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What to do if you find Palm Oil on the Sefton Coast

Sefton Council are asking dog walkers to still be vigilant when visiting the beach after more palm oil was discovered.

Rangers from Sefton Council’s Coast and Countryside team removed four bags of palm oil from Crosby beach on April 4 following inspections. No traces of debris have been found in Ainsdale or Southport.

A spokesman for the Sefton Coast Landscape Partnership said: “Palm oil debris is harmless to humans, but it can be fatal to dogs if eaten.

“Unfortunately dogs are attracted to the smell of the stuff, so pet owners are advised to remain vigilant if walking your dog on the coast, especially around tidelines.

“Pet owners should keep their dogs under close control on the beach, especially along the tideline, although the material can appear elsewhere on the beach after a high tide.”

Warning signs are on display throughout the Sefton Coast and anyone who discovers palm oil is encouraged to call 0151 934 2967 and report it.

Sefton encourages residents to walk to work

Sefton Council is encouraging residents to leave the car at home and walk to work on April 6 in support of Walk to Work Day.

This is a great opportunity for the people of Sefton to reduce their carbon footprint and make a positive action for their health and wellbeing.

Those who live too far afield to walk the entire journey could try to walk to the train station or bus stop rather than drive.

Recent figures show that as little as 2.5% of the population choose to walk to work five days a week.

The council would like to encourage as many people as possible to pledge to walk for at least part of their journey.

By walking to work, residents are helping to reduce the amount of air pollution caused by cars and traffic.

Sefton is also calling upon its staff to make a pledge to ditch the motors for the day and brave the walk to work.

Matt Ashton, Director of Public Health for Sefton and Knowsley, said: “Walk to Work Day is a fantastic opportunity to make a positive lifestyle choice and welcome some physical activity to your daily commute.

“Walking has so many benefits to health and wellbeing and by making the choice to leave the car at home, we can reduce the amount of pollution caused by traffic.

“I strongly encourage all residents to take this opportunity to improve their health and Sefton’s air quality.”

Plaza screens 100 years of Sefton on Film

The Plaza Cinema, Crosby are inviting residents to enjoy a special screening of 100 Years of Sefton on Film.

Screened on Tuesday April 19 from 7.30pm, North West Film Archive are showing a special film archive which depicts the history and character of Sefton and the surrounding areas over the last century.

Tickets are priced at £4.90 and £3.90, and are currently on sale from the Plaza Cinema box office.


Kick high sugar drinks and junk food into touch!

Sefton’s Director for Public Health has backed a campaign to kick high sugar drinks and junk food into touch!

Matthew Ashton, Director of Public Health for Knowsley and Sefton, is one of 58 health experts who has supported a campaign to protect children from food and drinks that are high in fat, sugar and salt, promoted through football across the UK.

The campaign is led by Healthy Stadia and Sugar Smart and aims to tackle the issue of childhood obesity as well as tooth decay.

Many football associations, leagues and some football clubs partner with companies known for products containing high fat, sugar and salt, so health experts have now joined forces to help address this important issue.

Other supporters to the campaign include representatives working in sports development, dental health, sustainability, social housing and the media.

All 58 experts signed a letter which was sent last week to English football clubs, UK National Football Associations, UK league operators and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

Whilst a response is awaited, further work will continue around raising awareness of the health harms such products cause on children and young people’s health.

This includes swapping sugary fizzy drinks or sugary squash for water, lower-fat milk or no added sugar cordial, along ditching the takeaway and cooking meals from scratch – that way you know exactly what is in it!

In addition, an e-petition has also been developed and children, parents and schools are encouraged to support the campaign. You can read more and sign the petition here.

Year of the Volunteer: Become a clean-up champion!

April is the Year of the Volunteer’s Clean, Green and Beautiful environment month, where we celebrate volunteers who help keep our borough beautiful. 

Everybody knows Sefton has few and far between rivals for the title of most beautiful British coastline! 

The 22 miles spanning between Southport and Seaforth are some of the most iconic, idyllic and important stretches of coastline in the UK and are home to a menagerie of fauna and flora.

But it takes a lot of work to make our coastline the sandy success that it is!

Our Coast and Countryside team are supported by hundreds of volunteers called the Friends of Sefton Coast, who give up just a small portion of their time throughout the year to keep our coastline beautiful.

They include the Friends of Crosby Beach, the Rubbish Friends group and many more volunteer teams.

From beach cleans after a storm to buckthorne bashing, there’s always plenty to get your teeth into on the Sefton Coast.

To find out more about our list of events and activities between April and June 2018, or to get involved, check out the FoSC April – June Calendar

To register as a FOSC volunteer, you can email or call 0151 934 

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