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Maintenance works to continue on Marine Way Bridge following bad weather

Routine maintenance will continue to take place on Marine Way Bridge, Southport over the next two weeks due to bad weather delaying works.

The extensive works are scheduled to continue on the bridge, which is now fifteen years old, from Monday, September 30.

In order to carry out the works safely and to allow for access for large equipment, Marine Way Bridge will be closed to all traffic, including pedestrians during weekdays until Friday, October 18.

However to compensate for increased traffic on weekends, the bridge will be reopened temporarily for both weekends commencing October 5 and October 12.

Diversions will be in place throughout the closure to ensure disruption is kept to a minimum.

Cllr John Fairclough, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Locality Services, said: “While contractors worked tirelessly to carry out as much work as possible, we are powerless to stop nature from getting in the way!

“The Marine Way Bridge is a vital asset both to our highways network and is the gateway to some of the most beautiful coastline in the North West.

A diversion route will be in place to direct traffic across Marine Lake and advanced signs on Marine Drive at the North and South will allow motorists to choose their preferred route to the East or West of Marine Lake.

For more information about road closures across the borough please visit www.roadworks.org

Southport Waterfront to Host Snooker’s top stars at Players Championship

Southport will host a snooker world ranking event for the first time early next year when the Coral Players Championship comes to the town.

The event will run from February 24th to March 1st in 2020 at the Southport Waterfront. Tickets will be on sale soon.

The Coral Players Championship features the leading 16 players on snooker’s one-year ranking list. Ronnie O’Sullivan won the title last season, beating Neil Robertson in the final. The match had a memorable finish as O’Sullivan made the 1,000th century break of his career in the last frame.

Other top stars in the field last season, when the event was staged in Preston, included Judd Trump, John Higgins, Mark Selby, Mark Allen, Neil Robertson and Mark Williams.

The one-year ranking list started at the Riga Masters last July, and the cut-off point for the Coral Players Championship is the Shoot Out which finishes on February 23rd. The top 16 on the list at that point go through to Southport.

The 16 players will start in a seeded draw, with a knockout format. All matches will be best of 11 frames, until the final which is best of 19.

It’s the second of three events in the Coral Series, preceded by the 32-man Coral World Grand Prix in Cheltenham (February 3-9) and followed by the eight-man Coral Tour Championship in Llandudno (March 17-22). The player earning the most money across the series will receive the Coral Cup and a £100,000 bonus. All three events are televised live by ITV.

Total prize money in Southport will be £385,000 with the winner to receive £125,000.

A spokesman for World Snooker said: “We are very excited about bringing this prestigious tournament to Merseyside for the first time. We know there’s a lot of support for snooker in the area so we’re expecting big crowds, and once tickets are on sale fans must get them booked early as many of the sessions will sell out.

“The Southport Waterfront is a fantastic venue in a beautiful location on England’s North West coast. It’s will be a superb stage for snooker’s biggest names.

“The Coral Players Championship will bring together 16 of the best players on the planet. The great thing about the Coral Series is that all 128 tour players begin the season on zero as they start the race to qualify for the three lucrative events. So only those in form make it into the elite field.

“That race is well underway now and it will be fascinating to see whether all of the big names make it to Southport, or whether we get new faces and outsiders earning a place in the line-up.

“For fans in the area it’s fabulous news as it’s a chance to see live sport at its very best, and the value for money is exceptional.”

Emma Lloyd, Head of Creative for Waterfront Southport said:
“This is huge for the venue and the town. We are delighted to be working with the team at World Snooker to bring it to the Waterfront and we hope it’s the start of a great working relationship. The North West is known for its love of snooker and Southport is no different!”

Ticket details will be announced as soon as they are available

Sefton youth worker Sue Logie tells us how she’s helping to give a safe space to young people

Sue Logie and Sefton’s Chief Exec, Dwayne Johnson, attending Pride in Liverpool

This month as part of our Year of Friendship campaign, we’ve been focusing on children and young people and the projects designed to benefit them. We’re also highlighting some of the amazing youth workers who are always on hand to give one-to-one and group support.  

 We caught up with one of Sefton Council’s youth workers Sue Logie. She is the lead worker for New Beginnings, Sefton’s LGBTQ+ youth group which provides a safe space for young people to socialise and learn life skills.

 Sue put’s her heart and soul into working with young people especially those who are LGBTQ+. So much so that she has recently won an award for Best Campaigner at the prestigious LCR Pride Awards 2019.

 We caught up with Sue to ask her about her journey as a youth worker and why she continues to support young people. 

Sue: For me personally, New Beginnings is like my baby so to speak. When I was a young person struggling with my own identity I was unaware of any support for young people at that time, this was something I really struggled with. There was no support and there were no visible role models back then nor was LGBTQ+ in the media like it is today. So, when I first started working within the Youth Service back in 2014 being asked to work with the New Beginnings group was exciting and then when I was asked to lead on it, it was an honour. To see and be a part of the journeys the young people embark on with their identity and finding themselves is so rewarding, and seeing them grow as a young person and being comfortable and happy within themselves just takes your breath away at times. To be able to provide a safe space and for young people to get the support I lacked is amazing, we have evolved slightly and we have had parents/carers ask for our support also which is always a pleasure, sometimes for parents to have that space to talk is nice also. More recently we have had a number of schools ask for support also, so it’s nice to see our schools trying to support our young people more especially around LBGTQ+.

Q: What are some of the main highlights in your career working with young people?

Sue: Wow! This is a difficult one! There are lots of positive experiences and some almost life changing for the young people and for me. I think one that really sticks with me is a young person who I worked with who just didn’t really know where they fitted or who they were, we did some 1-1 sessions and the young person attending New Beginnings and over about 2 years I seen this young person just grow and we went from different sexualities to then actually the young person saying they thought it was their gender that was this issue – well not issue, but they felt they wanted to identify as the opposite gender – so we did some work around this and now that young person is attending the Gender Identity Clinic and is much happier within themselves. All I did was to be there to listen and allow the space for that young person to be them and spent a lot of time with his parents supporting them also.

Q: It’s great news that you’ve been nominated for Best Campaigner at the Prestigious LCR Pride Awards 2019. How does it feel to know you’re hard work has been recognised in this way?

Sue: Shocked and overwhelmed. There is a very good friend of mine in the same category, who has been working campaigning for the LGBTQ+ community a lot longer than me so to make the final 3 for me is an achievement itself especially being named with someone who has done so much for the community before me.

Q: Moving forward do you have any aspirations about how society on a whole can improve support for young people?

Sue: I would ideally like to see a shift in the way LGBTQ+ people are seen, there is still a lot of homophobia/transphobia/biphobia, but on top of this, I feel any sort of ‘phobia’ I would like to see minimalised or eradicated – but with this people are not born hateful they are taught it. So, stigmas/stereotypes etc I would love to see them broken. And I feel like also youth work being seen across the country and a valuable service to our young people. These young people are our future leaders, Armed/Public service representatives and more. The valuable work that we carry out with our young people can be life changing for some and can bring them away from paths they shouldn’t really go down.

 

Have your say on the future of Southport Market

Sefton Council is seeking the views of existing traders, residents and visitors regarding an exciting vision for the future of Southport Market.

Earlier this year, impressive images were released charting how the King Street market could look in the future.

While no final decisions have yet been made, Sefton Council is running a 4-week consultation regarding the future of the building.

The Council remains committed to ensuring Southport Market continues to operate and make a positive contribution to the local economy as well as becoming a key visitor destination.

We are now seeking the views of our existing traders, local businesses, residents and visitors to the area on the vision for the renewed market space through an e-consultation on sefton.gov.uk

Hard copies of the consultation will also be available at libraries, the two One Stop Shops in Sefton and Southport Market itself. The consultation runs until October 24.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said: “Earlier this year we released some amazing images on what Southport Market could look like in the future and the general feedback was very positive.

“We are now taking it to the next stage through a formal consultation process gauging what existing traders, visitors and residents across the borough think about the future use of the building.

“We really value the market but sadly it has become very clear that the current set up isn’t working making trading conditions extremely difficult with occupancy levels in decline.

“Building on our former investment at the market, hopefully this consultation will guide us in the right direction to potentially transform the building into a unique offer that will only benefit the town and the wider borough.

“While nothing is set in stone, we really hope people find the time to tell us what they think and help define a new exciting chapter at the market.”

The consultation can be viewed at https://yourseftonyoursay.sefton.gov.uk/ and to see more images and details on what the new operation could look like, visit https://southportmarket.com/

Arrests and drug seizures during day of action in Sefton

arrested 13 people and seized drugs and cash during a day of activity in Sefton yesterday (Wednesday 25 September 2019).

Operation Vermont uses officers from across the force to focus on community issues, and yesterday it supported the ongoing work of Operation Target to tackle serious and violent crime on Merseyside.

Officers from targeted teams, roads policing officers and community officers, headed into Sefton – in Bootle, Litherland, Seaforth, Netherton, Crosby, Formby and Southport – alongside mounted officers. Five search warrants were executed, stop searches carried out and areas of land searched.

A total of 12 males were arrested on suspicion of drugs offences and one woman was arrested on suspicion of theft, while a total of 66 stop searches were carried out.

A quantity of white powder and cannabis were discovered during a search of a house in Bootle, and a Lexmoto motorbike suspected of being stolen was found in the back yard. An 18-year-old man from Bootle was arrested on suspicion of possession of Class A and Class B drugs.

In Crosby, cannabis, cannabis resin, drugs paraphernalia and cash were seized during a house search and a 22-year-old man from Crosby was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class B drugs.

A 24-year-old man and 23-year-old from Formby were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a Class B drug and possession of a Class A drug after a warrant was executed at a property in Formby, where cannabis, mobile phones, cash and drugs paraphernalia were recovered.

Following community intelligence, a land search was carried out at the park off Lunt Road, Bootle and a hammer and evidence of drugs being stored there were discovered.

Officers out on patrol in uniform and plain clothes disrupted suspects dealing drugs in the Knowsley Road area, where 28 stop searches were carried out and an 18-year-old man arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a Class B drug. A further four males – aged 16, 18, 23 and 42 – were arrested on suspicion of possession of a Class B drug.

Officers also witnessed a woman stealing cheese and cider from Tesco and a 42-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of theft.

Op Servator officers were deployed at train stations in South Sefton conducting 10 stop searches under the Misuse of Drugs Act, and arresting a 16-year-old and 17-year-old male on suspicion of possession of a Class B drug.

Police conducting road checks issued three taxi licensing suspensions, as well as conditional offers and elsewhere a stolen scooter was seized from a property in Bootle and a Rolls Royce Ghost car was recovered causing an obstruction in Southport. A stolen motorbike was also located in a garage in Aintree.

Another man, aged 35, was arrested on a no bail warrant and charged with breach of bail.

Chief Inspector Matt Moscrop said: “Yesterday’s activity has given some very positive results, and disrupted those people we suspect of using the streets of Sefton to peddle drugs, engage in violence and steal other people’s property.

“This activity was a result of intelligence we have gathered, much of it from members of the community who have a vital role to play in letting us know where offenders are operating and what they are up to.

“I hope it provides some reassurance to the community to see that we take serious action when we are informed of any criminality. I also hope it sends a clear message to anyone intent on bringing fear and harm to Sefton that we will devote significant resources from across the force to arrest them, and seize their drugs and ill-gotten gains.

“I encourage anyone who has information about criminality in their neighbourhoods to contact us so that we may take this type of positive action and make the streets of Sefton and Merseyside safe and enjoyable places for people to live, work and visit.”

Anyone who has information about drug dealing in the community or knows where weapons are being stored or who is using them can contact us by sending a DM to @MerPolCC, calling 101 or contacting Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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