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Council appeals for young people to support coronavirus time capsule

Sefton Counci's culture staff are looking for young people's thoughts, photographs and artwork on how the coronavirus lockdown has felt to them for a time capsule they are hoping to store in their historical records.

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The council is distributing kits allowing young people to store their time capsule materials, and they are setting a deadline of 30 June, when the best entries will be placed in the authority' records.

Councillor Trish Hardy said:

These really are unprecedented times and creating a time capsule to mark it is a great idea.

These kits are an ideal way of helping our young people record their experiences to share with their families and their own children one day

Council collects huge amount of green waste 'due to lockdown gardening'

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About 685 tonnes of garden waste has been collected in a single day by Sefton Council, one of the heaviest loads the authority has dealt with since green bin collections began in 2005.

A bin collector at work

The council said it was believed the amount was so high because of the coronavirus lockdown, which has seen those with a garden turn their attentions to it while staying at home.

Councillor John Fairclough, cabinet member for local services, said:

We recognise that those of us lucky enough to have a garden are spending more time in them and will likely have more green waste as a result.

Our thanks must go to the fantastic and incredibly hard working refuse and recycling collection crews who are working so hard to make sure your refuse is collected efficiently.

Council issue lake warning after sewer failure

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People have been warned to not enter a Sefton lake "under any circumstances" after a sewer failure left it contaminated with sewage water.

Crosby Marine Lake
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Sefton Council said a main burst on Friday, causing flooding around Crosby Marina and Crosby Lakeside, adding that the sewer failure had affected Crosby Marine Lake.

In a statement on Facebook, the authority warned people to stay out of the water, adding that pet owners should also stop their dogs from going into the lake.

The council did not state when the problem would be fixed or when the water might be safe again.

Council urges people to stay away from beaches

More than 700 people visited Sefton's coastline between Saturday and Monday where a large beach fire, which was "understood to be man-made", had to be tackled by firefighters, the council has said.

A dune fire near Southport
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Fire crews were called to Ainsdale beach shortly after 18:30 on Monday to the blaze, which scorched through 400 sq m of grass and gorse.

Sefton Council said the fire was believed to have been started by a visitor, adding that hundreds had visited the area in the 72 hours before.

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The council’s cabinet member for health and wellbeing, Ian Moncur, said the authority's "message is clear and there is no excuse for anyone ignoring the severity of this situation".

He added:

We actively encourage responsible and measured exercise time but to see such high numbers of people gathering in close quarters is highly concerning.

Our coast is not going anywhere. It will remain in place ready to welcome you when it is safe to do so but now is not that time.

Sefton's nature reserves, parks and coastline 'open for people to enjoy'

Sefton’s beautiful coastline, nature reserves and heritage parks are "still there to be enjoyed" during the coronovirus outbreak, the local council's cabinet member for health and wellbeing has said.

Another Place figure on Crosby Beach
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Pointing people in the direction of the area's 20 miles of coastline, Ian Moncur said the ability to enjoy Sefton’s natural assets has "become more important than ever, as people seek exercise and recreational activities during this time".

He added:

As long as social distancing is practiced and people respect the current guidelines on limiting the spread of the coronavirus, then our nature reserves, parks and coastline all remain open for people to enjoy.

We are so fortunate in Sefton to have such beautiful natural assets on our doorstep and there are plenty of wonderful things to look out for at the minute as the natural world wakes up after winter.

A council spokesman said staffing at some locations "may be reduced" and visitors "are politely asked to take any litter home with them, particularly in more remote locations".