keep an eye on any friends, family or neighbours who may be more vulnerable to the heat, such as older people, those with underlying health conditions and very young children.”

During the hot weather, residents are also encouraged to seek medical if they need it by contacting NHS 111 online at 111.nhs.uk  or by calling 111 to help them reach the best NHS service for their need.

To find out about the signs of heat exhaustion and heatstroke and when to get help, visit: NHS Live Well.

Strand shoppers breathe easy on Clean Air Day as extension of the Strand ‘Living Wall’ is unveiled

Shoppers at Bootle Strand Shopping Centre will see a wall of green as they head to the shops on Thursday 16th June as an extension to the existing ‘living wall’ is installed.

The Washington Parade entrance has boasted a living wall packed with greenery and shrubs since 2020. The wall is designed to be visually appealing and also add an element of urban green space to a busy built up area.

The plants play a vital role in absorbing carbon dioxide from the nearby road and releasing oxygen into the atmosphere, thereby contributing in a positive way to the environment.

Councillors Gordon Friel and Christine Maher with Deputy Leader of the Council, John Fairclough standing in front of the new living wall extensionThe wall increases green space in this urban area, improves air quality and supports health and wellbeing for the community. There are benefits to local wildlife too providing a brand new habitat in the town centre, encouraging bees and other pollinators to new areas.

Ward members for Linacre ward have now funded an extension to make the health and social benefits even greater for Strand regulars.

This project is the latest in a line of projects aimed at improving the environment for the community and fulfilling the Council’s climate emergency commitments to promoting green activity.

 

Sefton Council Linacre Ward Members said:

“We are thrilled to unveil our extended living green wall today which will not only enhance the experience of visiting this cornerstone of the Bootle community but also has so many health, wellbeing and environmental benefits.

“Green spaces in town centres can be few and far between and this is a great way to introduce biodiversity and green space and improve the look and feel of our town centre.

“Given that today is Clean Air Day, I’m sure Strand shoppers will breathe a little easier today knowing that we are fully committed to ‘greening’ our town centres and showing our commitment to climate change..”

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