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Sefton Council encourages parents to collect their free BookStart pack for under 5s

Sefton Council is encouraging all parents of pre school children to contact their local library to receive a free BookStart pack. The BookStart programme gives free books to every child in England and Wales at two key stages before school, as well as free packs for children with additional needs, tips and guidance on reading together, resources and activities. The baby pack includes two board books, a rhyme sheet and a booklet of tips and ideas for sharing books with children from a very young age. The toddler book contains two picture books. The programme aims to encourage a love ...
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Council successfully prosecutes hotels group after guest sustains life-changing injuries in rusted railings fall

Sefton Council has successfully prosecuted Britannia Hotels after a guest at its Prince of Wales Hotel in Southport sustained life-changing injuries due to falling through rusted iron railings. Fiona Townsend, the Council’s Senior Lawyer told Sefton Magistrates Court that the railings to prevent people falling down the 6ft drop to the basement lightwells were missing in one location and badly corroded in numerous other areas. The Council had issued an improvement notice after the Company failed to make the area safe with suitable fencing over three weeks after the incident. Hazard She said: “Britannia Hotels could not demonstrate that a ...
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Support available to help Sefton businesses keep staff and customers safe, as lockdown measures ease

With restrictions on the opening of non-essential shops and other businesses from today, Sefton Council’s Environmental Health Team is urging everyone to continue distancing, wearing face covering, maintaining ventilation where possible and keep washing their hands thoroughly and frequently. First steps Peter Moore, Sefton Council’s Head of Highways & Public Protection said: “Today is a big day in starting to open up the Borough and take some first steps in the huge task of getting the local economy back on its feet. “We appreciate the huge amounts of work that Sefton’s businesses have put into preparations for re-opening and making ...
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Restart grant supporting businesses to reopen safely

New grant for Sefton businesses now available as coronavirus restrictions ease

A one-off financial support package, known as the Restart Grant, is now available to support Sefton businesses as they reopen in line with the easing of national coronavirus restrictions. Restart Grants of between £2,667 and £18,000 are available for businesses who are liable for Business Rates. Grant payments will be based on the rateable value of the property and the sector which the business operates in. The application window for Sefton businesses will open on Monday 12th April 2021 and the deadline for applications to be submitted is Wednesday 30th June 2021. Full details of eligibility and how to apply ...
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Margaret Jones, Sefton Council's Director of Public Health

‘Stay vigilant and get your second vaccine dose,’ says Sefton’s Director of Public Health

Margaret Jones, Sefton Council’s Director of Public Health has joined her colleagues from across Cheshire and Merseyside in urging people to attend appointments for their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. More than 1.4 million vaccines have already been administered in Cheshire and Merseyside with around 95 per cent of over 70s now having received their first dose. But as second dose appointments gather pace, the region’s Directors of Public Health, including Margaret are reminded people they only have maximum protection if they have both doses. Maximum protection She said: “I am pleased that across our region so many people, ...
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HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, 1921 – 2021

Sefton Council has expressed great sadness at death of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. As a mark of respect, all flags at Council buildings are lowered to half-mast as Sefton pays tribute to The Duke of Edinburgh. Mayor of Sefton, Cllr June Burns said: “Sefton Council sends its deepest condolences to Her Majesty The Queen following the passing of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. "We can remember the Duke of Edinburgh fondly and look back at the many occasions he visited our wonderful borough with Her Majesty The Queen. From their early visits to Bootle and Crosby in October ...
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Southport Air Show Cancellation

The 2021 Southport Air Show will not take place this year due to continued uncertainty over large scale events. Anyone who has already purchased a ticket for the show, which was due to take place in July, will automatically receive a full refund within ten working days. Sefton Council has made the difficult decision to cancel the popular Southport Air Show, despite months of hard work and planning by the authority’s Tourism team and partners. While this decision has not been taken lightly, we know that thousands of people visit to see our air show and Sefton Council continues to ...
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Twice-weekly rapid COVID test kits available from Friday 9th April

From Friday 9th April, people in England will be able to access twice-weekly rapid tests for coronavirus. Margaret Jones, Sefton Council’s Director of Public Health is encouraging everyone who is going to a work environment or who will be returning to their workplace to take up this offer. Prevent the spread She said: “Rapid tests are tests for people without the coronavirus symptoms of a new persistent cough, a high temperature or a loss of sense of taste or smell and they usually provide a result in around 30 minutes. “One in three people with coronavirus show no symptoms, which ...
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Call for carers to book COVID-19 jab

As the COVID-19 vaccination programme continues to make good progress, GPs in Sefton are reminding unpaid carers to get registered and come forward for their vaccine. Some unpaid carers may not receive an invitation for their vaccination if their carer status is not known to the NHS so it’s important to ensure they are registered with Sefton Carers Centre who can help with this. Sefton Carers Centre will register unpaid carers and provide them with a letter as proof of their status. Unpaid carers will need the letter before booking their vaccination through their GP practice. Carers eligible for a ...
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Watch out for the tide – beach safety advice from Southport Lifeboat

Southport Offshore Rescue Trust (often known as Southport Lifeboat) has launched a new tidal safety campaign - #ItsBehindYou - to remind beach visitors of the need to be on the lookout for tides when enjoying Sefton’s beaches. The Trust was called upon countless times during last year’s busy summer season to rescue cut-off beachgoers. In anticipation of another busy spring and summer, the safety campaign has been instigated to ensure everyone knows about the dangers of becoming cut-off by the incoming tide. Banners with a special QR code have been placed along the Ainsdale and Southport coastline. When scanned, the ...
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