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Second bid submitted for Heritage Lottery funding

Sefton Council has submitted a second round bid for National Lottery Heritage Funding (NLHF) for a major project in Southport town centre.

The Southport Townscape Heritage Project aims to enhance the quality and strength of the linkages between the town centre and the seafront so that the two become more integrated.

The project aims to increase the levels of economic activity within a target area and reduce the number of vacant and underused properties.

It will focus on historic properties between Lord Street and the Promenade and aims to complement the previous Lottery funded restoration of King’s Gardens and the recent £2m award from the Coastal Communities funds for Southport pier.

The total combined funding pot is £2.47 million including a request of £1.62m from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

The second round is very competitive and is open to bids nationally and Sefton will find out in September 2019 if they are successful.

Cllr Daren Veidman, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Planning and Building Control, said: “Since we submitted our first round bid, a lot of work has been undertaken to fully develop the project including the adoption of the Conservation Area Management Plan, discussions with building owners, building property surveys and valuations, further public consultation and workshops with project partners.

“If approved we really believe the money will enhance the links between Lord Street and the Promenade reducing the vacant and poorly maintained properties and greatly increasing economic activity in these areas.

“The project also aims to increase local knowledge and appreciation of Southport’s rich heritage and inspire future generations featuring specialist educational courses on traditional building methods, the innovative use of digital technology, as well as a mix of complementary heritage-focused activities.”

If successful the project will be delivered over the next 5 years up until 2024.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, added: “The overall project aims to carry out essential conservation work, involving structural and external repair of historic buildings, the reinstatement of authentic architectural features and works to bring vacant floor space in historic buildings back into use.

“Lord Street and the Promenade conservation areas provide a rich and nationally significant collection of historic buildings and landscaping. We firmly believe preserving this heritage for residents, businesses and visitors alike will contribute greatly to the town’s economy while providing a strong sense of identity, local pride and community value.

“It runs along the recent King’s Gardens improvements, the Pier restoration, the Lord Street verandah project and other key developments in the resort.”

To keep up to date with the project and find out more information on Southport’s Heritage, follow us on Twitter @SouthportTHP and Facebook

‘Macmillan Mile’ walking events for people living with cancer return to Merseyside

Anyone affected by cancer is being invited to take part in a ‘Macmillan Mile’ walk which return to Merseyside next month to raise awareness of the charity’s local services.

Macmillan Cancer Support is staging two one-mile walks in Crosby and Birkenhead, which are completely free and open to all ages and abilities. The two evening events also aim to highlight the benefits of exercise before, during and after treatment for cancer.

People living with cancer are encouraged to bring along their carers, family and friends to walk, jog or run the route. And although the Macmillan Mile is not a fundraising event, people can still make donations to the fundraising team on the day.

Details of the Macmillan Mile events:

Tuesday, 9th July

Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre, Crosby Coastal Park, Cambridge Road, Waterloo, L22 1RR

Starts at 6pm

Thursday,11th July

Birkenhead Park Visitor Centre, Park Drive, Birkenhead, CH41 8AU

Starts at 6pm

There will also be live music at both events, from SingMe Choir at Crosby and a band called Late Arrival at Birkenhead, refreshments provided by Asda and Macmillan Cancer Support information stalls.

And, at the Crosby event, 11-year-old Mac Mulvey, whose mum Tanya is the Macmillan Information and Support Centre Manager in Southport, will also ‘Brave the Shave’ for Macmillan Cancer Support. Mac, a pupil at St Luke’s Primary School in Formby, will undergo the ‘hair-raising’ challenge to try and raise vital funds for local people living with cancer.

Lucy Holmes, Macmillan Community Wellbeing Project Manager, who has organised the events, said: “Most walking or running events are for a minimum of 5k, which can be unachievable for most people going through cancer treatment, but also for those with other health and mobility conditions.

“The aim of the ‘Macmillan Mile’ is to give people a great sense of achievement of completing a challenge, especially when they have gone through the tough times of a cancer diagnosis. It also allows people living with cancer to keep active and feel part of something bigger than their illness.”

The first Macmillan Mile was held in Southport in 2017, which saw more than 200 people take part and raised over £1,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support. Last year’s Macmillan Mile was held in Birkenhead and achieved similar figures.

Lucy added: “The Macmillan Mile events also aim to raise awareness of the fantastic support that’s available from Macmillan for people living with cancer right across Merseyside, not just in hospital or clinical settings but also in the local community. So why not come along to this family-friendly event and see for yourselves that whatever cancer throws your way, we’re right there with you.”

To book a place, or for further information, contact:

Or for information, support or just someone to talk to, call 0808 808 00 00 or visit

Regional business leaders learn all about AI at latest Economic Forum

Business leaders from across the region have attended the latest Sefton Economic Forum to find out how Artificial Intelligence can support their business.

Hosted by InvestSefton, the Spring Sefton Economic Forum took place at the Park Hotel, Netherton with more than 70 local businesses present to discuss how the local economy is faring, and to learn about Artificial Intelligence and how SME’s can benefit from this technology.

The popular forum included guest presentations from Christian Spence, Head of Future Economies Analytics, Manchester Metropolitan University, Dr Carl Chalmers, Senior Lecturer in Computer Science, Liverpool John Moores University and Simon Reid, Head of Advanced Manufacturing at Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership.

Ensuring the presentations ran smoothly was guest chair, Chris Burgess, a Sefton based health and well-being expert.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said: “This was yet another great event with over 70 businesses turning up to learn all about how they can make both their own business and the local economy grow.

“All of our speakers gave a great overview of the local economy and the many opportunities that exist to stimulate and support business growth. Christian’s economic update provided a whistle-stop tour of the local and regional economy, Carl completely demystified the use of Artificial Intelligence in business while Simon highlighted how SME’s can benefit from Artificial Intelligence.

“After the forum finished, businesses spent time in the Growth Hub Marketplace and met with representatives from over 15 different business support agencies who provided vital information on what help is available to boost business.

“I would like to once again congratulate the InvestSefton team on organising such an interesting and well attended forum. I would encourage Sefton businesses looking to invest in AI technologies, or understand what it can do for them to contact the Sefton Growth Hub.”

For more information about the Sefton Growth Hub and further Sefton Economic Forum events call 0151 934 3452 or email

Sefton seeks assurances on proposed bitumen facility

Sefton Council is seeking further reassurances through an Environmental Statement from an applicant planning to build a bitumen storage and distribution facility in Bootle.

Sefton’s Planning Team has received a request, under the Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2017, for a Screening Opinion from Starius Bitumen for the facility at Hornby Dock on Regent Road.

While Starious Bitumen contend that their proposed facility is ‘permitted development’ – development that you do not need planning permission for – this would only be the case if an Environmental Statement was not required.

The local authority has now informed Starius Bitumen that an Environmental Statement is required given the concerns over worsening air pollution in the area arising from increased vehicle traffic from this proposal as well as traffic elsewhere from the Port of Liverpool.

An Environmental Statement will contain a number of different technical reports that assess the impacts of this proposal, along with the impacts of existing and planned developments nearby, that will help inform the Council and the public when an application is submitted.

Cllr Ian Maher, Labour leader at Sefton Council, said: “We have looked long and hard into this proposal and feel more environmental assurances are needed before anything can progress.

“We strongly believe that the proposal is chemical storage and distribution which falls under the EIA Regulations of 2017.

“Our biggest concern centres around the impact this facility will have on air quality in the south of the borough when we already have declared four Air Quality Management Areas (AQMAs) nearby.

“The information submitted suggests that in the region of 6,000 HGV movements per year will be associated with the operation of the plant which, in combination with existing traffic, is likely to have a significant impact on the air quality of our communities.

“We feel it is with our best interests to request an Environmental Impact Assessment from the company to get a better understanding of how this could affect our local communities in the south of the borough and await their next steps.”

Sefton promotes public service professions for UN campaign

Sefton Council is shining a light on the important roles of our staff as part of an international celebration to recognise public servants who go above and beyond to help others.

The United Nations has designated June 23 International Public Service Day, using the date to recognise the value of public service to communities across the world. The day is also used to encourage young people to consider careers in the public sector.

Cllr Ian Maher, Labour Leader of Sefton Council said:

“International Public Service Day isn’t only a chance to celebrate the amazing work of our staff in local government but also our partners such as the police, fire service and more. It’s also another chance to say that despite the challenges we face in local government, it is still a rewarding and fulfilling career path across a huge array of professions.

“I’m rightly proud to lead Sefton Council, an organisation that employs nearly 3,500 people, most of them from the local area and all of them doing something to make a difference for Sefton’s communities.”

Members of staff from a breadth of Council services will be sharing their experiences on social media as they give their insight into the things that make working in the public sector such a fulfilling role.

Dwayne Johnson, Chief Executive at Sefton Council said:

“As someone who started my journey in social care to become a CEO, I know that public service and local government in particular is not only a fulfilling role but also offers genuine opportunities for progression in the many careers on offer.

“I’m proud of our workforce but the Local Government Association said it best during our peer review when they said that Sefton has a motivated and dedicated workforce that is resilient, adaptable and willing to embrace new challenges. Sefton’s workforce embodies what is great about a career in local government during International Public Service Day.”

If International Public Service Day has motivated you to think of a career in the public sector, check out the latest vacancies on the Sefton Council website and on LinkedIn

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