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Sefton Council approves plans for Crosby Lakeside revamp

Sefton Council’s Cabinet has approved plans for a significant investment in Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre.

The £3.1m investment plans will transform the hospitality facilities at the Centre and include:

  • New bar and coffee area with capacity for 120 seated and standing
  • Fully glazed restaurant extension on lakeside terrace
  • New decking on outside spaces for hosted events and four new events spaces
  • Complete revamp of hotel accommodation
  • New accommodation module added, purpose-designed for community and school groups
  • New rooftop and garden and seasonal ‘pop-up’ facilities

The plans to transform the facility will provide an enhanced hospitality offer, generating additional income needed to provide a sustainable future for this important community asset in the medium and long-term.

The investment in the Centre will directly support the strategic objectives of Sefton’s Coastal Plan, to provide high quality visitor infrastructure, attracting more visitors, contributing to the local economy and managing impacts on areas of environmental significance.

Councillor Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said: “This investment will enable the Council to significantly enhance facilities at what is already a valued community asset. Investing in Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre now will enable the Council to make the facility sustainable in the long-term. The Council expects the enhancements will enable Crosby Lakeside to become profitable in the future, generating investment in frontline services.”

All the current leisure facilities will remain open during the improvement works, which are scheduled to start in April 2020, with the revamped hospitality facilities scheduled to launch in Spring 2021.


Officers descend on Southport to tackle criminality

Operation Target officers in Southport have taken to the streets this morning  November 7, to target those involved in drug and other serious and violent crime.

 We conducted four warrants in the Bootle and Southport areas targeting those suspected of being involved in the supply of Class A and B drugs. We also conducted roadside operations, plain clothes deployments and high visibility patrols as part of our ongoing #OpTarget disruption. 

 During the activity on the Coastal Road, Southport, four people were arrested for offences including possession of drugs and drug driving. Officers also seized class B drugs and a car that had no insurance.

 Inspector Andy Bragg said: “We’re working very closely with our partners at Sefton Council to put a stop to drug dealing as well as serious and violent crime that often follows this. 

“A key focus of the Op Target campaign has been on tackling serious and violent crime and raising awareness of the dangers of gun and knife crime as well as the seizure of Class A drugs and weapons, recovering stolen goods and apprehending known offenders.

“With the support of our partners, we will continue to carry out this activity which includes warrants, stop searches, roadside checks and open land searches to keep those living, working and visiting Merseyside safe.

“I would continue to urge people to come forward with information about all types of criminality in their area. Passing on information about where weapons are being stored, who is carrying them and who is dealing drugs in your community is essential to allow us to take action.

“Supplying, dealing and taking drugs can be fatal and we must educate young people of the consequences of their actions. We will continue working proactively with other emergency services, various partner agencies and our ambassadors to reassure the public and disrupt those actively involved in criminality.”

 A spokesman for Sefton Council said: “We know the vast majority of residents living in our beautiful borough are upstanding citizens who are proud of where they live. 

“Serious crime of any type has a real impact on our communities and we are committed to ensuring residents across the borough are kept safe and live without the fear.

“We are committed to working closely with Merseyside Police and other partners to deter criminal activity and make sure the minority of people who do break the law are brought to justice.”

 Anyone that wishes to report a criminal offence, or suspects that any wrongdoing is taking place or feel they or someone in their community is at risk, please DM @MerPolCC or call 101, and in an emergency call 999. 

Free Merseyrail travel in Sefton for military personnel on Remembrance Day

All serving personnel and veterans will be able to travel for free on the Merseyrail network this Remembrance Day (November 10).

Forces personnel will be able to travel anywhere on the network to take part in remembrance services in Sefton and across the Liverpool City Region.

To receive their free travel, veterans and armed forces personnel must present their Armed Forces ID, Veterans Badge with a photo ID or be dressed in their full uniform.

Andy Heath, Managing Director at Merseyrail said: “Our armed forces have sacrificed so much for this country and it’s a pleasure to be able to show our support and gratitude by offering free travel this Sunday.”

The following Remembrance Services will be taking place across Sefton this Sunday:

Aintree: Sefton Parish Church, Sefton Village, L29 (10.30am)
Ainsdale: Village Green War Memorial (10:30am)
Bootle: King’s Garden’s War Memorial, Stanley Road (10.25am)
Crosby: Alexandra Park War Memorial Garden, Coronation Road (10:45am)
Formby: Holy Trinity Church, Rosemary Lane (2.50pm)
Hightown: St Stephen’s Road War Memorial (10:35am)
Ince Blundell: Lady Green Lane War Memorial (12:05pm)
Litherland: Sefton Road War Memorial (10:30am)
Maghull: St Andrew’s Church, Damfield Lane (9.50am)
Southport: Lord Street War Memorial (10:25am)
Waterloo: Five Lamps War Memorial, Gt George’s Road (10:30am)


Fast-growing Sefton business creates cutting-edge medical training facility for LJMU

A Southport tech firm has created a cutting-edge immersive training room for nurses after receiving business growth support from InvestSefton.

Immersive Interactive worked with Liverpool John Moores University to create and install a bespoke cloud-based experience, providing students the experience of delivering clinical care under realistic, high-pressure conditions.

The immersive room, designed and built by the Southport firm, uses pioneering technology to bring training scenarios to life.

Having received business support from InvestSefton, Immersive Interactive has enjoyed significant growth over the past six years and has received funding through the Local Growth Hub to further develop the cloud-based software on which its technology is based.

Immersive Interactive now has a global reach, providing its technology for all aspects of healthcare.

Chris Porter, Director at Immersive Interactive, said: “The financial and advisory support has really helped us to bring our immersive rooms to life, develop our technical capability, and push into new territories. We’re set to keep on growing and pushing the boundaries of immersive training.”

Mike Mullin, Service Manager at InvestSefton, said: “We are delighted to see Immersive Interactive receive this funding and support which has enabled them to use their technology in such an exciting venture with LJMU. This brings great economic benefits to both Sefton and the Liverpool City Region and we look forward to seeing how this and other projects develop.”

Immersive Interactive worked with John Moores University to create realistic clinical environments. The platform also allows students and lecturers from the University’s nursing faculty to design and produce their own interactive learning programmes to tailor course content to their needs.

The room will be officially launched as part of the University’s Adult Nursing programme.

Jan Williams, Senior Nurse Lecturer, at Liverpool John Moores University, said “Immersive Interactive developed the basis of the room for us and set it up within the University so staff could see if this was something they could use. Overwhelmingly, the staff felt that the room would enhance the students learning experience. We worked with Immersive Interactive to make the room as interactive as possible – students have created a range of scenarios which mimic real life. Clinical scenarios don’t happen in silent, sterile rooms – they happen at roadsides, or busy A&E departments – so this technology is key in helping our students become effective practitioners out in the real world.”

CCTV appeal launched following Poppy Tin theft in Ainsdale

Merseyside Police have issued a CCTV still of a man who may be able to assist with an investigation into the theft of two charity tins and food on Saturday, 26 October.

The incident happened on Liverpool Road, Ainsdale at around 10.30pm. One of the items stolen was a charity tin for the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.

Sergeant Jenni Bowman said: “Any type of stealing is unacceptable, but to take from a charity is absolutely despicable and I’m confident members of our community will be just as angry.

“If anyone has any information which may help us to identify this individual please come forward. We will act on all information and bring those responsible to justice.”

Anyone with information should contact @MerPolCC quoting 19100624754, call 101 or contact @CrimestoppersUK anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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