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Michael Bublé is heading to Liverpool this December!

THE Grammy award winning global megastar Michael Bublé has confirmed he is bringing his sell out tour to M&S Bank Arena Liverpool, on 3 December 2019. There is no better way to welcome in the festive season than to spend:- "An Evening with Michael Bublé", performing beautiful music alongside his incredible 32 piece band. The tour will see Michael do what he does best with a string of live dates that showcase his trademark velvety vocals, smooth moves, charisma and charm. Michael Bublé is without a doubt 1 of the best entertainers in the world.

He connects with his audience like no other performer; whether the setting is an Arena or Stadium, he creates an intimate atmosphere with the audience, who he sincerely refers to as his family. Michael returned to the stage this summer in a sold out UK tour, with reviewers praising his:- "note-perfect vocals" (The Guardian) and ability to capture and entertain the crowd.  Michael has already completed 5 sold out world tours, won four Grammy Awards and sold over 60 million records over the course of his extraordinary career.  To book tickets go to:- ManSBankArena.Com/Buble.

Cocoa House venue in Southport is planning to get lease of Life


WE have had a few local businesses and residents get in contact with us about a planning application on Lord Street, Southport. The yellow A4 paper poster with the application on it, that has been attached to a pole outside 459 Lord Street, Southport, does say:- "formation of 2 bed ground floor flat" on the planning notice outside and on Sefton's website, along with the words:- "new frontage." This wording has sparked concerns that the former bar / restaurant, within a section of the Victorian Parade, was going to be turned into flats. When going on the Sefton website, this wording also stands out and doesn't make it clear as to what is being proposed.

We contacted the agent for the property to clarify what is being planned. Joseph Clayton BA(int), MArch, ADPPA, who is a Director and Architect replied:- "I think the local businesses must have been misinformed as no flats have been proposed on Lord Street as part of our proposal. In fact a brand new / traditional shop frontage has been proposed which will be far more in keeping with the conservation area and surrounding context. The new frontage also intends to be far more inclusive and allow easy access with wheelchairs, prams etc. You can see the proposal on the Sefton Council website where all of the drawings are available for you to see. That will hopefully clear up the error."

To view the application, go to:- PA.Sefton.Gov.UK.  This again brings into question the way Planning notices are published via Sefton Council and the use of A4 notices.   What are your views about the Planning Application system?  We would love to know. Please email your thoughts to:- News24@SouthportReporter.Com.

The UK announces 41 new Marine Conservation Zones

THE UK's leading marine charity, the Marine Conservation Society (MCS), says it welcomes the announcement, by the UK Government, of the creation of 41 new Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs), but warns that proper investment in their management and monitoring must be made, if they are to benefit both people and wildlife. 21,000 people took part in the 2018 summer MCS campaign urging Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, to be ambitious and designate 41 sites offered for public consultation at the time.

The new MCZs include:- inshore and offshore areas around the coast, and will protect a range of marine wildlife including:- worms, starfish, sea firs, sea urchins, spiny lobster, molluscs, fan mussels, tentacled lagoon worm, short snouted seahorse and native oyster. A wide variety of habitats will also be protected including:- sand, tidal mud, rocky reefs and gravel.

Dr Jean-Luc Solandt, MCS Principal Specialist, MPAs said:- "This is great news for marine wildlife and we are delighted that Government has approved the protection of these special marine areas. The UK has a growing network of more than 300 marine protected areas, but the Government must now invest in proper management of these sites and keep them free of all activities that damage the seabed so that our spectacular marine wildlife can recover from decades of destruction and degradation."

The new sites include Beachy Head East, a large inshore site that encompasses the seas next to:- Eastbourne, Bexhill and Hastings in Sussex, and is home to an incredible diversity of fish, including seahorses. A locally run campaign:- 'Backing Beachy Head East' was supported by the MCS Agents of Change project, and attracted the support of fishermen, anglers, local businesses and all 3 local MPs.

Other sites given protection include:- Orford Inshore off Suffolk, Markham's Triangle off the North East coast, Ribble Estuary off the Lancashire and Merseyside Coast, Kentish Knock East, Bembridge off the East Coast off the Isle of Wight, Purbeck coast off Dorset, Devon's Dart Estuary and Helford Estuary by the Lizard, in Cornwall. 2 other sites off the Northern Ireland coast are also included:- South Rigg and Queenie Corner.

"These new offshore sites present exciting opportunities to include Highly Protected Marine Areas, where all activities like dredging, and bottom towed trawling are kept out and species of commercially important fish, and the habitats they depend on, can properly recover and flourish. Highly Protected Marine Areas are an important element of a protection network as they allow the rewilding of our seabed. These sites are also good for carbon sequestration through the recovery of shellfish beds and other habitats, helping us mitigate against the threat of climate catastrophe."
said Dr Solandt.

Evidence about the importance of the many of these new MCZs was gathered by divers from Seasearch, the volunteer dive programme coordinated by MCS, and was presented to Defra to inform their decisions. Dr Charlotte Bolton, National Seasearch coordinator said:- "Our divers have spent hours and hours diving England's incredibly diverse seabed habitats to record the marine plants and animals that inhabit our inshore seas. Through this meticulous citizen science we have been able to make the case for the protection of many of these new sites, and we look forward to helping local authorities develop robust management and monitoring plans for these MCZs so that the amazing marine life they protect really can recover."

Sue Ranger, MCS Conservation Engagement and Education Manager, who has studied the connection between the sea and wellbeing says the wildlife and habitats in these MCZ's connect us to the ocean by playing an unseen role in our lives:- "If we look after it properly now, seagrass will go on stabilising the seabed and storing carbon; oyster beds will go on filtering the water and improving its quality and estuaries will continue to provide nursery grounds for fish."

MCS says that the designation of the 41 is only ½ the battle. The charity says it will now be working to achieve proper management of all marine protected areas and will be engaging with Defra to ensure that conservation policies and regulations are fit for purpose. It will also continue to collect seabed data and work with local communities through Seasearch and the Agents of Change project.

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