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Formby Point

Discussions have taken place between Sefton Council and the National Trust over the potential land transfer of land in Formby. Sefton Council has just published a formal notice considering the disposal of land to the northern and southern side of Lifeboat Road (Formby Point). In light of this, positive conversations have taken place regarding the transfer of land at Lifeboat Road and Ravenmeols from Sefton’s ownership to The National Trust. If agreed, it would see more than 204 hectares become part of the National Trust Formby portfolio which is home to one of the very best mobile sand dune habitats in the entire UK. The dunes themselves are home to some very rare wildlife including sand lizards, Northern Dune Tiger Beetles and the rare Natterjack toad. The pine woodlands that fringe the coast are also home to rare red squirrels. The land at Lifeboat Road adjoins an area whose significance is reflected by being part of the Sefton Coast Site of Special Scientific Interest, Special Area of Conservation and Special Protection Area for birds. The potential land transfer coincides with 2017 being the Year of Sefton’s Coast and also the 50 year anniversary of the National Trust in Formby.

Cllr Ian Maher, Labour Leader at Sefton Council, said: “As part of the Sefton Coast Landscape Partnership Board, we constantly work with partners to continue to conserve and enhance the natural landscape that forms the Sefton Coast. This is done while managing growing visitor numbers in a sustainable and responsible manner. “Residents and visitors to the borough made strong representation through the consultation process for the Sefton 2030 Vision for their desire to access and enjoy all the benefits the Sefton coast has to offer. The consultation also revealed how people wish to preserve the cultural, historical and ecological assets that are much cherished. “In light of this, discussions are taking place with National Trust with the view of transferring land to them to develop further and secure the future of this fantastic coastline. “We see this as an amazing opportunity where National Trust can improve and invest on this piece of land for the benefit of our communities and the many visitors to our borough.” It is hoped the acquisition of the land at Lifeboat Road and Ravenmeols will enable the National Trust to have a much bigger positive impact in terms of managing the broader landscape for the benefit of people, wildlife and nature.

 

Rebecca Burton, National Trust Assistant Director of Operations, said: “The Formby Coast is very important both to the people who love it and use it and because of its environmental significance and the wildlife that lives here. “As one of our key neighbours and partners in the management of the coastal area at Formby, we are continually talking to Sefton Council, local people and with our other partners, about the best way to managethis special area for the benefit of both wildlife and people. “2017 marks 50 years since parts of Formby came into the care of the National Trust. This stretch of coastline is of international significance for its sand dunes and is home to rare wildlife including red squirrels and Natterjack toads. “Our aim is to ensure that this special place can continue to be used and enjoyed by future generations, whilst recognising that the coast is a continually evolving and changing environment. “We are excited about the future opportunity to invest in better visitor facilities and access across this area of the Sefton coast, working with local people to help us design our plans. “By working closely with our neighbours, key stakeholders and partner organisations, we will continue to care and protect this special piece of coastline in a way no other organisation can.”

Any objections or representations to the proposed disposal must be made in writing and addressed to Mr David Street, Assets and Property Manager,Sefton Council, Magdalen House, 30 Trinity Road, Bootle, L20 3NJ, no later than March 22, 2017.

 

Sefton Coast Plan

The Sefton Coast is a source of inspiration for an active, inquiring and fun-loving population. The coast makes a huge contribution to the unique character of the borough – exciting and full of surprises, always changing as the winds and tides constantly influence the shape of the coast. Because this is such a special place the Sefton Coast Landscape Partnership has developed a draft Plan setting out how we can make the most of the Sefton Coast. We would like your views on this; both on how you use and value the coast, what you would like to see improved and on the plan itself. The Plan is supported by a set of topic papers that provide background  information. We understand that not everyone will have time to go through these so we have also provided a summary. You can access all these documents from the 2017, Year of Sefton’s Coast website. You can share your views with us by completing the questionnaire or by sending responses to sefton.coast@sefton.gov.uk. The consultation will end on the 13th of April.

Sefton Welcomes The Return Of The Open

The clock is ticking as Sefton gets ready to welcome hundreds of thousands of visitors to the borough for The 146th Open at Royal Birkdale.

Millions of pounds is set to boost the local and regional economy as Sefton hosts the Championship at Royal Birkdale in July, 2017.

More than 200,000 people are expected at the global sporting event at one of the finest links courses in the UK and February 16 marks the 150th day until the practice rounds tee off.

It is the tenth time Royal Birkdale will host The Open and preparations are well underway to welcome sports fans from across the world to Sefton and the wider Liverpool City Region.

Royal Birkdale last hosted The Open in 2008 and the links course forms part of England’s Golf Coast which also includes many other Sefton golfing venues.

Cllr Ian Maher, Labour Leader at Sefton Council, said: “A lot of work has already taken place as we prepare to welcome the world’s best golfers, thousands of visitors and the many millions more watching on TV to our fabulous borough.

“We want to 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.

“This really is an opportunity to put Sefton and the City Region in the global shop window with millions of pounds set to swell the local and regional economy.

“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.

“Events like The Open attract enormous volumes of positive profile and we are determined we really tap into this.

“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.

“July 2017 may seem a long way off but it will be here sooner than people think. Let us all really get behind the event and make Sefton proud and the perfect hosts.”

The famous Royal Birkdale course was first established in 1889, but was extensively redesigned in 1922 by Fred Hawtree and JH Taylor to create the current layout, which winds its way through the sand dunes towering over each of the fairways.

Since first hosting The Open in 1954, the course has been (alongside Royal Lytham) the most regular venue for the Championship other than St Andrews. At Birkdale’s first Open, Peter Thomson won the first of three in succession; he returned to the same course in 1965 to add his fifth and final title.

Practice days are from July 16-19 with the Championship running from July 20-23. For ticket information go to TheOpen.com/Tickets or call The Open Ticket office on 01334 460010.

Recognition for Two British Legion Volunteers

Jimmy Kavanagh and Alan KellyTwo volunteers from the Royal British Legion, Netherton & Sefton Branch, were honoured at a meeting in Bootle Town Hall recently.

Jimmy Kavanagh and Alan Kelly were both nominated by the Armed Forces Champion, Cllr Robert Brennan, in recognition of their hard work within the Sefton Borough community, local schools and for their support of Sefton’s veterans.

The certificates were presented on the day by the Lord Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Iain Brodie-Browne.

Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Iain Brodie-Browne said: “It was a great pleasure to honour Jimmy and Alan for all the hard work they do in their local community. This includes them going into schools to give talks to the children on the history of the 1st & 2nd world wars and retelling some of their own experiences.

“Jimmy and Alan also monitor the war memorials in the Bootle & Netherton area, reporting any issues or damage that they find.”

For information about the war memorials in Sefton, visit sefton.gov.uk/warmemorials

Improving the customer offer for bus users

Bus passengers travelling around the Liverpool City Region can benefit from an improved ticket offer from this week. (Monday 30th January).

   The introduction of a new ticket and new way of buying existing ones, are a result of Merseytravel, Arriva and Stagecoach working together through the Bus Alliance.

Arriva’s Merseyside Adult and Young Person’s Weekly Saver tickets and Stagecoach’s Adult and Young Person’s 7 day Merseyside Megarider plus+ tickets are now available to buy and renew on a Walrus Card on the bus.

There is no change to prices or validity and Walrus cards are reusable and allow customers to simply top it up on the bus when they need to.

This is all about the next stage in the journey to ensuring transport tickets are available on smart platforms. Customers are asked to retain their Walrus card for future use especially as there are plans to start an activation fee on all new cards in the near future.

On the same day, Merseytravel has also launched a new adult One Day Solo bus ticket. It’s available to buy on bus services within Merseyside and gives customers the freedom to travel on any bus, any time with just one ticket for £4.70. It is valid through peak times.

Arriva day saver tickets for £4.30 and Stagecoach dayrider tickets for £4 are unchanged and will remain accepted by either operator on Quality Bus Network journeys.

Smart card and multi operator ticketing are the key focus of the Bus Alliance a formal agreement between Merseytravel, Arriva and Stagecoach (who together operate 90 per cent of commercial bus services in the Liverpool City Region) with the aim of getting more people travelling by bus and driving up investment for all who use them.

Significant investment in recent years has seen the customer experience on bus improved and we expect this progress to continue.

As 80 per cent of public transport journeys in the City Region are made by bus, there is potential for bus to play a much more significant role in growing our economy, better linking people with jobs and opportunities, education and leisure.

Said Cllr Liam Robinson Chair of the Merseytravel Committee:

“The Bus Alliance is transforming the approach to tickets and ticket buying to make the process more convenient and efficient for customers by making the most of technology and offering new products.

“The new Adult One Day Solo is an example of how we are improving the customer offer to help make bus a mode of choice rather than last resort.

“This ticket could benefit those who don’t travel regularly or have different working patterns including part time workers, students and leisure travellers. Some of these bus users may be spending unnecessarily, on a weekly ticket or a season ticket or in a single day, or may have had to buy a number of different bus tickets across different services.”

 

Howard Farrall, Managing Director Arriva Merseyside said “The new one day multi-operator Solo ticket is a great step forward for the Bus Alliance, giving increased flexibility to the travelling public in Merseyside.

“By adding the Arriva Weekly Saver Ticket range to the already successful Walrus card, customers will have even more flexibility when choosing their best ticket option.”

Rob Jones, managing director of Stagecoach Merseyside and South Lancashire, said: “This is great news for bus users across the Liverpool City Region who will enjoy a more accessible ticket range as a direct result of the partnership between Arriva, Merseytravel and Stagecoach.

“Using technology is a great way to deliver greater convenience for passengers and we’re pleased that customers purchasing Stagecoach’s Adult and Young Person’s 7 day Merseyside Megarider plus+ tickets on the bus can now do so using the Walrus card.

“Dayrider tickets remain available on the bus or the Stagecoach bus app.”

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