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Adult Community Learning Centre reopens after substantial renovations

The adult learning centre on Cambridge Road in Waterloo has reopened following substantial renovations. The centre offers courses for adults to learn something new and develop their skills.

Speech by MP Pete Dowd at the adult learning centreThe centre has been improved with new facilities, including woodworking tables and an immersive room. This is in addition to the redecoration which has give the centre a fresh, new look while maintaining important pieces of the centre’s history. Those in attendance of the opening included MP for Bootle Peter Dowd and Cllr Ian Maher, who gave speeches discussing how far the centre has come and its importance for the community.

Several of the school’s former attendees were present at the opening. Terry Liggett, a pupil of the years 1966 – 1971, said “I saw the what it was before the repairs were carried out and it’s quite amazing to see what’s happened. It’s an opportunity for new generations to come back and enjoy their learning process. I think it’s fantastic, and great for the community.”

More information on courses available can be found here

Sefton Council opens new immersive room as part of education on the environment

Yesterday, Thursday 23rd June, Chief Executive Dwayne Johnson and fellow council members opened a new immersive room at the Southport Eco Centre. The room uses state of the art tech to educate on climate change and green energy.

Counsel members opening immersive roomThe room immersive room is an interactive experience to look at how various factors impact negatively on air quality, both for on us and the environment. The room also looks at how we can all make small changes to our own lifestyles to help improve it.

The room will be used as part of the counsel’s education programme, with 4000 schoolchildren a year being able to view the new experience. There are also plans to open the room up for the general public as part of themed community open days in the coming months.

Funding for the room has come from the DEFRA Air Quality Grant fund to help in the fight against air pollution.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing said:

“I am delighted that Sefton has been awarded this money to educate young people about the issue of air quality and its impact on society.”

Sefton Council to hold retrofit energy open day

Sefton Council, in partnership with ECOGEE, are holding an open day on Saturday 25th June between 10am – 1pm in Ince Blundell Village Hall, L38 6JE. The Council is encouraging Sefton residents to come along on the day and ask any questions they may have.

The Council has recently completed works in a nearby property where residents will get the chance to visit and see the installation works for themselves, meet the retrofit team and get more information.

Energy Efficiency OPEN DAY! Saturday 25th June, 10am - 1pm, Ince Blundell Village Hall, L38 6JEThe Sefton Council Retrofit Scheme will make homes cheaper to heat, more energy efficient and environmentally friendly. Residents will benefit from their homes being warmer in winter and cooler in summer. People will be eligible for the scheme if their household income is below £30,000 and live in a difficult to heat home that meets the eligibility criteria. More information on the scheme can be found here.

The works will be fully funded for eligible owner occupier properties and eligible private rented properties (which will need a contribution from the landlord).

Southport Against Racism to host music, film and food night for Refugee Week

This Thursday, 23rd June at Southport Bijou Cinema, Southport Against Racism are hosting a night of music, film and food as part of Refugee Week.

Screen at Bijou Cinema SouthportThe Refugee night starts with cultural food tasting with local youth from Christ the King and Greenbank reciting poetry through performance. They will then host the highly talented Daria who will be playing violin for us from the world acclaimed Amore Twins; Daria is a refugee having fled the Ukraine. Guests (from a wide demographic) will then be seated in the lovely cinema to relax and watch Limbo. There is also an extra special guest performer (also a refugee) after the film, but this is being kept as a surprise.

There are no more tickets available, but attendees have the following itinerary:

6:30pm Start: Introduction from Kenny Thompson with poetry readings, cultural food tasting and music from Daria of Amore twins.

7:30pm: Screening of the film ‘Limbo’ with Q&A.

9:15pm: Special Guest performance.

10pm finish.

Sefton Council continues its march towards net zero carbon by 2030

Sefton Council confirms it is on track to be net zero carbon by 2030 after it submitted its Climate Emergency Annual Report to cabinet, confirming a 13% reduction in total emissions from the baseline, rising to 28% once projects started this year are complete.

The fall was partly driven by staff continuing to work in an agile way. Staff emissions generated at home are included in our calculations but staff related emissions are significantly lower as fewer staff commute in to offices.

Additionally, the street lighting LED replacement project has already saved a whopping 812 thousand kwh electricity…. Which is enough to power 262 homes for a year!

Hands holding small replica of EarthSome projects started this year will soon start to result in carbon savings including a 59tCO2 saving from the retrofit of Southport and Bootle town halls and the green electricity contract due to start in April 2023, which alongside the project above will result in a 55% carbon saving from the baseline.

The 2030 target, which was set out in Sefton Council’s Climate Emergency declaration in 2019, is ambitious but critical to preventing further damage to the climate. All Council decision making reports now have to consider climate implications and training has been developed for all staff to ensure that all areas of the Council are on board with this ambitious but necessary work.


Cllr Paulette Lappin, Cabinet Member for Regulatory and Corporate Services said:

“I am delighted to see that we continue to make progress towards our 2030 net zero target. It is testament to the hard work of everyone at the Council to have seen so many projects in the pipeline that contributes to the reduction in our carbon footprint and it’s great to see we are still on track to reach that critical date of net zero carbon by 2030.

“We have continued to take positive from the pandemic in terms of the way we work and ensuring our impact on our climate is as small as we can make it.

“A 28% reduction in emissions when this year’s projects have been completed is so encouraging and I hope we can keep up the momentum as we move into 2023 and start to be powered by green electricity.”


You can find further information on Sefton’s Climate Emergency progress at Sefton Council’s website

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