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Home COVID-19 testing kits available for collection at two Sefton sites

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A COVID-19 home testing kit

COVID-19 home testing kits are now available for collection from Bootle Town Hall and Splash World in Southport.

Packs are for households with school and nursery pupils, members of support bubbles, people working in childcare and other caring occupations. The packs, which contain seven lateral flow tests that provide results in under an hour, are also available for people like frontline staff, people who are self-employed and sole traders who require regular testing.

People can collect two packs from the centres which are open from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week. No appointments are necessary but those collecting packs must be aged 18 or over.

The packs have full instructions on how to take the test and register results.

Margaret Jones, Sefton Council’s Director of Public Health said: “With school pupils and staff, people providing care and those in a range of frontline roles needing to take these lateral flow COVID tests regularly, we want to make it easier for people across Sefton to be able to get hold of them more easily.

“Once they have collected their packs, providing them with up to 14 tests, they can use them as regularly as they want to or need to.”

Anyone showing any of the coronavirus symptoms of a new continuous cough, a fever or a loss or change in their sense of smell or taste should get a coronavirus test straight away.

They can do this by visiting or phoning 119.

Find out more about testing in Sefton.

Sarah is Sefton’s Number One!

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Award-winning leader of Sefton Council’s NEET Prevention and Early Intervention Service, Sarah Vaughan.

Sefton Council is delighted to congratulate Sarah Vaughan from Career Connect on winning the Highly Commended Award for National Careers Service Manager of the Year.

Sarah, who leads Sefton Council’s highly successful NEET Prevention and Early Intervention Service, won this prestigious recognition for her work with young people in Sefton at the recent Career Development Institute Awards ceremony.

Better outcomes

Part of the Council’s Economic Growth and Housing Department, the service delivers an innovative approach to secure better outcomes for Sefton’s young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEET). It places a strong focus on those from the Borough’s most vulnerable groups.

Unlike most other Councils, Sefton has introduced working with young people from age 14 up who may be more likely to find themselves without learning or work by the time they reach 16, and this new approach is making a big difference.

In the recent lockdowns, the work of tracking and supporting young people was even more challenging and Sarah’s team moved quickly to design new COVID-safe ways of supporting young people. Sarah led on a scheme to support young apprentices who have been furloughed and also worked with Care leavers and young offenders during this busy time.

Completely committed

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills said “As a Council we are completely committed to finding ways to support our young people so they can achieve their full potential.

“Within the last two years, Sarah and her team of Careers Advisors, Coaches and Mentors have enabled Sefton to achieve its best-ever performance in helping our young people to stay in learning and jobs and achieve their goals.

“We have improved so much that Sefton is now ranked 4th best out of 151 local authorities across the country. With the difficult times we have all been through recently, this  is truly amazing performance. So, we know we have got some great people working with us in Sefton and Sarah’s award has just confirmed it!”.

Sarah was not alone in receiving an accolade, as her team member Rob Jones was also shortlisted as finalist in the Careers Advisor of the Year category.

Find out more about Career Connect.

More about the Career Development Institute.

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. 


Sefton Council looking forward to welcoming people back to refurbished fitness facilities

Representatives visiting site including MP Peter Dowd, Cllr Paul Cummins and Cllr Marion Atkinson

Sefton Council is looking forward to welcoming people back to refurbished fitness facilities at Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre on Monday 12th April, as lockdown measures are eased.

Work carried out during lockdown means that users will be able to enjoy a brand-new fitness and spin studio, an updated fitness suite and refurbished changing rooms with new toilets. There is also a brand-new reception and social area, a new fitness class waiting area and new meeting rooms.

Cllr Ian Moncur Cabinet Member for Health & Wellbeing said

“I’d like to thank our staff who have been working hard behind the scenes while the gym has been closed due to the pandemic. It has really paid off as I’m sure our members will enjoy an even better experience when they return.”

“The gym and lake will re-open on Monday 12th April and new members can book an induction from Tuesday 6th April. Fitness classes will commence on Monday 17th May.

At the site visit, Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said:

“These improvements are part of a £3.1 million scheme to transform the whole of Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre, which is at the entrance to the beautiful Crosby Coastal Park and adjacent to Anthony Gormley’s Another Place (the ‘iron men’).

“Construction has already begun on the project, which will see new and improved wedding, conference, hotel, dining and bar facilities.

“This transformation is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2021 but in the meantime the leisure side of the Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre, including the gym and the water sports activities, will be open for business as usual throughout the work.”

MP for Bootle Peter Dowd said:

“It has been great to come on site and see how this amazing project is coming along and to get a glimpse of the new and improved leisure facilities first hand.

“As part of the original team who worked on the Lakeside when it opened in 2009, it is fantastic to see the Council still valuing the asset and making these improvements.

“Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre is an incredible asset and I am delighted that this investment has been made in order to improve the service for the local community and visitors.”

Also visiting the site Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care Cllr Paul Cummins said:

“I am so pleased that such a significant investment has been put into this fantastic facility which can be enjoyed by people from our borough and beyond.

“The plans for this site are exciting and the development is already coming on leaps and bounds. I am fully confident that this leisure and hospitality offer will be a major benefit to Sefton’s visitor economy.”

Mike Macaulay, Director of Crossfield Construction, commented:

“We are delighted to have started construction on this flagship project.

“It gives us great pride to be entrusted with Sefton Council’s vision to revive the Coastal Park and the wider area.

“Many of our team grew up in Crosby so this project is very close to our hearts and we are committed to ensuring that our work here positively impacts the wider Sefton community.”

Work on new Bootle Golf Course driving range underway

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Preparatory work on the driving range site.

Work to build a new driving range at Sefton Council’s Bootle Golf Course got underway this week.

After a detailed tendering service, Sefton Council has appointed Davies Building & Maintenance as the main contractor to build the new, £240,000, 10-bay driving range facility. Work on site started this week with separate contractors supporting the installation of new fencing and outfield improvements to the site.

Designed to enhance the Council’s popular Bootle Golf Course, 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.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “As well as enhancing the already-popular Bootle Golf Course, this new driving range will help to make golf more accessible and attract new players, and enable existing golfers to improve their game.

“When we consulted them, local residents and golfers highlighted the importance of new practice facilities and investment in course infrastructure.

“No matter what the weather or time of year, these new facilities mean existing golfers can practice their game and people who have not played before can give the sport a try.”

The new driving range is due to open later in 2021.

Sefton Council’s Bootle and Southport golf courses are currently closed in line with National Restrictions but could re-open in the week beginning Monday 29th March in line with the Government’s roadmap to easing restrictions.

When they do re-open green fees will, once again, be held at last year’s prices, which means at Bootle, adult prices start from just £13 with Twilight Tickets from only £8.50. Over 60s can play for £9 Monday to Friday and a round for young people aged up to 16 is just £8.

People can find out more about these value offers and about Sefton Council’s Bootle and Southport Links courses at

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