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Festival of Ideas heads for Bootle

New project, backed by Sefton Council, aims to give residents a say in how to ‘build back better’.

Sefton Council has launched a new call for ideas to inspire the ‘Build Back Better’ ethos sweeping the country in the light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The council – Liverpool City Region’s Borough of Culture 2020 – sponsored the project, which is being delivered by maker space and social enterprise Make CIC, and social economy business support community, Kindred.

The ‘Festival of Ideas’ will inspire local people to share ideas related to five themes – ‘making and selling’; ‘food and growing’; ‘music and culture’; ‘health and wellbeing’ and ‘spaces for change’.

Following an initial programme to inspire people to think about their ideas, the organisers will support people to develop their ideas, which are then put forward for a share of a £6k development fund.

Bootle Festival of Ideas will also ask local people what they’d like to see in the area, creating citizen-led impetus for change.

Make co-founder Liam Kelly says:

“Bootle is brimming with ideas and this festival is an opportunity for people to bring their ideas to the table and tell us what ‘build back better’ means. The Coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated challenges faced by our region’s town centres and Bootle is no different. But we firmly believe that the people who live, work and socialise there are the ones who have the ideas to overcome the challenges. Some ideas may benefit from a small starter grant to give it a try! Others may find what they need by coming together to collaborate. We’re looking forward to celebrating everything great about Bootle.”

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said:
“The Festival of Ideas is a unique opportunity, amidst the chaos of the last few months, for Sefton residents to bring about positive changes to their own lives, to their communities and our culture.

“We are a borough that offers it all, Sefton has something for everyone, and this festival is a truly exciting way of bringing people together to talk through ideas and innovations, share opportunities and feel inspired.

“When we first looked in to having a Festival of Ideas, we originally had a very different format in mind. We’ve had to react quickly to rapidly unfolding events and take an entirely new approach to the Festival of Ideas. Similarly we successfully delivered much of our Borough of Culture programme digitally and virtually, and so we’ve taken the learning and applied it here, moving to a digital approach to the festival of ideas too. So, for everyone staying safe at home, you can still get involved as we’ll be presenting a programme of
live-streamed events via Zoom.”

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said:
“Sefton is known for its entrepreneurial and enterprise culture, and is home to businesses of all sizes, from international organisations and small start-ups to social enterprises and community organisations. Our objective with the Festival of Ideas is to enhance Sefton’s  reputation as a borough of ideas and innovation.

“Working with Make CIC we will be hosting a series of online events over a whole month from 2nd September to the 2nd October, with further events and exhibitions in the planning following that.

“With five key focus areas covering very real issues and challenges such as health in our local communities, or transforming unused buildings and forgotten spaces, to inspiring a new generation of artists, musicians and poets, the festival provides opportunities for Sefton
residents to share concepts, swap insights and trade opinions.

“We want to champion the next big things and help local people get new ideas off the ground, so they can seize new opportunities to make a positive difference to our beautiful borough.”

Festival of Ideas was run in Wirral in 2017, supporting a number of projects across the borough which have grown and developed into businesses, including Future Yard, Origami Pulse, and the Make Hamilton makerspace.

Residents can engage with the project in the first instance by signing up for one of six introductory sessions. More details are available on the Make Liverpool website: makeliverpool.com

For more information, please contact Make CIC on 0151 601 8665 or by email: hello@makeliverpool.com

Exciting plans to transform Southport Market

Exciting plans to transform Southport Market into a unique food and drink offer are set to be presented to Sefton Council’s formal Cabinet next week (Thursday, September 3).

The report will recommend the incredible £1.4 million redesign and refurbishment of the town centre market site, creating a modern food and drinks space, along with a flexible events and market area.

The new look market will be an all year round attraction with space for up to eight delicious food and drinks units, providing a vital boost to the local economy and continued regeneration of Southport’s market quarter and King Street.

Units will also be available for fresh produce stalls, including the popular Blackhurst Butchers, with all traders being offered turnover rental agreements to ensure low risk to their business.

Funding for the project has already been successfully secured from both the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and the Southport Town Deal acceleration fund.

If the plans are approved by Cabinet, it is hoped work will begin on the exciting project in late 2020.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, welcomed the latest stage of the project, saying: “We know just how much of an important asset Southport Market is to the town.

“This ambitious and exciting project is a cornerstone of what the Southport Town Deal is all about and securing additional external funding to completely transform the building shows real commitment from Sefton Council.

“We fully understand the impact consumer habits and demand has on historical indoor markets and there is a clear need to ensure this impressive venue evolves into a modern and stunning food and drinks space.

“This project will create fantastic opportunities for new business start ups and job creation, and we have shown our full commitment to helping these businesses to grow by implementing a turnover rental model.

“We are extremely excited to see the project progress even further and we have been delighted at the wealth of positive feedback and support we have received from residents and businesses so far for this transformation.”

Due to an already high demand from prospective new food operators and fresh produce businesses, all potential traders should contact tourism@sefton.gov.uk to find out more information.

Sefton launches new schemes to support the Hospitality Sector

Sefton Council has been given additional funding to support the safe reopening of its high streets and other commercial areas to help support the hospitality sector.

The funding will help support the Sefton business community, with measures that enable safe trading in public places.

As part of this project, Sefton Council is looking to extend the pavement areas outside local businesses, especially where the pavement area is limited.

By using the parking bays, this will allow for social distancing where it would be difficult to do so otherwise, whilst still having consideration for all users of the highway, especially those with disabilities.

The two main areas where this will be implemented are Coronation Walk & Union Street Southport as we want to focus on our local high streets.

The Council has already implemented the road closure on Court Road from The Grand Casino to Union Street, helping businesses in this area increase their trading and to add life and character back into the local area.   

The area will also be enhanced with planters which have been designed, built and installed by the Southport Flower Show to create an attractive area for customers to use.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills said: “We understand how all businesses have been impacted by Covid-19, none more than the hospitality sector.

“We have been working with businesses over the last few weeks to ensure they could open safely while we all play a part in keeping residents and visitors safe.

“These new initiatives will help us achieve this and at the same time help these independent businesses trade successfully over the next few weeks.

“A lot of the infrastructure being used has been designed and made by The Southport Flower Show again showing how we can and will support local businesses.

“We do hope these initiatives are a great success and we will continue to look at other areas.”

Lisa Mendi, Local business owner (Bistro Bar Med and Medhito Cuban Latin lounge on Coronation Walk) said: “We are so happy to be able to now offer our customers outside seating.  Thanks to Sefton Council who have made this all possible, we are absolutely delighted. 

“All our lovely customers old & new will now be able to enjoy their Tapas from Bistro Bar Med sat outside whilst sipping sangria. 

“Then continuing their evening listening to the delights of chilled Latin beats & enjoying some cocktails whilst being outdoors (please check our Facebook page for other nights.)”

The council have also adopted a new temporary pavement licence process, a streamlined consent route to allow businesses to obtain a licence to place temporary furniture, such as tables and chairs, outside cafes, bars and restaurants quickly.

If any other businesses are interested in how this project may be able to assist, please contact the Sefton Tourism Department on Tourism@sefton.gov.uk or to apply for a temporary pavement licence visit: www.sefton.gov.uk/parking,-roads-travel/temporary-pavement-licence.aspx

 

New temporary pavement licence to support Sefton Businesses

Sefton Council appreciates that the hospitality sector has been particularly hard hit by the restrictions put in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As businesses are now starting to re-open, due to limited space and to implement the Government’s social distancing measures, many cafes, restaurants and bars may wish to use outdoor seating areas to allow customers to safely sit and eat and drink 

The council have adopted a new temporary pavement licence process, a streamlined consent route to allow businesses to obtain a licence to place temporary furniture, such as tables and chairs, outside cafes, bars and restaurants quickly and for a fee of no more than £100.00.

The temporary measures can be extended up to the end of September 2021, with no requirement for planning permission during this period. The measures also provide automatic extensions to the terms of on-sales alcohol licences to allow for off-sales.

Cllr John Fairclough, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Locality Services said: In response to new Government legislation, the council have adopted a Pavement Café Policy to Support local businesses as they recover from this Pandemic. 

“These new ‘pavement licences’ will allow businesses selling food and drink to obtain permission to place tables and chairs on the public highway outside their premises, whilst still having regards for all users of the highway, especially those with disabilities. 

“These measures will help ease some of the legislative requirements concerning planning and licensing, while social distancing guidelines remain in place.

“It’s important we can support Sefton businesses as we want our high street to bounce back from the effects Coronavirus. 

For more information on the application and how to apply visit: www.sefton.gov.uk/parking,-roads-travel/temporary-pavement-licence.aspx

Government guidance (Business and Planning Bill 2020).

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/pavement-licences-draft-guidance

 

Information to help Sefton businesses report and manage COVID-19

Sefton Council is reminding the Borough’s businesses that Action Cards containing information about how to report and manage a potential COVID-19 outbreak are now available online.

The Action Cards guide business owners and managers through the three steps of how to Identify, Report and Respond and are specific to each type of business or location. They have been designed to be printed or downloaded for businesses and organisations to keep on-hand and can be found at

Advice about identifying a COVID-19 outbreak, reporting it and working with the local Health Protection Team to manage the response is included in the Action Cards, which can be found at www.sefton.gov.uk/action-cards.

Developed by the NHS Test and Trace service, the online guides provide specific advice for a wide range of business and venue types. The business types and locations covered so far are:

  • Arts Heritage & Cultural venues
  • Campsites & Caravan Parks
  • Cinemas, Theatres and Comedy & Music venues
  • Construction and other outdoor work
  • Domestic Abuse refuges
  • Dress fitter, Tailors and Fashion Designers
  • Entertainment and Holiday Resorts
  • Hairdressing, Barbershops and Beauty & Nail salons
  • Homelessness and Rough Sleeping accommodation
  • Hotels and other guest accommodation
  • Manufacturing of food and other Large Processing Plants
  • Places of worship
  • Restaurants, Pubs, Bars, Cafes and Takeaways
  • Shops and branches
  • Spas, Sports & Massage Therapy and Wellbeing
  • Tourist attractions

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills said: “I have been pleased to see businesses across the Borough being able to re-open and start to get back on their feet but I know it is not easy for them to know just how to implement the complicated but vital guidelines designed to keep employees and customers safe or what to do if they suspect an outbreak.

“These Action Cards which are available on the Council’s website are tailored to meet the circumstances of a wide range of businesses and organisations and provide step-by-step instructions that explain where to get help and support to contain an outbreak should one occur.”

The Action cards also contain general guidelines about prevent the spread of COVID-19, what information a local Health Protection Team may require. They also suggest the types of measures that may have to be put in place, such as enhanced hygiene, handwashing and cleaning regimes, the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), rapid testing and tracing and the reduced use of shared spaces.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing said: “Although businesses and other locations are opening up again, coronavirus is still very much with us and it is important that they report any signs of an outbreak as soon as possible and work with local health teams to prevent it spreading and endangering vulnerable members of the community.

“These Action Cards are a useful tool to help them do that.”

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