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Southport Pier temporary closure

A section of Southport Pier will be temporarily closed from January 3, 2018 to allow contractors to begin the second phase of its £2.9m improvement works.

The landward section of the pier, between Ocean Plaza and the Marine Lake cafe, will be closed off to the public until approximately March, 2018. This is to allow contractors to continue with a huge improvement project to create additional jobs, increase visitor numbers and secure Southport Pier as a valued asset for many years to come.

The seaward end of the Pier will remain fully open during the works, including the Pavilion.

Access to the Pier will be from the steps and ramp at Ocean Plaza, while signage and directional routes will be installed to help guide visitors and residents.

We apologise for any inconvenience this will cause.

Other works on and around the Pier include:
• The creation of new retail and food units
• New extension to the Pier pavilion
• New steps linking the Pier deck with the beach below
• Improvements to railings around Marine Lake

Important information to help rough sleepers

Sefton Council has a range of services for rough sleepers throughout the borough which are available all year round.

Services are at hand as we to try and reduce the number of people sleeping rough in Sefton.

If you see anyone sleeping rough or have any concerns about someone on the street, please get in touch. This is especially important during the cold winter months.

To report an incident of rough sleeping in Sefton please call the Rough Sleeper Outreach Team via Light for Life on 01704 501256 or 07918 746042 outside normal office hours and weekends.

Alternatively, email housing.options@sefton.gov.uk and provide details of the location and any description of the person.  We will acknowledge your email and give you a response to your report.

No-one needs to sleep rough and services are available including a ‘sit up’ service providing an overnight room at hostels in Southport and Bootle if needed.

Palm oil update: Dog walkers need to be on alert despite decline in debris

Sefton Council Coast and Countryside staff are urging dog walkers and beach goers along the Sefton coast to keep reporting any discoveries of potentially harmful palm oil.

There appears to be less palm oil debris washing ashore but it is still present.

Teams from Sefton Council Coast and Countryside team, along with its partners have been collecting the material for the last few weeks after it began washing up in volume.

A spokesman for the Sefton Coast Landscape Partnership said: “Palm oil debris is harmless to humans, but it can be fatal to dogs if eaten.

“Unfortunately dogs are attracted to the smell of the stuff, so pet owners are advised to remain vigilant if walking your dog on the coast, especially around tidelines.

“Approximately 20 tons of palm oil debris have already been removed from the coastline so far, and it is being treated as an ongoing issue by coastline managers.”

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