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Appeal for witnesses following Southport traffic collision

Police are appealing for witnesses following a road traffic collision in Southport on the afternoon of Friday 15 November.

At 2.25pm, emergency services were called to Marshside Road to reports of a collision between a Peugeot and a bicycle. The male cyclist has been taken to hospital for assessment of a head injury. The driver of the car stopped to assist.

Road closures are currently in place at Marshside Road at the junction of Marine Drive and the junction of Fleetwood Road. Road users are asked to avoid the area and take an alternative route.

Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to contact @MerpolCC or 101 with reference 526.

Sefton Local Safeguarding Children Board host powerful “Voice of the Child” event to learn from case reviews

Hundreds attended Sefton Local Safeguarding Children Board’s (LSCB) latest ‘Voice of the Child’ event at Bootle Cricket Club.

Around 500 people from agencies across Sefton attended three ‘Learning from Serious Case Reviews’ sessions throughout the day.

Drama Training Company AFTA Thought delivered the sessions using actors, powerfully conveying four case reviews by “bringing the voice of the child into the room”.

The case reviews, which can be viewed on the LSCB website, centred around six children, all of whom lived in Sefton.

The thought-provoking event followed the success of the summer event, which was also delivered by AFTA Thought.

Attendees were able to interact with a Q&A following each case review performance and share their learning at the end of the session.

Sefton Council approves plans for Crosby Lakeside revamp

Sefton Council’s Cabinet has approved plans for a significant investment in Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre.

The £3.1m investment plans will transform the hospitality facilities at the Centre and include:

  • New bar and coffee area with capacity for 120 seated and standing
  • Fully glazed restaurant extension on lakeside terrace
  • New decking on outside spaces for hosted events and four new events spaces
  • Complete revamp of hotel accommodation
  • New accommodation module added, purpose-designed for community and school groups
  • New rooftop and garden and seasonal ‘pop-up’ facilities

The plans to transform the facility will provide an enhanced hospitality offer, generating additional income needed to provide a sustainable future for this important community asset in the medium and long-term.

The investment in the Centre will directly support the strategic objectives of Sefton’s Coastal Plan, to provide high quality visitor infrastructure, attracting more visitors, contributing to the local economy and managing impacts on areas of environmental significance.

Councillor Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said: “This investment will enable the Council to significantly enhance facilities at what is already a valued community asset. Investing in Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre now will enable the Council to make the facility sustainable in the long-term. The Council expects the enhancements will enable Crosby Lakeside to become profitable in the future, generating investment in frontline services.”

All the current leisure facilities will remain open during the improvement works, which are scheduled to start in April 2020, with the revamped hospitality facilities scheduled to launch in Spring 2021.


Free Merseyrail travel in Sefton for military personnel on Remembrance Day

All serving personnel and veterans will be able to travel for free on the Merseyrail network this Remembrance Day (November 10).

Forces personnel will be able to travel anywhere on the network to take part in remembrance services in Sefton and across the Liverpool City Region.

To receive their free travel, veterans and armed forces personnel must present their Armed Forces ID, Veterans Badge with a photo ID or be dressed in their full uniform.

Andy Heath, Managing Director at Merseyrail said: “Our armed forces have sacrificed so much for this country and it’s a pleasure to be able to show our support and gratitude by offering free travel this Sunday.”

The following Remembrance Services will be taking place across Sefton this Sunday:

Aintree: Sefton Parish Church, Sefton Village, L29 (10.30am)
Ainsdale: Village Green War Memorial (10:30am)
Bootle: King’s Garden’s War Memorial, Stanley Road (10.25am)
Crosby: Alexandra Park War Memorial Garden, Coronation Road (10:45am)
Formby: Holy Trinity Church, Rosemary Lane (2.50pm)
Hightown: St Stephen’s Road War Memorial (10:35am)
Ince Blundell: Lady Green Lane War Memorial (12:05pm)
Litherland: Sefton Road War Memorial (10:30am)
Maghull: St Andrew’s Church, Damfield Lane (9.50am)
Southport: Lord Street War Memorial (10:25am)
Waterloo: Five Lamps War Memorial, Gt George’s Road (10:30am)


Fast-growing Sefton business creates cutting-edge medical training facility for LJMU

A Southport tech firm has created a cutting-edge immersive training room for nurses after receiving business growth support from InvestSefton.

Immersive Interactive worked with Liverpool John Moores University to create and install a bespoke cloud-based experience, providing students the experience of delivering clinical care under realistic, high-pressure conditions.

The immersive room, designed and built by the Southport firm, uses pioneering technology to bring training scenarios to life.

Having received business support from InvestSefton, Immersive Interactive has enjoyed significant growth over the past six years and has received funding through the Local Growth Hub to further develop the cloud-based software on which its technology is based.

Immersive Interactive now has a global reach, providing its technology for all aspects of healthcare.

Chris Porter, Director at Immersive Interactive, said: “The financial and advisory support has really helped us to bring our immersive rooms to life, develop our technical capability, and push into new territories. We’re set to keep on growing and pushing the boundaries of immersive training.”

Mike Mullin, Service Manager at InvestSefton, said: “We are delighted to see Immersive Interactive receive this funding and support which has enabled them to use their technology in such an exciting venture with LJMU. This brings great economic benefits to both Sefton and the Liverpool City Region and we look forward to seeing how this and other projects develop.”

Immersive Interactive worked with John Moores University to create realistic clinical environments. The platform also allows students and lecturers from the University’s nursing faculty to design and produce their own interactive learning programmes to tailor course content to their needs.

The room will be officially launched as part of the University’s Adult Nursing programme.

Jan Williams, Senior Nurse Lecturer, at Liverpool John Moores University, said “Immersive Interactive developed the basis of the room for us and set it up within the University so staff could see if this was something they could use. Overwhelmingly, the staff felt that the room would enhance the students learning experience. We worked with Immersive Interactive to make the room as interactive as possible – students have created a range of scenarios which mimic real life. Clinical scenarios don’t happen in silent, sterile rooms – they happen at roadsides, or busy A&E departments – so this technology is key in helping our students become effective practitioners out in the real world.”

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