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Year of the Coast thanks!

Sefton Council want to say a massive ‘Thank You’ to the thousands of residents, volunteers, tourists and staff who have helped make 2017 a fantastic Year of the Coast.

In January 2017, Sefton Council launched its Year Of The Coast celebrations to highlight the beautiful 22 miles of vibrant coastal land within our beautiful borough.

The Sefton coast forms the largest dune system in England and is home to thousands of different species of flora and fauna, internationally renowned artwork, golden sands, picture perfect landscapes and much more!

Throughout the 12 month long celebrations, Sefton celebrated fifty years of the National Trust in Formby, witnessed land in Formby being transferred to the National Trust, welcomed people from all over the world for the Open Golf Championships at Royal Birkdale and launched the Sefton Coast Plan for 2030 and beyond.

The Year Of The Coast culminated with the unveiling of the #SeftonSelfie collage featuring hundreds of selfies, snaps and stunning photos taken along the coast throughout 2017. The collage is now on display for all to see at the Eco Centre, Southport.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing and sponsor for the Year of Sefton’s Coast, said:

“I feel very proud that Sefton has such a unique coastline that spreads over 22 miles ,

“Around 3 million people live within an hour’s drive from the Sefton coast and thousands upon thousands of people regularly visit our amazing coast.

“Throughout 2017 the Friends of the Sefton Coast helped organise and facilitate about 148 events on our coast with in excess of 2,319 hours of volunteer time given.

“2017 also marked 50 years since the National Trust first set up in Formby. This celebration also enabled us to successfully transfer further land at Formby Point to the National Trust.

“The Sefton coast was also put in the global shop window as record crowds witnessed an amazing Open golf Championship played out at Royal Birkdale.

“To sum it up it has been an amazing year and thanks to everyone here today who worked extremely hard to make it happen. Thank you very much.”

Following the culmination of the Year of the Coast, Sefton Council can reveal that 2018 has been officially dedicated as the Year of the Volunteer.

More details on the Year of the Volunteer will be revealed in due course.

Southport Pier temporary closure

A section of Southport Pier will be temporarily closed from January 3, 2018 to allow contractors to begin the second phase of its £2.9m improvement works.

The landward section of the pier, between Ocean Plaza and the Marine Lake cafe, will be closed off to the public until approximately March, 2018. This is to allow contractors to continue with a huge improvement project to create additional jobs, increase visitor numbers and secure Southport Pier as a valued asset for many years to come.

The seaward end of the Pier will remain fully open during the works, including the Pavilion.

Access to the Pier will be from the steps and ramp at Ocean Plaza, while signage and directional routes will be installed to help guide visitors and residents.

We apologise for any inconvenience this will cause.

Other works on and around the Pier include:
• The creation of new retail and food units
• New extension to the Pier pavilion
• New steps linking the Pier deck with the beach below
• Improvements to railings around Marine Lake

Formby Library play host to Lord Street history talk

The history of Lord Street, Southport will be the topic for the latest monthly talk taking place at Formby Library on Tuesday January 9.

The mile long Victorian thoroughfare, said to have been the inspiration for the tree lined boulevards of Paris, has been a favourite shopping destination for over a century and has many fascinating stories to tell.

The guest speaker is local historian Hilary Ambrose.

The talk starts at 2pm on Tuesday January 9 and places are free but booking is advised. To secure a place please phone Formby Library on 01704 874177 or email Formby.Library@sefton.gov.uk.

For more information about Sefton Libraries, log onto www.sefton.gov.uk/libraries

Next of kin appeal to find family of Southport man

Sefton Coroner’s office is appealing for help in tracing the next of kin of a man who died in hospital in Southport.

Jakub Stopyra, 42, who previously lived on Bath Street in Southport, died on Sunday 17th December in Southport Hospital. There are no suspicious circumstance surrounding his death.

Anyone who has any information about Mr Stopyra’s next of kin is asked to contact Sefton Coroner’s officer Stephen Craig on 0151 777 3422 or email  sefton.coroners.office@Merseyside.pnn.police.uk

Appeal Following Collision Involving Scrambler Bike and Pedestrian In Litherland

Merseyside Police is appealing for witnesses following a collision involving a scrambler bike and a pedestrian in Litherland this evening (Tuesday 19 December).

Officers were called at 5.10pm following reports a black and white scrambler bike had collided with a pedestrian on Gorsey Lane, near its junction with Pendle Drive, before crashing into barriers. The rider of the bike left the scene on foot and is reported to have ran into a nearby housing estate. It is believed he was wearing a blue helmet.

The pedestrian, a 62-year-old man, has been taken to hospital and is being treated for leg, arm and back injuries. His condition is described as serious.

An investigation is currently underway and part of Gorsey Lane has been temporarily closed.

The scrambler bike will be recovered from the scene and forensically examined.

Detective Inspector Simon Vaughan said: “Our inquiries into this incident are at an early stage but we believe the scrambler bike was being ridden in a dangerous and anti-social way prior to the collision.

“This incident again illustrates the risk that scrambler bike riders pose to other road users and pedestrians. These people have no regard for anyone but themselves and don’t care about the consequences of their actions.

“If you saw this bike being ridden in anti-social manner on Gorsey Lane shortly before this incident, or witnessed the incident itself, please come forward. We would also appeal to anyone who may have dashcam footage or CCTV footage of any part of this incident, before, during and after to get in touch.

“We will continue to take pro-active action against those involved in the criminal use of scrambler bikes on our roads and will do everything possible to locate and seize suspected stolen or nuisance bikes and arrest those who are putting the safety of others at risk.

“I would like to take this opportunity to reassure communities across Merseyside that we understand their concerns about scrambler bikes and are relentless in our efforts to tackle them.

“Such behaviour cannot and will not be tolerated on the streets of Merseyside. I would urge anyone with information which could help us take these bikes out of circulation and make our streets safer to keep coming forward.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Merseyside Police on 101 quoting log 805 of 19th December. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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