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Sefton launches Gumbelievable campaign to target sticky issues

Sefton Council is giving residents and visitors to the borough something to chew on as the Local Authority launches its ‘Gumbelievable’ campaign.

 Working with The Chewing Gum Action Group, Sefton Council and its partners will be taking to various hotspots around the borough in the coming weeks to hand out special packs to gum lovers, in a bid to combat the amount of gum which is dropped on the street.

The packs include pocket-sized containers full of disposable wrappers for people to use when they want to responsibly dispose of their used chewing gum.

Beer mats will be handed out in pubs and bars across the borough while huge banners warning people not to risk hefty fines will be placed outside Sefton run leisure centres.

Cllr Paulette Lappin, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regulation and Compliance, said: “Dropping gum, like any form of litter, is a disgusting and unsightly thing to do and you can be fined for it. 

“We are doing all we can to raise awareness of this issue and by giving out these packs, putting up posters and spreading the message far and wide, nobody can have an excuse to drop gum.”

 Sefton officers will be on Chapel Street, Southport on Saturday September 29 in the build up to the British Musical Fireworks Championship which is expected to bring thousands of people to the borough.

 They can be found handing out ‘gumbelievable’ packs near to Southport Train Station from 2pm.

Utility works begin on £22m highway scheme

Work is to begin next week on installing new underground utility trenches as part of a £22m upgrade to a major route into Liverpool city centre.

Contractors, Osborne, are to start the latest phase of the Great Howard Street (A565) scheme on Tuesday, 18 September.

To allow for the works to be carried out the inbound lane, heading south to the city centre, will be closed for four weeks from the junction of Blackstone Street.

The outbound lane will also be reduced to a single lane.

Motorists travelling in to Liverpool from Bootle will be guided by a series of road diversions – at Millers Bridge, Bankhall Street, Sandhills Lane and Boundary Street – with drivers guided to use the Stanley Road, Commercial Road and Vauxhall Road corridor into the city centre.

The utility works are timetabled to run until Friday, 19 October, but will be suspended from Thursday-Sunday, 4-7 October as the city hosts The Giants – a spectacular street theatre performance.

The upgrade of Great Howard Street, which will see it become a full dual carriageway in Autumn 2019, is part of a wider £100m investment in the roads infrastructure along the north Liverpool docks including the relaying of Regent Road with a new cycle lane, as well as the forthcoming creation of two new waterfront link roads to support the city council’s new Cruise Terminal and the new Isle of Man Ferry terminal.

Earlier phases on the Great Howard Street scheme included a new bridge, completed last September, which was designed to support freight traffic for the Liverpool Superport and a new wall to improve access to the historic Stanley Flight canal lock system, which sits within Liverpool’s World Heritage site.

The investment is seen as a crucial to the development of major regeneration schemes such as the Ten Streets creativity district and Peel’s £5bn Liverpool Waters scheme. The works would also benefit Everton FC’s proposed new stadium at Bramley Moore Dock.

Councillor James Noakes, Cabinet member for Highways, said: “Great Howard Street is a critical arterial road for Liverpool connecting Bootle and Sefton to the city centre and its upgrade is vital to the development of the North Liverpool economy – not least the Ten Streets creativity district and the new cruise facilities.

“These utility works are a critical phase of the scheme and unfortunately the only way for our contractors to carry it out is to close off the city centre bound lanes over the next month.

We know this will cause disruption to commuters but fortunately the area is serviced by other major roads and we have tried to ensure the impact is kept to a minimum with the works to be carried out in the shorted possible timeframe.”

Liverpool City Council is investing a total of £500m across the city’s highways network – from creating new roads to repairing potholes and highway verges.
This was recently boosted by a £200m package to be invested over the next five years across three main elements:

• £160 million in road reconstruction
• £25 million in resurfacing and patching work
• £15 million specifically earmarked for addressing potholes
To assist residents, commuters and business to track current an online map was launched which highlights current and planned road repairs and can be found at : https://liverpool.gov.uk/roadimprovements

Comedy Takes Centre Stage at The Atkinson this Season

Gary Delaney

Food, Murder and Brontë are just three of the subjects covered in The Atkinsons jam-packed comedy line-up this season! 

 Big names such as Dave Spikey, Gary Delaney return whilst Rob Newman makes his first appearance at the Southport venue. 

 Former Detective Sergeant Alfie Moore tells us all about Getting Away with Murder in his latest stand-up tour. Award- winning comedian George Egg (the Anarchist Cook) demonstrates more live cooking and hilarious comedy.

 Lipservice are back with the Brontë spoof Withering Looks and we have our very own Laugh out Loud Comedy Club bringing some of the very best stand-up to Southport.

LipService – Britain’s favourite literary lunatics are back with their cult Brontë spoof Withering Looks.

 In the 200th anniversary year of Emily’s birth, the classic comic duo Maggie Fox and Sue Ryding, just couldn’t resist the urge to dust off their crinolines, wear flattering bonnets and sit at rained-lashed windows in a pale and decorative manner. Don’t miss the chance to share in the silliness too!

 Withering Looks on Friday 5 October takes an authentic look at the lives and works of the Brontë sisters, well, two of them actually, Anne’s just popped out for a cup of sugar. Who is the Brontë’s mysterious neighbour, Mr Moorcock of Ravaged Heath House? Do Lost Souls really wander the wild and heather clad moors? Who should Cathy marry? Heathcliff or David Niven? Plus, Manchester’s very own Mrs Gaskell drops by for tea and sympathy. Ages 10+ Tickets £15 adult / £10 under 16s.

 George Egg: DIY Chef comes direct from total sell out UK tours on Friday 19 October . A health scare sees George banned him from the family kitchen, but relocated to the garden shed his imagination and resourcefulness lead him to build an improvised kitchen there instead. During an inspiring and inventive evening of stand-up, live cooking and comedy lecture, George prepares a breakfast, a lunch and a dinner using the most unconventional of methods.

 It’s funny, inspiring and absurd in equal measure. Expect power tools, gardening equipment and office supplies to be re-purposed and abused. Expect lots of laughs. Expect to learn something new. And you get to taste the food at the end… at your own risk! Tickets £14 / £12 concessions

 On Saturday October 20 we experience first-hand how it feels to be part of planning ‘The Perfect Murder’. Everything you need to know from choosing a murder weapon to disposing of the body!

 The star of BBC Radio 4 comedy ‘It’s A Fair Cop’, takes you on a thrilling and interactive journey through the art and science of murder investigation.

 Enjoy Alfie’s trademark blend of humour, practical policing experience and detailed knowledge of the law as he answers the questions ‘What makes a murderer?’ and ‘Why do they caught….or not’?

 Alfie’s TV credits include BBC Comic Relief, Bizarre Crime (BBC3), Confessions of a Police Officer (Channel 4) and he recently joined the presenting team of Criminals Caught on Camera (Channel 5). Tickets are £14.

‘Offbeat, revealing and very funny’ – Daily Mail

 Dave Spikey is a much-loved household name, but did you know he worked in the NHS for 19 years as a Biomedical Scientist when in 1987 someone uttered the immortal words, “You’re really funny, you should be a comedian” and for some reason, he took them seriously!!

 From his appearance in Stairway to the Stars, to Phoenix Nights, The Royal Variety and Parkinson, this show looks back on his journey and celebrates his 30th anniversary of his comedy career. See the man himself on October 26, tickets £16.

 Stand up legend, best-selling novelist, Radio 4 Sony Award Winner Robert Newman attempts to piece together a philosophy for our troubled times in Robert Newman’s Total Eclipse of Descartes on Thursday 1 November.

 He sifts through 3000 years of thought: from Pythagoras to Artificial Intelligence by way of Pavlov’s dogs, Jane Goodall’s chimpanzees and Frankie Howerd’s trousers. Tickets £15 / £12 concession.

‘He is the funniest comedian I have ever seen…A passionate, chaotically brilliant comedian.’ – Sunday Times

  Gary Delaney is one of Britain’s leading one-liner comics returns to the road with another onslaught of lean, expertly crafted gaggery. A Mock The Week regular and recent star of the new Live At The Apollo series, Gary’s shows are renowned in the business for a near unrivalled volume of high-class gags. You should expect no different from this, when he brings Gary Delaney’s Gagsters Paradise to The Atkinson on Friday 30 November, tickets  £16. Please note Coolio will not be appearing.  

 On top of all this funny stuff is our regular monthly Laugh out Loud Comedy Club night. On the first Saturday of the month Damion Larkin is your host and brings three top comedians to Southport. A great night for a group looking for an alternative Christmas party! Tickets are £16.50 / doors £19 / £12.50 parties of 10+

To book your tickets for any of the shows please visit theatkinson.co.uk or call Box Office on 01704 533333.

Join our e-newsletter to find out the full programme of events and activities – just visit theatkinson.co.uk

Booking fees of £1 per ticket apply to online and telephone sales. There are no booking fees for counter sales.

Tickets selling out FAST for Musical Fireworks Championship

Time is quickly running out for people to get their hands on tickets for the 2018 British Musical Fireworks Championships in Southport.

Seven amazing pyrotechnics companies will go head to head over three nights as the annual fireworks contest returns to Victoria Park from September 28 to September 30.

Two companies will wow the crowds on Friday, three on Saturday, two more on Sunday with the winning display announced later that evening.

And to wow the thousands of spectators even more, local bands from across Sefton and Liverpool will play a special pre-show gig on each of the three nights.

They will set the tempo for three days of pyrotechnic wonderment as seven companies vie it out for the illustrious championship.

Gates open each night at 6pm, with bands performing from 7pm and fireworks displays scheduled to start at 8pm.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member Regeneration and Skills, said: “The British Musical Fireworks Championship really is an amazing event and one which has lit up the sky for nearly 20 years.

“It’s festival of colour and light that would not be possible without the continued support of Sefton Council.

“To celebrate this years event we have incredibly talented local bands who will give thousands of spectators a truly unforgettable experience.

“Crowds from all over the North West attend the event at Victoria Park and ticket sales have yet again been very strong in the lead up to this year’s event.

“Local businesses really benefit from the added footfall to the town over the weekend and I am looking forward to seeing the quality of displays on show this time round.

“If you are thinking of attending please try and get tickets in advance to avoid missing out, Saturday seated tickets have already sold out.”

Tickets are still available for all three nights starting from £5.50.

For further details and to book tickets head to www.visitsouthport.com.

Blood pressure: do you know your numbers?

Health leaders in Sefton are urging people to get their blood pressure tested as part of a national campaign to combat a silent killer.

Blood Pressure UK’s ‘Know Your Numbers!’ campaign aims to raise awareness of the importance of having your blood pressure tested and understanding what your numbers mean.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing added: “High blood pressure is a largely preventable and treatable condition but contributes to the leading causes of death. Having your blood pressure checked is an important step to knowing and reducing your risk of stroke, heart attack or heart failure.

“I urge all Sefton residents to take advantage of Know Your Numbers! week by getting your blood pressure checked to help keep your heart happy.”

Colette Page is a Practice Nurse Lead at NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG. She said: “It’s really quick and easy to test your blood pressure, which makes it a great way to get a picture of your general health. If your reading is high, there are lots of ways to help bring your blood pressure down such as improving your diet, reducing your salt intake, quitting smoking and exercising more.

“People can find these lifestyle choices a bit daunting but there’s lots of information and support available to help you make some little changes that can make a big difference to your health.”

Graham MacGregor, chair of Blood Pressure UK and a professor of cardiovascular medicine, said: “High blood pressure usually has no symptoms, which is why it is often referred to as the silent killer. The only way to know you have it is to have a check. If detected, it can be easily treated, thereby reducing your risk of a stroke or heart disease.”

As part of this campaign, local NHS organisations and health charities have come together to offer free blood pressure checks which are being offered at a range of locations across Sefton this week. Health and lifestyle advice will be available from the friendly staff.

For a full list please visit www.southportandformbyccg.nhs.uk/your-health-and-services/know-your-numbers-sefton-blood-pressure-stations or www.southseftonccg.nhs.uk/your-health-and-services/know-your-numbers-sefton-blood-pressure-stations.

For more information about the Know Your Numbers! campaign, visit www.bloodpressureuk.org.

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