Liverpool City Region bus reform on Combined Authority Agenda

24 hour buses on key routes, at least one bus an hour on all routes between 5am and midnight and zero emission fleets … these are just three elements of a new proposed ‘Vision for Bus’ to help shape plans for the future of bus services in the Liverpool City Region. At this week’s Combined Authority meeting (Friday 26 July), Metro Mayor, Steve Rotheram, and City Region leaders will be asked to approve the principles of the ‘Vision for Bus’ and will be updated on progress in developing the options for reform of bus services. Under the powers afforded to ...
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Operation Beachsafe aims to keep Sefton’s coastline safe this summer

Operation Beachsafe is being publicised this week to remind people to keep Sefton’s coastline safe for visitors and residents alike over the summer months. Partner agencies continue to work together to prevent crime and disorder, and encourage people to enjoy the coastline and National Trust areas safely and think of the environment. Sefton Council, the National Trust, the RNLI, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, Merseyside Police and British Transport Police are all working in partnership to raise awareness and reassure those affected by various issues, including anti-social behaviour, underage drinking and other issues affecting the communities of Sefton. Operation Beachsafe ...
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Formby Pool Trust open new gym and fitness studio

Impressive improvements at Formby Pool are now complete with the opening of a state-of-the art gym and studio extension. Formby Pool Trust, the Freshfield Foundation and Sefton Council are pleased to announce the grand opening of the new facilities thanks to a donation from the Freshfield Foundation of just under £1million. The finishing touches to the new studio were made last month with extra classes and facilities now available at the Elbow Lane complex. Dympna Edwards, Chairman of Formby Pool Trust, said: “Our aim has always been to provide an outstanding environmentally and economically sustainable high-quality leisure facility, accessible and ...
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Celebrate the NHS with tea and cake

Health professionals in Sefton came together on Monday 8 July to hold a ‘Big Tea’ and cake bake event to raise money for a local NHS charity. ‘Big Tea’ events are being held across the country raising money for NHS Charities Together on and around the 71st birthday of the National Health Service. These donations will be distributed to a number of NHS charities throughout the UK to help further support and benefit local patients. As NHS charities make a huge difference to the lives of patients and their families and the wonderful staff who care for them, members of ...
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Families brought together by Macmillan fun days

A family fun day held by Southport and Formby Macmillan Information and Support Centre was a real success and brought parents,carers and children in similar situations together. The event, held on 22 June at The Salvation Army on Shakespeare Street, Southport, aimed to raise awareness of the support available to children, whether they have a close relative who has had cancer, is undergoing treatment, or has passed away. Over 30 adults and 17 children attended the day and there has been some extremely positive feedback about the event. One parent said: “Me, my twins, two of their great aunties and ...
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Sefton Council declares a Climate Change Emergency

Sefton Council has declared a 'Climate Change Emergency' to help protect future generations. Councillors voted to approve the declaration at Southport Town Hall (Thursday, July 18) following a motion raised by Cllr Paulette Lappin, Sefton Council's Cabinet Member for Regulation and Compliance. A declaration of a ‘Climate Emergency’ was voted through which will see the council continue it's hard work to reduce carbon emissions and aim to be a 'net-zero' local authority by 2030. It is hoped that Sefton can adapt cleaner and greener alternatives for all of its energy usage over the next 11 years. Cllr Lappin said: "Recent ...
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Metro Mayor announces next steps in city region’s digital revolution

Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, has announced the next step towards the creation of an ultrafast fibre network, in a push to make the Liverpool City Region the most digitally connected in the country. In preparation for work starting on the 220km+ fibre network, two supplier events will be held where fibre companies, network operators, contractors, investors, and other relevant organisations can find out how they can get involved in the design, deployment and management of the network. The events will be held in London on Tuesday, 30 July and in Liverpool on Thursday, 1 August ...
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BeActive this summer thanks to Sefton Council

Sefton’s most anticipated activity days are returning for the 2019 summer break thanks to Sefton Council's leisure service. Running throughout the summer holidays, Be Active fun-filled camp days have been planned across the borough from July 24 to August 30. Brand new for this summer, LFC Foundation and Active Sefton will be delivering a 3-day summer camp at Netherton Activity Centre. Open to all abilities aged 5-12 years, the days will consist of sports drills, challenges and small-sided games with prizes to be won each day. Keen footballers will also be impressed by the return of the Active Sefton Football ...
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Can you help police identify these two women?

Police are appealing for the public’s help to identify two women in this CCTV image. They would like to speak to these women as we believe they could have crucial information to help us investigating a theft from a shop in Southport. The incident is reported to have happened on 24th June, at around 3.15pm when two people have entered a shop on Chapel Street where they have stolen a number of perfumes. If you recognise these women or have information to help us identify the offenders, then please get in touch @MerPolCC, by calling 101 or contacting @CrimestoppersUK anonymously ...
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Metro Mayor announces half-price rail travel for young apprentices in the Liverpool City Region

Young people in apprenticeships across the Liverpool City Region are being given access to half-price train travel, just in time for the start of the autumn term. Announcing the delivery of another manifesto commitment, Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram said the move could save apprentices up to £680 a year on train travel and will help remove one of the main barriers to entry for young people looking to enter vocational training – access to affordable transport. Since it was launched in November 2018, the Apprentice Travelcard has offered apprentices aged 19-24 access to half-price bus travel across ...
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