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Have your say on Sefton’s brand new Physical Activity Strategy

Residents across Sefton are being asked to share their physical activity lifestyle habits as part of a new consultation.

As part of a project to create its Physical Activity Strategy, Sefton Council’s is asking people to reveal, anonymously, the physical activity they take part in.

The Council is keen to know the current levels of physical activity in Sefton’s. It also wants to identify any barriers that may be preventing people from taking part in activities that help their physical and mental wellbeing.

Results from the consultation, which runs until Friday 30th June, will be used to develop a special new Physical Activity Strategy designed to better understand physical activity habits and increase participation for those who need it most.

Questions in the consultation are varied and ask people about their lifestyles, how major life changes have affected their levels physical activity and more.

Simon Burnett, Sefton Council’s Assistant Director for People, said:  “We know that good physical activity is vitally important for our health and wellbeing, and we want to ensure that our residents have access to the best possible services and programs to support them.

“This consultation is an important step in ensuring that we are meeting the physical health needs of our residents, as well as finding out what may be discouraging people from using the services and facilities that we do offer.”

“We are committed to providing a wide range of services that best support our communities, ultimately creating a positive environment that promotes healthy and active lifestyles. 

“By gathering information through this consultation, the council can better understand the needs and behaviours of our communities.

“The data will then help us to tailor our physical activity services to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to lead an active and healthy lifestyle.”

Residents across Sefton are being encouraged to take part in the consultation, which is open until Friday 30th June.

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Sefton appoints leading UK construction group to work on MLEC project

Yet another landmark for the Marine Lake Events Centre project has been reached after Sefton confirmed one of the UK’s leading construction firms to oversee the venue’s delivery.

The new Centre will be complemented by the UK’s first light, water and sound show in the town’s Marine Lake.


Following a comprehensive tender process,  Kier Group, one of the UK’s largest construction and infrastructure companies, have been identified as the preferred contractor to work on the Marine Lake Events Centre (MLEC) project. Kier will now enter into a pre-construction services agreement with Sefton Council, in advance of full contract later in 2023.

This vital stage in the Marine Lake Events Centre (MLEC) and Water & Lights Show project follows a series of huge milestones for the scheme, including the appointment of venue management experts ASM Global and £73 million pound business case approved by Sefton Council, by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, and by Government.

As part of the Marine Lake Events Centre project Kier and other partners have also signed up to a special social value plan which will see them give back to communities across Sefton.

Social Value

This will include providing local employment and supply chain opportunities, along with additional time and resources dedicated to working with school and college students who want to explore careers in the construction industry.

Overwhelming support has already been shown for the transformational project, which will see a brand new state of the art events centre and accompanying water and light show built on the site of the former Southport Theatre.

Sefton Council and the Southport Town Deal team have been congratulated by Government on ‘an ambitious project for the benefit’ of Southport and the Liverpool City Region, which will see a total of £73 million of funding invested into the project.


Mayor Steve Rotheram, and the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority (CA) recently approved £17.7m funding for the new Marine Lake Events Centre. This was on top of £2.3m the CA had already committed to the pre-development work.

A planning application for the project has been submitted and is expected by be considered by Planning Committee in Spring 2023.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said: “By awarding preferred status to Kier we are putting the physical creation of the venue into the hands of a proven contractor with a strong track record.

“The interest of the UK’s leading construction firms in the project, and the standing of the successful bidder, reaffirms the scale of ambition for the future of Southport that this transformational project demonstrates.

“The end goal is a fully flexible, scalable cultural space capable of staging concerts, stand-up comedy, family shows, musical theatre, conferences, exhibitions that is the envy of other towns and cities.

“Kier share in the ambitions of Sefton Council and the Southport Town Deal in making MLEC a soaring success.

“The MLEC, together with the Light Fantastic, is forecast to attract more than half a million additional visitors to Southport year on year and generating an annual £18 million for the local economy and I am delighted that Sefton Council is once again leading the way in exciting projects like this.”

Dog owners urged to put dogs on lead after cow found dead at Birkdale Hills Local Nature Reserve

Sefton Council, and coastal conservation partner, Lancashire Wildlife Trust, are dismayed to find one of the conservation cattle on the Birkdale Hills Local Nature Reserve has died after seemingly being chased down, by one or more dogs.


A post-mortem on the animal, which was found dead on Thursday 9th February, confirmed that the otherwise healthy animal had suffered from exhaustion and stress consistent with having been chased.

The cattle grazing at Birkdale Hills Local Nature Reserve

Green Sefton’s Countryside Officer, Gordon White said: “Each winter, we bring grazing animals onto the Local Nature Reserves to help control vegetation growth.

“Our team cares for these animals every day and have great concern for their welfare and wellbeing.

“The small herd has not been with us long and it’s shocking and sad to learn that one of them has apparently died in this way.”

By helping control the growth of vegetation, the cows’ grazing, in turn, encourages diverse plant species to grow and dune specialists such as natterjack toads, sand lizards and northern tiger beetles to thrive.


Mr White continued: “We have posted signs at the Reserve’s major entrance points to inform people of the presence of the cattle.

“I would ask dog owners to put their pets on a lead and ensure they are under control to prevent this from happening again, and just as they would in any farmers field where cows or sheep are present.

“These cows are docile animals and used to seeing people, but we do suggest that if people do come across the cattle, they should turn and walk the other way to avoid disturbing or spooking them.”


Sign containing information on the cattle grazing in the enclosure

A spokesperson for Lancashire Wildlife Trust, which owns the cattle said: “We are very disappointed that one of our animals appears to have been chased down by a dog to the point where it has died.

“This would not have been a quick death for our animal and it would have suffered extreme distress at the time.

“We feel sure that no-one would want these animals to suffer in this way, and so appeal to all visitors to the site to ensure that if they are walking their dog(s), to please keep them on a lead whilst in the enclosure and if you do spot the cattle take a wide route around them so they are not unnecessarily disturbed.

“There are lots of alternate walks in the vicinity that do not go through the enclosure and the cows are only on site for a short time during each winter.”

Countryside Code

Deceased cow laying on the ground after being chased down

We encourage all visitors to follow The Countryside Code and familiarise yourself with Sefton’s Coastal and Visitor Areas Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) – a list of activities that aren’t allowed in order to protect our sensitive environment and ensure everyone has a good time at our coast!

Latest round of Sefton Crowd funding campaign launched

Sefton Council has launched a new funding round as part of its digital crowdfunding initiative Sefton Crowd to support community-led ideas that will help Sefton become more vibrant, resilient, and connected.

Working in partnership with Spacehive, the UK’s leading civic crowdfunding platform, Sefton Crowd is an initiative that gives residents with an idea to improve their community the opportunity to gain funding using Spacehive’s crowdfunding platform. Sefton Council has allocated a total of £50,000 to the programme, with up to £5,000 available per idea to boost projects towards their funding target. The deadline to launch your crowdfunding campaign is Wednesday 29th March 2023.

Sefton Council and Spacehive will hold a virtual workshop, using ZOOM, to discuss your project ideas on Tuesday 7th February 2023, between 12.00 noon and 1.00pm. To register, please visit

Vicky Hall, who has recently used Sefton Crowd to successfully crowdfund for saving Formby Rotary’s Carol Wagon, said: “the grant the Council has given us through Sefton Crowd has helped us to restore our Carol Wagon, so we were able to continue touring Formby streets, visiting schools and nursing homes and it will keep the 50-year-old tradition alive for future generations. If you are thinking of crowdfunding, I would say ‘try it – you have nothing to lose’”.

Councillor Trish Hardy, Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “We’re excited to launch this Sefton Crowd funding round with Spacehive, and I can’t wait to see the range of ideas that our communities put forward. Local people are best placed to understand the challenges and opportunities in their local area and using Sefton Crowd puts them and their ideas in the driving seat.

I’m also calling on companies and organisations that care about Sefton to join us in offering support to project ideas, whether funding or in-kind, so we can support the success of locally led campaigns. The more people that get involved in Sefton Crowd, the more inspiring local places we can create together.”


Cambridge Arcade improvement works set to begin in 2023

Cambridge Arcade, SoutportSignificant work to improve and restore Southport’s iconic Cambridge Arcade is set to begin in 2023.

The popular thoroughfare, which is home to a number of businesses, is a key site that links two of the town’s busiest high streets. Thousands of people pass through it each year.


Phase One of the scheme of works to refurbish and repair damage to arcade canopy caused by debris falling from a neighbouring private property that is in need of repair.

Starting in Spring 2023, significant repairs will be made to the Lord Street end of the canopy roof. This includes replacing the overhead glazing, installing a new drainage system and implementing additional pigeon control measures.

Further works under the second phase of the scheme, from the Chapel Street entrance to Cambridge Arcade, is due to take place later in the year.

Sefton Council’s Property and Building Services Department have met with businesses in the Arcade to discuss the works and take on board any feedback and answer any questions.

This is the latest in a series of engagement opportunities between the local authority and town centre businesses directly impacted to ensure any works cause as little disruption as possible to their trade.


Cllr Paulette Lappin, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Corporate Resources, Regulation and Compliance, said: “Cambridge Arcade is a fantastic asset in the heart of Southport Town Centre but, like many well-used historic locations, it is in need of some refurbishments.

“The Arcade’s canopy is the focus of our initial attention, and we will be undertaking significant works to address issues such as leaks and damaged glazing.

“While these works will ensure we preserve this beautiful Arcade for generations to come, we are unfortunately unable to directly repair the deterioration of the former British Home Stores (BHS) building due to this being privately-owned.

“Officers from Sefton Council have repeatedly contacted the owners of the building in regard to its condition and are hoping to meet with them in an attempt to progress the proposed restoration works which were granted planning permission earlier in the year.

“In any event, officers will continue to monitor the situation as it develops.”


Bernard Taylor Partnership Architects have been appointed by Sefton Council to work on the scheme and have also met with Cambridge Arcade’s tenants.

Further business engagement sessions will be held as the project progresses and Sefton Council will continue to work with tenants and other interested parties throughout the development process.


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