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Your ideas can help breathe new life into Sefton’s greenspaces

Green Sefton, Sefton Council’s coast and countryside service, is looking for ideas on how it can breathe new life into buildings within Sefton’s parks and greenspaces.

The Council is inviting people to share expressions of interest on how they think land and buildings can be used in ways that will benefit the community and visitors. This follows on from a recent call out for ideas on how the Council can refresh how it uses some of its coast and greenspace.

Green Sefton is working closely with community and ‘friends of’ groups who have already shown what can be achieved if communities come together to make use of these buildings. This call out for ideas will allow these groups to expand on any ideas they may have as well as introduce opportunities for further partnership work.

A number of buildings have been put forward as potential sites for brand new ideas to help encourage new investment and opportunities to sites across Sefton while opening up a wider choice of potential retail units across the borough. These sites include buildings at the Botanic Gardens, Hesketh Park and Derby Park in Bootle and a number of other sites across the borough from pavilions to old toilet blocks.

Some suggested ideas include ice cream kiosks, small cafes, bakeries, small businesses, office space and community use areas. However, expressions of interest are not limited to these suggestions and Green Sefton is keen to hear about any creative ideas people may have to transform the buildings. Ideas can be submitted online by visiting www.the-chest.org.uk until Friday, December 20, 2019.

Ideally, the new ideas will be financially viable and should remain universally accessible for all.

A spokesman for Sefton Council said: “This is a brilliant opportunity to transform disused buildings, some of which have fallen in to states of disrepair, and create new and exciting opportunities for both residents and visitors.

“I am excited to see what ideas are put forward and hope that this gives budding business owners  and community groups across Sefton the chance to put their plans into action.”