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Tourism Brings Millions to Southport

Tourism in Southport is booming with an economic impact of more than £500 million brought to the area in 2016. 

 The figures are some of the findings from a new report which will be presented to the Southport Area Committee on September 20 which also shows there was a record 8.7 million visitors to the resort last year. 

 The impressive figures also reveal a four per cent increase in staying visitors of 722, 000, which contributes to 6,449 jobs (an increase of 1.4%).

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

“As is shown in the report, we’ve had a an exceptional year for tourism in Southport, and we have still got lots of exciting events coming up, such as the Southport Air Show and the British Musical Fireworks Championship.

 “Thanks to a fantastic and varied programme of events, and working alongside our partners and local businesses, there is so much choice for everyone, plus the high calibre of activities keep visitors coming back time after time.

 “We’re thrilled to report on the success of our efforts, which equates to an economic impact of £518 million last year, a growth of over 4 per cent from the previous year.

 “Tourism is a key priority for us, as it helps to provide employment and boosts the local economy. and we will continue to promote Sefton as a great place to visit, explore and enjoy.”

This success of tourism helps to make a direct contribution to the growth of the economy in Sefton and, in particular, the progress of the Southport Development Framework.

 As part of this initiative, work has already started on refurbishing and redeveloping Southport Pier thanks to £2 million funding from the Coastal Community Fund, and £900k investment from the council.   In addition, with bumper crowds recorded at this year’s Southport Flower Show, and the biggest attendance at Royal Birkdale for the Open Golf championship event, the 2017 visitor numbers for Sefton are predicted to be even higher.   

Business views needed!

The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority is seeking the views of businesses to drive skills improvements and accelerate business growth and success. The Combined Authority has launched its first (and biggest) business survey of its kind asking for views on accessing and developing a skilled workforce. 

The results of the survey will be used to inform the future commissioning of skills provision across the Liverpool City Region. 

Businesses from across the Liverpool City Region, of all sizes and from all sectors, will be asked for their views and experiences on recruiting and retaining a skills workforce, but meet their immediate needs as well as future plans. Businesses can complete the survey online

Importantly, the survey results and final report will be shared across the City Region so that young people, adults seeking employment, parents, teachers and careers advisers are aware of the skills and attributes that are being sought by employers.

Nurse recruitment open evening at Southport hospital

Southport hospital is hosting a recruitment event for nurses interested in working at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust. 

This open evening follows a number of successful events during the past year and is an opportunity for newly qualified and experienced nurses to meet other nurses and team members, and discover what opportunities are available. Nurses wanting to return to practice are also welcome. There are vacancies available across all specialties. 

Informal interviews will be held on the day, applicants are asked to bring along identification. 

The event will be held at Southport hospital Clinical Education Centre on Thursday 29 June between 3.30pm and 7pm. Light refreshments will be available for all those attending. 

To view all current vacancies at the Trust visit www.jobs.nhs.uk and search for Southport and Ormskirk.

Work to begin on £22m road scheme

Work is to start on creating a new dual carriageway for a major route into Liverpool city centre.

A565National contractor Osborne is to begin widening the A565 (Great Howard Street/Derby Road) this week with a programme of site investigations on the £22m scheme.

Upgrading the route, which handles traffic between Sefton and Liverpool along the northern docks, is also a key element of a £100m regeneration drive in North Liverpool.

The new 2.7km long stretch in the city’s Atlantic corridor is seen as crucial to a new creative village in the area – called Ten Streets and will have spin off benefits for Everton FC’s proposed new stadium at nearby Bramley Moore Dock.

The new dual carriageway, part funded by the Liverpool City Region Growth Deal, will also pave the way for a major revamp of the historic Regent Road – aka “the Dock Road” – to make that more pedestrian and bike friendly, creating a continuous cycle route from Crosby to Liverpool.

Lane restrictions rather than a road closure will be deployed to minimise disruption on the A565, which is also currently having a new £10m bridge created that will enable freight to travel to and from the new £400m Liverpool2 deep water container terminal, which is part of Peel Land and Trust’s £5.5bn Liverpool Waters scheme.

The new dual carriageway, which includes improved paving, traffic signals and street lighting, will complete as follows:

  • Phase 1: Leeds Street to Blackstone Street – Road widening phase
  • Phase 2: Bankhall Street to Millers Bridge – Road widening phase
  • Phase 3: Regent Road from Paisley Street to Nelson Street – New pavement/Resurfacing and cycleway provision phase
  • Phase 4: Boundary Street to Everton View – Upgrade of Traffic Signalised junctions and Street lighting with associated resurfacing

Expected to finish by Summer 2019, the works are part of Liverpool City Council’s wider £250m Better Roads programme to improve the city’s road infrastructure and will be complemented by the creation of two new £20m waterfront link roads at the city centre end of the A565, which is being built to support a proposed new Cruise Terminal.

Sefton Council buys Bootle Strand shopping centre

Sefton Council has purchased the Strand in a deal which sees the shopping centre return to local ownership for the first time in many years.

Not only will the purchase contribute significantly to the delivery of the Council’s ambitious regeneration plans for Bootle Town Centre, it also provides much needed new revenue streams for us to support local services.

With services under pressure due to cuts to council budgets at a national level, Sefton Council has been looking for new ways to generate income to limit the impact of cuts. The purchase of the Strand is a step to ensure we can continue to deliver the services our residents need in the future.

The purchase has been fully funded through a loan and comes at no expense to the taxpayers and residents of Sefton. The income generated by the centre will more than cover the loan repayment costs and the centre’s running costs. Meaning enough money left over to contribute to much needed local services and new regeneration projects.

A move to secure jobs and regenerate the area

The Strand is a major provider of jobs in the area and an important place for local residents to meet and shop. Taking control of the centre allows us to secure its future, protect jobs and use the centre to spearhead the redevelopment of the surrounding area.

We look forward to working with local communities to make sure that the Strand continues to perform a valuable role within the town centre and for the people of Bootle.

An ambitious new direction for the Council

The purchase of the Strand marks a new era for the Council, one in which we will take greater control over the ways we generate the income we need to support local jobs and services for the people of Sefton.

Other councils in the North West have taken ownership of key assets in their boroughs to great success. We are adopting this tried and tested model to help unlock future development opportunities and assist us in attracting additional private sector investment.

This purchase is a concrete example of how the Council is finding new ways to deliver economic growth and regeneration, generate new income streams and continue to support local communities.

Exciting times ahead for Sefton

The purchase of the Strand will provide the town with the boost it needs to progress regeneration plans for Bootle and make a significant contribution to the outcomes of the Sefton 2030 Vision.

We will be spending the next few months putting together plans for the future development of the centre, and how it can better serve the people of Bootle and visitors from the surrounding areas.

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