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Community Garden graduates look back to their roots

A south Sefton project which has been helping local volunteers to learn horticultural skills held a special event recently to celebrate the success of its graduates.

Regenerus, Bootle-based organisers of the Taking Root Project, hosted a picnic lunch and presentation ceremony at a community garden at Marian Way in Netherton to salute the achievements of the 26 participants aged from ten to 66.

The project was established by the regeneration specialists with the help of an Awards for All grant from the Big Lottery Fund.

Since December last year it has been working with local groups at Marian Way, Netherton Park Neighbourhood Centre and the Gateway Collective in North Park, Bootle.

Taking Root Co-ordinator Christine Leung has supported volunteers with designing and setting up their community gardens, and also delivered training to help participants learn how to grow fruit and vegetables.

Working with partners the Feelgood Factory in Netherton, the Taking Root Project has also developed a new learning module – accredited through Open Awards – which has been specially designed to reflect the range of skills that participants can gain through gardening.

According to Christine Leung, the feedback from everyone who has been involved in Taking Root has been positive:

“As well as getting active and making new friends, our participants say that helping to establish new community gardens has given them real personal satisfaction.

“The project has also given everyone the opportunity to grow and eat their own food, and to gain a qualification recognising the skills they’ve acquired, which they’re obviously delighted about.”

Ruth Livesey of Regenerus added:

“A project like this one is about so much more than simply learning gardening skills.

“It’s also about upgrading the local environment, connecting people in local communities, boosting confidence and improving the general health and wellbeing of everyone who takes part.

“We’re very grateful to the Big Lottery Fund for their support, and to the participants for the commitment and enthusiasm they’ve shown throughout the programme.  They should all be very proud of what they’ve achieved.”

Bootle Town Hall Heritage Complex Centre

Sefton Council is exploring opportunities to create a cultural and heritage facility within Bootle Town Hall complex of Grade II listed buildings.

 In October 2016, Sefton Council published the Bootle Town Centre Investment Framework – a high level strategic document which looked to harness Bootle’s current assets and help reshape the town into a desirable residential, educational and business location.

 Feedback gained from the Investment Framework highlighted Bootle Town Hall as a great regeneration opportunity with the desire for increased cultural activity a key theme.

 Now a consultation and engagement exercise is set to start, looking at the potential to create a new cultural and heritage facility in the former Bootle Free Library and Museum within the town hall complex. Other civic functions within the town hall would still be maintained. 

 The consultation will run from October-December and a pop-up heritage centre looking potential options will also be in the Strand Shopping Centre during the school October half-term.

 Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said: “By transforming this historic building into a new home of arts and culture in the town, we believe this would be a major statement of the Council’s ambition for Bootle.

 “Potentially this refreshed physical space will be supported by a learning and skills infrastructure, reaching out to the local community and developing materials that can be used in local schools, adult education centres and beyond.

 “We believe this project will help ensure the town hall remains the civic focus of Bootle and also deliver a new cultural offer that will be sustainable and manageable over the long term.

 “At the moment we are only exploring opportunities and want to gauge what local people think about this. Please take the time to look at the consultation and get involved and help shape the future of this wonderful grade II listed building.”

The consultation will go live later this month via sefton.gov.uk 

Tourism Brings Millions to Southport

Tourism in Southport is booming with an economic impact of more than £500 million brought to the area in 2016. 

 The figures are some of the findings from a new report which will be presented to the Southport Area Committee on September 20 which also shows there was a record 8.7 million visitors to the resort last year. 

 The impressive figures also reveal a four per cent increase in staying visitors of 722, 000, which contributes to 6,449 jobs (an increase of 1.4%).

 Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said: 

“As is shown in the report, we’ve had a an exceptional year for tourism in Southport, and we have still got lots of exciting events coming up, such as the Southport Air Show and the British Musical Fireworks Championship.

 “Thanks to a fantastic and varied programme of events, and working alongside our partners and local businesses, there is so much choice for everyone, plus the high calibre of activities keep visitors coming back time after time.

 “We’re thrilled to report on the success of our efforts, which equates to an economic impact of £518 million last year, a growth of over 4 per cent from the previous year.

 “Tourism is a key priority for us, as it helps to provide employment and boosts the local economy. and we will continue to promote Sefton as a great place to visit, explore and enjoy.”

This success of tourism helps to make a direct contribution to the growth of the economy in Sefton and, in particular, the progress of the Southport Development Framework.

 As part of this initiative, work has already started on refurbishing and redeveloping Southport Pier thanks to £2 million funding from the Coastal Community Fund, and £900k investment from the council.   In addition, with bumper crowds recorded at this year’s Southport Flower Show, and the biggest attendance at Royal Birkdale for the Open Golf championship event, the 2017 visitor numbers for Sefton are predicted to be even higher.   

Work to begin on £22m road scheme

Work is to start on creating a new dual carriageway for a major route into Liverpool city centre.

A565National contractor Osborne is to begin widening the A565 (Great Howard Street/Derby Road) this week with a programme of site investigations on the £22m scheme.

Upgrading the route, which handles traffic between Sefton and Liverpool along the northern docks, is also a key element of a £100m regeneration drive in North Liverpool.

The new 2.7km long stretch in the city’s Atlantic corridor is seen as crucial to a new creative village in the area – called Ten Streets and will have spin off benefits for Everton FC’s proposed new stadium at nearby Bramley Moore Dock.

The new dual carriageway, part funded by the Liverpool City Region Growth Deal, will also pave the way for a major revamp of the historic Regent Road – aka “the Dock Road” – to make that more pedestrian and bike friendly, creating a continuous cycle route from Crosby to Liverpool.

Lane restrictions rather than a road closure will be deployed to minimise disruption on the A565, which is also currently having a new £10m bridge created that will enable freight to travel to and from the new £400m Liverpool2 deep water container terminal, which is part of Peel Land and Trust’s £5.5bn Liverpool Waters scheme.

The new dual carriageway, which includes improved paving, traffic signals and street lighting, will complete as follows:

  • Phase 1: Leeds Street to Blackstone Street – Road widening phase
  • Phase 2: Bankhall Street to Millers Bridge – Road widening phase
  • Phase 3: Regent Road from Paisley Street to Nelson Street – New pavement/Resurfacing and cycleway provision phase
  • Phase 4: Boundary Street to Everton View – Upgrade of Traffic Signalised junctions and Street lighting with associated resurfacing

Expected to finish by Summer 2019, the works are part of Liverpool City Council’s wider £250m Better Roads programme to improve the city’s road infrastructure and will be complemented by the creation of two new £20m waterfront link roads at the city centre end of the A565, which is being built to support a proposed new Cruise Terminal.

Klondyke Redevelopment

Sefton Council has announced that the Bellway Homes are set to commence work at the Klondyke Development on Monday, March 13.

The major milestone will see the construction of 142 homes on the site which has already been cleared and prepared for redevelopment.

 Cllr Trish Hardy, Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “I am delighted that work is finally set to start on this development, bringing much needed quality housing to the borough.

“Importantly this development will have wider reaching impact on regeneration with increased footfall for local shops and businesses.

“The new estate which has already been finished is an example of the future of the Klondyke and the future of Bootle. I look forward to seeing this final project completed.”

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