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Southport skatepark improvements ramping up

Work to install four refurbished ramps at Southport’s skatepark is nearing completion.

Southport skate park ramp refurbishments in progress
Southport skate park ramp refurbishments in progress

Specialist skate ramp builders are working between the site and their workshop to refurbish the structures which needed extensive works to replace the specially shaped boards and plates.

The installation of the ramps is expected to be completed within the next three to four weeks.

Mark Shaw, Sefton Council’s Green Sefton Service Manager, said: “We’ve had lots of local interest in our improvements at the park. Many parents and skaters have been keen to know when the facility will reopen as they’re eager to make the most of the lighter evenings and to practice their tricks.

“They can be reassured that its now only a matter of weeks before they can roll back into the park and slide, grind and flip their way around once again.

“The skatepark ramps are expertly made structures by industry professionals to ensure the highest quality standards that comply with health and safety rules. As a result, it has taken longer than originally anticipated to complete the refurbishments to this much-loved community asset.”

The skatepark opened in 2003 and has undergone inevitable wear and tear repair works every few years as part of Green Sefton’s regular maintenance of the facility.

Watch out for the tide – beach safety advice from Southport Lifeboat

Southport Offshore Rescue Trust (often known as Southport Lifeboat) has launched a new tidal safety campaign – #ItsBehindYou – to remind beach visitors of the need to be on the lookout for tides when enjoying Sefton’s beaches.

The Trust was called upon countless times during last year’s busy summer season to rescue cut-off beachgoers. In anticipation of another busy spring and summer, the safety campaign has been instigated to ensure everyone knows about the dangers of becoming cut-off by the incoming tide. 

Southport Lifeboat banner 2Banners with a special QR code have been placed along the Ainsdale and Southport coastline. When scanned, the code takes the beach user to Southport Lifeboat’s website which contains the day’s tidal information, information on the #ItsBehindYou campaign, along with further coastal safety advice.

What is the #ItsBehindYou campaign? What does it aim to do?

Many people are unaware of the movement of nearshore waters. While it may appear that waves undergo a simple cycle; it can in fact create dangers for beachgoers.

#ItsBehindYou aims to inform the public about the basics of tidal phenomena and encourages beach visitors to check the tide times each and every time they visit the coast. Those visiting the Borough’s beaches are also urged to be aware of their surroundings and ultimately to check behind them to identify whether they are at risk of becoming cut-off.

Southport Lifeboat banner 1Why is this important?

Sefton has shelf seas that lead to large tidal ranges – one of the largest tidal ranges in the world, in fact. The northwest’s coastline is unique. Its apparent flat profile is deceiving. Upon closer inspection, the beach is riddled with raised sandbanks, micro-channels, rills and gullies. It is the difference in beach elevation that means people become cut-off. Why? Because as the tide rises, it fills the areas of lowest elevation first, which may be behind you.  As this water joins to another channel, or the waterline further up the beach, you have become cut-off.

In am emergency, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard

If anyone ever finds themselves cut-off, or notices someone in difficulty, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

More information about Sefton’s beaches can be found on the Sefton Council website. Always plan ahead when you visit the coast and follow important information from the Lifeguards and Coastguard to ensure you enjoy your time their safely.

 

Beach car parking 2021 – season tickets

Under current lockdown restrictions, people can only head to the beach if it is local to them for their daily exercise. As restrictions ease from Monday 29th March more people can socialise outdoors, but people should still only plan to visit the beach if it is local to them. 

There is a freeze on the car parking season tickets for all Sefton residents, which was introduced last year, meaning they can continue to enjoy the beaches at Ainsdale and Southport, and save money after just three visits.

The specially reduced ticket costing just £30, also remains available to anyone driving an electric or hybrid car, as part of measures to encourage the use of more environmentally-friendly transport.

Meanwhile, the standard day visitor rate for the car park will increase by £2, to £10 per day this year to cover the costs of improvements being undertaken by the Council’s Green Sefton Service and to generate income for the long-term care of Sefton’s unique 22-mile coastline.

Beach car parking charges for 2021:

  • £10 per day for cars
  • £16 per day for horseboxes or minibuses
  • 50% off the above rates after 4pm subject to car parking management arrangements
  • £30 season ticket for Sefton residents and those who drive an electric or hybrid vehicle

Beach parking reopens at Ainsdale on Friday 2nd April.

Beach parking reopens at Southport on Saturday 3rd April.

There are approximately 2,000 beach car parking spaces at Ainsdale and 400 at Southport.

Beach car parks will close during certain high tide periods and may be limited in capacity at other times.

More information can be found on the ‘Beaches’ section of the Sefton Council website where season tickets can be purchased. 

 

First traders announced for new look Southport Market

Traditional wood fired pizza from local business 600 Degrees is heading to Southport Market as part of the transformational project currently underway.

Once complete, the Southport Market will have 11 food and drink units serving up mouth-watering food, supported by fresh produce from Blackhursts Butchers and flexible event and market space.

 

Since 2017, 600 Degrees have successfully been catering at weddings, private parties and corporate events across the North West. In addition to this they are now very excited to be opening a Pizzeria within Southport Market.

Dan Johnstone of 600 Degrees said “It all started when I visited The Amalfi Coast and spent some time in Naples, the home of the Neapolitan Pizza. I already had a great passion for cooking, so this gave me the inspiration to perfect my homemade pizza dough and follow the authentic methods of cooking pizzas.

“Over the years I have loved entertaining and cooking for friends and family at home with the brick pizza oven. Wanting to share this passion and see more people enjoy his pizza creations, 600 Degrees was born!”

Each day, the dough will be freshly made in the 600 Degrees kitchen in the new Market using only the finest Caputo flour, yeast, salt and water then left to prove for 48hrs. We can’t wait to serve the people of Southport and are excited to be part of this exciting journey”

 

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said “We are delighted to be able to announce the first food business coming into the new market, Dan’s passion is truly evident, and I am sure 600 Degrees will be a great addition for Southport Town Centre.

“It’s really pleasing to see local business taking the opportunity to locate in the new market and creating local jobs, this is exactly how we want the market to work and will strive to work together with all the new traders to ensure the market is a success for Southport.”

Over the next few weeks several other traders will be announced, revealing the great mix of food and drink offers that will make up the brand new market, and again supporting local businesses and people

WATCH: Sefton honours communities during national Day of Reflection

Tuesday, March 23 marks one year since Sefton went into lockdown.

In line with national events to mark this day, Sefton have put together a special film to honour, remember and thank all of our residents for a difficult and challenging year under COVID-19.

Chief Executive Dwayne Johnson and Council Leader Cllr Ian Maher have also issued the below letter to all Sefton communities.

Southport and Bootle Town Halls will be illuminated yellow this evening (March 23) from 7pm-9pm as a sign of reflection and remembrance to all those who have lost their lives through COVID-19.

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To our residents,

This past year has been a year like no other.

March 23rd 2021 marks a year since the first national lockdown began as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

We were asked to stay at home and reduce our contacts. For some, that has meant that they have not seen loved ones for over a year, some have not met new family members, or marked special occasions; others did not get a chance to say goodbye.

Our communities have been hit hard by this pandemic and we want to recognise the difficulties people continue to face as we slowly begin to emerge, a year later.

The impact of this pandemic will be felt for some time to come and it is important that we reflect on the challenges we have faced, and we consider how we will emerge stronger and face those difficulties ahead.

We could not let today pass without recognising the sacrifice and hardship faced by our community and to pause and take stock of the year that has gone by.

But there are some positives we can take from this past year.

It has been heart-warming and truly inspiring to see how our communities have come together to support each other during this time.

We have seen huge numbers of volunteers, supporting those who needed it, neighbours checking in on neighbours, and welfare visits through the window.

We’ve seen fundraising and charities pulling us all through and inspiring stories of people going the extra mile and showing what Sefton can do.

The spirit of our community continues to impress us, while we share an overwhelming sadness for those we have lost and pride in our community for how we are pushing through.

We know that many sacrifices have been made to drive the COVID infection rate down, and sadly, we have lost loved ones along the way.

They will be sadly missed and will not be forgotten.

We will look at options for a permanent memorial and long term commemorations when the time is right, but for now, we would urge everyone to pause, reflect and continue to work together as one community.

We must continue to stick to the rules as lockdown eases so that we can truly put this past year behind us.

We urge everyone to continue to reduce their contacts as much as possible and take precautionary measures as lockdown lifts.

Soon, we hope, we can hug our families again

Sefton Council will continue to support our MySefton community as we emerge from this pandemic and we would, once again, like to thank you for all that we have done over the past year.

We will emerge stronger.

Dwayne Johnson & Cllr Ian Maher.

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