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Gymnast Dan gets Olympic sized send off ahead of Commonwealth Games

Olympic gymnast Dan Purvis has been given a surprise send off ahead of the Commonwealth Games in Australia.

The Crosby gymnast has flown out to the Gold Coast to represent Scotland in the Games but before he left, Dan was surprised at Dunes Leisure Centre, Southport with a special cake and balloon to wish him all the best.

Many of the children who Dan, 27, coaches across Sefton were on hand to join Active Sefton staff in presenting him with the gifts.

 Dan has since travelled to Australia along with his fellow gymnast Frank Baines, with the duo both representing Scotland at the Commonwealth Games between April 4 and April 15.

Heather Redhead, Sefton Council’s Health and Wellbeing Development Manager, said “It was so nice to be able to surprise Dan and Frank ahead of the Games.

“Dan was presented with a cake and balloon by the youngsters he coaches at Dunes Leisure Centre, as they wanted to wish him well and say good luck ahead of the Games.

“The Dan Purvis Gymnastics sessions, which operate at both Netherton Activity Centre and Dunes leisure Centre. are incredibly popular and both Dan and Frank give up their time to help encourage a whole new generation of gymnasts.

“Dan is also a strong advocate of Active Sefton’s programmes and has been very supportive of Sefton’s own ‘Jump into Gymnastics’ sessions.

“We wish Dan and Frank all the best and hope they bring back a haul of medals to show the children when they return!”

To find out more about Active Sefton’s Jump Into Gymnastics sessions, call 0151 288 6283.

Ainsdale Beach parking

Due to high tides, Ainsdale beach will remain closed to vehicles over the Easter bank holiday weekend.

Each year the beach is normally closed to vehicles from September 30 – April 1, but this year as high tides are forecast, it will continue to be closed until after the Easter weekend.

However, in order to maximise the amount of parking available, the Council has suspended the introduction of the seasonal parking restriction (single yellow line) which would normally apply to the north side of Shore Road, Ainsdale (from the Sands pub to the beach entrance).

This will not be enforced for April 1/2 – instead it will come into operation on Tuesday, April 3.

The Council will also seek to make parking available on the overflow car park at the Promenade and at the Sands pub.

This means there will be a limited amount of parking available for visitors who may wish to access Ainsdale beach over the Easter bank holiday weekend.

Ainsdale beach will be back open to vehicles from Tuesday, April 3 and for details about parking and Sefton’s beaches visit sefton.gov.uk.

Southport Pier reopens

Southport Pier has fully reopened to the public following the completion of vital improvement works.

The landward end of Southport Pier had been temporarily closed while contractors carry out the second stage of £2.9m improvement works.

The project will create additional jobs, increase visitor numbers and secure Southport Pier as a valued asset for many years to come.

A spokesman for Sefton Council said: “We’d like to thank residents and visitors for their patience while the majority of the works were carried out.

“Southport Pier is a marvellous asset and millions of pounds have already been spent on redevelopment work to ensure this fantastic structure continues to be a top tourist attraction

“As part of the Royal Birkdale Open Golf legacy fund, £40K will now go towards improving ‘green’ tourism and connectivity on Southport Pier for more people to enjoy.”

 The additional works will include new RSPB telescopes on the oldest cast iron constructed pier in the country to view wildlife and terrestrial and underwater webcams and television screens to view other marine life.

 A new access point to the pier will also be constructed.

Ultimate Frisbee and Zorb Football come to Sefton parks

Active Sefton is proud to announce the launch of Sefton Park Nights.

The Easter evening events are a new scheme designed to give youngsters across the south of borough the chance to enjoy a host of free and fun activities.

Hosted at various locations throughout South Sefton, the early evening events aims to divert young people away from anti-social behaviour by encouraging them to take part in fun filled activities

Throughout the fortnight (Monday March 26 – Thursday April 5) youngsters can take part in a raft of free activities including street golf, zorb football, climbing walls and more!

Park Nights is organised by Active Sefton and funded by the Merseyside Police Community Cash Back Fund.

Activities include:
• Street Golf & Football at Derby Park (6-8pm) on Monday March 26
• Ultimate Frisbee and Dodgeball at Killen Green ( 5-7pm) on Tuesday March 27
• Zorb Football at North Park (6-7.30pm) on Wednesday March 28
• Climbing wall and games at Crosby Coastal Park (6-8pm) on Thursday March 29
• Street Golf & Football at Derby Park (6-8pm) on Tuesday April 3
• Ultimate Frisbee and Dodgeball (5-7pm) on Wednesday April 4
• Zorb Football at Marion Square Gardens Park (6-7.30pm) on Thursday April 5
• Street Golf & football Kirkstone Park (5-7pm) on Thursday April 5
Heather Redhead, Sefton Council’s Health and Wellbeing Development Manager , said: “We are delighted to be able to launch Park Nights after huge successes with other events in the past such as Sefton Lights.

“Park Nights promises to be two weeks of fun and free activities and thanks must go in advance to Merseyside Police who have worked so hard to help us bring this great programme together.”

For more information contact the Active Sefton Team on 0151 288 6286.

Longer hours for Merseyside Recycling Centres

Residents will have the opportunity to recycle more from Sunday, April 1 as the region’s Household Waste Recycling Centres open for an extra three hours every day.

The 14 Recycling Centres, which are provided by Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) and operated by resource management company Veolia, will be switching to their summer opening hours, meaning they’ll be open from 8.00am until 8.00pm*, seven days a week.

The Recycling Centres are situated throughout the region with all 14 available to use for all Merseyside householders. They accept all sorts of household materials for recycling, from batteries, cans and cardboard, through to garden clippings, glass bottles, wood, and white goods. They also accept lesser known items such as takeaway coffee cups, clothes, furniture and electrical items.

A Van Permit scheme is in operation at all the sites meaning if you are planning to use a van or large trailer then you will need a Permit. Permits can be obtained free of charge by calling 0151 236 0305 or visiting www.merseysidewda.gov.uk.

The Recycling Centres are open every day of the year, except for Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

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