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Operation Brookdale – Emergency Services join forces to re-enact scrambler collision for local school children

More than 200 primary schoolchildren descended on Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service’s (MFRS) Training and Development Academy this week as part of a joint initiative aimed at educating young people about the dangers of off-road bikes.

Year 5 pupils from The Grange, St Elizabeth’s, St Phillips, English Martyrs and Lander Road primary schools visited the Storrington Avenue site on Thursday 19th September as part of an action-packed day, organised to help steer young people away from getting involved with the anti-social and illegal use of scrambler bikes.

The event – part of Operation Brookdale – saw pupils witness a re-enactment of a crash involving a scrambler bike, giving them an up-close account of the real dangers the bikes bring.

As well as the emergency services, the young people were visited by special guest Jamie Carragher, who spoke passionately about the need for educating young people about the risks of becoming involved in riding off-road bikes.

Merseyside Police’s Operation Brookdale was first introduced in 2012 as a response to a rise in incidents over the summer months and is now run all year round in partnership with MFRS, National Police Air Service helicopter, local authorities, housing associations, schools and youth groups.

Whilst there has been a reduction in recent years in the number of incidents involving scrambler bikes, the issue remains a top priority.

Merseyside Police Chief Constable, Andy Cooke, said: “The issue of off-road bikes causes nuisance, stress and serious risk to the communities of Merseyside and beyond. We’ve seen serious injuries, lives lost and families devastated.

“What does give us encouragement is the progress made in recent years, with incidents reducing, and we’re seeing seizures and arrests on a daily basis.

“But we’re not complacent, we know that incidents still do happen and can have such a negative impact on those residents affected. Key to our progress now and in the future is educational and early engagement with those who might be at risk of being involved.”

Thursday’s event was the result of partnership working between the police, fire service, Sefton Council and Merseyside Road Safety Partnership.

Chief Constable Cooke added: “Officers across Sefton work particularly close with partners to make young people aware of the potential dangers and help steer them away from getting involved with anti-social and illegal use of bikes, and this accident re-enactment is one of the many projects they have on the go, with the involvement of enthusiastic young people and their schools.

Sefton welcomes successful heritage bid for Southport Town Centre

Sefton Council is delighted to announce it has been successful in a bid to secure additional National Lottery funding for the Southport Townscape Heritage Project.

The National Lottery Heritage Fund has awarded £1.6m to the local authority, who have been working alongside partners at the Southport Business Improvement District (BID).

The new additional funding award will be added to the council’s own contribution of £200,000 into a growing pot that could eventually amass up to £2.5 million for the project.

Sefton Council will use the funding towards property improvements, skills training and community activities within the Southport Townscape Heritage Project (STHP).

The STHP seeks to enhance the character and historical identity of Southport, including:

• The structural repair of historic buildings
• Reinstatement of authentic architectural features
• Educational programmes
• Enhanced use of vacant floor space in historical buildings

Cllr Darren Viedman, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Planning & Building Control, said: “Since our first successful bid, a lot of work has been undertaken to fully develop the project including the adoption of the Conservation Area Management Plan, discussions with building owners, building property surveys and valuations, further public consultation and workshops with project partners.

“This additional funding will go towards our work to enhance the links between Lord Street and the Promenade reducing the vacant and poorly maintained properties and greatly increasing economic activity in these areas.

“The overall project also aims to increase local knowledge and appreciation of Southport’s rich heritage and inspire future generations using specialist educational courses, innovative digital technology and complementary heritage-focused activities.

“We continue to work extremely closely with our partners at Southport BID and the Southport Civic Society as well as target property owners in the town to successfully deliver the scheme.”

David Renwick, National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Director for the North of England, said: “Many of the nation’s collective childhood memories are linked to the British seaside, but in recent years it has been saddening to see some of our coastal towns fall into disrepair.

“As the UK’s largest funder of heritage, here at The National Lottery Heritage Fund, we’re delighted to award a grant that will go towards reversing that decline in Southport and breathe new life into the buildings found in the Lord Street and Promenade Conservation Areas to be enjoyed all-year round.”

For more information about the STHP or to get involved please email Paul.Crowther@sefton.gov.uk or telephone 07971 811753.

To keep up to date with the project and find out more information on Southport’s Heritage, follow us on Twitter @SouthportTHP and Facebook www.facebook.com/groups/southportthp or visit https://www.sefton.gov.uk/townscape

Go Green with the Merseyside Collective Switch

To celebrate the Liverpool City Region’s Year of Environment, we’re asking you to Go Green! and switch to a green energy tariff with the Merseyside Collective Switch.

Run by local charity Energy Projects Plus, in partnership with your local authority, the Merseyside Collective Switch uses the power of the group to negotiate cheap energy tariffs, available exclusively to its members. Anyone can join and it’s completely free.

If the winning tariffs aren’t right for you, we will help you find one that is. Plus, by switching with the Merseyside Collective Switch, you will be helping to support charity Energy Projects Plus, who work with local people who are vulnerable to the cold or living in fuel poverty.

The Merseyside Collective Switch has been running since 2013. Together, we’ve helped local people save £1.5 million on their energy bills.

This year, we’re asking you to think about going green. Most of the larger suppliers now offer green tariffs, which means they use renewable energy sources such as wind power, rather than fossil fuels.

Alan Jemmett, Director, Merseyside Environmental Advisory Service said: “Collective switching is a great opportunity for securing a greener energy supplier and giving communities an opportunity to save on bills and avoid fuel poverty.

“Year of Environmental Action for the Liverpool City Region is delighted to partner this initiative. Sustainable Energy is one of our themes for 2019. By switching energy and using it wisely you can make a personal contribution to climate emergencies.”

“Switching your energy tariff with the Merseyside Collective Switch is both quick and easy, and it could save you hundreds of pounds a year.

“Whether you’re a savvy or reluctant switcher, it’s always worth shopping around to check if you’re on the best deal. If you haven’t switched recently you may be on your suppliers most expensive standard tariff. You may find a better deal elsewhere or even with your existing supplier.

“The winning tariffs have often been the cheapest on the market. Previous winners have included Big 6 suppliers such as British Gas, E.on, SSE and EDF Energy as well as Ovo and Green Energy.

“Offers have been included for prepayment meter (or pay as you go) customers as well as direct debit and pay on receipt of bill customers, so there’s something for everyone.

“The Merseyside Collective Switch also includes a full market comparison, so if the winning deals aren’t right for you, you can find one that is.”

The service is free, and there’s no obligation to switch if you decide not to.

Registration for this round closes on 10th October. We will then contact you to let you know about the deals that have been negotiated for the group.

To join the Collective Switch visit www.lcrenergyswitch.co.uk/ or call the local Save Energy Advice Line on freephone 0800 043 0151, where you can also get other free and impartial support to help you save energy at home.

Southport BID seeks new Directors as they prepare to launch their second term

Southport Business Improvement District (BID) is looking to recruit a new Chief Executive and voluntary Director’s to lead them through their second five-year term, which begins this November.

Having received a successful yes vote from the businesses within the town centre this June, Southport BID’s vision for their second term is to make a meaningful difference to the future of Southport.

By working in partnership, the BID’s main aim will be to work to help make Southport a forward-facing town.

Representing over 740 businesses of all sizes in the town centre, the BID will use the money invested from them via a levy, to deliver projects designed to make Southport greener, cleaner and safer, to add value to the town through events and to attract and support new and existing business.

Newly appointed interim Chair of the BID, Susannah Porter, knows there are big challenges ahead but says the team of passionate and committed Directors are feeling confident and positive about what can be delivered, “We are grateful for the show of support the levy payers gave us in voting for a second term.

“We know there have been challenges but we are determined to evolve and build on the achievements of the first five years and make Southport an inspiring place to live, work, shop and invest.

“We will be listening closely to the views of the levy payers to make sure the projects we invest in represent their priorities for the town.

“As such will be undertaking a consultation project over the coming weeks and will introduce working groups going forward to give people a chance to tell us, be heard and be actively involved in our projects.

“We want to work harder to talk to our levy payers and the wider Southport Community, constructively and positively. We are also looking for more stakeholders with the core skills to support our Management team to join our Board of Directors”

The Southport BID Board is made up of representatives from the local business community who offer their time and expertise to oversee the activity of the BID.

All BID Directors are unpaid in their role. Susannah says “we are applying a rigorous application process to ensure we find the very best candidates with the skills, experience and knowledge to help oversee the development of project ideas, drive investment and engagement whilst ensuring value is delivered to levy payers”.

Ahead of the new term, the BID will also recruit a new CEO to replace Hugh Evans, who recently retired. They hope to have someone in place once the new term begins and are looking for a candidate with experience in place management, who has the skill set to drive the BID, and Southport, forward with vision and strategic thinking.

To launch the new term, the BID will host their annual AGM on the 14th November. The event will host with key note industry speakers and will provide a chance for levy payers to meet the team of Directors and find out more about the plans for the next five years. Full details of the event will be announced soon on their website.

Southport BID was re-elected for a second term in June of this year following a successful ballot result. Each eligible property received a ballot paper and a 58% yes vote was returned. The new term officially begins on the 1st November this year and runs until 2019. More details of the ballot process and the BID’s current project can be found on their website – southportbid.com.

The Board ask that all potential applicants for the CEO or Director roles should head to the website to find out more about the positions or how to get apply.

Susannah is available on chair@southportbid.com – and as someone who lives and works within the town centre, she is always happy and willing to meet business owners with any questions or feedback.

Southport Air Show 2019: Traffic & Travel advice

As thousands of aviation enthusiasts descend on Southport for the annual awe inspiring Air Show next weekend, Sefton Council has put together a helpful guide to the three day spectacular. 

Bigger than ever before, the stunning show takes place along Southport’s golden sands from Friday, September 6 to Sunday, September 9 with tens of thousands of visitors due to visit the resort over the weekend.

Also paying a flying visit to Southport will be a whole host of jaw dropping aeroplanes performing stunning, daring and, at times, emotional displays to wow crowds, starting with a thundering Friday night line up.

A fireworks finale on Friday will set up an amazing weekend of both aerial and ground entertainment for the whole family.

However before all that, visitors need to know how and when to get there!

Gates will open at 6pm on Friday (September 6) and from 10am on Saturday and Sunday (September 7-8).

With thousands of people expected to visit the resort over the three days, the local road networks will be busy and visitors are encouraged to take full advantage of public transport where possible.

Due to the size of the show, a number of road closures will be required to assist with the setup and safety of all those attending.

Marine Drive (Pleasureland to Marine Parade) will be closed from 4:30pm on Wednesday, September 4 to Monday, September 9.

From Friday, September 9 the following road closures will also be in effect at varying times:

Coastal Road (Weld Road – Pleasureland) 

Esplanade (Victoria Park – Marine Drive) 

Marine Drive (Fairways – Marine Parade) 

Both the Coastal Road and Marine Drive will reopen each evening following site checks.

Those travelling to the show by car are advised to tune in to the dedicated Southport Air Show Radio channel on 87.7FM for the latest news and up to date travel and parking advice.

Parking is available on Princes Park, the Esplanade Car Park and Victoria Park. Beach and Marine Drive parking will only be available on Saturday and Sunday.

Directional signage and stewards will be on hand throughout all three days to lead visitors to designated parking sites.

Motorists are advised to switch off any Sat Navs and follow air show signage.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said: “The 28th Southport Air Show promises to be a fantastic three day event for all the family and I can’t wait to see the huge crowds across the weekend.

“We are committed to offering an incredible events programme throughout the year which caters for all the family.

“This promises to be an exciting weekend for the Southport Air Show and the whole of the borough with an incredible flying programme. If you are planning to attend, make sure to get there early and make the most of your visit to our beautiful borough.”

Once the show finishes each evening, visitors are encouraged to take full advantage of the resort’s fabulous restaurants and nighttime entertainment.

More details about the 2019 Southport Air Show and other information about Southport is available via www.visitsouthport.com.

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