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King’s Gardens launch tac-maps to help people with sight issues

Special maps, which help blind and partially sighted people find their way around King’s Gardens, Southport are now available for hire.

Free of charge, the portable ‘pack’ consists of an interactive audio guide, an A4 tactile map, a walking wallet and an A4 tactile walking guide full of information about King’s Gardens.

The maps were designed and produced by visual impairment accessibility firm TacMap, who create and produce innovative maps for blind and partially sighted people across the UK.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing said: “The portable tactile maps are a fantastic addition to King’s Gardens.

“We already have two static maps for the visually impaired on site but to have such high tech portable packs on offer will benefit our visually impaired visitors even more.

“We have worked closely with the Friends of King’s Gardens on this project and they will be overseeing the distribution and collection of the maps.”

The tactile maps can be requested by emailing fokgsouthport@gmail.com or dlt391@sky.com.

For more information contact the Friends of King’s Gardens or visit www.kingsgardenssouthport.co.uk.

New parking charges to benefit traders and drivers

New parking charges are set to be introduced in parts of Sefton to benefit drivers and local traders.

As part of the budget setting process for 2018/19, it will again be possible to pay for 30 minute parking in Southport town centre.

This follows a request from the Southport BID to bring back the ability to park for 30 minutes in the town centre. It is anticipated the scheme will be live in June, 2018 with a cost of 80p. Other charges in the town centre will stay the same for 2018/19.

Also in the budget was the introduction of the option for motorists to pay for 1 hours parking in Crosby Car Parks. This was approved at request of ward councillors on behalf of local traders.

The current charges in Crosby are:

Up to 30 mins 30p
Up to 2 hours £1.00
Up to 4 hours £1.90
Over 4 hours £3.80

They will become

Up to 30 mins 30p
Up to 1 hour 50p
Up to 2 hours £1.00
Up to 4 hours £1.90
Over 4 hours £3.80

Cllr Paulette Lappin, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regulation and Compliance, said: “We meet regularly with the Southport BID and discuss many aspects that could benefit the busy town centre.

“After being approached by the BID to reintroduce the 30 minutes of parking in Southport town centre, following further discussions with them, we are happy to assist in making this happen through the difficult budget setting process.

“Similarly, ward councillors in Crosby contacted us with the view of introducing 1 hour parking in the village which we are pleased to introduce.

“We are also looking at introducing a scheme where Council owned town centre car parks would cease charging after 6pm. This would affect the Bootle New Strand multi-story, Bootle Leisure Centre, Crosby village and Tulketh Street in Southport and would be subject to consultation with ward councillors.

“As a Council we will always listen and hope this is well received across the whole borough by visitors, traders and residents.”

The changes were agreed at Full Council on March 1, 2018.

Nominations now open for Sefton Citizen’s For Good scheme

Nominations are now being accepted for the third round of a major scheme that recognises Sefton residents who make a difference to life in their local communities.

Citizens 4 Good was successfully launched last summer as a joint initiative by Sefton CVS and the Mayor of Sefton’s office.

The scheme aims to highlight the good deeds, support and kindness that local people show to other members of their community.

Nominations can be made by anyone who thinks a particular person deserves to be recognised, including friends, neighbours, work colleagues, schools, community organisations and local councillors.

The process is quick and simple, using a short nomination form available via the Sefton 4 Good website.

Mike Howlett, Sefton CVS Volunteer and Citizenship Lead, commented:

“Since last August we have celebrated 27 Citizens 4 Good in Sefton, and the programme has proved to be very popular.

“However, we know there are plenty more people out there who deserve recognition. We want to encourage people to nominate any Sefton residents they know who have made a difference to their community.”

Shortlisted nominees will be invited to a special celebration event where they will be presented with a certificate recognising their good works by the Mayor of Sefton, Councillor Dave Robinson.

Councillor Robinson said: “We have been delighted with the response to Citizens 4 Good so far and look forward to hearing about even more Sefton residents having a positive impact in their neighbourhoods.”

The deadline for nominations is Wednesday 14th March with the celebration event taking place on Wednesday 28th March in Bootle.

For further information about Citizens 4 Good ring Sefton CVS on 0151 920 0726 or email info@sefton4good.org.uk.

To make a nomination visit www.sefton4good.org.uk to download the appropriate form.

Local Projects to benefit from £100k following the 146th Open

Local community projects and initiatives in Sefton are set to benefit from legacy funding following the successful staging of The 146th Open at Royal Birkdale.

L-R: Aspiring Instructor Steph Todd, Cllrs Marion Atkinson and Ian Moncur, along with Philip Russell, Assistant Director – Sustainability for the R&A at Birkdale Common

Record crowds flocked to the famous Southport links last year to watch the world’s greatest golfers and The R&A has agreed to provide a six-figure sum from the proceeds of the Championship to Sefton Council in order to support three major projects.

The legacy projects include:

  • £40K towards improving ‘green’ tourism and connectivity on Southport Pier for more people to enjoy. This will include new RSPB telescopes on the oldest cast iron constructed pier in the country to view wildlife and terrestrial and underwater webcams and television screens to view other marine life. A new access point on the pier will also be constructed.
  • £40K to the Aspiring Instructors training pathway scheme – this provides customised training opportunities in the leisure and sports sector for residents not in work. The Aspiring Instructors scheme is run in partnership with Sefton@Work and the Council’s Leisure team creating training and potential job opportunities within the sector. It is hoped the new programme funded by The R&A would help 25 new starters on the scheme.

The remaining £20K will go towards improvements on Birkdale Common which was integral to hosting The 146th Open. Money will go towards a new noticeboard, an accessible boardwalk ramp, new signage and boundary improvements.

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

“While the superb Championship may seem like a distant memory, this money kindly donated by The R&A will go a long way to preserving the legacy of one of the world’s greatest sporting events.

“The funding clearly aligns with our 2030 Vision and our objectives of building resilient communities across the borough. It links with improving our tourism offer, employment opportunities and ensuring those communities impacted by the Open will benefit.

“All three schemes will play their part in remembering what was truly a great sporting spectacle here in Sefton and we look forward to the Championship returning soon.

“After the Championship, The R&A revealed crowds at Royal Birkdale reached 235,000, which is the highest figure ever for an Open held outside of St Andrews, Scotland.

“Hopefully every single one of them will have amazing lasting memories of the event and further memories will be created through the legacy funding as well.”

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

“We are committed to ensuring that the communities in which The Open is staged benefit from the success of the Championship.

“We are pleased to be supporting Sefton Council’s plans to invest in initiatives which benefit the surrounding environment and people living in the local community. We look forward to hearing about the positive progress of each initiative.”

Deadline nears for £115,000 community fund applications

The deadline is looming for organisations who want a share of £115,000 to help make Merseyside a cleaner and greener place.

The funding has been made available for Merseyside and Halton community and voluntary groups, schools, faith groups and not-for-profit organisations, who can reduce household waste, encourage recycling and resource re-use and prevent carbon emissions. The projects will also have to demonstrate wider positive impacts on the environment, health and education.

Successful applicants can be awarded up to £25,000 for schemes which operate across all six districts in Merseyside and Halton, and £8,000 for projects which work solely at one local authority level.

The money is coming from the Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority and Veolia Community Fund 2018/19.

The deadline for submission of Expressions of Interest is Wednesday 28th February 2018.

The impact of last year’s Fund saw 10 projects deliver 23 full time equivalent jobs (created or safeguarded), participation by 136 volunteers, 25,970 people directly engaged, 1345 tonnes of waste material diverted from landfill and £134,500 of equivalent landfill costs avoided.

Chairperson of Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA), Councillor Graham Morgan, said: “We’ve made this money available for new and existing projects which can have an impact on their local community and make Merseyside and Halton a cleaner and greener place for us all to live and work.”

This year bids must tackle one or more of the four priority household waste materials which have been identified by MRWA as key, namely Food, Plastics, Textiles and Furniture.

Interested groups should complete and submit an Expression of Interest with MRWA. If applicants are shortlisted then they will be asked to fill in a more detailed Community Fund entry. Projects will have ten months to deliver their schemes and will be expected to get started by June.

Organisations interested in this year’s Community Fund can:

– Download the Expression of Interest Form and Guidance at www.merseysidewda.gov.uk/waste-strategy/community-fund/community-fund-201819/

– Contact the Authority by Email: communityfund2018-19@merseysidewda.gov.uk / Tel: 0151 255 1444

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