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Response to anti-gum dropping campaign is simply Gumbelievable!

Businesses, residents and visitors to the borough were given something to chew over at the weekend as Sefton launched its ‘Gumbelievable’ campaign.

Launched on Chapel Street, Southport on Saturday, September 28, the local authority teamed up with the Chewing Gum Action Group to hand out special packs to gum lovers, in a bid to combat the amount of gum which is dropped on the street.

The launch saw hundreds of packs being handed out to residents and tourists along the busy shopping street, as well as A3 chewing gum boards being erected for people to stick their used gum to.

Huge banners warning people not to risk hefty fines have also been placed outside Sefton run leisure centres and beer mats have been handed out to businesses to further reiterate the gumbelievable message.

Cllr Paulette Lappin, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regulation and Compliance, said: “It was great to see that we have the support of so many businesses and residents in our campaign.

“Dropping gum, like any form of litter, is a disgusting and unsightly thing to do and you can be fined so we are making sure there is no reason to do it!

“The packs we handed out contain dozens of disposable wrappers which gum lovers can carry around with them, or failing that, we placed ‘gum boards’ along Chapel Street for people to stick their used gum to.

“We are doing all we can to raise awareness of this issue and we continue to spread the message far and wide, nobody can have an excuse to drop gum.”

Further Gumbelievable events will be announced in the coming weeks.

Business clinics the perfect tonic for local entrepreneurs

Businesses and entrepreneurs across Sefton can look forward to a healthy future with the help of experts from across the world of commerce.

Sefton’s business clinics are taking place every Tuesday at The Atkinson, Southport from 10am-1pm. They are a chance to meet movers and shakers in the world of business to ask any burning questions and gain insights to help you start up your business or take it to the next level.

Officially opened by Cllr. Marion Atkinson, Sefton Councilโ€™s Labour Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills on September 18, the clinics are Organised by Invest Sefton, Sefton Council’s enterprise, business support and inward investment service. Sessions cover all business themes, from accessing funding to starting your business to employing the right people to make it a success and everything in between.

Cllr Marion Atkinson said: “Business is the lifeblood of our borough and we make the point that we are very much open for business. More than ever we need budding entrepreneurs to be bold and make the next step, creating jobs and opportunities for local residents and those across the Liverpool City Region.

“Making that leap into business ownership can be fraught with risk but it needn’t be if people know where to turn for help and advice. This is why an open forum to access the region’s vibrant business community is an asset you should make the most of. All you need to do is just turn up at The Atkinson.”

If you cannot make it to a business clinic, the friendly team at Invest Sefton are on hand all year round to offer advice and support to help your business grow. Contact them on 0151 934 3452, by email or visit their website.

Sefton helps hundreds of families to access school uniform banks

Generous residents across Sefton have once again helped keep vital school uniform banks topped up with donations.

This is the sixteenth year that Swops, Sefton’s school uniform bank scheme, has been running and it continues to go from strength to strength thanks to donations from people across the borough.

Clothing items both old and new are accepted at Sefton run libraries and Town Halls throughout the year and are then distributed to families and children in need.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “In a perfect world we would not need food banks or school uniform banks but, sadly, they are a necessity.

“In the last academic year we helped over four hundred schoolchildren and their families get access to much needed uniforms, from shoes to summer dresses and shorts.

“This scheme would not be able to continue without the support of our kind hearted residents.

“Through their contribution we have been able to help those most in need and will continue to do so for as long as possible.”

To donate to Sefton’s uniform bank please visit one of the local authority’s library buildings or a Sefton Town Hall.

To access the scheme or for more information about uniform banks in Sefton please call 0151 934 3359.

Signs go up in Sefton parks to reiterate PSPO rules

Signs have gone up around parks and greenspaces in Sefton to let dog walkers know about a Public Space Protection Order which is now in full force.

Traffic light style signs have been installed in parks and greenspaces across the borough to let people know which areas are designated as either off-lead, on-lead or no dog zones. 

Failure to comply with the Order can result in a Fixed Penalty Notice of ยฃ75. 

The Dog Control PSPO has been formulated by Sefton’s Regulation & Compliance teams in conjunction with Green Sefton, with help from local residents and dog lovers. 

As well as it still being an offence for not removing dog fouling, the PSPO:

  • Prohibits dogs from entering enclosed playgrounds and prohibit dogs from entering marked or fenced sports pitches during specified periods.
  • Ensures dogs are kept on leads of not greater than 2 metres on designated carriageways (A and B classified Roads) and footways
  • Ensures dogs are kept on a lead within defined picnic sites and family areas, all public roads and footways and all cemeteries and crematoria.
  • Allows rulings so that a Council Officer can require your dog to be put on the lead to prevent annoyance or disturbance to others.
  • Community rangers will be speaking to park visitors over the coming weeks to explain the PSPO and to hand out informative flyers.
  • Restricts the number of dogs that can be walked by one person to a maximum of six.

Cllr Paulette Lappin, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regulation and Compliance, said: “We actively encourage responsible dog ownership throughout the borough and the PSPO actively reflects this.

“Through a detailed consultation  we really reached out to many different groups and individuals regarding an important subject that numerous people have a vested interest in.

“In their thousands people responded which shows how much they care about their pets and our communities.

“Out of that came the Dog Control Public Space Protection Order.”

For more information about the PSPO visit www.sefton.gov.uk/dogs.

All you need to know about getting to the Southport Flower Show

The Southport Flower show returns this week and thousands of people are expected to flock to the town for the annual four day extravaganza.

A staple of the annual Southport events calendar, Southport Flower Show in Victoria Park is a huge crowd pleaser following the Southport Air Show in July and ahead of the British Musical Fireworks Championships in September. 

As with other fantastic events, Southport is expected to be increasingly busy between August 16 & 19 and we are encouraging residents and visitors alike to plan their journeys in advance.

Traffic & Travel

Visitors to the Flower Show are advised to take advantage of public transport and a Park & Ride shuttle service operating from Birkdale Common. For more information about this shuttle service and additional transport information, click here

Residents who are not attending the Southport Flower Show are advised to plan ahead and travel via alternate routes around Southport. 

Signage will be in place to minimise as much disruption as possible.

Parking

Parking and directional routes to the Flower Show will be clearly signposted upon arrival into Southport.  Two main public parking areas will be made available for an all-day rate of ยฃ7 at both Princes Park and Birkdale Common. 

While Princes Park is within walking distance of the Southport Flower Show, Birkdale Common parking will accommodate a shuttle service with a drop off/pick up point at the Duke Street Gate entrance of Victoria Park.

Shopping

A visit to the Southport Flower Show is not complete without sampling the shopping and restaurant delights of the town. 

After taking in the show each day, why not explore the fantastic array of shops, restaurants and bars which Southport has to offer? Lord Street is only a few minutes walk away from Victoria Park.

From the quaint and quirky offerings of Wesley Street to the hustle and bustle of Chapel Street’s high street giants, Southport has it all. The town’s Northern Quarter comes alive after 6pm with an array of wine bars, bespoke beer shops and clubs, while the town centre is renowned for its tasty restaurants and thirst quenching bars 

For additional ideas on what to do during your stay, check out Visit Southport.

Rubbish

Southport is one of many beautiful places across Sefton and we want to keep it that way. We actively encourage both visitors and residents alike to make sure they are responsible for their own rubbish and dispose of it in a sensible manner. 

If you cannot find a bin to dispose of your rubbish responsibly, please take it home with you.

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