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Sefton joins Northern leaders in offer to work with Government to “level up” the North

Civic and business leaders from across the North are putting forward a collective partnership offer to Government, setting out how the North can lead the Fourth Industrial Revolution and deliver on the levelling up promise.

In a document published today by the Convention of the North and the NP11 group of northern local enterprise partnerships (LEPs), northern leaders set out the five “gamechangers” which, through collaboration across the North and with Government, will grow an inclusive economy that delivers for the North and the country, while also tackling the health inequalities that have been laid bare by COVID-19. Those game changers are:

  • Leading the Green Industrial Revolution
  • Closing the healthy life expectancy gap between the North and South through innovation
  • Closing the education and skills gap
  • Improving connectivity in towns and cities in the North
  • Increasing private and public investment in R&D spending in the North

The five gamechangers represent a combined Northern offer to Government to ensure the North plays its full part in levelling up the UK, leading the transition to a Net Zero economy and developing a competitive Global Britain.

Leaders have invited the Secretary of State for Levelling-Up, Housing and Communities, Michael Gove, to join them for a working Convention in Liverpool in January 2022, focused on turning the Government’s positive commitment to level up the North into action.

Liverpool City Region Mayor, Steve Rotheram, who will mark the document’s launch with a business roundtable in Liverpool focusing on the opportunities for the North to lead the transition to Net Zero, said:

“True levelling up has to mean tackling long-standing and structural inequalities that exist between North and South in this country on a wide range of issues, from healthcare and job prospects, to transport and infrastructure spending. This is not an issue of party politics but one of fairness and social justice.

“As leaders representing millions of people across the North, we want to work with government to make that a reality. The North has been hit harder than the rest of the country, but I believe that with proper support we also have the potential to bounce back further and faster than the rest of the country too.

“From levelling up to climate change and everything in between, the solutions to many of the fundamental issues facing the country lie in empowering local leaders to work with central government and take the decisions that our areas need to shape our own destinies and build a stronger, fairer, better balanced United Kingdom.”

 

Deputy Leader of Sefton Council and Cabinet Member for Locality Services, John Fairclough added:

‘Sefton Council  is facing huge financial pressures in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, which is still very much with us. Necessary Council Tax increases in the coming years, in part to meet the demands of caring for our most vulnerable residents, will inevitably place the burden of recovery on our residents and communities, at a time when many can least afford it.

“It doesn’t have to be this way. The Convention of the North andNP11 group are challenging Government to work collaboratively with Councils, other public bodies and business leaders throughout the region, while making proposals that, if translated into action, will truly mean levelling up in the North, including Sefton.

“From leading a green industrial revolution to reducing the gap in health outcomes for our citizens, supporting vulnerable adults, children and families, closing the education gap to having greater connectivity, these are aims that are already integral to Sefton’s Vision for 2030 and that we passionately echo alongside our peers.”

Today’s publication of Northern leaders’ collective offer to Government will pave the way for a Convention of the North with NP11 event, due to take place in Liverpool in early 2022.

Following the success of its inaugural event in September 2019, at which Prime Minister Boris Johnson made a series of commitments to the North, the Convention of the North with NP11 will work with Government to focus resources and investment on the North to allow it to level up.

 

SEFTON COUNCIL’S PLANS TO REVIVE BOOTLE’S HARD-HIT ECONOMY TAKE A MAJOR STEP FORWARD THIS BANK HOLIDAY WITH CANALSIDE FESTIVAL

Sefton Council’s plans to revive Bootle’s hard-hit economy take a major step forward this Bank Holiday weekend with the first event at the town’s re-designed canal-side site.

Bootle Canalside site is one of a number of areas of exciting progress that forms part of an Area Action Plan to revive the town which is one of the hardest country’s towns hardest hit by the COVID pandemic and other issues.  Redevelopment of its Strand Shopping Centre is another element of the Action Plan.

And, the Council has submitted a £14.5 million Levelling Up Fund bid will see construction and launch of a new, hi-tech digital and Virtual Reality (VR) venue hosting a unique visitor attraction and providing places for technology enhanced ‘competitive socialising.’

Bootle’s “Flying Theatre” will use a robotic hydraulic platform to create the feeling of flying through the British Isles and a VR Time-Travel Tunnel will take visitors on a journey through the ‘History of Bootle and Liverpool’, including an experience of the Blitz.

Over the Bank Holiday, from Thursday 26th to Tuesday 31st August, Bootle Canalside will be opening its gates for the first time to host a weekend packed full of mouth-watering food, drinks and a whole host of activities and entertainment. Entry will be free at Sefton’s newest venue as it welcomes an eclectic mix of local traders to serving from bespoke, fitted shipping containers, which is a nod to Bootle’s docklands history.

Visitors to the event will be able to sample food from around the world , showcasing Sefton’s mix of culinary talent. And, local musicians, groups and artists will descend on the site to provide a mix of entertainment and activities for all the family.

The event will showcase the Canalside’s potential as a new feature of Bootle’s hospitality and night time economy. The pop-up event is a chance to test the site and gather community feedback as well as attracting visitors to Bootle from across Sefton and beyond. Details of traders and entertainment will be released in the run up to the Bank Holiday weekend, so watch this space and follow us on social media for the latest updates.

Cllr Ian Maher, Leader of Sefton Council said:

“I am thrilled to see Bootle Canalside opening up for the August Bank Holiday to provide a five, fun-filled days of food, drink and entertainment from a range of Sefton’s talented local traders, artists and entertainers.

“Bootle Canalside is being developed to work for our community and kick-start the regeneration and recovery of one of the country’s towns hardest hit by the COVID pandemic and other issues.

“I cannot wait to see the site bustling with visitors and I hope this is the start of a new chapter of opportunity, regeneration and recovery in Bootle and I hope lots people head down to our latest venue and tell us what they think.”

Once completed, Bootle Canalside will include an urban garden, food, drink and leisure outlets and events spaces that adds a new element to Bootle’s local economy. It will bring activity to currently under-used land and will help to stimulate the local economy, transforming the look and feel of the town for residents, businesses and visitors and improving the quality of life for the community.

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Did someone say Bank Holiday Weekend at Bootle Canalside?

Bootle Canalside opens its gates from Thursday 26th to Monday 30th August for a Bank Holiday weekend packed full of mouth-watering food, drinks and a whole host of activities and entertainment.

Entry will be free at Sefton’s newest venue as it welcomes an eclectic mix of local traders, serving from bespoke, fitted shipping containers, which is a nod to Bootle’s docklands history.

Visitors to the event will be able to sample food from around the world, showcasing Sefton’s mix of culinary talent.

Local musicians, groups and artists will descend on Bootle Canalside from Thursday 26th August, to providing a mix of entertainment and activities for all the family.

Bootle Canalside will be accessible via Washington Parade and will open from 12 noon to 9pm from Thursday 26th to Monday 30th August.

It will be the first time the much-anticipated venue will host an event and showcase its potential as a new feature of Bootle’s hospitality and night time economy. The pop-up event is a chance to test the site and gather community feedback from residents, as well as attracting visitors to Bootle from across Sefton and beyond. It is intended that the lessons learned from this, and other potential events later in the year, will inform design and business planning for the long-term future of the site.

There will be no formal COVID restrictions as per government guidance for an outdoor event of this size, however visitors will be encouraged to be mindful of others, practice good hand hygiene and keep their distance from others where they can.

Details of traders and entertainment will be released in the run up to the Bank Holiday weekend, so watch this space and follow us on social media for the latest updates.

 

Cllr Ian Maher, Leader of Sefton Council said:

“I am thrilled to see Bootle Canalside opening up for the August Bank Holiday to provide a five, fun-filled days of food, drink and entertainment from a range of Sefton’s talented local traders, artists and entertainers.

“Bootle Canalside is being developed to work for our community and kick-start the regeneration and recovery of one of the country’s towns hardest hit by the COVID pandemic and other issues.

“I cannot wait to see the site bustling with visitors and I hope this is the start of a new chapter of opportunity, regeneration and recovery in Bootle and I hope lots people head down to our latest venue and tell us what they think.”

 

Following the pop up, work will take place to complete the site based on community feedback. Once completed, Bootle Canalside will include an urban garden, food, drink and leisure outlets and events spaces that adds a new element to Bootle’s local economy. It will bring activity to currently under-used land and will help to stimulate the local economy, transforming the look and feel of the town for residents, businesses and visitors and improving the quality of life for the community.

Bootle Canalside site is one of a number of areas of exciting progress in the town.  The development of an Area Action Plan in the coming months will ensure the views of the local communities and businesses are reflected in the plans. Alongside this, work continues on the future of the Strand Shopping Centre, and the Council’s bid for the Government’s has been submitted.

If approved by the Government, the Council’s £14.5million Levelling Up Fund bid will see construction and launch of a new, hi-tech digital and Virtual Reality (VR) venue hosting a unique visitor attraction and providing places for technology enhanced ‘competitive socialising.’

Bootle’s “Flying Theatre” will use a robotic hydraulic platform to create the feeling of flying through the British Isles and a VR Time-Travel Tunnel will take visitors on a journey through the ‘History of Bootle and Liverpool’, including an experience of the Blitz, adding to Bootle’s offer as a visitor destination.

Southport Crematorium partly closed to the public this weekend

Southport Crematorium’s grounds will be partly closed to the public this weekend (Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th August) while essential tree maintenance works are carried out.

Health and safety works have been identified on a small number of trees in the surrounding woodland area of Southport Crematorium and intervention is required to prevent any future risks to both visitors and staff.

While no funerals take place at the Crematorium on weekends the Garden of Remembrance will be closed temporarily to visitors between 8am and 4pm on Saturday and Sunday. It will reopen to the public both days from 4pm to 7pm.

Normal hours will resume on Monday 9th August.

A spokesperson for Sefton Council said: “All efforts have been made to ensure these works can be carried out as quickly and as sensitively as possible within Southport Crematorium’s grounds.

“In order to keep visitors and staff safe while our Green Sefton team attend to the trees in question, we must temporarily close off the crematorium grounds for the duration of the works.

“These temporary closures will also ensure that visits to our Gardens of Rest wont be disturbed or disrupted by unexpected noise, which can add additional stress and upset during what can be a sensitive and solemn occasion.

“We completely respect that these dates may have special meaning to family and friends of loved ones and they will wish to visit the gardens which is why we will work hard to ensure we can reopen from 4pm until 7pm both days.

“We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.”

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Sefton Council is ‘Reimagining Crosby’ as funding bid is submitted

Sefton Council and its partners have submitted a £19.2 million bid to the Government’s Levelling Up Fund for a range of schemes to revitalise Crosby town centre after the COVID-19 pandemic,

Entitled ‘Reimagining Crosby’ the bid includes plans for a new, state-of-the-art library in the town centre along with community facilities, a new Health and Wellbeing Hub and 30 new apartment homes.

Located on the site of the current Green Car Park and combined with the library, the Health and Wellbeing Hub will be able to provide central GP services and other community health provision. Further details of the centre’s design are still to be finalised.

Alongside the library and Wellbeing Hub, the Levelling Up Fund bid also includes improved access to the town centre. The strong focus on making Crosby more pedestrian and cycle friendly is in line with the Council climate emergency declaration and commitment to active travel.

This will remove barriers, enhance the ease of movement and improve access to the public spaces in and around the Centre, making them more user friendly for all kinds of journeys.  Improvement to town centre parking is included in the bid, with additional spaces provided, as well as electric vehicle charging points.

The Bid’s proposals will support the recovery of Crosby improving access to local services, diversifying what the town can offer and encouraging people to stay for longer.

Cllr Ian Maher, Leader of Sefton Council said:

“Our approach to the Levelling Up Fund has focused on bringing benefits to local people and developing opportunities for jobs, investment and recovery to parts of our Borough that have been hit hard by the pandemic.

“Health, wellbeing and community are at the heart of our £19.2million ‘Reimagining Crosby’ bid, which has been designed to deliver a range of benefits to people in Crosby and across our Borough.”

Sefton Council is also submitting a £14.5 million bid designed to kick-start nearby Bootle’s economy.

Cllr Maher added:
“The projects being submitted as part of our bid for funding are varied, ambitious and will shine a light on what Crosby and Bootle have to offer, bringing much needed footfall and focus to our town centres.”

 

Bill Esterson MP for Sefton Central said:

“The vision of a new village centre would make Crosby a very attractive destination for many people living nearby and from further afield and would revitalise a centre that is in need of a significant investment.”

 

Dr Craig Gillespie, Clinical Director for Bootle, Crosby and Maghull Primary Care Network said:
“The proposed Crosby town centre project is a great opportunity to knit modern health and social care services in to the heart of our community; it could allow a Primary Care Network hub to

develop and deliver services ‘closer to home’, thereby impacting on the wider determinants of health and reducing inequalities.”

 

Consultation will take place on the Library and Health and Wellbeing Hub proposals, alongside other works including highway changes and plans for the improvement of other public areas in the town centre as these schemes progress.

If the necessary Levelling Up Funding is approved the Library and Health and Wellbeing Hub could be opening its doors as early as the second half of 2023.

Sefton is eligible to submit up to three bids to the £4.8 billion Levelling Up Fund, which has been established to invest in projects focused on town centre and high street regeneration, local transport, cultural and heritage schemes.

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