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Sefton welcomes Planning Inspectorate decision on Waterloo flats plan

Two separate planning applications to convert office space into flats in Waterloo have been dismissed on appeal by the Planning Inspectorate.

Earlier this year Sefton Council received two separate planning applications from DPP Planning on behalf of Mr Alan Verinder for 1-3 Crosby Road South, Waterloo – both seeking to convert the existing offices and extend them to provide 30 and 32 flats respectively.

Sefton Council’s Planning Committee had originally refused both applications in January 2018, citing significant concerns over the design and layout of the proposed extensions, and impacts on heritage assets.

However, an appeal was lodged but that has just been dismissed by the Planning Inspectorate.

The concerns were fully supported by the independent Inspector, Katie McDonald, who noted in her report: “I find that the proposal would be harmful to the host building, and this would fail to preserve or enhance the character or appearance of the (Conservation Area). This would be in conflict with the Local Plan for Sefton.”

A separate application by Mr Verinder for costs against Sefton Council was also dismissed. In dismissing the claim, the Inspector noted that Sefton Council had proper regard to the impact on the Conservation Area and found that they had: “exercised their duty to determine the planning applications in a reasonable manner having regard to the particular merits of the cases, taking account of all available information.”

Cllr Daren Veidman, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Planning and Building Control, and Chair of Planning Committee, said: “This decision has fully vindicated the Council’s approach to resisting unacceptable forms of development where harm will result to heritage assets.

“It also fully endorses the Council’s consistent approach to assessing all planning applications on their own merits and we welcome all the Planning Inspectorate’s comments in relation to these applications.”

Tommy Fleetwood’s success can inspire new generation of ‘Municipal Masters’

Tommy Fleetwood’s Ryder Cup heroics can serve to inspire a brand new generation of ‘Municipal Masters.’

That’s the hope of Green Sefton after the Southport born champion helped win back the Ryder Cup in a thrilling encounter and made international headlines in the process.

It is the latest success in a career which began over 18 years ago at Sefton Council’s Municipal Golf Course on Park Road West, Southport.

The course, hailed as one of the very best Municipal courses in the country, has also helped produce top talent in Lee Slattery and Matthew Baldwin.

All three were members of Park Golf Club who use Southport Municipal as their course in an ongoing partnership with Sefton Council.

For as little as £8 a round, budding golfers of all ages and abilities can try their hand at the sport and emulate the skill of the course’s past masters

Green Sefton champion Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “We have all been engrossed and encapsulated by Team Europe’s performance in the Ryder Cup and to have an ex Southport Muni star in that group makes us very proud.

“Tommy, a former Sefton Sports Personality, is a fantastic role model for our wonderful borough and his skill is testament to the excellent golfing facilities which are available to anyone!

“We hope Tommy’s Ryder Cup heroics will inspire a new generation of ‘Municipal Masters’ who can learn, develop and refine their golfing skills on either of our courses in Southport or Bootle.”

Green Sefton also maintain Bootle Golf Course on Dunnings Bridge Road. For more information about either Municipal, including pricing, opening hours and equipment hire, visit www.sefton.gov.uk

New Directions scores a success with disability football tournament

Teams from across Merseyside converged on south Sefton this week for the 2018 New Directions Disability Football Tournament.

The event, which was held at Goals Football Centre in Netherton, was hosted by Sefton’s leading social care provider and open to clubs from across the city region.

Eight teams took part in the six-a-side competition, with a team representing Skem Men-aces doing just enough to lift the trophy after a number of hard-fought games against strong opposition.

The other teams that took part were a second side from the Skelmersdale Skem Men-Aces club, Dunningsbridge who are based at the New Directions South Hub on Park Lane in Netherton and a team from Buzz Hub, the St Helens Coalition of Disabled People.

The line-up was completed by teams from disability support charities Phab Liverpool and Halewood-based Your Voice Your Choice, Oakfield Day Service in Liverpool and Kirkby Activity Centre.

The presentations were made by New Directions HR Manager Adam Drury who congratulated all the teams on the competitive but fair way they had played throughout the tournament.

The event was organised by Karl Hughes and Donna Brannan of the New Directions South Hub who have worked to develop close links between the Dunningsbridge team and the Merseyside Disability Football Advisory Group.

As a result New Directions clients have received specialist coaching in the sport, and a Dunningsbridge team plays regularly in a local disability football league.

Commenting on this week’s tournament Karl Hughes said: “The day went very well and all the feedback I have received from players, coaches, officials and spectators has been very positive.

“We’re now hoping we can make the competition an annual event, and expand the size and scope of next year’s tournament.”

Response to anti-gum dropping campaign is simply Gumbelievable!

Businesses, residents and visitors to the borough were given something to chew over at the weekend as Sefton launched its ‘Gumbelievable’ campaign.

Launched on Chapel Street, Southport on Saturday, September 28, the local authority teamed up with the Chewing Gum Action Group to hand out special packs to gum lovers, in a bid to combat the amount of gum which is dropped on the street.

The launch saw hundreds of packs being handed out to residents and tourists along the busy shopping street, as well as A3 chewing gum boards being erected for people to stick their used gum to.

Huge banners warning people not to risk hefty fines have also been placed outside Sefton run leisure centres and beer mats have been handed out to businesses to further reiterate the gumbelievable message.

Cllr Paulette Lappin, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regulation and Compliance, said: “It was great to see that we have the support of so many businesses and residents in our campaign.

“Dropping gum, like any form of litter, is a disgusting and unsightly thing to do and you can be fined so we are making sure there is no reason to do it!

“The packs we handed out contain dozens of disposable wrappers which gum lovers can carry around with them, or failing that, we placed ‘gum boards’ along Chapel Street for people to stick their used gum to.

“We are doing all we can to raise awareness of this issue and we continue to spread the message far and wide, nobody can have an excuse to drop gum.”

Further Gumbelievable events will be announced in the coming weeks.

Sell-out crowds enjoy spectacular Musical Fireworks championships

Crowds in their thousands flocked to Victoria Park, Southport at the weekend to watch an incredible fireworks spectacular.

Despite the weather conditions on Sunday which led to an earlier than expected end to the competition, teams once again battled it out at the British Musical Fireworks Championship for the ultimate title.

An incredible display by Illusion Fireworks, who performed on the last Saturday evening slot, was enough to wow the judges and seal first place.

Second place was awarded to Blitz Fireworks who fired first on Saturday and third place was given to Phenomenal Fireworks who fired second on Friday.

For the first time in the history of the event, the judges awarded an innovation award to Illusion Fireworks for the creativity displayed by the team during their display.

Unfortunately due to weather conditions during the first display on Sunday, September 30, a decision to stop the display and cancel the event was made by the organisers.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said: “The British Musical Fireworks Championship was yet again a fantastic weekend for Southport and Sefton.

“The safety of our customers is our priority and our competition clerk felt that with the change in wind direction and speed, the conditions were no longer suitable to carry on with the competition on the Sunday”

“Despite that thousands of families enjoyed incredible displays in Victoria Park and Saturday was full to capacity, selling out completely, proving what a draw the Fireworks and Southport really are.

“I would like to congratulate everybody involved in putting on this year’s championship, which was a fitting and fantastic end to our 2018 Sefton events calendar.

“As the season draws to close once again, it is also important that we acknowledge the huge economic impact these fantastic events have on our borough.”

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