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Foragers find floral treats in the heart of Bootle

Members of the highly successful One Pot Meal club at Bootle library had a hands on lesson in foraging recently.

The group, led by the Fairland Collective and Sefton Libraries, took a break from cooking up a homemade minestrone soup, to set about foraging for natural table decorations in and around Stanley Road.

Bootle Library assistant Louisa Harrison was on hand to lead a team of intrepid explorers around Bootle to find decorative flowers and plants that could easily be crafted into a bespoke table decoration. 

The initiative has already inspired a number of residents to join the Bootle Library’s Human Library scheme.

Thanks to a grant of almost £100,000 from Arts Council England – a brand new project will aim to support adults living in Bootle through the creation of a ‘human library’ where people can ‘gift’ their talents or experience to someone in need.

The concept is based around a place where real people are on loan instead of books. They provide gifts that might range from preparing and hosting a community meal or one to one sessions with someone living with a mental health condition.

A series of creative programmes will aim to uncover local talents which, in turn, will build a sustainable bank of volunteers who can pass their ‘gift’ or experiences on.

Commissioner reopens fund to help communities prevent crime

Organisations which help to reduce crime and protect communities in Merseyside are being invited to apply for a share of a fund aimed at helping building stronger, safer communities.

This is the third year that Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy has opened the Crime Prevention Fund which is used to help charities, community groups and social enterprises stop problems before they occur, by reducing the opportunities for crime and by deterring people away from becoming involved in anti-social and criminal behaviour.

A total of £135,000 is available from the fund and the Commissioner is inviting groups to submit bids of between £5,000 and £25,000 for innovative community safety projects or schemes that will be run between now and April 2018.

This year, the Commissioner is specifically urging organisations that are working to tackle the causes of serious and organised crime to apply for funding.

Jane said: “Serious and organised crime is, for many people, their greatest concern. It blights our communities, bringing misery and suffering and causing lasting harm.

“Merseyside Police allocates extensive resources to tackling this issue, but they cannot succeed alone. Local people understand their communities better than anyone and know what will work best to improve their area. We are fortunate to have a wealth of voluntary and community groups which are working hard to prevent people, especially young people from getting involved with this type of crime and I want to hear from them.

“Through the Crime Prevention Fund, I want to see what more can be done to tackle this issue and with these grants I hope I can give organisations which are trying to address the root causes of this issue a valuable cash boost which will help to make a difference to communities across Merseyside.”

Last year, 12 grassroots organisations were chosen to share £132,000 from the Crime Prevention Fund from a total of 116 bids submitted. Many of the projects focused on preventing young people from getting involved with crime.

Council respond to Killen Green Park vandalism

Sefton Council are shocked and disheartened by a spate of vandalism in Killen Green Park, Netherton.

Officers discovered more than 13 trees had been severely damaged with some even set on fire.

Contractors were also called to carry out repair work to the Killen Green skate park after vandals set a wheelie bin on fire, causing further damage.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, has condemned the vandalism. She said: “Not only is this extremely disappointing for us, it ruins it for genuine park users and we hope the public feel our frustration over this stupid act of destruction.

“It’s such a pity as local volunteers have been doing some great work in the park of late to make sure it looks its best.

“The site was recently highly commended by judges during the Green Flag Awards in June and we’ve had a lot of feedback from residents about how lovely the park is.

“As always we will continue to work closely with the police and other partners to discourage further acts of vandalism and if anybody has any specific information about this, please contact Merseyside Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

Merseyside Police Community Inspector Ian Jones said: “Vandalism such as this is not a victimless crime. This is a valued and much loved park, the enjoyment of which has been spoiled by these mindless acts.

“We are maximising our resources in the area with partner agencies and will use all of our joint powers to take any necessary action against those responsible.

“We are very keen to speak to anyone who may have information that can help us identify those responsible and would urge anyone who saw any suspicious behaviour in the park on Wednesday and Thursday to contact us. We would also appeal to any parents whose child was out on those days and returned home with clothes smelling of smoke to get in touch.

Lord Street to undergo resurfacing works

Sefton Council has sent out letters to residents and businesses on Lord Street, Southport to let them know about an upcoming carriageway resurfacing project.

Through a series of technical surveys and engineering analysis undertaken across the borough, Lord Street has been identified as a priority for resurfacing works.

Lord Street will undergo an important series of resurfacing works, to improve the carriageway, commencing on Monday, September 18 and taking approximately six weeks to complete.

In a bid to minimise disruption, the works will be managed in four stages:

Stage 1: Duke Street to Eastbank Street
Stage 2: Eastbank Street to Nevill Street
Stage 3: Nevill Street to Manchester Road
Stage 4: Eastbank Street junction and Nevill Street Junction

Each phase will be carried out between 8am-5pm with the exception of Phase 4, which will be carried out after 7pm.

Pedestrian access to shops and amenities will be permitted at all times, while access for deliveries is restricted between 7.30am to 9am and 5pm to 7pm daily.

There will be ongoing liaisons with properties affected as the works progress.

Diversions will be in place via Duke Street, Victoria Way, Esplanade, Promenade and Seabank Road.

Cllr John Fairclough, Cabinet Member for Locality Services, said: “We are eager to improve the road surface on Lord Street, especially in the run up to Christmas time which sees a lot of people visiting Southport.

“The timing of the works has been designed to minimise the impact on businesses, residents and visitors

“Sefton is a borough on the move and regenerating the carriageway on Lord Street is a key priority for us.

“The scheme will be carried out by Dowhigh Ltd and we expect any disruption throughout the improvement works to be kept to a minimum.

“Additional information will be posted out to residents and businesses at least two weeks in advance of the works to update people further.”

For further information on road closures across the borough visit www.sefton.gov.uk.

Liverpool’s Legend Steven Gerrard back’s City Transformation Bid for the 2022 Commonwealth Games

Liverpool Football Club U18 manager and club legend Steven Gerrard has today given his backing to Liverpool’s bid to become the host city for the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Gerrard, former club captain and UEFA Champions League winner, has backed the bid for his hometown city and believes it would be fantastic to see the city host the Games. Anfield, the home of Liverpool Football Club, will be hosting Rugby 7s and ceremonies during Games time.

Gerrard joins a host of elite athletes who are backing Liverpool’s bid, including former teammates Jamie Carragher and Robbie Fowler, Olympic heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson, World boxing champion Tony Bellew and Commonwealth and Olympic Games medallists Steve Parry and Beth Tweddle.

Liverpool was this week named the ‘UK’s Greatest Sporting City for 2017’ in a study released by ESPN and the University of Bath, and is proposing a transformational Games vision that will accelerate up to £1bn worth of investment in the city’s docklands area.

Liverpool legend, Steven Gerrard, said:

“I am delighted to be able to back the city’s bid to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games. Liverpool is a city with a rich sporting heritage with its two football teams, boxing stars and global sporting events such as the Grand National and the Open being hosted on Merseyside.

“As a Scouser, it would be fantastic to have another global event like the Commonwealth Games in Liverpool and would help showcase to the World what a great city Liverpool is.”

Liverpool 2022 bid chair, Brian Barwick, added:

“It is great to have Steven Gerrard so positively backing Liverpool’s Bid to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games. During his career at Liverpool FC Steven was recognised as a world-class star of a world-famous football club.

“To have both Steven and Liverpool Football Club so firmly behind the Bid is a further indication of just how determined the city is to win the right to host the Games.”

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