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Merseyside Police launch massive recruitment drive

Recruitment lines to join Merseyside Police are now open and we are encouraging driven individuals who are passionate about serving their community to join the Force.

The force will be taking on additional new Constables from this recruitment drive and details of how to apply can be found here.

The force is committed to providing an effective service to communities across Merseyside and we aim to put our communities first in everything we do.

To do this, they need to understand all of our communities and our officers and staff should reflect the diverse communities we serve.

T/ACC Natalie Perischine said “The Government recently announced funding for an uplift in the number of police officers nationally, and as a result Merseyside Police is looking towards a sustained recruitment of new officers.

“In addition to this, there will be another recruitment drive in November. Then, throughout the next three years there will be further opportunities for members of the public to join us.

“For those applying in the future, there will be changes in relation to how you can apply to become an officer. However, we will ensure these changes are communicated and the different routes to become a police officer are made clear.

“We want to encourage people from various communities, who have the passion, ability and drive to deliver an effective policing service, to join us and help us better understand the needs of the diverse communities we serve and protect.”

Chief Inspector Karen Wiesenekker from our Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Team added: “Often when we run recruitment campaigns, we find that there aren’t many applications from the different and underrepresented groups which can be quite disappointing.

“Being a police officer, although a tough job, is extremely rewarding and is definitely a job for all people from all backgrounds or walks of life. Therefore, it is extremely important that our officers are representative of the communities we serve. We embrace diversity and inclusivity and work as one team to provide the public with an effective policing service.

“People from different backgrounds bring different experiences and viewpoints to the force and can help us shape the future of policing, whilst better understanding the various cultures, beliefs and traditions that makes up Merseyside.

“The skills for being a good police officer includes the ability to work as part of a team, solve problems and keep calm and confident in difficult circumstances.

“The role can be both physically and mentally demanding but it is an opportunity to make a difference and ensure that the people who live in Merseyside feel safe.”

If you would like to apply to join Merseyside Police or would like more information, please click the link:

Southport Air Show 2019: Traffic & Travel advice

As thousands of aviation enthusiasts descend on Southport for the annual awe inspiring Air Show next weekend, Sefton Council has put together a helpful guide to the three day spectacular. 

Bigger than ever before, the stunning show takes place along Southport’s golden sands from Friday, September 6 to Sunday, September 9 with tens of thousands of visitors due to visit the resort over the weekend.

Also paying a flying visit to Southport will be a whole host of jaw dropping aeroplanes performing stunning, daring and, at times, emotional displays to wow crowds, starting with a thundering Friday night line up.

A fireworks finale on Friday will set up an amazing weekend of both aerial and ground entertainment for the whole family.

However before all that, visitors need to know how and when to get there!

Gates will open at 6pm on Friday (September 6) and from 10am on Saturday and Sunday (September 7-8).

With thousands of people expected to visit the resort over the three days, the local road networks will be busy and visitors are encouraged to take full advantage of public transport where possible.

Due to the size of the show, a number of road closures will be required to assist with the setup and safety of all those attending.

Marine Drive (Pleasureland to Marine Parade) will be closed from 4:30pm on Wednesday, September 4 to Monday, September 9.

From Friday, September 9 the following road closures will also be in effect at varying times:

Coastal Road (Weld Road – Pleasureland) 

Esplanade (Victoria Park – Marine Drive) 

Marine Drive (Fairways – Marine Parade) 

Both the Coastal Road and Marine Drive will reopen each evening following site checks.

Those travelling to the show by car are advised to tune in to the dedicated Southport Air Show Radio channel on 87.7FM for the latest news and up to date travel and parking advice.

Parking is available on Princes Park, the Esplanade Car Park and Victoria Park. Beach and Marine Drive parking will only be available on Saturday and Sunday.

Directional signage and stewards will be on hand throughout all three days to lead visitors to designated parking sites.

Motorists are advised to switch off any Sat Navs and follow air show signage.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said: “The 28th Southport Air Show promises to be a fantastic three day event for all the family and I can’t wait to see the huge crowds across the weekend.

“We are committed to offering an incredible events programme throughout the year which caters for all the family.

“This promises to be an exciting weekend for the Southport Air Show and the whole of the borough with an incredible flying programme. If you are planning to attend, make sure to get there early and make the most of your visit to our beautiful borough.”

Once the show finishes each evening, visitors are encouraged to take full advantage of the resort’s fabulous restaurants and nighttime entertainment.

More details about the 2019 Southport Air Show and other information about Southport is available via

Sefton residents invited to health commissioners’ meetings

Health commissioners in Sefton are inviting local residents with an interest in their work to come along to their next governing body meetings.

NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS South Sefton CCG hold their bi-monthly governing body meetings in public, so that people can listen to the discussions and the decision making processes of the doctors, nurses and other health professionals that make up these forums. 

Dr Rob Caudwell, local GP and chair of NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “As always, members of the public are encouraged to attend our governing body meetings. At these meetings you will be able to listen to us make decisions and will learn about the developments happening in the area.”

Dr Craig Gillespie, local GP and chair of NHS South Sefton CCG, said: “Attending one of our governing body meetings is a good way to find out about the work that’s been happening in Sefton over the past couple of months and to learn about our plans for the future.

“The decisions we make at these meetings have an impact on the whole community, that’s why everyone is encouraged to attend.”

NHS Southport and Formby CCG’s governing body meeting will take place on Wednesday 4 September at the Family Life Centre, Ash St, Southport, Merseyside at 1pm. Papers will be made available here beforehand.  

NHS South Sefton CCG’s governing body meeting will take place on Thursday 5 September at Merton House, Stanley Road in Bootle at 1pm. Papers will be made available here beforehand. 

Attendees have the chance to ask questions shortly before the meeting formally starts. To confirm attendance or for more information please call 0151 317 8456. 

M58 improvement works update: Evening lane closures likely

Some evening lane closures and diversions will be in place on the M58 as improvement works continue.

Sefton Council’s contractors, John Sisk and Sons, are making progress on the construction of the two slip roads at Junction 1 of the M58 providing a northbound off slip and a southbound on-slip.

Necessary works on the motorway will start on Tuesday, August 27 and last until Wednesday, September 4. They will be carried during the night, between 9pm and 5.30am, and will include some lane closures, and on some nights, full closures of the motorway. Diversion routes will be in place

As well as improving journey times between Maghull and North Liverpool, it is hoped the scheme will reduce traffic on the A59 and some residential roads and facilitate potential future development in the Maghull area.

For more information on the scheme visit or follow us on Twitter and Facebook for regular updates and progress. Sisk will provide regular updates on Twitter @M58J1.

Essential safety works start on Coronation lanterns

Essential works are set to take place to remove three structurally unsound lighting columns on Lord Street, Southport.

Surveys of all three coronation columns, which were erected along the main boulevard in 1953 to mark the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, have found signs of considerable structural wear and tear.

As a result, works will now take place on Wednesday, August 28 to remove all three defective columns as a matter of paramount public safety.

The commemorative coronation lanterns, which adorn the top of the columns, will be retained and restored by the local authority ahead of them being reinstated on new columns. 

A spokesman for Sefton Council said: “While the Coronation lamps are a fantastic part of our borough’s heritage, the safety of the public is paramount and the columns need to be removed.

“Our contractors will be working diligently to make sure all three lanterns, which are the focal point of the coronation lamps, will be safely recovered and restored with intention of being reinstated at a later date.

“When the columns were first erected over 66 years ago, 2019 seemed such a long time away and in that time they have naturally weathered to a point where they are no longer considered structurally sound. 

“Due to the nature of the works, we expect there may be some minimal disruption to road users while cranes and equipment are put in place.”

The coronation lamps are situated at the junctions of Duke Street, Eastbank Street and Manchester Road respectively.

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