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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.”

Public welcome at NHS Trust board meeting

Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust will hold its next board meeting on Thursday 27 July 2017 at 9am. Please note this is a week earlier than previously advertised.

The meeting will be held in the Innovation Centre at Ormskirk and District General Hospital.

Members of the public are welcome to attend and observe the meeting. Anyone with a special requirement should contact the Trust in advance on 01704 704783.

The agenda will be available on the Trust website in advance of the meeting. Supporting papers will be made available on the day.

To reach the Innovation Centre (IT department): from the main entrance, leave the hospital building at the automatic doors before the restaurant; head towards the car park behind the restaurant and up a short flight steps; go across the car park and the Innovations Centre is the second of two buildings ahead on the right. Directions will be signposted from the main hospital building.

Do You Know A Citizen 4 Good?

A new recognition scheme, celebrating Sefton residents for being good citizens, is being launched by Sefton CVS and the Sefton Mayor’s Office.

Citizens 4 Good hopes to recognise local people for good deeds, kindness and support they provide to other members of their community. The scheme is a joint initiative between Sefton CVS and Sefton Council’s Mayor’s Office.

“While we already provide a recognition scheme for volunteers through the Volunteer Centre,” says Mike Howlett, Sefton CVS’ Volunteer & Citizenship Lead “But we know that there are lots of people across doing great things in their community, but who weren’t formal volunteers.”

“Anyone can nominate a Sefton resident who they think is a good citizen,” Mike continues “You might nominate someone who helped you out at a time of need or for simply being a good neighbour. They may organise informal events, like coffee mornings, book groups, etc.”

Nominations could come from a neighbour, friend, helper, school, Councillor, etc. who can nominate someone they think are making a difference locally, using a simple and short nomination form which can be downloaded from  

Citizens 4 Good is supported by the Mayor’s Office at Sefton Council and shortlisted nominees will be invited to an event where they can meet the Mayor and be presented with a certificate to recognise the good that they do.

“So much good takes place in Sefton,” says Cllr Dave Robinson, Mayor of Sefton “And we want to shine a spotlight on those people making a difference to their community.”

The deadline for nominations is Friday 4th August, with the celebration event taking place in the last week of August at 5.30pm.

If the Citizens 4 Good initiative proves popular, it is hoped that these celebrations events will take place regularly throughout the year.

For further information about Citizens 4 Goood call 0151 920 0726 or email

See here for more information and complete the nomination form 

Free golf lessons for children

Free golf lessons are available for children at the Summer of Golf interactive village in Southport town centre.

The village, in the Town Hall Gardens outside The Atkinson, has been set up by Sefton Council and Southport BID for visitors and residents during the Open Golf Championship at Royal Birkdale.

Special golf lessons just for children aged three and above are taking place with PGA professionals.

The lessons are from 11am-noon and 3pm-4pm on Thursday, July 20 and 10am-11am on Friday, July 21.

Just head to the interactive village to find out more.

Mayor of Sefton welcomes Mila and her Mum to BootleTown Hall after accident

     The Mayor of Sefton welcomed Mila and her mum Kirsty to Bootle Town Hall after their accident on Balliol road Bootle, last month. Four year old Mila had serious head injuries as a result of the collision and was taken Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. Her mother Kirsty also had head and leg injuries and was taken to Aintree Hospital.

     Both are back home with their family and on the mend. They were invited to the Mayors Parlour, in Bootle Town Hall along with members of their family by Dave Robinson, Mayor of Sefton and his wife.  Mila was presented with gifts and Kirsty received a family pass to Splashworld in Southport.

     The Mayor took this opportunity to pass on his thoughts and well wishes to Mila, her mum and the rest of the family. Representatives from the British Transport Police and Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment were also present and showed their support to the family.

     Dave Robinson, Mayor of Sefton said:

‘We couldn’t be happier to have Mila and her mum Kirsty here with us today, were thrilled that they’re both on the mend and doing so well.’

Mila’s mum Kirsty said;

‘I’d like to thank everybody who came to help my daughter and I after the accident. The support from the community has been overwhelming and we really want to thank all of the people who didn’t know us but came to help.

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