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Local Projects to benefit from £100k following the 146th Open

Local community projects and initiatives in Sefton are set to benefit from legacy funding following the successful staging of The 146th Open at Royal Birkdale.

L-R: Aspiring Instructor Steph Todd, Cllrs Marion Atkinson and Ian Moncur, along with Philip Russell, Assistant Director – Sustainability for the R&A at Birkdale Common

Record crowds flocked to the famous Southport links last year to watch the world’s greatest golfers and The R&A has agreed to provide a six-figure sum from the proceeds of the Championship to Sefton Council in order to support three major projects.

The legacy projects include:

  • £40K towards improving ‘green’ tourism and connectivity on Southport Pier for more people to enjoy. This will include new RSPB telescopes on the oldest cast iron constructed pier in the country to view wildlife and terrestrial and underwater webcams and television screens to view other marine life. A new access point on the pier will also be constructed.
  • £40K to the Aspiring Instructors training pathway scheme – this provides customised training opportunities in the leisure and sports sector for residents not in work. The Aspiring Instructors scheme is run in partnership with Sefton@Work and the Council’s Leisure team creating training and potential job opportunities within the sector. It is hoped the new programme funded by The R&A would help 25 new starters on the scheme.

The remaining £20K will go towards improvements on Birkdale Common which was integral to hosting The 146th Open. Money will go towards a new noticeboard, an accessible boardwalk ramp, new signage and boundary improvements.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said:

“While the superb Championship may seem like a distant memory, this money kindly donated by The R&A will go a long way to preserving the legacy of one of the world’s greatest sporting events.

“The funding clearly aligns with our 2030 Vision and our objectives of building resilient communities across the borough. It links with improving our tourism offer, employment opportunities and ensuring those communities impacted by the Open will benefit.

“All three schemes will play their part in remembering what was truly a great sporting spectacle here in Sefton and we look forward to the Championship returning soon.

“After the Championship, The R&A revealed crowds at Royal Birkdale reached 235,000, which is the highest figure ever for an Open held outside of St Andrews, Scotland.

“Hopefully every single one of them will have amazing lasting memories of the event and further memories will be created through the legacy funding as well.”

Johnnie Cole-Hamilton, Executive Director – Championships at The R&A, added:

“We are committed to ensuring that the communities in which The Open is staged benefit from the success of the Championship.

“We are pleased to be supporting Sefton Council’s plans to invest in initiatives which benefit the surrounding environment and people living in the local community. We look forward to hearing about the positive progress of each initiative.”

Private Landlords need new licences from March 1

Private Landlords across Sefton are being reminded they will need to apply for a licence to rent out their property from March 1.

From this date, Sefton Council requires landlords of private rented properties in some parts of the borough to apply for a housing licence.

If you are a private landlord in Sefton and haven’t already, you need to check whether you will need a licence to rent out your property and if so, apply for one.

If your property is in the Bootle (L20, L21) area you may need a Selective Licence.

If your property is in Seaforth (L21), Waterloo (L22), Brighton-le-Sands (L23) or Southport (PR8, PR9) AND it is a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) you may need an Additional (HMO) licence.

A full list of all streets affected along with further details of the schemes, licensing conditions and fees are available on sefton.gov.uk.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member Communities and Housing, said: “I would strongly advise landlords to check whether their properties need a licence and, if so, to apply for one as soon as possible.

“This is a new scheme for Sefton and landlords will need to have applied for a licence by the beginning of September.

“A rigorous enforcement regime will commence after this date and landlords found to be operating unlicensed property will face tough penalties. New staff have been recruited to operate and enforce the schemes which will be funded through the licence fees. The team will also include a new apprentice.
If a property falls within either the Selective or Additional (HMO) licensing areas and is licensable under the Mandatory scheme landlords will not need to also apply for either a Selective or Additional (HMO) licence.

Landlords will be required to meet a range of licence conditions, and show that they have appropriate management arrangements in place.

It is an offence, which can result in fines of any amount, if the landlord or person in control of the property
• fails to apply for a licence for a licensable property, or
• allows a property to be occupied by more people than is permitted under the licence
• breaches any of the licence conditions

If you are a landlord, a person managing a property within the areas of the designation you are advised to check whether your property will require a licence and ensure that you apply for one per property.

You can check if you need a housing licence, which type of licence you need and apply for a housing licence at www.housinglicensing.sefton.gov.uk.

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

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