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Who’s In Court: Woman hit with £860 fine for dumping waste

A 23-year-old woman has been fined a total of £860.55 for dumping a wooden crate full of waste in Bootle.

Hannah Williams, of Lathom Road, Bootle was found guilty in her absence at South Sefton Magistrates Court on March 13 of leaving the household waste in Claremont Close, Bootle in August last year.

Magistrates fined Williams £500 with £310.55 in costs and a £50 victim surcharge.

In separate hearings on March 13 at South Sefton Magistrates Court, three dog owners were fined for failing to get their pets micro-chipped.

Stephanie Lewin, 28, of Lytham Road, Southport was found guilty in her absence and fined a total of £222.

Paul Carney, 29, of Galsworthy Walk, Bootle was also fined £222 in his absence.

Claire Garner, of Worcester Road, Bootle appeared before Magistrates and was fined a total of £100.

Littering cases were also heard on March 13, with four people being fined over £900 for not keeping Sefton clean, green and beautiful.

Chris Graham, 60, of Hayes Lane, Altrincham was found guilty in absence and fined a total of £322.

Lauren Gill, 31, of Mount Pleasant, Waterloo entered a guilty plea by post and was fined £260.

John Perry Forsyth, 58, of Merrilocks Road, Blundellsands was found guilty in absence and fined a total of £322.

A spokesman for Sefton Council said: “We welcome the outcome of these cases.

“People need to think twice before committing an offence, whatever it may be, and court cases like these highlight what can happen if you are caught.”

Council backs action to tackle fly-tipping and waste crime

Sefton Council is backing new proposals to tackle household fly-tipping and waste crime in a bid to keep the borough clean, green and beautiful.

The Council has responded to the Government’s consultation on suggested measures to reduce poor performance at waste sites and introducing a fixed penalty to discourage household waste being fly-tipped.

The new proposals include providing local authorities with the option of fining householders of up to £400 who fail to take ‘reasonable measures’ to ensure their waste is not being illegally dumped.

The Council agrees with this approach but says that more needs to be done around educating householders.

Councillor Paulette Lappin, Cabinet Member for Regulation and Compliance, said:

“In Sefton we want people to feel pride in their environment. Waste crime and fly-tipping really spoils our green environment and while we welcome the Government’s proposals to tackle the problem of unlicensed waste carriers and illegal fly tipping, we believe that householders need better education on the regulations surrounding waste.

“In our experience, when officers are investigating fly tipping incidents that relate to householders, they are often completely unaware that they are still responsible for their waste, even if they’ve paid someone to remove it. They don’t realise that they could be punished if their waste is not disposed of properly.

“A fine would be a deterrent but should really be a last resort, what we need to concentrate on is ensuring all householders know that they have a legal duty of care to ensure that waste is only given to people who are registered waste carriers.

“There needs to be a national campaign to raise awareness of this issue and appropriate funding made available to help local authorities highlight these important messages so that our communities are not blighted by waste crime.”

Meet The Buyer is a resounding success

More than 50 delegates from businesses across Sefton attended a ‘Meet the Buyer’ event organised by InvestSefton’s Business Growth Programme team.

The aim of the event was to give companies across the borough, particularly smaller contractors and suppliers, the chance to learn about a prestigious new mental health facility being built on the site of the old Southport Infirmary. The new facility will have 44 en-suite bedrooms, treatment rooms, a café and gardens.

Buyers and commissioners were in attendance from Merseycare NHS Foundation Trust and Farrans Heron Joint Venture (FHJV), who have been commissioned to build the centre later this year.

A broad range of businesses were present, with more than 30 types of products and services on offer, including building trades, electrical wholesale, locksmiths and a Southport-based low energy lighting manufacturer.

During the first half of the event businesses learned about the work packages to be let, FHJV’s supplier registration processes, and opportunities including collaborative bidding. There was also information on free support available from the Business Growth Programme and Sefton@Work.

The second part of the event comprised an ‘Ask the Buyer’ Q&A session, followed by meetings with the buyers. The event was rounded off with a business-to-business networking session, with collaborations forged on the day.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said

“We are delighted to be working with FJHV on this new important development and have already seen some local businesses firming up meetings with the contractor to potentially win new contracts.

“The event, organised by InvestSefton, gave smaller local businesses the chance to meet up and try and secure new work within the borough benefiting everyone involved.

“This is another example of how Sefton Council act as enablers and facilitators for businesses in our borough and it aligns with our 2030 vision of helping to build resilient communities and businesses.

“Feedback from the day was excellent with 88% of respondents saying they were interested in collaborative working and collaborative bidding with other Sefton companies in the future.”

Iron Men are waiting to welcome you to Another Place

As part of English Tourism Week 2018, Sefton Council is celebrating some of the very best attractions, sights and tourism hotspots which bring thousands of people to our beautiful borough each year.

One of the major attractions along Sefton’s beautiful 22 miles of coastline and the internationally renowned Antony Gormley’s ‘Another Place’ in Crosby.

At least some of us are enjoying the windy weather! #MySefton #Gormley #IronMen #Statue #AnotherPlace

100 spectacular cast-iron, life-size figures by Anthony Gormley spread across three miles of the foreshore and stretch almost one kilometre out to sea.

The Another Place figures are made from casts of the artist’s own body standing on the beach, all of them looking out to sea, staring at the horizon in silent expectation.

Having previously been seen in Cuxhaven in Germany, Stavanger in Norway and De Panne in Belgium, ‘Another Place’ is now a permanent feature along Crosby beach for a number of years.

The foreshore is easy to reach by public transport via three railway stations served by Merseyrail – Waterloo, Blundellsands and Crosby or Hall Road – and a range of bus services. Ring the Merseytravel Traveline for more information on 0871 200 22 33.

Taking place in spring each year, English Tourism Week campaigns to raise the profile of the industry and celebrate the value and quality of tourism in England.


Year of the Volunteer: Food banks & Anti-poverty

March is the Year of the Volunteer’s Anti-Poverty and Food Banks month.

Each month the Year of the Volunteer campaign focuses on a special theme, with March being dedicated to those who give up their time to help those who find themselves in difficult circumstances.

We’ve been catching up with a number of volunteer organisations and individuals, including South Sefton Foodbank and Lakeside Foodbank, Southport, who regularly spend hundreds of hours each month to help families and those in need of emergency food supplies.

Volunteers make a real difference in Sefton. They touch people’s lives in so many different ways, providing comfort and support, fostering community development, and actively helping to keep Sefton clean, green and beautiful

Check out our feature video from South Sefton foodbank below. You can volunteer with them here


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