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Free junior golf membership worth £80 now available to under 16s

We are now offering under-16s free junior golf memberships which gives them a year’s no-cost play at its Bootle and Southport courses.

To qualify for the memberships, which are worth £80, under-16s need to register at the Bootle Golf Club or Southport Golf Links shops. They need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian and must provide proof of age.

Their free membership means that for the next 12 months they can then book a tee time and play as normal and it will cost them nothing.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “Worth £80 each, these memberships providing under-16s with free golf at our Bootle and Southport courses, are excellent value.

“Golf is a sport that requires regular practise and training and the ability to play for free at any time might help one of our local young people emerge as the next Tommy Fleetwood.”

Sefton Council has also been reminding golfers about their money-saving Twilight tickets for Bootle and Southport, which start from 4pm and cost as little as £8.50.

Find out more about Sefton Council’s golf courses.

Sefton’s mobile coronavirus test site dates confirmed for rest of August

Mobile coronavirus testing units are scheduled to be at locations across Sefton nearly very day in August.

If you have the COVID-19 symptoms of a high temperature, persistent cough or loss of taste or smell  – however mild – you should get a test.

Tests at mobile centres are available for anyone but they need to have made an appointment first at  or by calling 119.

Dates for the rest of August are:

Fri 21    Litherland
Sat 22   Litherland
Sun 23  Litherland
Mon 24 Southport TBC*
Tue 25   Southport TBC*
Wed 26 Crosby  TBC*
Thur 27 Crosby
Fri 28    Crosby
Sat 29    Southport
Sun 30  Southport
Mon 31 Southport

*One of the Mobile Testing Unit teams is a reserve team,  and may deployed to other Merseyside locations on these days.

Walk-through test centres, opposite Bootle Town Hall and at Southport Town Hall, are open from 8am to 8pm. You need an appointment from   or by calling 119 or the Council’s Contact Centre on 0345 140 0845.

Confirmation of August dates for the sites, which are supported by Sefton Council, NHS Southport and Formby CCG and NHS South Sefton CCG, follows on from a timetable that saw units deployed across Sefton Borough every day in July.



Merseyside Police officers praised for rescuing missing 10 year old boy from Crosby Lake

Two Merseyside police officers have been praised for rescuing a missing 10 year-old boy from a lake in Crosby.

The boy, who is from Ormskirk, had been at Crosby marina with his mum, 11 year-old brother and eight year-old sister, yesterday afternoon, Thursday 13th August.

He had gone to get changed out of his swimwear in the sand dunes after spending time playing in the lake when he went missing. His family searched the surrounding area before contacting police.

An extensive search involving Merseyside Police, the Coastguard and the Port Police was carried out around Crosby beach, the marine lake and surrounding areas over a 90 minute period.

The boy, who has complex needs, was eventually spotted in the middle of the marine lake.

Constable John Liauw-Jen-Choy, and Constable Rebecca Morgan-Richardson who were on plainclothes patrol in the area, entered the water fully-clothed when they realised the boy was in trouble and were able to rescue him.

The boy was then reunited with his family.

His mum said: “We had been told to wait by our car while the police searched for him. They kept ringing to say they had had sightings of him then we heard the news he had headed back to the lake and had been spotted in the middle of the water.

“It was a massive relief when we were told they had him. He doesn’t know the area and has no concept of how far away from home we were. The longer it went on the more worried I had become. He isn’t a strong swimmer. He was a bit upset afterwards but is absolutely fine now.

“The officers were very reassuring and everyone was very kind. I couldn’t have asked for anything more.”

Constable John Liauw-Jen-Choy who has four year’s service and Constable Rebecca Morgan-Richardson, who has been with the force for 19 months, are targeted officers based at Marsh Lane in Bootle.

Sefton Inspector Dave Uren said: “It was credit to John and Rebecca that as soon as they realised what the problem was they went straight into the water to get to the boy and bring him to safety.

“I am delighted that my officers were able to help in this situation and that it had a happy ending.”



Drowning accidents are especially high in the summer months and over the last few years, we have heard of too many tragedies that could have been avoided.

Every year people drown both at home and on holiday because they don’t take simple precautions, but we still want everyone to have fun and enjoy the water safely.

So, here’s our tips to being water safe

  • Look out for lifeguards – If you’re looking for a place to cool off always find a lifeguarded swimming site.
  • It’s colder than it looks – open water and inland sites is often much colder than it looks, cold water can affect your ability to swim and self-rescue.
  • Don’t go too far – Always swim parallel to the shore, that way you’re never too far away from it.
  • It’s stronger than it looks – Currents in the water can be very strong. If you find yourself caught in a riptide – don’t swim against it – you’ll tire yourself out. Swim with the current and call for help.
  • Bring a friend – Always bring a friend – when you go swimming so if anything goes wrong you’ve got someone there to help.

For more information on water safety visit

Sefton residents with Council Tax concerns urged to get in touch now

With the coronavirus pandemic having had an impact on many people’s incomes, Sefton Council is urging anyone concerned about their Council Tax payments to get in touch, on 0345 140 0845, as soon as possible.

A wide range of advice and support is available to people facing difficulties paying Council Tax and other household bills. Council staff can put callers in touch with organisations providing free, independent financial advice such as Citizens Advice Sefton, Sefton Advice Services, Sefton Credit Union, National Debt Line and the Step Change Debt Charity.

There are also a number of ways that people can reduce their Council Tax liability. These include the Local Council Tax Reduction Scheme for people on a low income and the Exceptional Hardship Fund. There are also several discounts and exemptions including for people who are sole occupiers.

A Council spokesperson said: “COVID-19 and the measures taken to prevent its spread have had a direct and indirect impact on many of us and has had a negative effect on many people’s incomes.

“Feeling you can’t pay your bills can be frightening which is why we want people concerned about their Council Tax and other outgoings to start talking to us now, rather than just worrying about it.

“The sooner people get in touch, they sooner we can start helping them with practical solutions and ways to reschedule their payments.”

Anyone who thinks they will struggling to meet their payments, should contact the Council on 0345 140 0845 between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday, where an advisor will be able to help.

Find out more about the help available. 

The spokesperson added: “It’s so important that those of who can pay our council tax, continue to do so – now more than ever. Council Tax pays for facilities and services including to some of the most vulnerable in our communities and it is our duty to everyone in the Borough to collect it.

“We have already written to residents with existing Council Tax arrears to remind them about payment and to ask them to get in touch if they anticipate payment problems.

“The Government recently introduced revised legislation allowing Enforcement Agents to re-start visits to collect debts in the coming weeks. However, where Sefton residents are facing genuine and often unforeseen financial challenges as a result of coronavirus, we want to work with them to find solutions and see that kind of recovery action as a last resort.”

Sefton walk-through COVID-19 test centres up and running in Bootle & Southport

People across Sefton Borough can now benefit from two, walk-through Local Testing Sites for coronavirus.

Located opposite Bootle Town Hall and at Southport Town Hall, the two, fully accessible sites are the first in Merseyside.

Open from 8am to 8pm, they provide easy access to COVID-19 tests for people who do not have access to a car and for those who have coronavirus symptoms and should not travel by public transport.

Each test Centre has between four and eight testing bays which can each test up to three people an hour.

Users will be asked to self-swab when attending. They will also need to wear a mask or face covering.

And they are asked to dispose of masks in the bins provided or to take them home, after the test.

Unlike the three-day Mobile Units, which people have already used to take over 7,000 tests at Sefton’s five locations, the Local Testing Sites in Bootle and Southport will be open for several months.

To use the walk-through process, people first need to book a test.

You can do this online at  or by calling 119 or Sefton Council’s Contact Centre on 0345 140 0845.

In Bootle, the site is in the parking area opposite the Town Hall. In Southport, access to the Town Hall’s Test Centre is via the Corporation Street entrance.

There is on-street pay-and-display parking nearby for those people travelling to the Local Testing Sites by car.

Find out more with our Guide to the walk-through testing process.

More information on visiting a Local Testing Site is available in this YouTube video

At the launch of the Bootle site, Sefton Council leader, Leader of Sefton Council, Cllr Ian Maher, said: “We have been working very closely with colleagues in the NHS in Cheshire and Merseyside and the Department for Health and Social Care to ensure that we have the most accessible testing facilities for the people of Sefton, when and where they need them.

“I am delighted that we have been able to secure the first ever Local Testing Site facilities in Cheshire and Merseyside and that people will have even greater access to testing should people feel unwell.

“We have a fairly unique borough, which is both long and narrow, so being able to secure a Local Testing Site for both Southport and Bootle is a really good result. We will continue to work closely to ensure that all of the testing availability is used in the best possible way to help keep Sefton safe as we look to support the recovery of our area and the local economy.”

Regional Testing Director for Cheshire and Merseyside, Terry Whalley, said: “This additional capacity is great for Sefton and the whole of Cheshire and Merseyside.

“Having two semi-permanent Local Testing Sites  in Sefton means that we will be able to use other testing facilities more flexibly and be able to deploy them in a more targeted way in the future. This will help the Director of Public Health, and other professionals have a greater say in how testing is used and deployed locally.

“Having this extra capacity, more permanently, means that we can respond and react in a much more targeted way with other testing resources, should we see local outbreaks or other urgent needs. Such decisions can now be made in the knowledge that there are testing sites in both Bootle and Southport to rely on day to day.

“We will carefully study the use of these new sites in Sefton as we look to roll out further testing capability across Cheshire and Merseyside in our bid to continue protecting lives and livelihoods.”

As well as  the Local Testing Sites, Mobile Testing Units are scheduled to be at locations across Sefton on most days in September.

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