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Three projects to benefit from £37,000 community funding

Sefton Council has announced the latest projects to benefit from the Community Transition Fund.

The fund was established to assist community organisations in developing and growing across the borough.

In order to qualify for funding from the £1m pot, any schemes must be linked to the council’s priorities, in particular the support of Sefton’s most vulnerable residents.

£37,000 has now been approved by Cabinet to help three community groups. They are:

Fillies Girls Football Club, Netherton

The Fillies Girls Football Club, based in Netherton want to develop a new community building on the land adjacent to their football pitch.

The building would be a football centred health and fitness facility, open for community use and for learning and would include a meeting room, kitchen facilities, indoor hall and toilet and changing facilities, which would allow them to open up their club to women’s teams over the age of 18.

They have been granted £25,000.

Community Payback

Community Payback is a type of sentence imposed by Magistrates to offenders on a low to medium tariff. The payback scheme sees the offender take part in unpaid work.

Purple Futures who manage and deliver the scheme in Sefton have requested funding for equipment hire to help facilitate various Community Payback projects.

They have been granted £7,280.

Salvation Army, Bootle

Bootle Salvation Army, based on Stanley Road, Bootle offers a range of facilities and services to any member of the community, including those with limited income, people experiencing homelessness and older members of the community.

They provide a job club every week and would like to purchase some IT equipment to use during these sessions, both for use by clients and staff.

They have been granted £5,182.

 Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “The Community Transition Fund is a fantastic way for community organisations to access much needed money to help kick start their work.

“Community organisations, volunteers and other groups are vital in creating resilient communities and it is important we do everything we can to help them.

“I am delighted that we have been able to support this latest group of projects and organisations.”


Who’s In Court: Flytipping, dangerous animals and dog fouling

Two commercial businesses have been found guilty of flytipping in Sefton, with one caught on CCTV dumping rubbish.

Self employed builder Ryan Bunclarke, 27, of Litherland Road, Bootle, was caught on camera dumping rubbish into a skip.

He was originally turned away from a disposal centre because he did not have a licence to properly dispose of commercial waste.

Magistrates at South Sefton Magistrates Court handed him a fine of £530.


The owners of Rossi’s Ice Cream Parlour on Lord Street, Southport, were also in court after pleading guilty to flytipping cardboard boxes.

Despite Magistrates finding it to have been a low level offence, the couple were fined £340.

Elsewhere Gerrard Rice, 61, of Crank Road, Rainford was fined a total of £1025.69 after his out of control Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross-breed attacked and injured a Labrador in the borough earlier this year.

An order was also made that his dog must now be muzzled in a public place.

Magistrates also saw fit to fine Wallasey resident Melissa Lunt, 24, of Walsingham Court after she failed twice to clean up after her Staffordshire Bull Terrier which had fouled the pavement of Longfellow Street, Bootle.

She was fined £584.

Other cases heard at South Sefton Magistrates included:

Stuart McDougall, of Mount Street, Waterloo was fined a total of £297 for littering.

Paulina Wisniowska, 26, of the Promenade, Southport was fined a total of £297 for littering.

Pamela Wright, 50, also of the Promenade, Southport was fined a total of £297 for littering.

Holly Brennan, 23, of Fernley Road, Southport was fined a total of £297 for littering.

Charlene McCarthy, 29, of Bankfield Road, Widnes was fined a total of £297 for littering.

Burhan Uddin, 50, of Virginia Street, Southport, was fined a total of £297 for littering.

Volunteers help to launch Sefton’s Good Dog Code

Sefton has set tails wagging with the launch of a brand new Good Dog Code.

The Sefton Good Dog Code is an informative campaign which encourages good and responsible dog ownership in the borough.

Posters, leaflets and interactive smartphone adverts are going up in parks and public areas around Sefton following the launch of the Good Dog Code and the recent Public Space Protection Order.

Local residents and dog lovers have worked alongside Sefton in the creation of the Code, which tells residents to clean up after their pets, respect those who don’t like dogs, follow the rules and ensure their dog is socialized before it mingles with other dogs.

Cllr Paulette Lappin, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regulation and Compliance, said: “The code was jointly put together by ourselves and residents to promote responsible dog ownership.

“Along with the poster and flyers, we’ll be placing QR codes around our parks, coastal areas and cemeteries which links to the online version of the Good Dog Code.

“There are plenty of ways you can be a responsible dog owner, from making sure you clean up after your pets to respecting none-dog lovers.

“Unfortunately some dog owners are not responsible and have no regard for their community. For these few, legislation is tough on them.

“Enforcement action such as fixed penalties and possible court action can be taken against these dog owners.”

Lyn Hilton the founder of local volunteer group ‘Sefton Dogs’ added: “What began as a campaign to ensure that our dogs could enjoy off lead experience at the beach and on our local nature reserves changed into a volunteer movement which aims for a friendly, informed and responsible approach to dog ownership in Sefton.

“I am proud to say that since June of this year members of Sefton Dogs have been working closely with Sefton Council, attending promotional events, advising on publicity materials and building up a bank of helpful information online.”

Since July, Sefton has had a Public Space Protection Order across the borough with informs dog owners about certain rules which must be followed.

For more information about these rules and to learn more about the Good Dog Code, visit

Eyes down for festive fun at Waterloo park

It was eyes down for some festive fun when a Waterloo day service for older people held a special event this week to herald the start of the Christmas season.

Staff at Waterloo Park Day Centre on Haigh Road – run by leading Sefton adult social care provider, New Directions – organised a packed programme of activities enjoyed by service users, their family members and carers, and friends of Waterloo Park.

Prize bingo was top of the agenda at the event which also featured a Yuletide-themed afternoon tea, tombola, a raffle and many opportunities for clients to share their festive memories of yesteryear.

In addition, visitors had the opportunity to buy Christmas cards, calendars and gift tags made by service users in craft sessions, with all the proceeds being ploughed back into providing more resources for use at the centre.

Commenting on the event Service Manager Jim Walmsley said: “This was a great way to get everyone in the Christmas spirit, and all the feedback we’ve received from people who attended has been very positive.

“It also provided a very good opportunity to say a big ‘thank you’ to the family members and carers who do such a fantastic job in terms of looking after our clients, and to the Friends of Waterloo Park who support our work in so many ways.”

Waterloo Park was established by Sefton Council in 1990 but has been run by New Directions since 2007.

In its early years it was a traditional day and leisure activity centre for all local residents aged over 60.

However, in line with changes in social care in recent years, many of Waterloo Park’s 60 current clients have additional physical and mental conditions including, in some cases, early stage dementia.

The day service provided by the centre – which does currently have places available – enables clients to get out and about and socialise, and to continue living independently, as well as providing respite care for their families.

Appeal following theft of shotguns in Formby

Merseyside Police is appealing for information following the theft of two licensed firearms in Formby.

A report was received at about 10pm on Thursday, 7 December that a Browning shotgun and a Beretta shotgun had been taken from a car parked outside the Sparrowhawk Hotel, Southport Old Road in Formby. The owner discovered they had been taken from the Isuzu D-Max 4×4 vehicle at 6pm that day, and they are believed to have been taken between 5-6pm.

Detective Inspector Robbie Moss said: “I would like to reassure the local community that we are doing everything we can to investigate this theft and recover these stolen firearms. The weapons were legally-owned shotguns which belong to someone who had correctly registered them with the police. However in the wrong hands they are clearly dangerous and getting them back is our top priority.

“The people who have stolen them may not fully appreciate the danger they may be putting themselves and others in by handling these weapons so I would appeal for them to come forward so we can take back possession of them safely.

“I would also urge anyone who knows the people who have got them to think carefully about the risks and implications of handling a firearm. We do not want anyone to come to any harm due to these weapons being misused or falling into the wrong hands so please, do the right thing and call the police.

“If you remember seeing anything suspicious around 5-6pm on Thursday close to the Sparrowhawk Hotel and haven’t yet spoken to the police then please call us on 101 quoting incident reference 0517314995. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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