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Green light for improvement works to enhance Ainsdale Beach facilities

Following approval at January’s full Council meeting, plans are now progressing for improved access and facilities at Sefton’s Ainsdale Beach. In 2020, the Council saw huge numbers of visitors flocking to the coast. This highlighted the need for further investment to maintain the best possible experience for all beach users, while factoring in important conservation and environmental needs. As part of the investment, designs are now being drawn up for an off-beach car park that will help to reduce the impact on local communities who have been affected by irresponsible parking in the past. A new, cashless payment system will ...
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Controlled explosion on Formby beach: update from Merseyside Police

Following the controlled detonation of an explosive device at Formby beach today (26 February), Merseyside Police have provided the following statement: Merseyside Police can confirm that officers are in attendance at Formby beach today (Friday 26 February) following the discovery of a suspected unexploded ordnance device. Officers were called around 5.30pm yesterday (Thursday 25 February) after the device was found by a member of the public. The device has now been safely detonated by the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team. A cordon remains in place in the Victoria Road area while safety checks are completed. We would like to thank the ...
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Community gardeners to create 80 new sustainable street gardens in Bootle

An innovative environmental project in Bootle is set to create 80 new sustainable street gardens in the town. The Taking Root in Bootle community gardening network has established the Community Growing Circle project to link at-home food growing by local households with community composting facilities in the area to create a circular green loop. The project has been made possible by a grant from the Liverpool City Region Community Environment Fund, established last year by Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram to improve the environment of the region and promote community involvement in green projects. Each household taking part in the project will ...
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Residents urged to continue to follow lockdown rules prior to schools opening 24/02/2021

Residents in Sefton are strongly urged to continue stay at home to help reduce COVID-19 infection rates even further prior to schools opening. All schools and colleges will open on 8th March in the first stage of the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown, however infection rates are still high in  Sefton and local hospitals continue to be under pressure. Margaret Jones, Director of Public Health for Sefton, said: “Over the next two weeks, it’s really important that residents abide by the current lockdown rules and play their part in reducing infection rates. Although schools and colleges are as safe as ...
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Further government grants available for businesses remaining closed as restrictions continue

Following the Prime Ministers announcement on Monday 22nd February 2021 of a continuation of National Lockdown restrictions, the government has confirmed that further grant support is available to businesses that have been instructed to remain closed. Payments will be made in the form of a Local Restrictions Support Grant for a 44 day period from 16th February 2021 to 31st March 2021. £2,096 for businesses with a property rateable value of £15,000 or less. £3,143 for businesses with a property rateable value of between £15,001 and £51,999 £4,174 for businesses with a rateable value of £51,000 or more Business ratepayers ...
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Reaction to Prime Minster’s roadmap announcement: Liverpool City Region leaders

In a joint statement, the Local Authority Leaders, Acting Mayor of Liverpool, and Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, Steve Rotheram, said: “The Prime Minister has now set out a timetable for the whole country to return to something approaching normality again. After the huge sacrifices of the last 12 months, and we are sure that everyone will breathe a huge sigh of relief that light is beginning to appear at the end of a very dark tunnel. “However, the threat from Coronavirus remains very real and we still have many weeks of restrictions ahead of us, so everyone ...
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Testing for South African variant in Southport now complete

The surge testing operation to understand the spread of a South African variant of Covid-19 in Southport has now been completed.  Door to door testing in Dukes and Cambridge wards was paused over the weekend, and today (Monday 22/02/21) Sefton Council have received confirmation that no further testing will be carried out at the mobile testing unit at the Southport Theatre and Convention Centre after it closes tonight at 6.30pm. The number of tests from the mobile unit and the home testing combined mean that sufficient testing has taken place in this area. Initial numbers from the operation, which is ...
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Liverpool City Region Culture and Creativity Awards crowns the Atkinson in its 2020 awards

The winners of the 2020 Liverpool City Region Culture and Creativity Awards have been revealed in a unique online ceremony to celebrate the outstanding contributions to the industry in what has been a challenging year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Hosted by Coronation Street and Emmerdale actress, Huyton-born Eithne Browne, the ceremony was broadcast live into over 300 homes where the finalists were standing by waiting for the winners to be announced. Guest presenters from across the city region including the Principal Dancer of the Royal Ballet Matthew Ball, music artist and international DJ Yousef, actress Leanne Best and chef ...
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Doorstep surge testing in Cambridge and Dukes wards to pause, testing to continue at Southport Theatre and Convention Centre

The surge testing operation across the Cambridge and Dukes wards of Southport will continue this weekend at the dedicated Mobile Testing Unit at Southport Theatre and Convention Centre, with doorstep testing to be paused. Thousands of kits have been delivered to homes across the two ward areas, by Council and partner agency teams alongside volunteers, with door-to-door testing now stopping while Sefton Council awaits further direction from the DHSC. Anyone aged over 16 living or working in the Cambridge and Dukes wards, particularly if they cannot work from home under the current restrictions, are being urged to continue to use ...
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Southport Market work now underway

Southport Market is a step closer to being transformed into a leading food, drinks and events space, with work now underway. The market is scheduled to reopen in Spring 2021. The £1.4m scheme, which is a key enabler and an early part of Sefton Council’s Covid-19 recovery plan for Southport, will see 10 new food units and a feature bar installed. This will be supported by a flexible events space able to host high-quality markets along with other events. External funding from The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and Southport Town Deal acceleration fund has been secured making the scheme ...
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