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Nominations now open for the best building designs & architecture in Sefton

Outstanding architecture and design across Sefton will be celebrated at a glittering awards ceremony later this year.

Property owners, agents, architects and developers to nominate their favourite scheme from the last decade for Sefton Council’s 2023 Sefton Design Awards.

The awards have been created by the Council to celebrate outstanding architecture, urban planning, and building projects across the Borough over the past 10 years.

Scheduled for October, the awards ceremony,  at a venue in Southport.

Nominations are being welcomed in 11 categories. They are:

 

•            Best heritage scheme

•            Best small housing scheme (under 10 houses)

•            Best individual new house

•            Best large housing scheme (10 houses or over)

•            Best conversion scheme (any use)

•            Best commercial scheme

•            Best home extension

•            Best affordable housing scheme

•            Best public building

•            Best public art or public realm scheme

•            Best sustainable/climate change resistant scheme

 

Derek McKenzie, Sefton Council’s Chief Planning Officer, said: “The awards are an excellent opportunity for architects, designers, and builders to showcase their work and gain recognition for their achievements.

“As a local authority that champions good design, we have created the Design Awards to provide a platform for celebrating the exceptional work of architects,  designers and visionaries who have contributed to the Borough’s immensely varied built environment.

“This inaugural event will recognise the high standards of design in Sefton and inspire others to reach those same high standards.” said.

Finalists will be short-listed in August  and winners will be announced at a ceremony in October, . The event will be attended by key figures from the design and construction industry.

The closing date for nominations is Wednesday 31st May.

Anyone wanting to find out more or nominate a scheme should visit www.sefton.gov.uk/designawards 

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Tickets on sale for Salt and Tar’s Comedy Festival

Tickets are now on sale for the first Comedy Weekender to be held at Salt and Tar, Bootle’s brand-new events space.

Top comedians including Jason Byrne, Jo Caulfield and Scott Bennett will perform at the venue over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend from Friday 26th to Sunday 28th May.

Packed bill

Merseyside comedian Chris McCausland will feature alongside Patrick Monahan and Nina Gilligan in the curtain-raising Comedy Night on Friday 26th May.

A room with disco lights, an inflatable unicorn and two people in costume smiling at the cameraBingo Nights UK will bring their Disco Bingo show on Saturday 27th May, which will have the entire room up and dancing, hosted by comedian and presenter Brendan Riley, while raising money for charity.

Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th May sees family-friendly fun come to Salt and Tar, with comedy bingo featuring Britain’s Got Talent star Steve Royle, and Martin “Bigpig” Mor presenting Funny Stuff For Happy People.

Byrne, Caulfield and Bennett will appear on Sunday 28th May to round off the weekend.

Tickets for the events start from £5 and are available from See Tickets.

More to come

Salt and Tar’s emerging 2023 events programme also includes a Music Festival, due to be held over two weekends in July. Red Rum Club will be just one of the bands appearing at the festival, which has already sold out online.

A full programme for the coming year, includes a Food and Drink Festival, outdoor cinema screenings, community events and live music, markets and beer festivals. A Christmas event is also being developed.

Brand new

Salt and Tar. Made in Bootle.

At Sefton Council’s Cabinet Meeting last month, members agreed the new Salt and Tar brand that has been developed as part of an updated Strategy and Business Plan. It refers to Bootle’s rich industrial heritage, with the Brotherton’s Tar Distillery on Hawthorne Road and the area’s historic link to the salt trade.

When questioned, people said Salt and Tar was ‘easy to remember’ and ‘short, sweet, and creative’. They also described it as being ‘catchy and flows well’ and ‘something you would remember,’.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills said: “Events already held at Bootle Canalside have shown us that they attract people to The Strand and the town centre so I’m pleased to see this important step forward in developing this impressive new brand for the area and the beginnings of an exciting programme for 2023.

“Anyone visiting the site will see that work is underway, the fence along the canal has already been removed with plans to provide an attractive entertainment complex with covered areas, bars and food outlets and canalside access scheduled for completion later this year.”

The development of Salt and Tar branding and events programme is part of Sefton Council’s work to cement the area’s role and contribute to the revitalisation of The Strand and wider Bootle town centre economy.

Tickets for the Comedy festival can be purchased at https://www.seetickets.com/tour/salt-and-tar-comedy-weekender

Cabinet welcomes Salt and Tar rebrand ahead of busy Bootle Canalside events programme

Later this year, top comedians Jason Byrne, Jo Caulfield and Scott Bennett and local band Red Rum Club will appear at Comedy and Music festivals at Salt and Tar, the new brand for Bootle’s Canalside events space agreed by Sefton Council’s Cabinet today.

Comedy Weekender

Salt and Tar’s emerging 2023 events programme includes the three-day Comedy Weekender. Chris McCausland, Daliso Chaponda, Nina Gilligan and Brendan Riley will also be appearing at the May event which will be held in a 500-seat marquee.

Red Rum Club will be just one of the bands appearing at the Music Festival, which will take place over two weekends in July.

A full programme for the coming year, including A Food and Drink Festival, outdoor cinema screenings, community events and live music, markets and beer festivals and a Christmas event is being developed.

Heritage

At their meeting this morning, Sefton Council’s Cabinet agreed the new Salt and Tar brand that has been developed for the Canalside as part of an updated Strategy and Business Plan. It refers to Bootle’s rich industrial heritage, with the Brotherton’s Tar Distillery on Hawthorne Road and the area’s historic link to the salt trade.

When questioned, people said Salt and Tar was ‘easy to remember’ and ‘short, sweet, and creative’. They also described it as being ‘catchy and flows well’ and ‘something you would remember,’.

At this morning’s meeting, Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills said:
“Events already held at Bootle Canalside have shown us that they attract people to The Strand and the town centre so I’m pleased to see this important step forward in developing this impressive new brand for the area and the beginnings of an exciting programme for 2023.

“Anyone visiting the site will see that work is underway, the fence along the canal has already been removed with plans to provide an attractive entertainment complex with covered areas, bars and food outlets and canalside access scheduled for completion later this year.”

Revitalisation

The development of Salt and Tar branding and events programme is part of Sefton Council’s work to cement the area’s role and contribute to the revitalisation of The Strand and wider Bootle town centre economy.

Sefton Council submitted a bid to the Government’s Levelling Up Fund in July for a £20 million to underpin a regeneration scheme to transform Bootle town centre, focused on The Bootle Strand and canalside area. The Government is now expected to announce the outcome of the Levelling Up bidding process early in 2023.

Concept design illustrating what the future re-purposed Strand could look and feel like.Today’s Cabinet meeting also approved a new Business Plan for The Strand, which sets out how re-purposing The Strand will create an enhanced and more diversified town centre, support the growth of a night-time economy and deliver new amenities needed by local people and businesses.

Health, education, and technology

Among the proposed changes are better retail provision and the introduction of alternative uses including health, education, and technology. Additionally, the adjacent Canalside site will continue to be developed, along with the introduction of new green corridors and improvements to The Strand’s public spaces.

Generating an evening and night-time economy through new leisure food and drink uses will increase the time shoppers and visitors spend at The Strand. This will help encourage the return of businesses to the Town Centre.

The Cabinet report also provided an overview of the impacts of the cost of living crisis on the retail sector and particularly on Bootle, where the inflation rate for residents will be higher than the national rate – 12%, compared to 9% for the wealthiest households – as local residents spend a higher proportion of their household budget spend on staples such as food and energy.

When the plans were unveiled in December, Cllr Ian Maher, Leader of Sefton Council said: “As landlord of The Strand, Sefton Council is in a position to develop this exciting medium and long-term vision for growth at the heart of Bootle which the private sector has historically failed to do. Our intervention will make this happen for our community.

“Our vision reflects local ambitions and aspirations to generate positive economic, social and environmental outcomes for people in the town and where deprivation means the effects of the national cost of living crisis hits particularly hard.

“The particularly harsh effect the national cost of living crisis is having on many Bootle households reinforces the importance of investment to support town centre recovery and resilience.

“What we need is the Government to work with us on this important regeneration project to breathe a new lease of life into an area that is among the most deprived and hardest hit by COVID in the country.  A positive start would be to support us by approving our Levelling Up Fund bid.

“We are determined to build on successes such as this and are committed to ongoing engagement with local people, businesses and other stakeholders to ensure our plans continue to reflect what they need and want to see.”

You can find details of the January Cabinet meeting here.

Southport Market review lauds tireless efforts of traders and staff

Southport Market is going from strength to strength after being buoyed by the growing ‘staycation’ holiday market.

Since reopening in July 2021, the hugely popular food and drink hall in Southport town centre has already served over a quarter of a million meals and 100,000 pints to tens of thousands of visitors.

It has also directly led to a transformation of the surrounding area with a number of new shops and businesses opening up due to increased footfall. 

Performance

In a report to Sefton Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee’s November 8th meeting, a One Year Review of Southport Market shows that the venue has continued to perform very well despite industry-wide challenges.

Tireless work by the traders and Sefton Council staff since the opening are among the factors the report says are behind the market’s success. The support of the local community to the unique investment, which provides a new reason to visit this part of town, has also been important.

Growth

Southport market’s success is expected to grow even more in 2023 with significant changes to the public realm space around Market Street and King Street, which are designed to increase footfall in the area.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said: 

“When it was  first launched I made a promise that the new look Southport Market would be a great success and a year in, despite the effects of a worldwide pandemic and the hard-hitting cost of living crisis, we are already seeing the fruits of our labour come good.

“This is in no small part down to the work and creativity of our traders who have come together with their culinary skills to produce an international smorgasbord of tasty treats.

“Their own successes have been bolstered by an incredible events calendar put together by Sefton Council’s Tourism team who have transformed our flexible events space time and time again for a series of amazing shows, conventions and fayres.”

One of the key objectives of investing into the new Southport Market was for it to be a catalyst for further investment in the area and Sefton. 

Cllr Marion Atkinson continued: 

“Most traders in the market are from the local area and have either established new businesses or expanded current businesses, creating over 30 new jobs. The increased footfall has led to several long-term vacant units have become occupied by new independent businesses in both Market and King Street.

“This continued investment is showing no signs of slowing down and a number of large vacant units within the wider Market Quarter are now currently on the market and contracts are being exchanging at a rate. 

“Local commercial agents have told us the area is one of the top investment locations in Southport currently and we firmly believe this is down to the success of the Market.”

Challenges

The report also looks at future challenges faced across the hospitality industry, which Cllr Atkinson says will be monitored closely by Sefton Council as it continues to grow the Market space.

Cllr Atkinson added: 

“A rise and fall in the popularity of staycations will have an effect on footfall, as does the ever increasing cost of goods and services as we all feel the impact of a cost of living crisis. 

“While some of these pressures cannot be fully mitigated against, we have put in place and will continue to develop a series of measures to encourage footfall in the area, ensuring that the Market remains a focal attraction for many years to come.”

People can find more information about Southport Market at www.southportmarket.com, follow southportmarket on Instagram, @spt_mkt on Twitter or Southport Market on Facebook.

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Have your say on Les Transformations Des Southport

Sefton Council has launched a brand new consultation to seek the views of residents, businesses and visitors to the resort about future improvements to Southport town centre.

In 2020 plans were publicly revealed which would be designed to support Southport’s return to the grandeur of Victorian England, when it was the country’s second most popular tourist destination.

The project, dubbed “Les Transformations de Southport”, aims to support the town’s businesses by improving the connectivity across the whole town centre, including improved pedestrian facilities, better links to the railway station and the creation of new public spaces for hosting events.

Now a consultation has been launched for Phase One of the scheme, seeking out views about public access and how people move and travel through the town centre, as well as looking to gauge support on new public realm enhancements in the Chapel Street and Market areas.

Business owners, schools, visitors, the transport and tourism sectors are being encouraged to contribute their views alongside residents from the wider area around Southport.

People will be asked for their views on a number of areas, including:

• Lighting and benches on Chapel Street
• Improving the appearance of the Southport Station Entrance
• Changes to the Market Street quarter
• Better pedestrian provision on Eastbank Street
• Improved street signage
• Future phases and areas of focus

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, added: “The town centre is dominated by north-south movements, particularly by vehicles, and there are many competing demands for highway space which can be difficult to accommodate.

“The post Covid-19 decline in public transport use may also create additional pressure on the highway network to accommodate private vehicles.

“ Phase 1 is the beginning of our attempts to address these issues, provide infrastructure which allows for better access, along with the associated health and well-being outcomes.”

As accountable body for the project, Sefton Council will administer the consultation process on behalf of the Southport Town Deal board.

The consultation is open until March 18th, 2022. To have your say visit www.yourseftonyoursay.sefton.gov.uk/futuresouthport/

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