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Sefton leads the way in protecting Heritage At Risk sites

Sefton Council is leading the way in protecting the borough’s most culturally and historically important sites for generations to come.

Working closely with English Heritage and other partners, the local authority has created a proactive and contemporary approach to taking care of Sefton’s Heritage At Risk sites.

This approach led to the creation of a dedicated Sefton Heritage At Risk Officer and, although originally planned as only a temporary position, approval has now been received to make it a permanent fixture of the local authority.

Stuart Barnes, Sefton Council’s Head of Economic Growth and Housing, oversaw the creation of the role and outlined the authority’s ambitions to better manage the borough’s incredible heritage sites.

Stuart said: “We really stepped outside the ‘planning box’ in our bid to protect our Heritage At Risk sites.

“Firstly we had to address what could be done to keep our assets from the ‘At Risk’ register. What were the root causes and could potential problems be headed off before sites became at risk?

“We know heritage assets are important to our communities, providing a historical context to neighbourhoods and townscapes.

“But due to increasing pressures on resources it was necessary to look at different ways of tackling risk, which is why we created the Heritage At Risk officer’s position.

“The wide scope of the role allows us to focus on innovative partnership work, improved community understanding and exploring possible future savings and funding streams.

“Our work has been so beneficial that Southport, one of our key heritage sites, was chosen as a pilot project for Historic England’s national ‘Heritage Action Zone’ scheme.

“This led to a number of fantastic initiatives including the Southport Development Framework, the Lord Street Verandah Project and community led Heritage Trails.”

“A number of key buildings and spaces within Sefton – listed buildings and other buildings in conservation areas – have been targeted for intervention, investment and re-use.

“This is a complex, large scale and long term project, particularly so with the resources at our disposal, but nevertheless is a key priority for Sefton Council”.

Daniel Longman, Sefton’s dedicated Heritage At Risk Officer, added: “My role is to make sure our heritage sites are at the forefront of any work we do while continuing to encourage community resilience.

“I put a lot of focus into working closely with our communities and partners, using our combined knowledge to identify future projects, potential ‘At Risk’ sites and finding new funding streams.

“We want our communities and visitors to be better informed of the history and character and value of the borough and this has a positive knock-on effect on tourism, the economy and housing.”

Sefton Council is now working alongside partners and community groups in the delivery of the Southport Townscape Heritage Project, with the explicit aim of enhancing the quality and strength of the linkages between the town centre and the seafront.

It will focus on historic properties between Lord Street and the Promenade and aims to complement the previous HLF restoration of King’s Gardens and the recent £2m award from the Coastal Communities funds for the pier.

British Masters 2019: Pictures & videos from the tournament

Professional golfers Matthew Baldwin and Oliver Wilson chipped in to help budding golfers improve their skills through free coaching sessions at Southport Muni.

The golfers, who are in the resort for the British Masters tournament at Hillside Golf Club, kindly gave up their time to offer the sessions as part of Sefton Council’s Festival of Golf.

Matthew, who started his career playing at Southport Golf Links, was joined by Oliver Wilson, who starred in the 2008 Ryder Cup, offering top tips to stars of the future.

They started on the putting practice and then shared advice and tactics on the driving range and chipping onto the green.

For more information on Sefton Council’s Festival of Golf click here

Take on the 3 Club Challenge and win big in May!

As part of Sefton Council’s fabulous Festival of Golf, a raft of prizes are up for grabs as part a special 3-club competition.

Golfers can play a free round at Southport Municipal Golf Links on May 6 or May 12 as long as they complete the course using just 3 clubs.

Prizes on offer for the lowest score include tickets for a 4-ball at Hillside Golf Club and Hesketh Golf Club, further tickets for the Southport Airshow and British Musical Fireworks Championship and some further free rounds of golf at Southport Muni.

The competition is part of Sefton Council’s Festival of Golf that is taking place at Southport Municipal and Bootle Golf Course from May 4-12.

It is set to coincide with the British Masters tournament at Hillside Golf Club hosted by Southport star Tommy Fleetwood.

People must call 01704 535286 to book a tee slot and then they will be allocated a tee time on arrival and the rules are they are only allowed to take 3 clubs on the course.

Tickets are still available for the British Masters at Hillside Golf Club and for more information visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/betfred-british-masters-hosted-by-tommy-fleetwood-2019-tickets-52081823135

For information about the Festival of Golf agenda, visit mysefton.co.uk.

Bootle healthcare firm win top Queen’s Award for Enterprise

A Bootle based company has been honoured with a ‘Queen’s Award for Enterprise’ in the International Trade category for outstanding short-term growth in overseas sales over the last three years.

Richardsons Healthcare Ltd. designs and manufactures operating table and birthing mattresses. The family owned private business, which is based in Bootle, started trading in 1988. The company supplies pressure relieving mattresses and accessories to some of the world’s largest medical device companies and are recognised industry leaders in the development of this type of patient support surface.

The prestigious Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are for outstanding achievement by UK businesses in the categories of:
• innovation
• international trade
• sustainable development
• promoting opportunity through social mobility

Despite a difficult economic trading environment for UK manufacturers, the company’s overseas earnings grew by 66% over a three-year period. Their main customer base includes Germany, France, Finland, Sweden and Italy. However the company has more recently expanded their export market to the USA and China.

Major investment in product innovation and quality assurance has led to great success with manufacturing contracts for medical class 2 products such as heated mattresses. The new product line offers great potential to grow sales in this sector overseas, particularly the United States.

On winning the Queens Award for Enterprise, Michael Gould, Managing Director, said: “This is wonderful recognition of the hard work and professionalism of our entire team.

“The award marks the next step in our drive to develop new products and expand our international customer base. We recognise that exporting is essential for the viability of our company, and British manufacturing in general.”

The award is going to be presented by the Lord Lieutenant of Merseyside at the Company’s premises on Irlam Road, Bootle in the coming weeks. Mr. Gould will also attend a reception for award winners, hosted by Her Majesty the Queen, at Buckingham Palace in June this year.

Richardsons Healthcare Ltd, has championed British-made manufacturing and exporting in Sefton for many years. This includes working with InvestSefton, Sefton Council’s enterprise and inward investment service on initiatives including chairing the Sefton Export Advisory Group, Sefton Economic Forum and the UK International Business Festival.

Margaret Carney, Sefton Council’s Chief Executive, added: “We are tremendously proud of this major achievement by a Sefton business. Richardsons Healthcare Ltd has shown a real commitment to investing in research and development, and developing new markets overseas which has now been recognised by this prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise.

“The company is flying the flag for the British manufacturing industry, and more importantly Sefton. They are positive about employing local residents and have worked with InvestSefton in encouraging other Sefton businesses to consider exporting.”

 

Phased improvement works on Buckley Hill Lane

Phased improvement works are set to start at the junction of Buckley Hill Lane and Edge Lane, Netherton to benefit traffic flow in the area.

The improvements will include the installation of a new left hand turning lane on Buckley Hill Lane and general works to help enhance pedestrian facilities at the junction.

Contractors will undertake the works from March 11 and are expected to take up to two weeks to complete the first phase of the improvements.

Cllr John Fairclough, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Locality Services, said: “This will require the installation of temporary traffic lights to be used during off-peak hours between 9:30am and 3:30pm so we are kindly asking motorists to make sure they plan their journeys accordingly.

“The second phase of improvement works is expected to begin on March 25 and this will necessitate the closure of the southbound carriageway of Buckley Hill Lane, between Almonds Turn and Edge Lane, for up to ten weeks.

“However we are making sure that adequate diversions and signage are to be in place during this closure to help reduce delays and northbound traffic should remain unaffected throughout.”

Residents and businesses in the area have already been made aware of the works.

For more information about roadworks or diversions across Sefton, visit www.roadworks.org

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