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Who’s In Court: Litterbugs rack up £2k in littering fines

Five people have appeared in court charged with littering across Sefton.

 Four residents from Sefton and a man from Liverpool appeared at South Sefton Magistrates Court on Tuesday October 24 where they were each found guilty of littering.

 Peter O’Neil of Kirkstone Road, Litherland, was found to have fly-tipped a bin bag full of rubbish but his case was dealt with by magistrates as littering. He was fined £472.

 Sharon Mellar, 47, of Hereford Drive, Bootle was found guilty of littering and was fined £392.

 Debbie McCandlish, 53, of Bath Street North, Southport, was found guilty of littering and was fined £392.

 Marin Gheorge Gamin, 30,  of Lambton Road, Liverpool, was found guilty of littering and was fined £392.

 Sarah Ambrose, 32, of Merchant Close, Bootle was found guilty of littering and was fined £392.

 For more information on proper waste disposal, visit www.sefton.gov.uk/bins-recycling

Still time to have your say on joining up Family and Children’s Centres

There is still time for families to have their say on Sefton Council’s consultation to join up Family and Children’s Centres, which you can complete online

The idea behind the proposals is to make sure that children and young people aged 0-19 years can find the right support, for the right issue at the right time.

The consultation runs until November 17 and anyone who is interested in the proposals are being encouraged to give their views.

Cllr John Joseph Kelly, Cabinet Member for Children, Schools and Safeguarding, said:

“We must stress that the proposals we are consulting on are not about closure. Some of the options for re-location need further discussion and we want to hear what our communities think about our plans to provide inclusive Family Wellbeing Centres for 0-19 year olds and their families.

“Communities have told us that we need to be more joined up, most recently through the consultation on Imagine Sefton 2030. We have listened to this feedback and developed these plans on the back of what people have told us.

“While no decisions have yet been made, we believe the proposals will make the most of the money that we have available, allowing us to support those most in need while offering families, children and young people the opportunity to enjoy many health and wellbeing activities.”

To take part in the consultation, please visit sefton.gov.uk or go directly to a Children’s and Family Centre, a Sefton library or leisure centre where paper copies can be filled in and shared with us.

Families can also directly discuss the proposals at the consultation engagement sessions taking place across the borough. A number of sessions have already taken place and upcoming dates include:
• Netherton Children’s Centre and Family Centre, every Wednesday from 9.30am-11.30am, and every Thursday from 12.45pm-2.45pm.
• Freshfield Children’s Centre, 1 November, from noon-1pm.
• Springwell Park Children’s Centre, 3 November, at 2.30pm.
• Linaker Children’s Centre in Southport, 6 November, from 9am-10.30am
• Cambridge Children’s Centre, 7 November, from 1pm-2pm.

Feedback from this consultation will be considered by Cabinet in December 2017.

Hundreds join #SeftonSelfie campaign to celebrate our beautiful coast

There is still time to join hundreds of coast lovers who are getting behind our #SeftonSelfie campaign.

We have been inundated with images, snaps, selfies and stunning shots of families, community groups and animals enjoying the 22 miles of our beautiful coastline

The photographs will be collected together and the very best ones will form a huge collage to commemorate the end of Sefton’s Year of the Coast campaign.

Montages will then be displayed across some of Sefton Council’s iconic buildings.

Councillor Paul Cummins, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and coast champion, said:

“Each year thousands of people come to our beautiful borough to enjoy the coast.

“By making 2017 Sefton’s Year of the Coast, we have been working alongside our many partners to showcase everything associated with the coast – highlighting all the events that take place on this amazing stretch of land.

“To mark the end of such a great campaign we want as many people as possible to send in their sandy selfies, picnic portraits, sunset snaps and more to form a wonderful collage to
commemorate the Year of the Coast.

“We hope the collage will be the pinnacle of a lasting legacy to future generations to encourage them to continually use and love our coast.”

Stretching more than 22 miles from Bootle to Southport, the Sefton coast is filled with unique sand dunes, wonderful wildlife, woodlands and amazing art.

To get involved in the competition, submit your snaps to our official Sefton Council Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages, using the hashtag #SeftonSelfie. You can also submit photographs to communications@sefton.gov.uk.

Give #PawsForThought when buying a puppy this Christmas

Sefton Council is asking residents to give ‘Paws for Thought’ to ensure they don’t buy illegally imported puppies, following the culmination of a high profile case in Southport.

The “Paws for Thought” campaign has launched this week in a bid to educate people about the financial and emotional dangers of buying illegally imported puppies, especially in the run up to Christmas.

Often illegally imported puppies, which are not vaccinated against rabies, are only ever discovered when a family take their new four legged friend for their first vet visit.

At this point the puppy has to be seized and put in quarantine, with any costs incurred falling on the dog’s owners.

Not only is there a significant financial implication, with fees in excess of £1,000, but the act of removing your cute new four legged friend can be extremely distressing and stressful.

Under legislation, any dogs entering the UK must have been vaccinated against rabies – however the vaccine will not work if given to puppies younger than 12 weeks.

As a result Sefton Council’s Trading Standards team are urging those considering buying a puppy to make sure they know who they are buying from, to check the pup’s vaccination history and always ask to see documentation.

The campaign launches after five people were prosecuted after the Trading Standards team uncovered an illegal puppy smuggling operation on Skipton Avenue, Southport.

Cllr Paulette Lappin, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regulation and Compliance, said:

“We don’t want people to have their lovely new puppies taken away from them.

“But illegally imported and unvaccinated puppies are an issue, and it is something which can happen in Sefton as we have seen recently.

“The puppies we discovered in Southport were only around eight weeks old when they were brought into the UK, meaning even if they had been vaccinated it would not have been effective.

“Increasing numbers of puppies are being imported illegally in to the UK from puppy farms in Eastern Europe.

“These puppies are being sold via adverts on the internet and are accompanied by false and forged documentation which lead buyers to believe they have been imported legally or bred in the UK.

“We want people to be vigilant, especially in the run up to Christmas when interest in buying puppies is especially high.”

The Paws for Thought campaign advises people to be suspicious if the seller cannot show you the puppy with its mother and litter mates, as well as:

• If the puppy has been vaccinated ask to see the documentation. This must clearly state the veterinary practice where this was carried out.
• Be suspicious if the address of the veterinary practice is outside the UK.
• If the puppy has been brought in from outside the UK, it must be at least 15 weeks old and have a pet passport or a veterinary certificate.
• Never agree to have the puppy delivered to your home address or to meet the seller to collect the puppy.
• Never pay for a puppy in advance.
• Report any concerns using the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 03454 04 05 06

Earlier this year a joint raid by Sefton Council and Merseyside Police at a Skipton Avenue property discovered seven illegally imported puppies being kept in a poor condition.

Sefton’s Trading Standards team had no choice but to seize the puppies and put them in quarantine.

Fears that the pups were too young to be vaccinated against rabies were later confirmed and sadly one puppy was so ill, it had to be put to sleep.

The remaining six puppies were later successfully rehomed.

Council leader calls for judicial review on Rimrose Valley decision

Leader of Sefton Council Cllr Ian Maher, has today released the following statement:

“We know that our communities have felt absolutely devastated since the announcement in August by Highways England that their preferred option is to build a dual carriageway through Rimrose Valley. The way the whole process has been handled beggars believe and the more I have thought about it, the more I believe that we have grounds to challenge and are calling for a judicial review on the matter.

“When they first started consultation on their two options to ease traffic on the A5036 – a revamped A5036 Dunnings Bridge Road, which is already one of the busiest roads in the north, or a new £200m road through Rimrose Valley Park in Litherland – we put forward a third option to build a tunnel as an alternative and felt it should have been properly looked at. Yet they completely disregarded this option without any real consideration.

“We want to do the best by our communities and I feel that this flawed decision needs to be challenged. It’s just not right that they can do this to the people of Sefton. Their failure to include the tunnel as an option in the consultation process has deprived our residents of the opportunity to express a view – and I think this gives us enough evidence to take legal action. We are calling on Highways England to withdraw its ridiculous decision and re-open the consultation, giving people an opportunity to comment on the possibility of a tunnel as another option.

“We want to protect our communities that already suffer from some of the poorest air quality. Not only will a road through Rimrose Valley remove much loved and vital green space provision in Sefton, but will cause air pollution and threaten the environmental and ecological systems which local people enjoy and which supports their health and wellbeing. We just can’t let this happen and I’m determined to fight it.”

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