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Walk a mile in your shoes for MacMillan

Local residents are being asked to walk a mile in their shoes and raise money for MacMillan Cancer Support.  MacMillan Mile Southport

Organised in partnership by The MacMillan Mile takes place 14 September, 6pm at Victoria Park in Southport, with anyone able to take part.

Participants can walk, jog or run the mile and entry is free, but you need to register first.

To find out more, please contact Active Lifestyles on 0151 934 2352.

 

 

 

Council work with partner agencies to tackle waste fires

Sefton Council have been working closely with Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service and partner agencies after a significant fire in the Hawthorne Road area of Bootle.

Fire crews were called to an industrial unit early on the morning of 20 August to find a building containing a large amount of waste on fire.

Access to the site to extinguish the fire was very difficult, resulting in parts of the building being removed.

A significant amount of Fire Service resources were committed to fighting the fire and local residents and businesses were subject to days of disruption and unpleasant conditions after smoke affected the surrounding area.

Sefton Council and Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service worked closely with partners from the Environment Agency and Public Health England to minimise the risks to public health and restore normal conditions as soon as possible.

Sefton Council assisted firefighters by providing a digger to break up the refuse and transport it to open ground where the seats of fire could be extinguished.

A spokesman for Sefton Council said:

“We continue to assist Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service in dealing the fire and will continue to do so until it is fully extinguished.

“We are also currently reviewing how waste management is handled on private sites in relation to this incident and across the borough.

“Sefton Council continues to work with partner agencies including Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service and the Environment Agency to address how incidents like this can be prevented in the future.”

Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service has been proactive in supporting local authorities and the Environment Agency regarding the poor management of waste sites over many years – large waste fires of this type are not unique to Merseyside and are in fact a national problem.

Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service will be engaging with local businesses and the community to prevent fires of this type through the early identification of potential risks and problem sites.

Arson Officers and Business Safety Advisors will be visiting light industrial areas within Sefton to identify potentially problematic sites and will engage with local businesses to identify emerging risks at an early stage and undertake arson risk assessments where appropriate. Local Fire Stations will undertake operational audits of businesses in the area.

A multi-agency debrief will take place and lessons learned will inform the development of a robust, coordinated and ongoing strategy to prevent fires of this type as we move forward.

Merseyside Fire and Rescue Group Manager, Gary Oakford said:

“Large waste fires such as this are a problem not only in Merseyside, but nationally.

“Poorly managed waste sites are an accident waiting to happen and we have been working proactively with partner organisations over many years to reduce the risk of these fires.

“We will be committing significant resources across the business community in the area over coming weeks to identify any potential risks and prevent fires of this type which are highly disruptive and of great concern to residents and businesses.
 
 “We would like to thank the public for their patience at this time and for observing the minor traffic diversions, we have also worked hard to ensure continuity to local businesses.”

 An Environment Agency spokesperson said:

 “This is an abandoned site with no environmental permit.

 “The Environment Agency as the regulatory body have given advice and guidance to the landowner to make the site safe and to clear the waste.

“The company and directors are currently part of an ongoing investigation.

 “The Environment Agency will continue to work with partners including Merseyside Fire and Rescue and Sefton Council to minimise harm to the local community and environment.”

 For free fire safety advice or to request a home fire safety check, call 0800 731 5958.

 Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service also provides free smoke alarms for Merseyside residents aged 65 or over or those referred by partner agencies.

 

 

Mayor throws open doors to Bootle Town Hall

The Mayor of Sefton’s office are throwing open the doors of Bootle Town Hall next month for National Heritage Open Day.

Hour long tours of Bootle Town Hall will be available throughout Saturday September 9, forming one of over 5,000 events across England to reflect the rich and diverse cultural heritage of our communities.

Four tours will take place from 10:30am, 11:30am, 1.30pm and 2.30pm, showing off the Assembly Hall, Ballroom, Committee Room, Council Chamber and Mayor’s Parlours

Places on the tours can be booked via the Mayor of Sefton’s Office on 0151 934 2062, or by email mayorsoffice@sefton.gov.uk.

Cllr Ian Maher – Land East of Maghull

Sefton Council has recently received two planning applications for development on a large site known as Land East of Maghull.  

 Like any other planning applications, it will go through the statutory planning process the council is legally obliged to carry out. 

 However, the manner in which these applications have been submitted has both surprised and disappointed the Council.

 Cllr Ian Maher, Labour Leader at Sefton Council, said:

“I am really disappointed in the approach the developers have taken over these planning applications.

 “Sadly, there has been no meaningful dialogue with communities or local councillors before these plans were submitted, which smacks to me of arrogance and a desire to ride roughshod over the views of local people.  

 “While this is bad enough, they have also failed to recognise that these developments must be of good quality and design, preferring instead a rushed application which has no overall coherent masterplan and scant documentation to justify their approach. 

 “Local people are quite rightly concerned about these applications and while the planning process will take its legal course which we have to follow, I want to be assured that these developers understand that we will not stand by and see local people and councillors ignored.  

 “Council officers are already discussing our concerns with the developers and I expect to see a much better approach going forward.”

Litter warning for motorists after cab driver prosecution

Sefton Council is warning motorists that they are not above littering laws after a taxi driver was caught on dashcam footage throwing rubbish out of his window.

 Paul Morttram, 32, a Sefton licensed taxi driver, was found guilty in his absence of three counts of littering at a hearing at Sefton Magistrates Court on August 15.

 He now faces a fine of £300 and £333 in costs and victim surcharges after originally failing to pay a fixed-penalty-notice.

 Dashcam footage filmed by a concerned motorist on January 9 clearly showed Mr Morttram throwing rubbish out of his drivers’ window three times in the space of two minutes while travelling through Bootle.

 The footage was passed to Sefton Council’s Environmental Enforcement Team and, when interviewed, Mr Morttram admitted to the offences.

 He was issued with three separate fixed-penalty-notices, totalling £150 but after repeated failed attempts to contact the defendant, legal action was taken.

 Magistrates this week found in favour of Sefton Council and Mr Morttam was ordered to pay £633.

Cllr Paulette Lappin, Cabinet Member Regulatory, Compliance and Corporate Services, said:

“We are very pleased with the outcome and want people to realise no matter how big or small an item is, dropping litter is an offence and this applies to all members of the public, regardless of if you’re on the pavement or in a vehicle.

“The best way to avoid a fine or a court appearance is to not drop litter.

“Littering is consistently one of the main concerns raised by residents and the council spend over £3 million per year cleaning up litter.

“We pursue a vigorous enforcement approach by issuing fixed penalty notices and it is only by prosecuting individuals who don’t pay, that the council can present a robust enforcement deterrent.”

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