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Klondyke Letters

Letters are being delivered to homes in the Klondyke area of Sefton informing nearby residents on the progress of the latest housing development.

The letters, signed by Cllr Trish Hardy, Cabinet Member Housing and Communities, will drop through letterboxes in Annie Road, Marion Road, Thornton Avenue, Springwell Road, Menai Road, Netherton Road and Monfa Road giving an update on the scheme.

As part of the development, Bellway will provide 142 new homes bringing significant regeneration benefits to Bootle, including greater footfall into local shops and businesses.

Demolition works were completed in October 2015 and the letters explain how legal matters are all now in place and subject to some final details, Bellway will have the opportunity to start on site shortly.

Cllr Trish Hardy, said: “We are very keen to ensure that all residents living in the proximity of the proposed new development are fully informed on the progress that is being made to getting these new homes on site.

“We totally understand residents’ frustrations with the length of time it has taken for work to begin on the site. This is due to a number of legal agreements taking much longer than expected which are now thankfully resolved.

“Once work starts we are confident that this will be another popular location for homebuyers and further information will be made available by Bellway when they are in a position to be in touch directly. We will also give further updates to residents as this exciting housing development progresses.

“One of the main outcomes from the Sefton 2030 Vision consultation was the need for more quality housing across the borough and we believe this development will help fulfil these objectives.”

Sefton Welcomes The Return Of The Open

The clock is ticking as Sefton gets ready to welcome hundreds of thousands of visitors to the borough for The 146th Open at Royal Birkdale.

Millions of pounds is set to boost the local and regional economy as Sefton hosts the Championship at Royal Birkdale in July, 2017.

More than 200,000 people are expected at the global sporting event at one of the finest links courses in the UK and February 16 marks the 150th day until the practice rounds tee off.

It is the tenth time Royal Birkdale will host The Open and preparations are well underway to welcome sports fans from across the world to Sefton and the wider Liverpool City Region.

Royal Birkdale last hosted The Open in 2008 and the links course forms part of England’s Golf Coast which also includes many other Sefton golfing venues.

Cllr Ian Maher, Labour Leader at Sefton Council, said: “A lot of work has already taken place as we prepare to welcome the world’s best golfers, thousands of visitors and the many millions more watching on TV to our fabulous borough.

“We want to ensure we use The Open to really boost our local economy, grow employment opportunities and ensure our businesses reap the benefits of hosting one of the largest sporting events in the world.

“This really is an opportunity to put Sefton and the City Region in the global shop window with millions of pounds set to swell the local and regional economy.

“We want the world to see we are very much open for business and for everyone to marvel at all our assets and fantastic coastline which forms part of Royal Birkdale’s famous links course.

“Events like The Open attract enormous volumes of positive profile and we are determined we really tap into this.

“We want 2017 to leave a golfing legacy with as many people as possible from across Sefton getting involved in this wonderful sporting spectacle. It also ties in with 2017 being the Year of Sefton’s Coast with us celebrating everything surrounding our unique coastline.

“July 2017 may seem a long way off but it will be here sooner than people think. Let us all really get behind the event and make Sefton proud and the perfect hosts.”

The famous Royal Birkdale course was first established in 1889, but was extensively redesigned in 1922 by Fred Hawtree and JH Taylor to create the current layout, which winds its way through the sand dunes towering over each of the fairways.

Since first hosting The Open in 1954, the course has been (alongside Royal Lytham) the most regular venue for the Championship other than St Andrews. At Birkdale’s first Open, Peter Thomson won the first of three in succession; he returned to the same course in 1965 to add his fifth and final title.

Practice days are from July 16-19 with the Championship running from July 20-23. For ticket information go to or call The Open Ticket office on 01334 460010.

Firefighter Recruitment

FirefighterMerseyside Fire and Rescue Service are recruiting for Trainee Wholetime Firefighters to join their Recruit Course in September 2017.

The role of a Firefighter is to save and preserve endangered life by supporting and maintaining an emergency response service as well as assisting with the delivery of prevention activities to the most vulnerable people across Merseyside.

The requirements to be a firefighter are as follows:

  • Must have a Driving Licence
  • Must be able to swim 50 metres in open water
  • Must be able to work at heights
  • Must be able to work in confined spaces

Visit the Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service website for further details and to apply to be a Trainee Wholetime Firefighter.

In partnership with Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service, Sefton@Work held 2 information sessions recently in Bootle and Southport to promote the vacancies. Both sessions were well attended by over 40 individuals.

Recognition for Two British Legion Volunteers

Jimmy Kavanagh and Alan KellyTwo volunteers from the Royal British Legion, Netherton & Sefton Branch, were honoured at a meeting in Bootle Town Hall recently.

Jimmy Kavanagh and Alan Kelly were both nominated by the Armed Forces Champion, Cllr Robert Brennan, in recognition of their hard work within the Sefton Borough community, local schools and for their support of Sefton’s veterans.

The certificates were presented on the day by the Lord Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Iain Brodie-Browne.

Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Iain Brodie-Browne said: “It was a great pleasure to honour Jimmy and Alan for all the hard work they do in their local community. This includes them going into schools to give talks to the children on the history of the 1st & 2nd world wars and retelling some of their own experiences.

“Jimmy and Alan also monitor the war memorials in the Bootle & Netherton area, reporting any issues or damage that they find.”

For information about the war memorials in Sefton, visit

Public Space Protection Order

As part of Sefton Council’s commitment to promote responsible dog ownership, we are consulting on introducing new dog control measures. Consultation on introducing a new Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) across the whole of the borough will start today (February 6) and will last until April 11. A Public Space Protection Order is an official measure that is an enforceable part of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. PSPOs can be used to protect the public from behaviour that is having or is likely to have a harmful effect on the quality of life of those in an area. As part of the consultation, Sefton will look at how Enforcement officers will continue to be able to issue fixed penalty notices to any one in charge of a dog who does not remove their dog’s mess straightaway from land (ÂŁ75). This will also include how dog walkers are to always carry a bag or other means for cleaning up after their dog has fouled at all times. Other details being consulted about look at restricting the number of dogs that can be walked by a single individual on and off the lead, prohibiting dogs from entering defined areas – open or enclosed playgrounds, marked/fenced sports pitches or courts and dog free zones on the beach. It would also require dogs to be kept on a lead in defined areas including: designated picnic or family areas, designated wildlife areas, all public roads/footways, the grounds of cemeteries and crematoria, fenced conservation grazing when livestock are present and designated nature reserves. Dog owners can also be asked to put their dogs on leads when directed to do so by an authorised officer.

Cllr Paulette Lappin, Cabinet Member Regulatory, Compliance and Corporate Services, said: “This is just the start of the process to consult on introducing a PSPO in Sefton. “Many other local authorities across the country have introduced similar orders to great effect as it encourages greater responsible dog ownership. It also promotes a cleaner and greener environment which everyone can enjoy. “Most dog owners across the borough already do most of the things in the proposed order anyway, so if introduced it will have very little or no impact on them at all. “Please take the time to read about the proposed order and tell us what you think about it.”  

To get involved visit Engage Space

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