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Bootle Town Hall Heritage Complex Centre

Sefton Council is exploring opportunities to create a cultural and heritage facility within Bootle Town Hall complex of Grade II listed buildings.

 In October 2016, Sefton Council published the Bootle Town Centre Investment Framework – a high level strategic document which looked to harness Bootle’s current assets and help reshape the town into a desirable residential, educational and business location.

 Feedback gained from the Investment Framework highlighted Bootle Town Hall as a great regeneration opportunity with the desire for increased cultural activity a key theme.

 Now a consultation and engagement exercise is set to start, looking at the potential to create a new cultural and heritage facility in the former Bootle Free Library and Museum within the town hall complex. Other civic functions within the town hall would still be maintained. 

 The consultation will run from October-December and a pop-up heritage centre looking potential options will also be in the Strand Shopping Centre during the school October half-term.

 Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said: “By transforming this historic building into a new home of arts and culture in the town, we believe this would be a major statement of the Council’s ambition for Bootle.

 “Potentially this refreshed physical space will be supported by a learning and skills infrastructure, reaching out to the local community and developing materials that can be used in local schools, adult education centres and beyond.

 “We believe this project will help ensure the town hall remains the civic focus of Bootle and also deliver a new cultural offer that will be sustainable and manageable over the long term.

 “At the moment we are only exploring opportunities and want to gauge what local people think about this. Please take the time to look at the consultation and get involved and help shape the future of this wonderful grade II listed building.”

The consultation will go live later this month via sefton.gov.uk 

Cllr Ian Maher – Land East of Maghull

Sefton Council has recently received two planning applications for development on a large site known as Land East of Maghull.  

 Like any other planning applications, it will go through the statutory planning process the council is legally obliged to carry out. 

 However, the manner in which these applications have been submitted has both surprised and disappointed the Council.

 Cllr Ian Maher, Labour Leader at Sefton Council, said:

“I am really disappointed in the approach the developers have taken over these planning applications.

 “Sadly, there has been no meaningful dialogue with communities or local councillors before these plans were submitted, which smacks to me of arrogance and a desire to ride roughshod over the views of local people.  

 “While this is bad enough, they have also failed to recognise that these developments must be of good quality and design, preferring instead a rushed application which has no overall coherent masterplan and scant documentation to justify their approach. 

 “Local people are quite rightly concerned about these applications and while the planning process will take its legal course which we have to follow, I want to be assured that these developers understand that we will not stand by and see local people and councillors ignored.  

 “Council officers are already discussing our concerns with the developers and I expect to see a much better approach going forward.”

Calling all dog owners: your dogs are your duty

Sefton Council is calling upon dog owners to ensure that their dogs are kept under control in all public spaces.

A Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) is now in place to keep Sefton’s public spaces safe and to protect the environment and wildlife throughout the borough.

In relation to the order, dog owners are required to pick up their dog’s mess, walk no more than 6 dogs at one time, keep dogs from entering enclosed playgrounds and prohibit dogs from entering marked or fenced sports pitches during specified times.

Dogs must also be kept on a lead within defined picnic sites and family areas in parks, within all public roads and footways, within all cemeteries and crematoria, and under any direction from an authorised officer.

It’s important to remember that dogs that are not under control can frighten people and young children and may have an adverse effect on those suffering with allergies.

Additionally, dog foul is not only an eyesore but also has damaging effects to the environment and dogs that are not on leads can unwittingly disturb protected wildlife.

The PSPO has been in place since 13 July 2017 and will continue to be enforced for the next 3 years.

Anybody who fails to comply with this order will be guilty of an offence and will face a fixed penalty notice of £75.

For more information and to see the PSPO in its entirety, please visit https://www.sefton.gov.uk/dogs

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