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Green Sefton update on resuming volunteer & community group work

Update from Green Sefton Service Manager Mark Shaw

You will be aware that since the commencement of the National Lockdown back in March 2020 our park buildings have remained closed and a range of other restrictions came into being for parks, open spaces and coastal areas which limited the opportunity for volunteers undertaking work.

Since that time there has been a phased easing of restrictions (most recently Monday 17th May 2021 – Roadmap step 3) permitted by government and, subject to government not imposing further restrictions, we are minded to shortly re-open our buildings to community use and welcome back our volunteers in greater numbers.  

Volunteers Working Outside

Volunteers can now resume working in parks and open spaces but there is a requirement that no more than 30 people can assemble. Therefore, we would ask that you follow some simple rules to keep everyone safe.

  • Whilst undertaking volunteer work and projects please continue to be mindful that Coronavirus remains a risk and take measures to keep safe, following the principal of Hands, Face and Space which is promoted by Public Health.
  • If you intend to undertake volunteer work tasks, please make us aware as you would have done previously. Outdoor events can also be held provided the number of participants does not exceed 30 persons.

Opening of Buildings & Pavilions

In an earlier briefing we asked community groups to provide risk assessments and to complete an application form for booking the use of premises. We are now intending to return to assessing these applications with a view towards opening premises. Once approved people can start making use of pavilions and buildings again but with a maximum of six attendees.

Whilst premises may open, we will still require community groups to:

  • Ensure the rule of 6 is adhered with.
  • Agree times and days of the week when use will be made.
  • Provide a nominated contact (usually the key holders) who will take a lead role in ensuring your members act responsibility.
  • When buildings are open, we would ask that windows and doors are open to maximise ventilation.
  • Unless an exemption applies, we would ask groups continue to ensure members wear a mark and sanitise surfaces before and after meetings or sessions of activity.

As applications were provided to us some considerable time ago it is likely the risk assessments and application forms may require some amendments and updating. We would be pleased if you could resend these forms to us at   

Please mark your email with these attachments as ‘Application to Re-open Premises’ and we would hope to respond within 10 working days offering our agreement to resume use or advising you if we have any continuing queries.

Thank you in advance for supporting efforts to keep everyone safe as steps are taken to ease the restrictions that have been in place.

If you have further queries, please contact us at

Construction of new homes by Sefton Council’s housing development company Sandway Homes Ltd underway

Photo at he site gates to mark the progress on the first Sandway Homes development
(l-r) Tim Webber MBE, MD & Chairman of Barnfield Group; Christian Rogers, MD Sandway Homes; Cllr Trish Hardy; Cllr Ian Maher; Sandway Board member Cllr Diane Roscoe

Construction work on Sandy Brook, the first development by the Sefton Council’s wholly-owned housing development company, Sandway Homes Ltd, is now underway.

With support from Homes England, main contractors, Barnfield Construction Limited, have cleared the site and started piling work for the foundations of the development’s 48 high-quality, two, three & four-bed homes.

Scenic backdrop

The development is located on land next to Ainsdale’s Meadow Lane on the former site of St. John Stone R.C. Primary School. It takes its name from the adjacent Sandy Brook, one of three watercourses which forms part of the Three Pools Waterway. This waterway forms a natural boundary between Sefton and West Lancashire a scenic backdrop, with views across rural meadow and farmland.

Sandy Brook is the first of the Sandway Homes developments to reach construction stage. The properties, which are a mix of detached and semi-detached, are named after wild birds that can be seen locally. Styles include the Peregrine, Kingfisher, Sandpiper, Sanderling, Curlew, Lapwing, Wagtail and Skylark.

The majority of these homes will be for sale on the open market and all commercial returns from Sandway Homes developments will be returned to the Council for reinvestment in the Borough.


Established in 2018, Sandway Homes directly supports Sefton Council’s Vision 2030 commitment to creating 11,000 new, high-quality homes across the Borough by 2030. Vision 2030 was drawn up by key stakeholders including local residents in 2016. Sandway’s aim is to develop the types of high-quality, mixed-tenure housing that commercial developers might not consider, in line with the Council’s housing policy commitments and Vision 2030. This includes social housing and affordable homes. Another site is now in development, Hey Farm Gardens at nearby Crossens, for which Sandway Homes has obtained planning permission for 30, two, three and 4-bed homes.

Sandway is also planning a development at Sefton Grange, on the edge of Netherton, comprising of two, three and 4-bed homes and one and 2-bed apartments. While the majority of these will be for sale on the open market, Sefton Grange will also provide Sefton Council with its first new rented housing since its stock transfer in 2006, in the form of nine apartments.

High-quality living

Cllr Ian Maher, Leader of Sefton Council, said: “I am delighted to see our ambitious commitment to creating housing that will give high-quality living choices to local residents actually taking shape on site.

“By establishing Sandway Homes, we are ethically and sustainably creating people-centred homes that will provide more housing choice across Sefton.

“Plus, any funds generated will be used to support other Sefton Council developments and services.”

Place and communities

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said:  Sandway Homes and Sefton Council are fully aligned in our commitment to providing people with a choice of new homes while at the same time minimising any disruption or inconvenience to existing local residents.

“By delivering attractive, high-quality homes across the Borough, including social and affordable housing, these developments can only enhance Sefton’s quality of Place and Communities.”


Sandway’s Managing Director, Christian Rogers, said: “Sandway Homes is an exciting new venture that strikes just the right balance between achieving strong commercial performance whilst directly supporting the Borough’s strategic objectives for new quality housing and the creation of resilient communities with quality housing that meets the highest ethical and environmental standards.”

Sandway’s Main Contractor, Barnfield Construction is part of the Barnfield Group who are a North West-based, family-owned firm established over 45 years ago.  Barnfield are employing a number of Sefton construction workers for the Sandy Brook project. Barnfield are accredited Ambassadors of the Considerate Constructors Scheme and are committed to uphold the values of Sandway Homes and Sefton Council.

Track record

Tim Webber MBE, Managing Director and Chairman of the Barnfield Group said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Sandway Homes and Sefton Council on the Meadow Lane development.  We have many development partnerships with councils in the North West, where we have a successful track record of delivering high quality homes, proven to benefit local areas.  We look forward to working on other local schemes together in the near future.”

Find out more about Sandway Homes Ltd.

Keeping Sefton clean, green and beautiful as use of outdoor spaces more popular than ever

Sefton Council is undertaking a week of activities to keep the Borough clean, green and beautiful.

Green Sefton officers will be speaking to dog owners, other users and visitors at its popular parks and coastal locations this week, encouraging them to play their part in keeping these beauty spots free from dog fouling and rubbish. They will also be installing new signage to remind people to scoop up their dogs’ poop in hotspots where dog fouling is a persistent issue.

Mess left behind by park users and dog walkers is a significant concern for the Council and for residents. This has particularly been the case over the past year when these places have seen huge increases in visitor numbers as people have spent more time outdoors.

Two dogs in a park on leadsOfficers will also be reminding park users of the recently reintroduced rules under the dog control Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO). The Order means that in addition to it still being an offence to not remove dog fouling, the maximum number of dogs that can be walked by one person is six. Also, dogs must be kept on a lead of no more than 2m within defined areas and prevents them entering area such as closed playgrounds and marked sports pitches.

This ensures everyone can enjoy Sefton’s open spaces, picnic areas, playgrounds and sports pitches in harmony.

Locations where people can find Green Sefton officers this week are as follows:

  • Tuesday 25th May – morning at Derby Park, Bootle and afternoon at Marian Gardens, Netherton
  • Wednesday 26th May – morning at Seafront Gardens/Coastal Park, Crosby and afternoon at Victoria Park, Waterloo
  • Thursday 27th May – morning at Ainsdale Local Nature Reserve and afternoon at Hesketh Park, Southport

Two weeks of community and volunteer-focused litter picking activity will then follow on from Friday 28th May, as the Council joins forces with the Keep Britain Tidy Great British Spring Clean.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “Sefton has 22-miles of stunning coastline, more than 30 parks and around 180 open spaces. All these places have been more popular than ever over the past year for residents and visitors as people have enjoyed spending time outdoors.

“We have an incredibly passionate workforce who look after these sites, many of whom are experts on conservation and environmental issues. They work side-by-side a network of enthusiastic volunteers and community groups who together ensure our outdoor spaces are great places for people, animals and plants to thrive.

“Sadly, not everyone helps to protect these places by taking their rubbish home, by respecting the hard work that goes into caring for plants and wildlife, or by clearing up after their dogs.

Green Sefton staff at Ainsdale beach
Green Sefton staff at Ainsdale beach

“At the coast this can threaten rare species and damage the dunes. And, while in parks it’s not only unpleasant to come across dog mess or discarded rubbish, but coupled with anti-social behaviour, much of the good work undertaken by Council staff and volunteers can be undone.

“These next few weeks of activity should be a reminder to everyone across Sefton that we are determined to keep our outdoor spaces in the best possible condition, focusing our resources on the key problems that we find people are most concerned about – that’s littering and dog fouling.

“But as we’ve seen throughout the pandemic, it’s amazing what a collective community effort can achieve. So, with more people than ever spending time in our parks or at our beaches, we are confident they will want to play their role in respecting and protecting these important places.”

Anyone who would like to volunteer for a litter picking activity, might have an interest in joining a ‘Friends of…’ park group or would like to spend more time at the coast as a Beach Ambassador should get in touch.

To find out more, people can contact the Green Sefton team directly by email at

EU transition webinars for Sefton businesses: Tuesday 25th May & Tuesday 15th June

The EU transition period has now passed, and business who trade with the EU must ensure that their operations are compliant with new trading regulations, or risk penalties and delays.

On Tuesday 25th May and Tuesday 15th June, InvestSefton is hosting two free live webinars on common issues faced by businesses in the Liverpool City Region, along with the LCR Local Growth Hub, and Department for International Trade.

Whether you currently import or export goods and services, or are thinking of doing so in the future, these webinars will provide valuable information.

The webinars will be split over two sessions, with topics including:

  • EORI and Incoterms
  • Rules of Origin
  • Northern Ireland Protocol
  • Visas
  • Recovering UK import VAT

There will also be a Q&A session, and information on free resources and business support available from InvestSefton, the Growth Hub and DIT, including one-to-one support.

Who should attend

Any business, any size, any sector located in Sefton. Open to importers, exporters and those considering it now or in the future.


10.15am Zoom log in
10.30am Introductions Webinar, Q&A Business Support
11.45am Ends


The webinars will be accessible via Zoom. Delegates will be sent a link to the webinar, once their booking is confirmed.  


To book your place(s) call Dominique or Sharon on 0151 934 3452, or email


Sefton launches Your Streets, Your Say walking and cycling consultation

Sefton Council have launched Your Streets, Your Say, an online active travel consultation seeking views across the borough on proposed active travel routes in Crosby and Southport.

The new proposals would see improvements to existing routes and new routes to link up existing cycle and walking paths in the Borough.



The routes would see a new and upgraded cycling and walking route between Crosby Leisure Centre and Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre. It will also link to the new cycling provision being delivered on Great Georges Road, and provide a link to Potters Barn Park and beyond to the Rimrose Valley.

This route will be funded by the Sustainable Urban Development funding which has been awarded to the Liverpool City Region.



In addition to the route in Crosby, Sefton Council also have proposals in Southport, which would link to the existing town centre route. The existing town centre route links Birkdale to Southport Town Centre and Hesketh Park.  The two planned routes are Birkdale to Ainsdale, linking to Greenbank High School and Birkdale High School and Hesketh Park to the Plough Roundabout.

This work is part of a Liverpool City Region Combined Authority bid for government funding to improve active travel routes across the UK.

The Your Streets, Your Say consultation will run from the 21st May and invites opinion from across the borough.


Cllr John Fairclough, Cabinet Member for Locality Services said:

“We are improving our active travel networks throughout the whole of the Borough to support our Sefton 2030 Vision. The intention is to make it easier and safer to walk and cycle in Sefton whilst also encouraging people who have never travelled in this way to do so, especially for short journeys.

“The proposed active travel routes for pedestrians and people who cycle are at a very early stage of development, and we would encourage all residents and businesses to use this consultation period to get involved and help to shape the scheme as it moves forward.”



Cllr Ian Moncur, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing said:

“Active travel can have a hugely positive impact on our mental health and wellbeing as well as our physical health. We want people to take part in this consultation so we can maximise the health and wellbeing benefits of our plans.

“We have a beautiful borough here in Sefton and the new proposed active travel routes will make it easier and safer for people to enjoy our landscape and get out into nature.”



Cllr Paulette Lappin, Cabinet Member for Regulatory, Compliance and Corporate Services said:

“Active travel is a key part of our response to the climate emergency. It is vital that we facilitate green travel, reduce our emissions and allow people to make greener travel choices.

“Cycling and walking reduces the amount of vehicles on our roads, improving our air quality and minimising our contribution to climate change.

“We encourage all residents to participate in this consultation to shape our plans and make Sefton cleaner and greener.”



Simon O’Brien, Walking and Cycling Commissioner for the Liverpool City Region said:

“Cycling is great for air quality and the environment, and brilliant for our physical and mental health and wellbeing. But we shouldn’t just think of getting on our bikes as exercise – it’s also a cheap and easy way to commute to work, travel to school or college and even pop to the local shops.

“But to encourage more people to leave the car at home for short journeys we need to make cycling a really attractive option by building safe, separated routes where people can ride their bikes with confidence. That’s why routes like the one being planned in Crosby and Southport are so important.

“We know that across our city region support for new, safer cycle lanes is really high – about 70% of people back this infrastructure being built – but it’s vital to get feedback from residents, road users and cyclists about specific routes, and that’s why we’re asking people to take part in this consultation let us know what they think.”


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Fill in the online questionnaires here:




European Regional Development Fund

The project is receiving up to £980,000 of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.  The Department for Communities and Local Government is the Managing Authority for ERDF. Established by the European Union ERDF funds help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations.  For more information visit

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