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Only hours left to support Southport ‘Fiestaval’

There are just two days left for people to lend their support to create a brand new Latin American festival in Southport next year.

One of Sefton Council’s SeftonCrowd supported initiatives, the Viva Foundation’s ‘Fiestaval’ is currently crowdfunding pledges to help them reach their target of £2,863 to make the festival a reality.

This proposed free community festival will combine Latin American music, dance, entertainment and other cultural activities to highlight the multi-cultural nature of Latin America and its communities within the Liverpool City region.

Sefton Council have pledged £500 towards the festival and generous community backers have also contributed more than £1,800, meaning organisers are over 60% of the way towards their target.

Less than 48 hours remain however, with the Fiestaval Project needing to reach their £2,863 target by midnight on Friday, December 17th.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s cabinet member for communities and housing, said: “Sefton Council is providing £500 support to help next year’s Fiestaval in Southport reach its target as part of its Sefton Crowd initiative to give local people with ideas about how to improve their area the opportunity to gain funding.

“Backed by Sefton Council’s £50,000 Community Transition Fund the aim of Sefton Crowd to back ideas such as Fiestaval that will put local people at the heart of the efforts to create more vibrant, resilient and connected communities.

“So far the Council has supported 16 grassroots-led projects that pick up on people’s civic and community pride through Sefton Crowd.

“People can find out more about the initiative and how to apply, when new funding rounds are opened in 2022, at”

To find out more about Fiestaval, visit

Live music comes to Southport Market for Christmas time

Southport Market’s winter wonderland will be open throughout most of the Christmas period with festive fun for all ages.

Live music performances throughout December have now been announced on top of a packed out Christmas calendar of yuletide entertainment, which already includes visits from Santa, cosy film showings and outdoor market shopping.

Starting from Thursday, December 2nd, local artists such as Dave Broe, Olivia Armstrong, Greg Last and even a festive choir will be performing live at Southport Market.

Full performance details are:

Dave Broe (Swing) from 7.30pm – Thursday December 2nd
Olivia Armstrong (Soul) from 7pm – Thursday December 9th
Festive Make Noise Choir from 12pm – Monday December 13th
Greg Last (Festive Feels & Piano) from 12.30pm – Tuesday December 14th
Dave Broe (Swing) from 7.30pm – Thursday December 16th

The announcement coincides with the release of Southport Market’s Christmas opening times, which sees the incredibly popular venue open as normal including Christmas Eve (Friday, December 24th).

Traders and Market staff will take a well earned rest over Christmas Day and Boxing Day before the venue reopens from Monday, December 27th.

While remaining open for New Years Eve and New Years Day, the market will again close on January 4th and 5th, before resuming normal opening times from Thursday, January 6th.

For more information visit

Christmas Opening Times
13th – Christmas Eve: Open
Christmas Day: Closed
Boxing Day: Closed
27th – 3rd (Bank Hol) – Open
4th – Closed
5th – Closed
6th – Open as normal

What to do with your green waste during winter months

Residents in Sefton are being reminded that any excess green waste can be taken to their nearest Household Waste Recycling Centre or composted at home.

Last week (Monday, November 22nd) green waste collections were suspended for winter due to unavoidable operational pressures, resulting in a collection a week earlier than previously anticipated.

For those residents who missed the final collection date, the local authority’s incredibly hard working cleansing teams will be attempting to revisit some areas where outstanding green bins have been left out for collection.

A full garden waste collection service will resume in March 2022.

The vast majority of grey and brown bin collections over the Christmas period will take place on their normal day of collection and, for those on an alternating weekly wheelie bin collection, according to the normal brown/grey bin pattern.

Find out more about gritting in Sefton this winter

Sefton Council’s gritting teams have already rolled into action as the 2021/22 gritting and road treatment programme gets underway.

The local authority dispatched a fleet of winter vehicles from its award winning ‘Gritting Headquarters’ in Netherton to grit nearly 470km of road and heavily pedestrianised pavements across the borough during periods of very low temperatures 

The first dispatch of the 2021/22 winter season was recorded on the evening on Sunday, 21st November.

During periods of low temperatures when ice can form on road surfaces, Sefton Council and its contractors undertake a large scale carriageway treatment programme, supplemented by footway gritting in key town centres at any time day or night and continue treatments as long as necessary.

This is the second year Sefton Council are working from its ‘Winter Hub,’ after it was deemed the previous depot was no longer fit for purpose.

Located in Netherton, the ‘Hub’ has the capacity to store 3500 tonnes of salt, over 250% more storage space than was available in the previous depot.

Cllr John Fairclough, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Locality Services, said: “Without a doubt having this in-house facility is a major boost to the quality of our winter gritting service.

“The ‘Winter Hub’ is a much needed addition to our Council assets and will help us to ensure, as we do every year, that residents in Sefton will be driving on safe roads this winter.

“While our gritting programme is extensive, we do encourage residents to take extra care when out and about as untreated side roads and pathways may be icy.”

During colder months Sefton also encourages residents to check in on elderly or isolated neighbours to make sure they are ok and are fully prepared for any potential adverse weather conditions.

Find out which roads and pavements are treated here

Southport Market launches first ever Christmas Extravaganza

Southport Market is set to play host to a winter wonderland as the popular food and drink venue launches its first Christmas Extravaganza!

Throughout December, Southport Market, on the town’s King Street, will undergo a magical transformation into a festive dream world. There will be  with Christmas film showings, Christmas Markets, additional seating for Christmas bookings and even playing host to the big man himself.

Free events

Sefton Council’s Tourism elves are putting finishing touches to the plans, which will see a host of completely free events take place at Southport Market during the Christmas period.

Decorations will also see the venue adorned with amazing garlands, giant baubles along with an eye-catching tunnel of light.

Book and reserve tables

Anyone wanting to arrange a Christmas get together at the market can now book and reserve tables by pre-purchasing a drinks package for any date between Friday 3rd and Saturday 18th December. And, from Wednesday 11th December, free festive films will be shown in the market’s bespoke events space, in partnership with Bijou Cinema.

Also starting from December 11th, children will be able to visit the market’s special North Pole post office drop-off to ensure their letters to Santa are delivered in time for the big day. Father Christmas and his elves will also be making a special guest appearance on certain dates.

Outdoor chalets featuring a wealth of present and gift ideas will also be located in the area around Southport Market


Cllr Marion Atkinson, Santa’s Sefton representative and Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said: “Southport Market will be a winter wonderland with fun for all the family this December.

“All of the special events we have planned are completely free and we are using a first come, first serve basis for our film showings and Santa meet & greet.

“There is plenty on offer from our incredible traders and they will be complimented by a selection of outdoor shopping chalets.”

Find out more about what’s on offer at Southport Market over the Christmas period.  


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