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The Sefton Good Dog Code: What You Need To Know

The Sefton Good Dog Code is an informative campaign which encourages good and responsible dog ownership in the borough. 

For more information about these rules and to learn more about the Good Dog Code, visit

Posters, leaflets and interactive smartphone adverts are going up in parks and public areas around Sefton following the launch of the Good Dog Code and the recent Public Space Protection Order. 

Local residents and dog lovers have worked alongside Sefton in the creation of the Code, which tells residents to clean up after their pets, respect those who don’t like dogs, follow the rules and ensure their dog is socialized before it mingles with other dogs. 

Cllr Paulette Lappin, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regulation and Compliance, said: “The code was jointly put together by ourselves and residents to promote responsible dog ownership.

“Along with the poster and flyers, we’ll be placing QR codes around our parks, coastal areas and cemeteries which links to the online version of the Good Dog Code.

“There are plenty of ways you can be a responsible dog owner, from making sure you clean up after your pets to respecting none-dog lovers.

“Unfortunately some dog owners are not responsible and have no regard for their community. For these few, legislation is tough on them.

“Enforcement action such as fixed penalties and possible court action can be taken against these dog owners.”

Lyn Hilton the founder of local volunteer group ‘Sefton Dogs’ added: “What began as a campaign to ensure that our dogs could enjoy off lead experience at the beach and on our local nature reserves changed into a volunteer movement which aims for a friendly, informed and responsible approach to dog ownership in Sefton. 

“I am proud to say that since June of this year members of Sefton Dogs have been working closely with Sefton Council, attending promotional events, advising on publicity materials and building up a bank of helpful information online.”

Since July, Sefton has had a Public Space Protection Order across the borough with informs dog owners about certain rules which must be followed. 

Local Projects to benefit from £100k following the 146th Open

Local community projects and initiatives in Sefton are set to benefit from legacy funding following the successful staging of The 146th Open at Royal Birkdale.

L-R: Aspiring Instructor Steph Todd, Cllrs Marion Atkinson and Ian Moncur, along with Philip Russell, Assistant Director – Sustainability for the R&A at Birkdale Common

Record crowds flocked to the famous Southport links last year to watch the world’s greatest golfers and The R&A has agreed to provide a six-figure sum from the proceeds of the Championship to Sefton Council in order to support three major projects.

The legacy projects include:

  • £40K towards improving ‘green’ tourism and connectivity on Southport Pier for more people to enjoy. This will include new RSPB telescopes on the oldest cast iron constructed pier in the country to view wildlife and terrestrial and underwater webcams and television screens to view other marine life. A new access point on the pier will also be constructed.
  • £40K to the Aspiring Instructors training pathway scheme – this provides customised training opportunities in the leisure and sports sector for residents not in work. The Aspiring Instructors scheme is run in partnership with Sefton@Work and the Council’s Leisure team creating training and potential job opportunities within the sector. It is hoped the new programme funded by The R&A would help 25 new starters on the scheme.

The remaining £20K will go towards improvements on Birkdale Common which was integral to hosting The 146th Open. Money will go towards a new noticeboard, an accessible boardwalk ramp, new signage and boundary improvements.

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

“While the superb Championship may seem like a distant memory, this money kindly donated by The R&A will go a long way to preserving the legacy of one of the world’s greatest sporting events.

“The funding clearly aligns with our 2030 Vision and our objectives of building resilient communities across the borough. It links with improving our tourism offer, employment opportunities and ensuring those communities impacted by the Open will benefit.

“All three schemes will play their part in remembering what was truly a great sporting spectacle here in Sefton and we look forward to the Championship returning soon.

“After the Championship, The R&A revealed crowds at Royal Birkdale reached 235,000, which is the highest figure ever for an Open held outside of St Andrews, Scotland.

“Hopefully every single one of them will have amazing lasting memories of the event and further memories will be created through the legacy funding as well.”

Johnnie Cole-Hamilton, Executive Director – Championships at The R&A, added:

“We are committed to ensuring that the communities in which The Open is staged benefit from the success of the Championship.

“We are pleased to be supporting Sefton Council’s plans to invest in initiatives which benefit the surrounding environment and people living in the local community. We look forward to hearing about the positive progress of each initiative.”

Year of the Volunteer: Families

Each month the Year of the Volunteer campaign focuses on a special theme, with February being dedicated to those who give up their time to work with families and children.

We’ve been catching up with a number of volunteer organisations and individuals who regularly spend hundreds of hours each month to help families, whether it be by giving emotional support, respite, entertaining young children or just having a cup of tea and a chat.

Volunteers make a real difference in Sefton. They touch people’s lives in so many different ways, providing comfort and support, fostering community development, and actively helping to keep Sefton clean, green and beautiful

Check out our feature videos below with the Sefton Home Libraries team and HomeStart Southport & Formby

HomeStart Southport & Formby

Sefton Libraries Home Visits

For more information on how to volunteer or to get involved in the Year of the Volunteer campaign, click here

Senior motorists invited to highway safety event

Sefton Council’s Highway Safety team are to hold a senior’s road safety event in Crosby Village.

Road users over the age of 60 are invited to attend the event at St Helen’s Church, Alexandra Road, Crosby on Tuesday March 27 at 10am.

Sefton’s Highways Team are hoping to use this event to promote safer use of the highway.

This is the latest in a series of senior road user events which have been taking place across Sefton over the last three years.

Cllr John Fairclough, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Locality Services, said: “Over the last few years there have been an increasing number of casualties involving the over 60s age group in collisions across Merseyside.

“That’s why our Highway Safety team at Sefton Council want to use these types of events to proactively promote safer use of the roads for both pedestrians and motorists.

“The aim is to highlight road safety issues that may affect road users over the age of 60 such as diminishing eyesight, medications and how their driving is affected.”

Guest speakers at the event will include representatives from Merseyside Police, Mersey Fire & Rescue Service, Specsavers and local health clinicians.

Lunch, as well as refreshments, will be provided free of charge for those attending, however places are limited and booking is essential.

To book your place contact the Highway Safety Team on 0151 934 4259.

Freshfields Animal Rescue need your votes to help win national award!

A volunteer led animal rescue centre in Sefton has made it to the final of a top national competition, but needs your help to clinch the award.

The incredible volunteer supported team at Freshfields Animal Rescue have been chosen as one of two finalists in the Charity Today ‘Animal Welfare Charity of the Year’ Awards.

Each day dedicated staff and volunteers give up their time to help care for a menagerie of animals at the Ince Blundell based rescue centre.

They put their heart and soul into their work, giving unconditional love and compassion every day to abused, abandoned and unwanted animals.

Debbie Hughes, spokeswoman for Freshfields Animal Rescue, said: “Our team literally take their work home with them!

“Operations Manager Dawn has fostered hundreds of animals over the past 10 years. 

“It makes all the difference to dogs like Buddy (pictured) to snooze on a warm, comfy sofa in a real home, whilst they wait for their forever family to come along.

“Many animals come from traumatic situations of abuse and neglect, and this wonderful group of individuals transforms traumatic situations of abuse and neglect into new lives and loving new homes.

“We do this with the support of the local communities which we are proud to serve.

“We are up against a larger animal rescue centre, which is based in London. It would be a great result for a local rescue centre to scoop this prestigious award.”

The public vote is decided via social media site Twitter. To vote for Freshfield Animal Rescue follow these steps:

1. Follow @CharityAwards on Twitter
2. Retweet this post

Voting closes at 11am on Friday January 26.


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