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Preparing For The 146th Open

Work has started in and around Southport as Sefton prepares to host the 146th Open at Royal Birkdale.

Extensive planning has been carried out ahead of the Championship as more than 200,000 are expected to attend the July spectacle.

Some work has already started on Birkdale Common meaning restricted access and parking on the site. This includes the widening of entrances, clearances of trees and scrub, laying of fibre optics and a new road infrastructure.

Alternative routes have been created to allow the use of the Common for as long as possible and information boards will give further information to local residents and users of the site.

Other welcome and road signs will be springing up in the run up to the Championship and some parks are being prepared for park and ride facilities.

Sefton Council and the Southport BID team have also been preparing toolkits for local businesses with Sefton keen to promote any job opportunities for local people.

The Championship will take place from July 16-23 at Royal Birkdale and The R&A will soon be delivering information leaflets to nearby properties by the course explaining how the event may affect them.

Cllr Ian Maher, Labour Leader at Sefton Council, said: “To host a tournament of this magnitude, a huge amount of time and effort needs to be dedicated to prepare for the influx of hundreds of thousands of visitors to the borough.

Cllr Ian Maher“Work has now started in and around Southport making sure the infrastructure is all in place as we put the borough in the global spotlight.

“Being ready will 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.

“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.

“Obviously there will be some minor disruptions for local residents but this will be far outweighed by the enormous volumes of positive profile the Championship will generate for Sefton.

“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.

“We will support local residents as much as possible in the run up to the Championship and hope they along with the many local businesses really get behind The Open.”

Public welcome at local CCG meetings

Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in Sefton have announced the dates of their next governing body meetings and are encouraging anyone with an interest to go along.

The CCGs’ hold their bi-monthly governing body meetings in public, so people can hear them discussing and making decisions about local health services.

Doctors, nurses and other health professionals who make up the committees will discuss a range of issues including the performance of the services they commission, like hospitals and community care.

Rob Caudwell, local GP and NHS Southport and Formby CCG chair, said: “The governing body is a formal meeting and it’s a way for people to find out more about what we’re doing. They can also ask us any questions ahead of the meeting getting underway.”

Andy Mimnagh, local GP and NHS South Sefton CCG chair, said: “The meetings are also a chance for residents to meet some of the doctors and other professionals that make up the governing body and to listen in on the discussions taking place.”

The NHS Southport and Formby CCG meeting will take place on Wednesday 29 March at the Family Life Centre, Ash St, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 6JH, at 1pm. Papers will be made available here beforehand: www.southportandformbyccg.nhs.uk/about-us/governing-body/governing-body-meetings

The NHS South Sefton CCG meeting will take place on Thursday 30 March at Merton House, Stanley Road in Bootle at 1pm. Papers will be made available here beforehand: www.southseftonccg.nhs.uk/about-us/governing-body/governing-body-meetings

Anyone who is interested in attending is asked to call 0151 247 7000 to confirm their attendance.

Agencies launch community campaign across Merseyside for Arson Awareness Week

Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service is joining forces with partner agencies to highlight the dangers of deliberately setting fires as part of Arson Awareness Week.

The initiative, which runs from Monday March 20 to Friday March 24, will see Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service team up with Merseyside Police, local authorities across Merseyside and housing providers to highlight the consequences of setting fires.

Teams of staff, advocates, PCSOs and volunteers will visit homes and businesses in Kirkdale, Everton, Litherland, Kirkby, Speke, St Helens town centre and Egremont in Wirral throughout the week to carry out Home Fire Safety Checks, distribute information leaflets and identify residents who may be vulnerable to arson attacks.

They will also provide skips to remove fly-tipped rubbish from communities, give advice to business owners about waste management, engage with homeless people to raise awareness of the dangers of fires and provide support to residents concerned about anti-social fire setting in their neighbourhoods.

‘Mini’ Police Officers from Hatton Hill Primary School in Litherland will join the teams around Litherland to hand out safety leaflets and give advice.

Station Manager Paul Kay, Arson Reduction Co-ordinator for Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service, said: “This campaign will see organisations from across our county come together to raise awareness of the dangers of arson and the impact fires have on our communities.

“Arson is a serious criminal offence which puts people’s lives at risk, causes damage to homes, businesses and community facilities and impacts on wildlife and the environment.
“It can range from mindless criminal damage to a deliberately-targeted attack but, either way, the potentially deadly consequences remain the same.

“If fire appliances are called out to deliberate fires this may delay the response to other emergencies, which could endanger lives elsewhere.
“We want to make people aware that deliberately setting fires in a public place is arson and, if caught, those responsible may face legal action.”

Merseyside Police Chief Superintendent Peter Costello, Head of Local Policing, said: “Merseyside Police is delighted to be supporting Arson Awareness Week, and we will be carrying out extensive work alongside MFRS and our other local partners throughout the week.

“We will also be using this as an opportunity to target serious and organised criminals operating across the county, in order to disrupt their criminal activity.

“The consequences of arson can be catastrophic in our communities, putting lives and businesses under threat and greatly impacting on the response of Merseyside’s emergency services.

“Educating people about the dangers of arson in all its forms is vital in reducing this impact. Alongside MFRS, we will robustly investigate incidents of arson and prosecute all those identified as being responsible.”

Cllr George Davies, Wirral’s Cabinet Member for Community Safety, said: “Arson attacks not only put lives at risk but also people’s homes, businesses and local facilities.

“In Wirral we have been working closely with Merseyside Fire Service to combat the problem of fires in fly-tipped rubbish.

“We would urge residents to report any suspicious activity immediately, particularly the initial dumping of rubbish as this can give us the opportunity to get it removed before an even more serious incident happens.”

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “Sadly, deliberate fires take up a large amount of firefighters’ time which could easily be avoided.

“Many fires are started deliberately and this irresponsible behaviour needs to stop so supporting Arson Awareness Week can really help raise awareness about this.

“It is great to see pupils at Hatton Hill Primary School in Litherland getting involved in the project and I hope that it will have a lasting impression on them and their local communities.”

Cllr Eddie Connor, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said: “We are delighted to be working with Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service to help raise awareness of this important issue. Arson can not only cost lives, but also costs a lot of money in repairs and we will do everything we can to support this campaign.”

Crosby Library to host special community meal

One pot will be plenty for local residents as Crosby Library hosts a special community meal on Monday, 27 March.

If you have a glut of ingredients that you need to use or fantastic personal recipes that the world is missing out on, the Fairland Collective of professional artists, are inviting you to be part of the One Pot Project in Crosby Library to cook a meal for your local community. 

This unique event will give local residents insight into all aspects of food production, from how produce is made to getting the best from your ingredients to create delicious, nutritious meals.

The day will start at 11am, as participants make their own pasta, print food labels, share recipes and document those recipes in zines they will design with the help of artists from Fairland. This will be followed by an informal lunch for participants and library staff before the day is rounded off by making chutney, including chopping, cooking, jarring and labeling.

There is no need to book a place on the One Pot Project and you can turn up any time during the day.

 The partnership between the Fairland Collective and Sefton Library Service is part of At The Library, an Arts Council England funded programme of commissions, projects and residencies inviting artists and communities to be creative in Sefton’s libraries.

To learn more about At The Library, visit:

Art at the Library Facebook and Instagram

Alternatively, you can visit the Fairland Collective Tumblr page

 

Skimming Pebbles’ at Formby Library

The next in the series of monthly talks at Formby Library will see local poet, Shirley Tomlinson, reading from her latest book “Skimming Pebbles”.

Come and enjoy an afternoon with the award winning poet as she reads her poems of warmth and wit and explains what inspires her to write.

The talk starts at 2pm on Tuesday, March 14 and places are free, however booking is essential. To secure a place please phone Formby Library on 01704 874177 or email Formby.Library@sefton.gov.uk.

For more information about Sefton Libraries, visit www.sefton.gov.uk/libraries

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