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Roll-out of new 24/7 £1 Mersey Tunnel toll begins

Today is the first day Liverpool City Region residents will benefit from the new  24/7  £1 Fast Tag toll for the Mersey Tunnels. The reduced rate is now available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Figures released today by Merseytravel and the Combined Authority reveal that more than 57,000 people a day in the city region will benefit from the new lower toll – which could save regular tunnel users living in Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral more than £400* a year.

The cash toll for cars will be frozen at £1.80, still 20p less per journey than the rise authorised by the Tunnels Act. The tolls for all other vehicles – including large vans, coaches and HGVs – will also be held at 2018 rates.

 

Are you living with cancer? Southport Macmillan Centre can help

Without the right support, living with cancer can be lonely and isolating. The Southport Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre provides a free, confidential drop in service for anyone who is affected by cancer.

As well as the drop-in service, there are lots of groups which you can join and meet new people.

They are led by volunteers who make new members very welcome. The groups are about offering peer to peer support for people affected by cancer whether it is someone recently diagnosed or someone going through treatment.

The centre also offers cancer specific support groups which can reassure you that you are not alone. You can talk about treatment and side effects with people who have gone through a similar experience.

Support groups include:

The Macmillan Singers – No audition needed.

In stitches – Craft Group

Walking Groups – All abilities

Growing Stronger Together – Gardening Group

To find out more about the groups, contact the centre on 01704 533024

Or visit; www.southportmacmillancentre.org.uk

Gallop into Sefton after the Aintree Grand National

Visitors to the Aintree Grand National Festival should bet on an odds-on favourite and enjoy all that beautiful Sefton has to offer!

Once the racing has ended for the day, thousands of festival-goers are set to saddle up and check out the mane attractions throughout the borough.

A spokesman for Sefton Council said: “Hear it from the horses’ mouth! Sefton is the place to be during the Aintree Festival weekend and we encourage all race-goers to explore our wonderful borough.

“From 22 miles of golden sands, the beauty of Formby’s National Trust pinewoods and the iconic Iron Men in Crosby, Sefton has it all.

“Visit Ainsdale and Birkdale beach to see the shores where Grand National hero Red Rum honed his skills then relax along Southport’s Lord Street shopping boulevard and the resort’s fine bars and restaurants.

“Take in the fantastic exhibitions at the Atkinson before a canter through Formby woods and dinner on Waterloo’s South Road to sample foods of the world.

“Finish off with a photo or two of our incredible Another Place – 100 spectacular cast-iron, life-size figures by Anthony Gormley spread across three miles of the foreshore and stretching almost one kilometre out to sea.

“Sefton is definitely the odds-on winner for a great day out.”

For more suggestions and ideas on where to visit and what to see in Sefton, visit the council’s instagram @sefton_council.

Advice for Aintree and Maghull residents ahead of Aintree Festival

Police are encouraging residents in Aintree and Maghull to contact their neighbourhood policing team with any issues or concerns they have ahead of the Aintree Festival which gets underway next Thursday (4 April).

The event runs across three days from Thursday, April 4 to Saturday, April 6 and with more than 150,000 race-goers set to attend, the community’s dedicated neighbourhood officers want to make sure residents experience minimal disruption.

Community officers will speak to residents living in some of the busiest streets around the racecourse to let them know who they can contact if they experience any problems with issues such as car parking, litter and anti-social behaviour during the event. Letter drops will also be carried out in the local area.

Despite the large crowds attending the festival, the vast majority of race-goers have a safe and enjoyable day and a multi-agency operation involving police officers from across the Force will once again aim to ensure this year’s event is no different.

Community Inspector Duncan Swan said: “Firstly, I would like to say how grateful we are year after year to the local residents for their co-operation and patience throughout the Aintree Festival. Thousands of visitors attend each year and have a great time and I am sure this year will be no different.

“We recognise that large numbers of people can have an impact on the local community and I want to reassure people that, as well as the policing operation for the event itself, my community team will be there to address any concerns residents may have.

“I would urge any local residents who may have experienced problems in previous years, or have any concerns about the upcoming festival to please get in touch. We are determined to ensuring the event runs smoothly and is enjoyable for all.”

Aintree and Maghull residents can contact their neighbourhood team by sending an email to B.Community.Hub.1@merseyside.police.uk.

Have your say on Formby’s Neighbourhood Plan

Residents in Formby and Little Altcar are being invited to have their say on the future of where they live.

Both Parish Councils have jointly worked on the creation of the Formby and Little Altcar Neighbourhood Plan which, when finalised, would shape the future housing, infrastructure, health and environmental aspects of the area.

A consultation is now running until May 15, 2019 to allow both residents and other interested parties to have their say on the Neighbourhood Plan.

Such schemes were introduced in 2011 to provide a powerful set of tools for residents to easily shape the future development of their respective communities.

Once adopted, Neighbourhood Plans are then used to help determine any planning applications which are put forward in the area.

Residents can view the proposed Formby and Altcar Neighbourhood Plan at Formby Library, Duke Street, Formby or at Magdalen House, Trinity Road, Bootle.

It is also available to view via www.sefton.gov.uk/neighbourhoodplanning

All comments should be made in writing via email on neighbourhoodplanning@sefton.gov.uk or by post at Local Plan Team, Magdalen House, 30 Trinity Road, Bootle, L20 3NJ.

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