Lord Street Sainsbury’s will be axed when Kew megastore opens

December 8th, 2016 in News

Lord Street Sainsbury’s will be axed when Kew megastore opens After years of uncertainty, campaigners who wanted to block the plan were left disappointed after it was decided to approve the plan which will see the supermarket and petrol station take over the current Homebase site. The Secretary of State confirmed that the appeal by… Read more »


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Development framework fails to tackle key problems with retail sector and parking

December 8th, 2016 in News

  Development framework fails to tackle key problems with retail sector and parking Cllr David Barton, a leading campaigner for the restoration and regeneration of Southport, said the new development framework failed to deal with key issues which were prevented the town from flourishing. He said that these included providing a boost for the retail… Read more »


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O Come, All Ye Faithful to the King’s Gardens Christmas Special

December 8th, 2016 in News

O Come, All Ye Faithful to the King’s Gardens Christmas Special It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at King’s Gardens, Southport with new art and an outdoor screening of a classic yuletide movie sprinkling some festive cheer over the week ahead. Taking place on Saturday, December 17, the gardens will be transformed into a… Read more »


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Body Cameras for Southport Door Staff

December 8th, 2016 in News

Body Cameras for Southport Door Staff Bars and clubs in Southport town centre are being offered the use of the latest Body-Worn cameras as part of the latest initiative by Southport Business Improvement District (BID) to help deter alcohol related disorder and anti-social behaviour. The BID has joined forces with the police and Sefton Council… Read more »


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The new revamped Rueters opens tonight

December 8th, 2016 in News

Photo: Sinclair and wife Laura Rueters on Hoghton Street is back on the map  Rueters owner’s Sinclair and wife Laura have spoken token OTSNew.co.uk ahead of re-opening this evening, Thursday 8 December 2016. Sinclair said: “This is the first time we are doing it on our own. We were previosly managers at The Bold in Churchtown” “The… Read more »


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Another Coastal Road Crash in Ainsdale

December 8th, 2016 in News

Another Coastal Road Crash in Ainsdale A collision between two cars occurred this morning near to Pontins, Thursday 8 December 2016. The accident occurred between an Isuzu and a Ford during heavy commuter traffic this morning. Ambulance crews were called to the scene but it is not yet known the degree of any injuries suffered… Read more »


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The WWG Blog, From the beginning……

December 8th, 2016 in News

Photo: Damian Judge The WWG Blog – 7th December 2016 From the beginning… Welcome to Blog No 1 of the Will Writing Guild on our brand new website. We hope you find it enlightening and enjoyable. Our director Stephen Judge started in the Will Writing business in 1988 by travelling around the North West encouraging people… Read more »


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Government gives Southport Sainsburys Superstore ‘the go-ahead’

December 8th, 2016 in News

Government gives Southport Sainsburys Superstore ‘the go-ahead’ The Government has approved Southport’s controversial Meols Cop retail park Sainsbury’s superstore application. Town Centre Lib Dem Councillor Tony Dawson, who appeared at the Public Inquiry in opposition to the planned development, says: “Last night at the Southport Area Committee, residents and councillors discussed the fact that Sefton… Read more »


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“Awesome” R.E.M tribute band heads for Southport’s Fox and goose

December 8th, 2016 in News, Whats On

“Awesome” R.E.M heads for Southport’s Fox and goose Celebrate the best of R.E.M. as tribute band heads for the Fox and goose, Southport. Legendary R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe has called the band “awesome” R.E.M. disbanded in 2011 but Stipe continue to step up to honour the songs and style of R.E.M having been named after… Read more »


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A Southport law firm partners with University in landmark innovation project

December 8th, 2016 in News

A Southport law firm partners with University in landmark innovation project Fletchers Solicitors, the UK’s leading medical negligence and serious injury law firm, has partnered with the University of Liverpool as part of a landmark project to develop future tech innovations for the legal sector.  As part of the project, Fletchers Solicitors is recruiting two… Read more »


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Readers capture stunning pink sky above Southport

December 8th, 2016 in News

Photo: By Matthew Rycraft Readers capture stunning pink sky above Southport Did you see colourful lights in the sky above Southport last night? Matthew Rycraft captured this purple sky from kew, looking out towards Ormskirk. The phenomenon appears to be an aurora, sometimes referred to as the northern lights. It is a natural light display in the sky,… Read more »


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Forces Support Superstore opens today

December 8th, 2016 in News

Photo: Forces Support Superstore, King Street, Southport Forces Support Superstore opens today Forces Support Superstore opens today (Thursday 8 December) after relocating from Kew estate. Why not pop and pick up a FANTASTIC bargain or donate unwanted Furniture, Clothing, Bric-A-Brac or Electricals. HOUSE CLEARANCES, FREE COLLECTION **WE SELL NEW BEDS** Opens at 10am on Thursday… Read more »


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Christmas in the Archives – Formby Library Talk

December 8th, 2016 in News

Christmas in the Archives – Formby Library Talk The next monthly talk at Formby Library will be on Wednesday, December 14 when Roger Hull, Research Officer at Liverpool Record Office, will discuss “Christmas in the Archives”. Roger will be explaining about the diverse collection of records held there, from workhouses, street directories, church records, maps… Read more »


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HSBC to shut Hesketh Bank Branch

December 8th, 2016 in News

HSBC to shut Hesketh Bank Branch  We wanted to get in contact to make you aware of our decision to close the HSBC branch in Hesketh Bank, as well as the proactive steps we are taking to inform and support our local customers. This week we have written to all our local customers to inform… Read more »


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S&A Ladies donate £1000 to Revitalise Sandpipers

December 7th, 2016 in News

Photo: (Left to right), Brenda Porter, Lady Captain Linda Callaghan and Katrine Schofield S&A Ladies donate £1000 to Revitalise Sandpipers A great morning meeting and receiving a cheque for £1000 from the Southport & Ainsdale Ladies Golf Club for Revitalise Sandpipers. The presentation from, and initiated by, Lady Captain Linda Callaghan to Sandpipers Manager Katrine Schofield and… Read more »


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ASDA Southport Christmas Toy Appeal

December 7th, 2016 in News

ASDA Southport Christmas Toy Appeal This years ASDA Christmas toy appeal are working with the Mayor of Sefton and the Salvation Army toy appeals. Sharon Gregory-Wareing told OTSNews.co.uk “You can donate unwrapped new toys and gifts in the gift trolley by the Christmas tree or you can donate money at the tills in the buckets and… Read more »


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Two more arrested overnight for Drink/Drug Driving

December 7th, 2016 in News

Two more arrested overnight for Drink/Drug Driving Two more arrested overnight for Drink/Drug Driving by Roads Policing Officers #NoneForTheRoad Police launch Christmas crackdown on drink and drug driving THE devastating consequences of drink driving will be highlighted as part of a countywide campaign, which is being launched this week. The festive crackdown, which aims to… Read more »


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Urgent Fernley Plea for Minister or Priest to Bless the Lifeboat and Crew on New Year’s Day

December 7th, 2016 in News

Urgent Fernley Plea for Minister or Priest to Bless the Lifeboat and Crew on New Year’s Day Urgent Godly assistance required – because New Year’s Day falling on a Sunday, The Fernley is currently unable to find the assistance of a Minister, Reverend or Priest to assist with the short ceremony at the 1886 Obelisk… Read more »


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Christ the King have raised an amazing £17,856.35 for Queenscourt hospice

December 7th, 2016 in News

Christ the King have raised an amazing £17,856.35 for Queenscourt hospice Queenscourt hospice would like to say a huge thank you to Christ the King School, Southport, who, over the past two years, have raised an amazing £17,856.35 through a variety of general fundraising activities including raffles, cake sales, concerts and tombola’s. Pictured here are Liam,… Read more »


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Peaky Blinders expands as does the growing popularity of Southport’s ‘Northern Quarter’

December 6th, 2016 in News

Photo: Peaky Blinders owners, Melanie and John Peaky Blinders expands as does the growing popularity of Southport’s ‘Northern Quarter’ Peaky Blinders, which only opened over a year ago, has expanded into the former Hamlet’s sandwich shop, such is its popularity, and the owners Melanie and John have even added ‘high end’ bed and breakfast accommodation…. Read more »


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Merseyrail delays hit Southport passengers

December 6th, 2016 in News

Merseyrail delays hit Southport passengers  Delays to services between Freshfield and Southport Due to a track fault between Freshfield and Southport the Southport line is disrupted. Impact: Train services running to and from these stations may be delayed by up to 10 minutes. Disruption is expected until 21:00 06/12.Customer Advice:Owing to track faults between Southport… Read more »


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URGENT WARNING Mamas & Papas car seats recalled and parents told to stop using them ‘immediately’ over crash fail fears

December 6th, 2016 in News

An urgent safety recall has been issued for three different types of Mamas & Papas car seats. Parents have been told to ‘immediately’ stop using the seats because there is a risk that the plastic could crack and fail in a crash. The alert follows another recall by the same brand earlier this year for… Read more »


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Aintree at Ainsdale’s Arion Christmas meet

December 6th, 2016 in News, Whats On

Aintree at Ainsdale’s Arion Christmas meet Aintree Circuit Club are again delighted to invite you our monthly mid-week informal Classic Car Meet to be hosted at The Arion at Ainsdale, Kenilworth Road, Ainsdale, PR8 3PH. Submit News Contact us with your community, business or sport news. Phone 07581350321 [email protected] Facebook www.facebook.com/Otsnews-Southport-1575528676012039/ Twitter  www.twitter.com/onthespot_news Breaking local news as it happens, searchable… Read more »


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13 arrested for drink and drug driving last weekend

December 6th, 2016 in News

13 arrested for drink and drug driving Eleven drivers were arrested for Drink and Drug Driving Merseyside over the weekend by Roads Policing Officers. Two Persons arrested overnight for Drug Driving by Roads Policing Officers. On Patrol 24hrs a day, Don’t take the risk. Submit News Contact us with your community, business or sport news. Phone 07581350321 [email protected]Read more »


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UPDATE: Oliver Stieber found safe and well last night

December 6th, 2016 in News

Photo: Oliver Stieber (40) UPDATE – Merseyside Police can confirm that Oliver Stieber was found safe and well last night (Tuesday, 6 December) in Southport. Original Police becoming increasingly concerned for the whereabouts of man with links to Southport Merseyside Police is becoming increasingly concerned for the whereabouts of Oliver Stieber. Mr Stieber, 40 years of Walton was… Read more »


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A sneak preview inside Churctown’s Switchback Cafe

December 6th, 2016 in News, Restaurants

A sneak preview inside Churctown’s Switchback Cafe Things are progressing quickly inside Switchback Cafe! Here is a sneak preview of the new serving area/bar and our newly constructed ‘team table’. Owner, Dave Sims said: “We’ve gone for a rustic look with an industrial metal theme… Check out our amazing bar stools!” “We pretty much have… Read more »


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Santa comes to Hillside this Saturday

December 6th, 2016 in News

Santa comes to Hillside this Saturday This coming Saturday (10th December) Hillside will have a very special visitor. Santa Claus is coming to the village. The annex at The Grasshopper Micropub will be Santa’s grotto for the day and boys and girls can visit Santa there between 11am and 1pm. Parents can book children in… Read more »


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Did you lose your deposit when Birkdale’s Carlos & Marco’s Brasserie in Birkdale Village closed down?

December 6th, 2016 in News, Restaurants

Did you lose your deposit when Birkdale’s Carlos & Marco’s Brasserie in Birkdale Village closed down? If the answer is yes then Twelve in Southport will help you! Twelve would like to help the people who have recently lost Christmas deposits due to Carlos & Marco’s closing down, Twelve will help you! Photo: Twelve 12… Read more »


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Southport fundraisers make £35,000 for cancer research

December 6th, 2016 in News

Southport fundraisers make £35,000 for cancer research A team of local fundraisers has raised a record-breaking £35,000 for charity North West Cancer Research – more than doubling last year’s fundraising totals. The Southport-based fundraising committee, has worked tirelessly throughout the year organising an exciting calendar of events. Highlights include an afternoon tea event, fashion show,… Read more »


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Au Revoir ‘Russell and Bromley’ – Bonjour ‘Bistrot Pierre’

December 6th, 2016 in News

 Au Revoir ‘Russell and Bromley’ – Bonjour ‘Bistrot Pierre’  A french-themed restaurant chain is set to open in Southport. OTSNews.co.uk can reveal that ‘Bistrot Pierre’ has struck a deal to take over the former Russell and Bromley building on Lord Street with an official announcement expected in the coming weeks. Originally named Pierre Victoire, the… Read more »


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Queenscourt “Lights of Love” shine bright

December 5th, 2016 in News

Queenscourt’s “Lights of Love” in the hospice trees have officially been switched on. Every light shines to celebrate the life of someone special. We’ve been very touched by the donations and dedications received so far. You can still support the appeal as the lights will continue to sparkle throughout December and January www.queenscourt.org.uk/lights We’d like… Read more »


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Galloway’s receives donation to help build awareness

December 5th, 2016 in News

Galloway’s receives donation to help build awareness Galloway’s Society for the Blind – one of Lancashire’s oldest charities – has refreshed its brand and embarked on a communications campaign to reflect the full range of services the charity provides in local communities. Earlier this year a donor gifted Galloway’s with a sum of money to… Read more »


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Southport councillor negotiates restoration of iconic telephone boxes

December 5th, 2016 in News

Southport councillor negotiates restoration of iconic telephone boxes  Two iconic telephone boxes close to Southport Town Hall are being restored to their former glory after a local councillor won his campaign to have them repaired. Cllr David Barton has announced that work on the dual boxes on Corporation Street, which are among the last of… Read more »


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Churchtown Cricket Club bowled over with the £500 ASDA Foundation sponsorship

December 5th, 2016 in News

Photo 1: Sharon Gregory-Wareing with Greg Pennington Churchtown Cricket Club bowled over with the £500 ASDA Foundation sponsorship Churchtown Cricket Club were bowled over with the £500 ASDA Foundation sponsorship money. Greg Pennington said: “Thank you to ASDA for all their support I was over the moon when the new shirts arrived this week”. Community… Read more »


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Southport has a chance for ‘second say’ over Sefton’s plans for town’

December 5th, 2016 in News

Southport has a chance for ‘second say’ over Sefton’s plans for town’ The people of Southport are to get a second chance to have their say over controversial Sefton Council plans to radically alter the nature of the town. A second ‘open session’ of the Southport Area Committee is to be held Wednesday 4th December… Read more »


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