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More than 9.2 million people visited Southport in 2018 generating in excess of £590 million for the Sefton economy

The number of visitors heading to the resort is up by 1.5% on the previous year with a 6.5% increase on money spent in the town.

 These findings are contained in the latest independent research for 2018 commissioned by the Visitor Economy Team at Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

 Latest figures show Liverpool City Region’s Visitor Economy is now worth over £4.9bn, and last year welcomed 67.3m visitors to the region and supports over 57,000 jobs.

Headline figures for Southport show:

  • Visitor Numbers – 9.2 million – 1.5% Increase
  • Staying visitors – 772,000 – 2.1% Increase
  • Economic Impact – £590 million – 6.5% increase
  • Total Employment 6,967 – 3.1% Increase

Headline city region-wide figures show:

  • Visitor numbers – 67.3 million – 5% increase
  • Staying visitors 5.5 million – 3.8% increase
  • Total Employment – 57,000 – 6.7% increase

 These figures are published by the STEAM (Scarborough Tourism Economic Activity) model, which is used throughout the UK tourism industry to measure economic impact of the visitor economy, and International Passenger Survey. The results are calculated using a range of tourism inputs including hotel occupancy, transport figures, attractions attendance figures and event figures.

Cllr Ian Maher, Labour Leader at Sefton Council, said: “There is a real ‘wow’ factor to these figures that have just been published and for all the right reasons.

“We all know how important tourism is to Southport, Sefton and the wider city region and these figures confirm how important we all are as a destination to millions of tourists every year.

“It clearly shows that tourism across Sefton continues to rise and the borough really is open for all businesses.

“Visitors regularly come from all over the UK and beyond to Sefton for our superb attractions, our busy and varied events programme, wonderful hotels, superb shops and entertaining nightlife and long may this continue.”

Sefton Council has once again marked Srebrenica Memorial Day, July 11 at Waterloo Town Hall

Since 2016 the local authority has remembered the 1995 Srebrenica genocide in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which saw over 8,000 Muslim men and boys killed by Serbian nationalist forces.

 To mark the date, a special flag was flying at Waterloo Town Hall as a mark of remembrance. 

 Sefton’s libraries in Crosby, Formby and Southport also displayed literary materials to help educate future generations about Srebrenica.

 Cllr Trish Hardy, Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “Srebrenica was a terrible atrocity and it is only right that we remember those affected every year and support memorial events as part of the UK-wide Remembering Srebrenica Memorial Week.

“Each memorial marks an opportunity for us all to pledge to creating a better, stronger and more cohesive society in Sefton and across the whole of the UK.

“The lessons we learn from Srebrenica are that hatred and intolerance can flourish if left unchallenged. We must all understand the consequences of leaving hatred and intolerance unchallenged.

“By doing this, we give ourselves hope of illuminating the darkness and creating a better, safer and stronger society for all.”

 For more information about Srebrenica Memorial Week, visit www.srebrenica.org.uk

Operation Target – arrests and drugs, weapons, scrambler bikes and recovered following day of action in Bootle

A multi-agency day of action in Bootle yesterday (Wednesday 10 July) has seen seven warrants, and the recovery of drugs, weapons and scrambler bikes as authorities in the area continue to take action following recent incidents in the community.

 Working alongside Sefton Council and local housing trusts, officers have been working in areas of Bootle which have seen serious incidents of violence recently, including gun crime, arson and violence.

 As a result of today’s action, seven warrants were carried out and a number of arrests made, including a 34-year-old man from Litherland arrested on suspicion of theft of a motorbike, a 35-year-old woman from Bootle arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply drugs and possession of cannabis; and others voluntarily attending police stations in relation to drug and money laundering offences.

 Supported by dog units and underwater search teams, we have carried out searches of the canal area and other areas including Derby Park, resulting in the seizure of knives, a baseball bat and shotgun cartridges.

 Superintendent Graeme Robson, Area Commander for Sefton, explains the reasons behind today’s activity: “We know that the Bootle community have seen a lot of police activity in their area recently, both as a response to incidents, and with warrants being carried out. Today we are stepping this up, and will keep doing so when necessary, in Bootle and any areas which require action.

“We have had some great recent success, in arresting and charging those we suspect of dealing drugs, and I want to reassure everyone locally that we will continue working alongside our partners to act on all the information you provide.

“But this week isn’t all about enforcement. Tomorrow we will also be in the area with a mobile police station to speak to residents, and working with our partners to carry out repairs and cleaning. Come and speak to us, see what is going on, and we can and will make the difference to Bootle. We want these streets to be hostile to criminals and safe and welcoming to everyone else.

 Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “We are committed to reducing and preventing anti-social behaviour right across the borough in order to make our thriving communities even safer.

“It’s important that we work closely with our partners including Merseyside Police, to reduce crime in Sefton and welcome the operations taking place.”

 Your help and information leads to such positive activity, so have the confidence to speak to us directly or if you don’t feel able to call police, come forward anonymously via Crimestoppers, a charity which is independent of police, on 0800 555 111.

Merseyside Police join forces with partners for Knife Crime Question Time Panel

Merseyside Police Chief Constable Andy Cooke joined Sue Gregory from Everton in the Community, Chief Fire Officer Phil Garrigan from Mersey Fire and Rescue Service, headteacher Tony Costello the parents of Sam Cook at Salvo Salesian College in Bootle today for a Knife Crime Question Time to discuss the impact on knife crime and what can be done to combat it.

 Schools from all over Merseyside took part including Savio Salesian, Calderstones, Litherland High, Maricourt, Hillside, Penkford as well as Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service’s Prince Trust programmes. The event was organised by Merseyside Police in conjunction with Everton in the Community and hosted by Radio City presenter Pete Price.

 The event came a week after Merseyside Police launched £4.2m Operation Target which aims to combat serious and violent crime, including knife crime.

 The panel answered questions from the audience during a 90 minute session which aimed to understand the causes of knife crime, who is affected by knife crime, what the professionals are doing to target it and what young people can do as part of the solution.

 Questions included “How can young people protect ourselves and feel safe in the city?”, “Do you think the current punishments for having/using knives are harsh enough?” and “What do you think is the most influential factor in kids carrying weapons?”

 Speaking after the event, Chief Constable Cooke said it was important to hear the opinion of young people about what can be done to combat knife crime.

He said: “Sadly we have seen far too many knife crime incidents across the country and over Merseyside in the last couple of years. We need to keep giving out the message about how it wrecks lives. Today we were fortunate enough to hear from Gill and Alan (the parents of Sam Cook). Sadly their son was murdered by a man with a knife 18 months ago. If more people could hear that message it would stop people from carrying knives. The absolute devastation it has caused to their family and all families, that is the message we need to get across. Not only is it the wrong thing to do but the devastating impact on families is incredible.”

 He added: “Importantly [today] we have been getting the views of young people about what we should be doing to tackle knife crime and that is essential because this is not an issue that policing will solve or even police and partners together will solve. The communities will solve this alongside us and young people in communities are crucial to doing that.”

 #StopKnifeCrime #OpTarget

Alleyway flytipping is becoming a ‘Riddock-ulous’ health risk

Residents and businesses who continue to fly-tip despite constant warnings are putting their own health at serious risk.

That is the message from Sefton Council’s Public Protection team following a recent investigation of gated alleyways in South Sefton, which have been filled with flytipped rubbish.

 Teams from Sefton Council’s Cleansing unit recently joined officers from Public Protection, along with ward councillors on Riddock Road, Litherland to assess the growing issue.

Evidence from the investigation has now been viewed and action will be taken against those who have been found to have dumped rubbish illegally in the area. 

Each year Sefton’s cleansing teams have to remove thousands of tonnes of rubbish from alleyways across the borough, costing the Council more than £800,000 a year to clear up and dispose of.

On average 20 tonnes of flytipped rubbish is left in rear alleyways and passageways each week, running up bills of £2,600 in disposal costs alone.

Cllr Paulette Lappin, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regulation and Compliance, said: “We know that this rubbish is being dumped illegally by residents and businesses in the immediate vicinity but they do not realise how damaging this is to their own health.

“Riddock Road is just one of hundreds of gated alleyways across South Sefton where flytipping is a real issue. 

“Not only is it incredibly costly to clean up, it can cause serious health issues and directly affect both the culprits and those innocent residents who live nearby. 

“No matter if its a small bin bag or a huge pile of household waste, it’s still flytipping and you will be fined heavily for irresponsibly disposing of your rubbish.

“Flytipping carries a £400 fixed penalty notice and failure to pay will land you in court. We won’t hesitate to issue a fine if we catch people doing it.”

If any residents have any concerns regarding flytipping or wish to report an offence, they should contact us on 0345 140 0845 or report it via our website www.sefton.gov.uk.

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