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August Bank Holiday: All You Need To Know In #MySefton

Thousands of people are expected to visit beautiful Sefton this Bank Holiday weekend (August 23-26) and we’ve put together a list of helpful tips to make the most out of the borough.

Transport

People are strongly advised to plan their journeys as roads are expected to be much busier than normal and we are urging as many people as possible to consider using  public transport where available.

There is some planned disruption to rail services on Saturday August 24 due to strike action. For more information about train times please visit Merseyrail’s website.

If you are driving through #MySefton, make sure you plan ahead and allow extra time for your journeys and some queues can be expected.

Shopping

A visit to Sefton is not complete without sampling the shopping and restaurant delights of the borough.

After taking in the fantastic sights each day, why not explore the fantastic array of shops, restaurants and bars which Sefton has to offer?

From the quaint and quirky offerings of Wesley Street and Lord Street in Southport to the hustle and bustle of South Road, Sefton has it all.

The borough’s nightime scene comes alive after 6pm with an array of wine bars, bespoke beer shops and clubs, while Sefton is also renowned for its tasty restaurants and thirst quenching bars.

Beaches

There are no planned beach car parking closures in place. Click here to find out more about beach car parking throughout the remainder of 2019.

Please note that BBQs and drones are banned on our coastline for safety reasons.

Rubbish

Sefton is home to many beautiful and picturesque spots and we want to keep it that way. We actively encourage both visitors and residents alike to make sure they are responsible for their own rubbish and dispose of it in a sensible manner.

If you cannot find a bin to dispose of your rubbish responsibly, please take it home with you.

 

Sefton welcomes sentencing of unlicensed Netherton dog breeder

Sefton Council has welcomed the sentencing of an unlicensed dog breeder from Netherton after an investigation by the borough’s Trading Standards team.

Lawrence Moran of Chapel Lane, Netherton pleaded guilty to breeding dogs without a licence after 44 dogs, including several puppies, were found at his home address in December 2018.

Further investigations by Sefton Council’s Trading Standards team uncovered that Moran, 31, has also been responsible for at least 17 litters and 49 puppies in 2018.

He was just sentenced at Sefton Magistrates court (Friday, August 16) following a guilty plea to the offence of breeding dogs without a licence.

Moran was sentenced to 120 hours unpaid work and ordered to pay fines and costs totalling £4985.

Cllr Paulette Lappin, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regulation & Compliance, said: “This is a fantastic result following months of hard work by our Trading Standards team.

“We had previously warned the defendant about unlicensed breeding following allegations by concerned members of the public however our concerns continued and a warrant was issued.

“What our team uncovered was a dog breeding enterprise on a massive commercial scale. This kind of illegal operation makes it almost impossible to make sure animal welfare standards are met and often the well-being of puppies are put way behind profit.

“We will continue to act on any information we receive regarding illegal trading practices and we hope this case serves as a stark warning to others.”

More information regarding dog breeding licences and how to apply can be found via www.sefton.gov.uk

To report an unlicensed breeder contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 0345 040506.

Sefton Council asked to fell diseased tree on Chapel Lane, Formby

Sefton Council has been contacted by Formby Parish Council and requested to fell a diseased tree in the village.

The horse chestnut tree, located outside Cassidys on Chapel Lane, was earmarked to be removed last year for the health and safety of the local community.

 As part of a compromise, Sefton Council asked Formby Parish Council to agree to a number of conditions and allowed them to carry out further works on the tree in the hope of saving it.

Unfortunately, the Parish Council has since contacted Sefton Council’s Tree and Woodland Team asking them to now remove the tree.

A spokesman for Sefton Council said: “Last year an independent report was carried out for the Parish Council highlighting how this tree was diseased with bleeding canker and the usual way of dealing with this is by felling it.

“However, after ongoing discussions with Formby Parish Council, they agreed to a number of conditions where they would carry out maintenance work to mitigate the immediate risk and try and save the tree.

“Sadly, this has not worked and their arboriculturist has stated that the tree needs to be felled so we will now start the process to remove it. We have been in contact with ward members in the village and will liaise closely with Formby Parish Council to move this forward.

“Our priority is and always will be the safety of residents and visitors to Formby village.”

Cllr Bob McCann, Chairman of Formby Parish Council, added: “Of the remaining trees identified by Sefton Council for felling, this particular tree has always been the weakest. Our tree specialist from Cumbria, who we contracted to survey and undertake some remedial work to try and save the trees, said at the outset that this tree was the least healthy and his inspection this year confirmed that this tree had failed and would not recover.

“However, we are still trying our best with the remaining three horse chestnuts. They were injected this year with nutrients and action will be taken in September to try to fortify and protect them. We will always listen to the community and the presentation of a 4,500 signature petition, asking us to protect the trees as much as possible, has given us this particular focus.”

A tree removal notice has been issued and work to remove the tree should start shortly.

Marine Way Bridge to close for routine maintenance works

Routine maintenance works are set to take place on Marine Way Bridge, Southport next month.

The extensive works are scheduled to begin on the bridge, which is now fifteen years old, from Monday, September 9 and take up to three weeks to complete.

In order to carry out the works safely and to allow for access for large equipment, Marine Way Bridge will be closed to all traffic, including pedestrians during weekdays.

However to compensate for increased traffic on weekends, the bridge will be reopened temporarily for both weekends commencing September 14 and September 21.

Diversions will be in place throughout the closure to ensure disruption is kept to a minimum.

Cllr John Fairclough, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Locality Services, said: “The dates for the work have been chosen to take account of school holidays, the Air Show, the Musical Fireworks Championship and the 24 hour Yacht Race.

“The Marine Way Bridge is a vital asset both to our highways network and is the gateway to some of the most beautiful coastline in the North West.

“We have been working closely with our Tourism team and partners to make sure the works take place during a brief quiet period in Southport’s packed events calendar.

“The works will start following the end of the Southport Air Show and we are confident they will be completed before the British Musical Fireworks Championships on September 27-29.

“However if bad weather delays any works, the bridge will be opened during that weekend to accommodate visiting traffic.”

A diversion route will be in place to direct traffic across Marine Lake and advanced signs on Marine Drive at the North and South will allow motorists to choose their preferred route to the East or West of Marine Lake.

For more information about road closures across the borough please visit www.roadworks.org

Sefton’s Graham pens first book to help Alder Hey children

A Sefton Council officer is marking a new chapter as he realises a lifelong dream of becoming a published author.

Graham Parry, a Strategic Housing officer for the local authority, has published his first ever book, ‘Alder’, about a boy who, while sick in hospital, is able to travel through a passage he has drawn on the hospital room wall to a magical world, called “Alder”, where he encounters all kinds of adventures.

Proceeds from each sale of ‘Alder’ will go towards Alder Hey Hospital in Aintree.

The Liverpool  born author, 43, who now lives in Melling said that he couldn’t wait for children to read and enjoy his book, saying: “the idea for the story came to me when I awoke from a sleep one night and all the details of the story were clear right from the start!

“This is my first attempt at a writing book and I am delighted that some of the proceeds from each sale will go to supporting the brilliant and important work of Alder Hey.

“For any parent of a poorly child in Merseyside, having such a fantastic institution as Alder Hey on our doorstep is so comforting – I am happy, in my small way, to be able to help them.”

“I would also like to thank my incredibly supportive colleagues at the Council while I was writing ‘Alder’ and I am touched that copies will be available across our Sefton library network.”

Graham was recently invited to Alder Hey to launch his new book, before hosting a special reading of ‘Alder’ at Formby Library. 

Copies are available to buy at local bookshops, Alder Hey Hospital and online via www.blossomspringpublishing.com.

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