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Flytipping Prosecution

A Wirral man has been fined £400 for flytipping waste in Sefton.

Francis Berry (59), of Cromer Drive, Wallasey pleaded guilty to dumping waste at Crosby Marina at a hearing at South Sefton Magistrates Court on April 18.

This followed an incident where rubbish was left at Crosby Coastal Park contrary to Section 33(1)(a) of the Environmental Protection Act, 1990.

A spokesman for Sefton Council said: “Continuous successful prosecutions like this show we will not take flytipping lightly.

“Sadly many people still believe that they can dispose of rubbish wherever they want causing issues for residents and draining Council services.

“Hopefully this case will act as a deterrent to other potential offenders and make them think twice before just dumping waste wherever they want to.”

It is estimated during the 2015/16 financial year, Sefton Council spent almost £400K in relation to the clearance, disposal and enforcement of flytipping offences.

If any residents have any concerns regarding flytipping or wish to report an offence, they should contact Sefton Council via the website sefton.gov.uk or report it on our flytipping page.

Litter Prosecutions

Eight people have been fined a total of £2,856 for littering offences in Sefton.

The figure, which includes costs, followed hearings at South Sefton Magistrates Court on Tuesday, April 18 brought about by Sefton Council.

Many of the cases were proven in absence and those fined included: William Bates (52), Westminster Avenue, Netherton, Lauren Hunt (20), Chambres Road, Southport, Shauma Hunt (44), Rockhouse Street, Liverpool, Megan Kershaw (19), Weld Road, Birkdale, Simon Mutch (61), Trinity Road, Bootle, Karen Ratcliffe (27), Ashley Road, Southport and Stephanie Williamson (20), Churchtown Road, Liverpool. 

Mary Ross (61), Bede Road, Bedworth made a guilty plea at court.

A spokesman for Sefton Council said: “People need to realise that dropping any form of litter is not acceptable behaviour.

“Residents and visitors to the borough need to understand that they are responsible for correctly disposing of their own waste and we will not hesitate in following court proceedings for those who flout the law.

“Court cases like this highlight what can happen if you are caught and we hope it will make people think twice before just throwing their waste away.”

New Aircraft Announced

Sefton Council is excited to announce new aircraft displays as part of this year’s Southport Air Show.

Taking place on Southport seafront from September 15-17 2017, the annual spectacle will see debut displays from the de Havilland DH.110 Sea Vixen and B-17 Flying Fortress G-BEDF Sally B.
 
The Sea Vixen is a twin boom, twin-engine 1950s–60s British two-seat jet fighter and her appearance at the show is causing quite a stir amongst the organisers! 

Sally B is the last remaining airworthy B-17 in Europe. She was critical to the USAAF daylight precision bombing campaign and was armed with 13 machine guns, hence the name ‘Flying Fortress’.
 
Both of these displays will be on Saturday and Sunday of the popular Air Show. Other military favourites including the RAF Typhoon Display Team, Tutor, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (Official) will display over two days along with the Breitling Wingwalkers and the Blades Aerobatic Team.
 
The Friday night will showcase lights and pyrotechnics on the displays from the Fireflies Display Team, Twister Aerobatic Team and the Tigers Freefall Parachute Display Team – all three displays will also be on Saturday and Sunday.

More aircraft displays will be announced over the coming weeks adding to an already bumper line-up.
 
Mark Catherall, Sefton Council’s Tourism Service manager, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have secured the Sally B and the Sea Vixen to debut at this year’s Air Show.

“Sadly, for reasons beyond our control, the RAF Red Arrows will not be available for this year’s Southport Air Show. While we are disappointed by this, we hope to welcome them back in 2018.
 
“The Air Show caters for all the family and improves year on year, this year’s military village will be bigger and better and the beach explosions are back!

“I look forward to seeing the huge crowds across the three days in September.”
 
Southport Air Show takes place across the weekend of Friday, September 15-Sunday September 17. Tickets for each day of the Air Show are available to buy now and start from £6.50 (including all fees). 
 
 For more information or to book your tickets, visit Southportairshow.com.

Be prepared if you get sick over Easter

With Easter fast approaching, local health professionals are reminding people to examine their options should they or their family members become unwell over the long weekend.

Many GP practices will be closed on the bank holidays over Easter, so it is also wise for people to think about repeat prescriptions they will need before the holiday period begins.

Dr Rob Caudwell, a Southport GP and NHS Southport and Formby CCG chair, said: “We remind people to examine their options all year round but it is even more important over the bank holidays when GP practices are closed.

“We want to make sure that people have a good Easter break and that they use the right service should they need it. We don’t want patients to become poorly and have to spend part of their holiday in hospital. Another thing we don’t want to happen is for people to run out of their medication but it is also important that they don’t over order to avoid unnecessary waste.

Dr John Caine, a GP in Parbold and chair at NHS West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “We are reminding people about the services on offer to them such as advice on the NHS choices website and by calling NHS 111 which will be invaluable over Easter.

“Your pharmacist can also give you useful advice on how to deal with common bugs, such as coughs, colds, sore throats and the flu so that you can take precautions and have a great Easter.”

The local NHS CCGs in Southport, Formby and West Lancashire are reminding people that A&E and 999 services are for life-threatening and serious conditions.

Feeling Unwell? – Examine Your Options

Across the area there are a range of health services to support people if they feel unwell or have any health concerns. There are services which you may be unfamiliar with, but could be more appropriate and convenient for you depending on your specific issue.

For minor ailments and injuries your best route to recover is likely to be self-care. There are a variety of services that can support you to do this:

Pharmacy Services

Your local pharmacy can offer free, confidential and expert advice on a range of health issues. They can help you prepare for many of the common illnesses like coughs and colds and ensure you have a well-stocked medicine cabinet over the holiday period.

NHS.UK

You can find a wealth of trusted advice about hundreds of health conditions and details of GPs, pharmacies and dentists in your local area by visiting the NHS.uk website:  www.nhs.uk. It also includes a symptom checker.

NHS 111

When you need medical help or advice fast, but it is not a 999 emergency, you can also call the NHS 111 service.  NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and calls are free from mobiles and landlines.

If you need medical care for illnesses you cannot treat yourself, then your GP should be your next port of call.

Your Local GP

Your GP should be your first point of contact for non-emergency illnesses you can’t treat yourself. Your GP is available from 8.00am to 6.30pm weekdays.

If you don’t have a GP, you can register with your local surgery. If you’re not sure where this is, you can find out at: www.nhs.uk or call 0300 77 77 007.

GP Out of Hours Service

If your local surgery is closed, you can still see a GP with the GP out-of-hours service; just call 111 and you can speak to a local GP over the phone or face to face if necessary. 

It is very likely that you and your family will be seen and treated more quickly using the out-of-hours service than if you were waiting to see a doctor in A&E, especially at busy times.

For more information please visit www.examineyouroptions.info

For Southport and Formby pharmacy opening times over the bank holiday please visit: www.southportandformbyccg.nhs.uk/your-health-and-services/pharmacy-opening-times-over-easter-bank-holiday

For West Lancashire pharmacy opening times over the bank holiday, please visit www.westlancashireccg.nhs.uk/resources/patient-and-public-information/west-lancashire-pharmacy-bank-holiday-opening-times

Grand National Road Closures in Sefton

Sefton Council is proud to once again welcome The Randox Health Grand National Meeting at Aintree racecourse. 

A number of road closures and diversions have been put in place in the local area, as follows: 

From 6pm on Wednesday 5 April until 9.30pm on Saturday 8 April 2017 the area that includes the M57 Motorway, Orrell Lane, Netherton Way, and Dunningsbridge Road will be subject to control by Merseyside Police in order to regulate traffic, prevent obstruction and maintain safety for local residents and the general public.

In addition, Melling Road will be closed to traffic, pedestrians and race goers between Seeds Lane and School Lane, Aintree, with traffic diversions in place.

A temporary lane closure and 20mph limit between 10am and 9.30pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday will be imposed on Ormskirk Road (between the junctions with Topham Drive and the Sefton Borough boundary). 

Ormskirk Road will be temporarily closed on the north side of its junction with Park Lane and on the south side of its junction with Topham Drive, inclusive of Brenka Avenue on Thursday, Friday and Saturday between 4pm and 9.30pm. 

A temporary clearway order will be imposed in both directions of the A59 Ormskirk Road and the Park Lane junction on the three race days.   

The existing Hackney carriage stands on either side of Park Lane will be temporarily suspended. 

Park Lane will be closed, between its junctions with Bridle Road and Ormskirk Road, between 4pm and 9.30pm and access will only be given to emergency services, residents and Sefton hackney carriages. The diversion route for all traffic will be Park Lane, Bridle Road, Netherton Way, Bailey Drive, Southport Road, Hornby Road, Rice Lane, Walton Vale and Warbreck Moor and vice versa. 

Waiting will be prohibited on both sides of Sentinel Way between 6am on Thursday 6 April and 9.30pm on Saturday 8 April 2017. 

Waiting will be prohibited except for residents on both sides of Park Lane, between its junctions with Deltic Way and Dunningsbridge Road, including the residential side of the service road between Nos. 86 and 144 between 6am hours on Thursday 6 April and 9.30pm hours on Saturday 8 April 2017. 

Vehicle access will be restricted to emergency service vehicles, public transport vehicles requiring legitimate access in Deltic Way from its junction with Park Lane between 4pm on Thursday 6 April and 9.30pm on Saturday 8 April 2017.

Access will be restricted to emergency service vehicles and residents in Parkfield, Raymond and Abbeystead Avenue and Lingfield Close from their junctions with Park Lane between 4pm hours on Thursday 6 April and 9.30pm on Saturday 8 April 2017.

A temporary prohibition of driving order will be imposed on Heysham Road on race days. 

A clearway traffic regulation order will run the entire length of Bridle Road from 6am on Thursday to 9pm on Saturday 8 April 2017.

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