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Netherton Activity Centre’s Fitness Suit undergoes major upgrade

Netherton Activity Centre’s fitness suite will be temporarily closed next week while it undergoes a significant refurbishment.

The suite will be closed between Friday April 13 and Friday April 20 while contractors complete the required works.

During the renovation, the fitness studio timetable will be in operation and will not be affected by the Fitness Suite closure.

Chris Porrino, Sefton Council’s Senior Health & Fitness Development Manager, said: “We are extremely excited to be bringing the latest in exercise innovation to our already excellent service offering.

Netherton will have the very best training kit available, including  strength & conditioning rack, cable cross over, functional training rig, battle ropes and Plyo boxes to name just a few!

“The new Cardio and Strength kit is the best there is and has the latest in multimedia connections with everything from TV to app integration through your smartphone.

“Improvements to our group exercise studio will also be made with replacement spin bikes and the installation of Les Mills Virtual class instruction being made available to our users!

“We have a number of other fitness suites across Sefton which our Netherton members are invited and welcome to use while the works are ongoing.”

Netherton Activity Centre’s fitness suite is set to reopen on Saturday April 21.

Waterloo flag to fly at half mast for much loved Dave

The flag at Waterloo Town Hall will fly at half-mast tomorrow (Friday, April 6) in honour of a Cleansing Operative who helped keep Sefton’s streets spotless for almost five decades.

David McCallister, 62, worked for Sefton Council for more than 44 years and sadly passed away on March, 22 this year.

A valued member of Sefton Council’s Street Scene team, David joined the authority in August 1973 and initially worked from a former depot based at Cambridge Road in Crosby.

His work as a Cleansing Operative saw him cover an area that encompassed Blundellsands, Seaforth, Waterloo and Crosby and he also undertook occasional duties as a Refuse Collector.

Dave McCallister who sadly passed away in March

Tomorrow (April 6), friends and colleagues will pay their final respects to David at his funeral held at Thornton Crematorium where former Crosby MP Claire Curtis-Thomas will deliver a eulogy.

Tributes to the “workaholic” music-lover have flooded in from co-workers, with many describing David as “irreplaceable” and “one of a kind”.

Gary Berwick, Sefton Council’s Cleansing Services Manager, said: “Dave was one of our finest Street Cleansing staff members and an irreplaceable member of the team.

“He worked diligently in all weathers and his passing is a sad loss indeed. I can’t describe how much he will be missed.”

Ronnie Jones, Attendant at Waterloo Town Hall, said: “David’s reputation was second-to-none. Not only was he an excellent employee but he always had a smile on his face – he was never happier than when he was working.

“He was very much liked by Sefton residents and made a real difference to the borough.”

Praising David’s “old school” work ethic, Dave Dolan, Traded Services Officer, added: “Dave was one of a kind and completely irreplaceable.

“He cleaned the road where I lived and was always smiling, come rain or shine. Nothing was ever too much trouble and he was always happy to go the extra mile.

“Dave was a shining example of a great employee, with a terrific, old-school work ethic. He was diligent, thorough, well-respected and very much part of the community. He will be greatly missed.”

Mark Magee, Deputy Convener of Unite and David’s former line manager, said: “He was an unassuming, humble man who will be hard to replace; not just because of his work ethic but because he was always smiling.

“He was a true gentleman and an important member of the community. He will never be forgotten.”

A funeral for David will take place at Thornton Crematorium on Lydiate Lane in Thornton at 3.20pm on Friday, April 6. All are welcome to attend.

What to do if you find Palm Oil on the Sefton Coast

Sefton Council are asking dog walkers to still be vigilant when visiting the beach after more palm oil was discovered.

Rangers from Sefton Council’s Coast and Countryside team removed four bags of palm oil from Crosby beach on April 4 following inspections. No traces of debris have been found in Ainsdale or Southport.

A spokesman for the Sefton Coast Landscape Partnership said: “Palm oil debris is harmless to humans, but it can be fatal to dogs if eaten.

“Unfortunately dogs are attracted to the smell of the stuff, so pet owners are advised to remain vigilant if walking your dog on the coast, especially around tidelines.

“Pet owners should keep their dogs under close control on the beach, especially along the tideline, although the material can appear elsewhere on the beach after a high tide.”

Warning signs are on display throughout the Sefton Coast and anyone who discovers palm oil is encouraged to call 0151 934 2967 and report it.

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.”

Plaza screens 100 years of Sefton on Film

The Plaza Cinema, Crosby are inviting residents to enjoy a special screening of 100 Years of Sefton on Film.

Screened on Tuesday April 19 from 7.30pm, North West Film Archive are showing a special film archive which depicts the history and character of Sefton and the surrounding areas over the last century.

Tickets are priced at £4.90 and £3.90, and are currently on sale from the Plaza Cinema box office.


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