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Red Rum gallops home for Borough of Culture!

A huge mural of legendary race horse Red Rum by acclaimed street artist Paul Curtis has been unveiled in Southport.

The mural covers more than 270 square metres and has been commissioned as part of Sefton’s Borough of Culture celebrations for 2020.

It depicts Red Rum training on Southport beach and highlights how the horse, trained by Southport’s Ginger McCain, went on to win the Aintree Grand National three times – 1973, 1974 and 1977. A feat that has never been equalled in the history of the illustrious race.

Artist Paul Curtis, who painted the iconic Liverbird wings in the Baltic Triangle in Liverpool, took just over a week to complete the amazing piece of artwork located on a gable wall at the top of Scarisbrick Avenue by the Promenade.

Liverpool based Paul Curtis said: “This is by far the biggest mural I have completed and one of the most enjoyable to do.

“A lot of planning went into the design of the artwork and I was able to capture Red Rum galloping is the sea with the Southport sands in the background.

“Red Rum is part of Southport’s and the Grand National’s heritage and it was a privilege to paint such an iconic horse as part of Sefton’s Borough of Culture celebrations in such a prime location.

“Such is the size and scale of the mural you can see it from a great distance away, and I hope it will form part of a continuing legacy of Red Rum remembering what he achieved as a race horse and his training on Southport beach.”

Mayor of Sefton, Cllr June Burns, added: “This really is a remarkable piece of artwork.

“Considering the current national situation, I hope the mural really paints a positive image for everyone as part of our Borough of Culture year.

“Thanks to Paul Curtis for creating something amazing that will form a legacy of our Borough of Culture year.”

The Borough of Culture (BoC) title is awarded by the Liverpool City Region’s Combined Authority to one of its six local authorities (Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral) on a rotating, annual basis. Sefton has the prestigious honour for 2020.

Follow Sefton’s Borough of Culture year on Twitter and Facebook @sefton2020 and please tag us in to any photos taken of this iconic mural.

First package of measures unveiled to help Liverpool City Region deal with Coronavirus

An initial package of measures from the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority aimed at easing the Coronavirus burden on local people has been unveiled.

Chairing the first meeting of the Liverpool City Region Coronavirus Action Group, the Mayor announced a number of new initiatives:

•The ‘LCR Cares’ COVID 19 Community Support Fund – a new crowdfunding campaign to support community and voluntary organisations on the frontline of helping our communities cope with the spread of Coronavirus.

•Free bus travel to and from school for the children of key workers using existing Merseytravel funded supported bus services.

•Lifting the 9.30am restriction on concessionary travel for essential journeys, such as accessing designated shopping hours reserved for the elderly.

•A fund of £65,000 of business support for community and social businesses to help them cope with the impact of COVID-19.

Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region said: “Tackling a challenge of this scale requires everybody to come together and do all that we can to stop the spread of the Coronavirus, and mitigate the economic, social and health impacts it will have.

“This obviously requires support from government – and we’ve seen the start of that this week, though we await further announcements – but there are things we can do locally as well. I want to do all that I can to help support local people, businesses and community organisations through this uncertainty.”

The LCR Cares COVID 19 Community Support Fund website page is now open for donations from the public. Just go to https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/giving/ and search for LCRCares or www.liverpoolcityregion-ca.gov.uk/lcrcares

Early next week, a simple and speedy processes for organisations to access those funds will be in place.

Residents asked to be on their guard for Covid-19 scammers

Sefton Council’s Trading Standards have received a number of reports of scams and profiteering on the coronavirus outbreak and are asking people to stay Safe and Savvy during this difficult time.

The reports range from inflated prices for hand sanitisers to emails claiming to be from organisations affiliated with the centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organisation (WHO), designed to obtain personal and banking details.

Earlier in the the month Action Fraud reported receiving 21 reports of fraud where Coronavirus was mentioned, with victim losses totaling over £800k, since February 2020.

Cllr Paulette Lappin, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regulatory, Compliance and Corporate Services, said: “This type of behavior is both shocking and disgraceful and has an impact on vulnerable members of our communities.

“Of the 21 reports, ten were made by victims that attempted to purchase protective face masks from fraudulent sellers.

“One victim reported losing over £15k when they purchased face masks that were never delivered.

“Reporting numbers are expected to rise as the virus continues to spread across the world and we are encouraging residents to engage with Citizens Advice.

“They have launched advice on coronavirus scams and a scam checker, to check if something might be a scam

The Chartered Trading Standards Institute’s chief executive Leon Livermore said: “It is abhorrent that unscrupulous individuals are using this difficult time as an opportunity to immiserate others further.

“Consumers should now be extra vigilant, and aware of these new scams that take many forms.

“The general rule of scams applies – if it seems too good to be true, then it probably is.

“CTSI is monitoring these developments and will update the public as we receive further intelligence.

“In the meantime, the public should follow the official government advice, and take all necessary precautions.”

https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer/scams/check-if-something-might-be-a-scam/

Sefton Leisure Centres to temporarily close to help fight COVID19

Due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19 Sefton Council have taken the decision to temporarily close our Leisure Centres.

This includes Dunes Leisure Centre, Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre, Bootle Leisure Centre, Litherland Sports Park, Netherton Activity Centre and Meadows Leisure Centre.

The last day of operation will be Friday, March 20th.

All activities including swimming lessons are also suspended until further notice. This also extends to community based Active Sefton sessions and the Easter Be Active Programme.

We are fully aware of the incredible value our Leisure Centres and wider activities hold for the health and wellbeing of our communities.

However due to recent government guidance, these temporary arrangements are crucial to help in the next phase of the government’s plan to tackle the outbreak.

It is still very important to remain as active as possible during this time. We will do our absolute best to provide helpful hints, tips and guidance for residents via our social media channels and recommend that residents remain active at a social distance utilising the outdoors where possible.

All direct debit payments will automatically be suspended until the Leisure Centres reopen and as such there is no need to contact us to arrange this.

We apologise for any inconvenience and we thank you for your understanding at this time.

Advice on Refuse & Recycling services during self isolation

*Please Note: There is currently a short delay in collecting household waste. Please leave your bins out for collection as usual. Operatives will be working during the weekend to assist in collecting residential waste.*

A spokesman for Sefton Council said: “We have business continuity plans in place to ensure essential services, such as refuse and recycling, continue for our communities.

“We are also utilising members of our street cleansing teams to assist with other refuse collection services.

“We would also like to ask any residents who are self-isolating as a result of COVID-19 to ensure they dispose of any used tissues or hygiene products in a double bag and present it for collection within their grey bins as normal.

“There is no need to arrange for a clinical waste collection for this type of waste.”

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