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Shop till you drop in fabulous Sefton

Sefton is booming with business and it’s easy to find a world of shopping wonders across our beautiful borough.

Whether it’s the hustle and bustle of South Road, the bargains of Bootle Strand, the boutiques of Lord Street, Formby’s Chapel Lane or Central Square in Maghull, Sefton is a huge shopping spree waiting to happen all year round.

So why not sample just some of our shopping delights during the sunny weekend?

If it’s sartorial elegance you’re after, be sure to check out the fantastic array of clothing retailers along Lord Street in Southport.

Or how about Wesley Street? Southport’s very own ‘Village In The Town.’

A microcosm of shopping, eating and entertaining delights, the colourful street is nestled away between Eastbank Street and Tulketh Street.

Awash with independent boutiques, barbers, cafes and shops, with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, there is something for everyone.


In Formby, Chapel Lane is a haven for the relaxed shopper with an array of stores and restaurants to suit every need.

Book lovers will find a haven of literary wonders in Crosby Village with Pritchard’s Book shop on Moor Lane or if you’re feeling peckish, sample  foods of the world on South Road, Waterloo.

But if you’re a baragin hunter, Bootle Strand Shopping Centre is the place to be with a treasure trove of deals, sales and a vast array of stores and outlets to pick from.

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

Volunteers needed to help make Southport festivals a HUGE success

Volunteers young and old are being called upon to give something back to the community and help make the upcoming Southport Festival a huge success.

A Southport Rugby Festival planned for the week before is also in need of helping hands.

Opportunities are available for would-be volunteers to help and engage with both community groups and festival organisers to help out in Southport for the official Southport Festival between May 11 & 13.

A spokesperson for Southport Festival said: “We are on the lookout for friendly faced, happy meeters and greeters for the festival.

“Ideally our volunteers will be people with a fantastic knowledge of the Southport area so they can relaibly inform visitors of what’s happening and the best places to go if they come into The Atkinson and the surrounding area.

“As well as representing the festival with a friendly face, volunteers may also be called upon for other activities throughout the three day event, including handing out festival flyers and general support.”

Community organisations taking part in the Southport Rugby Festival on the weekend prior to the Southport Festival are also welcoming volunteers with open arms.

During the festival, Southpoort Rugby Club, which has been a staple part of Southport since 1872, put on a fantastic community display in the build-up to the Southport Festival and are appealing for volunteers to help out.

A spokesperson for the club, based on Waterloo Road, said: “Volunteers are required for the Southport Rugby Festival on May 5, 6 and 7. 

“We have loads of jobs on offer for all but please try and give as much time as you can for your club!

“This is regarded as one of the countries’ top festivals but only gets that reputation because of the hard work of all of us.

“If you can spare an hour, a day or a few days that would be greatly appreciated.”

To volunteer for the Southport Festival organisers email or to volunteer for Southport Rugby Club call 07493055091

Upcycle group help pull the plug on irresponsible fly-tippers

A bathtub which had been irresponsibly fly-tipped in Sefton has been given a new lease of life after being ‘upcycled’ into a floral planter.

The acrylic tub, which had been dumped on the roadside, was used on the council’s social media channels to raise awareness of making sure people report fly-tipping to the local authority.

The bathtub which was found fly-tipped on the pavement

Southport based eco-firm Plughole Planters contacted Sefton Council to ask if they could take ownership of the bath and ‘upcycle’ it into one of their famous bathtub planters.

Once completed, the transformed bathtub planter was generously donated to the North Park Community Gardens group, where it will now be filled with colourful flowers in time for summer.

Steve Smith, Sefton Council’s Environmental Health & Trading Standards Manager, said: “Fly-tipping is never acceptable, however we would like to thank Plughole Planters for their fantastic efforts in transforming this unsightly dumped bathtub into a beautiful and environmentally friendly planter.

“There was never any need for this bathtub to be dumped in the first place as upcycling groups like Plughole Planters, as well as charities, would put them to better use.”

Morgan Griffin, Managing Director of Plughole Planters, said: “We were delighted that Sefton offered us the chance to ‘upcycle’ this unsightly piece of fly-tipping.

“It was lovely to meet with Ali Horton of the North Park Community Garden where the planter will now be proudly displayed and filled with beautiful flowers.

“Fly-tipping is unsightly and anti-social. There are so many responsible and eco-friendly ways to get rid of your unwanted household items and this is a happy ending to an otherwise unsightly and illegal act.”

Residents are encouraged to report any instances of flytipping via Sefton Council’s website. For more information visit

To find out more about the Plughole Planters visit

A new Merseyside Approach to Child Exploitation and Missing Children

Merseyside Police, the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) and the five local Safeguarding Boards, Sefton, Wirral, Knowsley, Liverpool and St Helens are coming together to continue the fight against child exploitation and tackle the issue of missing children.

On Tuesday, 1 May the partners will launch new Pan – Merseyside Child Exploitation and Missing Children Protocols, to ensure a consistent approach to tackling these issues right across the region.

Sefton Council Chief Executive Margaret Carney explains: “As individual Safeguarding Boards across Merseyside, we have always worked to our own individual protocols around child exploitation. Last year we decided to build upon this existing work to launch a pan-Merseyside approach. The aim of these protocols is to continue and improve the work already done in individual areas to protect children from exploitation – be that sexual or criminal.

“Exploitation of children exists in lots of different forms and it is not always obvious to the victim or their families, when it first starts happening. We want this joined up approach to not only tackle the problem but also to change culture and opinions. A lot of children involved in crime are actually victims of exploitation and organised crime groups are grooming, coercing and abusing children and young people to work for them. Our new protocol includes pathways and assessments tools that can help all agencies to identify those children who are at risk and help put a stop to this behaviour – offering support to victims, disrupting criminal groups and prosecuting those involved.

“Similarly the new Missing Children Protocol will ensure all missing children are reported and identified at the earliest opportunity to reduce their risk of exploitation and offer the support at the right time.”

The launch event will take place at Everton Football Club and representatives from the local five Safeguarding boards, strategic services such as children’s homes and referral units, alongside representatives from the voluntary sector will be in attendance. Key note speakers such as Sefton Council Chief Executive Margaret Carney, PCC Jane Kennedy and Assistant Chief Constable Serena Kennedy, will talk about the issues faced and give details on the implementation of new protocols, and how they will work practically to streamline and improve the processes. Delegates will then be invited to visit stalls, staffed by representatives from the local Safeguarding Boards.

Merseyside Police Assistant Chief Constable Serena Kennedy said: “Alongside our partners, we have a duty of care to protect young people from harm and this new innovative, multi-agency approach will mean a consistency across the board.

“The introduction of the new protocols shows how, as a partners, seriously we take these issues and that we are leading the way in putting a stop to child exploitation. Sadly we know child exploitation can affect any young person and have a devastating impact on their lives – that’s why it’s so important for us to work together to ensure we provide the best possible quality of service for those most vulnerable in our communities.”

Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy said: “Keeping our young people safe must be a priority for all public agencies. Today’s launch demonstrates that this responsibility is taken very seriously by all the partners here in Merseyside.

“As a region we are committed to working together to deliver a consistent, high-quality service that prevents exploitation of all kinds and protects young people, no matter where they live. Sadly, we know that some young victims do not recognise that they are being exploited. That means we need all professionals to know how to spot the signs that a child may be at risk and take the appropriate steps to keep them safe. These pan-Merseyside protocols provide the tools, the risk assessments and referral pathways to ensure the right response at the right time for young people who may be vulnerable.

“I thank everyone who has worked so hard to get to this point today and to all the partners for their on-going commitment to improving the protection and care we provide for young people in Merseyside.”

Ellie Fairgrieve, Senior Service Coordinator, Catch22 Pan Merseyside Child Exploitation Service: “Catch22 believe there should be no barriers in responding to Child Exploitation, and our team are excited to continue our work with all five local authorities and Merseyside Police to keep children safe. The launch of the revised exploitation protocol, referral forms and risk assessments mean that all forms of exploitation will be considered and that more professionals will understand the risks of criminal exploitation. Merseyside are leading the way in fighting child exploitation and, as practitioners, it’s wonderful to know that young people will receive a consistent response- no matter where they are on Merseyside.”

Splash World ready to celebrate its 10th birthday

Splash World, Southport is celebrating its 10th birthday in style with a Neverland themed weekend on Saturday, May 12 and Sunday, May 13.

 Real life characters will be providing fun and entertainment at the poolside including a pirate, a mermaid, a lost boy and a fairy.

 A bouncy castle, photo opportunities and the chance to win exclusive prizes throughout the weekend will be included with Splash World admission.

 Splash World’s mascot Murtle the Turtle will be leaving hidden treasures around the centre that will include amazing prizes from family passes to birthday parties!

 Eager visitors to the Sefton Council run facility are also invited to keep an eye on Splash World’s Facebook page as competitions will be announced in the run up to the birthday weekend.

 For an extra £5 per person, guests can enjoy a special VIP experience including party games and lunch with the characters! There are limited places on the VIP experience so call 01704 537160 to book in advance.

 Splash World opened on May 7, 2008 and has become one of Sefton’s key tourist attractions bringing in more than 120,000 visitors each year. This means that since opening its doors the indoor water park has attracted over 1 million visitors!

 Mike Riley, senior operations manager at Dunes Splash World, said:

“For the last 10 years Splash World has brought a lot of joy to many people and we couldn’t have done it without the support of the many visitors we’ve had across the years.

“To celebrate turning 10, we’re excited to embrace the world of Neverland and can’t wait to work with Southport-based party company StarKidz to truly bring the characters to life.”

 Standard tickets can be purchased on the day at the centre or gold passes can be booked online at 

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