Sefton Council Tax Reduction Scheme Consultation (consultation closes 10th November)

The council is considering changing its Council Tax Reduction scheme for working age customers from April 2018.

Pension age claimants will not be affected by these proposed changes.

Still time to have your say on joining up Family and Children’s Centres (consultation closes 17th Nov)

There is still time for families to have their say on Sefton Council’s consultation to join up Family and Children’s Centres, which you can complete online

The idea behind the proposals is to make sure that children and young people aged 0-19 years can find the right support, for the right issue at the right time.

The consultation runs until November 17 and anyone who is interested in the proposals are being encouraged to give their views.

Bootle Town Centre Heritage and Cultural Centre Consultation (closing 1st Dec) & Pop-Up History Event (23-28th Oct)

In 2016 Sefton Council published the Bootle Town Centre Investment Framework.  This is a plan about the future of Bootle.  The Framework has been prepared at a time when there is less money available to the Council.  So Partnership working is even more important.

Public invited to share views on orthopaedics and ear, nose and throat services in Liverpool

A public consultation is taking place between 26 June and 15 September 2017 on proposals for a single orthopaedics service for Liverpool’s hospitals.

Orthopaedics focuses on injuries or diseases affecting bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles or nerves.

Under proposals, orthopaedics specialists at Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and the Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust would join together to become a single team, working across all three hospital sites.

This would involve separating most planned and unplanned orthopaedics care onto separate hospital sites, which would mean some operations taking place in a different place to where they do currently.

Dr Fiona Lemmens, Clinical Director for the Healthy Liverpool hospitals programme, said:

“Making sure that people have access to the very best hospital services – wherever they are treated in the city – is central to the Healthy Liverpool programme.

“We’ve been working with the local orthopaedics doctors from both Aintree and the Royal Liverpool to look at how hospital services could be improved, which has led to this proposal for making some changes to how we deliver hospital-based orthopaedics care “

“We believe that bringing the city’s orthopaedics expertise together into a single team would improve patient care, by giving all patients better access to the right doctors for their specific need, and making it easier for Liverpool’s hospitals to attract skilled, specialist clinicians, share expertise and training, and meet the highest clinical standards.”

“However, it’s important to stress that no decisions have been made at this stage, and we would encourage people to share their views on this proposal with us over the coming weeks.”

Visit the current exercises page to learn more about the public consultation and how you can give your views.

‘Our Place’ (Sefton Care Leaver’s Centre) want YOUR views to help shape future services!

‘Our Place’, Sefton Care Leavers Centre, is a project managed by Venus.  The group are coming to the end of their initial funding award and are evaluating the service to shape future provision and inform our future funding bids for continuation.

Staff, volunteers and young people at Our Place would really value your feedback on the service, so please take a moment to complete the survey below.

Click here to complete the online survey

For more information on ‘Our Place’, please click here

 

Our Coast is Special – Have your say on the Sefton Coast Landscape Partnership

The Sefton Coast is a source of inspiration for an active, inquiring and fun-loving population. The coast makes a huge contribution to the unique character of the borough – exciting and full of surprises, always changing as the winds and tides constantly influence the shape of the coast. Because this is such a special place the Sefton Coast Landscape Partnership has developed a draft Plan setting out how we can make the most of the Sefton Coast.

We would like your views on this; both on how you use and value the coast, what you would like to see improved and on the plan itself.

http://seftoncoast.co.uk/plan

Sexual Health Training Survey 2017

Sefton Sexual Health Service would like to hear your views to help shape their plans to put on free workforce sessions.

You can CLICK HERE to take the survey

Sefton Sexual Health Service is commissioned by Sefton Council to deliver a combined clinical service alongside sexual health promotion. The service is expected to provided targeted work and support for young people and other members of the community who are known to be more vulnerable to poor sexual health. Part of this support is building capacity within the teams of professionals who support these groups.

This questionnaire is a scoping activity to help understand how that training should look so that a workforce development programme that is tailor-made specifically to Sefton.

The questions ask a little about your organisation and role in supporting young people. It then goes to ask questions about the types of training that would be useful and whether accreditation is something which is valued.

Active Sefton – Swim Consultation

Active Sefton in partnership with Sport England are looking at improving Sefton’s swimming offer. We will be looking at our existing swimming pools (Bootle Leisure Centre, Meadows and Dunes Splashworld) with a view to improving facilities and activities, in order to increase participation across all ages and abilities.

Click here for a link to the survey.

Sefton are one of 12 Local Authorities across the country to be allocated funding to make such changes as part of a Sport England Pilot.  Key to this is extensive consultation with local residents (user and non-users) which will enable us to collate information and opinion regarding the current services around swimming in Sefton and improvements that could be made. The outcome of the consultation will influence Sport England funding which will enable us to potentially renovate existing facilities and revamp current and new services.

The aim is to gain feedback regarding the Councils current swimming provision and insight into what would attract current non users into Active Sefton facilities.

The results from this consultation will enable Active Sefton to prioritise areas for improvement and develop new opportunities.

Aims:

  • To improve the existing swimming offer (both facilities and programmes)
  • To attract more people to participate in swimming activities
  • To increase the Health & Wellbeing of residents

All questionnaires will be anonymous – except for those who want to take part in further focus groups.  No information will be disclosed to others outside of those involved in the project.  No personal details will be disclosed as part of the results and subsequent funding bid to Sport England.

Full details of the consultation and subsequent swimming activity will be shared and a full marketing and communications plan will be implemented.

Have Your Say on Sefton MBC’s Draft Sefton Playing Pitch Strategy (closing Friday 22nd April)

Sefton Council would like to notify residents that it is consulting on the Draft Sefton Playing Pitch Strategy. The Sefton Playing Pitch Strategy is a strategy that assesses the demand and supply of playing pitches and what the key issues are in relation to playing pitches in Sefton. The strategy also comes up with key recommendations on how to improve the quality of playing pitches in Sefton.

The Strategy covers the following sports:

  • Football pitches
  • Cricket pitches
  • Rugby union pitches
  • Artificial grass pitches (AGPs) (Hockey)
  • Bowling greens
  • Tennis courts
The council is keen to hear from any groups or individuals who are involved in sports or have an interest in sports provision in Sefton.

The draft documents are available at the following address: www.sefton.gov.uk/pitchstrategy

Paper copies are also available at the Planning Service offices, at Magdalen House, 30 Trinity Road, Bootle L20 3NJ and also at local libraries throughout Sefton.

We would like comments on the draft documents to be submitted in writing by Friday 22nd April 2016. Comments should be made via email to local.plan@sefton.gov.uk or alternatively in writing to the Local Plan Team, Magdalen House, 30 Trinity Road, Bootle L20 3NJ.

Have your say on the future of Area Committees in Sefton

A public consultation into the future of the three Area Committees in Southport, Bootle and Sefton Central started on 1st February 2016 and will run for 7 weeks, ending on 21st March 2016.

The aim of the consultation is to establish whether Area Committees are the most effective way of talking with members of the public for Council business.

Sefton is also looking to modernise the ways that it engages with members of the public and stakeholders to reflect the new digital society.

As part of the consultation the following areas will be considered:

  • What is the current awareness of Area Committees and should they be retained as a way for members of the public to talk to the Council and Councillors
  • Functions of the Area Committees
  • What are the current and new avenues of communication for members of the public to engage with the Council and Councillors
  • What are the barriers that people experience in engaging with the Council
  • Any suggestions for improvement

The Council is always looking at the most effective ways for members of the public to talk to the Council and Councillors and through this process we want to positively look at optimising more modern ways of reaching our wider communities.  The consultation will give all residents the opportunity to have their say on the future of the Area Committees.

All comments received will be included in a consultation report which will then form part of a Cabinet report on the future of Area Committees in Sefton.

A number of events are taking place across the borough which give everyone the opportunity to have their say. These are taking place at:

  • March 7 – Southport Town Hall – 10am, 11am, 5pm or 6pm
  • March 15 – Bootle Town Hall – 2pm, 3pm, 5pm or 6pm
  • March 16 – Maghull Town Hall – 10am or 11am
  • March 16 – Formby Gild Hall – 2pm or 3pm
  • March 16 – St Luke’s Church, Crosby – 5.30pm or 6.30pm

You can register to attend one of the events by emailing yourseftonyoursay@sefton.gov.uk or by calling 0151 934 4604.  The deadline to register is March 3rd for the Southport event and March 11 for all other sessions.

If you are unable to attend one of the consultation sessions, you can make your comments in writing toyourseftonyoursay@sefton.gov.uk or you can post them to Area Committee Consultation, Strategic Support Team, 7thFloor, Merton House, Stanley Road, Bootle, L20 7UU.  Alternatively an on-line response form is available for you to complete at https://www.engagespace.co.uk/sefton/default.aspx.

The following questions will be considered as part of the consultation sessions and you might find it useful to use them as the basis for your response:-

1.    Are you aware of Area Committees?

2.    If you have have you ever attended one or raised an issue?

3.    Which Area Committee have you attended?

Southport

South Sefton

Central Sefton

4.    Should the Council keep Area Committees as a way for members of the public to raise issues with and talk to the Council and Councillors?

5.    What would be your preferred way of raising issues with and talking to the Council and Councillors if Area Committees did not exist?

6.    What do you see as the key barriers to raising issues and talking to the Council and Councillors?

7.    Do you have any other views or comments?

Please feel free to forward details of this consultation to anybody who you feel may wish to be involved.