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Sefton’s schools scheduled to re-open to Years 1, 6, 10 and 12 on Monday 22 June

Following advice issued to schools in Sefton to delay reopening, Sefton Council can now confirm that all schools will be reopening for Nursery, Reception and Years 1, 6, 10 and 12 on Monday, June 22.

Cllr Ian Maher, Leader of Sefton Council said: “Sefton Council’s approach has been to work with headteachers and staff focusing on making safe and sensible decisions and maintaining, wherever possible a collective approach to the re-opening of our schools.

“This has resulted in excellent preparatory work undertaking and completing risk assessments and we now feel it is appropriate to recommend that schools do progress to wider opening from 22nd June.

“Recent publicity about the R number created considerable uncertainty among parents, pupils and staff about the safety of any opening of schools beyond the current arrangements.

“However the available evidence is that the R is below 1 in the North West, all schools have carried out risk assessments and taken the necessary steps to safely progress to wider opening and we are confident that there is sufficient PPE available locally and all schools have been provided with a ‘starter’ pack, which has led to today’s confirmation of schools reopening on 22nd June.

“Since 23rd March many schools in Sefton have remained open to children of key workers and vulnerable children. Teachers and support staff have ensured children have been supported during this challenging period.

“All settings will continue to remain open for vulnerable children and the children of key workers as they have been since the start of the national lockdown.”



A second Regional Testing Centre for Covid-19 has opened in Cheshire and Merseyside.

Based at Liverpool John Lennon Airport the centre began testing residents, with pre-arranged appointments, on Wednesday, June 17.

The drive-through coronavirus testing facility is located in the long stay car park at the airport and is a key part of the Cheshire and Merseyside push to meet the need for further increased testing. It is open seven days a week, from 8am to 8pm.

Anyone experiencing a new, continuous cough, a high temperature, or a loss of or change in their normal sense of smell or taste, should book a test at or by calling 119 to find out if they currently have coronavirus.

NHS staff and those key workers within health and social care settings can also access the site without an appointment. To receive a test without an appointment staff will need to bring an employee photo ID badge, if they don’t have an employee photo ID, they can bring another form of photo ID e.g. passport or driving license and a recent payslip

The site sits alongside the existing network of testing sites being set up around the UK and is the second in the Cheshire and Merseyside region, alongside Haydock Park in Newton-le-Willows.

To increase testing for everyone with symptoms, the Cheshire and Merseyside Health Care Partnership has worked with Government to set up the two regional test centres, four satellite and three mobile testing units.

Anyone testing positive for the virus will also be contacted by NHS Test and Trace to help them track their contacts. This will help people to identify who they may have been in close contact with, protecting others from further transmission.

Terry Whalley, Director of Cheshire & Merseyside Coronavirus Testing said:

The opening of this drive-through coronavirus testing facility represents another significant step forward in our Cheshire & Merseyside strategy, and creates the opportunity for more people who need a test to get a test.

“Our ability to offer more routes to access testing will help us protect lives and protect livelihoods by ensuring we are able to do more testing every day.”

Chief Executive of Sefton Council, and Chair of the Merseyside TTC Cell, Dwayne Johnson, said: 

“The pace and quality of the roll out Covid-19 testing across Cheshire and Merseyside has been hugely impressive. We have seen so many organisations working together to ensure this happens in a safe and timely way.

“Whether it is local authorities, different parts of the NHS or the Ministry of Defence; private and public sector colleagues have all come together to ensure that we are delivering mobile, satellite and regional testing sites; – like this new facility at Liverpool John Lennon Airport.

“We are working together across Cheshire and Merseyside to ensure that testing is easily available to anyone who needs it. Sites like this allow people who develop symptoms to quickly get a test and find out whether they need to take the appropriate action.

The testing centre is operated in partnership with Levy and will offer assisted and self-administered tests. Those tested will receive their results within a few days.

Feedback sought on new homes proposals for Netherton’s Buckley Hill Lane

Sefton Council is seeking feedback from residents in the Netherton area on a proposal to construct 70 new homes and apartments at Buckley Hill Lane, Netherton.

Through its housing development company Sandway Homes Limited, the Council is proposing the development to the east of Buckley Hill Lane on the former Z Blocks land brownfield site.

Letters have been sent to local residents to let them know about the consultation which, due to the current COVID-19 restrictions and the Government’s advice on social distancing, will take place online.

You can find out more about the Buckley Hill proposals here.

People have until the end of Friday 10 July,2020 to provide feedback on the proposals by emailing

All comments will be considered and, where appropriate, incorporated into the final design and layout of the site before the proposal is submitted for planning permission.

Anyone who is unable to access the proposals online can write to Sefton Council’s consultation agents, Pegasus Group, at Buckley Hill Lane Consultation, Pegasus Group, Queens House, Queen Street, Manchester M2 5HT. Or they can email

The proposed development forms part of Sefton’s Local Plan, which was adopted in April 2017, and is an element of the Council’s commitment to improving the availability of housing stock across the Borough.

A previous consultation on this site undertaken in July 2019.

LCR Pride Foundation invites Merseyside to MarchOnline

The MarchOnline will take place on Saturday 25th July and forms part of the organisation’s digital ‘Young at Heart’ programme, which is supported by Barclays.

LCR Pride Foundation, the organisation responsible for delivering Pride in Liverpool and the annual March with Pride, has today opened registrations for a virtual march, on what would have been day of the city region’s Pride celebrations.

Instead of taking to the streets of the city, the organisation is this year inviting individuals, groups and businesses to join a ‘MarchOnline’, allowing the LGBT+ community and its allies to safely come together to march in solidarity, celebration and in protest against the prejudice and inequalities that the LGBT+ community continues to face, in the UK and across the globe.

The virtual march will comprise videos of individuals marching, cheering and holding placards in their own homes, submitted by the members of the public, charities and businesses supporting the LGBT+ community.

The videos will then be broadcast from the organisation’s social channels, at 12 noon on Saturday 25th July, when the physical march had been set to take place.

Last year saw Liverpool’s biggest ever March with Pride, with a record 12,000 coming together for the annual event. However, both 2020’s March with Pride and Pride in Liverpool were postponed in April, in response to public health concerns raised by the ongoing global pandemic.

Speaking of the MarchONline, LCR Pride Foundation Interim CEO, Andi Herring, said: “It has never been more important for us to find a way to come together as a community, feel connected and March with Pride. MarchOnline provides us with a safe way to do that from our homes and mark who would have been the weekend of Pride in Liverpool.

“We’re looking forward to seeing the diversity and creativity of the Liverpool City Region’s LGBT+ community, its supporters and allies shining through in our virtual march. Even despite a global pandemic, we will march on!”

Individuals wishing to take part in the virtual march are asked to register and submit a landscape-orientation photo or 20-second video while waving, cheering, marching, dancing, posing with a partner, family or pet, or even displaying a banner.

Organisations wishing to ‘march’ as a group will also be given the opportunity to provide a 10 – 20 second video from a designated spokesperson, introducing the organisation, why it is marching and sharing what Pride means to them.

Andrew Websdale, Regional Head of Barclays Spectrum, Barclays LGBT+ colleague network said: “Pride is more than a march, it’s about coming together as a community in celebration, unity and solidarity. Pride is still needed, more so than ever for some. So although we can’t celebrate in the same way in Liverpool this year, we are delighted to support the Young at Heart 2020 Digital Programme, including the MarchOnline event.”

The deadline for registration and submission of images and videos is midnight on Monday, July 6.

Full details of how to submit your video can be found at

Stay off Sefton’s busy golf courses walkers and anglers warned – it’s ‘fore!’ your own safety

With over 2,000 rounds having been played at Bootle since it re-opened on Wednesday 20 May, Sefton Council’s Green Sefton team is warning people not to use the course for exercise and dog walks or fishing.

Since Green Sefton announced it had re-opened Bootle Golf Course and Southport Golf Links in May, with fees held at 2019/20 levels, business has been brisk. From this week, players have been able to play in fours, rather than just in pairs or on their own and from today (Monday 15 June) snacks and drinks will be available. Other restrictions to ensure players’ and employees’ safety remain in place.

But, the re-introduction of so many golfers means people who have got used to using the course at Bootle for their daily exercise and for walking the dog, are now facing the hazard of being hit by a stray ball.

Mark Shaw Green Sefton Service Manager said: “We knew golfers were itching to get out on our popular courses at Bootle and Southport and we are delighted to welcome so many of them back and to be loosening the restrictions they face when they come.

“However, we want to remind those people who quite legitimately used Bootle Golf Course as a place to take their daily exercise sessions under lockdown, that they now risk putting themselves in harm’s way with the danger of being struck by golf balls.  This also applies to those people who have taken the suspension of play as an opportunity to fish, unofficially, in our water hazards.”

The Green Sefton team is putting up signs at Bootle Golf Course to remind and warn non-golfers of the hazards, including where a public footpath that crosses the 8th and 11th fairways.

People wanting to play need to book a tee slot, by telephoning Bootle Golf Course on 0151 928 1371 or Southport Links on 01704 535286. Slots are available every 10 minutes from 9am to 7pm.

Find out more including details of the current restrictions.

Sefton Council’s £1/2 million-plus plans to improve golf in the Borough through the development of driving ranges at Bootle Golf Course and Southport Golf Links, remain in the pipeline although have been delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown.

Featuring dedicated coaching bays, plans for the new, floodlit facilities were developed after a consultation with local residents and golfers who highlighted the importance of new practice facilities and investment in course infrastructure.

Plans to boost Sefton’s golfing offer approved by Sefton Council.

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