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Scottish Power restore traffic light signalling on Brooms Cross Road

Scottish Power have now made assurances that there will be no more disruption to power on the Traffic Signal junction on Brooms Cross Road.

 On January 9, the Traffic Signal junction of Brooms Cross Road / Brickwall Lane became offline on several occasions.

 The Council received some complaints from residents who had been understandably inconvenienced however, these outages were attributed to a loss in power and therefore this was the responsibility of Scottish Power to rectify the fault.

 These shortages were reported to Scottish Power on each occasion and they subsequently undertook some investigations and managed to restore power.

 However, on January 14,15, the Traffic Signal junction was off for the majority of the day due to a loss in power

 The health and safety of residents is our main priority and so we decided to deploy temporary traffic signals at the junction until we had assurances from Scottish Power that the power wouldn’t be lost at the junction.

 Scottish Power have now made assurances that there will be no more disruption to power on the Traffic Signal junction on Brooms Cross Road, with Sefton Council instructing Siemens their traffic signal maintenance contractor to remove the Temporary Traffic Lights and restore power to the Permanent Traffic Signals.

A special memorial service will take place to remember victims of the Holocaust

A special ceremony will be held for Holocaust Memorial Day.

The service, which is open to the public will be attended by the Mayor of Sefton, Cllr June Burns on Sunday, January 26, at Christ Church, Lord Street, Southport at 1.30pm.

The Council acknowledges this milestone year as 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz -Birkenau concentration camp in Poland.

Councillors and council officers will attend the memorial ceremony in Southport as well as members of the public.

All will take part in a minute’s silence.

The Mayor of Sefton, Cllr June Burns, said: “It is so important that each year we join others around the world to take a moment of reflection to remember those who endured genocide and honour the survivors whose lives were changed forever.

“At the annual service in Southport, our diverse communities will stand together to demonstrate how lessons from the past have taught us that prejudice must be challenged by us all.

“We would like as many people as possible to attend so if you have the time, please join us to mark this day.”

The service in Southport is open to everyone, with refreshments served at the end.

For more information visit www.hmd.org.uk

Christmas arrives at Merseyrail with calendar of festive activities across the network

The festivities have well and truly begun on Merseyrail with Father Christmas and carol singers appearing up and down the network this December.

Father Christmas gift competition

On Monday Father Christmas delivered a special gift to Liverpool Central’s Mtogo store flanked by security, signalling the launch of a special competition across three stations.

Mystery gifts will be situated at Mtogo stores in Liverpool Central, Liverpool South Parkway and Southport stations. Passengers must guess what the gift is to be in with a chance of winning £200 worth of high street vouchers.

The competition will run December from 2 to 23  and passengers can enter by filling out a form in one of the three stations.

Father Christmas checking tickets

Father Christmas will be leaving his reindeer at home and travelling by Merseyrail trains on 7 and 8 December from 11:00 to 13:00, checking tickets and wishing all of our customers a very merry Christmas.

Carol choirs

Furthermore, carol singers will be performing your favourite Christmas songs at the following stations:

  • Liverpool Central
    • December 3 10:00-12:00 and 19:00-20:00
    • December 5 19:00 onwards
    • December 8, 19 & 20  times TBC
  • Hamilton Square
    •  December 5 & 19 17:00 onwards
  • Southport
    • December 22 throughout the day

Free Costa hot drinks

Merseyrail passengers will be able to enjoy a free Costa hot drink on Sunday 8 and Sunday 15 December at participating Costas across the network.

 

Great value and enhanced services

To add to the festive cheer across the Liverpool City Region, Merseyrail passengers will be able to enjoy late night and Boxing Day trains.

With return tickets from just £2.10 and Day Savers available to purchase online, Merseyrail is the perfect way to get around this Christmas.

The rail operator will be running a special service between 9:00am and 7:00pm on Boxing Day, calling at selected stations across the network.

There will also be late night trains on the two weekends before Christmas, helping passengers get home from festive events across the city.

For full timetable information, Christmas shopping and event guides passengers can visit www.merseyrail.org/christmas or the Destination Merseyside portal at https://www.merseyrail.org/destination-merseyside.

Our customer service team can also be contacted via Twitter @merseyrail or WhatsApp on 0151 555 1111 for service updates and information.

Suzanne Grant, Commercial Director at Merseyrail, said: “Christmas is a very special time of year at Merseyrail and we want to make it as festive as possible for our passengers.

“These events across the network ensure passengers have a fun-filled journey complete with carols and appearances from Father Christmas as they travel to parties, visit family or do some Christmas shopping.”

To find out more about what is happening across Liverpool this festive season visit www.visitliverpool.com/christmas.

Major improvements planned for Splashworld Southport

Sefton Council is delighted to announce exciting new plans for the refurbishment and regeneration of Dunes Splashworld in Southport.

Work will begin shortly on a complete refurbishment of the popular indoor all-weather water park with the aim of all works being finalised in time for the 2020 summer holidays.

In order to carry out the improvements, Splashworld will be closed for approximately eight months from December 2, 2019.

The Dunes Leisure Centre offer will remain fully operational and is unaffected by the works.

A spokesman for Sefton Council said: “This is incredibly welcome news which will see Splashworld benefit from updated facilities, and potentially the addition of some new facilities for people to enjoy for many years to come.

“Splashworld has been open since 2007 and, like many well used facilities, is now in need of refurbishment. During the closure we will also be carrying out some remedial works.

“The winter months are the perfect opportunity to do this as they are naturally quieter and we will be using this time to engage with our residents, centre users and the local community to garner ideas for how the refreshed facility can change.”

To stay up to date with the latest news on Splashworld or for more information about events around Sefton, visit www.mysefton.co.uk.

Spare a gift for a child this year and get behind the Mayor’s Christmas Toy Appeal

You can make Christmas extra special for some of Sefton’s vulnerable children by getting behind the Mayor’s Christmas Toy appeal.

Each year thousands of toys, gifts and stocking fillers are lovingly donated by kind hearted residents from across the borough and given to our most deserving families.

New gifts unwrapped for children of all ages, can be taken to either Bootle, Maghull or Southport Town Halls or dropped off at any Sefton Council library or leisure centre by Wednesday Dec 18.

Residents can also donate at the Asda store in Bootle and Southport. Gift tokens are particularly welcome to be given to older children.

All presents will then be distributed to children and young people throughout the borough by volunteers from Sefton Council and Sefton Children’s Trust on behalf of the Mayor.

Cllr June Burns, the Mayor of Sefton, said: “The generosity of the people of Sefton is amazing and every year thousands of people donate a present to the annual Mayor’s Christmas Gift Appeal.

“Putting smile on a little one’s face at Christmas is one of the best things a person could do and so I urge as many people as possible to get involved.

“Any donation is welcome and we are looking for gifts for all ages from babies and toddlers to teens.

“To ensure we can get the right gift to the right child may I please ask that the gifts be new and are left unwrapped.”

For further information on the Mayor’s Christmas Gift Appeal please call 07837863075.

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