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Date:- 21 May 2007

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A NEW development of affordable apartments in Klondyke, Sefton has won a top regeneration award. Allinsons Court, the latest development from Adactus Housing Group and Bellway Homes, won the award for ‘Excellence in Design and Quality’ at the Strictly Regeneration Awards 2007.  The Allinsons Court development – also known as St Philip’s Place - comprises 52 modern apartments for local residents in Klondyke and was branded a hugely successful and sustainable regeneration scheme by awards judges.

Organised by New Heartlands – the Housing Market Renewal pathfinder initiative on Merseyside, the awards recognise excellence in regeneration projects in Merseyside and the contribution they make to the renaissance of the area.   Adactus Housing Group, part of the Breathe + Consortium, worked in partnership with Bellway Homes to develop Allinsons Court apartment scheme exclusively for local residents in the Klondyke area.

Built on the site of the famous Secrets cabaret club and cinema, the development is set in its own landscape gardens and comprises 40 modern apartments for rent and a further 12 apartments for sale through Shared Ownership. Ground floor apartments have been designed to be easily accessible and have a range of adaptations such as low access showers.   During its construction, apprentices from South Sefton were recruited, providing training and employment opportunities for local people. In addition, the use of local suppliers and subcontractors in construction delivered a direct boost to the local economy.

The development, situated on Rimmer Close, has already proved popular among local residents and was described by the award judges as a landmark project in Sefton. The development also marks the beginning of the regeneration of the Hawthorn Road Canal Corridor in Sefton.  The Breathe+ Consortium was also commended in the award category for ‘Good Practice in Neighbourhood Management’ for the environmental improvement work it has carried out in the Klondyke area.

Paul Lees, Group Chief Executive at Adactus Housing Group said:- “The Allinsons Court development is an important part of the extensive regeneration work taking place in the area and we are delighted that the design and quality of the development, as well our other environmental improvement work undertaken in the area, have been recognised at the Strictly Regeneration Awards.   Through the Breathe+ Consortium we are working with the local community to transform the Klondyke neighbourhood, not just by providing new homes but also by providing other services such as tackling anti-social behaviour and making the streets cleaner and safer.”

Annette Dooley, Project Manager at Breathe+ said:- “As well as being sustainable and enhancing the appearance of the area, Allinsons Court provides quality housing that local people want.”



SOCCERSIXES, a company specialising in the organisation of small-sided football, are bringing a 5-a-side league to Southport and the surrounding community in June. The league will be based at Birkdale High School Arena.  The community league is scheduled to kick off in June and will run every Thursday from 7.00 to 9.00pm in the Sports Hall. There will be 16 teams in the division with a promotion and relegation system.

Teams will play an intense 30 minute match each week with a qualified referee.

The league will cost just £2.50 per player and teams entering will have the chance to win a huge array of awards including; trophies or cash for winners and runners-up, player of the season, and a fair play award.

Teams will also have the opportunity of playing against other teams from leagues across England in Soccersixes’ national cup.

All matches are officiated by qualified referees while sixes staff will attend the league each week to ensure the smooth running of fixtures and to deal with any queries or problems.

All equipment will be provided.

Anyone over the age of 15 can enter and you do not need to be an organised or established team, you may simply be a group of friends, work colleagues or mates from the pub. The league will be fully affiliated to the FA.

Soccersixes’ Ross Spacey said:- ‘This league has been organised for the benefit of the local community and the vast array of awards is sure to prove popular with teams. Our website offers teams chance to log on daily and find all there league tables, fixtures, top players and all general information regarding the league.

We aim to ensure that all teams get maximum enjoyment from playing, this makes all our hard work running and maintaining the leagues worthwhile.’

Teams are advised to contact Soccersixes asap to register in advance and avoid disappointment as places are limited.

Soccersixes can be contacted by phone on 07896 568501 and teams can also register online.

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