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Mayor of Sefton reopens transformed Thornton Park after improvement works

Sefton’s Mayor, Cllr Clare Carragher, officially opened the new children’s play area at Runnells Lane Park on Monday 1st August.

Cllr Carragher also planted a new cherry tree with Deputy Lieutenant Mr Michael Braham as part of the Queens Green Canopy Campaign marking the Queens Platinum Jubilee Year.

Following much needed improvements to its play and recreation facilities, as well as its paths and landscaping, Runnells Lane Park is now fully open to the public.

The works have been complete in time for the school summer holidays, and families will be able to enjoy the new children’s play area and refurbished multi-use games area.

The improvement works will also include the installation of a new bin and benches for the play area. While people of all ages can enjoy spending time in the greenspace thanks to the new path that has been created around the edge of the site.

The aim moving forward is for a further phase of works to begin in Autumn. This will see new trees planted around the boundary of the park to improve the local environment and support wildlife. While a new tree avenue will be created along the existing footpath. In addition, it is hoped that a new wildlife friendly meadow can be established on part of the site.

Cllr Carragher, who was joined at the park by ward councillors and cabinet member Cllr Ian Moncur, said:
“It’s great to celebrate the reopening of the park, knowing the positive impact this will have on the local community, and I’m certain the new play area will be very popular with local children.”

Cllr Ian Moncur, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing said:
“This is the only public park in Thornton, and it provides an important community space.
“It’s fantastic to see improvements that will benefit people of all ages in the area.

“A big thank you to the Green Sefton and Neighbourhoods teams who have worked to bring this project to fruition.”

Funding to create the improvements was secured from Veolia Environmental Trust, which supports community projects across the whole of England, by using Manor Ward Section 106 planning funds as match funding. The project was delivered by the Council’s Green Sefton service in partnership with the Council’s Neighbourhoods Team.

Local residents have expressed interest in forming a Friends of Runnells Lane Park group who would undertake volunteer duties and support events and activities. Those interested can contact Green Sefton by email


Mini Planet protectors unite to help clean up Seaforth

A team of dedicated ‘Planet Protectors’ have begun the first stage of a huge clean up operation in the Church Ward area of Seaforth.
The clean up crew, made up of pupils from Rimrose Hope Primary School, teachers, councillors and volunteers, have taken to the streets of Church Ward to clean up unsightly litter from their community.
Led by ward councillors and funded through Sefton Council, the summer Church Ward Clean-Up programme runs until August 31st and encourages youngsters from around the area to help clean and tidy the area where they live.
Pupils from Rimrose Hope, dubbed the ‘Planet Protectors’ were tasked with identifying a number of different locations which they believed were in need of cleaning. 
Areas identified included
•    Kings Park
•    Gordon Road
•    Corinthian Street
•    Thomson Road
•    Sandy Road

Lawrence Crilly, Head Teacher at Rimrose Hope, said: “The children take their responsibility for caring for our world very seriously. They know that caring for our world begins with caring for our local area.

“It was great for the children to meet many other local grown ups on our walk setting a great example for them to follow. They met Cllr Cummins of Church Ward, John the ‘Sweeper’ who keeps our streets clean come rain or shine and French, the barber, who is supporting the campaign by giving haircuts to the cleaning crew!”
Cllr Paul Cummins, a Sefton Council Cabinet Member, Church Ward Councillor and Chair of Governors at Rimrose Hope, said: “We wanted to use the summer holiday period as an opportunity for the community to get together and improve the area where they live.
“Working with the ‘Planet Protectors’ from Rimrose Hope, we identified a number of grot spots that will now be cleaned and tidied through a number of litter picks, which take place every Wednesday during the summer holidays.”

Fellow cabinet member and ward councillor Cllr Daren Veidman added: “As a reward any children who attend and help at two or more of these litter picks will receive a voucher for a free hair cut from a local hairdressers and a family pass for a show at the Plaza cinema!
“At our first clean up we collected more than 12 bags of rubbish. Not only did we clear away common litter items but we also removed TVs, a bike, bricks, wood, scaffold poles, footballs and more which had been dumped or left out in public.”
The next Church Ward Clean-Up event will be held on August 3rd at Gordon Road, with the junction of Rawson Road, from 10am.

Heatwave guide to Sefton’s coast and parks

There’s more to Sefton than it’s wonderful natural coast and beaches so here are a few ideas for those wanting to visit one of Sefton’s beauty spots today.

Explore Sefton’s Parks

People may want to think about a visit to one of Sefton’s parks, where plenty of shaded areas can be found under trees, offering a sheltered space for people of all ages to spend time outdoors.

Botanic Gardens, located in Churchtown, are renowned for its community-maintained floral displays, aviary and fernery. It has a café, as well as an abundance of shaded spaces in its woodland area. For more information, head to:

South of the borough is Derby Park, an important cultural asset that was built in 1895! The park has been recognised by its designation as part of the Derby Park Conservation Area and its listing on the National Register of Historic Parks and Gardens. To learn more, head to:

Natural Coast

People visiting the Sefton coast are asked to dispose of litter carefully in bins, or if they are full, to take litter home with them. It is important that items such as glass are disposed of correctly, as if left in strong sunshine can cause fires, like a magnifying glass.

Visitors are also reminded that BBQs and fires are not allowed anywhere along our 22-mile coastline.

We encourage visitors to also be mindful of the impact hot weather can have on our array of wildlife that live along our natural coast. One way to help our wildlife is to respect their space and ensure they are not disturbed.

Last week Sefton Council approved of a new Public Space Protection Order (PSPO), this will help Council officers and our partner agencies manage behaviour along our environmentally protected coastline. We recommend all visitors familiarise themselves with what is and is not acceptable at our beaches by heading to

Water Safety

RNLI lifeguards are present on a daily basis through summer in Sefton, at Formby, Ainsdale and Southport beaches. The RNLI already provides 365 days a year service at Crosby Coastal Park.

The RNLI and Her Majesty’s HM Coastguard have launched a water safety campaign, urging everyone to remember that if you get into trouble in the water, Float to Live.

To do this: lean back, using your arms and legs to stay afloat. Control your breathing, then call for help or swim to safety. In a coastal emergency, call 999 or 112 for the Coastguard.

For further advice and guidance, please visit

Plan your journey

Those thinking about visiting one of Sefton’s coastal gateways are reminded to travel safely, planning their journey ahead to avoid traffic delays and are reminded to park responsibly away from residential areas.

People opting for public transport can get the latest travel updates on the Mersey Travel website.

Beach parking is available at Ainsdale and Southport beaches. Unsurprisingly, capacity can be limited during peak times.

The facilities at Ainsdale beach include men’s, women’s, and disabled toilets. A daily cleaning regime is in place, ensuring the amenities are kept clean and replenished during busy periods through the summer.

Respect our wildlife

Thousands of migrating birds are stopping off now on Sefton coast after breeding in the far north.

If you see birds resting on the sands do not disturb them, whether you are a dog walker, horse rider, walker, jogger, photographer or even birdwatcher.

This is especially important at high tide as the birds’ feeding areas are covered by the incoming waves and they must rest and conserve energy.

Watch out for future Green Sefton events to learn more about these spectacular travellers – coming soon!

Coastal and Visitor Areas Public Space Protection Order approved by Sefton Council

Sefton Council on Thursday 14 July 2022 approved a new Coastal and Visitor Areas Public Space Protection Order (PSPO), to help ensure the Borough’s coastline can be enjoyed by everyone.

PSPOs help the Council’s officers and its partner agencies manage Sefton’s coastline and visitor areas by making clear the kinds of behaviour expected and what is unacceptable.

Areas covered by the new Order include littering and pollution, fires and BBQs, dog fouling, parking, large unauthorised gatherings and anti-social behaviour. Failure to comply can result in a £75 Fixed Penalty Notice.

Scheduled to be in place for three years, the Order is based on existing bylaws and will support wider existing legislation. This includes laws in line with Sefton Coast’s protected status, which result from its unique combination of rare habitats and wildlife.

Feedback from local communities, visitors and partner agencies, gained through a public consultation, has been used to shape the Order, which will provide enforcement powers to protect the public from anti-social behaviour.

Cllr Lappin, Cabinet Member for Regulatory, Compliance and Corporate Services, said: “Firstly, we fully appreciate why so many people are so keen to visit our beautiful Borough and we really to enjoy their time here.

“All we ask is that that they do their bit to protect and respect this special place for generations to come.

“The vast majority of visitors and residents do just that and treat our wonderful coastline with respect and our residents with consideration, and the introduction of this Order, will have very little or no impact on them.

“However, it will help to make clear what is and what isn’t acceptable and will give our teams, along with those of our partners, greater powers to deal with that very small minority who behave inappropriately and cause distress and disturbance to local residents and businesses, or damage to our precious natural coast and infrastructure.”

Community policing Superintendent at Merseyside Police, Graeme Robson said: “As the summer holidays start, we know that many people will want to visit our fantastic beaches and beauty spots in Sefton and we know the overwhelming majority will do so responsibly.

“Introducing the Public Space Protection Order will help visitors and residents enjoy our coastline safely, throughout the summer and beyond, by making clear what behaviour is and isn’t acceptable.

“Our officers will be working with our partners at Sefton Council to make sure that people can have a good time at our beaches and beauty spots, free of anti-social and criminal behaviour.

“Rest assured acting in an anti-social manner should expect to be dealt with robustly and we will support our partners in their work. If you have any concerns, please speak to our officers out on patrol, or call 101 so that we can take action and keep our communities safe.”

Over the coming weeks, there will be a focus on raising awareness of the coastal and visitor areas PSPO and the rules that need to be followed. Signage will be installed across the Borough to make sure people are aware of their responsibilities while they enjoy their time in Sefton.

Sefton Council is encouraging all those who visit Sefton, as well as people who live, work in the Borough to familiarise themselves with the Order. They can do this by heading to where they will find the full list of restrictions and the locations that fall within the order.

Some of the restrictions include:

  • Pollution: Leaving litter, dog fouling, urinating/defecating in public, or noise pollution.
  • Vehicle related antisocial behaviour; either within defined car parks or taking motor vehicles outside of defined parking areas.
  • Lighting any fire or BBQ.
  • Taking a dog into a dog exclusion zone, or allowing its behaviour to cause alarm, distress or annoyance to another person or wildlife.
  • Taking part in or organising gatherings of over 40 people without written permission from the Council.
  • Overnight stays in tents, motorhomes or caravans without written permission from the Council.

‘Stay out of the sun as much as you can’ warns Sefton’s Director of Public Health

While temperatures in the North West may not be forecast to reach the extreme 40°C that have caused the Met Office to issue the first ever Red warning for exceptional heat today, Sefton Council is still urging people to be careful and prepare for the heat.

We expect temperatures to rise above 30 C and people can develop health problems such as heat exhaustions and heatstroke, especially if they are either young or older or if they have an underlying health condition.

During hot and sunny weather, we also need to remember to protect ourselves from the harmful effects of UV light.

Sustained exposure to the sun even at lower temperature can cause a number of health problems such as heat exhaustion and heatstroke and everyone is vulnerable the harmful effects of UV light if unprotected. 

Margaret Jones, Sefton Council’s Director of Public Health said: “While I can fully understand that many people thoughts will turn to visiting the coast, what we need to remember is that on the beach, we are fully exposed to the effects of the sun and heat, especially if we are not prepared.  

“It is important to stay out of the Sun as much as possible during the hottest part of the day. While it is so sunny if we do go out, we should wear sunscreen and a hat and try and stay in the shade.

“We should try and keep cool this could be indoors or outdoors in the shade.

“If you do want to go out, staying local in areas such as parks where trees and shelters can provide shade will be cooler and much more suitable for young children and elderly people who can succumb to the potentially dangerous effects of heat and dehydration very quickly.”

Useful links

Supporting vulnerable people before and during a heatwave: for health and social care professionals – GOV.UK (

Looking after children and those in early years settings during heatwaves: for teachers and professionals – GOV.UK (

Beat the heat: keep cool at home checklist – GOV.UK (

Heat Exhaustion is where people become very hot and start to lose water or salt from their body. Symptoms include weakness, faintness, headache, muscle cramps, feeling sick, heavy sweating and intense thirst.

Heatstroke is where the body is no longer able to cool itself and a person’s body temperature becomes dangerously high. Heatstroke is less common, but more serious and untreated, it can cause confusion, seizures and loss of consciousness.

Margaret continued:  “The best way to look after ourselves during what the Government has called ‘a national emergency’ is to stay out of the extreme heat, ensure we cool ourselves down, keep our environment cool or find somewhere else that is cool, this could be indoors or outside in the shade.”

People can find out more information on keeping cool during the hot weather, and how to keep others safe at 

Anyone who does go to the coast needs to remember that with no shelter or shade, sand temperatures can rise very quickly, creating a very uncomfortable and challenging surface to walk or stand on. 

Margaret Jones continued:  “If you are determined to go the beach, use factor 30 or above sun cream and lots of it and make sure children are protected and not exposed too much, as sunburn can do long-term damage.  

“Take plenty of drinks and ensure you keep hydrated because heat exhaustion and heatstroke can creep up on you and think about taking regular trips to somewhere off the beach where you can find some shade.”

Sefton and its partners coast teams will be on duty over the coming days, and they can provide some first aid. With ambulance services currently at full stretch, people needing more thorough emergency treatment may find themselves facing a long wait for assistance.

People visiting the Sefton coast this weekend are asked to dispose of litter carefully in bins, or if they are full, to take litter home with them as some items such as glass in strong sunshine can cause fires, like a magnifying glass. 

Also, migrating birds are returning so people are asked not to disturb these incredible travellers as they rest on the shoreline and to dogs under control.


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