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Paralympian is Special Guest at this year’s Sefton Sports Awards

The date for the next big sporting occasion has been set and the region’s sporting stars and unsung heroes will be celebrated once more.

Sefton Council is proud to host the Sefton Sports Awards 2017 which will once again held at the Southport Theatre and Convention Centre on Wednesday, July 12.
The annual awards ceremony recognises and rewards the outstanding talent, dedication and commitment of local athletes, coaches, volunteers, clubs and schools supporting grassroots sport across the borough over the last 12 months.
Organised by Active Sefton, which is part of Sefton Council’s Health and Wellbeing portfolio, this year welcomes guest of honour, Paralympian Lora Fachie MBE.
Born with a hereditary sight condition, para-cyclist Lora lost her sight at the age of 5. Lora won Paralympic gold with Corrine Hall at Rio 2016, and is also a two-time world champion on the road. Add to that a silver and bronze medal in the pursuit at the Track World Championships.
Tina Pilkington, Development Manager at Sefton Council, said:

“We’re so pleased to welcome Lora as our guest speaker to. I’ve no doubt that this brilliant athlete and role model will inspire the youngsters at the event.

“The awards night is always a wonderful celebration and we’re certain this will once again be a night to remember.

“If you know a volunteer or coach who has given up their time to support others or a sports club or person that has been really successful, we urge you to submit a nomination.”

Nominations are now open and can be made in the following categories:
• Club Of The Year
• Coach Of The Year
• Lifetime Achievement
• School Of The Year
• School Team Of The Year
• Sports Personality Of The Year
• Supporter Of The Year
• Team Of The Year
• Volunteer Of The Year
• Young Volunteer Of The Year
Nominations can be made at The deadline for entries is June 5, 2017.

Beach Safe 2017 sails into action

     The Beach Safe 2017 campaign is under way. The initiative by Sefton Council in partnership with Merseyside Police, Merseyside Fire and Rescue and the National Trust will promote safe use of the beaches along Sefton’s 22 miles of coast.

     They are encouraging people to be aware of potential risks and dangers of being on the beach, as well as being respectful to the environment and other beach users. The Beach Safe campaign is an annual summer collaboration of partners hoping to ensure everybody stays safe and enjoys our beautiful coast.

     The campaign is comprised of several safety messages from checking high tides and cleaning up after your dog, to not having BBQ’s and remembering wearing sun screen.

     A Sefton Council spokesperson said,

          “We are delighted to work with partners again to deliver these important messages. We want all beach users to be safe and to have a great time enjoying the Sefton coast. We ask that beach users be respectful to each other and the environment.”


Sefton Council buys Bootle Strand shopping centre

Sefton Council has purchased the Strand in a deal which sees the shopping centre return to local ownership for the first time in many years.

Not only will the purchase contribute significantly to the delivery of the Council’s ambitious regeneration plans for Bootle Town Centre, it also provides much needed new revenue streams for us to support local services.

With services under pressure due to cuts to council budgets at a national level, Sefton Council has been looking for new ways to generate income to limit the impact of cuts. The purchase of the Strand is a step to ensure we can continue to deliver the services our residents need in the future.

The purchase has been fully funded through a loan and comes at no expense to the taxpayers and residents of Sefton. The income generated by the centre will more than cover the loan repayment costs and the centre’s running costs. Meaning enough money left over to contribute to much needed local services and new regeneration projects.

A move to secure jobs and regenerate the area

The Strand is a major provider of jobs in the area and an important place for local residents to meet and shop. Taking control of the centre allows us to secure its future, protect jobs and use the centre to spearhead the redevelopment of the surrounding area.

We look forward to working with local communities to make sure that the Strand continues to perform a valuable role within the town centre and for the people of Bootle.

An ambitious new direction for the Council

The purchase of the Strand marks a new era for the Council, one in which we will take greater control over the ways we generate the income we need to support local jobs and services for the people of Sefton.

Other councils in the North West have taken ownership of key assets in their boroughs to great success. We are adopting this tried and tested model to help unlock future development opportunities and assist us in attracting additional private sector investment.

This purchase is a concrete example of how the Council is finding new ways to deliver economic growth and regeneration, generate new income streams and continue to support local communities.

Exciting times ahead for Sefton

The purchase of the Strand will provide the town with the boost it needs to progress regeneration plans for Bootle and make a significant contribution to the outcomes of the Sefton 2030 Vision.

We will be spending the next few months putting together plans for the future development of the centre, and how it can better serve the people of Bootle and visitors from the surrounding areas.

Your guide to the General Election

A Parliamentary General Election will be held on Thursday 8 June 2017. 

In Sefton, elections will be held to elect MP’s to the Parliamentary Constituencies of Bootle, Sefton Central and Southport.

To vote in a UK Parliamentary Elections you must be a UK, Irish or Commonwealth Citizen.  You must be included on the Register of Electors by the 22 May 2017 and by 18 years of age on the day of the election.

If you are a UK citizen living abroad, you can apply to be an overseas voter.  You must have been registered to vote in the UK in the last 15 years and be eligible to vote in UK Parliamentary general elections. If you were too young to register when you left the UK, you can still register as an overseas voter. You can do this if your parent or guardian was registered to vote in the UK, as long as you left the UK no more than 15 years ago

European Union Citizens currently included on the Register of Electors are not entitled to vote at UK Parliamentary Elections.

Make your voice heard

  • Official Poll Cards will be sent to all current registered electors from the 8 May 2017
  • New applications to register to vote must be made by midnight on Monday 22 May 2017
  • Applications can be made online at
  • When registering to vote you will need to provide your National Insurance Number, please have this to hand before registering.
  • Applications to vote by POST must be received by the Returning Officer no later than 5pm on Tuesday 23 May 2017
  • Applications to vote by PROXY must be received by the Returning Officer no later than 5pm on Wednesday 31 May 2017
  • Information on registering to vote and making applications to vote by post or by proxy can be found at
  • Please be aware that postal and proxy applications forms must downloaded and returned to the Returning Officer at Sefton Council and must include a wet ink signature
  • Postal Ballot packs will be issued to those registered to vote by post on or around the 26 May 2017

If you need assistance or further information, please contact Sefton Council on 0345 140 0845 or email Electoral Services at

Green-Fingered Friends of Duke Street Park

A number of garden enthusiasts have been making their mark on the local area.

Eight volunteers have joined forces to create a new Friends of Duke Street Park group in Formby.

Working together with Sefton Council’s parks and greenspaces service, the group are helping to make improvements to the park and continue the work that was started by the garden volunteers at the park.

In the last 12 months, the popular attraction in Formby has had new trees planted, a multi-use games area installed courtesy of local funding, and a unique wooden carving created on-site. The park has now been nominated for a national Green Flag award which recognises the high-standards of outdoor spaces.

Regular events take place throughout the year, including the Formby Festival in July – a three-day extravaganza of food, music and drink as well things for all the family. 

The Friends of Duke Street Park meet monthly at Formby Library and new members are always welcome. In addition, the garden volunteers continue to meet on the first Thursday of each month to look after the rose garden and new volunteers will be given information and support.

For more information on how to get involved please contact or 0151 934 2421.

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