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Formby Show 2022

FOLLOWING a 2 year break due to the nations Covid19 restrictions, the 3 day Formby Festival returned to Duke Street Park, Formby was held over 15 July to 17 July 2023. With record breaking temperatures, this outdoor event offered live music concerts, fair ground rides, refreshments, kids cooking, bake off competition, family games, petting zoo, magic shows, BMX bike displays, a firework display and more. This years event drew a record breaking crowd to the park, with the vast majority of..


Southport Air Show 2022 - Part 2

THE 2022 Southport Air show was held over 9 July and 10 July 2022. This event was a massive draw for visitors to Southport, helping boost the local economy, that has been slow to recover from the effects of Covid19 restrictions. This is our 2nd and last full report on the show, that had seen a brilliant line up of aerial aerobatics, performed in a wide range of aeroplanes...

Letters to the Editor:- "Bad parking"

"I'M aware that people like to visit the coast and I have no objections to that, but I do object to the dangerous parking that has become the norm, in Sefton. I was shocked again, in Formby, to see so many cars parked dangerously, some of them with Taxi plates from as far as Wolverhamption and..."

Liverpool to get moving with new ebike scheme

CYCLING in Liverpool is set for an e-revolution after a new bike hire scheme got the green light. Liverpool City Council's Cabinet has approved a scheme to replace its own Citybikes, and appoint private operator Voi to provide ebikes. The move is part of a decision by the Department of Transport to allow Voi to...

Hospice unveils Strictly St. Joseph's 2022 line up

ST Joseph's Hospice has unveiled the 10 dancers who have signed up to take part in its Strictly St Joseph's fundraising event in September. All 10 participants will hit the training room over the summer before they perform live at the Crowne Plaza in Liverpool on 24...


Southport based FPC short listed in parliament hosted awards following MP nomination

SOUTHPORT based Chartered Financial Planning firm, FPC, has been shortlisted for a national business award following a nomination from Southport MP, Damien Moore. The National Responsible Business Champions Scheme...

Made Smarter survey reveals need for Liverpool City Region manufacturers to digitalise to survive, recover and grow

THE case for digitalisation has never been stronger' says Donna Edwards, Director of Made Smarter adoption programme in the North West  Manufacturers in Liverpool City Region are being urged to accelerate technology adoption to adjust to the...

Andy Pickard, Manager for the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation, which delivers the Eco-I NW programme.

30 Liverpool companies help R&D programme cut 3,850 tonnes of CO2

A programme funding and enabling 30 companies in the Liverpool City Region to collaborate with universities to tackle climate change is on target to cut 3,850 tonnes of CO2 emissions. Eco-I North West, a large scale research and development initiative...

Bill Esterson MP joins calls for a cut in single use plastic

BILL Esterson MP has joined calls for the UK to cut the production of single use plastic by 50%, by 2025, and eliminate it entirely in the next 15 years, after a survey suggested that households in the UK throw away 1.85 billion pieces of plastic packaging each week. Mr Esterson said the...


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Bill Esterson MP raises "serious concerns" over Melling planning application

BILL Esterson MP has appealed to Sefton Council to consider the "serious concerns" that residents have regarding plans to build almost 150 new homes on former farmland. Mr Esterson, MP for Sefton Central, said he has received several representations from residents in Melling regarding the bid to build 147 homes at Wadacre Farm on Chapel...

Southport hotel to host 5 course Italian tasting menu by Masterchef finalist

DO you love Italian food? People can enjoy a special 5 course Italian tasting menu, courtesy of Masterchef finalist Jay Tinker, at the Anelli Hotel and Amici Bar, in Southport, on Friday, 29 July 2022. Diners can tuck into:- Minestrone...

Drug and alcohol offenders to be:- 'locked up' by North West Court under Gov's new plan unless they overcome addiction

THE Government has launched what they deem to be:- "ground breaking new Courts" in the North West and North East to direct drug and alcohol abusers to tackle their...

Bill Esterson MP joins calls for action to tackle arthritis waiting lists

BILL Esterson MP is calling for more to be done to help people suffering with osteoarthritis and waiting for joint replacement surgery. Mr Esterson, the MP for Sefton Central, said waiting lists had increased significantly since the Covid Pandemic. Mr Esterson has written to the NHS Cheshire and Merseyside Integrated Care Board to ask...


Grow your own Christmas dinner with Dobbies Free sustainable Grow How session in Southport

LOOKING to enjoy a sustainably homegrown Christmas feast this year? Dobbies, the UK's leading garden centre, hosts a free Grow How session in its Southport store to show customers how to prepare a delicious dinner with all the...

Liverpool finds a different 'route' to clean air

LIVERPOOL City Council's Cabinet have green lit plans to improve air quality across the city by committing to quicker and more impactful alternatives to a charging zone. As part of Liverpool's Clean Air Plan, the Council has now moved away from a charging model, which would have seen drivers of non...

Elderly dog who lived on the streets for 8 years needs comfy sofa to snooze on

A 12 year old 'gentle soul' has found himself separated from his owner having lived alongside him on the streets for 8 years. Staffordshire Bull Terrier Cross, Buddy, arrived at Dogs Trust Merseyside after his owner had finally found accommodation, but sadly he couldn't take Buddy with him...

EQTEC secure resolution to grant planning consent at Southport Project

EQTEC plc a world leading technology innovation company enabling the Net Zero Future through advanced solutions for hydrogen, biofuels, SNG and other energy production, is pleased to announce that it has secured a resolution to grant revised planning consent for a Phase 1 waste recycling and anaerobic digestion facility at its...


Damien Moore MP pledges to work with the Harper Lee Foundation to raise awareness of Button Battery dangers

SOUTHPORT MP Damien Moore recently met with representatives of the Harper Lee Foundation, led by Stacey Nicklin, which is campaigning to raise awareness of the dangers to children of small button batteries. Last year...

Worryingly Instagram, TikTok and YouTube teenagers' top 3 news sources

TEENAGERS in the UK are turning away from traditional news channels and are instead looking to Instagram, TikTok and YouTube to keep up to date, Ofcom has found.  Ofcom's News Consumption in the UK 2021/22 report shows that, for the 1st time, Instagram is the most popular news source among teenagers; used by 29% in 2022. TikTok and YouTube follow closely behind, used by 28% of youngsters to follow news.  BBC 1 and BBC 2; historically the most popular news sources among teens; have been...

Transport Secretary more than trebles investment for rail in the North to over £

PASSENGERS in the North are set for a major boost as Transport Secretary Grant Shapps more than trebles the investment for TransPennine Route Upgrades (TRU), slashing journey times, setting the foundations for Northern PowerHouse Rail and reducing carbon emissions by up to 87,000 tons per year.  The increase in funding, from £2.9bn to more than £9bn, is set to strengthen TRU and Northern PowerHouse Rail transforming an already ambitious project to a:- 'gold standard' and delivering on...

Letter to the Editor:- "Thomas Black, Head of Major Giving and Partnerships at Mary's Meals"

"DEAR Editor, As we approach the International Day of Friendship, on 30 July 2022, Mary's Meals is celebrating heart warming stories of hope and camaraderie from around the world. Mary's Meals is a charity that serves nutritious School meals in 20 of the world's poorest countries. The promise of a good meal attracts hungry children into the classroom where, instead of working or looking for food, they can gain an education. As your readers will know, the classroom is also where..."


Our biggest resource

CARE England, the largest and most diverse representative body for independent providers of adult social care, has called for adult social care staff to be placed on an equal footing with NHS staff. Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England, says:- "The adult social care workforce is our biggest resource. The lack of Government action has..."

Europe tour for Southport parl's 1st team

UNIVERSAL Rides' Senior Leadership Team has just returned from a week touring Europe's standout theme parks as Southport's park ramps up international scale development plans. The park's CEO Norman Wallis, a regular visitor to international attractions, said the trip had confirmed the park's strategy...

When School's out in Sefton its time to turn to text

YOUNG people in Sefton have been reminded to reach out to their School Nurse and use the text messaging service from Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust if they need help, advice or support this summer. Any Sefton residents aged:- 11 to 19; even if they have left School; can message their School Nurse for confidential...

525% increase in NHS website visits for heat exhaustion advice

FIGURES released by NHS Digital show that there were 185,184 visits to the health advice page on heat exhaustion and heatstroke between:- 9 July to 15 July 2022, compared to 29,608 in between:- 2 July to 8 July 2022). Also just release where the official tempatures for the heatwave.  There was also...


Sefton expands Care at the Chemist service

SEFTON'S 'Care at the Chemist' scheme has a new extended service, providing treatment for urinary tract infections (UTIs), better known as water infections, directly from local Pharmacies without the need to be seen by a GP. Women between the ages of 16 and 65 years who have symptoms of a common UTI, who are not pregnant or breastfeeding, can now...

1.6 million UK workers have never felt appreciated at work, new study finds

1.6 million UK workers feel that they have never been shown appreciation at work, according to a new study. Surveying 2,000 UK adults, online printing specialists instantprint, looked to uncover the most common love languages, and how these translate into our professional lives. The theory of...

New law in place to allow businesses to hire agency workers to plug staffing gaps caused by strike action

A  new law coming into force, that is set to change now businesses can provide skilled agency workers to fill vital staffing gaps caused by industrial strike action. With industrial action across a range of sectors threatening to disrupt crucial public services, the Government has worked...

Mayor Steve Rotheram unveils £4.1m:- 'tech accelerator' to grow businesses and create high quality jobs

MAYOR Steve Rotheram has unveiled a £4.1m plan to speed up the growth of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in Liverpool City Region's tech industries. The 'tech accelerator' is designed to create new high-quality jobs by providing intensive support, mentoring and investment...


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