Labour councillors reassure residents over South African Covid variant in Norwood.

Norwood Councillors Greg Myers, Carran Waterfield and Mhairi Doyle.

Norwood’s councillors have moved to reassure local residents after the discovery of the South African Covid variant in their ward.  

The news caused widespread concern across Southport after it was revealed yesterday that the Covid mutation had been discovered in the PR9 area.  

Now, the ward’s Labour councillors have sought to calm fears by explaining that the case is actually located in their ward and that while concern is understandable, residents should not be unduly alarmed. They should though be more mindful.

Councillor Greg Myers commented: 

“This variant isn’t necessarily more dangerous in terms of the threat it poses to your health but it is more easily spread to others, so increasing risk in that sense. Residents are advised to carry on following the lockdown guidelines, and those who perhaps haven’t been should certainly start doing so now.” 

 “If before the idea was to stay at home and think twice before making any journeys to ensure they are essential, the advice now is think three times and make certain.”     

“Plans are also being put in place for a widespread testing regime. We understand that there will be two mobile units in place at the old Park and Ride on Foul Lane tomorrow, which will be for ward residents  only to use.”  

Mobile testing units and door-to-door testing will be offered.

“My colleague Mhairi Doyle and I will then be joining a team going door-to-door here offering testing to about 10,000 residents in total. This will begin within the next couple of days once training and logistics have been sorted.”  

Councillor Doyle continued: 

“These will be PCR tests and we’d encourage everyone to do the test when we call at their home, it’s very quick and simple and you will have the results back in a couple of days. Our third Labour Councillor in Norwood, Carran Waterfield, is very sadly on bereavement leave at the moment or would undoubtedly have been helping us with this.”  

“For those residents outside the ward, there are testing facilities at Splash World and also, for those who actually already have Covid symptoms, at the town hall.” 

“The council is also doing what it can to offer a support package if anyone then has to self-isolate and the door-to-door tester will be questioning residents about what needs they will have, if so.”  

“We’d also call on the government to look at improving the sick pay situation for people directly caught up in this pandemic, they must ensure that those who are meant to self-isolate do not feel forced to ignore it because of money concerns.” 

“True spirit” of Southport shines through – after MP utterly fails residents.

Sefton Council, local charities and Southport businesses are being praised for rallying around after the government refused to extend free school meals to hardpressed local families this week.

Despite strong appeals from Manchester United footballer and child food poverty campaigner Marcus Rashford, the government voted down the Labour Party motion to give extra free meals support to families during the current crisis by extending it over the holiday periods until next Easter. 

Southport’s Conservative MP Damien Moore, who has been strongly criticised for voting to reduce free school meals in the past, once again refused to support the much-needed help this time by abstaining. 

Just minutes before, he also voted against giving 80% furlough support to local workers and businesses affected by Tier 3 restrictions – leaving them with just two-thirds of wages under government plans. 

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Labour volunteers meet crate expectations as foodbank relocates.

(From left) Ainsdale candidate Sean Flynn, Foodbank CEO Richard Owens and Cllr Greg Myers

Local Labour volunteers reached for the Weetabix and much more this week to help Southport Foodbank relocate their huge warehousing operation.

The foodbank is moving to a new main hub after six years spent at Lakeside Church near Marine Lake since opening its doors back in 2014. 

A scaled-down service for clients needing emergency food parcels will still operate from there but the main centre and warehousing operation will now be based at St Peter’s Church near Birkdale Village until a more permanent venue can be found.

Labour volunteers at St Peter’s Church

Sixteen Labour volunteers including Cllrs Greg Myers and Sean Halsall, local election candidates Sean Flynn, Sonya Kelly and Steve Jowett, along with Police and Crime Commissioner Candidate Emily Spurrell, assisted a handful of foodbank staff to tackle the task after an appeal for help.

Councillor Greg Myers put out the call to local Labour members after hearing that the centre needed volunteers for the move, he explained:

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