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Animal shelter team up with food banks in Year of the Volunteer

Formby based Freshfields Animal Rescue are working with volunteers at various Sefton food banks to provide additional support to vulnerable animals.

Food Banks are fulfilling a vital role in today’s society, providing a lifeline for people who are in need of the most immediate and urgent help to care for their families.

Freshfields will be working hand in hand with the teams, donating food to animals whose owners find themselves in desperate circumstances.

Community and Outreach Fundraising Manager Emma Jensen from the Ince Blundell based animal rescue shelter said: ‘We’re happy to support the animals in the families of people who have fallen on hard times, and welcome this relationship with the Food Banks. 

“We will always look to support animals in the community wherever we can. We do have animals brought into the rescue centre simply because their owners can’t afford to feed them, and that is very upsetting. 

“Obviously we want to prevent this situation for the pet, the family and for rescue centres that always struggle to meet demand. 

“The community help us and we’re helping them which is what it’s all about – everyone benefits.”

 

Sporting fun in Sefton parks during Easter holidays

The night’s alright for young people as Sefton’s parks come to life with sporting activity over the Easter holidays. 

Park Nights is a new programme from Active Sefton, giving young people aged 10-16yrs the chance to try new sporting activities for free in their local park.

Park Nights are taking place at:

  • Derby Park, Bootle, 6pm-8pm, March 26 (street golf and football)
  • Killen Green Park, Netherton, 5pm-7pm, March 27 (ultimate frisbee and fodgeball)
  • North Park, Bootle, 6pm-7.30pm, March 28 (zorb football)
  • Crosby Coastal Park, 6pm-8pm, March 29 (climbing wall and games)
  • Derby Park, 6pm-8pm, April 3 (street golf and football)
  • Derby Park, 5pm-7pm, April 4 (ultimate frisbee and dodgeball)
  • Marian Gardens, Netherton, 6pm-7.30pm, April 5 (zorb football)

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

 

Wesley Street is a world of shopping wonder

Wesley Street is Southport’s very own ‘Village In The Town.’

A microcosm of shopping, eating and entertaining delights, the colourful street is nestled away between Eastbank Street and Tulketh Street in Southport Town Centre. 

Stepping into Wesley Street is often described as stepping into a different world. 

Awash with independent boutiques, barbers, cafes and shops, with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, there is something for everyone.

Accredited with numerous awards for floral displays, community spirit and best Neighbourhood award 2014, you will find a string of unique, independent shops painted in pastel colours.

The traders host family-friendly events throughout the year, such as the Wesley Street Festival.

You will find a traditional sweet shop, celebration cakes, family photographers, a wool shop, butchers, antique jewellers, cafes, gifts and much much more!

With 22 shops, all locally owned, Wesley street gives a personal service with unique products that only independent shopkeepers can offer.

Royal Wedding Street Party planners need to get in touch

Residents across the borough planning a street party to celebrate the Royal wedding in May need to contact Sefton Council.

Party organisers are being asked to get in touch with Sefton Council in relation to any possible street closures on Saturday, May 19 for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Sefton is keen that as many people as possible enjoy the special occasion, but any road closures must be formally advertised in the local press.

Residents planning a party have until Friday, April 20 to notify the Council which will enable all the road closures to be legally advertised in one advert.

Cllr John Fairclough, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member Locality Services, said: “Already we have been contacted about a couple of road closures for street parties celebrating the Royal wedding and if you are thinking of this, please get in touch.

“Organising a street party has many different rewards and brings together neighbours and local communities.

“Anyone who is planning such an event should contact us as soon as possible so that we have details on what they are planning for the day.

“Unfortunately, it will not be possible to process any requests after the deadline so we would urge residents to get in touch as soon as possible.”

To apply for a temporary road closure either call 0345 140 0845, email colin.taylor@sefton.gov.uk or apply in writing to Colin Taylor at Highway Safety, Magdalen House, 30 Trinity Road, Bootle, L20 3NJ.

Residents will need to provide the organiser’s name and address and contact details, the date they plan to hold the party and the road or section of road they wish to close. Officers will assess the location of the road closure before responding directly to each applicant and there will not be a charge for the legal procedures for the road closure.

For further information about events taking place in Sefton, please visit www.sefton.gov.uk.

The Sefton Good Dog Code: What You Need To Know

The Sefton Good Dog Code is an informative campaign which encourages good and responsible dog ownership in the borough. 

For more information about these rules and to learn more about the Good Dog Code, visit www.sefton.gov.uk/thegooddogcode

Posters, leaflets and interactive smartphone adverts are going up in parks and public areas around Sefton following the launch of the Good Dog Code and the recent Public Space Protection Order. 

Local residents and dog lovers have worked alongside Sefton in the creation of the Code, which tells residents to clean up after their pets, respect those who don’t like dogs, follow the rules and ensure their dog is socialized before it mingles with other dogs. 

Cllr Paulette Lappin, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regulation and Compliance, said: “The code was jointly put together by ourselves and residents to promote responsible dog ownership.

“Along with the poster and flyers, we’ll be placing QR codes around our parks, coastal areas and cemeteries which links to the online version of the Good Dog Code.

“There are plenty of ways you can be a responsible dog owner, from making sure you clean up after your pets to respecting none-dog lovers.

“Unfortunately some dog owners are not responsible and have no regard for their community. For these few, legislation is tough on them.

“Enforcement action such as fixed penalties and possible court action can be taken against these dog owners.”

Lyn Hilton the founder of local volunteer group ‘Sefton Dogs’ added: “What began as a campaign to ensure that our dogs could enjoy off lead experience at the beach and on our local nature reserves changed into a volunteer movement which aims for a friendly, informed and responsible approach to dog ownership in Sefton. 

“I am proud to say that since June of this year members of Sefton Dogs have been working closely with Sefton Council, attending promotional events, advising on publicity materials and building up a bank of helpful information online.”

Since July, Sefton has had a Public Space Protection Order across the borough with informs dog owners about certain rules which must be followed. 

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