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Sefton confirms purchase of James Dixon Court

Sefton Council has successfully purchased a residential care home based in the borough.

Following discussions with owners Your Housing Group, Sefton Council has bought James Dixon Court in Netherton with all 24 staff transferring over to service provider Sefton New Directions (SND).

SND will now operate the facility and all staff, residents and their families have been kept updated throughout the process.

Located in Harrops Croft, Netherton, James Dixon Court is a purpose built residential care home that provides accommodation for people aged over 65 and currently provides for 15 residents.

Cllr Paul Cummins, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, said: “Through the transfer into Sefton Council control, we have been able to protect the future of the current residents at James Dixon Court.

“Staff at the home have transferred over to Sefton New Directions and we believe through this process we can ensure James Dixon Court provides quality and fit-for-purpose care now and into the future.

“I would like to thank Your Housing Group and Sefton New Directions for their professionalism during the transfer and look forward to working closely with SND in enhancing this excellent facility right in the heart of our community.

“I would also like to thank staff and residents for their patience while the future of the home remained uncertain. SND will work with staff, residents and families to ensure the home goes from strength to strength.”

John Cogbill, Chief Operating Officer for Your Housing Group, said: “We can confirm that we have agreed to transfer the ownership and management of James Dixon Court to Sefton Council.

“We have been very impressed by the plans that Sefton Council has for the management of James Dixon Court and are sure that the home has a bright future under their stewardship.

“The welfare of the scheme’s residents remains everyone’s top priority and we’d therefore like to reassure the occupants that both parties have been working in partnership to make sure the transition period will be as smooth as possible.”

Sefton New Directions was established 10 years ago as the first local authority social care trading company and remains at the forefront of the care sector in the borough and beyond with a team of more than 350 enthusiastic and caring staff.

Bob McDonald, managing director at Sefton New Directions, added: “We are going from strength to strength as the organisation prepares to accept the residential care home James Dixon Court into our extensive range of social care services which are provided locally.

“We are very much looking forward to James Dixon Court residents and staff joining the portfolio of services that we offer to Sefton residents.

“New Directions staff support clients to get the best out of life, our commitment is to provide personalised care where and when it’s needed. We work closely with commissioners to constantly review, develop and improve our services to ensure that they provide the support and life-enriching opportunities that our clients and their families want and deserve.”

Sefton fund knife wands to make nightlife safer

Knife wands are the latest piece of equipment being funded by Sefton Safer Communities Partnership to ensure the local night time-economy in the borough is as safe as it can be.

Thanks to the funding, Merseyside Police Community Officers and Targeted Police Teams, as well as local bars and clubs in the Sefton area, will be supplied with knife wands to help them identify people carrying dangerous weapons and keep club-goers from harm.

The wands will go towards enhancing safety in the area and cracking down on the number of serious and fatal stabbings that happen on our streets.

Councillor Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said:

“I’m delighted that through the Sefton Safer Communities Partnership we have acquired these extra security measures.

“The purchase of knife wands will help reassure our residents and visitors that Sefton is not only an enjoyable place to experience our vibrant night time economy, but also a safe one too.

“Many of our wonderful bars and nightclubs already have very good security in place but these wands will be of great benefit as both a deterrent and a symbol of reassurance.

“These wands and the wider Op Sceptre national campaign will compliment tactics already in place including weapon sweeps, knife arches, test purchasing and high visibility police patrols.”

Superintendent Matt Boyle said:

“These wands will act as a deterrent to those carrying weapons and a reassurance to the community that we’re doing everything we can to prevent knife related crime in the area.

“Liverpool City Council have already funded a roll out of the wands towards the end of last year following the tragic death of Sam Cook. Reports show these tools have been received really well and are key in keeping our communities safe.”

Merseyside is one of a number of police forces across the UK taking part in a week-long operation (Op Sceptre) aiming to highlight the work regularly being done across the county, and nationally, to combat the issue of knife crime.

As a police force, we’ll continue educating the public on the dangers of carrying knives in the hope this ensures people can safely enjoy being out and about in the Sefton town centre and surrounding areas. I’m proud to be supporting Sefton Safer Communities Partnership as they roll out a further 45 wands and I hope this gets the message across that it isn’t acceptable to carry a knife.”

 

•Anyone that would like to report any forms of knife crime is asked to contact us via our social media desk @MerPolCC or call 101. You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Important investment works start at Netherton Activity Centre

Important investment works are set to start at Netherton Activity Centre to support the local community.

The improvement works have started at Netherton Activity Centre as part of Sefton Council’s commitment to invest in its local communities and support some of the most vulnerable residents in the borough.

The important building works will benefit children, families and regular visitors to the NAC and will make a positive difference to the Council’s new ‘Early Intervention and Prevention’ offer.

Works are expected to take approximately 20 weeks to complete and every effort is being taken to minimise disruption, with the building remaining open throughout.

Parents and carers who use the NAC have been sent letters in advance of the works starting to allow them to prepare for any disruption.

Councillor John Joseph Kelly, Cabinet Member for Children, Schools and Safeguarding, said:

“This work is an important step in making sure that our community base at Netherton Activity Centre is fit for purpose, financially sustainable and it will contribute directly to supporting some of the most vulnerable residents in Sefton.

“As people will appreciate, there will be some noise and unfamiliar workers on site, and we’re working closely with parents and carers to minimise any anxiety or distress for the children and young people who take part in the Aiming High activities or use Jakes Sensory World.

“We’d like to reassure people that works will be carried out as sensitively as possible, with users’ needs in mind, and all services will still be available.

“The end result will help us to deliver our ambitions set out in Vision 2030 – ensuring we’re investing to create a borough for everyone.”

Trading Standards catch Crosby rogue businessman

Sefton Council has welcomed the successful prosecution of a rogue trader from Crosby.

Daniel Howarth of Crosby Property Maintenance plead guilty to four offences under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations act and one offence under the Consumer Rights Act at South Sefton Magistrates Court.

Offences including the unauthorised use of a ‘Gas Safe’ logo on his website and forging building certificates supposedly from Sefton Council saying his work at a property complied with regulations.

Howarth tried to pass Crosby Property Maintenance off as being ‘Gas Safe’ (previously Corgi) registered as well as approved by the National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting (NICEIC).

When challenged about works he carried out at two different properties, he produced fake building certificates, claiming to be from the Local Authority, confirming that building work had been assessed by qualified building control officers and deemed to be safe.

In reality the works were unsafe and homeowners were faced with a bill for further remedial works in order to comply with Building Regulations.

During an investigation into complaints against Crosby Property Maintenance, Howarth gave false information to Sefton’s Trading Standards officers.

He was fined £1505 and ordered to pay costs of £1031.50, totalling £2536.50.

Cllr Paulette Lappin, Sefton Council’s Cabinet member for Regulation and Compliance, said: “This case goes to show the absolute importance of double checking who is working on your property.

“A full list of Gas Safe and NICIEIC approved contractors are available via their respective websites.

“Victims of this rogue trader are still counting the costs of his forgery and we are pleased that our Trading Standards team have managed to bring him to justice.

“We urge residents to remain vigilant and if they suspect a rogue trader is operating in the area to get in touch and we can investigate. Residents should always be on their guard against bogus workers and we need the public’s help to catch rogue traders.”

To search for an approved trader in your area you can also visit www.buywithconfidence.gov.uk.

Gabrielle to headline Ladies Day at 2018 Grand National

Aintree Racecourse is pleased to announce Gabrielle will be headlining Ladies Day at the Randox Health Grand National Festival on Friday April 13.

Gabrielle will be performing in the Aintree Pavilion from 17:30, after the days racing, singing some of her chart topping hits including ‘Dreams’, ‘Rise’, ‘Out Of Reach’ and Give Me A Little More Time’.

Gabrielle’s career got off to an incredible start in 1993 when she broke the record for the highest chart debut by a female with the single ‘Dreams’. A 23-year-old club singer from Brockley, South London, she was the archetypal outsider. Following her dreams Gabrielle launched her career wearing an eyepatch that made her visually striking a voice that made her distinctive – and her differences contributed to her becoming Britain’s most successful soul singer.

In 2000, Gabrielle notably returned to the charts with the hit single Rise, which featured a Bob Dylan sample of ‘Knocking on Heavens Door’ and again reached the number one spot. The multi-platinum album ‘Rise’ followed in the same footsteps and topped the charts at number one.

In an industry where longevity is becoming increasingly rare, the hits have been unstoppable: ‘Give Me A Little More Time’, ‘If You Ever’, ‘When A Woman’, ‘Sunshine’ and ‘Out Of Reach’ which she wrote for the soundtrack of Bridget Jones’ Diary. Then there are the multi-platinum albums; ‘Gabrielle’ ‘Rise’ and ‘Dreams Can Come True’. Gabrielle will be performing songs from all of her multi-platinum albums on Ladies Day.

Gabrielle said “I can’t wait to perform at Aintree’s unique Ladies Day, Liverpool is one of my favourite cities. I am looking forward to seeing everyone dressed up and dancing to all of my songs after a great day of racing.”

In 2013, Gabrielle released a seventh album with the iconic Island records. A double album of all her greatest hits, some of her favourite album tracks and seven brand new songs. With the new songs came a new sound, the album titled Now and Always 20 Years of Dreaming also includes a new version of the classic Dreams re produced and re-recorded by Naughty Boy.

2014 saw Gabrielle go on her first UK tour since 2008, The Now and Always tour was a huge success and Gabrielle felt re connected with her fans, at every show she could be seen taking selfies from the stage with audience members.
Over the years, Gabrielle has picked up a number of prestigious awards including
Brit Awards for Best Newcomer and Best Female Vocalist, MOBOs for Best Single and Best Album, an Ivor Novello for Outstanding Song Collection and Gabrielle appeared with not just one but two albums in the official UK 100 records of the decade.

Gabrielle is currently recording a new studio album, her first in eleven years which will be released in 2018.

John Baker, Managing Director of Aintree Racecourse said: “We are delighted to have such a talented and globally recognised female artist headlining Ladies Day of the Randox Health Grand National Festival.

“Gabrielle has a superb collection of hits and we are excited for her to put on a great show for the crowds at Ladies Day.

“Ticket sales are 2,000 ahead of last year so we are in a fantastic position. I would recommend racegoers to buy early to avoid any disappointment.”

“We look forward to announcing further exciting acts in our Randox Health Grand National music line-up soon.”

Tickets for the 2018 Randox Health Grand National Festival are available to purchase at www.randoxhealthgrandnational.co.uk or by calling 0344 579 3001. Racegoers can also buy tickets directly from the sales office at Aintree Racecourse. Hospitality packages are currently available to purchase, please call 0151 522 2911 for more information.

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