Royal Birkdale Senior Open Golf Championship

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Sefton welcomes the Senior Open Golf Championship

Presented by Rolex, at Royal Birkdale Golf Course.

More than £7m is expected to boost the local Sefton economy and an estimated crowd of 40,000 is forecast at the famous golf course during the prestigious event which runs from July 25-28.

Visitors to the Championships are being asked to use public transport,

especially Hillside train station, and cars should use the free parking at Birkdale Common by the course. Please allow plenty of travel time to get to the event. A temporary taxi rank will also be in place on Greenbank Drive, opposite the entrance to the course, during the tournament.

Combining accommodation bookings, food and drink, leisure facilities and transport links, millions of pounds will be spent in the local economy in the run up to and during the tournament.

The influx of more than 300 players

expected to take part in the Monday qualifying event (July 22), held at Formby, Hillside and Southport & Ainsdale, and 144 competitors taking part in the 72-hole Championship, will provide a further financial injection

Councillor Ian Maher the Cabinet Member for  Regeneration and Tourism, said:

“The countdown is well and truly on for another fantastic golf tournament being held in Sefton. Golf fans from the region will get the chance to see some legends including the likes of Colin Montgomerie, Fred Couples, Tom Watson, Bernard Langer, Mark O’Meara, Tom Lehman and many more of the game’s all-time greats in the fabulous setting of Royal Birkdale. “The Senior Open Championship is very much a family event and we are expecting thousands of people of all ages to enjoy the tournament and all the excellent facilities Southport and Sefton have to offer. If you haven’t got a ticket now is your chance to do so and support a great sporting showcase right on our doorstep.”

Season tickets can now be purchased for just £80 while one day tickets cost £30. Practice day tickets are also available at £15. Under16s are admitted for free when accompanied by an adult and parking is also free.

Tickets can be bought online via the

 Senior Open Golf website 

or by calling 0800 0232557, with details of hospitality packages also available.

Royal Birkdale, which last hosted The Open Championship in 2008 when Padraig Harrington claimed his second consecutive Claret Jug, will become the 11th different course to host The Senior Open Championship. It will be only the second venue in the north west of England to host the Championship, following Royal Lytham & St Annes (1991-1994).

Merseyside NHS underspend outrage

Steve Rotherham MP with me

Steve Rotherham MP with me

Liverpool Walton MP Steve Rotheram has obtained Department of Health figures, which show that Merseyside PCTs have handed back over £15million to Central Government in underspend.

Steve explained, “It is hard to believe that in the same week that it is revealed people from Liverpool have one of the highest early death expectancy rates from cancer, strokes and heart disease, Jeremy Hunt’s department has pocketed our £15million.

“To some in Whitehall, £15million may not seem like an awful lot of money but in fact, it could pay for 500 new nurses’ posts at a time when we have dangerous low staffing levels in Aintree Hospital

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Full Council

I attended tonight 9th May 18:00 the Full Council Annual General meeting, called to elect the Sefton Mayor and other senior posts for 2013/14.

Mayor of Sefton 2012/13 Cllr Kevin Cluskey

Mayor of Sefton 2012/13
Cllr Kevin Cluskey

The assembled councillors, and notaries stood to welcome Mayor Kevin Cluskey and Mayoress Linda Cluskey to the Southport Town Hall Council Chamber.

LD Councillor Robertson moved the nomination which was seconded by Cllr Lord Fearn.

Mayor Cluskey called for the unanimous approval of the nominee; Cllr Maureen Fearn JP  which was accepted  by the assembled Councillors.

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Mayor Of Sefton 2013/14 Cllr Maureen Fearn JP

After a short adjournment during which Madam Mayor robed and returned in full regalia.

The Leader of Sefton Council Cllr Peter Dowd nominated retiring Mayor Cllr Kevin Cluskey as Deputy Chair of the Council,  seconded by Cllr Ian Maher and accepted unanimously by the assembled Council members.

The meeting was then adjourned until 14th May 18:30 at Bootle Town Hall.

Planning:- Developers to ride rough-shod over communities, the green belt and nature reserves.

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Planning Matters

In two hushed announcements by the DCLG (Department for Communities and Local Government)  the Torylibdems are giving developers rights to ignore communities. Hidden in the bowels of the right wing press and unannounced on television news channels the two devastating moves  have been announced:-

Government report recommends giving developers the “right to slash Nature” by allowing builders to bulldoze some of the country’s most beautiful areas.

Judge gives energy firms the right to build wind farms 350 metres from homes.

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