Restricted services will be in place during Christmas and New Year as most Sefton Council staff are required to take unpaid leave as part of continuous cost-saving measures.
Like previous years, residents can still access a range of information and transactions via the council website - www.sefton.gov.uk
This includes checking bin collections, applying for licences, reporting environmental issues or paying Council Tax and business rates.
Because of the unpaid leave to be taken on December 24, 27, 28 and 31, most council buildings will be closed, contributing to significant savings as part of the budget setting process.
Services that will continue to operate include critical social care services for adults and children, a limited street cleaning service, Registrars, domestic and commercial waste collections and urgent highways issues, including gritting.
Residents are also being encouraged to recycle as much waste as possible and use the household waste recycling centres across the borough.
Similar to other years, the green wheelie bin collection for garden waste will be suspended from the end of November and will return in March 2019.
Some Sefton Council-run leisure centres will be open at varying times during these dates and users are advised to check sefton.gov.uk for opening times.
A list of social care emergency phone numbers is attached below.
Cllr Ian Maher, Labour Leader of Sefton Council, said: "The Christmas shut-down has been in operation for a number of years now and it contributes to the savings we have to make due significant reductions in Government funding.
"Over the course of the financial year, our hard-working staff have their pay reduced in order to take four days unpaid leave.
"Other savings from the closure period come from the reduced need for heating, lighting and running buildings, equipment and vehicles. This all helps contribute to the £64m of saving we need to make a balanced budget by 2020.
"While reduced services are being operated, we will still maintain key services for some of the most vulnerable residents in our communities. However, it is still clear to see that austerity is not over and the harsh Government cuts are still biting us with a noticeable impact on our residents."
To access a range of service and transactions online, visit sefton.gov.uk. An automated phone service will be in place between December 22 and January 1, 2019 (inclusive) on 0345 140 0845 and most service requests will only be actioned beyond January.
Swimming Lesson Closure Dates Christmas 2018
We would just like to take this opportunity to say thank you for your custom with the Active Aquatics Swimming Lesson Programme.
School Improvement Team - re-location
The School Improvement team have re-located to Sefton Professional Development Centre, Park Road, Formby.
The telephone numbers at our previous base (Redgate Centre) are no longer in use. Please contact us on: 0151 934 5354 / 5350 / 5352
Mayor’s Toy Appeal: Make a family’s Christmas extra special
Sefton’s Mayor is once again asking as many people as possible across the borough to get behind this year’s Christmas gift appeal.
Each year thousands of kind hearted residents donate toys, gifts and stocking fillers to some of the borough’s most deserving children to make their Christmas extra special.
Gifts, for children of all ages, can be taken to either Bootle or Southport Town Halls or dropped off at any Sefton Council library or leisure centre by Friday December 21.
Residents can also donate at the Asda stores in Bootle and Central 12 in Southport. Gift tokens are particularly welcome to be given to older children.
All presents will then be distributed to children and young people throughout the borough by volunteers from Sefton Council and Sefton Children’s Trust on behalf of the Mayor.
Cllr Dave Robinson, the Mayor of Sefton, said: “Every year thousands of people who live or work in Sefton donate a present for the annual Mayor’s Christmas Gift Appeal.
“Their generosity is amazing and I’m hoping 2018 will be no different as we make Christmas that little bit more special for those less fortunate."
“Any donation is welcome and we are looking for gifts for all ages from babies and toddlers to teens."
“To ensure we can get the right gift to the right child may I please ask that the gifts be new and are left
Letty Draper, ASDA Community Champion, added: “Please take the time to either donate an unwrapped new gift or toy in to the Christmas gift trolley at either of our Bootle or Southport stores."
“You can find the donation points by the in-store Christmas tree. Thank you for all your support and let’s make Christmas better by donating a gift.”
For further information on the Mayor’s Christmas Gift Appeal please call 07837863075.
£115,000 waste prevention fund announced to help community groups
A share of £115,000 is up for grabs to help make the Liverpool City Region a cleaner and greener place.
The funding has been made available for community and voluntary groups, schools, faith groups and not-for-profit organisations in Sefton, who can reduce household waste, encourage recycling and resource re-use and prevent carbon emissions.
The projects will also have to demonstrate wider positive impacts on the environment, health and education.
The money is coming from the Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority and Veolia Community Fund 2019/20, which has been running annually since 2006.
Successful applicants can be awarded up to £25,000 for schemes which operate across all six districts in Merseyside and Halton, and £8,000 for projects which work solely at one local authority level.
Interested groups should complete and submit a Stage One form with MRWA. If applicants are shortlisted then they will be asked to fill in a more detailed Stage Two entry. Successful projects will receive the funding in April 2019 and will have twelve months to deliver their schemes.
Organisations interested in this year’s Community Fund can either
Download the Stage One application form and Guidance at www.merseysidewda.gov.uk
Contact the Authority by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org / Tel: 0151 255 1444
The deadline for stage one application submissions is set as Friday January 4, 2019 at 11.59pm.