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Parks and Greenspaces update: January 2021

New restrictions which have been brought in as part of the new 2021 national Lockdown to combat the spread of COVID-19 have led to a number of important changes to how the Green Sefton parks & greenspace offer works within Sefton.


Visiting our Parks

Overall, our sites remain freely open and accessible for exercise. You can exercise in a local public outdoor place:

– by yourself

– with the people you live with

– with your support bubble (if you are legally permitted to form one)

– in a childcare bubble where providing childcare

– or, when on your own, with one person from another household



Sadly our volunteer group activities must stop again in line with the above. (Although the government guidance does make reference to ‘volunteering’, it is understood that this refers more to ‘caring’ type volunteers and support).


Outdoor Facilities now CLOSED

• Golf Courses: The Government requires that golf course be closed until further notice. No unauthorised play is permitted.

• Outdoor Gyms: All outdoor gyms are now closed, and will be decommissioned over the coming days.

• Tennis Courts / Basketball Courts: these areas are now closed and no use can be made of these courts which will be locked where possible over the coming days.

• Grassroots Sport – the use of playing pitches has also now ceased until further notice. We have communicated separately to leagues and clubs in more detail

• Park Buildings and Pavilions – these continue to remain closed.


Outdoor Facilities remaining OPEN

  • Playgrounds and play areas
  • Dog exercise areas
  • Allotments– our allotment sites will remain open to tenants who must limit their activity only to their own plots, not mix with other tenants and adhere to rules on the control of Coivid-19 which are displayed at entrance gates.

More Information

More information on Coronavirus can be found on our website at:

We all appreciate the health and well being benefits of spending time outdoors (especially right now), but our resources will be stretched again during these challenging times, so if you do visit our sites please take extra effort to care for our environment by either taking their litter home or using the bins provided.

Sefton schools set to reopen after Christmas break

Parents in sefton are being advised that schools in the borough which are scheduled to reopen this week will do so, unless they are contacted directly by their child’s school and told differently.

“With less than 24 hours to go, we are not asking schools and parents to change their plans. As a Tier 3 area which has a lower infection rate than others, the schools that are scheduled to reopen this week should do so, including primary and special schools as well as secondary schools for vulnerable and key worker children.

“We will work with school leaders and teams to ensure risk assessments are reviewed and updated if necessary, and shared with staff.

“We recognise the concerns of some staff and where this leads to individual school closure, we will work with and support schools if this happens. At this stage less than 24 hours before school starts this is hard to predict and we will keep this under constant review and monitor staff and pupil attendance.
“Fines for non-attendance are always a last resort and only when parents have not worked with the school around their specific circumstances.”

Our Aintree, Bootle and Southport SMART test sites are open for people who don’t have symptoms 9am to 6pm every day and no appointments needed.

Statement: Southport Skate Park

Sefton Council have issued the following statement regarding Southport Skate Park following a number of comments online.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said:  “Let me be clear there are no plans at all to permanently close Southport Skate Park.

“On the contrary in fact, the council continues to invest in this much-loved community asset. However, our skate park is made up of 4 professional structures of a specialist construction and shaping, and of course since they were installed wear and tear has inevitably occurred which means that they will need to be replaced.

“We have already ordered four new ramp structures and while we await delivery and installation of these, we have temporarily closed the park to ensure no one is hurt.

“We expect all the work to be completed in January, usually the quietest time of the year for the skate park, meaning less disruption for users.

“I’m pleased to hear that local people feel so strongly about Southport Skate Park, and always welcome people’s views on the use of council facilities such as this. I’m glad that the skate park is valued by so many.”

“I must say, anyone who has ignored the very clear signage we have installed on the site and has taken it upon themselves to climb the fencing, determined to use the skate park while it’s closed, it is putting themselves at risk of injury and is behaving irresponsibly.

“Rest assured, once the brand-new ramps have been installed, Southport Skate Park will remain open for many more years to come.”

Unleash your creativity with FREE online workshops for residents across Sefton

Beating the lockdown blues and sparking your inner creativity has now never been easier.

Dozens of bespoke FREE online Workshops designed to help you wave goodbye to boredom and unleash your hidden talents have now been launched across Southport, Formby, Bootle and Sefton live from your living room.

The team at Sefton Community Learning Service, within Sefton Council, have this week revealed a series of online workshops designed to help those in lockdown find their inner creative talents. With workshops ranging from Photography Editing and 3D Film Making all the way to Jewellery Craft and learning how to play the Ukulele!

Learning has been specially adapted to work hand in hand with your daily routine and lifestyle, allowing you to develop your skills and boost your creativity at your leisure.

Workshops require a maximum of just three hours learning per week and will provide gateway learning ahead of more classroom based courses and classes planned by the Community Learning Service in 2021.

All you need to access any of the workshops is an email address, internet connection and computer speakers.

To find out more about which workshops would suit you, please call 0151 934 4546 or email

Help shape Southport’s designs for safer streets

Local people, schools and businesses will be actively involved in re-designing the neighbourhood around Southport’s Shakespeare Street, as part of efforts to make the area safer and healthier for people to walk, cycle or use a wheelchair for local shops and services.

The charity Sustrans launched a digital ‘Hub’ for Southport Liveable Neighbourhood this week with Sefton Council to gather views from the local community. This will shape the street designs from the start.

The project aims to create a ‘Liveable Neighbourhood’, where it is possible, and enjoyable, to make short trips without the use of a car. The area spans from Lord Street in the West to Cemetery Road in the East and links to the wider walking and cycling network.

School children from 8 schools in the area will survey their own streets and contribute ideas through activities and workshops. The community will also have a chance to comment via online workshops and surveys through the post or on the phone.

Cllr John Fairclough, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Locality Services, said: “The Liveable Neighbourhoods Project is a completely community led and inspired endeavour to help make our borough clean, green and beautiful in order to protect the health and wellbeing of our residents.

“We are working closely with Sustrans to ensure that we are consulting all of the community where the Liveable Neighbourhoods scheme would be, from schoolchildren to business owners.

“The idea behind the Liveable Neighbourhoods project to is to encourage our communities to make short trips without the use of a vehicle.

“I would encourage everyone to give their feedback on the project so that we can ensure it is shaped and designed in the most beneficial way to everyone.”

Sustrans’ urban designers will use these ideas to develop a new look street design. There will be further chance for people to comment before a trial of the new designs.

Rosslyn Colderley from Sustrans said: “If you live or work locally please do take the time to give your views on how you would like to improve your area.

“Our designers work with local schools, businesses and residents to find out what issues matter to them on their streets. We then create designs to reflect what people want. Liveable neighbourhoods are fast developing across the UK to help create healthier and happier places for people to live and work in. Southport already has a long history of creating a good environment for walking and cycling. This is a great opportunity to continue this work and create safer streets where more people feel confident to walk or cycle their regular journeys.”

The area has been selected as it includes residential streets within a six minute walk or less to shops and services such as those on Shakespeare Street, as well as schools and public transport links.

Analysis of road safety data shows that the area suffers from a disproportionately high number of road traffic incidents resulting in injury or death.

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