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Councillor Pat Ball announces resignation from Dukes Ward seat

Councillor Pat Ball has resigned from her post as a ward member in Dukes, Southport.

At a full council meeting in Bootle Town Hall last night (Thursday, September 21) the council was informed of Cllr Ball’s resignation, before party leaders offered their heartfelt tributes to her.

Cllr Dave Robinson, Mayor of Sefton, said:

“On behalf of the Council I would like to extend our appreciation for all of Pat’s hard work as Ward Councillor and Member of Sefton Council.

“We wish her well for the future.”

Leader of Sefton Conservatives Cllr Denise Dutton led the tributes, highlighting her continued hard work and commitment for her residents.

She was joined in the tributes by the Leader of Sefton Council & the Labour Group, Cllr Ian Maher, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Party, Cllr Sue McGuire, Leader of the Independent Group, Cllr Maria Bennett and Cllr Ball’s Dukes Ward colleagues.

Plans for a Dukes ward by-election are now being looked at with further details released in due course.

Soaring success for the Southport Air Show

This Weekend saw Southport skies filled with the roar of jet engines and the sparkle of pyrotechnics. This year the Air show was extended to cover Friday evening, this enabled the many spectators to line Southport beach as the sky above was lit up by an array of fireworks, planes and the typhoons scorching afterburner.

 Over the course of the weekend thousands flocked to the Air Show to see a great flying programme that included The Lancaster Bomber, Sally B, and many more, both days came to a close by the mighty thunder of the Typhoon.

 Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said: “The Southport Air Show has been another amazing event in what has been an outstanding year for the resort and the whole borough. The fireworks on Friday evening were really special and gave the event a new twist.

 “Thousands of visitors attended the resort over the two days which will have had a real positive impact on local businesses in and around the town, this wouldn’t have been possible without Sefton Councils hard work and dedication to bring these exceptional events to our borough.”

 “The displays were incredible and an amazing experience for everybody in attendance. We already can’t wait for next year’s Air Show which will take place slightly earlier than normal from July 6-8, 2018.”

 Remember The British Musical Fireworks Championship take place on September 29/30 and October 1. The event will see 7 previous champions battle it out for the Champion of Champions crown, tickets now on sale from £4.50 at visitsouthport.com.

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 

Active Workforce are supporting 30 Days of Sefton In Mind

Small and medium businesses in Sefton can help contribute to the wellbeing of their staff with Active Workforce/Health Service for local companies to improve the health & wellbeing of their employees

The average employee spends approximately 60% of their waking day at work.  As such, the government white paper “Choosing Health” identifies the workplace as an ideal setting for promoting healthy lifestyle choices

With 70% of the population not active enough to benefit their health and nearly 40% of deaths from Coronary Heart Disease attributed to inactivity, the Active Workforce programme enables employees to build exercise into their working lives by providing a wide variety of physical activity alternatives.

Anne-Marie Morrison from Sefton CVS said: “We have invested into Active Workforce for some years and now have 100% of the staff engaged in the programme, the events have improved our team morale, and we are all a lot fitter and healthier thanks to the workplace activities. We even managed to achieve the Wellbeing Workplace Charter with thanks to Active Workforce.”

For more details about Active Workforce: ring 0151 934 2079 or email Active.workforce@sefton.gov.uk

Active Workforce are supporting the ‘30 Days of Sefton In Mind’ Campaign – to spread the word about local services and activities available to people in Sefton to improve their mental health.

Sefton groups benefit from Bonfire Night safety fund

More than 11,300 young people will benefit from projects which will keep them away from dangerous activities this Halloween and Bonfire Night, thanks to funding raised by the police from the sale of stolen goods.

Four projects to benefit are in Sefton, who will take a slice of £45,000 worth of funding designed to divert young people away from getting involved in anti-social or criminal behaviour during the autumn half term.

 

Jane Kennedy has awarded the grants from her Police Property Act (PPA) Fund, which puts money raised through the sale of unclaimed stolen goods or property recovered by the police that cannot be returned to its owners into worthwhile causes.

This is the fourth year the Commissioner has focussed the funding on keeping communities safe during one of the busiest times of the year for the police. The successful organisations from this round of funding will run a host of projects during the school half-term holidays with the aim of keeping a total of 11,331 young people engaged in safe and supervised activities.

Jane said:

“Halloween and Bonfire Night are a time of great fun and enjoyment for many people across Merseyside.

“Sadly, though it is also a time when sometimes the fun can get out of hand and lead to young people getting involved in behaviour which can become intimidating, anti-social or even dangerous to other members of the community.

“Traditionally, this means it is often a very busy period for both Merseyside Police and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service.

“By funding these youth projects across Merseyside, my aim is to help thousands of young people enjoy the festivities in a safe and enjoyable way at organised and well managed events. This will help to ensure they don’t get involved in any activities that could either put them in danger or that they may regret in the future.

“This will also help to relieve the strain on our emergency services during this critical period, complementing the excellent diversionary work the police and fire service already carry out and making sure people can enjoy the celebrations during the holiday season.

“For this year’s successful organisations, even a small cash boost can make a huge difference and will enable them to run some fantastic grassroots projects which really engage with young people’s imaginations while keeping them safe.”

14 organisations in Liverpool and five initiatives on the Wirral have been awarded funding, with four initiatives in Sefton, two in Knowsley and one in St Helens all benefitting. Much of the funding was focused in ‘hotspot’ areas where communities have been identified as most susceptible to threat and risk.

 

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