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Bootle lights up blue to honour NHS heroes

Sefton Council has lit up one of its civic buildings in the colours of the NHS to send a message of support to the countless health staff who are working tirelessly to fight the COVID-19 outbreak.

Bootle Town Hall was bathed in blue lights this evening (Thursday, March 26) joining hundreds of other civic buildings across the UK following the viral ‘Clap For Our Carers’ campaign.

The Oriel Road facade of the building proudly displayed the colours of the NHS to reiterate the overwhelming level of support, thanks and thoughts for our hard working frontline health staff

Cllr Ian Maher, Leader of Sefton Council, said: “Our appreciation for the thousands of people in our borough working for the NHS, as well as those across the UK is endless.

“Now more than ever we are indebted to their tireless service and support they are giving to our residents during these unprecedented times.

“Lighting up Bootle Town Hall is only a small token of our massive appreciation for the NHS and we are continuing to do all we can to support our communities and make them as resilient as possible to keep pressure off the NHS.”

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COVID-19: Volunteering support available for vulnerable Sefton residents

Throughout our incredible borough we have seen an amazing community response rise up to help us support our elderly and vulnerable residents during this time.

To support this response, we have been working very closely with Sefton CVS to create a volunteer network to help coordinate and share resources and we encourage all those who are able to help to get in touch with any support you can offer.

The response from Sefton’s voluntary, community and faith sector to the COVID 19 situation has been fantastic and we encourage everyone to keep working together and with CVS and Sefton Council so we all can do our very best for those most in need.

Do you want to be a volunteer?

Anyone who would like to volunteer their time and support to helping the most vulnerable and isolated within Sefton are being asked to speak directly with Sefton Council for Voluntary Services (Sefton CVS). To register your interest to volunteer please click here.

Are you vulnerable or need help?

If you are a vulnerable adult, classified as high risk or severely isolated and need support, please call Sefton Council on 0345 140 0845 or click here.

Have you launched a community group to help your neighbours?

A number of community groups, businesses and neighbourhoods have set up groups and volunteer schemes to help vulnerable people and isolated residents who live in their area. We are currently collating a detailed log of all these groups and if you know of any, please email their details to

Advice on Refuse & Recycling services during self isolation

*Please Note: There is currently a short delay in collecting household waste. Please leave your bins out for collection as usual. Operatives will be working during the weekend to assist in collecting residential waste.*

A spokesman for Sefton Council said: “We have business continuity plans in place to ensure essential services, such as refuse and recycling, continue for our communities.

“We are also utilising members of our street cleansing teams to assist with other refuse collection services.

“We would also like to ask any residents who are self-isolating as a result of COVID-19 to ensure they dispose of any used tissues or hygiene products in a double bag and present it for collection within their grey bins as normal.

“There is no need to arrange for a clinical waste collection for this type of waste.”

Southport looks to future as major conference destination as Southport Theatre and Convention Centre assess redevelopment options

Sefton Council has appointed IPW to appraise long-term investment and redevelopment options for Southport Theatre and Convention Centre (STCC).

IPW will work with Sefton Council to undertake feasibility studies into the future redevelopment of the STCC, which continues to be open for business.

IPW is a specialist sport, venues, entertainment and business events consultancy and have an international profile working on the development of multi-use venues.

STCC is already one of the UK’s largest integrated conference centres, offering 14 flexible event spaces suitable for a variety of events, an award-winning hotel and experience facilities including a 1,631-seat theatre auditorium and casino.

The Theatre has enjoyed a rich history, having hosted stellar names including The Beatles, Johnny Cash, Diana Ross and The Four Tops. In more recent years, crowds at the venue have enjoyed comic talent including Peter Kay and The League of Gentlemen.

Recently Sefton Council agreed to invest circa £1m to carry out essential remedial works to the venue (with dates yet to be confirmed) and will be seeking to further enhance Southport’s standing as a leading conference destination with further investment in STCC.

Bliss Investment Partners have now been appointed on a short-term basis to manage the theatre whilst the council looks for a long-term operator.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said:

“Southport Theatre and Convention Centre is an important part of Southport’s visitor economy and will continue to be an asset in the future.  STCC is due to host a number of large-scale conferences and events in the coming months, including welcoming over 250 delegates from the National Union of Journalists, 400 delegates for the NUS conference in May and last month over 600 delegates attended the Labour Party regional conference, which alone helped to boost the local economy by £500,000.

“With the economic potential that conferences and other events bring it is vital that we continue to support the venue, invest in its future and help unlock Southport’s destination as a major conference destination.”

Robert Agsteribbe, Co-Founder Bliss Investment Partners, said:

“We are delighted to be involved with Sefton, and others, in the planning stage of the reinvention of STCC.  This is a wonderful opportunity to provide a 21st century state of the art building.  When complete we will have a hugely improved experience and, all in all, something which Southport will once again be so very proud of.”

InvestSefton Economic Forum attracts business delegates from across Sefton

Over 100 delegates from businesses across Sefton attended InvestSefton’s Economic Forum at the Vincent Hotel, Southport.

The Forum, which is held twice a year, was chaired by Shirley Hunter, Director of Bootle-based Base Energy Services.  Speakers at the Forum included Brian Sloan, Deputy Agent from the Bank of England, who provided an economic update.  Paul Stowers, from the Department for International Trade (DIT), highlighted DIT’s forward strategy and Matt Parish, Director of the LFC Foundation, explained how local businesses could get involved in the foundation’s work.

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