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Lest We Forget – A Night To Remember’ comes to Crosby

The latest in a series of Sefton Council funded events has been announced to help commemorate the centenary of the end of World War One.

‘Lest We Forget – A Night To Remember’ will be hosted by The Royal British Legion’s Crosby Branch, in partnership with Sainsbury’s, and features music and poetry readings to evoke emotive memories of life during World War One.

The Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Dave Robinson, will be present to officially open the evening, which features war poets, songs to raise morale and poems and readings that help recall the most emotional recollections of the Great War.

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Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “This year marks the centenary of the end of World War One and we are proud to be able to support various local legions in supporting our communities.

“These events, from quiz nights to poetry readings, go hand in hand with our Beyond The War Memorials campaign as we look to honour our WW1 heroes and heroines from across the geographical area which now makes up Sefton.

The poetry and music evening takes place at St Helen’s Church, Alexandra Road, Crosby on Friday November 2 from 7pm.

Tickets are on sale now from the customer service desk at Sainsbury’s Superstore, Liverpool Road, Crosby.

For more information please call the Crosby Royal British Legion branch office on 0151 924 0721 on Wednesday and Saturday mornings.

Bridle Road to close temporarily for carriageway works

Bridle Road in Netherton will temporarily close for five days to undertake carriageway resurfacing and hedge cutting works next month.

Due to the narrow width of the carriageway, Bridle Road will be closed to all through traffic for the duration of the works, which are due to begin on Monday October 15.

These works will be signposted accordingly and diversions are in place Via Dunningsbridge Road, Netherton Way A59, Hornby Road and Southport Road.

Cllr John Fairclough, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Locality Services said: “Unfortunately the nature of these works, including how deep the excavation of the carriageway needs to be, means that we have to close the road to through traffic.

“Access for pedestrians and emergency vehicles will be maintained at all times but we are asking residents and businesses to make adequate provisions for any deliveries as access may be denied due to site safety.”

For further information on road closures across the borough visit


Work starts to upgrade platforms on the Merseyrail network

A programme of platform upgrades is about to begin to prepare the Merseyrail network for the arrival in 2020 of new, state of the art trains that will transform how people travel.

The phased programme of upgrades will take place between October 2018 and June 2019, starting with

Phase one on the Northern Line.

Phase one will see work take place from 20th October to 28th October at stations between Ormskirk and Walton and from 29th October to 9th November at stations between Ormskirk and Old Roan. Where stations are closed rail replacement buses will be in operation, information will be available at stations.

Passengers are advised to visit for more information.

The second phase of work will take place between 12th November and 16th December at Bank Hall station. Rail replacement buses will be in operation and information will be available at stations closer to the time.

These vital works, delivered by Network Rail, will involve upgrading existing platforms and realigning tracks to ensure that they are compatible with the new trains and their ground breaking, sliding step technology that will provide unassisted access for all.

This means that wheelchair users can board the train without a ramp and passengers with prams and cycles can get on and off the train with ease. This technology represents a pioneering approach for the UK.

There will be 11 phases of work between October 2018 and June 2019. Only short sections of line will be closed at any one time, with all stations on that section closed. Closures will vary in duration, but most will be between nine and 30 days at a time.

High quality, rail replacement buses will get passengers to where they need to go as quickly as possible and some of these will be express services.

Merseytravel, Merseyrail and Network Rail have worked collaboratively on this project and significant planning work has been carried out to minimise the time needed to complete these important works and reduce disruption to passengers.

More detailed information will be made available in advance of each phase and travellers will be encouraged to plan ahead, stick to public transport and consider their travel options including commercial bus services and the Mersey Ferries.

Businesses and organisations are advised to think about what they may need to put in place to support staff and customers.

Eastbank Street to undergo overnight carriageway works

Eastbank Street, Southport will undergo overnight carriageway maintenance works from October 15, which will last for approximately two weeks.

Sefton Council’s Highways team will be issuing letters to residents and businesses on Eastbank Street, to let them know about the upcoming carriageway resurfacing project.

Work is due to commence on Monday October 15 and will take approximately fourteen nights to complete.

The works will take place between the junction of Princes Street and Scarisbrick New Road’s roundabout with Eastbank Street, with the road closed to traffic between 6.30pm and 1am.

Cllr John Fairclough, Cabinet Member for Locality Services, said: “Sefton is a borough continuously on the move and making sure Eastbank Street’s carriageway is maintained is a priority.

“Due to the location of the works and the amount of surrounding properties and businesses, we are intending to carry out the works of an evening after 6.30pm to minimise inconvenience and disruption as much as possible.”

It is planned for the night works to end at midnight, followed by a site safety procedure which will be completed on each occasion by 1am.

Pedestrian access to shops and amenities will be available at all times, as well as access for emergency vehicles.

Diversions will be in place via Lord Street, Manchester Road, Hartwood Road, St Luke’s Road, Rose Hill, Ash Street, Forest Road, Virginia Street and vice versa.

Both the works and diversion routes will be signposted accordingly.

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Formby Chapel Lane Trees update

Sefton Council has agreed to let Formby Parish Council carry out pruning works on two dangerous trees set to be removed in Formby.

Last month Sefton Council wrote to the Parish Council asking for them to agree to a number of conditions that could halt the removal works taking place.

Most of these conditions have now been met regarding the two horse chestnut trees situated outside Cassidy’s and Boots in the village.

Despite an independent report carried out for the Parish Council highlighting how both trees are diseased with bleeding canker and the usual way of dealing with this is by felling the trees, the trees will remain for the time being.

At their own cost, the Parish Council is now planning pruning works in the hope of saving the two trees. Sefton Council will continue to monitor the situation of the two trees as the Council has an ongoing duty as a Highway Authority to ensure that the highway is safe.

Sefton Council had scheduled to remove the two diseased horse chestnuts due to the significant health and safety risk these dying trees pose and before they become structurally unstable.

A spokesman for Sefton Council said: “While we strongly believe both trees pose too much of a risk giving the impending winter weather, we earmarked them to be removed for the safety of our communities.

“However, after ongoing discussions with Formby Parish Council, they have agreed to a number of conditions where they will carry out maintenance work to mitigate the immediate risk and try and save the trees.

“Our priority is and always will be the safety of residents and visitors to Formby and we will continue to monitor this situation.”

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