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Appeal following burglary for superbikes in Southport

Police are issuing images of two bikes stolen in a burglary in Southport yesterday, Monday 25 March.

At some time between midnight and 6am, two off-road Supermoto bikes were stolen from the garage of a house in Marshside, Southport.

The bikes are both pictured, and enquiries are ongoing to establish their movements and where they are being stored.

Community Policing Inspector Graham Fisher said: “We believe that this was a targeted burglary for these high-powered bikes, which could now be used in crime and anti-social behaviour in our communities.

“Please help us find those responsible by coming forward with what you know, any sightings or dashcam and home CCTV which shows them in the area.

“We will act on all information provided to ensure that those involved are brought to justice and the streets made safer from the harm that the illegal use of off-road bikes causes.”

Anyone with information can contact @MerPolCC, call 101 with reference 19100133032 or contact @CrimestoppersUK anonymously on 0800 555 111. Follow our local @SeftonPolice Facebook and @MerPolSouthport on Twitter for the latest appeals, updates and crime prevention advice in your area.

Have your say on potential housing developments in Southport

A consultation has now begun to gauge residents views over two proposed housing developments in Southport and Ainsdale.

Sefton Council are asking for residents in the Rufford Road area of Crossens and the Meadow Lane area of Ainsdale to give their views on potential builds.

Two sites, at Bartons Close, Southport and Meadow Lane, Ainsdale have been identified as areas for potential future development.

The proposed development at Bartons Close would consist of approximately 30 homes while Meadow Lane would consist of approximately 49 homes.
Both sites have already been identified as part of Sefton Council’s Local Plan as areas for potential future housing developments.

Now residents in those areas are being asked to give their views via public consultation ahead of any planning proposals being submitted for consideration.

Residents have until March 30 to give their views in writing or via email on either proposal, as well as the opportunity to attend drop-in sessions in their local area to discuss any concerns with both Sefton Council and project agents GL Hearn.

Drop-in sessions will take place at:

  • Meadow Lane: Monday March 25 from 5pm-8pm at Woodvale Community Centre, Meadow Lane, Ainsdale.
  • Barton Close: Tuesday March 26 from 5pm-8pm at St John CofE Primary School, Rufford Road, Crossens.

Letters have already been sent out to residents who are directly affected by the proposals but all views are welcomed.

To submit your views on the proposals please email project agains GL Hearn via sefton.info@glhearn.com or write to GL Hearn (Capita), The Observatory, 8th Floor, The Observatory Chapel Walks, Manchester, M2 1HL.

Both consultations run until Saturday March 30.

View the design document for Bartons Close here.

View the design document for Meadow Lane here.

 

Sefton Council Plans Pleasureland Partnership

Exciting plans for a multi-million pound transformation of Pleasureland in Southport are underway with the signing of a strategic partnership between Sefton Council and Norman Wallis.

Sefton Council and Pleasureland owner, Norman Wallis, are delighted to announce today (March 21) their agreement to work in partnership on the transformation of the site in the popular resort.

A letter of intent has been signed which paves the way for both partners to work together to deliver a unique tourist attraction to support economic growth and deliver positive social outcomes in the town and across the wider borough.

It is hoped over the next 10 years it will see a radical transformation of the site, to deliver new indoor attractions, a revitalised amusement park and a new hotel. This will provide a unique experience for visitors all year round at one of the country’s most celebrated coastal resorts.

Together, Sefton Council and Mr Wallis aim to deliver a vision that is expected to support the creation of up to 1,000 new jobs over 10 years in the town, as well as adding more than £25million to the local economy each year.

The partnership will form part of the strategic vision for Southport’s tourism offer, which will include a range of projects across the areas adjacent to the site. This includes ongoing work on Southport Pier, The Southport Townscape Heritage Project which aims to enhance the quality and strength of the linkages between the town centre and the seafront and Sefton Council bidding for the Future High Street Fund for a Southport project.

Cllr Ian Maher, Labour leader at Sefton Council, said: “We have a great deal of respect for Norman Wallis, and for what he has done on the site and across Southport over the last decade.
“We are really enthused about the opportunity to work in partnership to deliver a project that will generate significant social and economic value for the town and for the wider borough.
“Today is all about an agreement to work together for the future with the Council lending full support to Norman.
“This vision aligns with the Liverpool City Region’s objectives for the tourism sector, and would help the positioning of the region on the national and international scene.
“The partnership will help support the delivery of a first-class customer experience for visitors and the eventual transformation will have significant knock-on effects for the town centre and Sefton as a whole.
“Our contribution to this success will also generate long-term and sustainable financial returns that can be reinvested in delivery of services across the borough.”

The vision also includes a museum to celebrate the heritage and the tourism element of the town. Mr Wallis’ family has been active on the site, and in Sefton’s tourist industry for more than 120 years, and this partnership aims to celebrate and continue that relationship.

Norman Wallis, Pleasureland’s Chief Executive, said: “The Council’s leadership and I share a vision for the site, for the town and for the borough that neither of us can achieve alone.
“I am extremely proud of my family’s history in the area for more than a century, and what I have accomplished since 2006, but I am even more excited about what the future holds.
“This is just the beginning of an exciting partnership that will build on the town’s reputation and thrust Southport into the national and international arena as a leading tourist destination.”

 

New euro project success for Bootle-based organisation

A Bootle organisation has added a new European-funded project to its portfolio.

Social enterprise Regenerus – based in the Investment Centre on Stanley Road in the town centre – is the lead partner in the Unravel Tomorrow initiative, working alongside organisations in Portugal, Denmark, Italy, Germany and Latvia.

This is the fourth project funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union that Regenerus has been involved with in recent years.

The objective of Unravel Tomorrow is to learn from – and connect up – the social innovators, entrepreneurs and activists who are developing new products and services, and new ways of working, to shape a better future.

It builds on the success achieved by the same partners with the previous Tomorrow’s Land project, which explored how social innovation and the collaborative economy could help to achieve positive social change and ultimately a more inclusive society.

The focus of these new ways of working is on creating solutions that are more effective, efficient, sustainable or just. And in addition, when value is created, that it should benefit a community or society as a whole, rather than simply generating profits for owners or shareholders.

Building on Tomorrow’s Land, the new project will take things a stage further by producing physical and virtual materials, and arranging workshops and conferences, that will link aspiring change makers with the skills, resources and perspectives that will enable them to ‘Unravel Tomorrow’.

Partners are currently busy conducting in-depth interviews with more than 30 pioneers from across Europe, who are creating new ways of working, to learn from best practice initiatives and gather their insights into possibilities for the future. The results will be captured in the ‘Faces of Tomorrow’ catalogue.

And in May Regenerus will host an international learning experience for aspiring social entrepreneurs from across Europe, showcasing some of the best of the social economy across Liverpool City Region.

Ruth Livesey of Regenerus commented: “After developing a very good relationship with our European partners on Tomorrow’s Land we’re delighted to be working with them again on this new project.

“It’s very exciting to be providing support at an international level that can help pioneer social innovators to get their new projects off the ground.”

Freshfields Rescue host pub quiz double-header to celebrate 40th birthday

Freshfields Animal Rescue is continuing its mammoth 40th birthday celebrations with two charity pub quizzes in April.

As part of the yearlong commemoration of the much loved animal rescue shelter, Freshfields have teamed up with a Southport pub quiz host for a double header of trivia and game nights in April.

Oragnisers are hoping the quiz nights, hosted at the Freshfields Pub, Formby and Kokomo Wine Bar, Southport will raise much needed funds to help abandoned, abused and unwanted animals who have been rescued by the shelter.

Naomi Clarke, Community Fundraiser at Freshfields Animal Rescue Centre, said: “Everyone loves a good quiz and we’re inviting everyone to come down to either night to tickle your trivia tastebuds and be in with a chance of winning some great prizes!

“They are both guaranteed to be fantastic evenings and we are formally laying down the challenge for you to pit your knowledge of pop culture, music and current affairs against some of the finest quiz brains in Sefton – and it’s all for a great cause.

“At Freshfields Animal Rescue the need for our services never stops, and we simply would not have reached our 40th year without the fantastic support of our local communities across Sefton.

“Our quiz host, Ollie Cowan, has been a close friend of Freshfields for some time, and in the spirit of Sefton Council’s ‘Year of Friendship’, this is another brilliant way for us all to come together and change lives for the better.

“Invite your friends, spread the word, and we look forward to seeing you there.”

Ollie, who hosts Jolly Olly’s Quiz Night at Kokomo Wine Bar, Southport every Wednesday evening, said: “The team at Freshfields Animal Rescue do some incredible and selfless work helping animals and I am delighted to be able to play a small part in helping celebrate their 40th birthday.

“We’ll have games, trivia, raffles and lots of prizes to give away so please get your teams together and join us at the Freshfields Pub, Massams Lane, Formby on Friday April 12 and Kokomo Wine Bar on Bold Street, Southport on April 17 from 8pm.”

For more information about both quizzes visit www.facebook.com/jollyollysquiz.

Find out more about Freshfields Animal Rescue via www.freshfields.org.uk

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