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Coastal Road plays starring role in Sky series

A stretch of the Coastal Road in Southport will be closed to facilitate filming a popular Sky Atlantic series.

Diversions will be in place between the Shore Road roundabout in Ainsdale and Weld Road roundabout in Birkdale from 10am-midnight on Monday, April 8.

The temporary closure is to enable further filming of the second series of Das Boot which is currently taking place across the Liverpool City Region.

Sefton Council works closely with the Liverpool Film Office to help promote ‘film friendly Sefton’ and all the opportunities the borough has for film and production companies.

A spokesman for Sefton Council said: “We work really hard to help facilitate filming requests right across the borough which often portray the natural beauty of the area, or highlight local attractions and destinations.

“Often film crews may base themselves in the borough and employ local actors or support staff, which contributes to the local economy.

“We hope this temporary closure for just one day will cause minimum disruption on the Coastal Road and look forward to seeing Sefton and the wider Liverpool City Region positively portrayed in the next series of Das Boot.”

Gallop into Sefton after the Aintree Grand National

Visitors to the Aintree Grand National Festival should bet on an odds-on favourite and enjoy all that beautiful Sefton has to offer!

Once the racing has ended for the day, thousands of festival-goers are set to saddle up and check out the mane attractions throughout the borough.

A spokesman for Sefton Council said: “Hear it from the horses’ mouth! Sefton is the place to be during the Aintree Festival weekend and we encourage all race-goers to explore our wonderful borough.

“From 22 miles of golden sands, the beauty of Formby’s National Trust pinewoods and the iconic Iron Men in Crosby, Sefton has it all.

“Visit Ainsdale and Birkdale beach to see the shores where Grand National hero Red Rum honed his skills then relax along Southport’s Lord Street shopping boulevard and the resort’s fine bars and restaurants.

“Take in the fantastic exhibitions at the Atkinson before a canter through Formby woods and dinner on Waterloo’s South Road to sample foods of the world.

“Finish off with a photo or two of our incredible Another Place – 100 spectacular cast-iron, life-size figures by Anthony Gormley spread across three miles of the foreshore and stretching almost one kilometre out to sea.

“Sefton is definitely the odds-on winner for a great day out.”

For more suggestions and ideas on where to visit and what to see in Sefton, visit the council’s instagram @sefton_council.

Advice for Aintree and Maghull residents ahead of Aintree Festival

Police are encouraging residents in Aintree and Maghull to contact their neighbourhood policing team with any issues or concerns they have ahead of the Aintree Festival which gets underway next Thursday (4 April).

The event runs across three days from Thursday, April 4 to Saturday, April 6 and with more than 150,000 race-goers set to attend, the community’s dedicated neighbourhood officers want to make sure residents experience minimal disruption.

Community officers will speak to residents living in some of the busiest streets around the racecourse to let them know who they can contact if they experience any problems with issues such as car parking, litter and anti-social behaviour during the event. Letter drops will also be carried out in the local area.

Despite the large crowds attending the festival, the vast majority of race-goers have a safe and enjoyable day and a multi-agency operation involving police officers from across the Force will once again aim to ensure this year’s event is no different.

Community Inspector Duncan Swan said: “Firstly, I would like to say how grateful we are year after year to the local residents for their co-operation and patience throughout the Aintree Festival. Thousands of visitors attend each year and have a great time and I am sure this year will be no different.

“We recognise that large numbers of people can have an impact on the local community and I want to reassure people that, as well as the policing operation for the event itself, my community team will be there to address any concerns residents may have.

“I would urge any local residents who may have experienced problems in previous years, or have any concerns about the upcoming festival to please get in touch. We are determined to ensuring the event runs smoothly and is enjoyable for all.”

Aintree and Maghull residents can contact their neighbourhood team by sending an email to B.Community.Hub.1@merseyside.police.uk.

Have your say on Formby’s Neighbourhood Plan

Residents in Formby and Little Altcar are being invited to have their say on the future of where they live.

Both Parish Councils have jointly worked on the creation of the Formby and Little Altcar Neighbourhood Plan which, when finalised, would shape the future housing, infrastructure, health and environmental aspects of the area.

A consultation is now running until May 15, 2019 to allow both residents and other interested parties to have their say on the Neighbourhood Plan.

Such schemes were introduced in 2011 to provide a powerful set of tools for residents to easily shape the future development of their respective communities.

Once adopted, Neighbourhood Plans are then used to help determine any planning applications which are put forward in the area.

Residents can view the proposed Formby and Altcar Neighbourhood Plan at Formby Library, Duke Street, Formby or at Magdalen House, Trinity Road, Bootle.

It is also available to view via www.sefton.gov.uk/neighbourhoodplanning

All comments should be made in writing via email on neighbourhoodplanning@sefton.gov.uk or by post at Local Plan Team, Magdalen House, 30 Trinity Road, Bootle, L20 3NJ.

Grand National travel advice: What you need to know

Sefton is once again preparing to welcome thousands of visitors to the borough as part of the three day Aintree Grand National Festival, which starts next Thursday (April 4).

The local authority is one of the many agencies that will help thousands of festival goers get to and from Aintree Racecourse as smoothly as possible this week.

Working alongside Merseyside Police, Merseytravel and several other partners, the Council’s traffic management team helps coaches, cars, limousines and even horse boxes get to the right place at the right time.

They also help residents who aren’t attending the festival, and businesses who are potentially affected by it, to go about their daily business with as little disruption as possible.

A number of diversions and traffic management measures will be in place throughout the festival’s three days (Thursday, April 4 – Saturday, April 6) including temporary closures.

Residents who are not attending the festival are advised to avoid the A59 Ormskirk Road from Switch Island through to the Black Bull junction.

Ormskirk Road, as well as Park Lane between Bridle Road and Ormskirk Road, will be closed between 4pm and 9pm on all three festival days. Heavy traffic is expected on the A59 from 10am – 2pm.

During the closure, traffic will be diverted via Switch Island, Dunningsbridge Road, Netherton Way and Southport Road.

A spokesman for Sefton Council said: “Every year the Aintree Festival brings thousands of racegoers, tourists and visitors to our beautiful borough and once again all eyes will be on Sefton as the home of incredible international events.

“We are working closely with partners to help keep the borough moving during the festival and to keep disruption to a minimum.

“People wishing to attend the race meeting itself are encouraged to use the Merseyrail network and alight at Aintree station.

“After racing finishes on both Friday and Saturday buses will be operating from Park Lane into Liverpool City Centre and we would ask visitors who are in the region for a number of days to try and explore our wonderful borough even further.”

The festival has an excellent record of deterring crime and anti-social behaviour and the force has been working with the racecourse and the Jockey Club, local councils, Merseytravel and other partners to plan the event with public safety as a priority.

As a result, racegoers should expect to undergo a series of security checks, including bag and transport searches and badge checks. Only pre-booked vehicles will be allowed onto the Aintree site and there are restrictions on parking around the course which will be rigorously enforced.

Event Commander for Merseyside Police, Superintendent Louise Harrison said: “Year upon year, the Aintree festival is a fantastic occasion and a real opportunity to showcase everything great about Merseyside. It continually attracts hundreds of thousands of people- and TV viewers- from across the world and I have no doubt that this year’s festival will be no exception.

“We want people to have a safe and enjoyable time and make sure their day at the races is memorable for all the right reasons, so we are offering some tips and advice to ensure everybody’s day out runs smoothly.”

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