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Litterbugs in court after being caught dropping rubbish

Litter louts who have been caught irresponsibly disposing of rubbish in Sefton have been convicted in court this week, leading to fines totaling more than £1,000

Three people, all from the Southport area of Sefton failed to appear at South Sefton Magistrates court this week (Tuesday, January 16) after they were spotted by enforcement officers littering in the borough.

Phillip Coates, 57, of Scarisbrick New Road, Southport was found guilty in absence and fined £350.

Stephen Knight, 33, of Central Avenue, Birkdale was found guilty in absence and fined £350.

Malcolm Webb, 34, of Part Street, Southport was found guilty in absence and fined £350.

A spokesman for Sefton Council said:

“It’s simple. If you drop litter and our enforcement officers catch you, you will be fined £75.

“If you fail to pay and your case goes to court, then the fine can be considerably higher.

“It’s a criminal offence to litter and we will not hesitate to fine those who deliberately make our beautiful borough untidy.

“People need to think twice before just throwing their waste away and court cases like these highlight what can happen if you are caught. Either take it home or use a bin.”

For more information about litter, visit www.sefton.gov.uk/bins-recycling/litter-and-fly-tipping.

Sefton residents can take control of their energy bills

Switching your energy tariff with the Merseyside Collective Switch is both quick and easy, and it could save you hundreds of pounds a year.

Run in partnership with your local authority, the Merseyside Collective Switch aims to negotiate the cheapest energy tariff on the market, which will only be available to its members.

Registration is now open and the winning offers will be announced after February 14.

Two thirds of UK households are on their energy supplier’s standard (and often most expensive) tariff. There are savings to be made by shopping around, and you may find a better deal with your existing supplier with no disruption to your service or billing.  

Delivered by local charity, Energy Projects Plus, and the six Merseyside local authorities, the Merseyside Collective Switch has saved local people over £1.3 million on their energy bills so far.

Previous winning tariffs have included Big 6 suppliers such as British Gas, E.on, SSE and EDF Energy as well as smaller suppliers such as Ovo and Green Energy.

Offers have been included for prepayment meter (or pay as you go) customers as well as direct debit and pay on receipt of bill customers, so there’s something for everyone.

The winning tariffs have often been the cheapest on the market, so better than you could get elsewhere and exclusive to members.

The Merseyside Collective Switch also includes a full market comparison, so if the winning deals aren’t right for you, you can find one that is.

The service is free, and there’s no obligation to switch if you decide not to.

Help and support is available from Energy Advisors who can guide you through your top offers and help you complete your switch.

It only takes 15 minutes to switch and members saved an average of £260 a year on their energy bills in our last round.

By registering, you will have access to the exclusive offers and can make sure you’re not missing out on a great deal on your energy.

Registration closes at midnight on February 14.

To join the Collective Switch visit www.LCRenergyswitch.co.uk or call the local Save Energy Advice Line on freephone 0800 043 0151, where you can also get free and impartial advice about saving energy at home.

Become a Friend of Sefton Coast

Everybody knows Sefton has few and far between rivals for the title of most beautiful British coastline! 

The 22 miles spanning between Southport and Seaforth are some of the most iconic, idyllic and important stretches of coastline in the UK and are home to a menagerie of fauna and flora.

But it takes a lot of work to make our coastline the sandy success that it is!

Our Coast and Countryside team are supported by hundreds of volunteers called the Friends of Sefton Coast, who give up just a small portion of their time throughout the year to keep our coastline beautiful.

From beach cleans after a storm to buckthorne bashing, there’s always plenty to get your teeth into on the Sefton Coast.

To find out more about our list of events and activities between January & March 2018, or to get involved, check out the Friends of Sefton Coast Calendar

To register as a FOSC volunteer, click here

Beach helpers brush up a storm after Geraldine

Over forty hardy volunteers who make up the Friends of the Sefton Coast descended on Ainsdale beach last week to clean up after Storm Geraldine.

10 metre high tides washed up tons of debris along the Sefton coast following the storm.

Volunteers worked tirelessly throughout Friday January 12 to clear away driftwood, litter, seaweed and other flotsam which had been dumped on Ainsdale beach by the storm.

In total five trailer loads of rubbish was collected and properly disposed of, along with another 145 bin bags of debris.

A further clean up operation was held at Hightown Beach on Sunday (January 14) 

To find out more about becoming a Friend of the Sefton Coast or to get involved in a future cleanup contact 0151 934 2967 or email  coast.countryside@sefton.gov.uk

 

Mayor’s Musings: A New Year and a new beginning for our citizens

Happy New Year and welcome to the first edition of the Mayor’s Musings! For those of you who don’t know me, I’m Mayor of Sefton Councillor Dave Robinson.

Along with my wife Mayoress Wendy Robinson and my team of civic helpers, I get to see the very best of what our beautiful borough has to offer – from welcoming new citizens to fabulous theatre performances from our talented troupes and much more in between.

The start of 2018 has been a rollercoaster of Mayoral engagements! We started on January 5 with a trip to the Showmen’s Guild of Great Britain  Annual Luncheon. Around 35-40 other Mayors from the North West attended along so it was a great opportunity for me to meet the other mayors and to see what they’re doing in their terms of office. 

But there’s little time to take in the busy diaries of my contemporaries as the very next day I was honoured to attend the Sefton Children’s Trust Christmas Party at the Plaza Cinema where I got to meet and greet the families of the children I had previously met at the Children’s Trust House in Shropshire.

Not everyone realises part of the Mayor’s duty is also to give tours of our fabulous town halls – the following Monday I was delighted to welcome Formby U3A (University of the Third Age) to Bootle Town Hall; a building of much grandeur! 

And from Formby it was onto Romania…and India…and Eqypt! I welcomed nine lovely people from a variety different countries including Romania, Philippines, Egypt, America, China, India, Australia and Malaysia as part of one of our many citizenship ceremonies we host throughout the year.

Finally, just before I hung up my robes for another week, it was on to Merseyside Police HQ for a fantastic initiative between our friends in Blue and Sefton Council to help warn children of the dangers of scrambler bikes. A special competition saw some of our fabulous local school kids win a one of a kind ski-trip to Scotland.

 Five different schools throughout Sefton including Lander Road, The Grange, English Martyrs, Hatton Hill and All Saint took part where they were asked to make short videos about the dangers of scrambler bike use and the impact they have on the community. 

Now it’s time for me to look forward to my next set of adventures and start planning for the Mayor’s Charity Dinner in March! Plenty of more details soon to come! 

Cllr Dave Robinson
Mayor of Sefton

 

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