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Sefton encourages residents to walk to work

Sefton Council is encouraging residents to leave the car at home and walk to work on April 6 in support of Walk to Work Day.

This is a great opportunity for the people of Sefton to reduce their carbon footprint and make a positive action for their health and wellbeing.

Those who live too far afield to walk the entire journey could try to walk to the train station or bus stop rather than drive.

Recent figures show that as little as 2.5% of the population choose to walk to work five days a week.

The council would like to encourage as many people as possible to pledge to walk for at least part of their journey.

By walking to work, residents are helping to reduce the amount of air pollution caused by cars and traffic.

Sefton is also calling upon its staff to make a pledge to ditch the motors for the day and brave the walk to work.

Matt Ashton, Director of Public Health for Sefton and Knowsley, said: “Walk to Work Day is a fantastic opportunity to make a positive lifestyle choice and welcome some physical activity to your daily commute.

“Walking has so many benefits to health and wellbeing and by making the choice to leave the car at home, we can reduce the amount of pollution caused by traffic.

“I strongly encourage all residents to take this opportunity to improve their health and Sefton’s air quality.”

Changes to NHS Health Checks

The way that NHS Health Checks are available in Sefton is changing from April.

Your free NHS Health Check will now be done by staff from Active Lifestyles and Living Well Sefton.

If you’re aged 40 to 74 you may be eligible for a free NHS Health Check, which is a great way to get personalised advice on keeping yourself healthy and active.

It checks that some of your body’s most important systems are all running smoothly and it helps to spot any potential problems before they cause real damage.

Your blood pressure, cholesterol and BMI will all be checked.

There are some things that you can’t change – like your age, ethnicity or family history, but the most important factors on your future health – such as your weight, cholesterol level and blood pressure – can be changed.

After your NHS Health Check you’ll be given advice and support to helps you improve your health; including free and easier access to local activities you might want to take up to keep yourself happy, healthy and active.

To book your free NHS Health Check ring 0151 934 2352 or you can access any of the sessions available locally in various venues throughout Sefton.

Gymnast Dan gets Olympic sized send off ahead of Commonwealth Games

Olympic gymnast Dan Purvis has been given a surprise send off ahead of the Commonwealth Games in Australia.

The Crosby gymnast has flown out to the Gold Coast to represent Scotland in the Games but before he left, Dan was surprised at Dunes Leisure Centre, Southport with a special cake and balloon to wish him all the best.

Many of the children who Dan, 27, coaches across Sefton were on hand to join Active Sefton staff in presenting him with the gifts.

 Dan has since travelled to Australia along with his fellow gymnast Frank Baines, with the duo both representing Scotland at the Commonwealth Games between April 4 and April 15.

Heather Redhead, Sefton Council’s Health and Wellbeing Development Manager, said “It was so nice to be able to surprise Dan and Frank ahead of the Games.

“Dan was presented with a cake and balloon by the youngsters he coaches at Dunes Leisure Centre, as they wanted to wish him well and say good luck ahead of the Games.

“The Dan Purvis Gymnastics sessions, which operate at both Netherton Activity Centre and Dunes leisure Centre. are incredibly popular and both Dan and Frank give up their time to help encourage a whole new generation of gymnasts.

“Dan is also a strong advocate of Active Sefton’s programmes and has been very supportive of Sefton’s own ‘Jump into Gymnastics’ sessions.

“We wish Dan and Frank all the best and hope they bring back a haul of medals to show the children when they return!”

To find out more about Active Sefton’s Jump Into Gymnastics sessions, call 0151 288 6283.

Ainsdale Beach parking

Due to high tides, Ainsdale beach will remain closed to vehicles over the Easter bank holiday weekend.

Each year the beach is normally closed to vehicles from September 30 – April 1, but this year as high tides are forecast, it will continue to be closed until after the Easter weekend.

However, in order to maximise the amount of parking available, the Council has suspended the introduction of the seasonal parking restriction (single yellow line) which would normally apply to the north side of Shore Road, Ainsdale (from the Sands pub to the beach entrance).

This will not be enforced for April 1/2 – instead it will come into operation on Tuesday, April 3.

The Council will also seek to make parking available on the overflow car park at the Promenade and at the Sands pub.

This means there will be a limited amount of parking available for visitors who may wish to access Ainsdale beach over the Easter bank holiday weekend.

Ainsdale beach will be back open to vehicles from Tuesday, April 3 and for details about parking and Sefton’s beaches visit sefton.gov.uk.

Southport Pier reopens

Southport Pier has fully reopened to the public following the completion of vital improvement works.

The landward end of Southport Pier had been temporarily closed while contractors carry out the second stage of £2.9m improvement works.

The project will create additional jobs, increase visitor numbers and secure Southport Pier as a valued asset for many years to come.

A spokesman for Sefton Council said: “We’d like to thank residents and visitors for their patience while the majority of the works were carried out.

“Southport Pier is a marvellous asset and millions of pounds have already been spent on redevelopment work to ensure this fantastic structure continues to be a top tourist attraction

“As part of the Royal Birkdale Open Golf legacy fund, £40K will now go towards improving ‘green’ tourism and connectivity on Southport Pier for more people to enjoy.”

 The additional works 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 to the pier will also be constructed.

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