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First glimpse of the new Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre

Sefton council have released images of how the Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre could look following its £3million refurbishment later this year.

 The existing bistro, conference facilities and bedrooms will close from 1st April 2020 to refurbish the hospitality facilities and improve the accommodation.

The leisure side of the CLAC, including the gym and the water sports activities, will be open for business as usual throughout the work.

The artists impressions show how the brand new 120 capacity restaurant and coffee lounge will appear next to 4 new event spaces, outdoor decking areas and beautifully refurbished bedrooms once the centre relaunches in early Summer 2021. 

Once refurbished, the centre will provide an improved range of facilities and services for the local community, guests and visitors alike.

The plan is to transform the hospitality and events facilities at the Centre which include:

  • New bar and coffee area with capacity for 120 people
  • Fully glazed restaurant extension on the lakeside terrace
  • New decking on the outside spaces for events
  • Four new events spaces
  • Complete revamp the hotel rooms
  • A brand new self-contained, purpose‑built, self‑catering accommodation called THE BUNK BARN with an extra 36 beds
  • New rooftop decking and garden and seasonal ‘pop-up’ facilities

For more information on Crosby Lakeside visit or email

Bootle electrical start-up praise InvestSefton for plugging in to growth opportunities

The owner of a Sefton business has praised the role of InvestSefton in helping his new venture become established.

Service Electrical Distributors Limited opened in August 2019 in Bootle’s Kingfisher Business Park.

The business, which currently employs 10 staff, was established by Marc Redfern, who has 23 years’ experience within the Electrical Wholesaling Industry.

With the contacts and experience Marc has built up within the industry he has managed to establish a viable business, forming key partnerships with social housing providers, electrical contractors, hotels, commercial and industrial customers, end users, education providers and the general public.

InvestSefton has supported Marc with identifying local networking and business support opportunities. Initial sales projections have been exceeded, with Service Electrical quickly establishing themselves as one of the region’s ‘go to’ electrical wholesalers.

Marc said: “It was a massive and scary decision leaving a large successful company to start my own business, but I firmly believed in my ability and the ability of my employees. The initial growth forecasts have been more than exceeded and I very much look forward to continuing this exciting journey we have started. Clients seem to be finding us through word of mouth and that is testament to the commitment and effort we have put into the business. We greatly appreciate the support Colin Hickey from Invest Sefton has given us and look forward to working very closely with Colin on future growth plans.”

Colin Hickey, Business Growth Adviser at Invest Sefton, said: “From the initial meeting I have been impressed with Marc’s commitment and ambitions for this venture. The team he has put together is both friendly and knowledgeable and I look forward to supporting him in the future success of Service Electrical Distributors Limited.”

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said: “It is great for the borough to see businesses such as Service Electrical Distributors thrive. Invest Sefton play a key role in supporting new businesses in the borough, which is vital for Sefton’s future economic growth.”

To find out how InvestSefton can support your business contact 0151 934 3452 or email

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City Region’s young people invited to get creative for climate change

Better By Bus is teaming up with National Museums Liverpool to give young people of the Liverpool City Region the opportunity to be heard in the debate on climate change.

Young people, aged 5-16, who are based in Liverpool, Halton, Knowsley, Sefton, St Helens, or Wirral, are invited to submit an original artwork or poem which responds to themes and raises awareness of issues surrounding climate change, to be featured as part of an exhibition at the Museum of Liverpool in March.

The initiative is part of a wider campaign from Better By Bus, entitled ‘We can’t wait to tackle climate change’, which has been encouraging people in the Liverpool City Region to travel by bus rather than car. The campaign highlights how buses in the city region are cleaner, greener, more accessible, and have more benefits (including free Wi-Fi), than people may think.

An impressive 70% of buses in the Liverpool Bus Alliance, made up of Arriva, Stagecoach and Merseytravel, run on electric, hybrid or low emission engines, which makes them one of the greenest fleets in the UK. When a single double decker bus can take up to 75 cars off the road, in turn easing congestion and improving air quality, it’s time to make the change to a more sustainable way of getting around.

A shortlist of 10 pictures and poems will be selected by a judging panel consisting of representatives from the Bus Alliance and National Museums Liverpool, shortly after the deadline for entries on 21st February 2020.

The panel will be selecting works which they think most creatively raise awareness of the effects of climate change, and particularly those which focus on the issues we are experiencing here in the Liverpool City Region or that give suggestions on ways we can tackle the problem.

The shortlist will be displayed at the Museum of Liverpool throughout March as part of their ‘Liverpool on wheels: from horses to horsepower’ exhibition, which opens to the public on 14th February 2020, entry is free.

An overall winner will then be selected by the general public, following a round of voting which will take place at the exhibition. To cast a vote, simply visit the Better By Bus area of the ‘Liverpool on wheels: from horses to horsepower’ exhibition in the Museum of Liverpool between 3rd March and 31st March. The winner will be announced in early April and will be presented with a ‘We can’t wait to tackle climate change’ certificate as well as some very special prizes.

To enter the competition, please visit: If you are aged 16 or under, please ask parental permission before submitting any details. Entries can also be submitted via post using the following address: Better By Bus, Agent Marketing, 43 Jordan Street, Liverpool, L1 0BQ. Please ensure to include your name, email address and age information alongside a title and description of your work.

Lisa Pearson, campaign conductor at Better By Bus, commented:

“We’re excited to be working with National Museums Liverpool on this very special initiative, which will provide young local advocates for climate action with a vital platform to be heard. We’re looking forward to seeing their entries.

“Better By Bus is asking young people of the Liverpool City Region to get involved with the campaign because it’s their futures that will be most affected by climate change. We’re at a critical stage where meaningful action is the only way we can prevent causing further damage to our planet. Hopefully, our young people can inspire other generations to get on board.

“Climate change is a global issue, but by joining together as a city region, we can make a real difference. Thankfully our buses are leading the way in sustainability, with 70 per cent of our buses in the Bus Alliance powered by electric, hybrid or low emission engines, swapping the car for the bus is one of the easiest ways for people to reduce their carbon footprint.”

Sharon Brown, Curator of Land Transport and Industry at National Museums Liverpool, commented:

“Our exhibition Liverpool on wheels: from horses to horsepower explores our city’s proud transport history. We know our visitors will love the vehicles on display and we’re delighted to be working with Better By Bus to develop this element of the exhibition to bring it up to date and give young people of the region a voice within it.

“The activism of young people across the world has had a major role in ensuring we all engage with the serious subject of climate change, so I’m really looking forward to seeing what the young people of Liverpool City Region have to say.”

To learn more about Better By Bus, the ‘We Can’t Wait to Tackle Climate Change’ campaign or to submit your work, please visit:

You can also follow the campaign on Twitter (@Better_By_Bus), Instagram (@Better_By_Bus) and Facebook (@BetterByBus).

Trio of buildings to light up for a Nightingale’s Song!

Three prominent buildings in Sefton will be lit up in a unique light extravaganza as part of
Sefton’s Borough of Culture year.

Waterloo and Bootle Town Halls along with The Atkinson in Southport will be the backdrop over 3
nights (March 13-15) as A Nightingale’s Song is projected on to them.

A trilogy of large-scale video projections will be created on consecutive nights, each a chapter in an
interwoven story that connects the coastal towns and people together by international projection
artists, Illuminos.

A Nightingale’s Song is a tale of magic and wonder, of myths and wondrous creatures, spectacular
nature, of ships and sailing, of peoples past and present that captures the history of Sefton.

The first part of the trilogy will be projected onto Waterloo Town Hall on Friday, March 13, followed
by the second part on the side of Bootle Town Hall on Saturday, March 14. The final chapter will be
screened on The Atkinson building in Southport on Sunday, March 15. All shows are free and set to
start at 8pm each evening.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s main sponsor for the Borough of Culture year, said: “I really
cannot wait for A Nightingale’s Song to light up these three iconic buildings in the borough.

“We are blessed with some spectacular civic buildings and these will be used to full effect to project
a story over three days about Sefton’s amazing history.

“We want people to try and attend all three shows at the three different locations so they can witness
the story in its entirety as part of our Borough of Culture year.

“We are expecting large crowds from across the City Region at these events so please get there
early and consider using public transport.”

The Borough of Culture (BoC) title is awarded by the Liverpool City Region’s Combined Authority to
one of its six local authorities (Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral) on a
rotating, annual basis. Sefton has the prestigious honour for 2020.

Steve Rotheram, Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said: “I’ve always said that our region is the
UK’s culture capital, and I launched Borough of Culture to allow each of our six districts to showcasetheir own unique cultural highlights.

“I think that A Nightingale’s Song will be a fantastic start to what I’m sure will be a brilliant year for
Sefton. I can’t wait to see it!”

Rob Vale from Illuminos added: “Working with local experts and knowledge, the projections are
anchored through following the journey of the Natterjack Toad – the endangered amphibian who
lives in the Sefton dunes. Known as the Birkdale Nightingale because of its extraordinary night time
song, it becomes the character we follow, symbolising the growth and transition through ever
changing stages of egg, tadpole, and toad – three chapters set across the three locations.

“The journey will take us through time and space, on boats and over dunes, through war time and
summer sandcastles. Join us for these beautiful celebratory events built around storytelling, with
children and families in mind, but inspiring for all.”

Follow Sefton’s Borough of Culture year on Twitter and Facebook @sefton2020

Bootle firm secures letting at new Mersey Reach development

A Bootle-based precision blade manufacturer has secured a 22,000 sq ft letting at the new Mersey Reach development on Dunnings Bridge Road.

Hardy UK, currently based on Fernhill Road in Bootle, designs and manufactures precision blades for the global leather industry.

Work started on the Mersey Reach development in December and Hardy is scheduled to relocate to their new premises by August 2020.

Mersey Reach is supported by Sefton Council’s business growth team, InvestSefton, and employment and training opportunities will be given to nearby residents through the Sefton@Work programme.

Situated on a 13.5-acre site, the logistics park is strategically located on a prominent gateway route into the docks, with fast access to the M57 and M58.

Once complete, the Mersey Reach logistics park will create up to 350 jobs and is estimated to have a £5.5m positive impact on the area.

MerseyReach is being developed by the Warrington office of industrial developer and asset manager Chancerygate.

Chancerygate Development Director and Head of the company’s Warrington office, Mike Walker, said: “It is excellent to welcome a long-established local business such as Hardy UK to Mersey Reach. This is the area’s first new, multi-unit logistics park to be built for years. We are pleased to work closely with Sefton Council and other stakeholders to bring more business, jobs and other opportunities to the area.”

Councillor Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council cabinet member for regeneration and skills, said: “We are delighted with the training and employment opportunities the new Mersey Reach development will bring our residents. It is an exciting time for the borough, with new developments and investment that will benefit everyone across Sefton.”





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