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Council remind Marine FC fans not to head to the football ground this weekend

Sefton Council are reminding Marine FC fans not to head to the football ground this weekend

A spokesperson for Sefton Council said:

“There are many residents across the borough who are, understandably, extremely excited for Marine FC’s FA Cup Third Round game against Tottenham Hotspur this Sunday.  However, we must remind people about the current national lockdown restrictions to stay at home and we warn fans not gather around the Marine Travel Arena area immediately before, during or after the game.

“Residents are also reminded that they are forbidden from socialising indoors or in private gardens with anyone who is not in your household or support bubble.

“We have been working closely with Merseyside Police in the planning and preparation for the game and residents should know that there will be police offers patrolling the area.

“Anyone wishing to show their support for Marine FC can do so by taking part in their virtual match ticket raffle which will help to replace lost revenue. Tickets cost £10 and can be purchased at

A landmark moment as decision is made for Sefton Council to re-enter into social housing

Sefton Cabinet members have given the go ahead for the Council’s re-entry into the social housing market for the first time in nearly 15 years.

The Council’s first new rented housing since its stock transfer in 2006 will begin with nine apartments on the Sefton Grange development at Buckley Hill Lane. These homes will be acquired from Sandway Homes, the housing development company launched by the Council in January 2019.

Sandway Homes is also building 30 new homes at Hey Farm Gardens in Crossens and 47 more at Sandy Brook in Ainsdale. Due to be completed in 2021, these two schemes will add to the supply of housing in the north of the Borough.

Next steps are for the Council to register with the Regulator of Social Housing as a social housing provider. It will also need to become an ‘Investment Partner’ with Homes England, the public Government body that funds new, affordable housing in England.

This exciting new project will also see the formation of a delivery team and the development of a business plan.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities said: “This is an historic moment for Sefton, and I am extremely proud that after 15 years we will be able to provide our most vulnerable residents with a range of good quality, affordable housing.

“This is just the beginning, but this move shows how the Council is committed to supporting those residents to get the homes they need and deserve.”

Leader of Sefton Council Ian Maher said: “I am delighted that this decision has been made as I know that there are residents across the borough who are trying to find housing which is more suitable for them, but the housing stock is currently low.  Having the ability to acquire these properties means we can support our communities by giving them more housing options.”

Stuart Barnes, Head of Economic Growth & Housing said: “It is an exciting time for Sefton to be re-entering the social housing market. We will ensure that we have the support from Homes England and the right team and infrastructure in place to enable the Council to best serve its new tenants, but also to enable this tenure and initiative to grow.”

Christian Rogers Managing Director of Sandway Homes, said: “ We are delighted to be working closely with the Council as delivery partner, excited to be currently delivering our two developments in the north of the borough, and eager to secure planning permission for the development in the south and to facilitate the provision of additional social housing in the borough.”

Parks and Greenspaces update: January 2021

New restrictions which have been brought in as part of the new 2021 national Lockdown to combat the spread of COVID-19 have led to a number of important changes to how the Green Sefton parks & greenspace offer works within Sefton.


Visiting our Parks

Overall, our sites remain freely open and accessible for exercise. You can exercise in a local public outdoor place:

– by yourself

– with the people you live with

– with your support bubble (if you are legally permitted to form one)

– in a childcare bubble where providing childcare

– or, when on your own, with one person from another household



Sadly our volunteer group activities must stop again in line with the above. (Although the government guidance does make reference to ‘volunteering’, it is understood that this refers more to ‘caring’ type volunteers and support).


Outdoor Facilities now CLOSED

• Golf Courses: The Government requires that golf course be closed until further notice. No unauthorised play is permitted.

• Outdoor Gyms: All outdoor gyms are now closed, and will be decommissioned over the coming days.

• Tennis Courts / Basketball Courts: these areas are now closed and no use can be made of these courts which will be locked where possible over the coming days.

• Grassroots Sport – the use of playing pitches has also now ceased until further notice. We have communicated separately to leagues and clubs in more detail

• Park Buildings and Pavilions – these continue to remain closed.


Outdoor Facilities remaining OPEN

  • Playgrounds and play areas
  • Dog exercise areas
  • Allotments– our allotment sites will remain open to tenants who must limit their activity only to their own plots, not mix with other tenants and adhere to rules on the control of Coivid-19 which are displayed at entrance gates.

More Information

More information on Coronavirus can be found on our website at:

We all appreciate the health and well being benefits of spending time outdoors (especially right now), but our resources will be stretched again during these challenging times, so if you do visit our sites please take extra effort to care for our environment by either taking their litter home or using the bins provided.

January coronavirus testing facilities across Sefton for those with symptoms

Testing for people with symptoms 

In January, drive-through Mobile Testing Units will operate once again. These sites are for those with symptoms – a new persistent cough, a high temperature or a loss of sense of taste or smell – and can be booked by calling 119 or visiting

Planned dates and sites may be subject to change if testing is required in other locations:

Remaining dates for January 2021  

  • Monday 18 January – Southport
  • Tuesday 19 January – Ainsdale
  • Wednesday 20 January – NO MOBILE TESTING
  • Thursday 21 January – NO MOBILE TESTING
  • Friday 22 January – Litherland
  • Saturday 23 January – Aintree
  • Sunday 24 January – NO MOBILE TESTING
  • Monday25 January – NO MOBILE TESTING
  • Tuesday 26 January – Litherland
  • Wednesday 27 January – Litherland
  • Thursday 28 January – NO MOBILE TESTING
  • Friday 29 January – Southport
  • Saturday 30 January – Ainsdale
  • Sunday 31 January – Ainsdale

Walk-through test centres

In addition, local walk-through test centres are open every day from 8am to 8pm, providing easy access to COVID-19 tests for people who do not have access to a car and for those who have symptoms and should not travel by public transport.

The four local test centres are located at:

  • Bootle Town Hall, L20 7AA
  • Crosby Library Car Park, Haigh Road, L22 OLQ
  • Netherton Activity Centre, Glovers Land, L30 3TL
  • Southport Town Hall, PR8 1DA

Those with symptoms seeking tests, need to book ahead of going to either the walk-through or drive-through sites. It’s quick and easy to book by calling 119 or going online at


Testing for people not displaying any symptoms

Targeted, SMART COVID-19 testing for people who DON’T have COVID-19 symptoms and who have to go out to work and mix with others or who are in caring roles is now taking place at:

  • Splash World in Southport
  • Bootle Leisure Centre
  • Aintree Racecourse.

Each site is open from 9am to 6pm (8am to 8pm from Wednesday 20th January).  The SMART test sites are walk through only

Find out about SMART coronavirus tests for people who have to go out and mix with others or are in caring roles.


New talking therapies provider launches service to support thousands across Sefton

Mental Health Matters (MHM) has successfully launched Talking Matters Sefton. Talking Matters Sefton is the new name for the support service that borough residents can access for help with their mental wellbeing.

Developed in partnership with NHS South Sefton and NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Groups, the service ensures that patients can continue to access high-quality talking therapies as conveniently as possible, which is more important than ever in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and its impact on mental wellbeing.

Talking Matters Sefton (TMS) is designed to help anyone aged over 16 in the borough, to deal with common mental health difficulties. These may include depression, anxiety, panic, phobia, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), or post-traumatic stress disorder. Staffed by a team of highly skilled mental health professionals, the service is focused on delivering a person-centred approach to help people achieve positive outcomes.

Individuals looking to access support from the service can self-refer online, via email, or over the phone. Referrals can also be made through a Sefton GP.

Those that were accessing the previous talking therapies service have been contacted to confirm that they can expect a consistent level of care and continuity of support.

Victoria Malone, Head of Talking Matters at MHM, said: “We are proud to be running Talking Matters Sefton and to be able to support those in need. Our priorities are to deliver a high-quality service to those already accessing support and to reach out to people across the community, to ensure that residents know that we are here to help during difficult times”.


Dr Hilal Mulla, mental health lead for NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “Mental Health Matters has worked hard to ensure that existing patients won’t notice any difference to the high quality of support they receive from professionals as a result of the organisation taking over the running of our talking therapies service on 1 January, so services continue to be there for our residents when they need them.”

Dr Sue Gough, mental health lead for NHS South Sefton CCG, added: “Talking therapies provide a range of support for our residents who’re experiencing common mental health issues and these services are particularly important as we deal with the impact of COVID-19.

“We would encourage anyone experiencing things like stress, anxiety or depression to make contact with Talking Matters Sefton, it’s easy to do and the skilled team of professionals can really help.”

Mental Health Matters is a third sector organisation providing a wide range of support to people with mental health needs offering a welcoming, safe, comfortable, non-judgmental, and non-clinical environment.

MHM has experience in successfully delivering IAPT services for over 12 years and continue to leverage their wealth of experience and clinical best practice to expand services and reach more patients in need.

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