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Sefton Council to seek progress update on Crosby’s former Carnegie Library refurbishment

Committed to the restoration of the historic former Carnegie Library in Crosby, Sefton Council is asking the project contractors for an update of its plans to be progress the scheme.


A Sefton Council spokesperson said: “The Council remains wholly committed to doing all it can to support the long-term restoration of the former Carnegie Library building and has demonstrated a commitment to working with the successful third-party bidder for the scheme.

“However, after a period of inactivity on site we are seeking confirmation from said third-party bidder that this project remains deliverable.

“Sefton Council remains eager to bring this much-loved asset back in to use, and to prevent further deterioration of the building itself, we are taking preventative steps to protect its fabric and ensure it is wind and water-tight in the intervening period.”

Grade II listed

Sefton Council previously announced, that a tender process had been carried out with the successful third party having produced a business plan for the building that would include the creation of a flexible business hub for start-up and smaller businesses and a community café. This plan would also facilitate the repair and refurbishment in line with its status as a Grade II listed building.

The Council spokesperson added: “We hope to be able to continue with the current contract, but are actively monitoring progress to determine the most appropriate next steps”

“ This building is valued by the Council and the local community, and therefore we will take the necessary steps to ensure that this building is brought back in to use.”

Sefton Council Leader says finances ‘resilient’ after budget meeting

Cllr Ian Maher
Council Leader Cllr Ian Maher

At a meeting today, Sefton Council agreed a Council Tax rise of 2.99%, which will mean an extra 66p per week for Band A properties and an additional 88p weekly for properties in Band C.


Afterwards, Sefton Council Leader Cllr Ian Maher said: “Thanks to careful management, the Council’s finances remain resilient despite a reduction in funding of over 50% since 2010 by the Government, which has also failed to recognise just how hard our Borough has been hit by those cuts and the Covid pandemic.

“Rather than provide the resources we need to deliver services for local people and businesses and ensure a brighter future for all, the Government is, once again, forcing us to increase Council Tax to make local people pay for vital services instead.

“In Sefton this rise will be just 66p per week for the majority of homes because they fall into Band A.

“I know that when households across Sefton are facing a huge leap in the cost of heating their homes, rising prices in the shops and at the petrol pumps, increased train fares and will soon be hit by the Government’s decision to raise National Insurance payments, even 89p per week is another cost they could do without.


“But it does mean we will be able to provide the vital functions to support our most vulnerable, protect our communities and provide care for those who need it. We will also continue to run the facilities and services that people of Sefton rightly expect and deserve.

“I am glad the Government has come up with the one-off £150 Council tax energy rebate, but I am afraid for many families, some of which are still feeling the effects of Ministers’ decision to cut Universal Credit by £20 per week, that payment will only scratch the surface.

“If this country is really going to build back better after austerity and Covid and any real kind of Levelling Up is going to happen, we need to see the Government facing up to the reality that we need sustainable, three-year financial settlements that would enable us to plan strategically and support our frontline services.”

Grant payments

Cllr Maher went on to highlight that Sefton Council has continued to feed pupils who would otherwise have gone hungry in the school holidays and has supported local businesses by processing over 23,000 grant payments totalling over £97 million, with a further £1.3 million in the pipeline.

He added: “Finally, I would like, once again, to say thank you to residents and businesses across Sefton for everything they have done to care for those around them protect them from the worst of Covid; and to thank the Council’s and our partners’ hardworking staff who have delivered services to keep us all safe and well during incredibly difficult times.”

You can find a link to the meeting papers here.

How your Council Tax is spent in Sefton.

Statement on Ukraine by Sefton Council Leader, Cllr Ian Maher

Sefton Council Leader Cllr Ian Maher has expressed “shock and dismay ” at President Putin’s actions in Ukraine, and his support for “Ukrainians and Russians everywhere who oppose the war”.

In a statement Cllr Maher said:

“President Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine is an act of unjustified aggression which has shocked and dismayed those of us across the world who cherish democracy peace and freedom.

“I want to express Sefton‘s support for Ukraine and its people. I also want to send our thoughts to those who have been forced from their homes and to those people of all nation nationalities who are victims of Mr Putin‘s war or who find themselves reluctantly fighting it.

“I can assure Ukrainians and Russians everywhere who oppose the war, including those who live in Sefton, that we will support them and all the efforts being made to show Mr Putin that there will be no winners in this war.”

Plans are underway to fly the Ukrainian flag at Bootle Town Hall and at Southport Town Hall.


Foster with your local authority in the Liverpool City Region

The search continues for more foster carers to look after children and young people in the Liverpool City Region as part of a region-wide recruitment campaign.

Sefton has joined forces with Knowsley, Liverpool and St. Helens Council, to raise awareness about fostering with your Local Council.

The four authorities will be holding a joint virtual recruitment event on Tuesday 1st March at 6pm.

Applications to foster children and young people have declined significantly throughout the region since the start of the pandemic, yet there are nearly 3000 children looked after across the four authorities.

The need to find safe and loving homes for some of the most vulnerable children in our region is more important than ever before.

Cllr Mhairi Doyle MBE, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said:

“It’s great to be joining Local Authorities across the City Region with one main purpose to appeal to local people to think about fostering. We need more carers to provide the support and stable homes that these young people need to really thrive.

“Fostering is so flexible and there are lots of different roles available to suit you and your family. You don’t need any special skills or qualifications. Foster carers just need to be able to provide a solid and reliable foundation for children and young people.

“If you are interested in fostering, then contact your Local Authority. You will benefit from the support and training we provide.”

The event on Tuesday 1st March will be an opportunity to learn about the process, benefits, support and training available when fostering with your Local Authority.

There will also be the opportunity to listen and chat to an experienced foster carer who will share their experiences of what fostering is like on a day-to-day basis and talk about why they are passionate about caring for local children as part of a local authority team.

You can join the meeting via the Zoom link Launch Meeting – Zoom

For more information about Fostering with Sefton please visit or call free on 0800 923 2777.

Companies to be offered opportunities to invest in Ainsdale’s Sands pub

Nigel Thompson / Ainsdale Beach railway station (site), LancashireSefton Council is set to offer local and national companies the opportunity to invest in the former Sands pub building in Ainsdale.

Located at the gateway to the hugely popular Ainsdale Beach and dune-scape on Sefton’s stunning Natural Coast, the Council-owned property has been identified as a key site for potential regeneration.


Ainsdale Beach is recognised as one of the premier beaches in the UK for extreme kite activities. There are zones set aside for kite buggy and land-board use and kitesurfing takes place on the sea.

The beach has been awarded International Blue Flag status on several occasions, as well as also receiving multiple Keep Britain Tidy’s Quality Coast Awards, indicating the standards of beach management are among the highest in the UK.

Sefton Council continues to heavily invest in regenerating the area around Ainsdale-On-Sea.

Last year saw the incredible Sand Lizard mural created a Toad Hall by Paul Curtis and trials of new of food & drink outlets.

New toilet facilities and more off-beach parking are also being developed.

Ripe for regeneration

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member for Regeneration & Skills, said: “For many, the Sands Pub building is the first sight they see when visiting our beautiful coastline and the building was once synonymous with Ainsdale’s history prior to its closure years ago.

“The site is ripe for regeneration and has incredible potential and we know from stringent market testing over the past year that there is wide scale interest from local and national organisations, keen to invest in it.

“We will now work with agents Fitton Estates and Savills with the goal of creating suitably impressive welcome to this visitor hotspot popular point on Sefton’s glorious 22-mile coastline.”


The decision to place The Sands building on the market follows high levels of public support for more investment in the Ainsdale beach area

Regeneration of the Sands site will complement other projects in the town  including the Marine Lake Events Centre, the Enterprise Hub and the ongoing successes of the new Southport Market.

A decision on the how the redevelopment of the former Sands pub site may be progressed is expected to be made later this year.

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