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Value-for-money golf in Sefton as Cazoo Classic tees off on Golf Coast

Ninth green at Bootle Golf Course

With the 2022 Cazoo Classic teeing off today at Hillside on Sefton’s celebrated Golf Coast, the Council is reminding people about the opportunities to play locally.

Anyone inspired by the arrival of the DP World Tour on our doorstep, can play at the historic Southport Golf Links nearby for just £16 and for as little as £12 for a twilight ticket. Juniors can play a round for £8.

World leading

Originally opened in 1912, the course was designed by Harry Shapland Colt, one of the world’s leading golf course architects of his generation.

Across Sefton, around at Bootle Golf Club costs from just £13 and £8 for Juniors. Adult twilight tickets are £8.50.

And, until the end of July Sefton Council is offering free one-year junior golf memberships worth £80 to under-16s. Junior membership provide a year’s no-cost play at the Bootle and Southport courses.

Details of both courses and how to sign up for the free Junior membership can be found at www.sefton.gov.uk/golf or by calling Southport Golf Links on 01704 535 286 or Bootle Golf Club on 0151 928 1371.

Golf club and ball at the new driving range in BootleDriving range

Anyone wanting to polish up their game to classic standards can also just turn up and play at Sefton Council’s 10-bay, floodlit Bootle Driving Range. Prices are just £6 for 100 balls or £4 for 50 balls.

People can find out more about Bootle Driving Range at www.sefton.gov.uk/driving-range.

Boost

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member Health and Wellbeing said: “As well as providing a major boost to the local economy, hosting an event like the Cazoo Classic on our famous Golf Coast can help inspire local people to enjoy this fabulous sport, as can successes like Southport’s Tommy Fleetwood coming joint fourth in last week’s Open at St Andrews. Well done Tommy.

“In Southport Links and Bootle, we have two great courses with equally great prices and the Driving Range, which opened last year is an excellent facility where people can improve their game or just try it out.

“We are keen to ensure young people in Sefton can experience golf, which is why we have introduced the Junior Membership offer for under-16s, which offers great value for money.”

Find out more about golf in Sefton

Sefton Council Cabinet presented positive Peer Review outcomes

At its meeting next week, Sefton Council’s Cabinet will consider a report detailing the outcomes of the recent peer review, commissioned through the Local Government Association (LGA).

Positive feedback

Cabinet members are expected to welcome the positive feedback from the review team, which comprised the Leader of Barnsley Council, the Chief Executive at London Councils, Cheshire East Council’s Executive Director for Place and a Programme Manager from the LGA.

Their findings included that Sefton Council ‘had managed its budget effectively’ and that the Council ‘had worked purposefully and had seen an improved approach across all the areas’.

The review team also found progress had been made against all the recommendations of a previous 2018 peer review, and that Sefton Council has ‘a clear sense of direction around commercialisation’.

Strong leadership

And it said that the Council has strong political and managerial leadership, a committed and passionate workforce and good partner relationships across the Borough.

Among their recommendations were that the Council should ensure the refresh of its Vision for Sefton reflect key priorities such as improving Children’s Services. The review team also said that given how much change the world has seen over the past two years, Sefton Council should work with its partners to review the localities model.

Response

In its response, the Council has pointed out a new Executive Director Children’s Social Care and Education and Assistant Director Safeguarding Review & Quality Assurance are now in post and that six new permanent Service Managers have been recruited in Children’s Social Care.  Additionally, the frequency of Corporate Parenting Board and Overview and Scrutiny of Children’s Services and Safeguarding onto which the two Leaders of the main Opposition parties have been invited, have increased to every six weeks.

Next week’s report to Cabinet also sets out a timeline to develop a Vision and Core Purpose 2035.

Welcome

Cllr Paulette Lappin, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regulatory, Compliance and Corporate Services said: “I welcome the positive feedback from the peer review teams and am pleased that after being forced to make over £230 million of savings over the past 10 years due to Government funding cuts and the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the review team agreed the Council is managing its budget effectively.

“I am also glad that we are already carrying out work to meet the review team’s recommendations and look forward to developing our renewed Vision and Core Purpose 2035.”

You can find the agenda and papers for next week’s Sefton Council Cabinet meeting, which takes place at 10am on Thursday 28th July at Bootle Town Hall, here.

Council cabinet to consider Marine Lake Events Centre business case

Sefton Council’s Cabinet will next week consider a report which would see the Local Authority reach a major milestone in its plans for the exciting Marine Lake Events Centre in Southport.

The report, which was published today (Wednesday, July 20th) asks Cabinet to approve plans for a Full Business Case to be submitted to Central Government, following the award of the £37.5m Southport Town Deal.

Cabinet will also be asked to approve plans to procure both a Design & Build contractor and an Operating Partner for the proposed venue.

Excitement for the Marine Lake Events Centre & Water and Light Show project has been building rapidly in recent months, and a detailed planning application for its creation has already been submitted.

Both the Planning submission and Business Case proposal follow a detailed public consultation process held by the council, which showed that 84% of residents and businesses in the resort are in favour of the Marine Lake Events Centre (MLEC) being created.

Should the business case and planning permission be approved, The MLEC is expected to bring more than half a million visitors to Southport year on year, while generating an annual £18 million for the local economy.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said: “The submission of a full business case and the appointment of contractors and operators are the natural next steps in this fantastic one in a generational project.

“We are wholly committed to the delivery of this incredible scheme which will be of massive importance to the economy across the borough.”

Detailed in the report includes a transparent financial analysis of what the local authority’s predicted annual cost of borrowing for the project could be, less the annual income received from the venue’s future operating partner.

A more detailed financial forecast is currently being drafted and will be presented to the September meeting of Sefton Council’s Cabinet.

Cllr Atkinson continued: “We know that the public recognises the council’s ambitions to boost Southport’s cultural offer and visitor economy, as well as ultimately support local businesses and increase spend.

“This report reaffirms the Cabinet’s steadfast commitment to the MLEC project by borrowing up to £20m to make it happen.

“I am immensely proud of what we have been able to deliver in terms of regeneration projects for our communities and businesses across Sefton, especially following the impact of the pandemic.

“Should it be approved, the new development will provide first class theatre space, a conference and exhibition centre able to accommodate a wide range of events, and café and signature restaurant, providing facilities for both visitors and the local community alike.

“The plans also include a new Water and Light show installation on the Marine Lake, the largest permanent installation of its kind in the UK.

“Our plans for the Marine Lake Events Centre and Water & Light Show directly complement the ongoing and continued investment Sefton Council makes toward improving the future of the town for our amazing communities and visitors.”

Steve Rotheram, Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said: “Southport holds a special place in the hearts of so many people in our city region and beyond as being a family-favourite destination for days out and holidays alike. The town has been entertaining generations of visitors for as long as it has existed.

“We want to build on that legacy and make sure that Southport can continue to thrive and attract visitors for many more years to come, giving a massive boost to local businesses and creating good quality, secure jobs. We are working with Sefton Council to drive the town’s revival and start a new chapter in its story. I for one cannot wait to see what the future has in store.”

Heatwave guide to Sefton’s coast and parks

There’s more to Sefton than it’s wonderful natural coast and beaches so here are a few ideas for those wanting to visit one of Sefton’s beauty spots today.

Explore Sefton’s Parks

People may want to think about a visit to one of Sefton’s parks, where plenty of shaded areas can be found under trees, offering a sheltered space for people of all ages to spend time outdoors.

Botanic Gardens, located in Churchtown, are renowned for its community-maintained floral displays, aviary and fernery. It has a café, as well as an abundance of shaded spaces in its woodland area. For more information, head to: sefton.gov.uk/botanicgardens

South of the borough is Derby Park, an important cultural asset that was built in 1895! The park has been recognised by its designation as part of the Derby Park Conservation Area and its listing on the National Register of Historic Parks and Gardens. To learn more, head to: sefton.gov.uk/derbypark

Natural Coast

People visiting the Sefton coast are asked to dispose of litter carefully in bins, or if they are full, to take litter home with them. It is important that items such as glass are disposed of correctly, as if left in strong sunshine can cause fires, like a magnifying glass.

Visitors are also reminded that BBQs and fires are not allowed anywhere along our 22-mile coastline.

We encourage visitors to also be mindful of the impact hot weather can have on our array of wildlife that live along our natural coast. One way to help our wildlife is to respect their space and ensure they are not disturbed.

Last week Sefton Council approved of a new Public Space Protection Order (PSPO), this will help Council officers and our partner agencies manage behaviour along our environmentally protected coastline. We recommend all visitors familiarise themselves with what is and is not acceptable at our beaches by heading to www.sefton.gov.uk/pspo

Water Safety

RNLI lifeguards are present on a daily basis through summer in Sefton, at Formby, Ainsdale and Southport beaches. The RNLI already provides 365 days a year service at Crosby Coastal Park.

The RNLI and Her Majesty’s HM Coastguard have launched a water safety campaign, urging everyone to remember that if you get into trouble in the water, Float to Live.

To do this: lean back, using your arms and legs to stay afloat. Control your breathing, then call for help or swim to safety. In a coastal emergency, call 999 or 112 for the Coastguard.

For further advice and guidance, please visit https://rnli.org/safety/float

Plan your journey

Those thinking about visiting one of Sefton’s coastal gateways are reminded to travel safely, planning their journey ahead to avoid traffic delays and are reminded to park responsibly away from residential areas.

People opting for public transport can get the latest travel updates on the Mersey Travel website.

Beach parking is available at Ainsdale and Southport beaches. Unsurprisingly, capacity can be limited during peak times.

The facilities at Ainsdale beach include men’s, women’s, and disabled toilets. A daily cleaning regime is in place, ensuring the amenities are kept clean and replenished during busy periods through the summer.

Respect our wildlife

Thousands of migrating birds are stopping off now on Sefton coast after breeding in the far north.

If you see birds resting on the sands do not disturb them, whether you are a dog walker, horse rider, walker, jogger, photographer or even birdwatcher.

This is especially important at high tide as the birds’ feeding areas are covered by the incoming waves and they must rest and conserve energy.

Watch out for future Green Sefton events to learn more about these spectacular travellers – coming soon!

Samantha Mumba to headline Pride in Liverpool

Irish pop legend Samantha Mumba will headline this year’s Pride in Liverpool festival, with a performance on the Barclays Main Stage at the city’s Pier Head on Saturday 30th July.

Samantha MumbaThe multi-talented singer, composer, actress, model and TV presenter is best known for her 00s hit singles, “Gotta Tell You”, “Baby Come on Over” and “Always Come Back to Your Love”, but in 2020 released two brand new singles “Cool” and “Process”.

The Pier Head site for Pride in Liverpool will be open from 12noon and its stage, which has been programmed by Sound City, will spring to life from 1pm, as the city’s March With Pride arrives at the festival site following its journey through the city from St George’s Plateau.

The stage will be hosted throughout the day by Jordan Lee from Radio City & Hits Radio Pride and Jay Hynd from The Guide – both media partners to LCR Pride Foundation and the city’s annual Pride festival.

Andi Herring, CEO and Co-founder of LCR Pride Foundation – the LGBT+ charity behind Pride in Liverpool and the annual March With Pride – said: “We are ecstatic to have Samantha Mumba headlining this year’s Pride in Liverpool, as we finally come together to celebrate – in person – for the first time in three years.

“Samantha’s best-known songs contain some of the greatest choruses from the 21st century, so we’re looking forward to a – hopefully sunny – sing-along at the Pier Head!

“We have faced so many challenges in delivering our first festival since before COVID-19, but thanks to our amazing team, volunteers, suppliers and city partners we have ensured that the wait is over and we can finally come together again.

“We’re incredibly proud to have achieved this, even with a last-minute site move, and look forward to being visible, together and celebrating our city region’s beautiful LGBT+ community.”

March muster will begin from 10:30am on Saturday 30th July, with the march starting at 12 noon from St George’s Plateau. The march route and further information about the event will be announced in the coming days.

For more information visit www.lcrpride.co.uk

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