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Youngsters make waves at anti-scrambler fun day

Pupils from schools across South Sefton have once again been shown how to have fun without dangerous scrambler bikes, thanks to Sefton Council and its partners.

Schoolchildren from Hatton Hill, The Grange, St Oswalds and Lander Road donned their all-weather gear and took part in an exhilarating inter-school sports day at Crosby Lakeside recently.

This is the third activity day by Sefton Council, Merseyside Fire & Rescue and Merseyside Police which is designed to highlight the effects scrambler bikes have on local communities and how children can have tons of fun away from the dangerous bikes.

As well as learning about the vehicles, children took part in a host of activities including raft building, sailing, fencing, teamwork, and problem solving.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “This was a fantastic day out for all involved despite the weather!

“Around 150 schoolchildren took part in the day and our partnership with both Merseyside Police and Merseyside Fire & Rescue continues to work extremely well to highlight the dangers associated with scrambler bikes and how they can affect local communities.

“By getting involved in the campaign we hope all the young people have learned some valuable lessons and they have now been rewarded with a great day out using our amazing facilities at Crosby Lakeside.”

Next the schoolchilden will be playing the role of emergency services in a live re-enactment of a scrambler bike crash later this month.

During this re-enactment they will come face to face with the dangers of becoming involved in scrambler bike activity.

Sefton Neighbourhood Chief Inspector Jerry Harris said: “Education and engagement is such an important part of the work we do alongside Sefton Council and our other partners.

“This inter-schools activity day is a brilliant way for children to channel their energy and creativity in a positive way.

“During our yearly scrambler bike initiative, we not only want to show young people the serious dangers and nuisance that scrambler bikes cause across the community, but also encourage them to learn different activities, skills and pursuits.

“The enthusiasm we saw from everyone was great, and this autumn term will see them get involved in all sorts of competitions and activities.”

Sefton launches Gumbelievable campaign to target sticky issues

Sefton Council is giving residents and visitors to the borough something to chew on as the Local Authority launches its ‘Gumbelievable’ campaign.

 Working with The Chewing Gum Action Group, Sefton Council and its partners will be taking to various hotspots around the borough in the coming weeks to hand out special packs to gum lovers, in a bid to combat the amount of gum which is dropped on the street.

The packs include pocket-sized containers full of disposable wrappers for people to use when they want to responsibly dispose of their used chewing gum.

Beer mats will be handed out in pubs and bars across the borough while huge banners warning people not to risk hefty fines will be placed outside Sefton run leisure centres.

Cllr Paulette Lappin, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regulation and Compliance, said: “Dropping gum, like any form of litter, is a disgusting and unsightly thing to do and you can be fined for it. 

“We are doing all we can to raise awareness of this issue and by giving out these packs, putting up posters and spreading the message far and wide, nobody can have an excuse to drop gum.”

 Sefton officers will be on Chapel Street, Southport on Saturday September 29 in the build up to the British Musical Fireworks Championship which is expected to bring thousands of people to the borough.

 They can be found handing out ‘gumbelievable’ packs near to Southport Train Station from 2pm.

Landlords reminded of HMO legislation change

Landlords across Sefton are being reminded of a change in legislation regarding houses in multiple occupation (HMO).

The Government has extended the scope of Mandatory House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) Licensing from October 1.

All landlords of HMOs throughout the borough that meet the following criteria are required to have applied for a licence by that date, so should make an application NOW:

• 5 or more occupants (who comprise two or more separate family units)

• Shared amenities such as bathroom, kitchen, or toilet facilities or where all the units of accommodation are not fully self-contained (i.e. although a kitchen, bathroom or WC are provided for the tenant’s use elsewhere in the building, they are not actually situated within their unit of accommodation)

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member Communities and Housing, said: “Previously a Mandatory HMO Licence was only required for those properties that meet this criteria, but were also at least 3 storeys high.

“The storey element has now been removed from the definition, which now means a property that meets the criteria and is 1 or 2 storeys, now also requires a Mandatory HMO licence.

“This applies to such properties that are located anywhere in Sefton so we are asking any landlords that are affected by this to please get in touch and apply for a licence.”

It is a criminal offence if a licence application has not been made by October 1 and a landlord can be subject to a prosecution or receive a Civil Penalty which can carry a maximum fine of £30,000.

An application can be made via housinglicensing.sefton.gov.uk

Bands with a bang wanted for Musical Fireworks Championship

*FRIDAY NIGHT PERFORMANCES AVAILABLE*

Bands from across Merseyside with that extra spark are being encouraged to fire up their amps and get involved with the 2018 British Musical Fireworks Championships.

The search is now on for talented musical groups to take part in a special pre-show gig ahead of all three nights of the annual awe inspiring fireworks competition.

Each year thousands of people visit Southport’s Victoria Park for the Sefton Council run British Musical Fireworks Championships.

This year however we are holding three pre-fireworks gigs (Friday September 28 – Sunday September 30) to entertain crowds before pyrotechnic companies battle it out for the coveted championship.

With Saturday’s and Sundays’s bands already signed up, places are still available on Friday night.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills said: “This is the perfect place for bands across Sefton and Liverpool to come along and showcase their talents in front of huge crowds.

“The British Musical Fireworks Championship is an amazing annual spectacle and this year will be even better than ever before with the addition of the pre-show gig!

“We’re delighted that we can provide a stage for local bands and for their music to be heard by thousands of people from across the North West.”

Bands must be able to perform a thirty minute set on either Friday September 28 or Sunday September 30 from 7pm.

For more information or to apply to perform please send a sample of your bands’ music to tourism@sefton.gov.uk

For tickets and more information about the British Musical Fireworks Championships visit www.visitsouthport.com

Police launch dispersal order to tackle anti social behaviour in Sefton

Merseyside Police is increasing police resources in the Copy Lane area of Sefton this weekend to combat anti social behaviour

A dispersal order will be in place until 9pm today (Friday September 7) giving powers to Police Officers or Police Community Support Officers to allow them to  direct any person to leave the area if they suspect they are causing or likely to cause crime, nuisance or anti-social behaviour.

They will have the power to demand names and addresses and it is an offence to fail to comply (Police Reform Act 2002).

If directed to leave then an offence is committed if you fail to comply or return within the specified period (Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014).

The area covered, as shown on the map, is bounded by Buckley Hill lane, Fleetwoods/Glovers lane, Browns lane, Copy Lane and Northern Perimeter Road.

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