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St. Modwen’s Investment in Crosby Village Centre Near Completion

ST. MODWEN’S latest phase of investment in Crosby village centre is nearing completion and a local restaurant and bar occupier is secured.

In the coming weeks the hoardings will come down to reveal the sympathetic refurbishment of the art deco style Glenn Buildings and the new build edition to the high street of 10 Moor Lane.

The Blues Bar, a long standing local business, has expanded its premises adding a new bar and dining area – confirming its commitment to Crosby. The popular bar has agreed a deal to take Unit 1 in the Glenn Buildings North as well as extending its lease on their current premises in Unit 2.

Caddick Construction started on site with the redevelopment of the Glenn Buildings and construction of 10 Moor Lane in June 2017 after St. Modwen secured planning approval from Sefton Council for its plans to develop the 24,775 sq ft of retail, leisure and office space.

As the construction phase nears completion, Sefton Council’s Lead Member for Regeneration and Skills Cllr Marion Atkinson and councillors, whose wards neighbour the village centre, were given a hard hat tour to preview the redevelopment.

 

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said: “St. Modwen’s investment in Crosby village centre really represents a significant and welcome contribution in delivering the aims and objectives of the ‘Investment Strategy’ we published in 2015.

“It also sits within our 2030 Vision highlighting the fact that Sefton is open for business.

“This scheme has significantly improved the fabric and appearance of the village centre along Moor Lane, creating new futures for these buildings including a new unit at 10 Moor Lane and the Glenn Buildings North and South.

“Along with recent environmental improvements to the street scene this will help to create a vibrant and pleasant village centre for our communities, as new retail and leisure uses will increase footfall and activity and support local independents.

“We look forward to continuing our relationship with St. Modwen and working with other investment interests in the future.”

David Nuttall, Senior Development Manager for St. Modwen, said: “We are close to completing the multi-million pound investment in the Glenn Buildings, which has also included adding a new 9,800 sq ft building to increase the offer for occupiers.

“The Blues Bar has been a long-standing fixture on the high street in Crosby and had previously faced an uncertain future. We are delighted that they have committed to renewing their lease and feel confident in extending their bar into an additional unit.

“We are in detailed negotiations with further occupiers for the scheme and we hope to be able to make further announcements soon.”

Keith Downs, owner of The Blues Bar, said: “I’m pleased to have extended Blues Bar lease with St. Modwen which provides us with the stability to invest further in the business going forward.

“This includes the investment in our new venture next door which we are sure will provide the local community with yet more choice and variety going forward.

“We are also looking forward to seeing new businesses come into the village and would like to thank St. Modwen for their vision and redevelopment.”

 

The newly refurbished retail and leisure units available to let range from 646 sq ft to 4,885 sq ft and are available to view. Lambert Smith Hampton is the agent.

Sefton joins alliance to boost confidence in reporting child abuse

Sefton Council is asking local residents to be vigilant on the signs of child abuse and report instances when they suspect them.

Using the mantra “If you think it, report it”, the council is joining Government and local authorities, police chiefs and charities across the United Kingdom in its support for the latest phase of ‘Together, we can tackle child abuse’, a national campaign led by the Department for Education (DfE), with support from national charity, the NSPCC.

Recent research has found that among parents of under 16s questioned by YouGov, almost a third (31%) had worried about child’s welfare, or about abuse or neglect in their local area, but just over half (57%) went on to take any actions or raise their concerns.

This stage of the campaign will see the local authority and its partners sharing key themes across their communications channels, including the signs of abuse and how to spot them, who you can talk to about child abuse and the four different types of abuse (physical, emotional, sexual and neglect).

Cllr. John Joseph Kelly, Cabinet Member for Children, Schools and Families said:

“The safeguarding of children and young people is of paramount importance to Sefton Council and we fully support the critical messages of this campaign.

“I encourage anyone who sees the campaign messages to really think about them, be aware of the signs of child abuse, and of course report them to Sefton Council when you see them.”

To find out more, visit the campaign website.

To report a child or young person at risk, visit the Sefton Council website

 

 

Dive into a new era of swimming in Sefton

Sefton’s pools are set to launch brand new swimming timetables complete with a selection of new sessions on March 1 2018.

 Dunes Splash World in Southport, Bootle Leisure Centre and Meadows Leisure Centre in Maghull will be introducing a variety of new swim sessions that have been specifically designed to match the feedback residents gave in a consultation last year.

 This comes as part of Sefton Council’s measures to improve the swimming offer in the borough made possible by grant funding from Sport England.

 The installation of high tech sound systems and lighting at the three centres has opened up a world of opportunities for the kind of pool sessions that can be offered in Sefton.

 Calm Waters will make use of mood lighting and gentle music to create a relaxed pool environment, perfect for those recovering from ill health or anyone who wants to enjoy a swim in calmer waters.

 Swim and Splash on the other hand will be perfect for younger swimmers looking to have fun in the pool. These sessions will come complete with music, floats and monthly Wave Raves will even see the pool dyed different colours.

 Swimming is a great form of exercise and the new swim fit sessions will allow participants to train in a lane that is relevant to their ability. They will have to option to follow exercises led by an instructor or through poolside swim fit cards.

 As well as the new additions, popular sessions are set to return including £1 swims, swimming lessons and Get Healthy Get Active, a swimming confidence programme for adults with learning disabilities and over 65’s.

 Over 3,000 people took part in the consultation to tell the council what they thought about swimming and how it could be improved.

 As well as tailoring new timetables, the consultation also led to a full renovation of the changing facilities at Dunes Splash World and Bootle Leisure Centre. All three centres will also be fitted with poolside lockers that can be used to store items such as glasses, hearing aids and walking sticks while poolside hangers can be used to hang towels and robes.

 Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “A lot of hard work has gone into improving the swim offer in Sefton and it’s fantastic to see everything come together.

 “The new changing facilities at Dunes and in Bootle have made a huge difference to the pool environments and the introduction of the new timetables will truly open up a world of swimming opportunities for Sefton residents!”

 To see the full list of sessions heading to the centres visit www.sefton.gov.uk/swimsessions

Deadline nears for £115,000 community fund applications

The deadline is looming for organisations who want a share of £115,000 to help make Merseyside a cleaner and greener place.

The funding has been made available for Merseyside and Halton community and voluntary groups, schools, faith groups and not-for-profit organisations, who can reduce household waste, encourage recycling and resource re-use and prevent carbon emissions. The projects will also have to demonstrate wider positive impacts on the environment, health and education.

Successful applicants can be awarded up to £25,000 for schemes which operate across all six districts in Merseyside and Halton, and £8,000 for projects which work solely at one local authority level.

The money is coming from the Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority and Veolia Community Fund 2018/19.

The deadline for submission of Expressions of Interest is Wednesday 28th February 2018.

The impact of last year’s Fund saw 10 projects deliver 23 full time equivalent jobs (created or safeguarded), participation by 136 volunteers, 25,970 people directly engaged, 1345 tonnes of waste material diverted from landfill and £134,500 of equivalent landfill costs avoided.

Chairperson of Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA), Councillor Graham Morgan, said: “We’ve made this money available for new and existing projects which can have an impact on their local community and make Merseyside and Halton a cleaner and greener place for us all to live and work.”

This year bids must tackle one or more of the four priority household waste materials which have been identified by MRWA as key, namely Food, Plastics, Textiles and Furniture.

Interested groups should complete and submit an Expression of Interest with MRWA. If applicants are shortlisted then they will be asked to fill in a more detailed Community Fund entry. Projects will have ten months to deliver their schemes and will be expected to get started by June.

Organisations interested in this year’s Community Fund can:

– Download the Expression of Interest Form and Guidance at www.merseysidewda.gov.uk/waste-strategy/community-fund/community-fund-201819/

– Contact the Authority by Email: communityfund2018-19@merseysidewda.gov.uk / Tel: 0151 255 1444

Meeting called over Chapel Lane trees

Sefton Council have called for a meeting with tree experts to discuss independent inspection findings regarding trees in Chapel Lane, Formby.

A spokesman for Sefton Council said: “As promised, we agreed with Formby Parish Council and local councillors to defer the tree removal works planned in Formby Village to give an opportunity for them to commission an independent inspection into the condition of the trees.

“While we remain very concerned about the health and safety risks associated with these trees, we want to ensure the views of local communities are heard and that we take a balanced view without compromising the safety of pedestrians and road users. 

“We have now received the full report and while there is agreement on three out of the five trees, there are still issues in respect of the other two trees and we are seeking clarity on a couple of key points, particularly on the assessment of the health and safety risk, which remains a priority for us.

“To ensure we reach a mutually agreeable sustainable solution, we would like the opportunity for our own internal tree experts and the author of the report to come together to discuss some aspects in more detail.  We are currently waiting for this to be arranged.

“Once this conversation has taken place, the Council will provide a detailed assessment of the report and determine its decision in relation to these two trees.

“No work will commence on any tree until 5th March 2018 at the earliest to allow for discussions to take place.”

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