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Marine Drive (Marshside) to close for 3 months

SEFTON Council are are closing much of the Marine Drive (Coast Road) at Marshside, Southport, to resurface it and remove the worst of the bumps that have been increasing in recent years. This work follows on from the work Sefton Council undertook back in the spring of 2021, when the Western section of the road was resurfaced. As the road will be closed for around 3 months, the RSPB, who operate Marshside Reserve, on the North West side of the coastline, have issued...


The brand new Southport Veterans Hub has now been officially opened, on a:- "Monumental day for Southport"
Photographs by Roy Beven

THE ceremony was performed by Southport MP Damien Moore and Mayor of Sefton Cllr Clare Carragher, as they were joined by serving Armed...


Liverpool sails towards a bumper cruise season

LIVERPOOL will welcome more than 100 cruises to its shores in 2022, as the City plans to deliver its most ambitious season yet. The outbreak of the global Pandemic in March 2020 led to the cancellation of cruises worldwide for almost 14 months. Despite this, the City's cruise industry mounted a respectable recovery in the 2nd ½ of 2021. Between May and December 2021...


Southport Offshore Rescue Trust's new Lifeboat Station - quick video tour and interview

WE where invited by the Trustee Directors of the Southport Lifeboat to take a look at their new lifeboat house that has just opened. Southport Lifeboat is an independent offshore...


Progress in fight to make misogyny a hate crime welcomed by Police Commissioner

THE pressure is growing to make misogyny a hate crime in England and Wales, a move welcomed as another step towards keeping women and girls safe, 1 of the Police Commissioner's priorities. Emily Spurrell praised the...


Highway Code changes set to take effect this weekend

CHANGES to The Highway Code designed to enhance safety for all road users; particularly those most at risk; are set to come into effect, from Saturday, 29 January 2022, as the Government continues to build back safer. If approved by Parliament, a hierarchy of road users will be introduced this weekend, ensuring quicker or...


Entries open for North West Coast Research and Innovation Awards 2022

AN opportunity to recognise the people, organisations and participants who helped deliver research and innovation in healthcare during the recent Pandemic has been launched. The North West Coast Research and...


Bill Esterson MP at Lydiate Primary School.

Bill Esterson MP comments the Government's threats to MPs is "intimidation!"

THE Sefton Central Labour Bill Esterson MP has reacted angrily to claims of:- "intimidation" by Conservative Government Ministers, after allegations emerged of...


Scam HMRC call reports drop by 97%

REPORTS of scam HMRC phone calls have fallen by 97% over the last 12 months, latest HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) figures show, which display a downward trend in reports overall throughout the past year. Reports of...


England returns to Plan A as regulations on face coverings and COVID Passes change today

THE Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) have confirmed that as of 00:01, on Thursday, 27 January 2021, England returned to Plan A measures following the huge success of the vaccination programme and falling Omicron infections. Plan B measures were initially introduced on 8 December 2021 to slow the spread of the Omicron variant and buy time for scientists to better understand it and get...


Should Southport build the 'Tower of Hope' on Lord Street?

FOR a few weeks we have heard roomers about plans to build one of the tallest buildings outside of London in Southport, and this week it was confirmed. Yes the owners of Mikhail Hotel and Leisure Group hit the UK headlines for its proposed 48 story skyscraper on the North East end of historic Lord Street...


Royal Liverpool Philharmonic's Music Room to host Blick Bassy's Liverpool date

THE Cameroonian Singer, Songwriter, Blick Bassy, will be performing along with his 3...


Final call to take part in consultation on local stroke services

THE NHS is reminding people in Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton and West Lancashire that it's still not too late to share their views on a proposal to establish a Comprehensive Stroke Centre, at Aintree University Hospital. The proposal aims to improve...


College launches recruitment drive to support Regional growth in electrical workforce

HUGH Baird College, in Merseyside, is calling on Electricians to consider becoming a teacher or assessor to help generate the electrical workforce of the future. The recruitment campaign launched today...


Dangerous electrics at the property on Kingsheath Avenue, Liverpool.

Landlord fined for letting out property without smoke alarms

A landlord is facing a bill of almost ₤5,000 for failing to install smoke detectors in a house he rented out to a young family, in a case brought by Liverpool City Council. The property, on Kingsheath Avenue, Liverpool 14, also...


Hurrah! For The Pirate King Children's Opera Tours During February ½ Term
Photograph by:- David Munn

BILL Elms Productions and Absolute Children's Opera have collaborated to develop a funfilled show which introduces children of all ages to the world of Opera. Hurrah! Follow the great Pirate...


Bakery rises to the challenge with new City Centre home

A local business with community at its heart is taking over the café at 1 of Liverpool's most iconic buildings, St George's Hall, bringing their delicious award winning pies to the sought after City Centre location. Since opening their shop in...


The Southport Comedy Festival 2022 now has announced 2 more fantastic names taking part!

THE 2022 Festival will take place once again in a heated and seated luxury marquee courtesy of Elite Marquees, in Victoria Park, Southport, from 30 September to 16 October, 2022. Liverpool stand up...


UCLan leads pilot study into innovative digital stroke rehab tool

A pilot research study into a potentially quality of life enhancing digital stroke rehabilitation tool has launched. The Virtual Engagement Rehabilitation Assistant (VERA) is a bespoke digital tool being developed by The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust and Citrus Suite software company, with research, funded by The Stroke Association and MedCity, led by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). Through an individualised programme...


CBI finds UK Manufacturing activity remains firm despite costs rising sharply

UK manufacturing output volumes in the ¼ to January grew at a slower pace than in December, though growth remained firm compared with the long run average, while costs grew at the quickest pace for decades, according to the latest quarterly CBI Industrial Trends Survey. The survey of 236 companies found that output volumes increased in 10 out of 17 sub sectors, with growth mostly driven by the food, drink and tobacco sub sector. Manufacturers...


Times running out to claim Liverpool City Region Additional Restrictions Grant 3 - Covid19 Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grants

THE UK Government, in England, has provided Sefton Council (and other neighbouring Local Authorities in the Liverpool City Region) with further Additional Restrictions Grant payments (ARG3). This fund is to support businesses severely impacted by the rise of the Omicron variant and which are not eligible for the Omicron...


Travelodge launches its 2022 nationwide recruitment drive with 10 positions to fill in Liverpool

THE UK's 1st budget hotel chain, Travelodge, have launched its 2022 recruitment drive, and is looking to fill 600 positions across its 582 UK hotels including 10 positions in its 8 properties in Liverpool. Travelodge is 1 of the UK's largest and most iconic hotel chains and is still continuing to grow at pace. The group operates hotels across the UK and has 11 hotels in Ireland and 5 in Spain. The company...


The New Year brings new positivity to Wayfarers

A new year with a change of managing agents for Wayfarers Arcade, in Southport. Commercial Property Partners has been appointed by the Landlord, Panther Securities PLC to manage the running of the iconic arcade, taking over from CBRE. This is a positive development for Wayfarers which has been at the Centre of Southport shopping for 123 years. CP Partners are committed to bringing an all-round fresh and positive approach as to how the Centre is managed. Associate...


Care England Staff Changes

CARE England has announced that Ann Mackay and Louisa Collyer Hamlin will be leaving Care England this year. Louisa will be leaving in the middle of February and Ann in the middle of March. Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England, says:- "Ann and Louisa will leave a very strong legacy for Care England and an enormous gap in our team. However, I want to reassure everyone that Ann and Louisa have developed a very strong and brilliant policy team, and though they are a tremendous loss, I have confidence that..."


Have your say and help transform the health of City residents

A group of people exercising Description automatically generated with medium confidence A brand new City wide consultation has launched with the aim of creating a thriving leisure offer that all Liverpool residents can benefit from. Residents are being asked to fill in a short online survey which will give the City Council an insight into how people in the City currently stay active, what sports and activities they want in their community and what service improvements...



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