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Sefton’s sporting stars shine at annual awards gala

Sefton has once again honoured the borough’s sporting heroes at a glittering ceremony in Southport.

Sporting stars and unsung heroes were hailed at the 2019 Sefton Sports Awards, which took place at Southport Theatre and Convention Centre last week (Wednesday, June 26).

Organised by Active Sefton, the awards celebrate a host of volunteers, coaches, teams or individuals from across the borough who have been successful or shown great tenacity in their sport.

Hundreds of nominations were whittled down to 51 shortlisted hopefuls all looking to walk away with one of the coveted trophies.

Special guest speaker and former marine, Andy Grant, was on hand to leave not a dry eye in the house with his speech documenting how he fought back from adversity and became the worlds fastest single leg amputee.

Joining Andy was our host Leanne Campbell from Radio City who was on hand to announce all the winners and highly commended sporting stars, many of whom dedicate much of their life to sport with little thanks or recognition.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, added: “It is down to these people, clubs, teams and schools that grassroots sport has a place in Sefton and our young people are inspired and supported when following their sporting ambitions.

“Congratulations to all of our worthy winners and thank you for your commitment to sport in Sefton!”

This year’s Workplace of the Year winner, EMR Recycling, were highlighted for their ongoing work to support and assist Bootle Bucks Inclusion Football Club.

Scott Bamborough, EMR Metal Recycling Area Manager, said: “It was a huge pleasure to accept the award on behalf of the partnership with EMR and Bootle Bucks Inclusion FC.

“It is a sincere honour to support ‘The Bucks’ with their huge success in giving every child the opportunity to play football. It is much more than a football club – it’s a community and support network for kids, parents and carers. It is an extended family to all involved.

“All of us at EMR are honoured to have been given the opportunity to be part of this family.”

For more information about the Active Sefton Sports Awards, please visit https://www.sefton.gov.uk/activesefton

Police reveal £4.2m plan to target serious violence and put criminals behind bars

A major policing operation which aims to tackle serious and violent crime and put the people responsible for committing it behind bars will be launched across Merseyside today, Monday 1st July.

In May it was announced that Merseyside Police would receive £4.2m from the Home Office’s £100m Serious Violence Fund to tackle issues including knife and gun crime.

The money is being used to fund Operation Target – a forcewide operation which will bring in extra dedicated staff, additional resources and equipment and targeted intelligence in a bid to tackle serious violence head-on.

As well as gun and knife crime the operation will also focus on serious assaults, armed robberies and murder investigations and will look at wider issues such as violence in night time economy areas, County Lines and drugs use.

The new operation will see more high visibility police officers on the streets and the purchase of additional equipment such as hand held metal detectors and metal detecting gloves for frontline officers.

There will be increased disruption activity including stop searches; roadside checks; open land searches and test purchasing.

Work will also be done to develop further intelligence around types of crimes and key areas and tactics in order to directly target those involved in serious violence and we will be working in close partnership with local authorities, the Youth Offending Service and health and social care professionals to share information and good practice.

Early intervention work will also continue in schools and youth groups and communities.

Chief Superintendent Matt Boyle said: “We know what concerns the people of Merseyside and although resources have been put into tackling these issues in the past this additional funding from the Home Office means our response will now be even bigger and better.

“We know issues such as knife and gun crime really impact on our communities and we are committed to tackling these issues head on and really making a difference.

“We now have the funding to put more officers in the places that we need them most – either high visibility patrols in our communities or in our city and town centres at night and peak times.

“It also means that we can develop our intelligence around offenders, pay for additional equipment to assist operations and investigations, engage with our local schools and communities and work with our partners to adopt a co-ordinated approach to tackling serious violence.

“This will be a one team approach with officers and staff from across the Force including roads policing, armed response, investigations, dogs and mounted and neighbourhood officers as well as call handlers, intelligence staff, forensics officers and support staff involved in making Operation Target a success.

“Some of this work will take place behind the scenes but I hope that the public will recognise our continued commitment to making Merseyside an even safer place to live, work and visit.
“I also hope that it will give confidence to people and reassure them that we will continue to take positive action to protect all victims of serious crime and bring criminals to justice.”

Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy said: “Tackling serious and organised crime has always been a priority, but by securing this additional ‘surge’ funding from the Home Office, Merseyside Police can now allocate more resources to tackling the issues that matter most to our communities and carry the greatest risk to people living in Merseyside.

“This money will be concentrated on preventing crime, particularly that which has the capacity to cause most harm. It will also enable the Force to invest more in the really important proactive and prevention work used to put the criminals on the back foot that has suffered from years of budget cuts.

“I hope this increase in high visibility police patrols and operations focussing on reducing and reacting to street violence will provide reassurance to the public, prevent more young people from becoming involved in a life of crime and make a genuine difference in the lives of people in some of our most troubled areas, making Merseyside a safer place for everyone.”

Combined Authority Sets Ambitious Targets to Tackle Climate Emergency

Having declared a Climate Emergency, the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority today set out ambitious targets for tackling climate change and will develop a full Climate Action Plan by December 2019.

Amongst the first targets for the Liverpool City Region are plans:
• To deliver Europe’s largest tidal power project by 2030
• To triple the volume of energy generated by offshore wind in Liverpool Bay by 2032
• To replace all methane with hydrogen from the city region’s gas grid by 2035
• To deliver a network of at least eight zero-carbon refuelling stations (hydrogen and electric charging) across the city region by 2025
• To meet the city region’s hydrogen demand from transport, industry and heat from clean hydrogen produced within the city region from 2023

Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said:
“We declared a Climate Emergency because we recognise the need for urgent action to tackle the severe consequences of climate change.

“As a city region we were the first in the country to adopt a target to be Zero Carbon by 2040, ten years earlier than the national target; we have launched a £10m Green Investment Fund; we are pioneering the use of hydrogen for transport; and we already have one of the biggest wind farm clusters in Europe in Liverpool Bay.

“But what makes us unique is our Mersey Tidal Power project, which has the potential to be truly transformative, generating enough power for up to a million homes and creating thousands of local jobs.

And devolution means that we can make sure that local people develop the skills they need to flourish in this growing industry.

“Climate change is the biggest threat we face globally and we will do everything in our power to make a difference at a local level.”

The Combined Authority is already tackling climate change in a variety of ways, including:
• A zero carbon target of 2040
• The Mersey Tidal Commission
• A £10m Green Investment Fund
• £460m investment in new, state-of-the-art trains for Merseyrail network – improving and futureproofing green public transport
• The cleanest bus fleet outside of London – with 7 out of 10 vehicles already low emission and 25 zero emission hydrogen buses arriving next year
• Establishment of a Clean Air Taskforce
• A “Brownfield First” approach to development
• Investment into the first phase of a £16 million 600km cycling and walking network.

Exciting proposals revealed for transformation of Southport Market

Exciting new plans are being developed to potentially transform Southport Market into a unique food and drink offer with flexible events and market space.

Impressive images have just been released charting how the King Street market could look like in the future.

While no final decisions have yet been made, Sefton Council is starting the process by talking to current stall holders about the exciting plans with the view of moving things forward through the usual formal process.

Sefton remains totally committed to ensuring Southport Market continues to operate and makes a positive contribution to the local economy as well as becoming a key visitor destination.

For this to happen, the Council believes the current operating model needs to be adapted to meet changing consumer and businesses demands, and are looking at options on how to build on the previous investment that will potentially deliver:

• Enhanced hot food and drink offer
• Self-contained food retail units
• Flexible market and events space

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said: “We really value Southport Market but sadly it has become evident that many factors are making trading conditions extremely difficult and occupancy levels continue to fall.

“While we have been actively promoting it and trying to secure new traders along with other initiatives to help deliver a long term sustainable future for the market, this has sadly not worked.

“As a result and building on our former investment at the market, new plans are being developed to potentially transform the building into a unique offer that will only benefit the town and the wider borough.

“Nothing is set in stone and as we develop further plans over the coming weeks and months we will ensure existing traders are fully kept up to date and consulted on any final plans.

“While we totally understand how trading conditions have been difficult in the market for many months, we remain committed to supporting traders throughout this exciting process and will continue to do so.”

Blackhurst’s butchers have been in the market for 40 years.

Owner, Tony Blackhurst, said: “Having seen the market change over a number of years I am really excited to see the latest plans and look forward to Blackhurst’s butchers playing a key role in the market’s transformation. Blackhurt’s butchers along with the other market traders remain open and we look forward to seeing you soon.”

Anyone who may have an interest in the market’s exciting future plans, please contact tourism@sefton.gov.uk

Stay #SunSafe during the hot weather in Sefton

Thousands of people are expected to visit beautiful Sefton this coming weekend (June 28-30) with temperatures set to soar.

Sefton also plays host to two major events this weekend, with the Southport Half Marathon and Armed Forces Day parades taking place on Sunday (June 30), meaning that roads will be especially busy.

We’ve put together a list of helpful tips to make the most out of the borough.

Transport

People are strongly advised to plan their journeys as roads are expected to be much busier than normal and we are urging as many people as possible to consider using the wealth of fantastic public transport options

If you are driving through #MySefton, make sure you plan ahead and allow extra time for your journeys and some queues can be expected.

Shopping

A visit to Sefton is not complete without sampling the shopping and restaurant delights of the borough.

After taking in the fantastic sights each day, why not explore the fantastic array of shops, restaurants and bars which Sefton has to offer?

From the quaint and quirky offerings of Wesley Street and Lord Street in Southport to the hustle and bustle of South Road, Sefton has it all.

The borough’s nightime scene comes alive after 6pm with an array of wine bars, bespoke beer shops and clubs, while Sefton is also renowned for its tasty restaurants and thirst quenching bars.

Beaches

Southport Beach Car Park will be closed to the public during the morning of June 30 to help facilitate the Southport Half Marathon.

We hope to have the beach reopen for public parking from 1pm. Click here to find out more.

Please note that BBQs and drones are banned on our coastline for safety reasons.

Our beaches are characterised in places by sand flats and mud flats, with large tidal ranges. While enjoying Sefton’s beaches, do not get stuck on them.

Rubbish

Sefton is home to many beautiful and picturesque spots and we want to keep it that way. We actively encourage both visitors and residents alike to make sure they are responsible for their own rubbish and dispose of it in a sensible manner.

If you cannot find a bin to dispose of your rubbish responsibly, please take it home with you.

 

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