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Scottish Power to close Derby Road for vital energy works

Essential energy works are set to take place on Derby Road, Bootle from July 29-August 2.

In order to carry out these works, contractors need to close the southbound section of Derby Road between Miller’s Bridge and Bankhall Street is set to be closed with diversions in place to help reduce delays.

North Liverpool Key Corridor

The essential works require Scottish Power to access underground equipment and the southbound closure has been put in place to ensure safety of workers on site.

Residents and businesses in the area have already been informed of the closure via letters.

Southbound traffic on Derby Road approaching the junction with Millers Bridge will be diverted onto Stanley Road.

Northbound traffic will remain unaffected by the works.

The works are carried out in conjunction with the wider North Liverpool Key Corridor (NLKC) scheme, which will create a modern fully ‘dualled’ road link on the A565 Great Howard Street and Derby Road between Sefton and Liverpool.

More information about this scheme can be found here.


Supporting refugees in Sefton throughout Year of Friendship

This month, as part of our Year Of Friendship campaign, Sefton is celebrating diversity across our borough.

In the same month that will see the first Liverpool City Region Pride event take place in Liverpool this weekend (Saturday July 27 and Sunday July 28), extending the values and reach of Pride across the whole Liverpool City Region, we’ll be shining a light on the many groups, teams, individuals and organisations who promote diversity across Sefton.

One of the support programmes we offer here at Sefton Council are language courses for refugees living in the borough. The courses support them on their journey of learning English and also helps them integrate into our communities.

Classes are accessed through the Council’s Sefton Community Learning Service, which offers high quality adult learning programmes to help people make positive changes. Many current learners began their journey without English speaking skills and have progressed rapidly through the levels. Other courses are also available to help them improve their Mathematics and ICT skills.

Earlier this month, Sefton Library Service also announced it has been awarded almost £240,000 in National Lottery funding to support the Human Library project. The award will provide three years funding to Sefton Libraries to offer a programme of creative activities that invite local people to meet spend time together, making their neighbourhood a better place to live.

Part of the project will be dedicated to refugees in Sefton, with a tailored programme of activities involving culturally diverse artists, poets and writers aimed at refugees aimed at helping them feel welcome at our libraries.

The Sefton Library Service team will work with the refugee community to plan activities that celebrate their cultural heritage. Planned projects include a multi-language story and rhyme time in English, Arabic and Kurdish and a women’s weekly craft club. Although the activities will be aimed at refugee and asylum seekers, anyone from the Sefton community is encouraged to join in and take part.

To find out more about our refugee language programme, or any other courses at the Sefton Community Learning Service, contact 0151 934 4546 or visit

To find out more about The Human Library Project visit

Final phase of Southport Pier improvement works set to start.

The third and final phase of improvement works on Southport Pier is set to start.

The work is all part of an ongoing £2.9m refurbishment of the oldest cast iron pier in the country that first opened in 1860.

Works will include new telescopes on the pier to view wildlife and terrestrial and webcams and television screens to view other marine life.

Other improvements include the opening of two new kiosks serving food and drink that the concessions now trade in.

The final phase due to start soon will see improved beach access and signage on the Pier that stretches more than 1,108m into the Irish Sea.

Mark Catherall, Sefton Council’s Tourism Manager, said: “Every year millions of people make the pleasant stroll down Southport Pier and the continued improvement works just enhance the experience.

“We look forward to working with the concessions to help the Pier go from strength to strength, and the substantial investment by the Council and the concession is a great boost to the local economy and shows great confidence in the town.

“Southport Pier is a marvellous asset and millions of pounds spent on redevelopment work ensures this fantastic structure continues to be a top tourist attraction.”

The final phase of work should be completed by the end of the year.

Sefton continues to tackle Single Use Plastics issue

Sefton Council is continuing its efforts to reduce the impact that single used plastics have on the local environment.

Following last week’s landmark declaration of a Climate Change Emergency, Sefton Council’s Cabinet have today (July 25) agreed on even more robust action to help protect the environment and future generations by tackling the issue of single use plastics.

Sefton have already begun phasing out the use of single use plastics following discussions in 2018, including stopping use of plastic cutlery, straws, drink stirrers, plates, cups and lids in local authority buildings.

Work has been undertaken in relation to the concessions that operate under Sefton licences, including food outlets and events on the coastline.

Part of this work also involves a blanket ban on balloon and Chinese lantern releases across the borough, which have been found to pose a threat to livestock and wildlife, as well as being a source of litter across the coast and greenspaces.

Cllr Paulette Lappin, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regulation and Compliance, said: “We wholeheartedly believe that the reduction of single-use plastic would not only benefit the health of our residents across Sefton, but it will also go quite some way in reducing waste and ultimately help us to protect our coast.

“While we know that there are limitations in our powers to ban single use plastics across the borough, we are working on a robust strategy to ensure we can eventually phase them out across all council activities and buildings by 2020.

“The mass intentional release of helium filled latex balloons and Chinese/sky lanterns pose hazards to wildlife and livestock causing injury and death, and in even worse cases, lanterns can also cause injury to humans, damage to buildings and cause false callouts to the coastguard.

“We would encourage all residents and visitors to our beautiful borough to take note and help us in reducing the amount of single use plastics our communities use.”

Further updates will be announced in the coming months.


Bespoke job club for transgender and transitioning community launched in Southport

A bespoke monthly job club called ‘Butterflies’ is being launched in Southport to support transgender people and those undergoing transition when looking for work.

Following feedback from the transgender and transitioning community, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is working with Find The Light Foundation to help trans people address the additional barriers they face when seeking employment.

The Butterflies Job Club will include support with:

  • Confidence building and personal development
  • Mindfulness and stress reduction
  • Job and training opportunities
  • One-to-one support from DWP staff
  • Support from a specialist adviser regarding health conditions

The job club will take place at Southport Jobcentre, 68b Eastbank Street, Southport, PR8 1HE from 1.30pm to 3.30pm on the following dates:

  • Friday, July 26 2019
  • Friday, September 6 2019
  • Friday, October 4 2019

If you are interested in attending the course, or if you would like some more information, contact Jan Morrell on 07880 275 733 / or Gary Bell on 0755 725 4010 /

If you are a benefit claimant, speak to your work coach about support with travel costs.



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