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Nominations are open for the 2018 Sefton Sports Awards

The opportunity to join Sefton’s sporting hall of fame is one step closer as entries open for 2018’s Sefton Sports Awards.

Now in its 16th year, the awards celebrate the very best of the sporting offer across the borough with categories celebrating the outstanding talent and commitment of local athletes, coaches, volunteers, clubs and schools.

2018 is already a sporting year to remember with the Winter Olympics and Paralympic games, Commonwealth Games and the World Cup all on the agenda. This makes it the perfect year to truly celebrate what is on offer in Sefton and recognise the people who make it all possible.

Especially poignant this year are the two awards celebrating sporting volunteers, given that 2018 is Sefton’s Year of the Volunteer. Volunteers can be nominated in the Volunteer of the Year category and Young Volunteer of the Year.

Taking place at Southport Theatre and Convention Centre on Wednesday, July 11, the event is organised by Active Sefton which is part of Sefton Council’s Health and Wellbeing portfolio.

With 10 awards up for grabs there is a category to recognise all aspects of sporting achievements from school teams to top coaches and even a sports personality of the year.
Nominations can be made in the following groups:

• Club Of The Year
• Coach Of The Year
• Lifetime Achievement
• School Of The Year
• School Team Of The Year
• Sports Personality Of The Year (including Junior Male, Junior Female, Male, Female and Disabled categories)
• Supporter Of The Year
• Team Of The Year
• Volunteer Of The Year
• Young Volunteer Of The Year

Tina Pilkington, Sefton Council’s Health and Wellbeing Development Manager, said: “The Sefton Sports Awards is one of my favourite events of the year and a fantastic opportunity for those involved with sports across the borough to be recognised for their efforts.
“We look forward to seeing another strong list of nominations this year.”

Nominations can be made at sefton.gov.uk/seftonsportsawards. The deadline for entries is June 8, 2018.

Ainsdale Beach is one of the best in Britain

It would be foolish to celebrate English Tourism Week and not honour one of the best beaches in our fair isle. 

Ainsdale beach has it all, from a fascinating nature reserve, miles of sculpted dunes and golden sands, it’s a haven for all.

Tourists, horse riders, even kite surfers are often seen during the scorching hot summer months on Ainsdale beach, when sunshine brings with it a hive of activity and relaxation.

The nearby Ainsdale Discovery Centre, situated adjacent to the beach and Ainsdale & Birkdale Sandhills Local Nature Reserve, provides local information, a classroom facility, venue for events and free cycle hire.

The beach itself has zones set aside for kite buggy and landboard use while kitesurfing takes place in the sea.

Taking place in spring each year, English Tourism Week campaigns to raise the profile of the industry and celebrate the value and quality of tourism in England.

Sefton is booming with business say local firms

Representatives from Sefton Council visited two local businesses to hear all about their thriving ventures and future growth.

Success stories and plans for expansion were discussed when Sefton Council visited two borough-based businesses.

 Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, was joined by officers from Invest Sefton on guided tours of Churchill Sheds based in Netherton and Jack Hodson Limited – a family-owned business established in 1966 now trading in Aintree.

Churchill Sheds began trading as a partnership in February 2016, and employs 4 staff and casual labour at peak periods. They manufacture purpose-built sheds, industrial barns, office units and workshops for businesses, the hospitality sector and rural producers.

Under the Business Growth Programme InvestSefton has supported with locating and bidding for public contracts, registration on The Chest and Contracts Finder portals, and using the Planning Portal to source work. The business is also being supported with developing a Social Value and Sustainability policy to help with bidding for contracts.

Jack Hodson Ltd is the ‘go to’ national supplier of security-related electronics for police vehicles, and participates in frameworks for the fitting of cameras, lightbars and security measures to marked and unmarked police vehicles. The business works for a number of police regions in the UK in England and Wales, and has won market share from its competitors. The business employs 25 staff, and turnover is £1.5million, which is expected to increase in the coming year creating more jobs, due to contracts won.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said: “I really enjoy getting out and seeing at first hand how local businesses are thriving and moving forward.

“Churchill Sheds is an excellent example of how a business can expand by constantly looking to develop new products and to consistent high standards. I am delighted that that InvestSefton has been able to assist them with their sales and marketing and their plans to grow the business further.

“The same goes for Jack Hodson Ltd who has recently relocated to Aintree Business Park, Ormskirk Road following more than 30 years in Berry St, Bootle, due to increased workload. The business has been supported by InvestSefton and Sefton@Work for a number of years, and is currently being assisted under the Sefton Business Growth Programme.

“Success stories like these show how Sefton really is open for business.”

Jack Hodson Ltd’s Financial Director, Peter Edward-Hodson and Technical Director, John Hodson, said: “Our recent relocation to larger, bespoke premises has required a major capital investment. However, the benefits achieved will allow us to streamline our operations, and grow our business.”

Ian Williams, Churchill Sheds managing Director, added: ”Our business is going from strength-to-strength, and we have a lot of interest in our workshops and barns. The help provided by InvestSefton has been invaluable.”

The Sefton Good Dog Code: What You Need To Know

The Sefton Good Dog Code is an informative campaign which encourages good and responsible dog ownership in the borough. 

For more information about these rules and to learn more about the Good Dog Code, visit www.sefton.gov.uk/thegooddogcode

Posters, leaflets and interactive smartphone adverts are going up in parks and public areas around Sefton following the launch of the Good Dog Code and the recent Public Space Protection Order. 

Local residents and dog lovers have worked alongside Sefton in the creation of the Code, which tells residents to clean up after their pets, respect those who don’t like dogs, follow the rules and ensure their dog is socialized before it mingles with other dogs. 

Cllr Paulette Lappin, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regulation and Compliance, said: “The code was jointly put together by ourselves and residents to promote responsible dog ownership.

“Along with the poster and flyers, we’ll be placing QR codes around our parks, coastal areas and cemeteries which links to the online version of the Good Dog Code.

“There are plenty of ways you can be a responsible dog owner, from making sure you clean up after your pets to respecting none-dog lovers.

“Unfortunately some dog owners are not responsible and have no regard for their community. For these few, legislation is tough on them.

“Enforcement action such as fixed penalties and possible court action can be taken against these dog owners.”

Lyn Hilton the founder of local volunteer group ‘Sefton Dogs’ added: “What began as a campaign to ensure that our dogs could enjoy off lead experience at the beach and on our local nature reserves changed into a volunteer movement which aims for a friendly, informed and responsible approach to dog ownership in Sefton. 

“I am proud to say that since June of this year members of Sefton Dogs have been working closely with Sefton Council, attending promotional events, advising on publicity materials and building up a bank of helpful information online.”

Since July, Sefton has had a Public Space Protection Order across the borough with informs dog owners about certain rules which must be followed. 

Who’s In Court: Woman hit with £860 fine for dumping waste

A 23-year-old woman has been fined a total of £860.55 for dumping a wooden crate full of waste in Bootle.

Hannah Williams, of Lathom Road, Bootle was found guilty in her absence at South Sefton Magistrates Court on March 13 of leaving the household waste in Claremont Close, Bootle in August last year.

Magistrates fined Williams £500 with £310.55 in costs and a £50 victim surcharge.

In separate hearings on March 13 at South Sefton Magistrates Court, three dog owners were fined for failing to get their pets micro-chipped.

Stephanie Lewin, 28, of Lytham Road, Southport was found guilty in her absence and fined a total of £222.

Paul Carney, 29, of Galsworthy Walk, Bootle was also fined £222 in his absence.

Claire Garner, of Worcester Road, Bootle appeared before Magistrates and was fined a total of £100.

Littering cases were also heard on March 13, with four people being fined over £900 for not keeping Sefton clean, green and beautiful.

Chris Graham, 60, of Hayes Lane, Altrincham was found guilty in absence and fined a total of £322.

Lauren Gill, 31, of Mount Pleasant, Waterloo entered a guilty plea by post and was fined £260.

John Perry Forsyth, 58, of Merrilocks Road, Blundellsands was found guilty in absence and fined a total of £322.

A spokesman for Sefton Council said: “We welcome the outcome of these cases.

“People need to think twice before committing an offence, whatever it may be, and court cases like these highlight what can happen if you are caught.”

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