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August Bank Holiday: All You Need To Know In #MySefton

Thousands of people are expected to visit beautiful Sefton this Bank Holiday weekend (August 23-26) and we’ve put together a list of helpful tips to make the most out of the borough.

Transport

People are strongly advised to plan their journeys as roads are expected to be much busier than normal and we are urging as many people as possible to consider using  public transport where available.

There is some planned disruption to rail services on Saturday August 24 due to strike action. For more information about train times please visit Merseyrail’s website.

If you are driving through #MySefton, make sure you plan ahead and allow extra time for your journeys and some queues can be expected.

Shopping

A visit to Sefton is not complete without sampling the shopping and restaurant delights of the borough.

After taking in the fantastic sights each day, why not explore the fantastic array of shops, restaurants and bars which Sefton has to offer?

From the quaint and quirky offerings of Wesley Street and Lord Street in Southport to the hustle and bustle of South Road, Sefton has it all.

The borough’s nightime scene comes alive after 6pm with an array of wine bars, bespoke beer shops and clubs, while Sefton is also renowned for its tasty restaurants and thirst quenching bars.

Beaches

There are no planned beach car parking closures in place. Click here to find out more about beach car parking throughout the remainder of 2019.

Please note that BBQs and drones are banned on our coastline for safety reasons.

Rubbish

Sefton is home to many beautiful and picturesque spots and we want to keep it that way. We actively encourage both visitors and residents alike to make sure they are responsible for their own rubbish and dispose of it in a sensible manner.

If you cannot find a bin to dispose of your rubbish responsibly, please take it home with you.

 

Sefton welcomes sentencing of unlicensed Netherton dog breeder

Sefton Council has welcomed the sentencing of an unlicensed dog breeder from Netherton after an investigation by the borough’s Trading Standards team.

Lawrence Moran of Chapel Lane, Netherton pleaded guilty to breeding dogs without a licence after 44 dogs, including several puppies, were found at his home address in December 2018.

Further investigations by Sefton Council’s Trading Standards team uncovered that Moran, 31, has also been responsible for at least 17 litters and 49 puppies in 2018.

He was just sentenced at Sefton Magistrates court (Friday, August 16) following a guilty plea to the offence of breeding dogs without a licence.

Moran was sentenced to 120 hours unpaid work and ordered to pay fines and costs totalling £4985.

Cllr Paulette Lappin, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regulation & Compliance, said: “This is a fantastic result following months of hard work by our Trading Standards team.

“We had previously warned the defendant about unlicensed breeding following allegations by concerned members of the public however our concerns continued and a warrant was issued.

“What our team uncovered was a dog breeding enterprise on a massive commercial scale. This kind of illegal operation makes it almost impossible to make sure animal welfare standards are met and often the well-being of puppies are put way behind profit.

“We will continue to act on any information we receive regarding illegal trading practices and we hope this case serves as a stark warning to others.”

More information regarding dog breeding licences and how to apply can be found via www.sefton.gov.uk

To report an unlicensed breeder contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 0345 040506.

Sefton Council asked to fell diseased tree on Chapel Lane, Formby

Sefton Council has been contacted by Formby Parish Council and requested to fell a diseased tree in the village.

The horse chestnut tree, located outside Cassidys on Chapel Lane, was earmarked to be removed last year for the health and safety of the local community.

 As part of a compromise, Sefton Council asked Formby Parish Council to agree to a number of conditions and allowed them to carry out further works on the tree in the hope of saving it.

Unfortunately, the Parish Council has since contacted Sefton Council’s Tree and Woodland Team asking them to now remove the tree.

A spokesman for Sefton Council said: “Last year an independent report was carried out for the Parish Council highlighting how this tree was diseased with bleeding canker and the usual way of dealing with this is by felling it.

“However, after ongoing discussions with Formby Parish Council, they agreed to a number of conditions where they would carry out maintenance work to mitigate the immediate risk and try and save the tree.

“Sadly, this has not worked and their arboriculturist has stated that the tree needs to be felled so we will now start the process to remove it. We have been in contact with ward members in the village and will liaise closely with Formby Parish Council to move this forward.

“Our priority is and always will be the safety of residents and visitors to Formby village.”

Cllr Bob McCann, Chairman of Formby Parish Council, added: “Of the remaining trees identified by Sefton Council for felling, this particular tree has always been the weakest. Our tree specialist from Cumbria, who we contracted to survey and undertake some remedial work to try and save the trees, said at the outset that this tree was the least healthy and his inspection this year confirmed that this tree had failed and would not recover.

“However, we are still trying our best with the remaining three horse chestnuts. They were injected this year with nutrients and action will be taken in September to try to fortify and protect them. We will always listen to the community and the presentation of a 4,500 signature petition, asking us to protect the trees as much as possible, has given us this particular focus.”

A tree removal notice has been issued and work to remove the tree should start shortly.

Bootle business bestowed with prestigious Queens Award

A business reception was held to celebrate the presentation of the prestigious Queens Award for Enterprise to a Bootle business supported by InvestSefton.

The award was presented by the Lord Lieutenant of Merseyside, Mark Blundell, in recognition of Richardsons Healthcare Ltd outstanding growth in its exports.

The family owned private business, which is based in Bootle, started trading in 1988 and designs and manufactures operating table and birthing mattresses.

Richardsons Healthcare Ltd, has championed British-made manufacturing and exporting in Sefton for many years. This includes working with InvestSefton, Sefton Council’s enterprise and inward investment service on initiatives including chairing the Sefton Export Advisory Group, Sefton Economic Forum and the UK International Business Festival.

The prestigious Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are for outstanding achievement by UK businesses in the categories of:
* Innovation
* International trade
* Sustainable development
* Promoting opportunity through social mobility

On winning the Queens Award for Enterprise, Michael Gould, Managing Director, said: “This is wonderful recognition of the hard work and professionalism of our entire team.
“Despite being the 5th largest economy, the United Kingdom is ranked only 9th for exporting. More British companies need to recognise the huge benefits of becoming an exporter in terms of profitability and the spreading of commercial risk.
“I hope in the near future to be helping in some major export awareness events, supported by our local chambers of commerce and the Department for International Trade. There is plenty of help and assistance available for companies who would like to start exporting and we need to make businesses aware of it.”

Despite a difficult economic trading environment for UK manufacturers, the company’s overseas earnings grew by 66% over a three-year period. Their main customer base includes Germany, France, Finland, Sweden and Italy. However the company has more recently expanded their export market to the USA and China.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, added: “We are extremely proud of Richardsons who continue to fly the flag for the British manufacturing industry, and Sefton.
“They are positive about employing residents and have worked with InvestSefton and the Department for International Trade in encouraging other Sefton businesses to consider exporting. I am delighted that this work will continue and we may hopefully get to see other Sefton businesses being recognised in this way.”

The Mayor of Sefton, Cllr June Burns and Deputy Lieutenant Colonel Mark Underwood OBE also attended the event.

Paul Stowers, head of the Department for International Trade in the North West, said: “It’s fantastic to see Richardson’s Healthcare win the Queen’s Award, as they’re already one of the Department for International Trade’s Export Champions.

“They are a great local company, and is a brilliant example to others about how to succeed overseas.
“Companies that export not only increase their customer base and spread their risk, but we know that they also become more innovative and resilient, so tend to do better in their home market as well as abroad. I urge all businesses to follow Richardson’s example.”

Police continue to appeal to trace missing Peter Kerevan

Officers searching for missing 76-year-old Peter Kerevan are continuing to appeal for information on his whereabouts 17 days after the last confirmed sighting.

Peter, who is from the Aintree area, has been missing from home since Monday 29 July.

Following enquiries, he was captured on CCTV that morning on Wango Lane and later seen at around 3pm the same day outside Maghull Chiropodists near the junction of Sefton Lane and Liverpool Road.

Officers have focused their search on the surrounding areas, but there have been no confirmed sightings since.

Detective Inspector Gary Stratton said: “We have dedicated extensive resources, with officers on foot and in vehicles, the Dog Section, the assistance of the National Police Air Service helicopter and the Marine Unit among others.

“Many members of the public from the local community and further afield have helped join the search, and the Merseyside Search and Rescue Service continue to put a huge effort into the search for Peter.

“I would ask anyone who has been in the Maghull or Aintree areas since Peter’s disappearance to please cast your minds back and try and consider if you may have seen Peter. Every single sighting has been and will be followed up.

“When last seen, Peter was wearing a short-sleeved dark blue shirt and carrying a dark-coloured cardigan. He was also reportedly wearing blue jeans and brown shoes.

“I would also like to remind people to remain safe when they are out searching for Peter. The response from the public has been remarkable and we greatly appreciate your help, but please take care if you are out in dangerous areas and make sure you have the correct equipment or seek help from our specially trained Matrix officers.”

Peter is described as white, around 6ft tall, of slim build with short grey hair and had stubble when last seen and anyone who believes they may have seen Peter or someone who resembles his description should call 101, DM @MerPolCC or in an emergency, call 999.

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