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Heritage Lottery boost for Sefton War Memorial Project

Sefton’s library service are delighted after successfully securing £10,000 of Heritage Lottery funding to help pioneer an innovative World War One project.

Once underway, the scheme is believed to be the largest projects undertaken by the local authority, partners and local schools since the World Record Human Poppy in 2014.

Sefton Library Service are looking to highlight Sefton’s Civic War Memorials and the stories behind the men who perished in World War One listed upon them.

Cllr. Trish Hardy, Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing said:

“It is fantastic to see Sefton’s library service leading the way in a pioneering new project with help from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

“I know the team are raring to go on a project that will take a great deal of research and imagination.

“From mapping out the memorials, collating information such as the date they were erected, working with local school children to develop the stories of the heroes to working with the creative talents to deliver an interactive product, there is much for them to do.

“A poignant part of the project I am excited to see, is the planned writing of letters from local school children to residents living in the homes last occupied by our war heroes.

“The current house owner will be asked if they would like to have their house included on a digital map highlighting the ‘ Homes of Heroes’ and Civic War Memorials”

Lesley Davies from Sefton Library Service also commented:

“The additional funding from the HLF means that there is a lot more we can do.

“A web designer will create a digital map of the Sefton Area, highlighting the war memorials and the homes of the local heroes.

“Images and details of soldiers service will be added for each individual soldier, as a pop-up if you hover over the house.
“The digital map will sit on the ‘Sefton Looking Back’ digital portal and will become a resource for school project for many years to come.

“Our aim is to complete the research and have the webpage built to be unveiled in time for the 100 year anniversary of the end of World War One in 2018.”

Fire crews issue advice following suspected Crosby arson

Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service (MFRS) and Merseyside Police are joining forces to tackle the issue of garden fires after a series of suspected arson incidents in the Rimrose Valley area of Crosby during the past week. The incidents have included trees, bushes and rubbish being set alight in gardens and on open land.

Officers from the fire service will be carrying out proactive mobile patrols, supported by local police officers, and residents are being asked to check and clear any rubbish from gardens to ensure that their houses are at a minimal risk of being targeted.

Station Manager Paul Kay, Arson Reduction Co-ordinator for Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service, said: “Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service is committed to tackling incidents of suspected arson and is working closely with officers from Merseyside Police to tackle anti-social fire setting in Crosby.

“There have been a number of suspected arson incidents in the area recently and tonight will see firefighters and police officers work together to reassure residents, raise awareness of the dangers of arson and highlight 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 deliberately-targeted attacks but, either way, the potentially deadly consequences remain the same.

“If fire engines are called out to deliberate fires this may delay our 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.

“To help protect their properties from arson, residents are encouraged to put their wheelie bins away until the day they are being collected and avoid placing bins, rubbish, or other combustible items against the walls of their home. Sheds and garages should be securely locked and any flammable liquids safely stored away.

Merseyside Police Local Community Sergeant Kate Young said: “I want to reassure people in the local community that we standing alongside the fire service in taking any suspected arson incident extremely seriously, as the consequences of such reckless and behaviour can be catastrophic.

“If you are aware of any suspicious behaviour near to your home, call 999 and the emergency services can respond accordingly. Anyone with home CCTV or passing motorists with dash-cam footage of in recent incidents are also encouraged to speak to us. We will act on all information provided and are determined to identify those responsible and bring them to justice.

“We will be parking a mobile police station in the Rimrose Valley area tonight and would encourage anyone to speak with us to report incidents or concerns. If you know who is responsible for these incidents do the right thing and call police or speak to us anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

Twelve convicted of littering offences in Sefton

Twelve people have been found guilty of littering in Sefton, leading to convictions worth over £4,000. 

Residents from Sefton, Preston and Liverpool were convicted of littering at South Sefton Magistrates Court at hearings which took place on Tuesday, August 22 and Tuesday, August 29. 

 Chelsea Rebecca Owen, 18, of Crosby Road South in Waterloo, appeared in court to plead guilty to littering and was fined a total of £205.

Eleven defendants were found guilty in their absence. They were:

Gytis Andrius, 21, of Duke Street Southport; fined £372

Paul Finch, 44, of Stanley Street Southport; fined £372

James Owen, 21, of Alma Road Birkdale; fined £372

Irena Borwiec, 42, of Bath Street North Southport; fined £372

Sebastian Tabaroiu, 22, of Irving Street Southport; fined £372

Nicola Foster, 19, of Manchester Road Southport;  fined £372
 
Sharon Jeffries, 52, of The Ferns, Preston; fined £322

Deborah Lunt of Lord Street, Southport; fined £422

Amelia Trim, 32, of Eastbank Street, Southport; fined £322

Gerad Derby, 32, of Fir Avenue Liverpool; fined £322

Tracy Jones, 41 of Wennington Road Southport; fined £322 

 A spokesman for Sefton Council said:

“No matter how big or small an item is, dropping litter is an offence.

 “Residents and visitors to the borough need to understand that they are responsible for correctly disposing of their own waste and we will not hesitate in following court proceedings for those who simply ignore this. 

 “Court cases like these highlight what can happen if you are caught and we hope it will make people think twice before just throwing their waste away.

 “Either take it home or use a bin.”

Senior Road Users Event Heads To Formby

Sefton Council is holding a road users event offering support and advice for those over the age of 60 and places are still available.

The Sefton Senior Road User’s Event, led by the Council’s Highway Safety Team, aims to ensure that road users get the best advice and support they need to keep themselves and others safe on the borough’s roads.

A range of speakers from groups including Merseyside Police, Merseyside Fire and Rescue and Arriva will be at the event at the Gild Hall in Formby on Thursday, September 14 from 10am-2pm.

Previous events held across the borough have proved to be very popular and well attended.

Refreshments, including lunch, are provided  and as places are limited, to book a place for you or a family member, call 0151 934 4259 or email road.safety@sefton.gov.uk.

Wheelie good news for Ben and his new bike

Its Wheelie good news for Ben from Formby whose parents took delivery of a specialised Hugbike. Bens family and friends have been raising money for the bike through the summer and last week the day came when he made his inaugural ride.

Ben who is 13 and lives with his family in Formby has a congenital heart condition and autism, which made it difficult for him to ride a bike. After his parents exhausted every avenue for Ben to be able to cycle independently, they came across Hugbike, they’re an Italian based company who create these highly specialised tandem bikes for people living with additional needs.

The bike comes with a hefty price tag but and Bens family have spent the summer fundraising to ensure Ben could get the bike he needs. With the help of The Joseph Harley Bequest Fund, which supports young people in Formby, they were able to secure funding to help reach their target.

Ben’s dad Jon said ‘We’re thrilled to have this bike for Ben, for him to be able to cycle safely with us is amazing, it’s allowed Ben to gain a real sense of independence and adventure as well.

I can now take both of my sons for bike rides, and that’s such a great thing to be able to say.  I’d like to thank everybody in the community who donated time, money and effort for us to be able to get this bike for Ben.’

The Hugbike is designed to offer excitement and comfort to people living with disabilities. Most importantly the bike will give Ben the chance to create an important opportunity for personal and social inclusion. So if you see him riding round Formby with his Dad and Brother, give him a wave.    

 

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