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Calling all dog owners: your dogs are your duty

Sefton Council is calling upon dog owners to ensure that their dogs are kept under control in all public spaces.

A Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) is now in place to keep Sefton’s public spaces safe and to protect the environment and wildlife throughout the borough.

In relation to the order, dog owners are required to pick up their dog’s mess, walk no more than 6 dogs at one time, keep dogs from entering enclosed playgrounds and prohibit dogs from entering marked or fenced sports pitches during specified times.

Dogs must also be kept on a lead within defined picnic sites and family areas in parks, within all public roads and footways, within all cemeteries and crematoria, and under any direction from an authorised officer.

It’s important to remember that dogs that are not under control can frighten people and young children and may have an adverse effect on those suffering with allergies.

Additionally, dog foul is not only an eyesore but also has damaging effects to the environment and dogs that are not on leads can unwittingly disturb protected wildlife.

The PSPO has been in place since 13 July 2017 and will continue to be enforced for the next 3 years.

Anybody who fails to comply with this order will be guilty of an offence and will face a fixed penalty notice of £75.

For more information and to see the PSPO in its entirety, please visit https://www.sefton.gov.uk/dogs

Smithy Green Playground

A spokesman for Sefton Council said: “The playground at Smithy Green, Formby is around 30 years old and while we have tried to sustain it with regular inspection and maintenance, the site has recently seen rapid deterioration.

 “As a result we have decided to close the facility and decommission the old equipment which was done with Cabinet Member approval with ward councillors and Formby Parish Council also notified.

 “While this is disappointing, the nearest alternative playground site to Smithy Green is at Alt Road which is just half a mile away. This site has received recent investment and along with nearby Duke Street Park, which also boasts a substantial playground, provision is still available for families to enjoy.”

Residents Share Aspirations for Future of Formby Coast

Residents joined National Trust staff and volunteers at the Gild Hall in Formby on Monday 17 July to share their thoughts and aspirations for the future of the Formby Coast.

The Open Day explored ideas for how this special place can best be cared for and benefit both the people who love it and the wildlife that makes its homes here. The event came as the National Trust continues positive conversations with Sefton Council about the potential transfer of 204 hectares of land at Lifeboat Road and Ravenmeols into its care.

Over 150 people joined in conversations with Trust staff and volunteers during the Open Day and the preceding Formby Festival. Workshops also ran on a range of topics. Views were sought on everything from what people would like Formby Point to look like in 50 years time and the threat posed by coastal erosion, to how to tackle the challenges of parking on busy days and improve nature conservation for rare wildlife including Natterjack Toads and Red Squirrels. Many suggestions were made for solutions to these challenges and areas for the Trust to consider as it moves forward with developing future plans.

Joanne Hudson, General Manager for the National Trust, commented:

“We were really pleased by the number of people who attended to share their thoughts, aspirations and concerns about how we manage this special place for the benefit of future generations. We are committed to continuing to work closely with the community to enhance Formby Point and to tackle the challenges facing this dynamic and constantly evolving landscape. We have also held separate stakeholder meetings to talk to individuals and groups representing all aspects of the local community and businesses. The insight gathered at these events will help shape our thinking at Formby and we will be holding similar events in coming months as our plans shape up.”

 

In addition to the Open Day and stakeholder meetings, the National Trust has also established a Community Involvement Panel. This working group includes a cross-section of local people whose role is to represent the local community. The Panel will play an important role in ensuring that the voice of the community is heard throughout the development of any future plans for the coast.

Future public opportunities for residents to get involved in shaping plans for Formby will be announced via the media, on the National Trust’s social media sites and online at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/formby

A Great Little Place Becomes Part of The Atkinson Family

The Award-winning social enterprise A Great Little Place is opening a new café in The Atkinson.

From September A Great Little Place, run by Autism Initiatives, will take pride of place in its new home in the Lord Street venue that welcomes 500,000 visitors a year to its Museum, Galleries, Library, Theatre and Shop.

For The Atkinson it will mean working with an established local brand that is known for its high quality and value for money. We are able to work with A Great Little Place to maximise the programme with pre-show meals, themed events, festival food and more.

The two organisations have shared values and vision. They will be an extension of The Atkinson family and together we will be able to provide the best in quality to visitors.

Sue Yarnell, Manager of A Great Little Place said:

 

We’ve steadily been growing our reputation and customers from our first café in 2010, so moving to such a central and historic location is a fantastic development. It will provide even more opportunities for the people with autism we support in work placements.”

Emma Anderson, Director The Atkinson said: This is a really exciting partnership between two organisations who have a track record in working to improve lives in Sefton. A Great Little Place has a fantastic reputation and we are delighted to have them as part of our offer. They will be a massive asset to our visitors and will mean we can offer the very best food and beverage experience for day visitors, as well as increasing our capacity for pre-show meals and corporate events.”

 

This partnership is about more than just a café – its also about working together to improve the lives of people with autism and their families and by having the organisations together , new opportunities for training, work experience and training are going to be explored.

A Great Little Place will relinquish its lease on Houghton Street and staff will be relocated to the new town centre venue.

On Saturday 30 September at a special Coast themed Family Fun Day the actor, writer and producer Henry Normal (The Atkinson’s new patron) will officially open the cafe and the new Museum corridor that brings the story of the coast and all its creatures to life. 

Keep an eye out in local press and online at theatkinson.co.uk  or agreatlittleplace.org  for more information on the new partnership and the opening event

Lost Medication- Marina Park, Waterloo

Merseyside Police is appealing for the public to be cautious after medication was lost in the Waterloo area today, Tuesday 18 July.
It is believed that the medication was lost in the Marina Park area during Monday 17 July.

The medication is believed to comprise of 3 x 28 5mg Diazepam tablets. These tablets should not be taken under any circumstances unless prescribed.

Officers are warning that people that take any medication which has not been prescribed can be very dangerous and, in some circumstances fatal.

Anyone who finds the medication should immediately hand it into any pharmacy or police station or call officers on the 101 number.

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