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Remembrance Day Services: All you need to know

As many people as possible are encouraged to join Remembrance Day services taking place across the borough next week, to remember those who died in conflict.

 The Mayor of Sefton, Councillors and other Sefton Council representatives will be present at a total of 11 services being held on Sunday, November 10.

 The Mayor of Sefton, Cllr June Burns, will attend a morning service at the War Memorial, Five Lamps, St George’s Road, Waterloo at 10.30am.

 Other services are to be held in Aintree, Ainsdale, Crosby, Bootle, Hightown, Ince Blundell, Litherland, Maghull and Southport.

 As with previous years members of the public are asked to arrive at a service in plenty of time. This is due to the high volume of residents expected to turn out to pay their respects.

A spokesperson from Sefton Council said: “Every year councillors and council officers from Sefton make every effort to be present at the many services taking place across the borough.

“Hopefully as many people as possible will join one of the services happening across the borough to take time to reflect on the sacrifices made by our brave service men and women.”

Services

Aintree: Sefton Parish Church, Sefton Village, L29 (10.30am)
Ainsdale: Village Green War Memorial (10:30am)
Bootle: King’s Garden’s War Memorial, Stanley Road (10.25am)
Crosby: Alexandra Park War Memorial Garden, Coronation Road (10:45am)
Formby: Holy Trinity Church, Rosemary Lane (2.50pm)
Hightown: St Stephen’s Road War Memorial (10:35am)
Ince Blundell: Lady Green Lane War Memorial (12:05pm)
Litherland: Sefton Road War Memorial (10:30am)
Maghull: St Andrew’s Church, Damfield Lane (9.50am)
Southport: Lord Street War Memorial (10:25am)
Waterloo: Five Lamps War Memorial, Gt George’s Road (10:30am)

Active Sefton launches Mini Members loyalty card for families

Active Sefton has launched its brand new Mini Members loyalty card to help families across the borough access discounted leisure services.

The ‘Mini Members’ loyalty card allows families and youngsters in the borough to access six Active Sefton sessions for the discounted of price of £21.

Launching on November 4, ‘Mini Members’ cards can be purchased over the phone or via any Sefton run leisure centre.

Activities that budding mini members can benefit from includes Active Buggies, Baby Ballet, Baby Boogie, Totz Splash and Sunday Football.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “We are very proud of our leisure offer for our youngsters across Sefton and we constantly recieve incredibly popular feedback about our classes, courses and instructors.

“We are dedicated to helping youngsters find leisure activities and sports which they really enjoy and the introduction of our ‘Mini Members’ loyalty card is an excellent addition, helping families access our services at a discount.”

For more information about the ‘Mini Members’ card or to purchase, please call 0151 288 6286 or visit your local Sefton Council leisure centre.

Alternatively visit Active Sefton’s social media pages via Facebook (@ActiveSefton) Twitter (@ActiveSefton) or Instagram (@Active_Sefton)

Sefton Council announces plans to explore a Sefton Clean Air Zone

Sefton Council has announced its plans to explore options for the implementation of a Sefton Clean Air Zone (CAZ) to help improve air quality for residents in the borough’s pollution hotspots.

Air quality across the majority of Sefton is of a good standard, but there are four areas in South Sefton that have been identified as Air Quality Management Areas (AQMAs) where air quality does not meet national standards.

Although the Council has undertaken significant work to improve air quality in these areas, there remains concern that the ongoing expansion of the port and associated port traffic may result in increased levels of air pollution in the AQMAs.

In a study commissioned by the Council, AECOM, a global environmental consultancy, concluded that a CAZ where vehicles pay a fee to use specified roads (charging CAZ) would be the most effective way to reduce Nitrogen Dioxide emissions from road traffic.

Cllr Ian Maher, Labour Leader at Sefton Council, said: “For some people who live in Sefton, air pollution is an important concern and the quality of the air we breathe is an issue that affects everyone. For this reason, last year I instructed a team of officers to explore all available options to address air pollution in Sefton.

“This work followed on from a number of significant actions that were already in place to improve air quality in the borough. However, we need to do everything we can to protect the health and wellbeing of all our residents.

“AECOM’s report concludes that the only viable option left to make a significant difference to air quality in the areas most affected by traffic pollution is to implement a charging CAZ to cut pollution and encourage people to drive less polluting vehicles, including electric and low emission vehicles.

“Although we will explore a number of CAZ options, our current preferred option is a CAZ Type B. This option will not charge everyday commuters using private cars or vans but will be aimed at Class B vehicles like buses, coaches, taxis, private hire vehicles and heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) that do not meet required emissions standards.

“There will be an opportunity for residents and businesses to share their views on these plans further down the line and we will work closely with our key partners and stakeholders throughout the process to ensure that our plans continue to work towards the best interests of our communities.

“Our borough is clean, green and beautiful and we are determined to do all that we can to improve our air quality. That is why I’m bringing an item to Cabinet on Thursday, November 7 to allocate funds to fully explore the implementation of a charging Clean Air Zone in Sefton.”

For more information on Sefton’s CAZ, or to read the AECOM Report, please visit www.sefton.gov.uk/CAZ

Alchemy Youth Club is a great place to meet new friends

Alchemy Youth Club is for 11 to 17 year old young people. It runs 4 evenings a week across 2 centres, costing only £1 per session.

 Attending Alchemy Youth Clubs is a great way to meet new friends, increase your confidence and build your self-esteem. Both centres are inclusive and welcome anyone with additional needs or disability.

 The staff offer one to one support and are very approachable and helpful. The team is there to listen to any problems or worries you may have, and can give advice on many issues young people face. This includes education, jobs, relationships. substance misuse to name a few. They can also signpost you for further support via other programs and/or other agencies.

Crosby

58 Coronation Road, Crosby, L23 5RQ
Monday & Thursday 6 – 9pm

Southport

Mornington Road, Southport, PR9 0TS
Tuesday & Wednesday 5.30 – 8.30pm

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Your ideas can help breathe new life into Sefton’s greenspaces

Green Sefton, Sefton Council’s coast and countryside service, is looking for ideas on how it can breathe new life into buildings within Sefton’s parks and greenspaces.

The Council is inviting people to share expressions of interest on how they think land and buildings can be used in ways that will benefit the community and visitors. This follows on from a recent call out for ideas on how the Council can refresh how it uses some of its coast and greenspace.

Green Sefton is working closely with community and ‘friends of’ groups who have already shown what can be achieved if communities come together to make use of these buildings. This call out for ideas will allow these groups to expand on any ideas they may have as well as introduce opportunities for further partnership work.

A number of buildings have been put forward as potential sites for brand new ideas to help encourage new investment and opportunities to sites across Sefton while opening up a wider choice of potential retail units across the borough. These sites include buildings at the Botanic Gardens, Hesketh Park and Derby Park in Bootle and a number of other sites across the borough from pavilions to old toilet blocks.

Some suggested ideas include ice cream kiosks, small cafes, bakeries, small businesses, office space and community use areas. However, expressions of interest are not limited to these suggestions and Green Sefton is keen to hear about any creative ideas people may have to transform the buildings. Ideas can be submitted online by visiting www.the-chest.org.uk until Friday, December 20, 2019.

Ideally, the new ideas will be financially viable and should remain universally accessible for all.

A spokesman for Sefton Council said: “This is a brilliant opportunity to transform disused buildings, some of which have fallen in to states of disrepair, and create new and exciting opportunities for both residents and visitors.

“I am excited to see what ideas are put forward and hope that this gives budding business owners  and community groups across Sefton the chance to put their plans into action.”

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