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Heritage Lottery bid to be submitted for Southport Town Centre

Sefton Council and Southport BID are working together to resubmit an application to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a Townscape Heritage project for Southport town centre.

The application initially looks for £1.7m from the HLF which could eventually provide a combined funding pot of up to £3m to help revamp parts of the town centre.

If successful, it would enable the development and delivery of a Townscape Heritage project specifically to include:

• Structural and external repair of historic buildings
• Reinstatement of authentic architectural features (traditional shop fronts, windows)
• Works to bring vacant floor space in historic buildings back into use
• Training and skills development in historic repair and construction techniques

The project will focus on the areas between Lord Street and the Promenade linking up the town centre with the seafront in order to build on the recent Heritage Lottery Funded restoration of King’s Gardens and the Coastal Communities Fund of £2m for Southport Pier.

If successful, the money would enhance these links so that the two areas become more integrated while increasing economic activity with the aim of reducing the number of vacant, underused and poorly maintained properties.

Cllr Daren Veidman, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member Planning and Building Control, said:

“We are competing against other local authorities for this funding, and we know from previous years it is massively oversubscribed. Therefore it is vitally important we make our application strong and unique, and community support is vital to this.

“At the moment we really want Southport residents and businesses to get involved and give us their views on the project.

“This will help the project team in preparing a first-round application and it would be greatly appreciated if the support of the public and the local business community can be sufficiently demonstrated. If successful the money will really help transform Southport.”

Hugh Evans, from Southport BID, added:

“BIDs are often successful at attracting funding in addition to the BID levy. As that’s one of our main objectives we’re committed to supporting this application to the Townscape Heritage Fund because, if successful, it could match-fund the levy payments pound for pound.

“That additional money will be used to improve the look and feel of an important part of Southport’s heritage making it more attractive for residents, visitors, workers, and investors.”

If you want to find out more and would like to participate please visit www.sefton.gov.uk/townscape. Response forms should be received no later than November 6, 2017.

To be kept up to date with the project contact us with your details either by email SouthportTHI@sefton.gov.uk or contact Southport BID on 01704 538382.

Adoption Appeal for Sefton Siblings

64% of the children in the North West who are waiting for adoptive families are brothers and sisters in groups of 2 or more according to new information published to mark National Adoption Week (October  16-22). 
Based on the latest Government information, and figures from national adoption information service, First4Adoption, it shows that sibling groups wait longer than single children to be placed with a ‘forever family’. 


Cllr John Joseph Kelly, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Children, Schools and Safeguarding, said: “As in previous years, the need to find families for some of our most vulnerable children remains at the heart of this year’s campaign. 

“We’re asking anyone who may be considering adoption to think about whether they could parent siblings?

“There’s no denying that having more than one child comes with real challenges but it also has advantages and brings great rewards. If you’re interested in finding out more, please contact Sefton Adoption Service today.”

 

The new research, by Adoption Match and based on data from the Adoption Register for England also reveals that:

  • 52% of sibling groups awaiting adoption in the North West are children aged over 4
  • 59% of these groups awaiting adoption are made up of boys
  • 11% of the siblings groups awaiting adoption are Black and Minority Ethnic children

 

Elaine Jamieson from Sefton Council’s Adoption Service, added: “The majority of people adopting for the first time choose to take a single child into their family. 

“Also, it is often in the best interests of the children that a sibling group finds a family together rather than experience further trauma by being separated. 

“This presents an extra challenge for social workers and these factors account for the high proportion of siblings in our region waiting for an adoptive family.”

Sefton adopters, Chris and Julie, said: “Adoption has meant we’ve got the family we’ve always wanted, perhaps slightly less conventionally then some people do it but we’re proud to have a part in shaping their world.

“When our girls were placed with us it was exciting and bewildering but you just take a leap of faith! The moment they called us mum and dad meant everything to us.” 



The regional adoption agency, Adopting In Merseyside (AIM), covering Liverpool, Sefton, Knowsley and Wirral are holding an information evening on October 18. For more information on adoption or to register for the event, contact Sefton Adoption Service on Freephone 0800 923 2777 or visit seftonadoption.co.uk 

Macmillan centre now hosting drop in sessions in Formby

The sessions are being held at Formby Library on the second Tuesday of every month from 1pm – 3pm and the next one is Tuesday 14th November. 

Helen Jones, Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre Manager, said:

“We know it’s not always easy or convenient for Formby residents to pop into our Southport centre, so these drop ins at the village’s library provide an alternative for anyone wanting information or support about living with cancer.”    

The centre, a joint partnership set up by Macmillan and NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), provides a free, confidential drop in service for anyone affected by cancer.

The centre is staffed by Macmillan information and support staff and trained volunteers, who are able to provide:

  • Literature and internet access on all aspects of living with cancer, including work and travel issues
  • The opportunity to talk to someone in a friendly environment, and advice on how to access emotional support
  • Help with accessing financial advice and grants
  • Information about practical help that is available
  • Information on living well, physical activity, relaxation and healthy eating
  • Support groups and a team of volunteers
  • Links with health and social care professionals

You can find the team at 20 Stanley Street, Southport, PR9 0BY or call them on 01704 533024.

For more information about the work of the Macmillan Information and Support Centre on Stanley Street in Southport, please visit the website: www.southportmacmillancentre.org.uk

Bootle firm build for the future in Sefton

Kura, who recently opened a new contact centre site in Sefton having worked with InvestSefton, is celebrating after being shortlisted to bid for a number of government contracts which could support hundreds of jobs in the borough.

 Contact centre and software specialist Kura, who has a major base at Caspian House and employ more than 200 staff, has been appointed to the Crown Commercial Service Framework for the next four years.

 The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) brings together policy, advice and direct buying; providing commercial services to the public sector meaning Kura have the opportunity to tap into a potential value of £1bn worth of government contracts.

 As part of the celebrations, the leader of Sefton Council and other dignitaries including Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram and Bootle MP, Peter Dowd, joined Arceeb Moughal, Director of Commercial and Hayley Marshall, Senior Operations Manager from Kura in a special visit to the Bootle operation.

 Caspain House, with capacity of 400 seats, is the firm’s first major new site outside of Scotland and the visit comes as Kura announces plans to expand their local employee base and hire more staff from around Sefton.

 Cllr Ian Maher, Labour Leader of Sefton Council, said: “It was a pleasure to visit Kura and see the fantastic work they are doing to create more jobs to the local economy.

 “The call centre at Caspian House is already expanding and we are seeing a whole host of new jobs and opportunities created within the borough.

 “They have been supported by the fantastic teams at InvestSefton and it is great to hear they are now included on the Framework being able to bid for new contracts, hopefully supporting existing and new staff in the borough.

 “Kura selecting Atlantic Park as the home for its first contact centre outside of Scotland shows that it sees the borough as the perfect springboard for future growth in the UK and reinforces that Sefton is open for business.”

 Kura provides award winning out-sourced contact centre and software services from its four locations across the UK.

 Arceeb Moughal, Director of Commercial, Kura, added: “We are absolutely delighted to be on this framework as it demonstrates we have the capability to support central government in their transformational agenda. We hope to win more business as a result of this framework and our plan is to put this work into our Sefton site bringing more jobs for people in the area.

 “At Kura we’re out to build a very different business in our industry – we want to help people to develop and reach their full potential. Our vision is, to one day, be recognised as ‘Unrivalled in Developing People’. Caspian House will be a flagship site, creating the right learning environment for the culture we are creating.”  

 Liverpool Combined Authority Metro Mayor, Steve Rotheram, said: “I was delighted to visit the Bootle contact centre, and learn about Kura’s success on being selected for the Crown Commercial Services Framework.

 “This is a massive boost to the business and a great achievement. They have shown great ambition and determination to secure this opportunity, and I have every confidence that it will help them generate additional employment and business at Bootle.”

Missing: Appeal launches to help find Southport man

Police are appealing for information to locate a man from Southport who has not been seen since Saturday 16 September.

Mark Baghurst, aged 48, was last seen outside Heron Foods on Tulketh Street at approximately midday.

He is described as white, around 6ft tall, of stocky build, with grey hair and blue eyes. He has a tattoo of a woman on his right arm and a small tribal tattoo on his left arm and speaks with a Welsh accent.

Mark is known to frequent Liverpool as well as the Southport and Blackpool areas.

Police officers are making extensive efforts to find Mark and would urge Mark, or anyone who knows his whereabouts, to call police on the 101 number.

Alternatively information can be left with the independent charity Missing People by calling 116 000 or by emailing 116000@missingpeople.org.uk.

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