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Arriva to sponsor 2019 Southport Food & Drink Fesival

Foodie fever arrives in Sefton from Friday May 31 to Sunday June 2 with the annual Southport Food and Drink Festival.

And to make the event even better, Arriva North West have just confirmed that they are this year’s headline sponsor!

This is a festival that’s seasoned with all the flavors of the region’s vibrant culinary scene and served in the beautiful setting of the town’s Victoria Park.

People attending the event will be able to travel to the festival via Arriva services across Southport, meaning they are able to enjoy all of the food and drink on offer, without having to worry about driving or parking.

Arriva has recently updated its services in Southport to include contactless payments, helping to make travel to the festival even easier.

The sponsorship of the festival comes as part of Arriva’s wider community work across Southport.

Last year, local residents were actively encouraged to start using public transport to travel to and from matches at Southport FC as part of an ongoing partnership between the football club and the bus company.

Southport Food & Drink Festival is a free event is for all the family, with plenty of entertainment taking place alongside an eclectic mix of food and drink and live music.

There’s an array of street food stalls to choose from serving lots of savory and sweet dishes, an international flavour and healthy as well as vegetarian options.

There will also be a huge variety of food and drink producers from the region, showcasing the very best creations imaginable; from Posh Pots to Retro Shots, herbs and spices, to pies and puddings.

The special Southport FC Arriva bus, One Port, will also be present at the festival over the weekend, giving people the chance to find out more about the partnership and match day travel options.

Tourism Service Manager, Mark Catherall said ‘We have worked closely with Arriva North West to promote Southport for many years. The sponsorship will not only give Arriva a great platform to promote their routes into and around Southport but is also an excellent addition to partnership working.

If you are planning to come to the festival you can leave the car at home, jump the bus, eat good food, soak up the atmosphere and make a day of it.

Talking about the partnership, Arriva North West’s head of marketing, Lisa Pearson, said: “We are always looking for ways to support the local community and we know how important the Food and Drink Festival is to residents and those visiting the local area.

“Our services offer the people of Southport a convenient and comfortable journey, allowing them to relax and enjoy everything the day has to offer.”

Arriva services throughout the rest of Merseyside will be contactless by June 2.

The Southport Food and Drink Festival is from Friday May 31 to Sunday June 2. Entry is free and opening hours are 10am to 6pm.

It takes place in Victoria Park, Rotten Row, Southport, PR8 2BZ. For further information and to plan your day visit: www.VisitSouthport.com

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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.”

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.”

Steve Rotheram announces commission to deliver new station for Liverpool City Centre

Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, has announced the creation of a Station Commission to deliver a new station in Liverpool city centre, to enable the city region’s connection to HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail.

The Commission will be chaired by Professor Denise Barrett-Baxendale, MBE, CEO of Everton Football Club.

Earlier this year, Transport for the North’s Strategic Transport Plan included plans to ensure that Liverpool City Region will benefit from a full connection to both Northern Powerhouse Rail and HS2.

Transport for the North’s strategic plan also recognises the need for a new station to accommodate these 21st century trains and to link HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail in to the city region’s local transport infrastructure.

Speaking about the new Station Commission, Steve Rotheram said: “Connecting the Liverpool City Region to HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail will both cut journey times and increase capacity, boosting our economy by £15 billion.

“In order to make that connection happen we will need a new station in Liverpool city centre, capable of accommodating HS2 trains, NPR trains and linking in with our local transport infrastructure.  Lime Street will simply not be able to cope.

“Building a new station is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to create a gateway to the Liverpool City Region that is fit for the 21st century.

“What we envisage is more than just a station and a world-class transport hub, it has the potential to be a destination in its own right, architecturally stunning and featuring leisure and recreation facilities, commercial, retail, high-quality office accommodation, residential facilities and much more.

“It will provide a world-class welcome to a world-class city region, and will bring hugely significant social and economic benefits for the city region and the whole of the North.

“But of course bringing this kind of infrastructure project to fruition will be enormously challenging, and that is why I have created this Commission, to take forward the work required.  Such a challenge requires first class leadership and so I am particularly pleased that Denise Barrett-Baxendale has agreed to serve as its chair.  Denise brings a wealth of experience and intellectual rigour and I could not have more confidence in her ability to make this happen.”

Professor Denise Barrett-Baxendale, MBE, said: “I am tremendously honoured to have been asked to chair this Commission.  I have no doubt that it will be challenging but with that challenge comes a golden opportunity to create a modern transport hub fit for the city region’s future.”

The Commission will bring together a range of experts from across the worlds of transport, business and the public sector.  Its remit will be to take forward all the key considerations in developing the project such as the size, functions, location and orientation of the station, working with partners on all elements leading towards its development.

A full connection to both Northern Powerhouse Rail and HS2 will reduce journey times between Liverpool and Manchester to around 23 minutes, Liverpool and London to around 89 minutes and will increase both passenger and freight capacity on our rail networks.

This will deliver an economic boost of £15 billion GVA to the Liverpool City Region, with 24,000 new jobs, 11,000 new homes and 3.6 million additional visitors a year.

These figures do not include the direct cost of delivering the scheme and the development, design and construction spend in our city region for the new lines and supporting infrastructure.

That alone is expected to be in the order of a further £6 billion, creating thousands of additional jobs and a massive additional economic benefit to the Liverpool City Region during the construction phase, which will spread over approximately 10 years.

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