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Southport conservation areas in the spotlight

Two of Southport’s conservation areas are in the spotlight as their official conservation appraisals are updated and reviewed. Sefton Council has produced draft updates to the existing appraisals of both the Lord Street Conservation Area and the Promenade Conservation Area, which are now set to undergo a period of public consultation.

Conservation area appraisals aim to protect the inherent qualities of a conservation area by providing a thorough understanding of their character.

These appraisals examine Southport’s special characteristics and aim to determine local distinctness as well as offer proposals for preservation and enhancement. Cllr Daren Veidman, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member Planning and Building Control, said: “The appraisals highlight what is special about the area, its positives, negatives, as well as identifying opportunities for change and review of its boundaries.

“This information will also be helpful to those considering investment in the area and can be used to guide the form and content of new development.

Please take the time to get involved in the consultation and share your comments regarding these important conservation areas in our borough.”

The public consultation will allow the local community and all those with a stakeholder interest the opportunity to comment on and contribute to the final appraisal documents. Each appraisal would be a material consideration in the determination of relevant planning applications.

The documents will also support the development of policies to help maintain and enhance the character of the conservation areas.

The draft documents are out to public consultation until September 20, 2017 and can be viewed at www.sefton.gov.uk/conservationareas or alternatively hard copies can be viewed at The Atkinson Library on Lord Street, Southport or the Planning Office at Magdalen House, Trinity Road, Bootle. Any comments people may wish to make on the contents of the appraisals would be most welcome and relevant additions may be incorporated in the final document before publication.

All written comments by post, website or email will need to be received no later than September 20, 2017.

If you wish to discuss any specific aspects of the documents, Council officers will be available by appointment to discuss Lord Street Conservation Area on Tuesday, August 15 and to discuss Promenade Conservation Area on Thursday, August 17 both at Southport Town Hall, Lord Street, between 5pm-7pm.

To avoid disappointment, please ensure an allocated appointment can be made through Conservation@sefton.gov.uk or on 0345 140 0845 (option 4).

Mayor of Sefton welcomes Mila and her Mum to BootleTown Hall after accident

     The Mayor of Sefton welcomed Mila and her mum Kirsty to Bootle Town Hall after their accident on Balliol road Bootle, last month. Four year old Mila had serious head injuries as a result of the collision and was taken Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. Her mother Kirsty also had head and leg injuries and was taken to Aintree Hospital.

     Both are back home with their family and on the mend. They were invited to the Mayors Parlour, in Bootle Town Hall along with members of their family by Dave Robinson, Mayor of Sefton and his wife.  Mila was presented with gifts and Kirsty received a family pass to Splashworld in Southport.

     The Mayor took this opportunity to pass on his thoughts and well wishes to Mila, her mum and the rest of the family. Representatives from the British Transport Police and Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment were also present and showed their support to the family.

     Dave Robinson, Mayor of Sefton said:

‘We couldn’t be happier to have Mila and her mum Kirsty here with us today, were thrilled that they’re both on the mend and doing so well.’

Mila’s mum Kirsty said;

‘I’d like to thank everybody who came to help my daughter and I after the accident. The support from the community has been overwhelming and we really want to thank all of the people who didn’t know us but came to help.

Sefton Sports Awards 2017 – The Winners

Last night saw the region’s sporting stars and unsung heroes celebrated once more. Sefton Council was proud to host the Sefton Sports Awards 2017 which was once again held at the Southport Theatre and Convention Centre on Wednesday, July 12. 

Organised by Active Sefton, which is part of Sefton Council’s Health and Wellbeing portfolio, the awards this year welcomed guest of honour, Paralympian Lora Fachie. 

Born with a hereditary sight condition, para-cyclist Lora lost her sight at the age of 5. Lora won Paralympic gold with Corrine Hall at Rio 2016, and is also a two-time world champion on the road. Add to that a silver and bronze medal in the pursuit at the Track World Championships. 

The awards encourage nominations for any volunteers, coaches, teams or individuals who have been successful or shown great tenacity in their sport. Award categories and winners on the night are as follows:

  • Primary school of the year – Churchtown primary school
  • Secondary school of the year -Greenbank High School
  • Services to sport and physical education -Mr Richard Carr
  • Supporter of the year -Porters Engravers
  • Club of the year -Winwood Junior Netball Club
  • Coach of the year award -Craig Moran
  • The Richard McGrath Award -Aiming for the stars musical theatre group
  • Service to Sport Award -Simon Burnett
  • Sports club volunteer of the year award -Jacqueline Westhead
  • Young Volunteer of the Year -Callum Benson-Murray
  • School team of the year award -Merefield Sports Team
  • Team of the year award -Firwood Waterloo Ladies RFC
  • Junior male sports personality award -Jacob Wishart
  • Junior Female sports personality award -Emily Brough
  • Disabled sports personality of the year award -Jack Britton
  • Male sports personality of the year winner -Jamie Wilson
  • Female sports personality of the year joint winners -Holly Aitchison and Holly Hibbott
  • The lifetime achievement award -Thomas Law

Cllr Ian Moncur, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “I was delighted to attend another fantastic Sefton Sports Awards and meet so many talented and hardworking individuals be recognised for their efforts.”

Images: Daniel Hill

Tell us about your local pharmacy

Sefton Council are seeking your views about your local pharmacy, please help us to make sure that your local pharmacy is providing the right services and support for you and your family by completing a short survey.

Your response will help Sefton’s Health and Wellbeing Board to produce its local Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA), and will help to ensure that your local pharmacy provides the service that your need both now and in the future.

The survey will take less than 5 minutes, and closes on Friday 8th September.

Paper versions of the survey are available by calling 0151 934 3070 and providing your name and postal address.

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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