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New Sefton scheme to improve private landlord standards

Standards of management and property conditions in the private rented sector in parts of Sefton are set to improve with the introduction of new Selective Licensing and Additional (HMO) licensing schemes.

Earlier this year Sefton Council consulted with residents, private landlords, businesses and other stakeholders for proposed new licensing schemes, which would affect private rented homes in designated areas.

The successful consultation looked at proposals to introduce Selective Licensing across Bootle and Additional (HMO) Licensing across parts of Seaforth/Waterloo/Brighton-le-Sands and central Southport.

Results showed that more than 85% of respondents were in favour of the selective licensing designation and 84% in favour of the two additional licensing areas.

Both the Selective and Additional (HMO) Licensing schemes were approved today (September 7) at Cabinet and should start in March, 2018.

Many local authorities already operate similar licensing schemes which aim to a improve standards of management and property conditions in the private rented sector, which should benefit tenants and improve the communities affected.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member Communities and Housing, said:

“Over the past number of years we have seen a significant increase in the size of the private rented sector – especially in the areas considered for the licensing schemes.

“Across the borough we recognise the crucial role the private rented sector plays in creating a strong and sustainable housing market and in meeting the housing needs of many households now and for the future.

“Through the engagement process we consulted with landlords and our communities and the majority of respondents felt the schemes would have a positive impact in Sefton.

“We will now work on developing both schemes with the view of making these areas safe and attractive places to live in with the full co-operation of landlords and their tenants.”

Full details of the results of the consultation are available on sefton.gov.uk. If you would like to keep updated on our housing licensing schemes please send your details to landlord.licensing@sefton.gov.uk.

Heritage Lottery boost for Sefton War Memorial Project

Sefton’s library service are delighted after successfully securing £10,000 of Heritage Lottery funding to help pioneer an innovative World War One project.

Once underway, the scheme is believed to be the largest projects undertaken by the local authority, partners and local schools since the World Record Human Poppy in 2014.

Sefton Library Service are looking to highlight Sefton’s Civic War Memorials and the stories behind the men who perished in World War One listed upon them.

Cllr. Trish Hardy, Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing said:

“It is fantastic to see Sefton’s library service leading the way in a pioneering new project with help from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

“I know the team are raring to go on a project that will take a great deal of research and imagination.

“From mapping out the memorials, collating information such as the date they were erected, working with local school children to develop the stories of the heroes to working with the creative talents to deliver an interactive product, there is much for them to do.

“A poignant part of the project I am excited to see, is the planned writing of letters from local school children to residents living in the homes last occupied by our war heroes.

“The current house owner will be asked if they would like to have their house included on a digital map highlighting the ‘ Homes of Heroes’ and Civic War Memorials”

Lesley Davies from Sefton Library Service also commented:

“The additional funding from the HLF means that there is a lot more we can do.

“A web designer will create a digital map of the Sefton Area, highlighting the war memorials and the homes of the local heroes.

“Images and details of soldiers service will be added for each individual soldier, as a pop-up if you hover over the house.
“The digital map will sit on the ‘Sefton Looking Back’ digital portal and will become a resource for school project for many years to come.

“Our aim is to complete the research and have the webpage built to be unveiled in time for the 100 year anniversary of the end of World War One in 2018.”

Fire crews issue advice following suspected Crosby arson

Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service (MFRS) and Merseyside Police are joining forces to tackle the issue of garden fires after a series of suspected arson incidents in the Rimrose Valley area of Crosby during the past week. The incidents have included trees, bushes and rubbish being set alight in gardens and on open land.

Officers from the fire service will be carrying out proactive mobile patrols, supported by local police officers, and residents are being asked to check and clear any rubbish from gardens to ensure that their houses are at a minimal risk of being targeted.

Station Manager Paul Kay, Arson Reduction Co-ordinator for Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service, said: “Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service is committed to tackling incidents of suspected arson and is working closely with officers from Merseyside Police to tackle anti-social fire setting in Crosby.

“There have been a number of suspected arson incidents in the area recently and tonight will see firefighters and police officers work together to reassure residents, raise awareness of the dangers of arson and highlight the impact fires have on our communities.

“Arson is a serious criminal offence which puts people’s lives at risk, causes damage to homes, businesses and community facilities and impacts on wildlife and the environment.

“It can range from mindless criminal damage to deliberately-targeted attacks but, either way, the potentially deadly consequences remain the same.

“If fire engines are called out to deliberate fires this may delay our response to other emergencies, which could endanger lives elsewhere. We want to make people aware that deliberately setting fires in a public place is arson and, if caught, those responsible may face legal action.

“To help protect their properties from arson, residents are encouraged to put their wheelie bins away until the day they are being collected and avoid placing bins, rubbish, or other combustible items against the walls of their home. Sheds and garages should be securely locked and any flammable liquids safely stored away.

Merseyside Police Local Community Sergeant Kate Young said: “I want to reassure people in the local community that we standing alongside the fire service in taking any suspected arson incident extremely seriously, as the consequences of such reckless and behaviour can be catastrophic.

“If you are aware of any suspicious behaviour near to your home, call 999 and the emergency services can respond accordingly. Anyone with home CCTV or passing motorists with dash-cam footage of in recent incidents are also encouraged to speak to us. We will act on all information provided and are determined to identify those responsible and bring them to justice.

“We will be parking a mobile police station in the Rimrose Valley area tonight and would encourage anyone to speak with us to report incidents or concerns. If you know who is responsible for these incidents do the right thing and call police or speak to us anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

Senior Road Users Event Heads To Formby

Sefton Council is holding a road users event offering support and advice for those over the age of 60 and places are still available.

The Sefton Senior Road User’s Event, led by the Council’s Highway Safety Team, aims to ensure that road users get the best advice and support they need to keep themselves and others safe on the borough’s roads.

A range of speakers from groups including Merseyside Police, Merseyside Fire and Rescue and Arriva will be at the event at the Gild Hall in Formby on Thursday, September 14 from 10am-2pm.

Previous events held across the borough have proved to be very popular and well attended.

Refreshments, including lunch, are provided  and as places are limited, to book a place for you or a family member, call 0151 934 4259 or email road.safety@sefton.gov.uk.

Your vote matters, don’t lose it

The 2017 General Election saw a huge increase in voter turnout, both nationally and locally.

Following these gains, Sefton Council is again contacting local residents to make sure they do not lose their vote.

All households in Sefton have been sent an Electoral Registration Form for them to provide up-to-date information of who is living at the property.

This will ensure their information is correct on the electoral register.

 Cllr Paulette Lappin, Cabinet Member for Regulatory Compliance and Corporate Services said: “The reason this form is so important as not only does it make sure people can vote in local and national elections, but it also gives them the opportunity to register to vote for the first time.

“In particular, those who have changed address or students living at more than one address may have quite a shock when it comes to voting.

“Even if they have registered already, their vote is invalid if new details have not been provided.”

Jill Coule, Head of Regulation and Compliance at Sefton Council, added: “I urge everyone who sees this form to read it carefully and respond to it.

“Even if your details have not changed, if you do not confirm this within three years, you will automatically be removed from the register and lose your right to vote.

“If there has been no change in your circumstances, it is as straightforward as making a phone call or sending a text.

“You should also return an updated form if the previous occupier is registered to the address or if the property is empty”

To update the register with any changes, residents should visit Sefton’s household response website with the  with the code provided on their form, or sign and post the form to the address provided. Visit our friends site and buy narrative essays online

If there are no changes in circumstances, residents can call freephone on 0800 197 9871 or text their security code to 80212.

If no form has been received, residents should contact Electoral Services at Sefton Council on 0345 140 0845 or by email

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