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Peckish beach visitors to benefit from further food and drink outlet trials this summer

Image of a previous pop-up undertaken by B-Eat On The Street in Liverpool.
Image of a previous pop-up undertaken by B-Eat On The Street in Liverpool.

From this weekend (Saturday 17th July) visitors to Ainsdale beach will be able to taste-test fish and chips as well as coffee and cakes, as a pop-up food and drink trial begins.

North West based company, B-Eat On The Street, will be offering tasty treats out of two shipping containers located on the corner of Shore Road near the entrance to Ainsdale beach.

The new pop-up is part of a Sefton Council trial to provide more visitor facilities at busy coastal locations. It will run throughout the summer and until late autumn.

In other good news, The Bus Yard will be returning to Crosby Coastal Park later this summer to undertake a second trial following a successful run earlier in the year. This second helping will be served from Monday 9th August until Friday 3rd September.

View of the beach from the Bus Yard at Crosby
View of the beach from the Bus Yard at Crosby

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “These temporary pop-up food and drink offers at Crosby and Ainsdale, are in response to regular feedback from visitors and residents, who feel there are not enough hospitality facilities along our coastline.

“Our Green Sefton officers have organised these trials to explore ways to answer those calls and to offer the best possible experience for all beach users.

“They’ve worked really closely with the local businesses taking part, as well as understanding community concerns about any adverse effects, and from the positive feedback we received from the trial, it seems they’ve got it right.

“Now we’re hoping that the Ainsdale trial will receive a similar response and are urging people to submit their thoughts to the Green Sefton team.”

Feedback can be submitted by email to greensefton@sefton.gov.uk

Alexandra Richardson, B-Eat On The Street, said: “We’re very excited to have been given the opportunity to create a pop-up food offering for Ainsdale beach and we have commissioned two new container conversions. One selling fish and chips and the other is a dessert offering with coffee, crepes and fresh waffles.”

Sefton Council adopted a Coast Plan in 2017 and it recently set out its Coast Visioning Position Statement to bring together much of the hard-work already undertaken over the past four years.

It includes a summary of the Crosby Coastal Park public consultation outcomes and a positive outlook for on-going investment at Ainsdale-on-Sea where a public consultation is now underway. People have until the end of September to take part by going online to www.yourseftonyoursay.sefton.gov.uk 

The Statement also outlines the overall approach to managing the Sefton coast that balances the competing demands of People, Place (nature) and the Economy.

Cllr Moncur added: “If we get this balance right, Sefton’s beautiful coast can become an even greater asset to the Borough while maintaining its unique character.

“By supporting initiatives such as this, we can help create jobs and offer a boost to the local economy as well as enhancing our visitor attractions; really complementing our longer-term vision to get the right offer for everyone while protecting our special landscape.”

Have your say on future improvement and investment at the Ainsdale coast

Sefton Council is urging people to take part in their latest public consultation which sets out its vision for improving and investing in facilities at Ainsdale-on-Sea.

During 2020, an extensive consultation with residents, business owners, visitors and young people took place as part of the now successful Southport Town Deal bid. It was recognised by a large number of respondents that the beachfront at Ainsdale-on-Sea is in need of investment to improve its facilities for residents and visitors alike.

Images of Ainsdale asking for people to take part in a public consultation
Images of Ainsdale asking for people to take part in a public consultation

The consultation will run until 30th September 2021 and asks for views on the wider development of the coastal gateway including the Sands Lake and Hotel area, Toad Hall and Ainsdale Discovery Centre.

It is also an opportunity for residents and regular beach users to offer ideas for how Ainsdale-on-Sea could be improved for all, from better traffic management to projects that would ensure Ainsdale’s rare habitats and species are able to thrive.

The Council has already approved plans for over £350,000 of improvement works to take place in the area. This includes the implementation of a new ‘off beach’ car park to reduce the impact on local communities who have been affected by irresponsible parking in the past. Designs for this are due to be submitted for planning approval next month, with the new car park expected to be open for Easter 2022.

The agreed works also include plans for new toilet facilities, an exciting art installation at Toad Hall, as well as the set-up of a temporary food and drink concession trial which will begin next month. In addition, funding is supporting Seasonal Ranger posts, temporary toilets and rubbish management all in a bid to ease concerns in the area as it prepares for a busy summer season.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “We recognise the need to create high quality visitor infrastructure at a number of access points along the Sefton coast, to drive growth within the visitor economy and provide a high-quality visitor experience. This will also reduce visitor pressure on our coastal communities as well as areas of high conservation value – protecting our special wildlife and landscape.

“Ainsdale-on-Sea has been recognised as one of these key access points and we are keen to hear what our residents would like to see prioritised as we draw up our development plans for the area to compliment the investment already underway.

“People will be able to take part in the consultation through our ‘Your Sefton Your Say’ online survey and we’ll also have staff on the ground throughout the busy summer season capturing the thoughts of the community and visitors.

“Following the consultation, the plan is to start looking at the next stages for development, based on areas of priority. This phased development will realise the potential of Ainsdale-on-Sea and reflect the aspirations, opportunities and constraints associated with this important location.”

People are urged to complete the online survey on the Your Sefton Your Say portal and have until the end of September to take part: https://yourseftonyoursay.sefton.gov.uk/

Clean-up marks start of Sefton allotment consultation

Sefton Council staff and volunteers have come together to give a boost to a Crosby allotment site in the week the Council’s Green Sefton team has launched a new public consultation on the future of the Borough’s allotments.

clean-up day at Crosby’s Scape Lane allotments
clean-up day at Crosby’s Scape Lane allotments

Supported by ten or more of the site’s tenants, Crosby’s 4th Scout leaders and Crosby Rotary, the clean-up day at Crosby’s Scape Lane allotments saw waste removed and plots restored. The first skip was filled in in two and half hours and surplus plant pots have been donated to Green Sefton’s Natural Alternatives scheme at Southport’s Botanic Gardens.

The clean-up comes as Green Sefton begin the consultation to develop a long-term allotments strategy to ensure local residents can get the best out of them.

Current allotment holders, people on the waiting list for an allotment and also the general population are being asked to take part in the questionnaire which can be found on Sefton Council’s Consultation Hub at https://yourseftonyoursay.sefton.gov.uk/ and is open until Friday 13th August 2021. 

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing said: “Allotments have proved themselves to be an invaluable asset for tenants throughout the lockdown, remaining open when other services closed. The Council has been active in the last year in targeting issues on our allotment sites and helping tenants to get some plots back into use as some people have struggled to visit sites owing to being vulnerable to Coivd-19.

Beautiful allotment in Birkdale
Beautiful allotment in Birkdale

“We have supported efforts to remove waste at sites and have been working with Allotment Associations to give a boost to sites in the future.

“We are now launching this consultation, which will help us develop a strategy to maximise the use of allotments and the satisfaction of allotment holders.”

Demand for Sefton’s allotments is high and has grown during the pandemic, which means waiting times for a plot can be long. Uncultivated plots are re-let, and some half-plots have been made available to increase the opportunities for people to get started.

The survey asks users their views on current allotment provision and facilities and people on the waiting list their motivation for wanting an allotment. Feedback will be used to formulate the new 10-year strategy.

Cllr Paulette Lappin, Ford ward Councillor and allotment holder, said: “As well as being very rewarding, allotment gardening can be good for your physical and mental health and your social life. I am pleased to see Green Sefton progressing the development of an Allotments Strategy. I would urge anyone with even the slightest interest to head over to the consultation on our Your Sefton Your Say website and to have their say on growing the future of Sefton’s allotments.”

clean-up day at Crosby’s Scape Lane allotments
clean-up day at Crosby’s Scape Lane allotments

There are 14 allotment sites in Sefton. Some are managed by the Council and others by Allotment Associations. Plots are usually about 250 square metres and cost just £108 per year for rental of a full plot.

Allotment gardeners usually grow vegetables although some cultivate fruit and flowers as well. Allotments can also be used as a leisure garden and tenants can keep chickens and rabbits are allowed. Bees can also be kept on allotments providing the Green Sefton team is informed in advance.

Tenants are expected to visit, maintain and cultivate their plot to a reasonable Standard and inspections are carried out from time to time. Tenants not meeting requirements may have their tenancy terminated.

Time extended to have your say on transport improvements through Sefton’s Maritime Corridor

People across Sefton will now have an extra two weeks to submit their views as part of a Council consultation on proposed improvements to transport links through the Maritime Corridor.

The public consultation will remain open for a further two weeks until Sunday 11th April.

The Maritime Corridor scheme proposes improvement works at five key junctions, as well as enhancements to walking and cycling routes.

Stretching from Switch Island to the Netherton Way (A5038), the Maritime Corridor links Atlantic Park to the wider region. It includes junctions on Ormskirk Road (A59), Dunnings Bridge Road (A5036) and Netherton Way (A5038), as well as the local road network. The Corridor is also key to connecting the Port of Liverpool with the wider region and is a recognised area for potential economic growth by both the Council and the Liverpool City Region.

Feedback from the survey will be incorporated into development plans while funding is sought for the improvements.

As part of the Council’s 2030 vision, all improvement plans for the Borough’s streets and transport networks take into account the need to tackle the wider Climate Change Emergency while improving the health and wellbeing of its residents.

Schemes aim to keep people active and encourage them to think about alternative and green modes of transport that will improve air quality, while at the same time reducing congestion and enhancing access for residents, visitors and businesses alike.

Cllr John Fairclough, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Locality Services, said: “Thank you to everyone who has taken part so far in this consultation. Your views are extremely important and will help us to shape the scheme as it moves forward.

“There’s still plenty of time for people to tell us what they think about the proposed improvement works to key junctions, as well as the enhancements to both walking and cycling routes in the area. The intention is to make it easier to move around and to improve links across the region and beyond, while also including active travel measures that support the health and wellbeing of our communities. It’s also vital that we maintain our commitment to taking positive actions in support of Sefton’s Climate Emergency objectives.

“The consultation, along with maps of the proposed junction improvements and cycle provisions, can be accessed on the Your Sefton Your Say website and will be open until Sunday 11th April 2021.”

Fortnight left to have your say on transport improvements through Sefton’s Maritime Corridor

There’s just two more weeks left for people across Sefton to share their views on Sefton Council’s scheme to improve transport links for all who use the Maritime Corridor.

Stretching from Switch Island to the Netherton Way (A5038), the Maritime Corridor links Atlantic Park to the wider region. It includes junctions on Ormskirk Road (A59), Dunnings Bridge Road (A5036) and Netherton Way (A5038), as well as the local road network. The Corridor is also key to connecting the Port of Liverpool with the wider region and is a recognised area for potential economic growth by both the Council and the Liverpool City Region.

The Maritime Corridor scheme proposes improvement works at five key junctions, as well as enhancements to walking and cycling routes. The public consultation will run until Sunday 28th March 2021 and feedback from the survey will be incorporated into development plans while funding is sought for the improvements.

As part of the Council’s 2030 vision, all improvement plans for the Borough’s streets and transport networks take into account the need to tackle the wider Climate Change Emergency while improving the health and wellbeing of its residents.

Schemes aim to keep people active and encourage them to think about alternative and green modes of transport that will improve air quality, while at the same time reducing congestion and enhancing access for residents, visitors and businesses alike.

Cllr John Fairclough, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Locality Services, said: “We are improving our streets and transport networks throughout the whole of the Borough to support our Sefton 2030 Vision. The intention is to make it easier to move around and to improve links across the region and beyond, while also including active travel measures that support the health and wellbeing of our communities. It’s also vital that we maintain our commitment to taking positive action towards a low carbon transport network and supporting Sefton’s Climate Emergency objectives.

“The scheme around the Maritime Corridor area is just one part of this wider approach which will aim to improve connectivity and reduce congestion, improving air quality and health, while not forgetting the opportunity to unlock the area’s economic potential.

“The planned improvements to junctions and active travel routes for pedestrians and people who cycle are at a very early stage of development, and we would encourage all residents and businesses to use this consultation period to get involved and help to shape the scheme as it moves forward.”

The consultation, along with maps of the proposed junction improvements and cycle provisions, can be accessed on the Your Sefton Your Say website and will be open until Sunday 28th March 2021.

Feedback will be reviewed and considered in the development of the scheme’s next stages.  A report summarising the consultation responses and next stages will be produced and made available on the Council website.

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