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Sandway Homes launch first Ainsdale show homes

A show home at the Sandy Brook developmentSefton Council’s own housing company has hit a major milestone with the official launch of its first walk-in showhome at its flagship Ainsdale development.

Children from local primary school Kew Woods joined dignitaries to celebrate the launch of Sandway Homes’ flagship housing development at Sandybrook, Ainsdale recently.

Sandway is the local authority’s wholly owned housing company which is currently working on delivering 141 homes across three sites in the Borough, many of which will be affordable housing for local families.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, was joined by the Mayor of Sefton Cllr Clare Carragher and pupils from Kings Meadow Primary School to cut the ribbon on Sandybrook’s stunning on site showhome.

The three show homes at Meadow Lane are open between 10am and 3pm, Friday, Saturday and Sunday and by appointment on Monday to Thursday.  The showhome at the Hey Farm Gardens development is to view by appointment. 

You can find out more  about the Sandy Brook development and arrange a visit to the showhome here.

The event was also attended by Sandway’s partners including Homes England, Main Contractor Barnfield and Together Housing Association, who have acquired 15 affordable homes at the Ainsdale scheme.

The development is located on land next to Ainsdale’s Meadow Lane on the former site of St. John Stone R.C. Primary School.

It takes its name from the adjacent Sandy Brook, one of three watercourses which forms part of the Three Pools Waterway

Cllr Hardy welcomed the launch, saying: “This is a key milestone in Sandway Homes and Sefton Council’s journey into the housing sector and ultimately we aim to have 11,000 new, high-quality homes across the borough by 2030.

“Today’s launch event reaffirms Sefton Council’s commitment to redeveloping brownfield land sites into housing opportunities for our communities and we are keen to ensure a significant amount of these new homes are affordable housing for those trying to get onto the property ladder.

“By delivering attractive, high quality homes housing across the borough, these developments can only enhance Sefton’s quality of place and community.

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Arthur’s Bridge opened in memory of much loved ‘lollipop man’

A bridge in Sefton has been locally renamed after a much loved ‘lollipop man,’ who spent 23 years making sure schoolchildren crossed it safely.

Arthur Snellgrove, a long time welcoming face for thousands of pupils at St Benedict’s Primary in Netherton, died peacefully at home in early January, 2022.

Every morning and afternoon a smiling Arthur would greet hundreds of schoolchildren as they crossed the canal swing bridge on St Oswald’s Lane, Netherton.

Now that same bridge has been officially locally renamed ‘Arthur’s Bridge’ in honour of the Sefton Council school crossing patrolman.

Arthur’s daughters Julie and Trisha were joined by dozens of friends, neighbours, schoolchildren and officers from both Sefton Council and the Canal & River Trust for the unveiling of two plaques, which will now adorn the swing bridge.

Julie said: “I want to thank everyone for this beautiful tribute. Arthur loved everyone and everyone loved him back.

“It’s such an honour that Sefton Council, the Canal & River Trust and the community have done this for us.

“My dad would have been so made up if he was here today to see this.

“He was an amazing man and an amazing dad who would do anything for anyone and he is sorely missed by all of us.”

A spokesperson for Sefton Council said: “Arthur started on his lollipop patrol in September of 1999 and without fail made the trip between his home and St Benedict’s School for the next 23 years, four times a day.

“Not only will he be greatly missed by his family, friends and colleagues but there are generations of families in South Sefton who will fondly remember Arthur as the ever-smiling face of St Benedict’s.

“We are delighted to have been able to work with the Canal & River Trust and the community to ensure Arthur’s legacy lives on with ‘Arthur’s Bridge.’

“There are parents in Sefton who Arthur will have helped cross this bridge safely back when they were in primary school and they will have since waved their children off to start their school day knowingly confidently that they were in Arthur’s safe hands.

“He was ever present with a wave and a smile to parents, children and motorists and was extremely popular with all who knew him.

“Even at the young age of 87 he would ride his bike back and forth to his crossing from home four times a day!”

As well as serving as a Sefton School Crossing Patrolman for 23 years, Arthur was a local celebrity in his beloved hometown.

Chosen as the main guest of honour at the Netherton Activity Centre to kickstart a dazzling fireworks display in 2019, Arthur proved he was just the right man to make Sefton sparkle again and again.

Later that same year, for the Sefton Borough of Culture celebrations, Arthur, with his trusty lollipop, officially switched on the Parabolic Light Cloud Installation in front of huge crowds.

He sadly passed away peacefully at home in January, 2022.

Sefton Council employee Macy scoops prestigious apprenticeship award

A Sefton Council apprentice was a part of the winning team for the Local Government Apprentice of the Year 2022. Macy Loasby, a Security Services apprentice for Sefton Arc, was one of nine team members to win the prestigious award. In doing so, she became part of just the second group to win the accolade.

The event, run by the East of England Local Government Association and South West Councils, saw more than 100 apprentices compete in a number of challenges. This year’s event, which was held virtually, allowed participants to showcase their skills, teamwork and expertise.

Among those was Macy, who joined Sefton Council as a level 2 apprentice two years ago. She was one of just two people to gain an apprenticeship role within the council in February 2020 during a recruitment process aimed at care experienced young people. Since then, she has gone on to start her level 3 apprenticeship and gained a permanent role within the council.

The apprentices took part in tasks on day one of the event, which spanned across the 25th and 26th May. Those activities focused on workplace behaviour and the apprenticeship standards. Each participant then received personal feedback.

On the second day, following a Q&A session with Apprenticeship and Skills Minister Alex Burghart, the entries were judged and awards were given out.

Councillor Paulette Lappin, the Cabinet Member for Regulatory, Compliance and Corporate Services said: “Congratulations to Macy for winning this award. It is a real pleasure to see a representative of our council excelling at a national competition. Apprentices are a vital part of Sefton Council and their contributions and hard work help us to deliver the crucial services that improve the lives of our residents.”

Return of Southport Air Show hailed a soaring success

The return of Southport Air Show has been hailed a soaring success with fascinating displays, awesome aerial stunts and much more.

Thousands of aviation enthusiasts and families visited the resort over the weekend (Saturday July 9th – Sunday, July 10th with displays from the Red Arrows, Black Eagles, RAF Typhoon and much more

The busy weekend meant that business in the town centre was booming, with restaurant, shop and bar owners enjoying heavy footfall as part of the Southport Air Show.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member Regeneration and Skills, said: “We are delighted that the return of the Southport Air Show was an amazing experience for everyone who attended.

“The warm weather over both days put an extra shine on the show as huge crowds were wowed with some fantastic displays, including the Republic of Korea’s Black Eagles team.

“On Sunday another amazing line up was capped off by the ever wonderful Red Arrows, who delivered a jaw dropping display of aerial amazement.

“Thousands of visitors attended the resort over the two days which will have had a real positive impact on local businesses in and around the town.

“We remain wholly committed to putting on fabulous events like this for Southport and Sefton.

“We are already looking forward to next year’s show and I would encourage everyone to get their tickets for the upcoming British Musical Fireworks Championship at Victoria Park from September 23rd to September 25th.”

For more information about the British Musical Fireworks Championship and events around Southport visit

Sefton Set Sights On Operator For Enterprise Arcade

Plans to transform one of Southport’s many heritage buildings into the town’s first ever purpose designed workspace for creative and digital start-up businesses has taken a huge step forward.

Sefton Council has this week identified Liverpool based Baltic Creative Community Interest Company (CIC) as the preferred operator of the ‘Enterprise Arcade’ – a high tech, collaborative and affordable workspace for small businesses in the heart of Southport

Forming part of the Southport Town Deal, £1.5 million has been earmarked for the regeneration and transformation of Crown Buildings, eventually creating a purpose built 15,000sq ft hub for individuals, freelancers, enterprises, and independent professionals who are taking their first steps into setting up and growing their own business.

The Enterprise Arcade project reaffirms the commitment of Sefton Council and its partners to maximising the potential of the digital, creative and technological sectors within the resort.

The Baltic Creative team are experts in providing dedicated commercial spaces specifically designed for the creative and digital industries. The CIC manages over 118,00 sq. ft of workspace in Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle district, which is home to over 180 businesses, who in turn support over 600 members of staff.


Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said: “This is a key project for the regeneration and economic diversification of Southport’s economy.

“The Enterprise Arcade will incorporate Crown Buildings and vacant retail units on the ground floor of Eastbank Street. The new repurposed workspace will join Southport’s regenerated and already successful Market in demonstrating how new life can be brought back to these fantastic buildings, encouraging more investment and helping secure a positive future for the town.

“Our Enterprise Arcade will be the ideal location for a whole host of start-up and growing businesses and individuals, whether they be in the early incubator stages of developing their brand or simply in need of flexibility and an agile approach to their working practices.

“Furthermore, the space  will be able to collaborate and integrate with the already exceptional cultural and educational services provided at The Atkinson, promoting and supporting the development of a focused creative and digital sector in the heart of Southport town centre.”

Dr. Fiona Armstrong-Gibbs, Chair of the Baltic Creative board, added: “It has long been our ambition to replicate the success that we’ve had within the Baltic Triangle to other areas of the Liverpool City Region, so it’s great to have reached this stage with Sefton Council and its plans for the Enterprise Arcade.

“Outside of Liverpool city centre, there is a real shortage of appropriate work and collaboration space for digital and creative businesses to flourish. We’ve seen first-hand the benefits that creating this kind of environment can bring and we’re looking forward to exploring what a Baltic Creative space in Southport could look like.”

Any businesses or entrepreneurs interested in taking space at the Enterprise Arcade, contact: info@baltic-creative.comor 0151 708 2840

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