SAFE and the Green Dream Project need your vote!

The Green Dream Solar Scheme have been shortlisted for the M&S Energy + renewable energy campaign and Voting is now open.

They aim to transform neighbourhoods by bringing an empty pub- back to life, creating a canal side community eatery/hotel/business hub.

This “community” hub will act as a venue for creative & cultural activity, promoting healthier communities, a place to live, work, create!

The Solar panels will enable them to reduce emissions which will help the environment and conserve energy. It will also help reduce energy bills, with the money saved invested into local community projects.

To vote for our Green Dream Solar Scheme. Click the link and then click on the orange tab saying Vote for project to win.

£15 million Northern Cultural Regeneration Fund – Closing 30th November 2017 (11 LEP Regions of the North of England)

Towns and cities across Northern England are able to bid for a share of a new fund that aims to boost the region’s technology, creative and cultural industries.

The UK Government’s Northern Cultural Regeneration Fund aims to help build a lasting regional legacy from the Great Exhibition of the North planned for Summer 2018. Grants of up to £4 million in each of three financial years (2018-19, 2019-20 and 2020-21) will be available to eligible Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) in the 11 Northern Regions of England i.e:

  • Cheshire and Warrington
  • Cumbria
  • Greater Manchester
  • Humber
  • Lancashire
  • Leeds City Region
  • Liverpool City Region
  • North East
  • Sheffield City Region
  • Tees Valley
  • York
  • North Yorkshire
  • East Riding.

The funding will support capital expenditure on major culture and tech projects like, for example, opening a new tech start-up centre or renovating live music venues. LEPs are each invited to submit one bid for up to £4million to the Fund. Applications should be for a single capital project that fits within the overall priorities for the Fund and evidences the need for the project and the rationale for intervention in the local area. All projects supported will be expected to increase opportunities for people to experience, benefit from and contribute to culture and creativity.

The deadline for LEP bids is 30th November 2017.

Southport art students help to transform Kings Gardens grot spot with vibrant colour

Art and Design students from Southport College have been busy transforming a run down walkway in King’s Gardens, Southport, into a masterpiece!

Chloe Cassim, Saskia Woollam-Rees, Issy Fisher and Amy McGarry spent two days working on the mural in Southport’s popular seafront gardens, a project arrang?ed with Sefton Council as part of the ongoing restoration of King’s Gardens.

Kelly Broughton, Curriculum Leader for Art and Design, said, “We were asked to paint the mural in an area that is known for being tagged with graffiti.

“We spent two days painting the mural and the feedback from the public has been extremely positive.

“Many stopped to talk to us and commented on how happy they were that something was being done with the area. A lot of the public popped back on the second day to see the progress and complemented the girls on their good work.”

As part of this ongoing community project, Southport College Art and Design students have also been showcasing their work in art boxes around the gardens, which were originally opened by King George V more than a century ago.

Sefton Council buys Bootle Strand Shopping Centre

Sefton Council has purchased the Strand in a deal which sees the shopping centre return to local ownership for the first time in many years.

Not only will the purchase contribute significantly to the delivery of the Council’s ambitious regeneration plans for Bootle Town Centre, it also provides much needed new revenue streams for us to support local services.

With services under pressure due to cuts to council budgets at a national level, Sefton Council has been looking for new ways to generate income to limit the impact of cuts. The purchase of the Strand is a step to ensure we can continue to deliver the services our residents need in the future.

The purchase has been fully funded through a loan and comes at no expense to the taxpayers and residents of Sefton. The income generated by the centre will more than cover the loan repayment costs and the centre’s running costs. Meaning enough money left over to contribute to much needed local services and new regeneration projects.

A move to secure jobs and regenerate the area

The Strand is a major provider of jobs in the area and an important place for local residents to meet and shop. Taking control of the centre allows us to secure its future, protect jobs and use the centre to spearhead the redevelopment of the surrounding area.

We look forward to working with local communities to make sure that the Strand continues to perform a valuable role within the town centre and for the people of Bootle.

An ambitious new direction for the Council

The purchase of the Strand marks a new era for the Council, one in which we will take greater control over the ways we generate the income we need to support local jobs and services for the people of Sefton.

Other councils in the North West have taken ownership of key assets in their boroughs to great success. We are adopting this tried and tested model to help unlock future development opportunities and assist us in attracting additional private sector investment.

This purchase is a concrete example of how the Council is finding new ways to deliver economic growth and regeneration, generate new income streams and continue to support local communities.

Exciting times ahead for Sefton

The purchase of the Strand will provide the town with the boost it needs to progress regeneration plans for Bootle and make a significant contribution to the outcomes of the Sefton 2030 Vision.

We will be spending the next few months putting together plans for the future development of the centre, and how it can better serve the people of Bootle and visitors from the surrounding areas.

Southport College students take over community art boxes at Kings Gardens

Art and Design students at Southport College have been chosen to exhibit their artwork in Kings Gardens as part of an ongoing community project.

The students’ creative designs are being showcased in art boxes around the seafront gardens, which were originally opened by King George V more than a century ago.

Artwork currently on display includes designs by Level 3 Extended Diploma and Level 4 Foundation Diploma students and will be changed every few weeks.

Curriculum Leader of Art and Design, Kelly Broughton, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for our students to get their work seen by the public.

“We are always keen to produce work that has an impact within our local environment and enhances the area for the local community.

“The Art Boxes were installed as part of the ongoing regeneration of Kings Gardens, a project which commenced in 2012 after the park was awarded more than £4 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the Big Lottery Fund (BIG) through their Parks for People programme.”

A group of students from Southport College will also be painting a mural in Kings Gardens during April.