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Public consultation

We value your views – and regularly ask residents and communities what they think about issues that might affect them, their families or the areas they live in.

To find out about consultations that may affect you, visit our consultation suite. For each consultation this 'one-stop shop' explains:

  • Why we’re consulting and what we hope to achieve.
  • Who we are consulting with - and how we are doing it.
  • When - and for how long each consultation will last.
  • How to take part in more general online surveys - so you can give us your views on current issues

For more information about how we consult with residents download our Consultation Code

Current Consultations

The New Local Plan for St Helens 2018-2033

St Helens Council is preparing a new Local Plan. This Plan will set how much new development for housing, employment and other uses should take place in the Borough. It will identify where new development should take place and set out the policies for assessing planning applications.

To find For more information about the proposals and how to have your say visit www.sthelens.gov.uk/localplan


School Admissions Code

St Helens Council has a duty under the School Admissions Code to consult on the admission arrangements of Community and Voluntary Controlled Schools and the Co-ordinated Admissions Scheme at least once every 7 years, even if there have been no changes during that period. The last public consultation on admission arrangements and the co-ordinated admissions scheme took place in December 2009 on the 2011/12 Admission Arrangements.

Please find a link below to St.Helens Council's proposed Community and Voluntary Controlled schools admission arrangements and its proposed scheme to co-ordinate admissions for 2018/19 applicable to the primary and secondary processes, for consultation. https://www.sthelens.gov.uk/schools-education/school-admissions/consultation-on-pupil-admission-arrangements/

Comments and suggestions, about the proposed Community and Voluntary Controlled School Admission Arrangements and/ or the co-ordinated schemes, can be made to schooladmissions@sthelens.gov.uk by Friday 27 January 2017.


Discretionary School Clothing Allowances Consultation

Over the last six years the Council has received a £74m reduction in its main Central Government grant alongside reductions to other funding sources.  Despite these immense challenges, we have continued to effectively provide a full range of services, thereby limiting the impact on residents.

Further reductions in government grants are assured for the next three years.  The Council is currently forecasting that it will be required to save £20.6 million between 2017 and 2020, with £7.8 million necessary for the financial year commencing 1st April 2017.

St Helens Council is in a minority of local authorities that maintain a financial assistance scheme towards the cost of a school uniform for families who are in receipt of a defined benefit or award.  In 2015/16 the total value of financial support provided for school uniforms was approximately £244,000.

The Council needs to carefully consider the future of services that we don’t have a statutory duty to provide.  Following evaluation, it is proposed that the Council consult on withdrawing the provision of discretionary school clothing allowances from 1st April 2017. 

It is recognised that removing this financial support may affect you and we are keen to hear your views and alternative suggestions.

Should you wish to express an opinion, you can do so either by writing to the address below or completing our online survey

The closing date for this consultation is Monday 16th January 2017

Mr G Tyrer
People’s Services Department
Atlas House
Corporation Street
St Helens

Transportation and Highways

We would like your views on the highways and transportation services in St Helens.

This includes:

- the condition of the roads
- street lights
- pavements and footpaths
- traffic congestion and pollution
- the rights of way network.

We want to know if you think these could be improved and what your priorities are. This is your chance to have your say.

The questionnaire can be completed by anyone who lives, works or travels in St Helens.

Closing date is 1st December

Have your say in how the Council can make savings of £7.8m for 2017/18

Local government financing is at a critical point with the continuation of imposed government spending reductions and growing demand on services. Further reductions in revenue grant funding are assured for the next three years and by 2020 the Council will be reliant solely on the monies it raises locally to fund the delivery of services.

At present we estimate that we will have to take a further £20.6 million out of our budget between 2017 and 2020, with £7.8 million to be found over the course of 2017/18.

The 'YouChoose' Budget Simulator gives you the opportunity to tell us what your priorities would be to balance the budget. You can give us your views through to the beginning of February. We will take your views into account, along with other information when Councillors agree the budget for 2017/18.

St.Helens Council Satisfaction Survey

If you contacted us about a service, we are interested to know about your customer experience. If you could take a few moments to complete the questionnaire and we will use this information to improve our services for the future.