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Sandway Homes welcomes brownfield land funding for two development sites and over 200 new Sefton homes

Orange, hi-viz jacket with Sandway Homes logo on the backSandway Homes, the Sefton Council-owned housing development company, has welcomed the confirmation of ÂŁ3.15 million funding that will enable work to start on two brownfield sites.

Agreed on Friday (26th November) by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority the £3.15 million comes from the from the Government’s Brownfield Land Fund. It will support the development of 150 new homes at Bentham’s Way, Southport and 63 new homes on the former site of Bootle High School.

In July, the Government’s Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities allocated £45m to the Combined Authority from its Brownfield Land Fund, which is designed to support the remediation of sites for development across the City Region. Remediation involves detecting and safely eradicating any hazards or contamination from sites that have previously had industrial or other uses.

Updated second phase

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities said: “This confirmation of the funding by the Combined Authority is great news for Sefton.

“After negotiations with our partners, we are now in a position to ensure that Sefton continues to maximise access to funding to release further brownfield housing sites for delivery.

“I look forward to seeing the updated second phase of Sandway’s Business Plan for the development of these sites in the coming months, alongside the delivery of the 141 homes as part of Phase 1.”

Challenging

Louise Davies, Managing Director of Sandway Homes, said: “Targeting challenging brownfield sites for development, in locations where new homes are in high demand is an important part of Sandway’s business model, which complements other schemes being delivered across the Borough.

“Our successful applications for this Brownfield Land Fund support announced today means we will be able to progress these further sites and provide more local people with the affordable, high-quality homes they want.”

Transform

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority has already awarded £1.05 million Brownfield Land Funding to Sandway’s Phase 1 development at Sefton Grange in Netherton.  Located near Buckley Hill Lane, this new development will transform the former Z Block site will provide 18 quality-built apartments and 55 attractive two-, three- and four-bed homes.

Following Sefton Council Cabinet approval of the disposal of three new sites for development, Sandway submitted the further application for this second round of Brownfield Land Funding for the Southport and Bootle High School sites.

Affordable housing

Subject to approval by the Combined Authority and further Business Case approval by Sefton Council, these two sites together with a third will bring the total number of houses to be delivered by Sandway as part of its Phase 2 plans to in the region of 350 new homes. All Sandway schemes will continue to include affordable housing as part of the mix, providing a combination of affordable rent, shared ownership and open market sales.

Wholly owned by Sefton Council, Sandway Homes was established in 2018. The company directly supports Sefton Council’s Vision 2030 commitment to create 11,000 new, high quality homes across the Borough by 2030.  In addition to the Sefton Grange, Sandway also has two other construction projects underway delivering 48 new homes at Sandy Brook, Ainsdale and 30 new homes in Barton’s Close, Crossens.

Prospective buyers can now see the range of properties under construction, which are already being bought off-plan, at www.sandwayhomes.co.uk. 

Sefton Council signs TUC’s Dying to Work charter

Cllr. Paulette Lappin Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member - Regulatory, Compliance and Corporate Services, Mark Dale its Chief Personnel Officer, Will Paynter and Lisa Ryan (GMB), Glen Williams (Unison), Mark Magee (Unite) and a representative from the TUC sign the Dying to Work Charter at Bootle Town Hall on behalf of the Council and its 3,300-plus employees.

Sefton Council is the latest employer to sign up to the Dying to Work Voluntary Charter. The Charter is part of the TUC’s wider Dying to Work campaign and aims to give employees with terminal illnesses more choice in how to spend their final months and offers peace of mind around job security.

Dying to Work was taken forward by the TUC following the case of Jacci Woodcook, an area sales manager from Derbyshire who was forced out of her job after being diagnosed with terminal breast cancer. The TUC is asking employers to sign up to its voluntary charter to stop cases like Jacci’s happening in the future.

The charter was signed by Cllr. Paulette Lappin Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member – Regulatory, Compliance and Corporate Services, Mark Dale its Chief Personnel Officer, Will Paynter and Lisa Ryan (GMB), Glen Williams (Unison), Mark Magee (Unite) and a representative from the TUC at Bootle Town Hall on behalf of the Council and its 3,300-plus employees. Sefton Council follows in the footsteps of employers such as Royal Mail and Merseytravel, which mean that over a million employees across the UK are now protected.

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

“It’s really important that employees who are diagnosed with a terminal illness know they will be supported by the Council and not face any additional stress or worries. We already work really closely with GMB, Unison, Unite & the TUC, and by signing the Dying to Work Charter we are demonstrating our commitment to our hard-working, dedicated employees.”

Mark Dale, Chief Personnel Officer at Sefton Council said:

“The Council’s most valued asset is its staff and we are committed to supporting our colleagues and their families in whatever way we can.

“When dealing with a terminal illness, worrying about your job should be the least of your concerns and so we are proud to sign the Dying to Work charter, giving those affected the dignity and respect they deserve.

“We hope that other employers will follow our lead in supporting the TUC’s campaign.”

Lisa Ryan, GMB Regional Equality Officer said:

 “GMB are delighted Sefton Council have signed the TUC Dying to Work Charter, ensuring employees will be supported on diagnosis of a terminal illness without additional stress relating to their job security.”

TUC Midlands, Regional Secretary Lee Barron, said:

“Your job should be the least of your worries when you get a terminal diagnosis.

“I’m delighted that Sefton Council have shown real leadership in this area, working with unions to guarantee fair treatment for terminally-ill workers.

“We now have over a million workers being covered by the Dying to Work charter across the country, and we expect more employers to commit in the coming months.”

Employers looking to find out more information can head to www.dyingtowork.co.uk.

Mayor of Sefton launches 2021 Christmas Toy Appeal

Mayor of Sefton stands in the mayor's parlour next to a Christmas treeThe Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Clare Louise Carragher, has today (Monday 22 November) launched the borough’s annual Christmas Toy Appeal.

Each year thousands of kind-hearted Sefton residents, council staff, partners and community groups donate toys, gifts, vouchers and stocking fillers to some of the borough’s most deserving children to make their Christmas extra special.

New and unwrapped toys, gift vouchers, toiletries, pyjamas and stocking fillers for all ages are needed and welcomed as part of the appeal. Gift cards and toiletries are especially welcome for older children and teenagers.

Gifts and vouchers can be dropped off at several locations across Sefton:

Supermarkets
Asda Supermarket, 81 Strand Road Bootle, L20 4BB
Tesco Supermarket, Hawthorne Road, Litherland, L21 8NZ
Asda Southport, 12 Shopping Park, Derby Road, Southport, PR9 OTY

Council libraries
Bootle Library, 220 Stanley Road, Bootle, L20 3EN
Crosby Library, Crosby Road North, Waterloo L22 OLQ
Meadows Library, Hall Lane, Maghull, L31 7BB
Formby Library, Duke Street, Formby, L37 4AN
Atkinson Library, Lord Street, Southport, PR8 1DB

Leisure centres
Bootle Leisure Centre, Washington Parade, Bootle, L20 5JJ
Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre, The Esplanade, Waterloo, L22 1RR
Netherton Activity Centre, Glovers Lane, Netherton, L30 3TL
Meadows Leisure Centre, Hall Lane, Maghull, L31 7BB
Dunnes Leisure Centre, Esplanade, Southport, PR8 1RX

Purchased online
Gifts can be bought online and delivered to ‘Sefton Mayor’s Christmas Toy Appeal, Town Hall, Oriel Road, Bootle L20 7AE’.

Cash donations
This year cash donations will also be accepted via bank transfer directly to The Mayor of Sefton’s Charity Fund account by using the following details:

Reference: Mayor’s Toy Appeal
Account Number: 382 96 888
Sort Code: 60 20 23

Cash donations must be made by Wednesday 15 December and gift donations by Monday 20 December 2021.

Volunteers from Sefton Council will distribute all presents to children and young people throughout the borough on behalf of the Mayor.

Cllr Clare Louise Carragher, the Mayor of Sefton, said:

“For many of our families across Sefton Christmas can be a time of real pressure and hardship. Each year thousands of people and organisations across the borough kindly donate gifts to ensure we can give everyone some festive cheer.

“All donations are welcome and we are looking for gifts for all ages from babies and toddlers to older teens. We’re also accepting cash donations directly into the Mayor of Sefton’s Charity Fund account, and these funds will be used to purchase gifts that are most needed.

“To ensure my elves can get the right gift to the right child please make sure any gifts donated are new and left unwrapped.”

To find out more about the Mayor’s Christmas Toy Appeal please visit www.sefton.gov.uk/toyappeal or call/text our helpful elves on 07837 863 075.

Sefton Council secures prosecution over counterfeit vodka found in Southport

Counterfeit bottles of vodka discovered in Southport
Counterfeit bottles of vodka discovered in Southport

Sefton Council’s Legal Team has gained a successful prosecution after a Southport business was found to be storing vodka that was deemed unfit for human consumption.

At Sefton Magistrates Court on Wednesday, District Judge Boswell found defendant, Mr Wojtek Lazarz guilty of two charges, and the company, Smakus Foods Limited, guilty of one.

Fined

Mr Lazarz was fined ÂŁ1,450 and Smakus Foods Limited, ÂŁ1,050, while Sefton Council received ÂŁ1,000 towards its costs.

After suspected sales of counterfeit vodka were reported in Southport in 2019, Sefton Council’s Environmental Health team began an investigation.

Counterfeit bottles

They liaised with the makers of Glen’s Vodka, which was how the alcohol was being sold, who told the team how to identify the counterfeit bottles, which were found on sale in several Southport locations.

Mr Lazarz’s unhelpful approach when questioned about the counterfeit alcohol, stored for sale at his business, led to the Council’s decision to taking legal action.

National priority

Cllr Paulette Lappin, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regulatory, Compliance and Corporate Services, said: “Selling fake alcohol that could have a serious effect on people’s health is an extremely serious matter and the Foods Standards Agency has made it a national priority of their work.

“I am, therefore, delighted that the Council’s Environmental Health and Legal Services teams have successfully carried out this investigation and prosecution as part of their work to protect local people and prevent this dangerous activity.”

Anyone who suspects dangerous or counterfeit alcohol is on sale can contact the Council’s Environmental Health team at etscontact@sefton.gov.uk or by calling the Council’s Contact Centre on 0845 140 0345.

Cllr Paulette Lappin added: “Events like this in Sefton are not common but I would ask anyone who notices anything suspicious to contact us so that we can investigate and take action.”

Reminder: The deadline to apply for a Secondary school place for September 2022 is 31 October 2021

If you require a place for your child starting Secondary school in Sefton for the first time in September 2022 the deadline to apply is Sunday 31 October 2021.

Applications can be made online via the Citizens Portal. For information and advice please see the following information:

The closing date for applications to start Primary School is Saturday 15 January 2022.

For more information please visit the Sefton Council website.

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