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Have your say on Crosby Town Centre Regeneration proposals

Residents, businesses and visitors are being invited to have their say on proposals to develop Crosby’s town centre.

Sefton Council has launched a public consultation on proposals to regenerate Crosby. Among the proposals are new access routes and highway improvements ahead of developments on the Green Car Park site. In addition, there will be improvements to other car parks and junctions in the town as well as better access for people walking and cycling.

Crosby Town Centre map outlining proposed improvementsCooksland and Allengate car parks will have new layouts, better utilising space and increasing the number of spaces available. The car parks will be future-proofed to include electric vehicle charging spaces and easy pedestrian routes will be created to connect the car parks with the town centre high street.

Also, the junction of the A565 Liverpool Road / The By-Pass and the B5193 Islington / Coronation Road / Church Road junction will be reconfigured to enable traffic to move more freely around the edge of the town centre and access parking.

Cllr Maher, Sefton Council Leader said:
“This is an exciting step in the regeneration of Crosby town centre and the delivery of the Crosby Investment Strategy. Our plans will help to ensure Crosby’s historic town centre is a vibrant and diverse place to live, work and visit.

“The Council has an ongoing commitment to supporting the community, listening to valued feedback, and working and living among the community so we are already well aware of how much this regeneration plan is needed to boost south Sefton.

“I strongly encourage people to take part in the public consultation and have their say on the future development of Crosby town centre.”

A plan for the regeneration in Crosby was developed by the Council and following consultation was approved in 2015.

Earlier this year, Sefton Council and its partners submitted a £19.2 million bid to the Government’s Levelling Up Fund for a range of schemes to revitalise Crosby town centre after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Entitled ‘Reimagining Crosby’, the bid includes plans for the creation of a new, state-of-the-art library, healthcare facilities and town centre living spaces, located on the current Green Car Park site.

The outcome of the Council’s Levelling Up Fund bid is due by late 2021.

Consultation on the plans for Crosby town centre will run for six weeks and close on Wednesday 3rd November 2021. Local residents, businesses and visitors to Crosby are invited to share their thoughts online at yourseftonyoursay.sefton.gov.uk

People are also encouraged to share the online survey with others who may be interested and want to take part. People without internet access, can have their say over the phone by calling 0345 140 0845.

For further information, residents can contact the Regeneration Team on regen@sefton.gov.uk

Work resumes on Coastal Road cycle lane scheme

Works are set to resume on the final phase of the Southport Coastal Road Cycle scheme, with contractors returning to the road from next Monday (September 13th).

The scheme is part of the Southport East West Cycle Link improvement project, with funding from the Liverpool City Region and primarily compromises of the widening of cycle track between Weld Road roundabout and the bridge at Pinfold Lane.

Following a delay due to avoiding any disruption during the summer period and other conflicting works in the Southport area, the final stages of the cycle lane upgrade works will now be completed, with contractors working on the stretch of carriageway between Weld Road Roundabout and Shore Road Roundabout from Monday, September 13th.

These works are expected to take around four weeks to complete and require a temporary off-peak closure of the southbound lane, between the hours of 9:30am to 3:30pm Monday – Friday.

For more information about road closures in Sefton visit www.roadworks.org

Council encourages people to set sail on a new challenge and foster for Sefton

It was “ship ahoy!” for Sefton’s Fostering Team and foster carers this week as they took a voyage of discovery for

people thinking about taking up fostering.

Setting sail on the ‘Pride of Sefton’ canal boat, the group headed from the Titanic and into the Albert Dock, to raise awareness about fostering and the need for local people to give loving homes to children in Sefton.

The Pride of Sefton is a community focused wide beam canal boat, operated by Sovini Charities, which provides opportunities for passengers to discover Liverpool’s rich heritage by sailing through its hidden waterways.

Among those on board were Angela and Paul, who have fostered with Sefton Council for three years. They joined the crew to help to spread the important message about the rewarding role of fostering.

Angela said: “Fostering has been one of the best things we have ever done. We have three children of our own and we both work full time and our foster children really become part of our family life.

Paul went on to say: “Its just so rewarding and for some people you will never feel that it’s the right time, but you just have to find out more and you will never look back”

Sailing along Merseyside’s waterways, Joan who also fosters for Sefton said:

“My partner Mike wasn’t sure at first but after chatting we decided to go for it and ten years later, we are still enjoying every minute.

“This is why we’ve come today to help Sefton to try and encourage more people to foster for the Council because there are children out there who really need the care and support we can provide.”

Helen Collins, who works with Sefton Fostering’s Recruitment and Support team said:

“Coming out on beautiful days like this not only brings Sefton’s fostering family closer, but also allows us to speak to people face to face, share experiences, and let them know how much they can make a difference to the lives of young people.

“Thank you to Sovini and ‘The Pride of Sefton’ crew who never fail to give us an amazing trip and help us spread the word in a fun way.”

Sefton’s Foster Carers receive full training and support, plus payments for their skills and allowances. Anyone who is thinking about fostering should get in touch by speak to one of the team on our freephone number 0800 923 2777 to find out more.

People can also find out more on our dedicated website https://seftonfostering.co.uk/ 

Have your say on future improvements of Southport’s Hesketh Park

Sefton Council’s Green Sefton team has launched a public consultation to gather ideas and thoughts on ways to further improve the facilities at Southport’s Hesketh Park.

Residents across the Borough, as well as volunteers groups, visitors, and local businesses, are being asked to share their opinion on priorities for the park for the local community and visitors alike. Development ideas will be considering both recreational and heritage-led improvements. They might include ways to improve play facilities, and opportunities for improvements to ground maintenance, planting and heritage features. New ideas are also welcomed to help form a new vision for the park.

Have your say and help shape a new vision for the park!
Have your say and help shape a new vision for the park!

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “With more than 30 main parks across the Borough, we have a wide range of facilities for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy spending time outdoors. Our Green Sefton team is always looking at ways to work with the community to enhance and improve our offer, so I welcome this opportunity for people to share their vision for Southport’s Hesketh Park.

“All views and ideas are welcomed to ensure the Green Sefton team incorporates the community’s ideas into any potential improvement plans.”

This public consultation builds upon the work already undertaken by the Green Sefton team to ensure that the much-loved park remains true to its past but also stays fit for future generations to enjoy. The first phase of repair works on the Park’s historic conservatory has now been completed. This was as a result of Sefton Council successfully securing a £22,000 grant from the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund for stabilisation of the structure before a more extensive refurbishment of the building could be planned.

Green Sefton is working in partnership with the Hesketh Park Heritage Group to undertake the consultation. Together they want to hear from members of the local community, and visitors, of all ages and backgrounds, to ensure any plans and subsequent funding bids are as representative as possible for those that utilise the park.

This follows the news that the Council has been contacted by the executors of a local family who wish to donate in the family name a substantial sum of money to the development and improvement of Hesketh Park following the passing of a family member.

Other funding schemes will also be scoped out following feedback gathered from the consultation in order to bring to fruition the community’s priorities.

Cllr Moncur added: “The consultation can be easily completed online and isn’t very lengthy, so please do get involved.”

The consultation is now open and will run until Wednesday 15th September. People can take part online and are encouraged to share the consultation with others that might like to share their thoughts and ideas.

The consultation can be found at: https://yourseftonyoursay.sefton.gov.uk/

Sefton’s Fostering Team put their best feet forward to take part in a national TikTok challenge

Sefton Council’s Fostering Service have put on their dancing shoes and taken on the ‘Jerusalema Dance Challenge’.

The challenge originated as a TikTok video, but it went viral last year and is now a global sensation.

Fostering teams all over England are now taking part in the dance which is creating a wave of awareness across the country about fostering and the vital role it plays in so many children’s and young people’s lives.

Northumberland’s Foster Care team kicked…or danced off the challenge in May and other local authorities including Sefton, followed in their footsteps.

Lisa Lyons Interim Executive Director of Children Social Care and Education said; “Dance has a great way of bringing people together and the ‘Jerusalema Dance Challenge’ is a perfect example, so we are delighted to take part in the challenge for one main purpose.

“The song behind the dance means ‘go with me, protect me and take me home’. I think this is something with resonates with the role of a foster carer as someone who opens their home to a child or young person to protect and take care of them, longer term or preferably until they can go back to their family home.

“This challenge is a really fun way to celebrate foster care and raise awareness about the need for more local people to help our children and think about fostering for Sefton.”

Click here to watch the Sefton Fostering Team’s ‘Jerusalema Dance Challenge’.

Sefton’s Fostering Service #Jerusalemachallenge – YouTube

To make an enquiry or find out more please visit www.seftonfostering.co.uk or call free on 0800 923 2777.

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