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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.”

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.”

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

 

King’s Gardens launch tac-maps to help people with sight issues

Special maps, which help blind and partially sighted people find their way around King’s Gardens, Southport are now available for hire.

Free of charge, the portable ‘pack’ consists of an interactive audio guide, an A4 tactile map, a walking wallet and an A4 tactile walking guide full of information about King’s Gardens.

The maps were designed and produced by visual impairment accessibility firm TacMap, who create and produce innovative maps for blind and partially sighted people across the UK.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing said: “The portable tactile maps are a fantastic addition to King’s Gardens.

“We already have two static maps for the visually impaired on site but to have such high tech portable packs on offer will benefit our visually impaired visitors even more.

“We have worked closely with the Friends of King’s Gardens on this project and they will be overseeing the distribution and collection of the maps.”

The tactile maps can be requested by emailing fokgsouthport@gmail.com or dlt391@sky.com.

For more information contact the Friends of King’s Gardens or visit www.kingsgardenssouthport.co.uk.

New parking charges to benefit traders and drivers

New parking charges are set to be introduced in parts of Sefton to benefit drivers and local traders.

As part of the budget setting process for 2018/19, it will again be possible to pay for 30 minute parking in Southport town centre.

This follows a request from the Southport BID to bring back the ability to park for 30 minutes in the town centre. It is anticipated the scheme will be live in June, 2018 with a cost of 80p. Other charges in the town centre will stay the same for 2018/19.

Also in the budget was the introduction of the option for motorists to pay for 1 hours parking in Crosby Car Parks. This was approved at request of ward councillors on behalf of local traders.

The current charges in Crosby are:

Up to 30 mins 30p
Up to 2 hours £1.00
Up to 4 hours £1.90
Over 4 hours £3.80

They will become

Up to 30 mins 30p
Up to 1 hour 50p
Up to 2 hours £1.00
Up to 4 hours £1.90
Over 4 hours £3.80

Cllr Paulette Lappin, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regulation and Compliance, said: “We meet regularly with the Southport BID and discuss many aspects that could benefit the busy town centre.

“After being approached by the BID to reintroduce the 30 minutes of parking in Southport town centre, following further discussions with them, we are happy to assist in making this happen through the difficult budget setting process.

“Similarly, ward councillors in Crosby contacted us with the view of introducing 1 hour parking in the village which we are pleased to introduce.

“We are also looking at introducing a scheme where Council owned town centre car parks would cease charging after 6pm. This would affect the Bootle New Strand multi-story, Bootle Leisure Centre, Crosby village and Tulketh Street in Southport and would be subject to consultation with ward councillors.

“As a Council we will always listen and hope this is well received across the whole borough by visitors, traders and residents.”

The changes were agreed at Full Council on March 1, 2018.

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