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Quarter of a million meals sold in Southport Market’s first year

More than a quarter of a million tasty treats have been served up during Southport Market’s first year of operation.

As the hugely popular venue turns one year old this week, Southport Market’s traders have been tallying up the successes of their first 12 months in business.

Statistics show that 279,400 dishes from around the world have been served up since the Market launched and that over 94,000 thirst-quenching pints have been poured.

Since opening on Thursday 22 July 2021 following a huge refurbishment, the new-look Southport Market on King Street has revitalised the town’s market quarter. This has resulted in new businesses opportunities and investment to the surrounding area.

Southport Market has also been hailed by a number of campaigners for its impressive accessibility provisions – the Market boasts a bespoke Changing Places space which is a fully accessible toilet and changing facility for people with disability needs, as well as multiple points of access for wheelchair users and families with prams.

To celebrate this landmark achievement Southport Market will be holding an all-day Birthday Bonanza throughout Friday 22 July with live music, bouncy castles, soft-play, DJs and a sing-along!

Southport Market’s incredible first year in numbers

• 279,470 dishes served
• 94,588 pints of beer sold
• 9,564 burritos stuffed (Hector’s Mexicana)
• 11,249 Greek gyros wrapped (Pitamu)
• 10,477 portions of poutine created (Down & Oot)
• 22,663 pizza bases fired (600 Degrees Pizza)
• 15,000 portions of French fries topped (Allotment)

Sweeter treats are also available at the Market in the form of baked goods from Cake Corner and fresh ice cream, multiple toppings from Conehead. And for those preferring to buy something high-quality to eat at home, there’s family-run Blackhurst Butchers who have been at Southport Market for nearly 60 years.

As well as being home to food and drink outlets Southport Market also hosts free Thursday evening music events and a weekly, local crafts market that is also held on Thursdays. And, its Extravaganza Room will soon be available to hire for events and parties.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said: “Firstly, I want to say a huge thank you to our staff, our traders and everyone who has visited Southport Market in the last year.

“From the moment we announced our plans to transform the former market into a food & drink hall and community space it was clear there was a real desire and demand for a venue like this in Southport.

“Not only has Southport Market been a success in its own right but it has helped to boost the market quarter area of the town centre and we have seen dozens of new businesses and enterprising traders gravitate towards this hub of excitement.

“It’s not just about the food either – the Market itself and accompanying events space have been a welcome home for a host of different community groups, economic forums, conventions and more.

“This is a very exciting time for Sefton and Southport, and we continue to look at all opportunities for regeneration to benefit our communities.”

Ross Perkins of Canadian themed Down & Oot said: “Since opening Down & Oot last July we are really proud of the business that we have grown.

“We have brought new and exciting cuisine to Southport and our speciality Canadian poutine has been a huge hit.”

Dan Johnson of 600 Degrees Pizza added: “Our unit in Southport Market has allowed us to build on our growing brand and we have seen plenty of regular customers come through our doors to get their pizza fix which is really satisfying as a small business and we appreciate all of the loyalty.”

Southport Market’s First Birthday Bonanza begins from 1oam with family fun sessions running until 4pm. From 5pm popular local DJ Mark Pickup and soul sensation Dave Broe will continue the party atmosphere into the night with live music and more.

Southport Market is open 10am to 10pm Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 am to 11pm Fridays and Saturdays and from 10 am to 6pm on Sundays.

All the details about the Market are at


Sandway Homes launch first Ainsdale show homes

A show home at the Sandy Brook developmentSefton Council’s own housing company has hit a major milestone with the official launch of its first walk-in showhome at its flagship Ainsdale development.

Children from local primary school Kew Woods joined dignitaries to celebrate the launch of Sandway Homes’ flagship housing development at Sandybrook, Ainsdale recently.

Sandway is the local authority’s wholly owned housing company which is currently working on delivering 141 homes across three sites in the Borough, many of which will be affordable housing for local families.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, was joined by the Mayor of Sefton Cllr Clare Carragher and pupils from Kings Meadow Primary School to cut the ribbon on Sandybrook’s stunning on site showhome.

The three show homes at Meadow Lane are open between 10am and 3pm, Friday, Saturday and Sunday and by appointment on Monday to Thursday.  The showhome at the Hey Farm Gardens development is to view by appointment. 

You can find out more  about the Sandy Brook development and arrange a visit to the showhome here.

The event was also attended by Sandway’s partners including Homes England, Main Contractor Barnfield and Together Housing Association, who have acquired 15 affordable homes at the Ainsdale scheme.

The development is located on land next to Ainsdale’s Meadow Lane on the former site of St. John Stone R.C. Primary School.

It takes its name from the adjacent Sandy Brook, one of three watercourses which forms part of the Three Pools Waterway

Cllr Hardy welcomed the launch, saying: “This is a key milestone in Sandway Homes and Sefton Council’s journey into the housing sector and ultimately we aim to have 11,000 new, high-quality homes across the borough by 2030.

“Today’s launch event reaffirms Sefton Council’s commitment to redeveloping brownfield land sites into housing opportunities for our communities and we are keen to ensure a significant amount of these new homes are affordable housing for those trying to get onto the property ladder.

“By delivering attractive, high quality homes housing across the borough, these developments can only enhance Sefton’s quality of place and community.”

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Waste collection update 28/06/2022

Sefton Council would like to provide residents with an update on the current situation regarding green waste collection. Our Waste Collection Crews have been working incredibly hard to clear the backlog.

There remains a small number of green bins still to be emptied that were scheduled for Monday 27th June from the following electoral wards:

  • Netherton & Orrell
  • St Oswalds
  • Ford
  • Litherland

We will be returning to these locations during the week and over the coming weekend to collect any remaining green bins. Residents in those areas are asked to leave their green bins presented for collection.

All bin collections will return to the regular schedule available online from Monday 4th July.

We would like to thank residents for their continued patience during this time.


Waste collection update: 24/06/2022

Sefton Council would like to make residents aware that our waste collection recovery plan continues to progress.

Our Waste Collection Crews will be working hard over the weekend to catch up on outstanding green bin collections in the following areas, with the previous scheduled collection dates as:

Monday 13th June
• Blundellsands Ward
• Manor Ward

Monday 20th June
• Molyneux Ward
• Sudell Ward
• Park Ward
• Netherton and Orrell Ward (Marina Crescent to Sentinel Way)

Residents in those areas are asked to leave their green bins presented for collection.

Green bin collections for any other area not listed will continue from Monday 27th June according to the regular schedule available online.

We understand the frustration caused by recent delays and would like to thank residents for their continued patience during this time.

Splash World Southport on course for 2022 reopening

Splash World in Southport has taken an exciting step closer to reopening after Sefton Council’s Cabinet today approved an additional £270,000 towards essential repair works.

The popular all weather indoor water park, which normally welcomes thousands of families from across the North West of England each year, is on course to reopen later this year, with a provisional target date of October.

Splash World was temporarily closed in December 2019 in order for the building to undergo essential maintenance and refurbishment works.

However due to the COVID-19 pandemic’s huge impact on the construction sector, these works were set back.

Nevertheless during this time Sefton Council utilised the Splash World building to create a specialist SMART testing unit for COVID-19, with the centre playing a pivotal role in keeping thousands of residents and key workers safe from potential infection.

Works resumed in Summer 2021 and are continuing on schedule, with teams working hard towards a provisional target of reopening Splash World in October.

Cllr Ian Maher, Leader of Sefton Council, said: “Today (Thursday, June 23rd) Cabinet approved an additional £270,000 towards the completion of these essential works and I am delighted that we are getting closer to welcoming everyone back to Splash World.

“I would like to take this opportunity to place on record my thanks to our various teams and contractors, who have been working extremely hard to ensure these essential maintenance works have been carried out efficiently and effectively, so that we can all once again don our swimming trunks and enjoy this wonderful all weather facility.

“I’d also like to thank all of our Dunes Leisure Centre users who have remained patient and understanding while potentially noisy works have been carried out adjacent to where they exercise.”

The allocation of £270,000 is subject to approval at the next meeting of Full Council.

An announcement regarding the official reopening date of Splash World Southport will be made in due course.


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