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Bootle pupils help spruce up Derby Park

Pupils from a Bootle primary school donned their rubber gloves and helped make a local park sparkle during a recent litter-pick.

Children from St Monica’s Primary School joined up with Sefton Council’s Parks and Greenspaces team to help spruce up Derby Park, clearing away as much litter as possible.

More than 60 pupils and their teachers worked throughout the afternoon to amass five full bin bags worth of litter, while the Friends of Derby Park group swept away fallen leaves from the park’s steps.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said:

“We were delighted that St Monica’s pupils came down to Derby Park to help make it shine.

“The children were shocked that there are people who treat the park with such disrespect by not disposing of their litter in a responsible way.

“At the end of the afternoon you could see the huge difference the pupils had made to the park and it looked so much cleaner afterwards.

“The pupils also got involved in a question and answer session about why it is important to care for the environment and not discard litter irresponsibly.

“We look forward to welcoming them back to Derby Park soon!”

The Friends of Derby Park Group are also on the look out for new members.

If you would like to get involved, please email

Recycling centres switch to winter hours

Throughout winter Recyling and Refuse Centres will be open from 8.00am until 5.00pm* – changing from the summer hours of 8.00am to 8.00pm.

There are 14 Household Waste Recycling Centres in the region. They are operated by resource management company Veolia on behalf of Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA).

In Sefton the centres are: Formby (Altcar Road) Sefton Meadows (Sefton Lane) Southport (Foul Lane ) and Bootle (Irlam Road)

Carl Beer, Chief Executive of MRWA, said:

“We shorten the hours over the winter to coincide with the darker nights over the forthcoming months.

“Merseyside householders can use the Centres to recycle a host of items – from cans, car batteries and cardboard to garden waste, glass bottles and jars, paper, scrap metal, textiles and timber, and much more.”

If you’re planning to visit a Recycling Centre in a van or with a long trailer then you will need a Permit to get in – visit or call 0151 236 0305. Alternatively download the Merseyside Recycling app from the App Store or Google Play Store.

Youngsters make waves at anti-scrambler fun day!

Pupils from schools across South Sefton have been shown how to have fun without dangerous scrambler bikes, thanks to Sefton Council and Merseyside Police.

Hundreds of schoolchildren from All Saints, Lander Road, The Grange, English Martyrs and Hatton Hill donned their gym kits and took part in an exhilarating inter-school sports day at Crosby Lakeside recently.

This is the second sports day by Sefton Council and Merseyside Police, designed to highlight the effects scrambler bikes have on local communities and how children can have tons of fun away from the dangerous bikes.

As well as learning about the vehicles, children took part in a host of activities including raft building, bush craft, archery, orienteering, teamwork and problem solving.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s cabinet member for Communities and Housing said: “This was a fantastic day out for all involved.

“Around 160 schoolchildren took part in the day and our partnership with Merseyside Police is working extremely well to highlight the dangers associated with scrambler bikes and how they can affect local communities.

“By getting involved in the campaign we hope all the young people have learned some valuable lessons and they have now been rewarded with a great day out using our amazing facilities at Crosby Lakeside.

“Next the schoolchildren will be taking part in a competition where they have been asked to make a 90 second video about the dangers of becoming involved in scrambler bike activity.

“The winners will be announced at a ceremony at Police Headquarters in December.”

Sefton Neighbourhood Inspector Ian Jones said: “Education and engagement is such an important part of the work we do alongside Sefton Council and our other partners. This inter-school sports day is a brilliant way for children to channel their energy and creativity in a positive way.

“During our yearly scrambler bike initiative, we not only want to show young people the serious dangers and nuisance that scrambler bikes cause across the community, but also encourage them to learn different activities, skills and pursuits.

“The enthusiasm we saw from everyone was great, and this autumn term will see them get involved in all sorts of competitions and activities.”

Police search Sefton stretch of canal for evidence of criminal activity

Police are searching the Sefton stretch of the Leeds-Liverpool Canal path as they continue to target criminals using open land to store weapons and other items.

Officers from the Liverpool Targeted Team completed an open land search of the canal covering  Lydiate yesterday, Monday 25 September.

During the search, a 26-year-old man from Netherton was sighted on the canal path near to St Oswalds Lane in Bootle and rode off on a pedal cycle.

Officers gave chase and recovered a set of bolt cutters. The man was arrested on suspicion of theft of a pedal cycle and going equipped for theft.

He was questioned and has been released under investigation for further enquiries.

Inspector Dave Brennan said: “We will continue to be proactive in combating weapons and other items being stored in open spaces on Merseyside, both to protect the community and raise people’s awareness.

“Anyone who uses the canal path or any open land and green spaces in Merseyside should be alert to people behaving suspiciously and storing items in these areas.

“Let us know any information and we will take positive action and remove any harmful items from the streets. You can speak to us directly or via the independent charity Crimestoppers.”

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. 

#SeftonInMind: Sefton Veterans group hold Holistic Support Drop-In

 Veterans in Sefton invites former military personnel, reservists and their families to attend its ‘Holistic Support’ Drop In held each Thursday from 10am to 4pm.

Held at the StrandByMe Community Shop in Bootle, the drop in provides counselling, meditation and a NAAFI Break all rolled into one location.

NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) originally funded Veterans in Sefton with its Voluntary Community and Faith Fund through Sefton CVS and more recently the project has received funding from The Royal British Legion. It has now been established with the assistance of Sefton CVS as an individual charity.

Significant impact has been achieved by adopting a “helicopter view” of the overall needs of an individual and utilising the existing Veterans in Sefton team, with extensive military experience, who understand the specific mental health needs of veterans and have the knowledge in how to handle the stigma attached to mental health.Providing early intervention assessment, counselling and alternative therapies ensures that veterans are guided into the right treatment by the right service whilst the Veterans in Sefton team continue to provide interim professional counselling therapy and respective emotional scaffolding.

This facility promotes early recovery and reduces mental health detrition and the potential need for critical support/hospitalisation.

Every visitor is encouraged to join in a NAAFI style chat over a brew and some “stickies”.

A former soldier says: “3 weeks ago I was an emotional wreck, having the support of ex-military who understood my issues and provided immediate help has turned my life around.”

Veterans in Sefton can be found on Facebook or for more information call Steve Calderbank MBACP on 0151 933 0800.

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