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Ageing in Sefton is focus of Council’s Public Health Annual Report

Front cover of Public Health annual ReportAgeing in Sefton is the theme of this year’s annual report by the Council’s Director of Public Health, Margaret Jones.

Covering 2022, the Report takes a closer look at the topic of ageing and what life and health is like for older adults in Sefton’s communities.

Ageing, health and wellbeing

There are chapters exploring different aspects of ageing, health and wellbeing. The themes covered are Talking about Ageing, Sefton’s population, the Health of Older Adults, Prevention and Healthy Ageing and Living Well.

Among the report’s recommendations and learning points is the need for appropriate language and to avoid using blanket terms such as ‘the elderly’. Also blanket assumptions like ‘getting older means a loss of independence’ can have a negative effect.

Important to plan

The Report also says that Sefton has a high and growing number of older residents and it is important to plan for their health and care needs. This means recognising the factors that affect all of us throughout our lives to ensure everyone’s long-term wellbeing.

Older people to whom the Public Health spoke associated being healthy with maintaining their independence, keeping active in the community, and having positive connections with others. Accessible, well-connected neighbourhoods with places where everyone can meet, connect and participate are good for everyone’s health.

Focus

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing said: “Ageing is something we all have in common, so I am glad to see this focus on Sefton’s older people in this Annual Report from our Public Health Team.

“With an ageing population, locally and nationally it highlights the need for us to continue listening to older people and engaging them actively in developing our communities and services.

“And with the current national cost of living crisis, we need to remain aware of the negative impact fuel and food poverty are having across our communities, an impact which us seen us have to open a network of Warm Spaces across the Borough.

“The past year has seen us take big steps towards creating a more joined up NHS and Social Care system in Sefton and I am pleased that developments and improvements that are part of the Ageing Well priority are cornerstones of our plans.”

In her introduction to the Report, Margaret Jones, Sefton Council’s Director of Public Health, writes that a wide range of information have been used in its production ‘to help bring important issues and people’s own experiences to life.’

Indispensable

Cllr Paul Cummins, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care said: “As this Report points out, senior adults have an indispensable role to play in shaping strategic changes that meet their varied needs and benefit the wider community.

“We need to be valuing older people and ensuring they are engaged actively in the plans and changes happening in Sefton today which will shape our Borough’s future.

“And we must call out, and tackle age unfriendly language and stereotypes in how they operate and communicate.”

An online version of the Ageing in Sefton report can be found here. 

People can us the site’s Recite Me facility to listen to the report, increase or decrease the type size or translate it into different languages.

A downloadable pdf version of the report is also available here.

Sefton appoints leading UK construction group to work on MLEC project

Yet another landmark for the Marine Lake Events Centre project has been reached after Sefton confirmed one of the UK’s leading construction firms to oversee the venue’s delivery.

The new Centre will be complemented by the UK’s first light, water and sound show in the town’s Marine Lake.

Comprehensive

Following a comprehensive tender process,  Kier Group, one of the UK’s largest construction and infrastructure companies, have been identified as the preferred contractor to work on the Marine Lake Events Centre (MLEC) project. Kier will now enter into a pre-construction services agreement with Sefton Council, in advance of full contract later in 2023.

This vital stage in the Marine Lake Events Centre (MLEC) and Water & Lights Show project follows a series of huge milestones for the scheme, including the appointment of venue management experts ASM Global and £73 million pound business case approved by Sefton Council, by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, and by Government.

As part of the Marine Lake Events Centre project Kier and other partners have also signed up to a special social value plan which will see them give back to communities across Sefton.

Social Value

This will include providing local employment and supply chain opportunities, along with additional time and resources dedicated to working with school and college students who want to explore careers in the construction industry.

Overwhelming support has already been shown for the transformational project, which will see a brand new state of the art events centre and accompanying water and light show built on the site of the former Southport Theatre.

Sefton Council and the Southport Town Deal team have been congratulated by Government on ‘an ambitious project for the benefit’ of Southport and the Liverpool City Region, which will see a total of £73 million of funding invested into the project.

Funding

Mayor Steve Rotheram, and the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority (CA) recently approved £17.7m funding for the new Marine Lake Events Centre. This was on top of £2.3m the CA had already committed to the pre-development work.

A planning application for the project has been submitted and is expected by be considered by Planning Committee in Spring 2023.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said: “By awarding preferred status to Kier we are putting the physical creation of the venue into the hands of a proven contractor with a strong track record.

“The interest of the UK’s leading construction firms in the project, and the standing of the successful bidder, reaffirms the scale of ambition for the future of Southport that this transformational project demonstrates.

“The end goal is a fully flexible, scalable cultural space capable of staging concerts, stand-up comedy, family shows, musical theatre, conferences, exhibitions that is the envy of other towns and cities.

“Kier share in the ambitions of Sefton Council and the Southport Town Deal in making MLEC a soaring success.

“The MLEC, together with the Light Fantastic, is forecast to attract more than half a million additional visitors to Southport year on year and generating an annual £18 million for the local economy and I am delighted that Sefton Council is once again leading the way in exciting projects like this.”

Sefton Council stage fly-tip to raise profile of the issue locally

This week Sefton Council has launched a campaign to tackle the epidemic of fly-tipping that is affecting communities up and down the country.

#CrimeNotToCare, which is being run in partnership with environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, aims to educate householders about the right thing to do with their rubbish and to reduce the amount of household waste that is fly-tipped by rogue traders who offer to take people’s waste away for money and then dump it.

The campaign aims to spread the message that if an individual’s waste is fly-tipped, even if they gave it to a third party to dispose of, they can be prosecuted and end up with a fine and a criminal record.

To raise the profile of the issue locally, the Council’s Green Sefton service hosted a staged fly-tip in Poets Park, Bootle made up of items collected from the area.

Keep Britain Tidy Poets Park fly-tipping stunt

Twenty black bags, three bed frames, a fridge freezer, washing machine and pram were among the items found fly-tipped early Tuesday morning on streets surrounding the Park.

The items were dressed in crime scene tape to raise awareness of the environmental damage of fly-tipping and start conversations between Council staff and the local community on ways to combat this issue collectively.

The Council’s Cleansing team were on hand to dispose of the fly-tipped items in a timely manner following the stunt.

Cllr Moncur, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing said: “At this time of year, many residents may be spring cleaning their homes and having a clear out. We need our residents to understand that their rubbish is their responsibility.”

Cllr Lappin, Cabinet Member for Regulatory, Compliance and Corporate Services said: “Crime Not To Care campaign highlights the fact that residents can be taken to court and fined for giving their waste to an unlicensed waste carrier, who then goes on to fly-tip the items.

“Fly-tipping is a criminal offence and we want to remind residents that both littering and fly-tipping can lead to a Fixed Penalty Notice or prosecution.”

Keep Britain Tidy Chief Executive Allison Ogden-Newton said: “#CrimeNotToCare is an important campaign for our country and we are delighted that Sefton Council is partnering with us on it.

“There are almost a million fly-tipping incidents in England every year and cleaning it all up costs us more than £50million a year.

“Giving it to a ‘man with a van’ who offers to get rid of it cheaply could prove costly for people and result in them getting a criminal record. They have a duty of care and this campaign will help explain to them exactly what that is and how to protect themselves.”

Householders using private contractors to remove household, garden or construction waste must make sure the company or individual is a registered waste carrier. Residents are advised to:

Ask the person who collects your waste to see their registration – it should start with CBDU, followed by a set of numbers. Take a photo if possible.

Ring the Environment Agency on 03708 506506 to check their credentials or visit their website: https://www.gov.uk/find-registered-waste-carrier

Ask where they’re proposing to take your waste and if they have a waste transfer note.

Don’t pay cash. Ask for an invoice and pay by a secure payment method or cheque, so payments can be traced if the waste is fly-tipped.

If it sounds too good to be true it probably is. If you’re hiring a skip, the average cost should be around £150.

Never agree to cold callers offering any type of home improvements work, roofing, gardening services, tree surgery or household waste removal.

Not checking if you’re hiring a registered operator could be more expensive in the long run, as householders can face an unlimited fine for failing to hire an authorised waste carrier.

You can expect to see a ‘Waste Carrier Registration’ for these types of businesses:

  • All building and associated trades;
  • Landscape gardeners, tree fellers and surgeons;
  • House clearers;
  • Retail establishments and;
  • Scrap metal dealers.

Residents can also dispose of their waste at Sefton’s Household Recycling and Waste Centres run by the Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority. Find the locations and site opening times here.

Alternatively, Sefton Council also operate a Bulky Waste collection service. Find out more here.

People invited to have their say on Sefton Council’s revised Licensing Policy

Sefton Council are seeking views on a revised version of the Statement of Licensing Policy.

Under the Licensing Act 2003 regulations, councils are required to publish a policy statement which forms the basis for deciding any applications submitted under the Act.

The Licensing Act 2003, as introduced by Government, has the following four objectives:

1. The prevention of crime and disorder;

2. Public safety;

3. The prevention of public nuisance; and

4. The protection of children from harm.

The policy remains in place for five years and is due to be replaced with a revised version in December 2023.

A public consultation running from Monday 3rd April to Monday 5th June 2023, will provide residents an opportunity to review the draft policy and feedback their thoughts.

The Licensing Unit will also be seeking the views of key partners, including Merseyside Police and Public Health colleagues.

Chair of the Licensing & Regulatory Committee, Councillor John Kelly, said: “We are consulting with operators and businesses in the licensed trade and we also want the views of local residents.

“Any opinions on the licensed trade, on how we can meet the Licensing Act objectives, are welcome and the draft revised Licensing Policy will be available in local libraries and on the Sefton Council public consultation portal.”

The revised policy and online survey will be available on Your Sefton Your Say (the Council’s consultation portal) from Monday 3rd April:

https://yourseftonyoursay.sefton.gov.uk/

Check to see if your Photo ID is acceptable under new Voter legislation

Voters across Sefton are being reminded of the need for valid photo ID if they wish to vote in person at the upcoming May election.

Everyone wanting to cast their vote at a polling station in Mays local elections will be required to show valid photographic identification following new legislation via the Elections Act 2022.

If they have them, people can use a driving licence or passport as photo ID at a polling station but if they don’t have these or one of the other accepted documents, they can get a free Voter Authority Certificate online.

Acceptable

However while there are over 20 different forms of acceptable ID, there are still a number of identification cards which polling staff can’t accept.

Voters in Sefton will, for example, not be able to use their Merseytravel 60+ card as it is not classed as an acceptable form of ID.

Information on what is required and how to apply, along with details of registering to vote and getting a postal vote can be found at www.sefton.gov.uk/voterid.

Voters who do not want to vote in person at a polling station can apply to cast their vote by post.

To help ensure everyone is aware of the new requirements and encourage them to exercise their democratic right to vote, Sefton
Council is running a Borough-wide advertising dubbed ‘IDeal Time’ on high streets and public transport.

Cllr Lappin, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regulatory, Compliance and Corporate Resources said: “We want to ensure that everyone can prepare now to ensure they don’t miss out.

“That’s why we are running our high-profile IDeal Time campaign to highlight what they need to do and by when they need to do it.

“Anyone without a valid photo ID can apply for a free Voter Authority Certificate up to six working days (5.00pm on Tuesday 25 April 2023) before the elections on Thursday, May 4th.

“And the cut-off date for registering to vote is midnight on Monday 17 April 2023 , and the deadline for receipt of all postal vote applications is 5.00pm on Tuesday 18 April 2023.”

Elections Act

Passports, driving licences and parking Blue Badges, along with older and disabled people’s bus passes are among the types of photo ID people can show to be allowed to vote under the Election Act 2022.

Cllr Lappin continued: “Our teams are already working extremely hard to ensure everything is in place to meet the new requirements, but this is the time for voters across Sefton to make sure they are prepared too so we are not forced to turn anyone away on May 4th.”

For more information about the upcoming elections and rule changes please visit www.sefton.gov.uk/elections .

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