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Marine Way Bridge to close for routine maintenance works

Routine maintenance works are set to take place on Marine Way Bridge, Southport next month.

The extensive works are scheduled to begin on the bridge, which is now fifteen years old, from Monday, September 9 and take up to three weeks to complete.

In order to carry out the works safely and to allow for access for large equipment, Marine Way Bridge will be closed to all traffic, including pedestrians during weekdays.

However to compensate for increased traffic on weekends, the bridge will be reopened temporarily for both weekends commencing September 14 and September 21.

Diversions will be in place throughout the closure to ensure disruption is kept to a minimum.

Cllr John Fairclough, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Locality Services, said: “The dates for the work have been chosen to take account of school holidays, the Air Show, the Musical Fireworks Championship and the 24 hour Yacht Race.

“The Marine Way Bridge is a vital asset both to our highways network and is the gateway to some of the most beautiful coastline in the North West.

“We have been working closely with our Tourism team and partners to make sure the works take place during a brief quiet period in Southport’s packed events calendar.

“The works will start following the end of the Southport Air Show and we are confident they will be completed before the British Musical Fireworks Championships on September 27-29.

“However if bad weather delays any works, the bridge will be opened during that weekend to accommodate visiting traffic.”

A diversion route will be in place to direct traffic across Marine Lake and advanced signs on Marine Drive at the North and South will allow motorists to choose their preferred route to the East or West of Marine Lake.

For more information about road closures across the borough please visit www.roadworks.org

Share your stories to promote positive mental health

sefton in mindSefton Council is preparing to launch this year’s 30 Days of Sefton in Mind campaign and is calling upon community groups, individuals and organisations in Sefton to get in touch and share stories about where and when they spend their time to find friendship and support.

Now in its third year, 30 Days of Sefton in Mind uses the 30 days that fall between World Suicide Prevention Day (10 September) and World Mental Health Day (10 October) to promote positive mental health across the borough and signpost residents to the many services available to them.

Sefton’s Year of Friendship will link in closely with this year’s theme for 30 Days of Sefton in Mind which will look to promote supportive communitiesand help people make new friends. This could be a 5 a-side football team, an LGBT support group or a gardening club. The Council wants to hear about any sports teams, coffee mornings, support groups and other activities that help bring people in Sefton together. 

To get involved in this year’s campaign tell the Council about your experience or groups and tweet it along with a photograph to @SeftonCouncil using the hashtag #30DaysofSeftonInMind or alternatively email communications@sefton.gov.uk by Friday, 30 August.  Tell us about the group or activity, where and when it happens, how it helps and how to access it.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “The 30 Days of Sefton in Mind campaign continues to go from strength to strength and is an invaluable way for us to promote positive mental health in Sefton.

“Loneliness and social isolation is known to have a detrimental effect on mental health so by promoting groups and activities that bring Sefton residents together we hope that we can help people make new friends and feel less lonely especially during the Year of Friendship.”

Last year, the campaign celebrated the places in Sefton people went to promote their mental health. Submissions from residents were used to create Sefton’s Positive Mental Health Map that can be viewed online atwww.mysefton.co.uk/

The Council encouraged residents to share their favourite places in the borough for their mental health and these submissions helped to shape a positive mental health map that can be viewed online atwww.mysefton.co.uk/PositiveMentalHealthMap.  

The campaign is led by Sefton Council and supported by Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), NHS Southport and Formby CCG and Sefton Council for Voluntary Service.

Sefton’s Graham pens first book to help Alder Hey children

A Sefton Council officer is marking a new chapter as he realises a lifelong dream of becoming a published author.

Graham Parry, a Strategic Housing officer for the local authority, has published his first ever book, ‘Alder’, about a boy who, while sick in hospital, is able to travel through a passage he has drawn on the hospital room wall to a magical world, called “Alder”, where he encounters all kinds of adventures.

Proceeds from each sale of ‘Alder’ will go towards Alder Hey Hospital in Aintree.

The Liverpool  born author, 43, who now lives in Melling said that he couldn’t wait for children to read and enjoy his book, saying: “the idea for the story came to me when I awoke from a sleep one night and all the details of the story were clear right from the start!

“This is my first attempt at a writing book and I am delighted that some of the proceeds from each sale will go to supporting the brilliant and important work of Alder Hey.

“For any parent of a poorly child in Merseyside, having such a fantastic institution as Alder Hey on our doorstep is so comforting – I am happy, in my small way, to be able to help them.”

“I would also like to thank my incredibly supportive colleagues at the Council while I was writing ‘Alder’ and I am touched that copies will be available across our Sefton library network.”

Graham was recently invited to Alder Hey to launch his new book, before hosting a special reading of ‘Alder’ at Formby Library. 

Copies are available to buy at local bookshops, Alder Hey Hospital and online via www.blossomspringpublishing.com.

South Park set for action packed family fun day

Preparations are well underway for the annual South Park Family Fun Day in Bootle.

Each year Sefton Council and its partners host the South Park Family Fun Day, which this year takes place on Thursday August 22 from 12pm – 4pm

The day will include a live DJ, inflatable games, bike marking, face painting, go karts, horse rides, bouncy castles and much more!

Be sure to bring a picnic – and of course the ice cream man will be there too!

The family fun day is a popular event in the local calendar and attracts hundreds of families each year to the beautiful park on Balliol Road.

The event is free to attend with activities starting from 12pm.

All you need to know ahead of the 2019 Southport Flower Show

The Southport Flower show returns next weekend (Aug 15-18) and thousands of people are expected to flock to the town for the annual four day extravaganza.

A staple of the annual Southport events calendar, Southport Flower Show in Victoria Park is a huge crowd pleaser ahead of the Southport Air Show and the British Musical Fireworks Championships both in September. 

As with other fantastic events, Southport is expected to be increasingly busy between August 15 & 18 and we are encouraging residents and visitors alike to plan their journeys in advance.

Traffic & Travel

Visitors to the Flower Show are advised to take advantage of public transport and a shuttle service operating from Southport Station. For more information about this shuttle service and additional transport information, click here

Residents who are not attending the Southport Flower Show are advised to plan ahead and travel via alternate routes around Southport. 

Signage will be in place to minimise as much disruption as possible.

Parking

Parking and directional routes to the Flower Show will be clearly signposted upon arrival into Southport.  Two main public parking areas will be made available for an all-day rate of £7 at both Princes Park and Birkdale Common. 

While Princes Park is within walking distance of the Southport Flower Show, Birkdale Common parking will accommodate a shuttle service with a drop off/pick up point at the Duke Street Gate entrance of Victoria Park.

Shopping

A visit to the Southport Flower Show is not complete without sampling the shopping and restaurant delights of the town. 

After taking in the show each day, why not explore the fantastic array of shops, restaurants and bars which Southport has to offer? Lord Street is only a few minutes walk away from Victoria Park.

From the quaint and quirky offerings of Wesley Street to the hustle and bustle of Chapel Street’s high street giants, Southport has it all. The town’s Northern Quarter comes alive after 6pm with an array of wine bars, bespoke beer shops and clubs, while the town centre is renowned for its tasty restaurants and thirst quenching bars 

For additional ideas on what to do during your stay, check out Visit Southport.

Rubbish

Southport is one of many beautiful places across Sefton 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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