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Atkinson to put the spotlight on volunteering heroes

Sefton residents will be able to find out more about hundreds of volunteering opportunities across the borough at an upcoming event in Southport.

Volunteer Centre Sefton will be holding a Volunteer Fair at the Atkinson on Lord Street in the town from 11am until 3pm on Wednesday 6th June, as part of Sefton Council’s 2018 Sefton’s Year of the Volunteer initiative.

Volunteer Centre Sefton – which is part of Sefton CVS – has more than 40 years’ experience of helping local people to find the right volunteering roles, as well as offering advice to organisations who are looking to recruit volunteers.

Information on a wide range of opportunities will be available at the Volunteer Fair, from groups seeking green-fingered residents for gardening projects to organisations looking for people who can support families in crisis or ex-offenders.

Organisations attending the event will include the Friends of Kings Gardens, literacy charity Beanstalk, Leonard Cheshire Disability, Southport FC, the Orrell Trust and Sefton Community Learning Service.

Representatives will also be attending from Citizens Advice Sefton, Parenting 2000, Home-Start Southport and Formby and Merseyside Offender Mentoring.

Mike Howlett, Volunteer Centre Sefton’s Senior Citizenship and Volunteering Officer, said: “At this event we’ll be looking for people to join our existing volunteers in the borough who do such a fantastic job in terms of helping to improve the lives of thousands of local people.

“As well as being a good way to meet new people, volunteering can be tailored to the lifestyle of each individual – what you do, where you do it and how much time you give is totally up to you.

“We’re hoping for a very good turnout at this Volunteer Fair at the Atkinson. Our message to everyone is that communities across Sefton need your knowledge, skills and commitment.”

* Anyone unable to attend the event who would like information about the opportunities on offer can get in touch with Volunteer Centre Sefton on 0151-920 0726 or email info@volunteeringsefton.org.uk.

Lord Street to temporarily close overnight for maintenance

Lord Street, Southport will undergo essential carriageway maintenance works from June 11, which will last for approximately five days.

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

Work is due to commence on Monday June 11 and will take approximately five working days to complete.

The works will take place on isolated areas of the carriageway between Duke Street and Manchester Road.

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

“Due to the location of the site 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 Duke Street, Victoria Way, Esplanade, Seabank Road and vice versa.

Works nearing Eastbank Street and Nevill Street junctions will be signposted accordingly.

For further information on road closures across the borough visit www.sefton.gov.uk.

Bank Holiday travel info for event goers and visitors to City Region

Event goers and travellers are being urged to plan their journeys ahead of the upcoming, event packed bank holiday weekend for the Liverpool City Region – 25 to 28 May.

Events including the Three Festivals Tall Ships Regatta, the Liverpool Bordeaux Wine Festival and a homecoming parade for Liverpool FC on Sunday 27 May should they win the UEFA Champions League are all expected to attract thousands of people to the waterfront and city centre.

Merseytravel, bus and rail operators and other partners have put plans in place using all available resources to support people as they travel.

People are strongly advised to plan their journeys as transport services will be much busier than normal, both before and after these events, due to an increase in demand and queues are expected.

A summary of key travel information and advice is below but travellers should check with transport operators for more detailed and up to the minute information both in the run up to and on their day of travel.

Key advice and information:

  • Plan ahead and allow extra time for your journeys – services will be busier, expect queues.
  • Check timetables – be prepared for some changes to services, particularly for buses as there will be diversions due to road closures.
  • Be prepared and be patient as it will be extremely busy. Leave plenty of time to get where you want to go.
  • Consider picking your journey times carefully and staggering your day to avoid busy times.
  • The Mersey Ferries are a good cross river option with hourly services during the weekend.

Sunday 27 May – if the Liverpool FC homecoming parade takes place:

  • Large numbers of people are expected to come in and out of the city, there will be significant demands on public transport, with queuing expected.
  • Travellers need to plan and allow extra time for journeys – services will be busier.
  • Check timetables in the run up to and on the day of travel – be prepared for some changes to services, particularly for buses as there will be diversions due to road closures.
  • Be prepared and be patient as it will be extremely busy. Leave plenty of time to get where you want to go.
  • Consider picking your journey times carefully and staggering your day to avoid busy times.
  • There are engineering works on mainline routes into Liverpool which will reduce the number and frequency of services.
  • Lime Street mainline station will be very busy, queuing systems will be in place
  • James Street and Lime Street lower level stations will be closed to help manage the expected crowds.
  • Remember that bus and rail services will be running Sunday services.
  • Bring water, hats and sun cream in the event of hot weather.
  • Consider staying local and utilise the full length of the route. Decide which part of the route you want to wait at and arrive in plenty of time.

Merseyrail

Merseyrail will be running a strengthened service with 6 carriage trains on selected lines throughout the bank holiday weekend to accommodate the increased number of passengers that are expected to enjoy the weather and city centre events.

Sunday 27 May

The normal Sunday service will run with trains every 30 minutes however services will increase to every 15 minutes on the Southport line from 10:10. Services from Chester will depart 5 minutes earlier and arrive in to Chester 5 minutes later than the usual timetable.

If the Liverpool FC homecoming parade takes place, both James Street and Lime Street lower level will be closed to help manage the expected crowds. Wirral Line passengers will need to use Liverpool Central only and Northern Line passengers must use Moorfields only, as both of these stations are able to better accommodate the increased number of people that are expected to travel.

In the event that the parade does not go ahead, both James Street and Lime Street lower level stations will remain open and both Liverpool Central and Moorfields will serve Wirral and Northern line passengers as normal.

Monday 28 May

Merseyrail services will depart Chester 5 minutes earlier and arrive in to Chester 5 minutes later than the usual timetable.

Northern Rail

There is planned strike action by members of the RMT union on Northern rail services on Saturday 26 May. There will be very limited services running. Travellers should check the Northern Rail website and National Rail Enquiries on their day of travel for the most up to date information.

Lime Street Station

Lime Street station will be incredibly busy this weekend and passengers will see crowd control queuing measures in place. This will ensure that Network Rail and train operators can keep passengers moving safely.

Upgrade works on the Halton Curve near Frodsham and Weaver Wavertree resignalling scheme will mean changes to journeys over the bank holiday. Passengers are reminded to check before they travel and leave plenty of time for their journey.

Bus services

Arriva services are due to run as planned, with double deck buses on as many routes as possible to increase capacity.

Stagecoach services are due to run as planned.

Bus users should be prepared for some changes to services, particularly as there will be diversions due to potential road closures.

Mersey Ferries

Services will be running as usual. Please be aware that on Monday 28 May, special cruises are in operation to follow the Tall Ships event, visit the Mersey Ferries website for more details.

Mersey Tunnels

On Sunday 27 May, as the potential Liverpool FC homecoming parade is planned to pass the Mersey Tunnels’ entrances and exits, closures will be required and will be published in advance via the Mersey Tunnels website.

On Monday 28 May off peak traffic is expected to be higher than normal due to the bank holiday and people travelling to and from the day’s events.

Sefton launches no-drinking zones to combat anti-social behaviour

Sefton Council has established a number of alcohol-restricted spaces in a bid to tackle anti-social behaviour and help to build safer and healthier communities.

The No Drinking Zones are designed to encourage more responsible drinking and ensure that the law-abiding majority can enjoy public spaces – safe from crime and anti-social behaviour.

This initiative demonstrates the Council’s commitment to residents and visitors so that everyone can have the peace and quiet they deserve to enjoy the places in which they live and work.

The areas will also help to improve the quality of life in local communities through the prevention of problems or nuisances.

The restricted sites are located in Southport, Formby, Crosby, Waterloo and Bootle and do not include any licensed premises.

The following roads are within the No Drinking Zones:

Southport Town Centre

The area bounded by Kings Gardens, Promenade, Seabank Road, Gordon Street, Lord Street, Union Street, Castle Street, Hill Street, Wright Street, London Street, Chapel Street, Tulketh Street, Bridge Street, Eastbank Street, Princess Street, Market Street, King Street, Duke Street, Morrison’s Car Park

Bootle Town Centre 

The area bounded by Merton Road, Washington Parade, Marsh Lane and Litherland Road

Formby

Duke Street Park, Kings Road, Phillips Lane down to the footpath (including Meadow Croft and Phillips Close), Formby Railway Station and car park, Formby Bridge, Formby Street and Andrews Lane

Crosby/Waterloo

The pedestrianised area of Liverpool Road up to The Green, the pedestrianised area of Moor Lane to the end of Telegraph House, the area of pavement on Coronation Road in front of Crown Building, Moorside Park, Victoria Park, Coronation Park, Alexandra Park, Marine Gardens, Crescent Gardens, Adelaide Gardens, Beach Lawn Gardens, St John’s Road and South Road.

The effect of this Order is that all persons are prohibited from consuming alcohol and must dispose of any vessel believed to contain alcohol, when asked to do so by a Constable or Authorised person, when it is believed that they are committing or likely to commit Anti-Social Behaviour in a public place. An Authorised Person / Constable can require any person:

• To not consume alcohol or anything the Authorised Person / Constable reasonably believes to be alcohol, in sealed or unsealed vessels.
• To surrender anything in the person’s possession which is, or the Authorised person/Constable reasonably believes to be alcohol or likely to be used as a container for alcohol.

If a person fails without reasonable excuse to comply with a requirement of a Constable or Authorised Person) A Constable or Authorised Officer may issue a fixed penalty notice. The amount payable under the fixed penalty notice is £50 if paid within 10 days, rising to £75 thereafter

Sefton Council will work closely with Merseyside Police and other partners to monitor the No Drinking Zones.

Key travel & safety advice for Tall Ships Regatta

Visitors planning to watch the Tall Ships regatta from the Sefton coastline over the May bank holiday are being advised to stay safe at all times.

Anyone heading to Crosby beach on Monday, May 28 to watch the regatta is asked to stay within 50 metres from the promenade and watch for any tidal movement. Visitors to the coast are recommended not to go past Crosby Coastguard Station in a northerly direction.

On May 28, the seafront car parks will remain open but parking on nearby streets will be restricted (except for emergency vehicles).

The Waterloo Festival, being held at the bottom of South Road/Crosby Lakeside, and pop up village at Burbo Bank are also taking place during the bank holiday weekend (May 27/28) with extra people expected at Crosby seafront.

Anyone planning to travel to this area is asked to walk, cycle or use public transport as revised train and bus timetables will be in operation on the Bank Holiday (visit www.merseyrail.org or check with local bus operators).

Beach Safety is very important – please avoid muddy areas and listen to any warning messages for the RNLI lifeguards who will be present on the beach.

Visitors should be prepared for all weather conditions – including rain or sunshine. Concessions will be available and people visiting the area are asked to take their rubbish home with them or use the bins provided.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said: “Safety is paramount on the Sefton coastline as this event takes place.

“If you’re local, consider staying local. Walking or cycling may be the quickest and easiest way for you to get to and from the event.

“The popular Waterloo Festival is also on during the bank holiday weekend with crowds expected to attend along with the pop up village at Burbo Bank. The Council has really supported both these events and it is set to be a really busy weekend benefiting the whole area with local businesses using our wonderful assets to the maximum.

“If you do watch the regatta pass from the Sefton coastline, please stay safe and leave the beach as you find it either by taking your rubbish home with you or using the bins provided. We also ask people to respect the local community as access to the beach is situated within a residential area.”

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