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Sefton Council set to improve Botanic Gardens lakeside ahead of major transformation consultation

Sefton Council has outlined ideas for up to £30,000 in improvements for the lake and lakeside area at Southport’s popular Botanic Gardens. These include new water aeration fountains, the installation of new fencing and secure lifeline stations, as well as plans for annual community clean-up events.

The plans were discussed at a meeting on Thursday 19th August with local community groups.

As part of a wider vision for transforming the park, the initial improvements were outlined to members of the Botanic Gardens Community Association and Make a Change for Ben fundraising group who have been in discussion with the Council’s Green Sefton team on the proposals.

At the meeting the group agreed to prioritise the aerating fountains as the first phase. Funding for the phased lakeside improvements is set to come from community fundraising schemes, local ward budgets and the Green Sefton Service.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing said:

“As outlined earlier this year, Sefton Council’s Green Sefton Service is looking at ways to develop and improve the Botanic Gardens.

“Our Green Sefton team has been working alongside a number of dedicated community groups who care deeply about the future of the park and are keen to see improvements that benefit everyone who loves spending time there.

“We’re at the stage where we have been able to agree some initial improvements focused on the lakeside area that will complement the work already undertaken, at the beginning of the year, to improve the aviary.

“But our longer-term vision is to reinvigorate the park with a whole host of potential ideas that would offer better facilities for our communities as well as providing a positive boost to the local visitor economy, including the creation of new jobs.”

The Green Sefton Service will launch a consultation to seek ideas from the community for the longer-term vision for the Botanic Gardens. This consultation will take place once the current consultations are completed for Hesketh Park and the Ainsdale beach gateway. Details of those consultations can be found at:

In time, it is expected funding will be sought from streams through organisations that support the heritage sector. Around £5 million is likely to be required to deliver the Council’s ambitious plans to transform the park.

The project would support the restoration of many of the park’s Victorian buildings and help the Council to develop new attractions that would bring more visitors to the park and generate income that would be earmarked for the park’s maintenance and management.

Cllr Moncur added:

“The major proposals are at the very early stages of development and our next steps will include launching a public consultation over the coming winter/ spring to bring together the views of residents, regular park users, visitors and the dedicated volunteer groups, like the Botanic Gardens Community Association, who support many projects at the park to keep the space clean, green and beautiful for all.”

People can find more on the Borough’s parks, play areas and open spaces managed by the Green Sefton team, with support from volunteers and partners, by visiting

Anyone interested in helping to shape the developing project, or would like to volunteer in the Botanic Gardens, can contact the Botanic Gardens Community Association at

Mobile COVID testing – September 2021

Throughout September, drive-through Mobile Testing Units will be available across the Borough.
These sites are for people 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:

Dates and locations for September 2021

  • Wednesday 1 Southport Eco Centre
  • Thursday 2 Southport Eco Centre
  • Friday 3 Southport Eco Centre
  • Saturday 4 Maghull Town Hall
  • Sunday 5 Maghull Town Hall
  • Monday 6 Litherland Sports Park
  • Tuesday 7 Litherland Sports Park
  • Wednesday 8 Litherland Sports Park
  • Thursday 9 Litherland Sports Park
  • Saturday 11 Maghull Town Hall
  • Sunday 12 Maghull Town Hall
  • Monday 13 Maghull Town Hall
  • Tuesday 14 Southport Eco Centre
  • Wednesday 15 Southport Eco Centre
  • Thursday 16 Southport Eco Centre
  • Friday 17 Southport Eco Centre
  • Saturday 18 Litherland SP
  • Sunday 19 Litherland SP
  • Monday 20 Southport Eco Centre
  • Tuesday 21 Litherland Sports Park
  • Wednesday 22 Litherland Sports Park
  • Thursday 23 Litherland Sports Park
  • Saturday 25 Maghull Town Hall
  • Sunday 26 Maghull Town Hall
  • Monday 27 Southport Eco Centre
  • Tuesday 28 Southport Eco Centre
  • Wednesday 29 Southport Eco Centre
  • Thursday 30 NO MOBILE TESTING

Remaining August dates

  • Saturday 28 Maghull Town Hall
  • Sunday 29 Maghull Town Hall
  • Monday 30 Maghull Town Hall
  • Tuesday 31 NO MOBILE TESTING

Our mobile Swab Squads are out this week.

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 Lane, L30 3TL
  • Southport Town Hall, PR8 1DA

Those with symptoms wanting 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

Find out more about COVID in Sefton, including testing and vaccinations.

People across Sefton have until mid September to help shape plans to be net zero carbon by 2040

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Sefton residents are being asked to join people across the City Region in helping to shape plans to make it carbon net zero by 2040.


As the countdown begins to November’s COP26 climate summit in Glasgow people are being asked to help shape the Liverpool City Region Net Zero Action Plan by taking part in a survey, which closes on Wednesday 15th September.

Work already underway to reach the target includes investment in new, state-of-the-art trains and hydrogen buses for a London-style integrated transport system. Generating wind power in Liverpool Bay and creating a 600km walking and cycling network are also part of the plans along with fitting energy-saving measures in thousands of houses.


The City Region Combined Authority has developed a series of visions of what a Net Zero Liverpool City Region will look like in 2040. The visions are linked to aspects of life that everyone can relate to, such as the home, the world of work, and transport.

Views & Concerns

People across Sefton and the City Region are being asked to feed back their views on the visions, what concerns them and what ideas they might have that would address these concerns. Themes covered include:

  • Our Neighbourhoods
  • The Workplace
  • Transport & Travel
  • At Home
  • What’s happening Now

You can take part in the survey here.

Young people

In addition, young people aged under 25 are being invited to take part in their own specially-designed survey. It takes just 10 minutes to fill in and will help shape the future world which they live in.

Young people can take the Young People’s survey here.

The closing date to complete the surveys is Wednesday 15th September.

When the survey was launched in July, Cllr Paulette Lappin, Cabinet Member for Compliance, Regulatory and Corporate Services said: The Climate Emergency that Sefton Council declared in 2019 is one of the biggest challenges we will face in the coming years.

“Sefton is a coastal borough, it is particularly vulnerable to climate change, but it is also filled with opportunities to take action to protect our planet and improve the health and wellbeing of our communities.

“Climate change will have an effect on all aspects of our lives, and it is vital that everyone takes the opportunity to have their say. I would urge everyone in Sefton to take part in this consultation.

“I hope young people especially feel empowered to shape the decisions that will affect their lives for many more years to come. ”


The Combined Authority, led by Metro Mayor, Steve Rotheram, was the first to declare a climate emergency in 2019, and has set an ambitious target for net zero carbon by 2040 – a decade ahead of the national 2050 deadline.

Longer-term plans to deliver clean, predictable energy and thousands of jobs, through a multi-billion-pound Mersey Tidal Power project, are also coming together as the city region works to build a sustainable recovery after the pandemic.

Southport Market will be open on Bank Holiday Monday

Southport Market will be open this Bank Holiday Monday to cater for thousands of hungry and thirsty visitors.

The hugely popular King Street based Market will temporarily extend its opening hours to include Bank Holiday Monday (August 30th) to allow both residents and visitors to Southport to take advantage of the amazing dining offer.

In its first month of opening Southport Market has welcomed tens of thousands of people through its doors in the town centre, with traders serving up dish after dish from around the world.

Its soaring popularity has helped contribute to a boosted footfall number in Southport, with news this week that more than five million people have visited the town in 2021 so far.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said: “With the sun set to shine on Sefton this weekend we have some fantastic offers to take advantage of over the Bank Holiday, from our pop-up Bootle Canalside event to the wonderful Southport Market.

“It’s fantastic news that there has been an increase in footfall in Southport this year and those figures indicates a step in the right direction as we look for the local economy to bounce back post-pandemic. It also demonstrates the clear confidence being shown by private investors right here in Sefton.

“Southport Market is quickly becoming the incredibly popular cornerstone of our recovery plans that we knew it would be and I’m certain that their visits are translating into a much-needed boost for other business across the town centre.

“We look forward to implementing more exciting plans at the market, plus we have the hugely exciting Events Centre to come as the next stage of the Southport Town Deal.”

The Market will be open 10am until late on Monday, August 30th before returning to normal opening hours.

NHS advice for over this August Bank Holiday weekend

NHS treatment information posterHealth professionals in Sefton are encouraging residents to contact NHS 111 first if they need urgent medical advice over this August Bank Holiday weekend. They are also reminding people of the wide range of support that will be available.


People who need urgent health care across Sefton are being encouraged to contact NHS 111, by visiting or by calling 111 if they do not have access to the internet.

NHS 111 is staffed by trained professionals and clinicians, who will direct you to the most appropriate health service. It is fast and simple and the easiest way to be sign posted to the right service that you or a loved one needs. This could be a GP out-of-hours, a walk-in centre or a local pharmacy. In an emergency, you should call 999.

There any time

Dr Pete Chamberlain, GP and chair of NHS South Sefton CCG, said: “NHS 111 is there any time to advise you how to safely manage your condition at home, or direct you to the right health service for your needs. This may include a local walk-in centre, GP, pharmacy or hospital. If appropriate, 111 are able to book appointments with GP out-of-hours over the bank holiday weekend too.”

“Remember, in a life-threatening medical emergency such as loss of consciousness, stroke or serious injury, you should always call 999 straight away.”

Trusted information

Dr Rob Caudwell, GP and chair of NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “The NHS website has a wealth of trusted information and support as well as really helpful guides to some of the most common conditions that people can often treat at home. 

In addition, many local pharmacies will be available over the bank holiday weekend to provide advice and support on how to treat some of these conditions. You can also still get your COVID-19 jab over the bank holiday at walk-in vaccination sites.”

Mental health support

For anyone over 16 in need of urgent mental health support as they no longer feel able to cope or be in control of their situation, there is a free 24-hour telephone service on 0800 145 6570. There is also free, confidential, 24/7 text message support for anyone who is feeling overwhelmed or is struggling to cope. The service, run by Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, is staffed by trained volunteers who will work with you, to take your next steps towards feeling better. For this service text HEAL to 85258.

Litherland Walk in Centre is open 8am to 8pm and is operating a telephone triage and appointment system to keep everyone safe by supporting social distancing. Local residents are advised to book an appointment before visiting the centre by calling 0151 475 4667.


Many local pharmacies are open over the bank holiday weekend and pharmacists can offer expert advice on appropriate treatments for a wide range of conditions affecting adults and children.

The NHS has produced a range of easy to follow online ‘self-help’ guides to common conditions such as indigestion, ear infections, sprains and strains and Mersey Care have developed their own range of self help guides for a range of physical and mental health conditions. You can also find trusted advice about hundreds of health conditions on and the NHS app which provides secure access to a range of NHS services.

For detailed information on where you can go for your COVID-19 vaccine and information on other health services including pharmacy times over the bank holiday weekend please visit the CCG websites:  /

Information on urgent mental health support can be found via: and Mersey Care’s range of self-help guides can be found on: 

The latest information about Litherland Walk-In Centre can be found at: 

And a range of helpful self help videos to common conditions and how to treat them is available at 

You can also check @NHSSSCCG or @NHSSFCCG on Twitter, or ring NHS 111.

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