Sefton Council local elections 2019: what each party is offering

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The NHS in Sefton is changing and it needs your help

NhssurveySefton residents are being asked for their views about how local services could be improved. They will also be asked to share their ideas on how people can live healthier lives and what improvements they think could be made to help people access services quickly.

With growing pressure on the NHS – people living longer, more people living with long-term conditions, and lifestyle choices affecting people’s health – changes are needed to make sure everybody gets the support they need.

Share your views via the ‘what would you do?’ online surveys here and help make care better.

Read more about why you should take part here.


Sefton Festival of Golf May 4-12

Golf BallSefton Council is hosting a fabulous festival of golf to coincide with the British Masters tournament at Hillside Golf Club.

As the borough prepares to welcome thousands of golf fans for the British Masters tournament, a week of golfing activities is taking place at Southport Golf Links and Bootle Golf Course from May 4-12.

The festival is to appeal to both beginners and existing golfers, of all ages and ability and is supported by the European Tour and former Southport Golf Links junior member, Tommy Fleetwood......


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Major political parties in Sefton have announced their manifesto plans ahead of the May 2 local elections.

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Parties say what they'd do if in power

Residents will elect just over a third of the local authority’s 66 councillors.

But what are the parties offering in return for your vote?

Here’s what each had to say:

(Source: Liverpool Echo)

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Pilot Dies In Birkdale Sand Dunes Air Crash

Paramotor AircrashA man was killed on Thursday night after the paramotor he was flying crashed close to Royal Birkdale Golf Club.

Emergency services rushed to the scene on Southport's Coast Road before the surrounding road was closed by police.

Paramedics and fire crews were tasked to deal with the incident while police forensic officers were seen in the area the day after.......

(Source: Liverpool Echo)

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How to access medical care this Easter

Pharmacy 2With Easter fast approaching, Sefton health professionals are reminding people to ensure they use the right NHS service for them, should they or their family members become unwell over the long weekend and also during the first May bank holiday. 

GP practices will be closed from Good Friday (19 April) to Easter Monday (22 April) and the early May bank holiday (6 May) but there are several other ways for Sefton residents to access medical help during this time if they need it.   

Susanne Lynch, head of medicines management at NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG said:

“Pharmacists are a great resource. We recommend taking advantage of all the services available at your local pharmacy for any minor health-related concerns and if you need a GP appointment to think about using the extended access service. .........

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The English bluebell, wild hyacinth, wood bell, bell bottle and so many more names...

“A fine and subtle spirit dwells
In every little flower,
Each one its own sweet feeling breathes
With more or less of power. “

(Opening lines of a poem by Anne Bronte celebrating ‘The Bluebell’)

Bluebells 2I can still recall a childhood memory of walking through a vast, seemingly, everlasting bluebell wood. It was sunny and my parents had decided on a ‘Mystery Trip’ one Sunday afternoon. I’m sorry to say we picked armfuls of the flowers to fill vases on getting home. Nowadays, and rightly so, you can look, but not touch or pick.

What started this line of thinking was a small valiant patch of bluebells  I spotted thrusting outwards from beneath an adjacent garden fence while walking the footpath from Green lane towards Paradise Lane. It displayed obstinate vigour in seeking its place in the sun.

I wonder will it still be growing there next year…..

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Polling Station 2Formby and Little Altcar Parish Council Elections 2019

Eagle-eyed voters will notice the significance of this year's local elections for Parish Councillors.

Formby Parish Council and Little Altcar Parish Council will eventually become a ‘Grouped Council’

The following extract from the Little Altcar PC website explains it clearly  [Note: Formby Parish Council website and their Facebook have been inactive for months]

Following the last parish council meeting the Clerk has been exploring alternative options for the amalgamation of the 2 parishes and a Grouping Order would appear to provide a way forward without the necessity of obtaining over 2000 signatures"

The extract continues with the following:

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L37 FEST Tickets on Sale

The hugely anticipated ‘L37 Fest’ is coming to Orrell Hill Woods (just off the Formby Bypass) this July from Friday 12th to Sunday 14th and tickets go on sale tomorrow night (Tuesday 9th April) at 7 PM via

The festival has been the talk of the town since its approval by Sefton Council last week and organisers can’t contain their excitement for what they have in store.....

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Bike and Go with friendsBike and Go with Friends Offer

Groups of friends looking for an alternative way to see the local sights are being invited to enjoy a half-price day out, courtesy of Bike & Go.

The bike hire scheme, which offers bike hire facilities from 22 participating train stations across the Merseyrail network, is running a special deal for groups of people who want to experience a different kind of sight-seeing trip this spring, with half-price subscription and a ‘rent two, get two free’ offer.

The offer means that those signing up before April 30th, 2019, will pay just £5, rather than the usual £10 subscription fee. In addition, for the duration of the offer period, they will be able to rent out four bikes for the price of two – a saving of £7.60 for each 24-hour period for which the bikes are hired.....

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