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Sefton to get ready for the future at Economic Forum

Businesses and professionals will be looking to the future at a popular event being hosted by Invest Sefton, Sefton Council’s enterprise, business support and inward investment service.

Taking place June 8, 8.00-9.30am, the Sefton Economic Forum is open to any business in Sefton and will see attendees gain insight from leaders in the field of business and journalism before learning about practical support to help them grow their own enterprises. There will be networking opportunities as well as the forum itself, which will include the following panelists:

• Tony Evans – Journalist, author and former football editor of the Times
• Peter Moore – Head of Commissioning, Sefton Council
• Rob Capleton – International Business Festival, Liverpool Vision
• Robin Tudor – Liverpool John Lennon Airport
• Q & A Session

The Forum will be chaired by Kevin Murphy, Director of Rent A Space, a Sefton based business.

The Growth Hub Marketplace following the Forum will provide an opportunity for businesses to browse a range of funded support available to businesses from Sefton Council and the wider Liverpool City Region.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Labour Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said:

“Sefton is very much open for business and ready for the future, and Sefton Council has an important role in facilitating that growth.

“One way we can help is to expose local businesses to vital experience and expertise, as well as signposting them to funding opportunities to help their businesses grow and in turn, create employment opportunities in the borough.

“The economic forum embodies the way we do this and I encourage all local businesses to sign up and take part.”

To find out more, visit the Invest Sefton website or to book your place at the Forum, call Dominique or Sharon on 0151 934 3452 or by email

 

Mersey community groups funded to the tune of £115,000

Fourteen community groups from Merseyside and Halton have received funding to help boost recycling, re-use and waste prevention in the region.

£115,000 is coming from the Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) and Veolia Community Fund 2018/19, which has been running annually since 2006. The financial support will help the selected groups to reduce waste, encourage recycling and materials re-use, and prevent carbon emissions.

Some of the projects funded include:

  • The reduction of food waste through cookery clubs and growing local produce
  • Re-using and upcycling unwanted furniture
  • Creative sewing classes to encourage textiles re-use
  • Creating a school garden green space with used plastic bottles
  • A pop-up re-use shop selling donated goods
  • Refurbishing and redistributing furniture, clothes and tools

Successful applicants have been awarded up to £25,000 for schemes which operate across Merseyside and Halton, and up to £8,000 for projects which work solely at local authority level.

Graham Morgan, Chairperson of MRWA, said:

“Giving local groups the opportunity to get involved in looking after their environment can only bring benefits to all and can help us appreciate items as valuable resources rather than something which otherwise might be just thrown away.

“These projects can have a significant impact on their local community and make Merseyside and Halton a cleaner and greener place for us all to live and work.

Carl Beer, Chief Executive of MRWA, said:

“The successful applications made it clear that they understand the importance of resource efficiency and community education. We’re really looking forward to seeing what they achieve.”

This year projects 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. An analysis of waste in Merseyside and Halton in 2016 highlighted that a greater amount of these materials could be re-used or recycled.

The impact of the 2017/18 Fund saw 12 projects deliver 28 full time equivalent jobs (created or safeguarded), participation by 479 volunteers, 29,178 people directly engaged and 1024 tonnes of waste material diverted from landfill.

Projects have until March 2019 to deliver their schemes.

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 gears up for fun during May half-term

Sefton Council is set deliver another busy schedule of affordable fun for children, young people and families during the May half-term (May 28 – June 1).

Active Sefton will host an action packed week of sporting activities for little charges and older children alike to let off steam and make new friends. The Be Active programme will be spread across the borough and activities will include Wave Rave pool parties in Splash World, water sports at Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre, Everton Soccer School at Netherton Activity Centre and much more besides. Find out more at Be Active

Splash World, Southport’s splashtastic indoor all weather water park, will be open for thrills and spills in the water throughout the May half-term, 10am-5pm. Find out about the fantastic range of flames and water rides, as well as ticket prices at the Splash World website

Staying with water based fun, Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre will be taking it outdoors with adventurous activity camps, keeping children and young people active from 8.30am- 5.30pm every day, with a wide range of activities, including sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, climbing, archery, raft building and much more besides. Camps are priced at £27.50 for the day. Find out more at the Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre website

The light nights will make Sefton’s parks and green spaces the ideal place for young people to let loose and have fun. As well as activities throughout the day, they can enjoy evening sports with Active Sefton’s Park Nights programme. These drop-in, free sessions include:

  • Dodgeball and games at Bowersdale Park in Seaforth (5-7pm) and street golf and football, Kirkstone Park, Litherland, May 29
  • Ultimate frisbee and games, Derby Park in Bootle (5-7pm) and climbing wall at Netherton Activity Centre (6-8pm), May 30
  • Street golf and football, Crosby Coastal Park (5-7pm) and ultimate frisbee and dodge at Kirkstone Park (5-7pm), May 31
  • Street golf and football at North Park in Bootle (5-7pm), June 1

Rowan Park School in Litherland is the setting for a Family Fun Day for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). Organised by Sefton Council’s Aiming High for Disabled Children Service, it takes place June 1, 10am-2pm and for a very small cost, children can enjoy donkey rides, face painting, tattoo making and more. To find out more, contact Aiming High on 0151 288 6811 or by email  To learn about support across Sefton for children and young people SEND age 0-19, visit Sefton’s Local Offer website

The Atkinson in Southport will open up its cultural pick ‘n’ mix for families with entertaining and interactive shows and exhibitions for children. Getting a head start before half-term, the programme kicks off with Keepy Uppy on May 26 (1pm & 3pm), a play for children age 3+ inspired by World Cup 2018. The rest of May half-term will include:

  • Two performances of the timeless classic ‘Wind in the Willows’ for children age 6+ on May 29 (3pm & 6pm)
  • The CBeebies award winning show ‘Sarah and Duck’s Big Top Birthday on June 1 and
  • Construction Club on June 2
  • The popular Viking and Ancient Egypt exhibitions will also be open.

Find out more at The Atkinson website

Sefton’s libraries will continue to be a haven of learning and fun during the holiday.

Bootle Library will be helping Sefton to be ready for the future, as the next generation of techies take part in the Code Playground, May 26, 10.30am – 12.3opm. On May 30, children will gather round for Storytime at 10.15am then jump into a riot of colour at a drop-in colouring session, June 1, 2-4pm.

Crosby Library hosts more popular Lego Club sessions, May 26 and June 2, 10.30am- 12.30pm; Baby Bounce sessions, May 29, 10.30am; craft sessions, May 30, 2pm and the buzz of the Bees Workshop, May 31, 2.30pm. Half-term will also see a special event take place at Crosby Library, as a young person’s photography publication is launched on June 1, 2-4pm.

Formby Library will host drop-in children’s craft sessions, May 29, 2-4pm, followed by a honey bee forage mapping workshop on June 2, 11am-1pm, although booking is required for this very popular event.

The May holiday will also see the launch of an exciting photography book titled ‘Our North’. A collaboration between local young people from Sefton and Runcorn and professional photographers, it explores the fashions, heritage and culture of the North. You can pick up a free copy at: Formby Library, May 29, 1-3pm; Southport Library, May 30, 1-3pm; Bootle Library, May 31, 1-3pm and Crosby Library, June 1, 2-4pm.

There really is something for everyone in #MySefton during half-term.

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.

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