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Statement: Formby Pool temporary closure

Formby Pool will be temporarily closed for 10 days (from Tuesday, May 4th) due to confirmed positive COVID-19 cases, which have been linked to the facility.

All individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19, as well as their contacts, have been informed of self-isolation requirements.

David Kiernan, Head Of Operations at Formby Pool Trust, said: “We have taken the decision to temporarily close our site for a period of ten days while we work with Sefton Council and Public Health England over positive COVID-19 cases linked to the centre.

“The priority for everyone involved is to ensure centre users, staff and their close contacts are kept safe, and a temporary closure is just one of a number of extra measures we have put in place to limit any further transmission.

“We will reopen the centre as soon as it is safe to do so and would like to thank our members for their understanding at this time.”

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A spokesperson for Sefton Council said: “Both our Public Health and Environmental Health teams are working closely with Formby Pool Trust Management over new positive COVID-19 cases linked to the facility.

“Our in house contact tracing team, using local knowledge and intelligence, have been put in place for situations such as this and took immediate action.

“All individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19, as well as their contacts, have been informed of self-isolation requirements.

“We have also alerted neighbouring authorities.

“Furthermore we have supplied the facilities’ operators with guidance and advice on important health and safety measures, including a temporary closure, which will help to mediate and limit any further transmission of the virus.”

 

Last week to sign up for Sefton’s free Junior Membership offer, worth £80

Ninth green at Bootle Golf Course

Under-16s have until the end of the week to take advantage of Green Sefton’s free, one-year, Junior membership offer, worth £80.

Year’s free play

If they sign up before the end of Friday, Under-16s can take advantage of a year’s free play at Sefton Council’s Bootle and Southport courses.

To qualify, Under-16s must register at the Bootle Golf Club or Southport Golf Links shops. They need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian and must provide proof of age.

In addition to this offer, green fees at the two courses have been frozen or the second year running.

Prices frozen

This means adult prices start from just £13 with Twilight Tickets from only £8.50. Twilight green start at 4pm at Bootle and at Southport with a further reduction at Southport from 6pm. Over 60s can play for £9 Monday to Friday.

A round for young people aged up to 16 is just £8. Or nothing if they take advantage of the free membership offer this week.

Contracts

Costs for 12 months’ play with a contract also remain frozen and start from just £110. Unlike some other clubs, if a further national lockdown has to be implemented, contracts will, once again, frozen so that members do not lose out.

To protect players and staff, card payments are preferred at both courses.

Driving range

At Bootle, work is underway to build a new, 10-bay driving range, but it is not affecting play.

Due to open late this year, the new driving range will include practice facilities and a dedicated coaching bay. Floodlights will mean players can practise during the evening and during the winter months.

Find out more about Sefton Council’s golfing facilities. 

Players flocking back to Sefton’s re-opened golf courses where green fees have once again been frozen

Ninth green at Bootle Golf Course

Since Sefton’s Bootle and Southport courses re-opened last week almost 5,000 people have taken the opportunity to play a round.

Since the national lockdown restrictions were eased in March and the courses were able to reopen, 2,500 have played at Bootle Golf Course, while 2,300 have played at Southport Links.

Green fees frozen

For the second year running, green fees have been held at the same price. This means adult prices start from just £13 with Twilight Tickets from only £8.50. Twilight green fees kick in from 4pm at Bootle and at Southport where they are reduced even further from 6pm.

Over 60s can play for £9 Monday to Friday and a round for young people aged up to 16 is just £8.

Contract prices, which provide 12 months’ play, also remain frozen and start from just £110. As before and unlike some other clubs, if a further national lockdown has to be implemented, contracts are frozen, so members do not lose out.

Free junior membership

And, until the end of April 2021, under-16s can sign up for a free junior golf membership.

Junior memberships are worth £80 and provide them a year’s no-cost play at Bootle and Southport courses. To qualify, under-16s need to register at the Bootle Golf Club or Southport Golf Links shops. They need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian and must provide proof of age.

To help protect players and staff, card payments are preferred at both courses.

Photograpsh showing machinery working on the driving range site
Preparatory work on the driving range site.

Driving range

Work that started in March to build a new, 10-bay driving range at Bootle Golf Course is not affecting play.

The new driving range will include practice facilities and a dedicated coaching bay. Floodlighting will mean golfers can take advantage of evenings to practise their swing and technique during the winter months when it’s too dark to play on course.

Find out more about Sefton Council’s Bootle and Southport Links courses and the offers available.

Council successfully prosecutes hotels group after guest sustains life-changing injuries in rusted railings fall

Image showing damaged railings
Damaged railings

Sefton Council has successfully prosecuted Britannia Hotels after a guest at its Prince of Wales Hotel in Southport sustained life-changing injuries due to falling through rusted iron railings.

Fiona Townsend, the Council’s Senior Lawyer told Sefton Magistrates Court that the railings to prevent people falling down the 6ft drop to the basement lightwells were missing in one location and badly corroded in numerous other areas. The Council had issued an improvement notice after the Company failed to make the area safe with suitable fencing over three weeks after the incident.

Hazard

She said: “Britannia Hotels could not demonstrate that a system was in place to check and maintain the iron railing regularly. Its risk assessments failed to address the hazard of a fall from height as happened to guest Deborah Henshall and did not refer to the iron railings.

“The company fell short of the appropriate safety and the systems it had in place were not sufficiently adhered to or implemented. It had failed to make appropriate changes following prior incident and had allowed breaches to continue over a long period.

“This led to the incident, which has had a substantial and long-term effect on the Ms Henshall’s ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities or on their ability to return to work.

Fractures

In a Victim Statement, Deborah Henshall told the court after a full body scan at Aintree Hospital she was told she had two spinal fractures, a broken left big toe and blood on her lungs due to the sternum and rib fractures. She had also sustained a head injury, concussion and trauma.

She said she was distressed over how her life has changed since the accident, before which she was working two jobs. In her statement she wrote that she had been off work since the accident had lost both jobs and is currently on Universal Credit and personal independent payments.

‘I am still suffering everyday with severe pain,’ she wrote. ‘I used to be a very outgoing and very social within my group of friends and family this accident has caused me so much pain and distress that I feel will never back to the person I was before this accident.’

Risk

Fining Britannia Hotels £80,000  and awarding costs of £6821.92, District Judge Wendy Lloyd said: “I take both Britannia’s previously good character and guilty plea into account, but others were exposed to risk of falling into the light-well, a number of people were potentially at risk.

“I extend great sympathy to Ms Henshall. This amount is in no way a representation of what I think her injury is worth. This is a fine on health and safety failings.”

Consequences

Afterwards, Fiona Townsend said: “Sefton Council is always keen to work with businesses to provide help and advice on how they can maintain health and safety.

“But, as this case shows, we will also take action where health and safety standards are not maintained, particularly when this failing has had serious consequences.”

 

HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, 1921 – 2021

Image of HRH Duke of Edinburgh to commemorate his passing
Image of HRH Duke of Edinburgh to commemorate his passing

Sefton Council has expressed great sadness at death of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. As a mark of respect, all flags at Council buildings are lowered to half-mast as Sefton pays tribute to The Duke of Edinburgh.

Mayor of Sefton, Cllr June Burns said: “Sefton Council sends its deepest condolences to Her Majesty The Queen following the passing of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

“We can remember the Duke of Edinburgh fondly and look back at the many occasions he visited our wonderful borough with Her Majesty The Queen. From their early visits to Bootle and Crosby in October 1954, to a stop off in Southport and Altcar Training Camp in 1985; I’m sure so many people will remember these visits to Sefton with great fondness and contentment.

“Whilst national restrictions remain in place we would ask Sefton Residents to stay safe by laying floral tributes at home, or in their own gardens during this time.”

An online book of condolence has been set up at royal.uk

Sefton Council is following palace guidance that rather than flowers, the Royal Family would prefer charity donations to one of the Duke of Edinburgh’s many patronages.

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