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Southport Crematorium given “excellent” rating

Sefton Council’s Southport Crematorium has been praised for the “excellent” service it provides.

Freshly weeded area at Southport CrematoriumA recent inspection of Southport Crematorium by the Federation of Burial and Crematorium Authority (FBCA) noted that no recommendations were necessary.

Judging across six areas, the FBCA awarded the crematorium with an overall score of 97.2%, putting it above the industry average. The report praised the staff and ceremony facilities, highlighting the alternative forms of services that are encouraged.

Key areas that were inspected included the crematorium’s grounds, services and the facilities within the premises. The areas covered reflect the process of cremation, from the initial administration to the ceremony and ending with memorialisation.

Southport Crematorium was also scored above average in an environmental awareness inspection, which took place at the same time.

Councillor John Fairclough, Cabinet member for Locality Services said: “This is a fantastic achievement, well done to all the staff at Southport Crematorium for their hard-work and dedication.

“It is never easy when we lose a loved one and I know that the care and professionalism that the team provide is valued when people do need to use our facility.

“I am delighted to hear that Southport Crematorium has scored above industry standard in both their compliance and environmental inspections.

”The praise is even more impressive considering the impact COVID-19 has had on the crematorium and services over the past couple of years.”

The FBCA inspects crematoriums every three to five years to ensure that high standards of service delivery to local communities is maintained.

Invite to view Sefton’s Fostering Services’ Angel Wing Art Installation for the first time

Pupils from Stanley High School, Southport decorating paper feathers for Sefton's Fostering Services Angel Wing project
Pupils from Stanley High School, Southport

Sefton’s Fostering Service would love you to join them for the unveiling of their beautiful Angel Wings designed by children and young people from Sefton.

The event takes place: Monday 31st Oct at Crosby Library, Waterloo, Crosby Road North, Liverpool L22 0LQ


Angel Wing Launch 11 – 12pm 

The Angel Wing art installation will be made up of 614 individually decorated paper feathers and are in honour of foster carers who truly are guardian angels to our foster children.

The 614 individual feathers represent each child in Sefton’s care, some of whom are in need of loving homes.

On the day guests will hear from two of our dedicated foster carers Paul and Dawn and will get to watch a video with young people about how the project has unfolded.

Fostering Information Session 12 – 1pm

After the launch of the Angel Wings, a Fostering Information Session will take place for anyone who wants to speak one-on-one with the team and our carers. Here you can get more of an insight about the real-life experiences of our foster carers, find out more about the process of becoming a carer and ask any questions.

Recruitment Team Manager Jennifer Rose Murphy said “We’re so excited to see the Angel Wings really coming together. We’ve been working with our children in foster care, children visiting libraries and other events and school children from across the borough, to really involve our communities and raise awareness.

“I would like to say a massing thank you to teachers and pupils from Formby High School, Maghull High School, Stanley High School, and Summer Hill Primary School, who have all really embraced this project and sent us such colourful and creative designs.

“We desperately need more foster carers to give loving homes to children in Sefton. If you want to make a difference and have ever thought about fostering or if you want to learn more so you can help us share our message, please come along.”

Refreshments will be available on the day.

Sefton’s Foster Carers are paid for their skills, receive full training and support, plus allowances. Anyone who is thinking about fostering can find out more by visiting the dedicated website at 

People can also speak to one of the team by calling our freephone number on 0800 923 2777 or email 

Stunning images of Marine Lake Events centre revealed as consultation launches

Sefton Council is set to launch its public consultation on much anticipated plans for the Southport Marine Lake Events Centre and accompanying Water and Light Show.

The community will shortly be invited to share their views on exciting plans for a new, state-of-the-art theatre and entertainment space and a flexible conference and business events venue and water and light show attraction, which will greatly boost the town’s economic and tourism sectors.

Consultation events are being held at Southport Market in the coming weeks and a live webinar will take place to provide more information on the plans, which will be revealed when the consultation begins on Thursday 26th May when feedback will be invited via an online survey at – with the consultation running until 10th June.

The MLEC will replace the former Southport Theatre and Convention Centre which closed its doors in 2020. The new development will provide first class theatre space, a conference and exhibition centre able to accommodate a range of events, and café and signature restaurant, providing facilities for both visitors and the community alike.

The plans also include a new Water and Light show installation on the Marine Lake. Designed to set Southport apart from other seaside towns, the show will attract thousands of additional visitors to the town each year.

The project forms part of the Southport Town Deal which secured £37.5 million funding in 2021 and follows the success of Southport Market, which opened its doors last year. The project has also secured £2.3 million funding from Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.

Consultation events are being held at Southport Market on Friday 27th May between 11am and 6pm, and Saturday 28th May between 11am and 3pm.

A live webinar will also be held at 6pm on Thursday 26th May. You can register to attend the webinar in advance at The consultation webpage will be updated on the 26th May with further details of the plans and an online feedback form.

Cllr Ian Maher , leader of Sefton Council, said: “The Marine Lake Events Centre is the latest fantastic opportunity for us to build on our successful bid for Town Deal funding.

“This project directly compliments the ongoing and continued investment Sefton Council makes toward improving the future of the town for our amazing communities and visitors.

“I would encourage everyone to join in with the upcoming consultation events, either online or in person, to find out more.

“We are looking forward to hearing feedback before a planning application is submitted.”

Steve Rotheram, Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said: “Southport holds a special place in the hearts of so many people in our city region and beyond as being a family-favourite destination for days out and holidays alike. The town has been entertaining generations of visitors for as long as it has existed.

“We want to build on that legacy and make sure that Southport can continue to thrive and attract visitors for many more years to come, giving a massive boost to local businesses and creating good quality, secure jobs. We are working with Sefton Council to drive the town’s revival and start a new chapter in its story. I for one cannot wait to see what the future has in store.”

A public telephone line has also been set up via 0808 168 8296. This is a freephone consultation hotline where people can call to speak to a member of the project team and ask any questions, as well as share any feedback.

Could your home become a Sefton heritage site?

Sefton Council is asking local history lovers to nominate buildings and landmarks they feel should be given special heritage status.

The Merseyside Local Heritage List project, which covers Sefton, Knowsley and Wirral, seeks to identify buildings and assets that have significant local importance to its surrounding communities.

To coincide with the launch of the project, Sefton Council are giving residents the opportunity to nominate what they believe are important assets that are not yet protected but have significant heritage interest.

Currently there are more than 800 listed buildings and 25 conservation areas in the borough, meaning they have special protection status from development and alterations.

Locations that are being considered for inclusion in the Merseyside Local Heritage List are:

• Historic buildings
• Buildings of distinctive architectural or artistic style
• Buildings can be residential, commercial, industrial, militaria, leisure or with a strong presence in the community
• Built features such as; memorials, old boundary walls or bridges in local materials, water pumps, or historic street furniture

Councillor Daren Veidman, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Planning and Building Control said: “We’re delighted to have secured funding for the Merseyside Local Heritage List and the opportunity to build on Sefton Council’s existing heritage work in enhancing the historic built environment around the borough.

“The distinctiveness of our towns and villages is so important and maintaining our rich heritage helps keep our communities desirable places to live, visit and work.

“We believe residents are in the best position to identify those heritage buildings that positively contribute to the local identity and character of their area and hope that residents will nominate them for the local list project.”

Running from March 23, 2022 until March 31, 2023, residents can nominate assets via

Here you will also find lots of help and guidance on the project and more information on the types of assets to nominate.

For more information on the Local Heritage List, and to register your interest visit Merseyside Local Heritage List or email:

Tickets for Southport Air Show 2022 now on sale with early-bird savings available

TA chiled on Southport Pier covering her ears as a biplane flies overheadickets for July’s Southport Air Show, including for the brand-new, exclusive Pier Viewing are now on sale.

Southport’s famous Air Show, which takes place on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th July, offer two full days of fun for all the
family. And if people booking now can take advantage of the reduced early-bird rate.

Under-16s free

This year for the first time, general admission for under 16 years is free while early bird general admission prices for adults are going on sale for just £8 and £7 at the group rate.

Also new for 2022 are exclusive ticket for the Pier Viewing area where visitors can watch the show from the best seats in the house. Pier View early bird tickets cost £18 for adults and £9 for children (5-15s).

To book tickets, people should visit


Previous years’ Air Shows have featured thrilling and daring aerobatics and visits from a varied line-up of aircraft. They have ranged from majestic tributes by historical planes to the latest fastest, loudest and most powerful modern jets being put through their paces by the world’s top pilots.

Announcements on what will be flying this year are expected soon.

Southport Air Show also feature a whole host of treats on terra-firma. This includes flight simulators, static aircraft to explore to climbing walls, assault courses and even a diving tank with a real-life Marine.

Hugely popular

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills said: “Southport Air Show is a hugely popular event that attracts thousands of people to the town with many of them staying over to enjoy both spectacular days.

“Sadly, we haven’t been able to hold it for two years during the COVID pandemic, so I am delighted that along with our tourism partners we are bringing it back for summer 2022 with some new features such as free admission for Under-16s and the new Pier Viewing area.”


In addition to the Air Show, Southport will also be hosting the Food & Drink Festival from Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th June and the British Musical Fireworks Championship from Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th September.

Cllr Marion Atkinson added:

“Once again, entry to the Food & Drink Festival is free and tickets for the Fireworks Championship go on sale soon so watch this space.”

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