20 MPH scheme Consultation to begin 8th July

The consultation with Victoria and Manor Ward residents over a proposed 20MPH scheme in the area will be held between 8th and 19th July. The roads affected are shown below. Residents in the affected areas will receive a four page consultation document in the next few days.

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Proposal for a 20MPH zone in Victoria ward

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Cllr John Fairclough
Cabinet member Transport

During 2012/13, a series of blanket 20 mph speed  limit areas were introduced in various areas with the Borough. This was in line  with the current Borough-wide policy for the introduction of 20 mph speed limits in all residential areas.

The policy, which was approved by Cabinet Member Transportation in October 2011, stated that the speed limit on all residential areas within Sefton, with the exception of main distributor roads, should be reduced to 20 mph as a rolling
programme over a three or four year period.

Tonight 6th June. Councillors at the Sefton Central area committee will be asked to approve a public consultation of several new 20 mph zones and the network of main distributor roads which will remain at 30/40 mph.

Here is a map showing how the proposed scheme will affect Victoria Ward.  If you reside in Victoria Ward and have any comments on the proposal then please eMail me on michael.roche@councillors@sefton.gov.uk 

The Agenda a full details of the proposed 20mph zones across Sefton and the full meeting agenda can be downloaded at this link :  CLICK  HERE 

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20 mph zone. Affected areas withing victoria ward

Streets affected in Victoria Ward only

Streets affected in Victoria Ward only

Re-cycle Plastic and Cardboard

recycle_symbolVictoria residents will, at last, be able to re-cycle Plastic & Cardboard as part of the normal collection service.

Households which currently have a weekly household waste collection will receive re-usable brown and white woven sacks for their plastic bottles and cardboard.

The sacks, being delivered from next week (June 10), have letters in them giving detailed information about what types of plastic and cardboard can be recycled. The letters also inform residents that the new recycling service will take place on the same day as their current refuse/recycling collections.recycle-img

It is hoped that collecting these additional materials will improve recycling in areas where it tends to be lower. Currently Sefton’s borough-wide recycling rate stands at 40.8%.

Funding for the new scheme is taken from Government money and comes ahead of Sefton’s statutory obligation to introduce plastics and cardboard recycling across the borough by 2015.


Sefton Library review – closures?


Carnegie Library, Crosby

Proposals to implement Sefton Council’s Strategic Plan for Libraries” will be decided at the meeting of it’s Cabinet at Southport Town Hall on Thursday 23rd May at 10:00 am.

The proposals include the possible closure of the nearest Library to Victoria Ward Carnegie Library in December 2013

The proposals include improvements to services in other Libraries including the removal of fees for reservations and PC usage.

A community group hoping to propose a rescue package for Carnegie Library has been formed calledFriends of Carnegie Library

Grass Fires Update

les smallestMy fellow ward councillor and Vice-Chair of the Fire & Rescue service Cllr Les Byrom CBE said this morning:”Arson is one if the most serious crimes on the statute book, it used to be a capital offence, now it can carry a life sentence, so idiots setting deliberate fires are taking a massive personal risk.  Weather related grass fires is a natural phenomenon, but anti social fire setting will be dealt with by Police and the Fire Service with maximum vigour”
Operation Beachsafe A taskforce which aims to keep visitors and residents safe on Sefton’s coastline was launched on Friday, 22 March 2013 


Firefighters Tackle Grass Fires In Sefton – Press release 12.04.13

Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service has issued fire safety guidance after firefighters attended 68 grass fires in Sefton in the space of 12 days. There were a total of 334 grass fires over the Easter break between Friday, March 29 and Tuesday, April 9 and 68 of those happened in Sefton.
Of those incidents, 31 grass fires were attended by Bootle & Netherton Community Fire Station, 24 were attended by Crosby Fire Station, nine were attended by Formby Fire Station and four were attended by crews from Southport Fire Station.
Hot spot areas are now being targeted by Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service’s prevention team and partners.
There have been a number of incidents in the Rimrose Valley Park area and work such as high visibility patrols are being carried out in that area with the partnership organisations.
MF&RS staff will also be visiting schools in the area and delivering joint assemblies about the dangers of setting fires deliberately and grassland fires.
On Sunday, March 31, there was a large fire involving grassland and sand dunes in Formby between Albert Road in Formby and Altcar Training Camp. Nobody is believed to have been injured in the incident and the cause of the fire is unknown.
Operation Beachsafe is currently ongoing along Sefton’s coastline to deal with fires along the beach areas. It runs until September and involves partners including Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service, Merseyside Police, Sefton Council, Sefton’s Coast and Countryside Rangers, The National Trust, RNLI lifeguards, British Transport Police, councillors and parish councillors.
The issue of grassfires in Sefton will be highlighted at the next Operation Beachsafe meeting later this month. MF&RS staff will also be contacting schools in the Formby area to highlight the dangers of grassfires.
Group Manager Rob Pritchard, MF&RS Sefton district manager, said: “There have been a number of grass fires in the Sefton area in the past two weeks.
“We are working with our partners to tackle those issues and to prevent grass fires. This includes visiting schools as well as raising awareness in the community about the dangers of grass fires and how they can be prevented.
“This work will continue as the good weather approaches. We want residents and visitors to be safe and enjoy parks and beaches in Sefton.”
Of those fires between , there were 59 in Liverpool, 47 in Wirral, 68 in Sefton, 60 in Knowsley and 100 in St Helens.
Fire safety advice has been issued to the public who are using parkland areas as the milder weather approaches.
There are simple steps people can take to reduce the chance of a grass fire.
People should ensure cigarettes are extinguished properly and should not throw cigarette ends on the ground or out of vehicle windows.
Rubbish should be taken home and not left behind, especially glass bottles as they can magnify the sun’s rays and start a fire. They can also injure people and animals.
Open fires should not be lit in parks and open spaces and should only be lit in safe designated areas.
Anyone who spots a grass fire is asked to report it immediately to Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service. Early detection can prevent it from developing into a larger incident. People are also asked to give as much detail as possible and the name of the nearest main road.
People are urged not to tackle fires that can’t be put out with a bucket of water. They should leave the area as quickly as possible and dial 999.
Extra caution should be taken when lighting barbecues and people should never use petrol as it can ignite quickly and soon get out of control. Only approved lighting fuels should be used and barbecues should only be used in suitable safe areas. They should never be lit indoors and never left unattended.
Land owners and land managers are advised to ensure that fire breaks or gaps in vegetation are well maintained and that the grass is kept short and any rubbish is removed from the site.
MF&RS Area Manager Myles Platt, said: “Firefighters have been called out to a number of accidental and deliberate grass fires.
“Deliberately starting fires on grassland and open spaces is arson and offenders will be prosecuted.
“If a fire appliance has to attend a grass fire that has been started deliberately it may delay the response to another emergency.
“Fires started on grassland near motorways and busy roads can cause smoke to drift across roads, creating a hazard for drivers.
“Some accidental fires can be avoided by following the simple safety measures we have highlighted.
“We want people to enjoy the parks and open spaces in Merseyside and to be as safe as possible from fire.”

Local Grass Fires

Fire logoThe dry and windy weather since the snow in early March  has left areas of grassland very dry and sixty grass fires have been reported in Sefton between Friday, March 29th to Tuesday, April 9th. That includes damage to Moorside and Victoria Park in Victoria ward and also in Rimrose Valley.

334 fires have been reported in the Merseyside area in total.

Merseyside Fire and rescue services report that there may be various causes of the fire not just Anti-Social behaviour and ask that “People should ensure that cigarettes are extinguished properly and should not throw cigarette ends on the ground or out of vehicle windows”  See PRESS RELEASE

Me in the Centre with my Wife Avril and Councillor Les Byrom MBE

Me in the Centre with my Wife Avril and Councillor Les Byrom CBE

Fellow Victoria Ward Councillor & Merseyside Fire & Rescue service Vice Chairman Les Byrom says “I have asked for a more specific Sefton update over the weekend, I am told most fires are small, ASB type, but mostly in the Rimrose valley area. There has also been a fire incident in Formby on the beach”






Latest Job Vacancies from Sefton @ Work

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Please click the link below to view current job vacancies with details of how to apply.

arrow  Retail Store Supervisor- Liverpool ref: 901628

arrow  General Assistant/Party Host, Netherton Ref. 901664

arrow  Sales Agent/Executive – 901636

arrow  901 652 Part Time Care Assistant Southport

arrow  901657 Outbound Sales Advisor Southport

arrow  901653- Activities Assistant Southport

arrow  901658 Customer Service Advisor Southport

arrow  901661 Bank Support Staff (Southport)

arrow  901661 Bank Support Staff (Southport)

arrow  Sales Representative- Self Employed- 901659

arrow   901654 Home Help (Southport)

arrow  Nursery Practitioner- Waterloo -Ref. 901656

arrow   Apprentice Teaching Assistant Ref. Thornton 901685

arrow  901655 Domestic Cleaner Southport

arrow  Apprenticeship in Wood Working (Ref. 901660) – Maghull


Walking In Snowdonia this weekend – Warning

After a number of rescues and a fatality this week Snowdonia Mountain Rescue teams warned walkers “not to go into the mountains of north Wales over Easter unless fully prepared!  Conditions are hazardous. There is a risk of powdered snow avalanche and there is also a hard crust.”

Icy conditions on Crib Goch, Snowdon 1000ft from summit

Icy conditions on Crib Goch, Snowdon 1000ft from summit

Sefton MBC Consultation on Charging for Green Waste Collection

As part of the Budget set on February 28th this year, we accepted the recommendation  that savings could be found in the provision of sevices for green waste collection.
Members of all parties have expressed both skepticism and support for the move. The Council wil2013-03-26 12.00.43l now perform a full public consultation on this. The consultation can be found HERE
The consultation, which runs until June 14, 2013, aims to seek the views of as many people as possible about the option of introducing a charge for the service.
The purpose of the consultation is to:
1.  Explain why a charge to collect green waste is being proposed

2.  Find out how much people are prepared to pay for receiving this service
3.  Find out what part of the week people would like their collections to be made

4.  How people will dispose of their green waste if they do not use this service.
My View.
I think a small charge for this service is not unfair given the economic situation.  If the outcome is that more people compost their own green waste then that is a plus for the environment.
However, I think it would be a loss to the environment and unfair on those who don’t have gardens, who wish to re-cycle relatively small amounts of green food waste (potato peel etc..) which would  inevitably end up with normal waste.

Bin Collection delays – Sefton MBC Press release

Today’s adverse weather conditions have affected refuse and recycling collection, especially in the south Sefton area, mainly on side streets.

Our current advice is to place wheelie bins and recycling out as normal for collections on Friday, March 21.

Collections are operating as normal in the north of the borough, but some collections from RAF Woodvale to the

Snow on Endfield Road, March 22 2013

Snow on Enfield Avenue, March 22 2013

Liverpool boundary may be missed.

Residents who missed their collections on Friday, March 22 due to the heavy snowfall and poor ground conditions, should leave their bins and recycling out. Crews will endeavour to recover any missed collections on Monday, March 25.

Recycling collections, run by Palm Recycling, The Council’s Contractor, will mirror the arrangements operated by Sefton Council.

Any updated information on collections will be reported on www.sefton.gov.uk 

and via our twitter feed @SeftonCouncil.