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Sefton Council’s Chief Executive to retire in May

Sefton Council’s Chief Executive Margaret Carney has announced that she will retire in May after 10 years in post.

Margaret, who has worked in local government for more than 40 years, told colleagues and partners that it has been the most difficult decision in her career but feels the time is right to hand over the baton to a new Chief Executive who can build on Sefton’s successes.

She said: “It has been an absolute privilege working with such hardworking, committed and passionate staff, councillors and partners over probably the most challenging period ever for local government and public services.

“I have loved working in Sefton despite the cuts. Not only is it where I work, it is also my home and I have seen first-hand how tirelessly and compassionately staff and councillors have worked to support our communities at a time of great uncertainty and worry.”

Under Margaret’s leadership, the Council has continued to provide hundreds of services to its communities and maintained a strong financial track record despite austerity.

She also spearheaded the development of a new and exciting vision for the future of the borough, working closely with partners, businesses, private sector organisations, the voluntary, community and faith sectors and the wider Sefton community. The Vision 2030 was borne and ensures the Council focuses on what is important for the borough and its communities in the future.

Earlier this year, the Council was praised for demonstrating real ambition for Sefton, for its strong track record of partnership working, place leadership and for having such a dedicated, passionate workforce by the Local Government Association’s (LGA) peer review team. This, Margaret says, is a real high to end her career on.

Sefton Council will start the search for a new Chief Executive immediately and Margaret will leave the Council on May 31 under normal retirement rules.

Tesco’s ‘Bags of Help’ scheme funds notice boards in Rimrose Valley

A community funding scheme run by Tesco in Litherland has enabled Rimrose Valley Friends to deliver four, hand-carved notice boards at entrances around the much-loved Country Park.

The initiative required members of the public to vote for their favourite cause using counters given to them in store.  Originally intended to improve just one entrance, the fund awarded stretched to notice boards being delivered to four entrances around the valley.  Beach Road and Gorsey Lane are already in place, with two more due to be installed soon at the Derwent Road and Brindley Close entrances.

Roy Bouffler, who designed and made the notice boards said: “It was a pleasure to create something for a place that holds special memories for me, as a child and then with my own children.  It’s a place of peace and tranquillity, which I have felt the benefit of.”

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “Rimrose Valley is a great asset in the borough and The Green Sefton – and Natural Alternatives – team were happy to help, putting up Roy’s marvellous notice boards. They look great in situ, are a fine example of local craftsmanship and I’m sure will be well appreciated by our communities.”

Linda Gaskell of Rimrose Valley Friends added: “We’re delighted to be able to deliver the notice boards and to enhance several of the busiest entrances to the park.  The notice boards will contain a mixture of charity, campaign and other community notices, aimed at helping to bring the various communities which surround Rimrose Valley closer together.

“Work like this demonstrates that Rimrose Valley Friends as a charity is planning for the future of the Country Park and we are not put off by the threat of Highways England’s proposed road.

“Space is obviously limited, but any community groups or charities interested in submitting a notice should email enquiries@rimrosevalleyfriends.org 

Please note that advertisements will not be accepted.”

MISSING: Gerald Brown from Litherland

Police are appealing for help in finding a 57-year-old man from Litherland who is missing from home.

Gerald Brown was last seen outside the Adelphi Hotel in Liverpool city centre on Monday 28 January and extensive enquiries have been ongoing to locate him since.

Gerald is described as being white, 5ft 4in tall, bald and of stocky build. He also has a tattoo on his right arm.

When he was last seen, Gerald was wearing a grey cap, blue jeans, a blue polo shirt and a brown jacket.

It is believed Gerald may have travelled to Blackpool and Scotland.

Anyone who has seen Gerald or anyone fitting his description is asked to DM @MerPolCC, call 101 or contact the Missing People charity on 116 000.

Appeal following fatal road collision in Southport

Merseyside Police are appealing for information after a pedestrian died following a collision involving a car in Southport this morning (Wednesday 30 January 2019).

A report was received shortly before 10.55am that a car had been in collision with a man on Town Lane Kew, near the hospital.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene and officers are in the process of locating next of kin.

A closure remains in place on Town Lane Kew and motorists are advised to seek alternative routes.

The driver of the car stopped at the scene and is assisting police with enquiries into the incident.

Anyone who witnessed the incident, has any information, or was passing at the time and has dashcam footage, is asked to contact Merseyside Police social media desk via Twitter @MerPolCC or Facebook Merseyside Police CC.

You can also call 0151 777 5747 or 101, quoting incident reference 307 of 30 January or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Police appeal for next of kin of John Robert Bradley

Merseyside Police are appealing for help in tracing the next of kin of an 80 year-old man who died at his home address in Southport.

John Robert Bradley passed away at his home on Part Street on December 20, 2018. There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.

The coroner’s office at Southport would like to hear from anyone who can assist in identifying members of Mr Bradley’s family who are believed to live within the North of England, possibly in Yorkshire.

Anyone who can assist is asked to contact the coroner’s office on 0151 777 1921.

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