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Important Travel Information: Aintree Festival

Sefton is preparing to welcome thousands of visitors to the borough as part of the three day Aintree Grand National Festival which starts on Thursday (April 12).

Sefton Council is one of the many agencies that will help thousands of festival goers get to and from Aintree Racecourse as smoothly as possible this week.

Working alongside Merseyside Police, Merseytravel and several other partners, the Council’s traffic management team helps coaches, cars, limousines and even horse boxes get to the right place at the right time.

They also help residents who aren’t attending the festival to go about their daily business with as little disruption as possible.

A number of diversions and traffic management measures will be in place throughout the festival’s three days (Thursday, April 12 – Saturday, April 14) including temporary closures.

Residents who are not attending the festival are advised to avoid the A59 Ormskirk Road from Switch Island through to the Black Bull junction.

Ormskirk Road, as well as Park Lane between Bridle Road and Ormskirk Road, will be closed between 4pm and 9pm on all three festival days.

Heavy traffic is expected on the A59 from 10am – 2pm.

During the closure, traffic will be diverted via Switch Island, Dunningsbridge Road, Netherton Way and Southport Road.

A spokesman for Sefton Council said: “The Aintree Festival brings thousands of racegoers, tourists and visitors to our beautiful borough and once again all eyes will be on Sefton as the home of impressive international events.

“We are working with partners to help keep the borough moving during the festival and to keep disruption to a minimum.

“People wishing to attend the race meeting itself are encouraged to use the Merseyrail network and alight at Aintree station.

“After racing finishes for the day buses will be operating from Park Lane into Liverpool City Centre and we would ask visitors who are in the region for a number of days to try and explore our wonderful borough even further.”

Mayor’s Musings: From football to Bootle’s Broadway

Hello and welcome to the Mayor’s Musings! I hope you all had a wonderful and relaxing Easter period.

It’s been a busy few weeks in the Mayoral offices and I’ve been delighted once again to be meeting so many diverse and interesting communities across our beautiful borough.

March 20

I welcomed seven lovely members of the EDDA Arts and Community Centre journalism group for a tour of Southport Town Hall. I happily took lots of questions on the history of the Sefton Mayor and the beautiful parlour within the town hall.

Shortly after that I was off on the road for a quick trip to the Ramada Hotel, Southport for the launch of Southport FC’s #OnePort vision. Here I was treated to a first look at the Yellow’s stadium plans, how they work with the community and their partnership with Sefton’s Year of the Volunteer celebrations.

To cap off a wonderful day I sat down along with 60 volunteers, community members and Sefton Library staff for the Human Library celebration meal at Bootle Library. I’m still full from it. Delicious!

March 21

I was delighted to have been invited to Halton Borough for a special Civic Heads day. Along with my fellow Mayors from across Merseyside, we were treated to a tour of The Brindley Theatre, Norton Priory, Runcorn Town Hall and the Halton Stadium.

March 23

I managed to deftly avoid the ‘Witches Curse’ of Ruggidore thanks to the incredibly talented acting troupe of the Crosby Gilbert and Sullivan Society at Southport Little Theatre. A wonderful production in a wonderful venue.

March 25

I attended the fantastic performance of the very apt ‘From Bootle to Broadway’ enacted by exceptionally talented young people from Bootle’s SPACE project at the ACC Convention Centre.

March 27

The Senior Road User’s event at St Helens Church, organised by Sefton Council and partners, was a fantastically educational afternoon.

It was a pleasure to meet with some of our senior residents and talk with them on road safety, healthy eating and healthy activities.

March 28

Sefton CVS’s Citizens For Good awards are an event I always look forward to with great delight. It’s amazing to meet so many community spirited and passionate residents from across Sefton.




March 29

I capped off a jam-packed two weeks of adventures up and down the borough with an absolutely delightful performance by the SONG theatre company who lit up the stage at the Atkinson in their performance of ‘All Shook Up’.

I look forward to even more civic visits very soon!

Cllr Dave Robinson
Mayor of Sefton

Netherton Activity Centre’s Fitness Suit undergoes major upgrade

Netherton Activity Centre’s fitness suite will be temporarily closed next week while it undergoes a significant refurbishment.

The suite will be closed between Friday April 13 and Friday April 20 while contractors complete the required works.

During the renovation, the fitness studio timetable will be in operation and will not be affected by the Fitness Suite closure.

Chris Porrino, Sefton Council’s Senior Health & Fitness Development Manager, said: “We are extremely excited to be bringing the latest in exercise innovation to our already excellent service offering.

Netherton will have the very best training kit available, including  strength & conditioning rack, cable cross over, functional training rig, battle ropes and Plyo boxes to name just a few!

“The new Cardio and Strength kit is the best there is and has the latest in multimedia connections with everything from TV to app integration through your smartphone.

“Improvements to our group exercise studio will also be made with replacement spin bikes and the installation of Les Mills Virtual class instruction being made available to our users!

“We have a number of other fitness suites across Sefton which our Netherton members are invited and welcome to use while the works are ongoing.”

Netherton Activity Centre’s fitness suite is set to reopen on Saturday April 21.

What to do if you find Palm Oil on the Sefton Coast

Sefton Council are asking dog walkers to still be vigilant when visiting the beach after more palm oil was discovered.

Rangers from Sefton Council’s Coast and Countryside team removed four bags of palm oil from Crosby beach on April 4 following inspections. No traces of debris have been found in Ainsdale or Southport.

A spokesman for the Sefton Coast Landscape Partnership said: “Palm oil debris is harmless to humans, but it can be fatal to dogs if eaten.

“Unfortunately dogs are attracted to the smell of the stuff, so pet owners are advised to remain vigilant if walking your dog on the coast, especially around tidelines.

“Pet owners should keep their dogs under close control on the beach, especially along the tideline, although the material can appear elsewhere on the beach after a high tide.”

Warning signs are on display throughout the Sefton Coast and anyone who discovers palm oil is encouraged to call 0151 934 2967 and report it.

Sefton encourages residents to walk to work

Sefton Council is encouraging residents to leave the car at home and walk to work on April 6 in support of Walk to Work Day.

This is a great opportunity for the people of Sefton to reduce their carbon footprint and make a positive action for their health and wellbeing.

Those who live too far afield to walk the entire journey could try to walk to the train station or bus stop rather than drive.

Recent figures show that as little as 2.5% of the population choose to walk to work five days a week.

The council would like to encourage as many people as possible to pledge to walk for at least part of their journey.

By walking to work, residents are helping to reduce the amount of air pollution caused by cars and traffic.

Sefton is also calling upon its staff to make a pledge to ditch the motors for the day and brave the walk to work.

Matt Ashton, Director of Public Health for Sefton and Knowsley, said: “Walk to Work Day is a fantastic opportunity to make a positive lifestyle choice and welcome some physical activity to your daily commute.

“Walking has so many benefits to health and wellbeing and by making the choice to leave the car at home, we can reduce the amount of pollution caused by traffic.

“I strongly encourage all residents to take this opportunity to improve their health and Sefton’s air quality.”

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