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Community invited to Ovington Drive play area meeting

Design suggestions for a new look play area at Ovington Drive, Kew are to go on public display later this month.

Children from Kew Woods Primary School have been working closely with Sefton Council’s Parks and Greenspaces team to come up with a number of designs and suggestions for a revamped Ovington Drive Play Area.

The results of these ideas will be presented to the surrounding community at Kew Woods Primary on Monday February 19 from 6pm.

Following the community consultation, a final design will be prepared before the next stages of the project.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said:

“We’ve been delighted with the response from children at Kew Woods who have come up with a wealth of fun, interesting and quirky ideas for the new look Ovington Drive play area.

“Ideas range from mini basketball hoops to dolphin slides and zip wires to a firehouse!”

“The message is loud and clear that children want a fun and vibrant play area that is inclusive and welcoming for all.

“We hope that the local community around Ovington Drive come along to the meeting and have their say on what matters most to them in a new play area.

“These suggestions, combined with ideas from pupils, will then go toward forming the final design.”

All are welcome to attend the consultation at Kew Woods Primary School, Ovington Drive on Monday, February 19 from 6pm.

Volunteer led animal charity scoops national award

The volunteer led Freshfields Animal Rescue Centre has won a top national award with the help of the Year of the Volunteer Campaign

The Ince Blundell based rescue centre  won the Charity Today Magazine’s ‘Animal Welfare Charity of the Year’ award after residents across #MySefton were asked to nominate them on social media through the Year of the Volunteer.

Debbie Hughes, PR coordinator for Freshfields, said:

“This prestigious award recognises the selfless dedication and profound compassion of our incredible staff team, who transform the lives of abused, abandoned and neglected animals every day.

“To win the Animal Welfare Charity of the Year award is an absolute honour. We’ve been bowled over by the level of support from our friends and supporters and genuinely moved to receive so many lovely messages.

“That in itself was encouraging and moving, to see how much you value and respect our work. We can’t thank each and every one of you enough.

“There is no doubt that with more and more animals arriving at our door every day, our devoted staff team will be working harder than ever in 2018.

“This is their award, and the national recognition it brings will benefit abused, neglected animals in the North West for years to come.”

Find out more about Freshfields at our website at www.freshfields.org.uk.

£115,000 waste prevention fund for Merseyside and Halton community groups

A share of £115,000 is up for grabs to help make the region a cleaner and greener place.

The funding has been made available for Merseyside and Halton community and voluntary groups, schools, faith groups and not-for-profit organisations, who can reduce household waste, encourage recycling and resource re-use and prevent carbon emissions. The projects will also have to demonstrate wider positive impacts on the environment, health and education.

The money is coming from the Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority and Veolia Community Fund 2018/19, which has been running annually since 2006.

Successful applicants can be awarded up to £25,000 for schemes which operate across all six districts in Merseyside and Halton, and £8,000 for projects which work solely at one local authority level.

The impact of the 2016/17 Fund saw 10 projects deliver 23 full time equivalent jobs (created or safeguarded), participation by 136 volunteers, 25,970 people directly engaged, 1345 tonnes of waste material diverted from landfill and £134,500 of equivalent landfill costs avoided.

Previous Community Fund projects have included:

– creating a sensory learning garden from re-used materials in St Helens

– the development of a shop in Wirral to sell used clothes

– the repair and re-use of unused furniture for redistribution to the local community in Halton

– cookery skills clubs to help reduce food waste across Merseyside and Halton

– sewing classes in Knowsley

– timber waste re-use at a local community farm in Liverpool

– improving online retail skills for a charity shop in Sefton

This year bids must tackle one or more of the four priority household waste materials which have been identified by MRWA as key, namely Food, Plastics, Textiles and Furniture. An analysis of waste in Merseyside and Halton in 2016 highlighted that a greater amount of these materials could be re-used or recycled. Projects can also include other household waste materials, for example paper, card and metals.

The Liverpool-based Neighbourhood Services Company Ltd (NSC) – which operates Home Farm at Croxteth Park – is one organisation to have benefitted from the Community Fund. The project used money to rescue old and unwanted wood to renovate animal dwellings, as well as enlisting the help of adults with learning difficulties to transform the raw materials into new products which are available to buy in the Craft Shop at the farm.

 

Lisa Jennions, NSC Manager, said: “The ongoing support from MRWA has been invaluable in enabling us to deliver recycling and reuse activities at Home Farm. The project is extremely popular with visitors and it’s great to see new life breathed into what was previously ‘waste’.”

Chairperson of Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA), Councillor Graham Morgan, said: “We’ve made this money available for new and existing projects which can have an impact on their local community and make Merseyside and Halton a cleaner and greener place for us all to live and work.

“Giving groups the opportunity to get involved in looking after their environment can only bring benefits to all and can help us appreciate items as valuable resources rather than something which otherwise might be just thrown away.”

 

Interested groups should complete and submit an Expression of Interest with MRWA. If applicants are shortlisted then they will be asked to fill in a more detailed Community Fund entry. Projects will have ten months to deliver their schemes and will be expected to get started by June.

Organisations interested in this year’s Community Fund can:

Appeal for information after Ainsdale collision

Merseyside Police is appealing for information following a collision in Ainsdale on Monday (5 February 2018).

Officers were called at about 7.20pm to a report of a collision involving a gold Volvo S70 and a blue Range Rover on Liverpool Road between Orchard Lane and Meadow Lane.

The driver of the Volvo made off from the scene on foot in the direction of Sandbrook Road.

A 28-year-old man was later arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving, drink driving and failing to stop after a collision. He has been released under investigation.

There were no reported injuries, but the road was closed for a number of hours following the incident due to extensive damage caused to the cars.

Sergeant Phil Mitchell said: “We are keen to speak to any members of the public or drivers that may have witnessed this incident. I would urge drivers to consider their whereabouts at this time and check any DashCam footage or CCTV footage they may have showing the collision or the vehicles being driven shortly before the incident.”

Anyone with information on the collision is asked to contact Merseyside Police on 101 quoting incident reference 18200031522, by emailing 8506@merseyside.police.uk or via 01517775747. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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.

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