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Road Safety, Traffic Management and Enforcement – Keeping the city moving in the run up to Christmas

Merseytravel, Stagecoach and Arriva buses, Liverpool City Council, Merseyside Police and Halton Transport are working together once again to reduce traffic congestion and keep the city centre moving in the lead up to Christmas and throughout December.

 The aim is to support the city region’s economy by reducing illegal parking and monitoring traffic flow to prevent gridlock and make sure that bus services remain as punctual as possible. By working together in this way last year, congestion-causing incidents fell by more than a third (38 per cent) compared with the same period the previous year.

 Illegal parking, which causes traffic congestion at busy times, is being addressed through parking enforcement in ‘hot spot’ areas. Bus operators and highways staff will also report illegal parking that they see causing a problem, and PCSO and police officers will stop vehicles from dropping off in bus stops and road junctions, and from blocking yellow box junction markings in the city centre.

 This is the third year that this way of working to share information and resources has been used and has proved to be more effective than if each agency had worked alone. The joint initiative is believed to be the first of its kind in the country.

Cllr Liam Robinson, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority Transport Portfolio Holder, said:

 “Results from last year’s initiative show that this way of working is effective in helping commuters and shoppers to get around more easily and also addresses the resulting air pollution that congestion can cause.

“We encourage people to play their part too by leaving their cars at home and sticking to public transport wherever possible,

Managing Director of Arriva Merseyside, Howard Farrall said:

“We welcome this initiative to help the reliability and punctuality of our services which are key to our customers and helps to reduce congestion. The more people we can encourage to use public transport, the better for the environment we live in and the air we breathe.

Rob Jones, managing director at Stagecoach Merseyside, Cheshire and South Lancashire, said:

“This Christmas, we are encouraging everyone to make a more sustainable and convenient transport choice. One full Stagecoach double decker bus alone can take up to 75 cars off the road which will help to reduce city centre air pollution and speed up journey times.

“Stagecoach buses will be operating across the holiday season. Whether it’s to see friends and family or to grab a bargain in the sales, our services will be running throughout. Customers will be able to leave their cars home and enjoy the festivities without the worry of expensive car parking fees or potential fines.

“We will be keeping passengers informed with live traffic updates over the busy Christmas period on the website at, on Twitter and on our new Stagecoach Bus App.”

Vote now for your favourite famous Sefton story

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Ahead of Sefton’s Borough of Culture year, we want residents and visitors to tell us what stories they want us to celebrate throughout 2020.

After much deliberation, a list of 10 stories has been chosen to vote on with at least 4 more being added to the final list. A blank box has also been added enabling people to champion stories or individuals they think we have missed and one of these will be included as well.

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Montessori nursey Natural Beginnings opens in Bootle with support of InvestSefton

One of the few Montessori nurseries in the North of England has opened in Bootle with the support of InvestSefton.

Natural Beginnings on Merton Road was officially opened by Mayor of Sefton Cllr June Burns.

Natural Beginnings, who offer childcare for children from six months to five-years-old, were supported by InvestSefton when they opened their first nursery in 2016 and in putting a business plan together for the new operation.

Cheryl Grogan, Director of Natural Beginnings, said: “The free support we have had from InvestSefton in getting things off the ground has been invaluable. Having support from a business growth advisor at this stage in our business growth is a great help. We are proud of the quality of childcare we offer and believe our Montessori-led approach to child development will be an asset to the borough.”

Montessori is a philosophy and approach to education which focuses on the child and their enabling environment. The approach uses hands-on learning and collaborative play to create an independent and confidence-building approach to learning.

Mayor of Sefton Cllr June Burns said: “I think having a Montessori Nursery here will be a great asset for local families. They’re teaching children the practical skills as well as the social skills they need. They’re also learning everyday life skills that will be with them for years to come.”

The Mayor added: “From a business perspective it is great to see the former RBS building put to good use, which can only be a positive thing for the borough. The opening of the nursery will have a positive knock on effect for other local business and that is thanks in part to InvestSefton.”

If you have a business in Sefton and would like to benefit from free expert support, contact the team at InvestSefton on 0151 934 3452.





Funding bids now live for Borough of Culture projects

Community groups and local organisations can now apply for support to help run projects as part of
Sefton’s Borough of Culture year.

The Borough of Culture initiative is part of the Metro Mayor’s Culture programme which saw
Liverpool City Region become the first in the country to commit to spending the equivalent of 1% of
its annual £30 million devolution funding from government to stimulate cultural and creative

Groups can now express interest in securing support from Sefton Council with their proposals. This
may include bidding for money to help them organize events throughout 2020 with two different tiers
of funding available – up to £5K and £5k-£15K.

It may also include support with such areas as event management, communications and marketing, or connections with other partner organisations.

Forms are available to download at and once completed, will be
reviewed and if support is allocated, groups will be notified within 4 weeks for non-financial support
and for support up to £5K and 10 weeks for £5K-£15K applications.

The Borough of Culture (BoC) title is awarded by the Liverpool City Region’s Combined Authority to
one of its six local authorities (Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral) on a
rotating, annual basis.

2019 was Wirral’s year while 2020 will be dedicated to Sefton with a raft of new, existing and
community led events planned for the year.

The focus of Sefton’s year will be on stories, looking at two key elements, local history and the

Cllr Trish Hardy, Cabinet Member Communities and Housing, and lead sponsor for the Borough of
Culture Year, is asking community groups to really consider applying for funding.

She said: “While we are looking at organising some spectacular larger scale events as part of our
Borough of Culture Year, the foundation of our year will be the smaller events organised by our
valued communities.

“This is where this support and the funding pot comes in really helpful as it can enable more
localised community groups and organisations to give them a boost in arranging something to
celebrate Borough of Culture.

“2020 and the Borough of Culture will be all about engaging with our communities and making sure
as many people as possible get involved and embrace all cultural elements our wonderful borough has to offer.

“If you are group and are thinking of running something during 2020, please get in touch, download
the form and tell us your plans! This way we can make sure our year of events appeals to everyone
right across Sefton.”

For more information and to download the forms, visit or email

Help us help you to stay well this winter

With Christmas just around the corner, health experts in Sefton are urging local patients to make sure they’re fully prepared should they become unwell in the holiday season. 

NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG want to make sure residents know the steps they can take and which services to use should they become unwell.  

Dr Craig Gillespie, chair of NHS South Sefton CCG says: “All GP practices in Sefton will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. However, if you need urgent care or advice over the festive period, the NHS is here to help you. 

“For minor illnesses, you can see your local pharmacist who can offer you medical advice and over the counter remedies. Pharmacists will be happy to assist you there and then, with a free consultation.” 

Some pharmacies in Sefton are open on the bank holidays and walk-in centres continue to operate too. You can find out which pharmacies closest to you will be open, along with walk-in centre times by visiting the CCGs’ websites. 

If you have an urgent medical concern and you’re not sure what to do you can call NHS 111 or go to: It’s available 24 hours a day, including Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day and they can arrange for you to see a doctor out of hours when your practice is closed.  

Dr Rob Caudwell, chair of NHS Southport and Formby CCG, adds: “As well as NHS 111, there are other services available over the holidays, including extra GP appointments you can book on weekday evenings and at weekends.” 

Patients in Sefton have access to a range of non-urgent, routine, pre-bookable, appointments with GPs, practice nurses and medical specialists of an evening and at weekends. Your GP practice can offer more information about this service. 

Rob added: “I would also encourage people that have repeat prescriptions to ensure that they have enough medication to last through the holiday period but remember not to over order.”  

We recommend having the following items in your medicine cabinet at home to help you deal with minor ailments such as coughs, colds and sore throats: 

  • Painkillers like ibuprofen and paracetamol
  • Antihistamines for allergies
  • Indigestion remedies 
  • A first aid kit. 

For more information on what you can do to stay well this winter and your pharmacy opening times, please visit: or  

Southport and Formby pharmacy opening times 

  Christmas Day Boxing Day New Year’s Day 2020
Asda Pharmacy
Central 12 Shopping Park, Derby Road, Southport, PR9 0TY01704 502 250
Closed Closed 10:00am – 5:00pm
Boots Pharmacy
Unit 3, Central 12 Shopping Park, Derby Road, Southport, PR9 0TQ01704 536 937
Closed 9:00am – 6:00pm 9:00am – 6:00pm
Boots Pharmacy
31-39 Chapel Street, Southport,
PR8 1AH01704 533 907
Closed 08:30am – 5:30pm Closed
Boots Pharmacy,
34 Shakespeare Street, Southport,
PR8 5AB01704 532 326
10:00am-12:00pm Closed Closed
Cambridge Road Pharmacy, 137 Cambridge Road, Inside Churchtown Medical Centre, Southport, PR9 7LT

01704 227 065

2:00pm to 4:00pm Closed Closed
Lloyds Pharmacy (Sainsburys store)
St Georges Place, Lord Street, Southport, PR9 0AF01704 512 275
Closed 9:00am to 5:00pm 9:00am to 5:00pm
Rowlands Pharmacy,
15 Chapel Lane, Formby, Liverpool
L37 4DL01704 872 009
12:00pm-1:00pm 12:00pm-1:00pm Closed
Ryders Chemist,
41 Old Town Lane, Formby,
L37 3HJ01704 872 173
Closed Closed 12:00pm-1:00pm


South Sefton pharmacy opening times 

  Christmas Day Boxing Day New Year’s Day 2020
Asda Pharmacy
Ormskirk Road, Aintree
L10 3LN0151 520 4410
Closed 8:30am-10:00pm 10:00am-5:00pm
Asda Pharmacy
81 Strand Road, Bootle, Liverpool, L20 4BB0151 955 4110
Closed 9:00am to 6:00pm 10:00am to 5:00pm
Boots Pharmacy
Aintree Racecourse Retail Park, Ormskirk Road, L9 5AN0151 523 7349
Closed 9:00am to 5:00pm Closed
Boots Pharmacy
24-26 Liverpool Road, Crosby,
Liverpool, L23 5SF0151 924 4338
12:00pm-2:00pm Closed Closed
Bridge Road Chemist,
54-56 Bridge Road, Litherland,
Liverpool, L21 6PH0151 920 6361
12:00pm-2:00pm Closed Closed
Cohens Chemist,
17 Bridge Road, Crosby,
Liverpool, L23 6SA0151 924 3209
2:00pm-4:00pm Closed Closed
Cohens Chemist,
12-13 Marian Square, Glovers Lane, Netherton, Liverpool, L30 5QA0151 525 9541
12:00pm-2:00pm Closed Closed
Drakes Pharmacy,
1A Aintree Road, Bootle,
Liverpool, L20 9DL0151 944 1007
2:00pm-4:00pm Closed Closed
Lydiate Pharmacy
28 Lydiate Road, L31 2LZ0151 526 3897
10:00am-12:00pm Closed Closed




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