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Judicial Review to be heard at High Court

Sefton Council’s Judicial Review application against Highways England will be determined by the High Court sitting at Manchester Civil Justice Centre on Tuesday, October 23.

Sefton Council asked the High Court to review the decision by Highways England not to consult on the option of a tunnel for the proposed Port Access route when they undertook a consultation exercise to determine their preferred route option.

The council will argue that despite having promised to do so, Highways England failed to include the tunnel option in its consultation or in any event failed to include it in a lawful way.

Sefton Council believes the tunnel option would have merit and is the only option which could balance the need for improved access to the port with the needs of the local community.

As part of the hearing, Sefton is seeking an Order quashing the preferred route announcement and an Order requiring Highways England to re-consult about the tunnel option before any decision as to the preferred route is re-taken.

The Council has instructed a leading QC to represent them and although it is possible a judgement will be given on Tuesday (October 23) it may be deferred to another date.

Carragher and co wish Bootle a big Happy Birthday!

A host of famous faces have joined residents across Sefton in wishing Bootle a very happy 150th birthday.

Liverpool FC star Jamie Carragher, fashion designer George Davies and radio legend Jimmy McCracken are just some of a group of well known Bootle born celebrities who have paid tribute to their hometown on its landmark birthday

From Monday October 22 to Saturday October 27 all eyes will be on Bootle as the town celebrates its 150th year of incorporation with a week long series of events, talks, celebratory party and the unveiling of a special exhibition.

It’s part of a number of special occasions across South Sefton as both Bootle Strand Shopping Centre and the Girobank building mark their fiftieth birthdays.

Bootle’s 150th celebrations will include the unveiling of the refurbished Town Charter which was signed in 1868 and has not been seen by the public for decades.

LFC and England legend Jamie Carragher said: “I’d love to wish Bootle a very happy birthday on its 150th.

“I’m sure there’s another 150 of them to come and I’d like to say Bootle has played a major part of my life and everybody else’s life around here. Thank you.”

Broadcaster Jimmy McCracken recalled some of his fondest memories of his hometown, adding: “People go all over the world and say they are from Liverpool, but not me.

“I go all over the world and say ‘I’m Bootle, me.’ There’s nowhere I would rather come from than Bootle. I would love to say a big happy birthday.”

Sefton’s Mayor, Cllr Dave Robinson, was delighted to also receive well wishes for Bootle from world renowned fashion designer and Bootle boy George Davies, as well as football journalist John Keith, who launched his best selling international football show from Bootle Town Hall.

An exhibition displaying artefacts from Bootle’s history will be open from 10am-5pm on Monday-Friday (October 22-Friday 26).

Scavenger hunts for children and tours of Bootle Town Hall, done personally by the Mayor of Sefton on Monday 22nd & Wednesday 24th at 10.30am, 12.30pm & 2.30pm will also be held.

The full list of ticketed events at the Town Hall are:

Monday 22: Sefton OPERA 150th Themed Tea Dance (1.30pm)
Tuesday 23: North West Charity Singers (1pm)
Wednesday 24: ‘From Bootle to Broadway: It’s Coming Home’ Theatrical performance by SPACE Project (4pm)
Thursday 25: Bootle History Talk with Hugh Hollinghurst (10:30am & 2pm)
Friday 26: Waterloo & Crosby Theatre Group 150th Themed Bingo (7pm)
Saturday 27: 150th Celebration Party including Buffet, Bar & live music (6:30pm)

For more information or to book tickets please call 0151 934 2062 or email

Santander reveal fantastic £75m investment plan for Bootle

Santander today unveiled plans for a new, state-of-the-art campus, to replace our current offices in Bootle.

The new complex will represent a £75 million investment in the area and be home to over 2,500 staff. It will see Bootle become the contact centre and operations hub for Santander UK.

The current site is celebrating its 50th anniversary this month and today’s plans will be the first significant redevelopment since it opened in 1968. The ambition is to create a building that can become a hub for the local area with retail opportunities, sporting and social facilities and a public park. The new office space will be designed to encourage collaboration amongst staff and support their well-being.

Cllr Ian Maher, Labour Leader at Sefton Council, said: “I am delighted that Santander have shown such a massive commitment to our communities with this major redevelopment.

“Since it opened 50 years ago, this site has provided employment, identity, and community and has been a big part of every-day life for successive generations right across the borough. This decision really endorses the value Santnder place upon their workforce, and the significance that Sefton Council places in working with major businesses and employers to bring about investment across our wonderful borough.

“I now look forward to working with Santander in delivering the new development, and providing employment, security and prosperity for future generations of our communities. Sefton is very much open for business.”

Chair of Santander, Shriti Vadera, said: “I’m delighted that we are celebrating 50 years in Bootle with this long term commitment to our people and the area. Bootle has been a significant part of Santander’s story and we see it as a crucial part of its future.”

Nathan Bostock, Chief Executive, Santander UK, said: “The new campus will be a place that people will be proud of and excited to come and work in. There will be facilities that will be open to employees and the people in the area, underpinning Bootle’s place at the heart of the local community.
“This building has had a fascinating history and with today’s announcement it has an exciting future to look forward to.”

Key features of the new building will include:

• An environmentally sustainable building designed around supporting the health and well being of occupants;
• A range of health facilities including a fitness centre, cycle storage and public park; and
• Retail and service opportunities available to Santander employees and the public.

Planning permission will be submitted to the Council in November and we are initially looking at building work commencing in 2019 and lasting through to 2022.

Major Lancaster Road redevelopment approved

Sefton Council has approved a major redevelopment of the former Birkdale School for Hearing Impaired Children in Southport.

In April 2017, Octopus Healthcare submitted a £35m investment proposal to redevelop 40, Lancaster Road, Birkdale. The application was given the green light last night (October 17) at Sefton Council’s Planning Committee meeting held at Bootle Town Hall.

The proposal includes the conversion and remodelling of the listed school building, with extensive repair and restoration of lost features.

Construction of communal facilities, extra care accommodation and improvements to the grounds will also take place, with the aim of creating 113 extra care apartments and associated facilities including a bistro, residents’ lounge, library and hair and beauty salon, as well as providing on-site care.

Cllr Daren Veidman, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Planning and Building Control, said: “We have worked extremely hard to secure a sustainable and sensitive use for the former school and this application will safeguard such an iconic building in our wonderful borough.

“The successful application will seek to secure the building’s removal from the Council’s listed buildings ‘at risk’ register while also contributing to the removal of West Birkdale conservation area from the national ‘at risk’ register. We look forward to working closely with Octopus Healthcare as they conserve, restore and develop this fantastic site.”

The site was originally opened in 1901 as Terra Nova, a private boarding school, before it became the school for the partially hearing in 1948. It remained as such until 2003 when it was sold to developers and has remained vacant ever since. The building was made a grade II listed building in 1999.

Richard Dooley, Development Director at Octopus Healthcare, added: “The Octopus Healthcare development team have had a busy eighteen months working with Sefton Council to get this approval over the line.

“Being able to breathe new life into this iconic building and really giving it a purpose for the next 100 years is a great achievement. The environment we are trying to create will be a real testament to the future of elderly care.”

Octopus Healthcare is part of the Octopus Group and a leading investor in healthcare facilities throughout the UK and Ireland.

Sefton launches Mondern Slavery page to raise awareness of human trafficking

Sefton Council are joining local authorities around the country in marking Anti-Slavery Day on October 18.

Anti-Slavery Day provides an opportunity to raise awareness of human trafficking and modern slavery, in a bid to encourage everyone to do what they can to address the problem.

To mark the annual awareness day, Sefton have launched a brand page on its website to help people identify signs of modern slavery as well as information on how to seek help to combat the issue.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “It is vitally important that we all work together as a community to identify, raise awareness of the horrors of modern slavery.

“It is estimated that there are 13,000 victims and survivors of modern slavery in the UK and there are some tell-tale signs to make it easy to identify.

“That’s why we’ve launched a dedicated page on our website to help identify these signs and signpost people to the right organisations who can help put an end to modern slavery.”

To find out more about how to tackle modern slavery visit

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