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MISSING: Sarah Routledge from Bootle

Police are appealing for information to find a woman from Bootle who was last seen on Friday.

35-year-old Sarah Routledge was last seen at 1.45pm on Friday afternoon at the junction of Merton Road and Stanley Road in Bootle.

Sarah is described as white, 5ft 2in tall, of slim build, with shoulder length blonde hair, and green eyes. When last seen, Sarah was wearing a grey bobble hat, a black coat and blue jeans with a rip in the knee.

She speaks with a Liverpool accent and is known in the Bootle and Southport areas.

Extensive enquiries are ongoing and we are increasingly concerned as to her wellbeing.

Anyone with information is asked to contact @MerpolCC, call 101, or the independent charity @MissingPeople on 116 000

Labour North West bring conference to Southport

Labour North West will be hosting their annual Regional Conference in Southport later this year.

The conference is an opportunity for top politicians and party members to spend the weekend debating and discussing the big issues of the day.

Southport Theatre and Convention Centre (STCC) is a great venue that provides the perfect setting to host such a large delegation.

The annual event gets bigger and better every year and Labour North West expect over 600 visitors to attend the event which runs over a weekend in November.

Cllr Ian Maher, Labour Leader of Sefton Council, said: “The fact the Labour NW Regional Conference is being held in Southport this year is great news for the town and the whole borough.

“The Southport Theatre & Convention Centre offers superb modern facilities within a stunning setting overlooking the Marine Lake and is the ideal choice for an event of this calibre.

“Southport itself has a wealth of attractions for the conference delegates should they have any free time including some fabulous bars and restaurants and lots of independent retailers.

“Hosting an event like this also brings immense economic benefit to the area and with around 600 delegates expected to attend, it will generate around half a million pounds for the local economy. We are very proud to be chosen to host such a conference and look forward to welcoming everyone in a few months’ time.”

Hundreds attend Southport BID investment meeting

Over 100 local businesses, regional property agents, investors, and other stakeholders with an interest in taking Southport forward were brought together last week by Southport BID.

Southport has been hit hard, not helped by recent announcements of further store closures, and the town will take time to recover. However, the event was designed to focus on the positives, the investment that’s already happened, and the millions of pounds that could potentially come to the town from funding applications already in the pipeline and from private sector investors.

Speakers at the event included the Metro Mayor, Steve Rotheram, and members of his investment team; Sarah Kemp, Executive Director, Sefton Council; Caroline Baker from property specialists Cushman Wakefield; Dr Steve Millington from The BID Foundation; and Agsteribbe from Bliss Investments.

Rob Uffendell, Chair of the BID, says:

“It’s clear that Southport, our town, is experiencing the same sort of issues that are facing many other towns and cities across the country. So, we’re not alone in having to face up to some really significant challenges.

“Our speakers consistently highlighted the big advantages that helps set us apart from our competitors. Our reputation as a significant coastal destination is increasing year on year (as demonstrated by the annual rise in visitor numbers). We have some unique assets in our town.

“We’ve already seen a lot of investment in our town. And we have dedicated partners from both the private and public sector who are determined to get things done.

“There is evidence from around the UK that those areas with BIDs in place are more successful in attracting external funding because it demonstrates a strong partnership between the private and public sectors and a willingness to work together”.

Delegates raised the issue of parking and the need for more flexibility in setting tariffs. Improving east – west transport links and doing more to increase residential living in the town centre were also highlighted.

Rob Uffendell continued: “Southport was described as a speciality town with plenty of opportunities for development.

“Attracting investment is hard work as was made clear by our speakers. All of them were clear on one thing: there are huge opportunities for this town but to get it right we need to demonstrate confidence and pride in what we have.

“That said, many of the solutions raised at the event have been talked about for years. If we’re going to take this town forward and make things happen, it’s time for action and not words”.

Sefton Parent Carer Forum announce AGM & Moving Forward session

The Sefton Parent Carer Forum have announced plans for their 2019 AGM and Moving Forward event next month.

Taking place at the West Lancs Yacht Club on Marine Drive, Southport on Thursday March 7 from 9:45am, the annual meeting is a chance for parents and carers of children with Special Education Needs or Disability (SEND) to meet and discuss services across the borough

Hosted by the Sefton Parent Carer Forum, members will be joined by a team of researchers from Edge Hill University who have been commissioned by Sefton Council and Sefton CCG to undertake
an evaluation of Special Education Needs and Disability services in Sefton, to find out what needs to change as a result of the recent SEN review.

A spokesperson for the SPCF said: “This is your opportunity to hear about the fi ndings of the Review
and feedback your views on how Sefton can move forward.

“Representatives from Healthwatch, Sendiass, Aiming High, Local Offer, Personal Travel Budgets and more will be on hand to offer advice and support, and then we’ll start with our Annual General Meeting.”

Lunch will be provided.

To book your free place, email seftonparentcarerforum@gmail.com or alternatively call us on 07541 326860.

Sefton launches SEND evaluation to seek out parent’s views

Sefton Council  have commissioned researchers at Edge Hill University to undertake an evaluation of Special Education Needs and Disability services in the borough.

The evaluation, funded by Sefton’s Clinical Commissioning Groups, will involve a sample of parents and carers with children and young people who have SEND and will help shape and improve the services Sefton can offer.

Key partners including schools, and health and care services will also be asked to give their views in the evaluation.

The results will then be used to inform policy, strategy, prioritisation and development of activities and services related to the needs of young people aged under 25 years with a special educational need or disability.

Cllr John Joseph Kelly, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Children, Schools & Safeguarding, said: “We have asked Edge Hill University to help us better understand Special Education Needs and Disability provision throughout Sefton.

“This is a very important project to undertake and we need parents and carers who are involved to give their views, both good and bad, so that we can positively shape how we deliver and develop services in the future.

“The ultimate goal of this evaluation is to help our children and young adults with SEND needs, as well as their families and support networks.”

Participation in the evaluation is completely voluntary and those who contribute will be given complete anonymity.

The evaluation is expected to be completed before April and a final report will be shared widely and posted on the local offer.

To find out more email public.health@sefton.gov.uk.

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