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Sefton Council issues message to residents ahead of Bonfire Night

Ahead of Bonfire Night and the introduction of national coronavirus restrictions, Sefton Council is reminding residents that gatherings and displays are not permitted.

The Council is also urging communities to work together this year, to not gather where bonfires have traditionally been built, as this will help to support the NHS, protect health workers and stop the further spread of the virus among Sefton residents.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “Due to the current pandemic and worryingly high levels of infection rates, now is not the time to be encouraging people to gather around bonfires. We would ask for cooperation from our residents to ensure that these events do not take place this year.

“As in previous years, council officers will be working with both the Police and Fire services to reduce anti-social behaviour and protect the vulnerable, as well as removing fly-tipped waste and illegal bonfires.

“We’ve already been made aware of certain areas where bonfire material is already building up. This will be removed and anyone who decides to dump rubbish at these sites could be prosecuted for fly-tipping.”

All major outdoor events scheduled to take place have been cancelled to help reduce the spread of the virus and all requests to hold events such as firework displays, no matter how large or small, have been refused for public safety reasons.

Celebrate and vote for your favourite park or green space in Sefton

As Sefton residents and visitors alike have enjoyed exploring our beautiful parks and green spaces more than ever this year, now they can reward their favourite with a vote as part of the Green Flag People’s Choice Award.

Across the Borough there are whole host of stunning Green Flag and Community Green Flag Award winning spaces eligible for the public vote. They include Ainsdale Village Park to Seaforth Green, and King’s Gardens to the Queensway Allotments.

Stunning pink flowerbeds in Southport's King's Gardens
King’s Gardens, Southport

Supporters of Sefton’s green spaces simply need to visit www.greenflagaward.org to find their favourite from the Borough on the winners map before clicking the vote button.

Voting is open until Wednesday 25th November, with the top 10 winning sites set to be announced in early December.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health & Wellbeing, said: “Having quality green spaces is very important to residents and visitors, and we know just how important those places have been this year for people to exercise and enjoy time outdoors safely during the health crisis.

“What’s more, we have a network of dedicated volunteers and community groups, working alongside our Green Sefton team, who put so much effort into maintaining these spaces to such a high standard for everyone to enjoy.

“It would be wonderful to see Sefton represented among the People’s Choice Award winners, so please do vote for your favourite to give them a chance to get in to the top ten.”

Paul Todd, International Green Flag Award Manager, said: “This year we have all seen the importance of our precious parks and green spaces. The People’s Choice Award is an opportunity to show how much your favourite park means to you. Make your voice heard and vote now.”

Cllr Ian Moncur added: “Last year saw tens of thousands of people voting for their favourite park, with winners coming from all across the UK, from London to Lanarkshire so we have our fingers crossed that Sefton will be victorious this year.

“Once you’ve submitted your favourite, why not encourage your friends and family to vote, and all the very best of luck to our Green Flag and Community Green Flag Award winning sites in Sefton!”

Household Waste Recycling Centres to stay open during second national lockdown

Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority has confirmed that it plans to keep all of its Household Waste Recycling Centres, including those at Formby, Sefton Meadows and South Sefton open and operational through the next national lockdown period, starting on Thursday 5th November.

All of them will be open seven days a week in line with the winter opening times of 8am to 5pm.

Booking systems are in place for all cars and vans at the Sefton Meadows, Formby and Rainhill sites. People can book an appointment online at www.merseysidewda.gov.uk.

The Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority will keep these arrangements under constant review depending upon developing local and national guidance, and any changes in coronavirus legislation.

Access restrictions will remain in place to control visitor numbers on site at any time and to ensure appropriate social distancing and safety for members of the public and staff.

Members of the public are asked to only visit one of the Centres if absolutely essential at this time.

The Authority’s website at www.merseysidewda.gov.uk will be updated with any new information and updates will be posted via @MerseysideRWA

Marine Lake Events Centre Set For Southport

A brand new, 1200-seater, first class events space is being planned for Southport.

The Marine Lake Events Centre (a working title suggested by one of the 300-plus schoolchildren who responded to the targeted consultation on the project) will provide Southport with a flexible events space targeted at the mid-sized conferencing market, but with particular emphasis on the e-sports market.

As one of the Southport students said, “making Southport cool”.

Plans for new Southport Marine Lake Events Centre, artist impression

Cllr Ian Maher, Leader of Sefton Council, said: “The existing Southport Theatre and Convention Centre has a long and proud history and is an asset that stirs great passion among Sandgrounders, in an incredible location in town, but in need of radical transformation of the building and its offer.

“But the venue closed earlier this year due to the Coronavirus pandemic, so this project would redevelop the site creating a new events complex with state-of-the-art technical facilities, to attract a wide range of different types of entertainment events and audiences to Southport.”

Artist impression of e-sports event at Marine Lake Events Centre proposed Southport Town Deal PlansThe auditorium will also be suitable for large conferences, supported by a fully flexible and sub-divisible spaces, a 1,500 m2 exhibition space capable of hosting over 3,000 people for major esports events, and designed to continue to accommodate the type of community-led events currently held in the Floral Hall.

A fully accessible new pier, extending the connections from the Upper Promenade, through the atrium to the Marine Lake, completed by a floor lighting feature at the end, will connect with the spectacular Light Fantastic installation also proposed via the Town Deal.  These two spectacular projects together form a proposition and a destination unique to the UK leisure and conferencing markets, which it is hoped will drive increased visitor numbers, both day and staying.

What Southport Town Deal Marine Lake Events Centre might look like

Creating over 230 new jobs in the town (plus an additional 160 in its construction) the venue will bring a major boost to Southport’s economy, attracting more than 300,000 new visitors to Southport every year, including more than 100,000 from outside the Liverpool City Region.

Cllr Maher continued: “The project is the centrepiece of the Town Deal bid submitted to government on 30th October by the Southport Town Deal board, given the board’s recognition of its importance to the local economy and its prominence in the consultation and engagement feedback.  It will also be a catalyst for wider investment and development, as evidenced by Go Surf’s vision for the Southport Cove project announced last week.

“Feedback on the Town Deal bid is expected in the New Year.”

A world class venue, with sustainability at its heart, the building will be BREEAM Excellent.

More information about the Southport Town Deal is available here.

Sefton libraries publish WWII booklet in aid of Poppy Appeal

Sefton Council’s Library Service is marking this year’s 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War with the publication of a special booklet that unearths incredible stories from across the Borough during the war years.

The new publication Sefton at War: World War Two has been created by library staff who searched through the archives to discover more about Sefton’s role during this period.

Created to coincide with Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day, the booklet is now available to buy online forms.sefton.gov.uk/LibraryPublications/. The booklet will cost £3 (plus postage) with £1 from every sale going to the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.

Readers will discover how World War II came to the docks, streets, beaches and rural fields of the area that would later become Sefton.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing said: “During such a poignant year that commemorates 75 years since the end of the Second World War, I am proud to see that Sefton Library Service has brought together this compelling booklet, which pays tribute to the service and sacrifice of those who served and lived through the conflict.”

Contained in the booklet are stories of Crosby’s coastline defences and the Polish airmen who made the ultimate sacrifice defending our skies. It explains how Maghull and Aintree welcomed American servicemen and the families of Polish military personnel and tells how Southport played host to Government departments forced out of London by bombing in the capital.

And it reflects on Bootle’s resilience withstanding some of the worst destruction in the country and on Formby’s remarkable civilian endeavour in drawing the enemy’s fire and taking in evacuees.

Every school in Sefton has been gifted a copy of the book for their school libraries so that children can discover the Borough’s important wartime history.

A grant from the Heritage Lottery fund enabled Sefton Libraries to produce the booklet.

Find out more about libraries across Sefton here: www.sefton.gov.uk/libraries

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