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Works Starts on New Motorway Junction

Work has just started on a multi-million pound M58 improvement scheme in Sefton.

The project involves the construction of the ‘missing’ slip roads at Junction 1 of the busy motorway, providing a northbound off slip and a southbound on-slip.

As well as improving journey times between Maghull and North Liverpool, it is hoped the scheme will reduce traffic on the A59 and some residential roads and facilitate potential future development in the Maghull area.

Sefton Council received an offer of funding from the Liverpool City Region Local Growth Fund for £5.5m toward the scheme in 2016 which was formally approved a year later at Sefton Council’s Planning Committee.

Early in 2017, Sefton Council appointed John Sisk and Sons to complete the design and construction of the scheme. They appointed Atkins Ltd as their design partner.

Works began on site on May 20 with the early activities include the construction of the site compound and farm access track for the benefit of Guest Farm. Once this exercise is completed, the section of Giddygate Lane parallel to the motorway will be stopped up as per the Order granted in 2018. Works will then be focussed on the earthworks associated with the slip roads.

Cllr John Fairclough, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Locality Services, said: “It’s great news to hear that initial work has started on this important scheme.

“Once complete we believe it will really improve the junction by providing additional slip lane facilities to accommodate all possible traffic movements.

“It will also support commercial and residential development in Maghull, increasing employment and facilitating new, more accessible development helping Sefton remain ‘open for business’.”

Sisk’s Managing Director for UK Civils, Paul Brown, said: “We have been working closely with Sefton Council since early 2017 to design and develop this project. We are delighted that it has now started on site.

“We are committed to delivering this project to a high standard and on time, and will be working with the local communities and stakeholders to ensure we leave a positive legacy.”

If the scheme goes to programme, then the new slip roads should be open and operational by Spring 2020.

Bruce Parker, North West Head of Planning & Development at Highways England, said: “The M58 provides a vital motorway link from Merseyside to connect businesses, families and friends across the north of England and beyond.

“We’re pleased that work has now started on the new slip roads at junction 1, which will help to improve the flow of traffic and provide quicker and more reliable journeys for drivers.”

For more information on the scheme visit www.sefton.gov.uk or follow us on Twitter and Facebook for regular updates and progress. Sisk will provide regular updates on Twitter @M58J1.

Sefton businesses invited to look to the future

Over 100 business leaders from across the city region will attend the latest Sefton Economic Forum to find out how they can expand and plan for future successes.

Hosted by InvestSefton, the summer Sefton Economic Forum and Growth Hub Marketplace will take place at The Park Hotel in Netherton, June 13, 4.30pm – 7.30pm.

Helping local businesses to capitalise on the rapidly growing technology at their fingertips, with a special focus on Artificial Intelligence and how it can work for them.

This event is for businesses only and they need to book a place by contacting Invest Sefton on 0151 934 3452 or by email info@investsefton.com

Sefton’s chip shops batter the competition ahead of National Fish & Chips Day

Fish and Chip shops across Sefton repeatedly batter the competition according to the local authority’s public protection team.

To mark National Fish & Chips Day on Friday, June 7, Sefton Council is celebrating the bream of the crop by highlighting the dozens of five star takeaways which regularly delight hungry residents throughout Sefton.

More than fifty takeaways and restaurants specialising in the British delicacy have been handed a much coveted five star food hygiene rating by the local authority’s Public Protection food safety specialists. 

 

Restaurant assessment takes account a number of factors, including:

  • The structure and cleanliness of the premises
  • Hygiene practices and protocols
  • Confidence in management and systems in place

Cllr Paulette Lappin, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regulation and Compliance, said: “When the chips are down, you can really rely on our dedicated and devoted Public Protection team to tell you were the very best takeaways are.

“In fact more than 70% of all food businesses in Sefton are in the top hygiene category and achieving this rating demonstrates how seriously businesses consider food safety which, in turn, protects their customers.

“Businesses are inspected regularly to ensure that food is being manufactured, prepared and handled in a hygienic and safe manner.

“We have more than fifty 5 star fish & chip shops across Sefton who all serve up a delicious portion of Britain’s favourite comfort food.

“So I encourage you all on this National Fish & Chips Day 2019 to declare Friday night as chippy tea night and enjoy what our wonderful restaurants have to offer.”

For more details about how food hygiene ratings are determined, or to find out the rating of your local takeaway, visit www.food.gov.uk.

Local businesses vote ‘yes’ to renew Southport BID for five years

Southport BID has announced that the investment it brings to Southport and the work that it does in the town will continue for another 5 years. This news comes as a result of local businesses voting ‘yes’ for the continuation of Southport BID (Business Improvement District) for 2019-2024.

Businesses have been voting over the last month, having responded to the results already achieved by the BID and its plans for the future. These include the promotion of Southport, attracting external investment, developing and supporting initiatives to enhance the town, creating events, and championing the issues important to the town’s businesses.

58% of businesses voted in favour of renewing the BID. All businesses in Southport within the BID area and with a rateable value of over £7,000 were entitled to vote in a process managed by the Electoral Reform Service. The ‘yes’ vote means that the levy paid by businesses will see over £2 million invested directly into the town over the next 5 years.

Hugh Evans, CEO of Southport BID, says, “We are delighted that businesses have recognised the difference that having a BID is making in Southport and want our contribution to continue. This will ensure an important economic boost for Southport, which we want to thank the business community for making possible. In developing our plans we consulted with local businesses and will continue to do so as we begin to put these into place and look forward to working them and leading partners in the region in the coming months to do our very best for Southport.”

Robert Uffendell, chair of Southport BID, says, “Southport BID is voice for the business community with a focus upon improving the town for the benefit of those living and working in Southport or visiting the town. The yes vote is wonderful news and we thank all those who are helping and supporting us to move forward with our vision for a stronger, more successful Southport.”

For further information on Southport BID and its plans visit www.SouthportBID.com or contact the Southport BID office on 01704 538 382.

Thousands enjoy delights of 2019 Southport Food & Drink Festival

Thousands of food and drink lovers descended on Southport last weekend to sample the very best that the North West has to offer.

Occasional rain showers did not deter the crowds at Victoria Park between Friday May 31 and Saturday June 2 with hundreds of stalls offering a range of tasty delights and delectable treats to buy.

New additions to the festival this year included Oktoberfest tent, live DJs, added children’s entertainment and a reptile park.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said: “The Southport Food & Drink Festival is a fantastic annual event which benefits the whole town and the wider borough.

“Over the years the festival has evolved into an incredibly huge and diverse event and is now one of, if not the, biggest food festivals in the North West.

“Hundreds of our amazing local traders in Southport are joined each year by some of the finest food and drink producers from across the region in the fantastic setting of Victoria Park. It is a testament to the festival’s incredible popularity that so many people turned out despite the occasional rain shower! With so many people attending the event, the whole of the resort receives a real boost with added footfall right across the town.

“The Food & Drink festival kick starts what is an exciting programme of events for Southport over the coming months with the Air Show and the British Musical Fireworks Championships in September. We look forward to welcoming thousands more visitors for each of these events.”

Sefton welcomes over 8.7 million visitors a year contributing over £518 million to the local economy.

For more information about upcoming events in Southport please visit www.visitsouthport.com.

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