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Update: Essential Coastal Road works continue

Essential works on the Coastal Road in Southport are continuing, to help improve access for both cyclists and pedestrians.

The works are part of the Southport East West Cycle Link improvement scheme thanks to funding from the Liverpool City Region and primarily compromises of the widening of cycle track between Weld Road roundabout and the bridge at Pinfold Lane.

Contractors are carrying the work out in stages to ensure minimal disruption to traffic and the road will be reopened in sections, beginning with the Shore Road to Pinfold Lane in mid July.

Works to the northern section of the Coastal Road, from Weld Road to Shore Road, are expected to be finalised in September.

Cllr John Fairclough, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Locality Services, said: “Work on the scheme was due to begin in April but unfortunately the start date was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but we are confident of completing the scheme in earnest by September.

“We have been delighted that during these works we have been able to maintain access for cyclists and pedestrians for socially distanced exercise and we will continue to update our communities as the works near completion.”

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Sefton says ‘I Do’ to weddings in borough once again

Sefton is once again saying ‘I do!’ to weddings in the borough thanks to the hard work of local authority registrars.

While social distancing rules remain in place for everyone’s safety, the council are once more able to offer weddings for those couples who had their ceremony put on hold at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This morning (Monday, July 6) Waterloo Town Hall welcomed its first bride and groom to tie the knot when Thornton couple Stephen and Nicola Pendleton said, ‘I do’ in front of witnesses.

“It was a bit of a whirlwind and we cannot thank the registrars team enough for what they did,” said Stephen following the ceremony.

“To be the first couple in Sefton to be married following everything that has gone on is fantastic.”

Bride Nicola added: “The registrars team really wanted to make it as special as they possibly could for us and were so lovely about the situation.”

While weddings can now start to take place once more, government guidelines mean that:

  •  Numbers will be restricted
  • 2-metre social distancing must apply unless additional measures are in place.
  • Bride unable to be escorted down aisle unless escort (usually dad) is from same household.
  • Hand sanitiser to be used on entrance and exit.
  • Ceremony will be kept to legal requirements only.
  • Photographer allowed but must remain in one place and must be included as one of the restricted  number.

Couples who were due to to be married and had their ceremony suspended will be contacted by Sefton Council’s Registrars as soon as possible.

Sefton buildings light up blue tonight for NHS Birthday

Sefton Council will light up a number of buildings blue this weekend to mark the 72nd anniversary of the formation of the National Health Service (NHS).

Both Bootle Town Hall and Crosby Library will be bathed in blue lights this evening of Sunday July 5 to celebrate the NHS and health workers both past and present. 

Sefton Council, while working hard with partners to ensure vulnerable residents are  protected from the spread of COVID-19, have also taken time to praise the vital work of the NHS and key workers, many of whom work for the Local Authority. 

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “Now more than ever is the time to show how indebted we all are to the National Health Service and say thank you the thousands of residents across our borough who work tirelessly as doctors, nurses, administrators, support workers and cleaners to keep our incredible health service running.

“We’re delighted that we are able to light up Crosby Library and Bootle Town Hall as just a small token of our massive appreciation for the NHS and we are continuing to do all we can to support our communities and make them as resilient as possible to keep pressure off health workers at this time.”

Help Sefton build Liveable Streets for a Borough on the move

Sefton Council wants your views on upgrading and developing cycling and walking provision in the borough following the COVID-19 pandemic.

The local authority aims to increase support and facilities for people to walk and cycle across Sefton, which allow for social distancing and provide direct safe routes to key locations, and ultimately improve the air quality in the borough.

Sefton Council want residents, cyclists, commuters and visitors to the borough to give their views to the comprehensive ‘Sefton Liveable Streets’ consultation, which runs until August 31, 2020.

Those commenting on the consultation can give their in depth views on the area by answering a range of detailed questions.

Cllr John Fairclough, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Locality Services, said: “It is so important for everyone to give their views so that we can shape what we do effectively to better help our communities and commuters.

“It’s easy to get involved, just drop a pin on the map to quickly comment about a specific location.

“Once you’ve left a comment we would encourage you to share the consultation with your friends and family for them to also give their views.”

To comment on the Sefton Liveable Streets consultation, please click here

Sefton to hold Minute’s Silence to honour lives lost to COVID-19

Sefton Council will lead in a minute’s silence to remember those who have passed away from COVID-19 in the borough.

Sadly 272 people in the borough have lost their lives through COVID-19 and they will be remembered during a minute’s silence at the start of the next Cabinet Meeting of Sefton Council from 10am on Thursday, June 25.

The silence will be led by Cllr Ian Maher, Leader of Sefton Council and Chief Executive Dwayne Johnson, with residents across the borough encouraged to fall silent at the same time.

Cllr Ian Maher said: “We will never forget those who have fought so bravely against the COVID-19 virus and our thoughts are with everyone who has lost loved ones during this pandemic.

“We understand that this is a very difficult time for anyone who has lost a relation, a friend or a colleague and our deepest sympathies go out to those who are grieving.

“Please if you wish to join us from 10am on Thursday, June 25 in falling silent as a mark of remembrance to those we have lost.”

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