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Selective and Additional (HMO) Licensing

From March 1, 2018 landlords who privately rent out their properties will be required to obtain a new licence from Sefton Council if their properties are located within selected areas in the borough.

Sefton Council approved the implementation of two new housing licensing schemes in September, 2017 in separate areas of the borough. Both schemes will run until the end of February 2023.

Sefton designated an area of Bootle as being subject to Selective licensing, (all privately rented properties) and has designated parts of Seaforth, Waterloo, Brighton-le-Sands and Southport as being subject to Additional licensing.

Additional licensing requires all houses defined as a house in multiple occupation (HMO) to apply for a housing licence.  Mandatory licensing for larger HMO properties is currently a national requirement.

A full list of all streets affected along with further details of the schemes, licensing conditions and fees are available on sefton.gov.uk.

Landlords will be required to meet a range of licence conditions, and show that they have appropriate management arrangements in place.

It is an offence, which can result in fines of any amount, if the landlord or person in control of the property:

•           fails to apply for a licence for a licensable property, or
•           allows a property to be occupied by more people than is permitted under the licence
•           breaches any of the licence conditions

If you are a landlord, a person managing a property within the areas of the designation you are advised to check whether your property will require a licence and ensure that you apply for one per property.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member Communities and Housing, said: “We have areas where many properties currently fail to meet the required homes standard, which can have a terrible impact on the health and welfare of their tenants and their wider communities.

“The schemes we have introduced aim to reduce that by making sure private landlords meet satisfactory standards of tenancy and property management.

“But it is also about tenants behaving in a way that does not blight or impact on their community and shows respect for their neighbours.

“If you are a landlord renting a property in any of the designated areas, you must check whether your property will need a licence from March 1, 2018.”

Landlords can apply for a reduced fee for either applying within the first 3 months of the scheme, being accredited or when a Sefton accredited managing agent is appointed by the landlord to be the licence holder. Further details of the reduced fees are available on the Council’s website.

Further details of Sefton’s property (and managing agent) accreditation schemes are available on www.sefton.gov.uk/housing. Early application for property accreditation is encouraged.

Next of kin appeal – Stephen Anderson, Southport

Sefton Coroner’s Office is appealing for help in tracing the family of a man who died in Southport.

Stephen Anderson, aged 61, of Leicester Street, Southport, was found dead at his home address on Friday 5th January.

There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding Mr Anderson’s death.

Anyone with information to find his next of kin is asked to call Coroner’s Investigation Officer Stephen Craig on 0151 777 3422 or by email Sefton.Coroners.office@merseyside.police.uk

Appeal for information of whereabouts of Peter Hickey

Detectives investigating an assault in a Bootle pub have released a photograph of a man they want to speak to in connection with the offence.

Officers are keen to hear from Peter Hickey, or anyone who knows his whereabouts as they believe he may be able to help them progress their investigation.

It was reported on Saturday, 22 April 2017 that a 53-year-old man was assaulted at around 3.10pm at the Queens Hotel pub on Knowsley Road.

Detectives have carried out extensive enquiries to investigate the incident and are keen to hear from Peter Hickey or anyone who can help them trace him.

He is described as being white, 6 ft. tall, of heavy build with dark brown hair and blue eyes. He is known to frequent the Bootle area of Merseyside.

Officers would ask Peter himself, or anyone who knows of his whereabouts or recognises him from the attached photograph and knows where he is, to call Merseyside Police on 0151 777 3841or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111. Alternatively, provide information to Crimestoppers online at: crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information 

Charities and volunteer groups to bid for crime commissioner support

Merseyside’s Police Commissioner is inviting bids from charities, third sector and voluntary organisations to deliver four specialist support services for victims of some of the most damaging crimes.

Jane Kennedy is encouraging organisations to apply for the grants provided as part of the Victim Care Merseyside service which will support victims of hate crime, harmful practices and families affected by homicide, including families of crime-related road traffic collisions

The announcement comes after the Commissioner revealed her plans to further improve the Victim Care Merseyside service from 2018 onwards by expanding some of the existing support services and commissioning a number of new services aimed at plugging the gaps created by new and emerging crimes.

The Commissioner is inviting bids for the grants to deliver four key services with the aim of providing the best possible care to help victims cope and recover. The services are:

The Victim Care Merseyside hate crime support service (race or ethnicity, religion or beliefs, sexual orientation, disability, transgender identity) for £80,000

The Victim Care Merseyside support service for those subject to harmful practices (female genital mutilation/cutting, forced marriage, honour-based violence, modern slavery, emerging harmful practices) for £22,000

The Victim Care Merseyside support service for families affected by homicide, including families of crime-related road traffic collisions for £24,000.

A dedicated third-party reporting service for victims of hate crime (£25,000)

All four contracts can be viewed and the documents to apply can be found here

Southport Pier temporary closure

A section of Southport Pier will be temporarily closed from January 3, 2018 to allow contractors to begin the second phase of its £2.9m improvement works.

The landward section of the pier, between Ocean Plaza and the Marine Lake cafe, will be closed off to the public until approximately March, 2018. This is to allow contractors to continue with a huge improvement project to create additional jobs, increase visitor numbers and secure Southport Pier as a valued asset for many years to come.

The seaward end of the Pier will remain fully open during the works, including the Pavilion.

Access to the Pier will be from the steps and ramp at Ocean Plaza, while signage and directional routes will be installed to help guide visitors and residents.

We apologise for any inconvenience this will cause.

Other works on and around the Pier include:
• The creation of new retail and food units
• New extension to the Pier pavilion
• New steps linking the Pier deck with the beach below
• Improvements to railings around Marine Lake

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