Live music comes to Southport Market for Christmas time

Southport Market's winter wonderland will be open throughout most of the Christmas period with festive fun for all ages. Live music performances throughout December have now been announced on top of a packed out Christmas calendar of yuletide entertainment, which already includes visits from Santa, cosy film showings and outdoor market shopping. Starting from Thursday, December 2nd, local artists such as Dave Broe, Olivia Armstrong, Greg Last and even a festive choir will be performing live at Southport Market. Full performance details are: Dave Broe (Swing) from 7.30pm - Thursday December 2nd Olivia Armstrong (Soul) from 7pm - Thursday December ...
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A parade of shops in Southport

People in Sefton being urged to support the local economy and shop local this weekend but to do so safely

As the end of what has been another difficult year for local shops and businesses approaches, Sefton Council urging people to support Small Business Saturday on 4th December. Hard-hit Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said: “Sefton is lucky to have a range of one-off and specialist shops and businesses, many of which will have been hard-hit by the effects of the pandemic. “I would urge people across the Borough and beyond thinking about doing some Christmas shopping this weekend to try and make those purchases locally. “Especially as this weekend it’s Small Business Saturday, ...
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People could face stark choice between staying warm or eating this winter warns Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council's Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities has said that rocketing energy bills could result in some of the Borough’s families making the stark choice between eating and heating their homes this winter. Cllr Hardy said: “We’ve already experienced freezing temperatures this week, and I know those struggling to make ends meet, will be grappling with difficult choices. “They will be trying to decide which bills they prioritise, and for some that may mean going without a decent meal. “Energy price rises, combined with the Government’s cutting of £20 per week from Universal Credit in October, ...
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Enjoy a living history lesson on Lord Street

Shoppers along Southport’s famous boulevard are being given a fantastic history lesson as they pass the iconic Grade II listed 509-515 Lord Street building, which is currently undergoing a huge restoration project. Contractors have recently fitted Information Boards describing the background to this ambitious scheme which is part of the wider Southport Townscape Heritage Project. Council Officers have developed the Boards which have been put together following meticulous research of the building’s history by looking through dusty old files and documents at various libraries. Cllr Daren Veidman, Sefton Council's Cabinet Member for Planning and Building Control, said: "It’s really interesting ...
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Sefton Cabinet agrees ‘Dynamic Purchasing’ system for residential rehabilitation services

Sefton Council’s Cabinet today approved a Dynamic Purchasing System for commissioning Residential Rehabilitation for drug treatment and recovery. Service providers will be invited to join the new system which, by fixing prices for similar client groups will cut down the time and cost of placement negotiations. Costing £270,000 for three years from April 2022, the Dynamic Purchasing System will also enable the Council to take advantage of changes in the marketplace which may take place over the coming years. Completion rate Sefton Council sees Residential Rehabilitation as an integral part of any drug treatment and recovery system and a vital ...
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Three new trees planted by Sefton Council

Council’s Green Sefton service celebrates National Tree Week with 1,000 new trees

Sefton Council’s Green Sefton service is marking National Tree Week by planting 1,000 new trees across the Borough. The trees have been donated by The Mersey Forest, one of 13 Community Forests across England. They will be planted in the coming months with support from community groups. The announcement coincides with the start of the planting season during which the Council is hoping to plant around 270 large ‘standard’ trees. They will also be working with The Mersey Forest to plant thousands more saplings. During the last planting season, Green Sefton Tree and Woodland officers oversaw the planting of 3,230 ...
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Statement by Cheshire and Merseyside’s Directors of Public Health on the emergence of the new Omicron Variant

Cheshire and Merseyside’s Directors of Public Health have issued a joint statement on the emergence of the new Omicron Variant and the ‘difficult winter’ we all face. In their statement, the nine Directors of Public Health stress that Omicron is an emerging situation, but say it is best to remain cautious. The go on to say we should work together to ensure that the impact can be minimised as much as possible. They say the most important thing is that people continue to do many of the things they’ve already been doing, such as getting both doses of the vaccine, ...
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Sandway Homes welcomes brownfield land funding for two development sites and over 200 new Sefton homes

Sandway Homes, the Sefton Council-owned housing development company, has welcomed the confirmation of £3.15 million funding that will enable work to start on two brownfield sites. Agreed on Friday (26th November) by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority the £3.15 million comes from the from the Government’s Brownfield Land Fund. It will support the development of 150 new homes at Bentham’s Way, Southport and 63 new homes on the former site of Bootle High School. In July, the Government’s Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities allocated £45m to the Combined Authority from its Brownfield Land Fund, which is designed ...
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Cllr. Paulette Lappin Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member - Regulatory, Compliance and Corporate Services, Mark Dale its Chief Personnel Officer, Will Paynter and Lisa Ryan (GMB), Glen Williams (Unison), Mark Magee (Unite) and a representative from the TUC sign the Dying to Work Charter at Bootle Town Hall on behalf of the Council and its 3,300-plus employees.

Sefton Council signs TUC’s Dying to Work charter

Sefton Council is the latest employer to sign up to the Dying to Work Voluntary Charter. The Charter is part of the TUC’s wider Dying to Work campaign and aims to give employees with terminal illnesses more choice in how to spend their final months and offers peace of mind around job security. Dying to Work was taken forward by the TUC following the case of Jacci Woodcook, an area sales manager from Derbyshire who was forced out of her job after being diagnosed with terminal breast cancer. The TUC is asking employers to sign up to its voluntary charter ...
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Face covering now required in public spaces and booster jab programme expanded

After the announcement on Saturday (27th November) by the Prime Minister that cases of the new Omicron  COVID-19 variant had been found in the UK, new measure have been put in place from today. Face coverings Public and staff are now required to wear face coverings in a range of public areas including: shops, supermarkets & pharmacies; shopping centres; post offices, banks & building societies premises providing personal care and beauty treatments such as barbers, hair salons, tattoo and piercing studios, nail salons, massage centres; takeaways without space for consumption of food or drink on premises; public transport; any car, van ...
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