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Work on new Bootle Golf Course driving range underway

Photograpsh showing machinery working on the driving range site
Preparatory work on the driving range site.

Work to build a new driving range at Sefton Council’s Bootle Golf Course got underway this week.

After a detailed tendering service, Sefton Council has appointed Davies Building & Maintenance as the main contractor to build the new, £240,000, 10-bay driving range facility. Work on site started this week with separate contractors supporting the installation of new fencing and outfield improvements to the site.

Designed to enhance the Council’s popular Bootle Golf Course, the new driving range will include practice facilities and a dedicated coaching bay. Floodlighting will mean golfers can take advantage of evenings to practise their swing and technique during the winter months when it’s too dark to play on course.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “As well as enhancing the already-popular Bootle Golf Course, this new driving range will help to make golf more accessible and attract new players, and enable existing golfers to improve their game.

“When we consulted them, local residents and golfers highlighted the importance of new practice facilities and investment in course infrastructure.

“No matter what the weather or time of year, these new facilities mean existing golfers can practice their game and people who have not played before can give the sport a try.”

The new driving range is due to open later in 2021.

Sefton Council’s Bootle and Southport golf courses are currently closed in line with National Restrictions but could re-open in the week beginning Monday 29th March in line with the Government’s roadmap to easing restrictions.

When they do re-open green fees will, once again, be held at last year’s prices, which means at Bootle, adult prices start from just £13 with Twilight Tickets from only £8.50. Over 60s can play for £9 Monday to Friday and a round for young people aged up to 16 is just £8.

People can find out more about these value offers and about Sefton Council’s Bootle and Southport Links courses at www.sefton.gov.uk/golf.

Time extended to have your say on transport improvements through Sefton’s Maritime Corridor

People across Sefton will now have an extra two weeks to submit their views as part of a Council consultation on proposed improvements to transport links through the Maritime Corridor.

The public consultation will remain open for a further two weeks until Sunday 11th April.

The Maritime Corridor scheme proposes improvement works at five key junctions, as well as enhancements to walking and cycling routes.

Stretching from Switch Island to the Netherton Way (A5038), the Maritime Corridor links Atlantic Park to the wider region. It includes junctions on Ormskirk Road (A59), Dunnings Bridge Road (A5036) and Netherton Way (A5038), as well as the local road network. The Corridor is also key to connecting the Port of Liverpool with the wider region and is a recognised area for potential economic growth by both the Council and the Liverpool City Region.

Feedback from the survey will be incorporated into development plans while funding is sought for the improvements.

As part of the Council’s 2030 vision, all improvement plans for the Borough’s streets and transport networks take into account the need to tackle the wider Climate Change Emergency while improving the health and wellbeing of its residents.

Schemes aim to keep people active and encourage them to think about alternative and green modes of transport that will improve air quality, while at the same time reducing congestion and enhancing access for residents, visitors and businesses alike.

Cllr John Fairclough, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Locality Services, said: “Thank you to everyone who has taken part so far in this consultation. Your views are extremely important and will help us to shape the scheme as it moves forward.

“There’s still plenty of time for people to tell us what they think about the proposed improvement works to key junctions, as well as the enhancements to both walking and cycling routes in the area. The intention is to make it easier to move around and to improve links across the region and beyond, while also including active travel measures that support the health and wellbeing of our communities. It’s also vital that we maintain our commitment to taking positive actions in support of Sefton’s Climate Emergency objectives.

“The consultation, along with maps of the proposed junction improvements and cycle provisions, can be accessed on the Your Sefton Your Say website and will be open until Sunday 11th April 2021.”

Tell Healthwatch your care home story

Healthwatch Sefton, the local independent champion for health and care, wants to hear people’s experience of what it’s been like being in a care home during the past 12 months.

Diane Blair, Manager of Healthwatch Sefton, explained: “During this pandemic, we have not been able to plan our Enter and View visits into care homes and, as a result, have not been able to talk to residents, their relatives, or staff about how care is provided within care homes.

“Visiting is a central part of care home life. It is crucially important for maintaining the health, wellbeing and quality of life of residents. Visiting is also vital for family and friends to maintain contact and life-long relationships with their loved ones and contribute to their support and care.”

To gather people’s stories, Healthwatch has launched the campaign Care Homes: Your Story. Your Say!

Diane added: “By asking people to share their stories with us we can then get a picture of the impact the pandemic has had on people who have been living in care homes. We are also welcoming feedback from relatives and friends who may not live local but have someone they care for in one of our Sefton-based homes.”

All feedback shared is anonymous. To share your story go to: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Care-Homes-Your-Story-Your-Say

If you don’t want to fill in this form and would prefer to speak to someone about your experiences, give the team a call on 0800 206 1304.

More information on the campaign can be found on the Healthwatch Sefton website: https://healthwatchsefton.co.uk/news/care-homes-your-story-your-say/

Crosby Library joins national Census celebration by lighting up purple

Crosby Library and Civic Centre in Waterloo joined more than a hundred buildings and landmarks across England and Wales by lighting up purple to celebrate the upcoming census and its importance to communities.

The event was organised by The Office for National Statistics (ONS) to raise awareness of the census, a survey that happens every ten years and gives a picture of all the people and households in England and Wales.

The iconic library, which has been lit up for a wide range of occasions, joined beloved national landmarks in celebration of the census, these included the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff, BT Tower in London and Blackpool Tower.

The census helps inform the provision of public services throughout the UK, such as determining the appropriate number of school places and hospital beds that are needed to properly serve their communities.

 

Pete Benton, ONS Director of Census Operations, commented:

“The census is such an important undertaking that helps inform the vital services we all rely on every single day within our communities.

 “We wanted to shine a (purple!) light on the buildings and landmarks that matter most to their local areas, highlighting the importance of the census in helping shape the communities we live in.

 “We’re thrilled with all the support we have received so far and would like to thank Sefton Council’s library service for their participation. Now is the time for everyone to complete their census and be part of history”

 

Leader of Sefton Council, Cllr Ian Maher, said:

“The census is incredibly useful to us in Sefton, helping us to build a picture of the communities we serve in a borough for everyone, so please take part on Census Day.

“Sefton has supported the national push to reach as many parts of our communities as possible and it’s great to see such an iconic local landmark lit up as part of that support.

“While it’s been fun for the authority to support the Census in this way, there’s also a serious point to make. Please make sure you complete and return your census form as you can be fined £1000 if you don’t take part or share false information.”

Every household in England and Wales should have received their census letters with unique access codes enabling them to fill in their census online.  Paper forms are available for those who need it, plus a range of other support.

In the coming days, the census field operation will begin contacting households who have not completed their census. They will never enter a house, they will always be socially distanced, be equipped with PPE and work in line with all government guidance.

If you need any help, or to request a paper form, you can visit the Census website  The census support centre (freephone 0800 141 2021 in England and 0800 169 2021 in Wales) is available if you can’t find the help you need online. 

MARINE IN THE COMMUNITY CELEBRATE 12 MONTHS OF LUNCH DELIVERIES

Seaforth resident Jane Berry receiving her lunch delivery from David Fairclough

Pitching In Northern Premier League Marine announces that next week Marine in the Community, its charity arm, will complete a year of delivering free lunches to the residents of Crosby. In addition to a free substantial lunch, quizzes and local information from Sefton CVS are also provided. More importantly a knock on the door and the knowledge someone is there to say hello and to have that friendly and welcome chat, albeit at a distance.

Marine in the Community have delivered over 2700 lunches so far, and is thankful to Radfield Homecare, Spoilt for Choice, Merchant Taylor’s Boys School and it’s many volunteers including David Fairclough and Jamie Carragher, Liverpool FC legends for assisting with lunch bag preparation and deliveries. A special thanks also to volunteer Colin Mitchel who has not missed a week of deliveries.

When the second wave hit, Marine in the Community has gone a step further to support the community introducing free zoom training to the elderly and isolated. This has now led to online free fitness classes, yoga and mindfulness sessions and a weekly lunchtime quiz. All in all, Marine have continued to support the residents of Crosby who have been shielding throughout this pandemic and are proud to continue to offer their support during these difficult times.

Marine Chairman Paul Leary said:

“The delivery of the weekly lunches throughout the pandemic has been so important for the recipients who have either been in isolation, are shielding or just in need of a welcome knock on the door. I thank the team of volunteers and food donors for playing such an important part in making the deliveries happen, that I know are so much appreciated. The provision recently of the yoga, fitness classes and quizzes by zoom are further examples of how Marine in the Community is making a positive difference to residents wellbeing.”

 

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