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Wesley Street is a world of shopping wonder

Wesley Street is Southport’s very own ‘Village In The Town.’

A microcosm of shopping, eating and entertaining delights, the colourful street is nestled away between Eastbank Street and Tulketh Street in Southport Town Centre. 

Stepping into Wesley Street is often described as stepping into a different world. 

Awash with independent boutiques, barbers, cafes and shops, with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, there is something for everyone.

Accredited with numerous awards for floral displays, community spirit and best Neighbourhood award 2014, you will find a string of unique, independent shops painted in pastel colours.

The traders host family-friendly events throughout the year, such as the Wesley Street Festival.

You will find a traditional sweet shop, celebration cakes, family photographers, a wool shop, butchers, antique jewellers, cafes, gifts and much much more!

With 22 shops, all locally owned, Wesley street gives a personal service with unique products that only independent shopkeepers can offer.

Royal Wedding Street Party planners need to get in touch

Residents across the borough planning a street party to celebrate the Royal wedding in May need to contact Sefton Council.

Party organisers are being asked to get in touch with Sefton Council in relation to any possible street closures on Saturday, May 19 for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Sefton is keen that as many people as possible enjoy the special occasion, but any road closures must be formally advertised in the local press.

Residents planning a party have until Friday, April 20 to notify the Council which will enable all the road closures to be legally advertised in one advert.

Cllr John Fairclough, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member Locality Services, said: “Already we have been contacted about a couple of road closures for street parties celebrating the Royal wedding and if you are thinking of this, please get in touch.

“Organising a street party has many different rewards and brings together neighbours and local communities.

“Anyone who is planning such an event should contact us as soon as possible so that we have details on what they are planning for the day.

“Unfortunately, it will not be possible to process any requests after the deadline so we would urge residents to get in touch as soon as possible.”

To apply for a temporary road closure either call 0345 140 0845, email or apply in writing to Colin Taylor at Highway Safety, Magdalen House, 30 Trinity Road, Bootle, L20 3NJ.

Residents will need to provide the organiser’s name and address and contact details, the date they plan to hold the party and the road or section of road they wish to close. Officers will assess the location of the road closure before responding directly to each applicant and there will not be a charge for the legal procedures for the road closure.

For further information about events taking place in Sefton, please visit

The Sefton Good Dog Code: What You Need To Know

The Sefton Good Dog Code is an informative campaign which encourages good and responsible dog ownership in the borough. 

For more information about these rules and to learn more about the Good Dog Code, visit

Posters, leaflets and interactive smartphone adverts are going up in parks and public areas around Sefton following the launch of the Good Dog Code and the recent Public Space Protection Order. 

Local residents and dog lovers have worked alongside Sefton in the creation of the Code, which tells residents to clean up after their pets, respect those who don’t like dogs, follow the rules and ensure their dog is socialized before it mingles with other dogs. 

Cllr Paulette Lappin, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regulation and Compliance, said: “The code was jointly put together by ourselves and residents to promote responsible dog ownership.

“Along with the poster and flyers, we’ll be placing QR codes around our parks, coastal areas and cemeteries which links to the online version of the Good Dog Code.

“There are plenty of ways you can be a responsible dog owner, from making sure you clean up after your pets to respecting none-dog lovers.

“Unfortunately some dog owners are not responsible and have no regard for their community. For these few, legislation is tough on them.

“Enforcement action such as fixed penalties and possible court action can be taken against these dog owners.”

Lyn Hilton the founder of local volunteer group ‘Sefton Dogs’ added: “What began as a campaign to ensure that our dogs could enjoy off lead experience at the beach and on our local nature reserves changed into a volunteer movement which aims for a friendly, informed and responsible approach to dog ownership in Sefton. 

“I am proud to say that since June of this year members of Sefton Dogs have been working closely with Sefton Council, attending promotional events, advising on publicity materials and building up a bank of helpful information online.”

Since July, Sefton has had a Public Space Protection Order across the borough with informs dog owners about certain rules which must be followed. 

Take a stroll through Formby Pine Woods in #ETW2018

West of Victoria Road lies a not-so-hidden gem in Formby’s historic and beautiful National Trust pine woods and beaches.

The glorious sandy beaches of Formby are perfect for family picnics, coastal walks, dog walking, wave jumping, kite flying or just lazy days at the beach. Prehistoric footprints have been uncovered in silt beds exposed by the moving sand.

The woodlands at Formby are home to a population of red squirrels, making it one of the few places in the UK where you can catch a glimpse of these shy creatures. 

Covered with marram grass and home to a number of rare and protected species, the ever-shifting sand dunes are also one of Formby’s fantastic features and are a popular tourist trap during the hotter Summer weather.

2018 marks 51 years since the National Trust first set up in Formby.

While celebrating half a century in the borough, superb partnership working has also enabled Sefton to successfully transfer further land at Formby Point to the National Trust.

Watch this space as National Trust look to develop this site even further for the benefit of us all.

Record breaking Open means big business for Sefton

More than £20m of business was generated for the Sefton economy by hosting The 146th Open at Royal Birkdale last year.

Businesses the length and breadth of the borough benefited from staging the Championship which brought record crowds to Southport and the surrounding area in 2017.

An independent report from the Sport Industry Research Centre at Sheffield Hallam University estimates the event delivered at least £20.9m of business for local hotels, shops, restaurants, bars and transport providers.

The wider Liverpool City Region, including Sefton, is estimated to have received a business boost worth at least £35.2m.

Off-course spending by spectators is the largest proportion of the money spent locally, with goods and services bought in the area by players, sponsors, media and event organisers included in the calculation.

The Open at Royal Birkdale, from 16-23 July 2017, attracted 235,000 spectators, a record crowd for the Championship in England.

In a further boost to the tourism economy, an independent monitor of global television coverage of The Open captured graphic, scenic and verbal references to Royal Birkdale, Southport, England’s Golf Coast and the Sefton Coast totalling 707 hours and worth £50.9m in advertising terms.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said:

“The Open was an outstanding success for business locally and will stay long in the memory for some 10,000 local residents who took the opportunity to experience a global sports event on their doorstep.

“It is also pleasing to learn from the independent research that 9 out of 10 people who came to The Open were visitors to Sefton and that 55% intend to return within the next twelve months for leisure or a short break.”


Cllr Ian Maher, Sefton Council’s Leader, added:

“The figures quoted in this study are pretty spectacular and reinforce the fact that we can host amazing sporting events that showcase the borough right across the globe.

“So many different sectors across the Liverpool City Region benefited from The Open and hopefully it is not too long before we welcome The R&A back to Sefton.”

Johnnie Cole-Hamilton, Executive Director – Championships at The R&A, said,

“The Open is a firm favourite with sports fans in the North West with Royal Liverpool in 2014 and Royal Birkdale in 2017 attracting 465,000 spectators between them.

“We were particularly pleased that 30,000 fans at Birkdale were under the age of 25 including 15,000 under-16’s admitted free of charge. It is right that major sports events are mindful of their responsibilities to the local community and to the legions of fans that make The Open the one the best players in the world want to win.”

Key facts from The Open in 2017:

The Open at Royal Birkdale:
• attracted 235,000 spectators, a record for the Championship in England*
• delivered a Total Economic Impact of £20.9m in Sefton and £35.21m, including Sefton, in the Liverpool City Region*
• accounted for 31,542 commercial bed nights in Sefton and 76,552, including Sefton, in the Liverpool City Region*
• generated 5,357 hours of global television coverage in 190 territories including 707 hours of monitored graphic, scenic and verbal references to Royal Birkdale, Southport, England’s Golf Coast and the Sefton Coast with a Total Media Value of £50.9m**

The Open at Royal Birkdale economic impact analysis, conducted by the Sport Industry Research Centre at Sheffield Hallam University, included 2,094 face-to-face spectator interviews and is consistent with UK Sport’s gold standard approach to economic impact studies

* The Economic Impact of The Open, Royal Birkdale 2017, Sport Industry Research Centre, Sheffield Hallam University

** The 146th Open Championship, Public Sector Report, Kantar Media

The 147th Open will be played at Carnoustie in Scotland from 15-22 July 2018.

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