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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

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 Early application for property accreditation is encouraged.

Appeal Following Collision Involving Scrambler Bike and Pedestrian In Litherland

Merseyside Police is appealing for witnesses following a collision involving a scrambler bike and a pedestrian in Litherland this evening (Tuesday 19 December).

Officers were called at 5.10pm following reports a black and white scrambler bike had collided with a pedestrian on Gorsey Lane, near its junction with Pendle Drive, before crashing into barriers. The rider of the bike left the scene on foot and is reported to have ran into a nearby housing estate. It is believed he was wearing a blue helmet.

The pedestrian, a 62-year-old man, has been taken to hospital and is being treated for leg, arm and back injuries. His condition is described as serious.

An investigation is currently underway and part of Gorsey Lane has been temporarily closed.

The scrambler bike will be recovered from the scene and forensically examined.

Detective Inspector Simon Vaughan said: “Our inquiries into this incident are at an early stage but we believe the scrambler bike was being ridden in a dangerous and anti-social way prior to the collision.

“This incident again illustrates the risk that scrambler bike riders pose to other road users and pedestrians. These people have no regard for anyone but themselves and don’t care about the consequences of their actions.

“If you saw this bike being ridden in anti-social manner on Gorsey Lane shortly before this incident, or witnessed the incident itself, please come forward. We would also appeal to anyone who may have dashcam footage or CCTV footage of any part of this incident, before, during and after to get in touch.

“We will continue to take pro-active action against those involved in the criminal use of scrambler bikes on our roads and will do everything possible to locate and seize suspected stolen or nuisance bikes and arrest those who are putting the safety of others at risk.

“I would like to take this opportunity to reassure communities across Merseyside that we understand their concerns about scrambler bikes and are relentless in our efforts to tackle them.

“Such behaviour cannot and will not be tolerated on the streets of Merseyside. I would urge anyone with information which could help us take these bikes out of circulation and make our streets safer to keep coming forward.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Merseyside Police on 101 quoting log 805 of 19th December. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Merseyside Police & MFRS Joint Appeal for Information After Suspected Arson in Derby Park Bootle

Merseyside Police and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service (MFRS) are appealing for information after an suspected arson in a Bootle park on Saturday, 9 December.

At around 5.20pm, MFRS were called to a fire in Derby Park on Fernhill Road, Bootle. A seating area, a noticeboard and a park layout produced by Christchurch Primary School in Bootle were set alight by persons unknown causing significant damage. No injuries were caused and the fire was extinguished.

Local Policing Sergeant Kate Young said: “This type of behaviour is completely unacceptable and clearly dangerous. We will act on all information provided to identify those responsible.

“All members of our community should feel they can visit our green spaces without fear or intimidation, so please let us know if you saw anything suspicious in the park on Saturday which may assist.”

MFRS Arson Coordinator Graham Morgan said: “This fire caused a considerable amount of damage to notice boards and a seating area in Derby Park, an area well-used by the local community.

“Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service is committed to tackling incidents of suspected arson and is working closely with officers from Merseyside Police to investigate the incident.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact 101, speak to local officers or you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Appeal for Information following Assault outside Asda, Derby Road.

Merseyside Police is appealing for information following a reported assault in Southport last night (Monday, 4 December).

A call was received at around 9.45pm that a group of youths had attacked a man in his 30s outside Asda on Derby Road, leaving him with leg and facial injuries.

The number of offenders is unknown however they were described as both male and female.

The youths dispersed across London Road and the victim was taken to hospital for further treatment. CCTV enquiries are on-going.

Local Policing Inspector Graham Fisher said: “This was a shocking attack outside a busy supermarket close to a main road. Anyone with any information is urged to contact the police.

“I’m sure people living in the area will be disgusted by this incident so I would appeal for them to help us bring the offenders to justice.

“If you remember seeing anything suspicious, or have heard any information since it happened, then please call us on 101 quoting reference number 0517311954 or leave information anonymously with Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

Remembrance Day Services take place across Sefton

The Mayor of Sefton, councillors and council officers will all attend Remembrance Day services taking place across the borough.

They will all remember those who died in conflict at services being held on Sunday, November 12.

The Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Dave Robinson, will attend a morning service at the War Memorial, King’s Gardens, Bootle at 10.55am and an afternoon service at Holy Trinity Church, Formby at 3pm.

Councillors and other Sefton Council representatives will be present at a total of 11 services being held on Sunday, November 12 throughout the borough.

These will be held at other locations in Aintree, Ainsdale, Crosby, Hightown, Ince Blundell, Litherland, Maghull, Southport and Waterloo. Cllr Ian Maher, Sefton Council’s Labour leader will be at the service at the War Memorial, Lord Street, Southport starting at 10.55am.

In previous years the number of members of the public attending the services has increased and people are advised to arrive in plenty of time.

Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Dave Robinson, said:

“Without fail every year councillors, council officers, members of the public and our armed forces are rightfully present at the many services taking place across the borough.

“As the Mayor of Sefton I am very proud to attend them and I hope as many people as possible will attend the services held in Sefton on this very important date.

“It gives us the opportunity to spend some time to pause and reflect on the sacrifices made by our brave service men and women over the years in various conflicts.”

Cllr Bobby Brennan, Sefton Council’s Armed Forces champion, added:

“All the services taking place in Sefton and across the country are very important as we remember those who lost their lives in conflict past and present.

“They give us a chance for us all to remember how we owe a huge debt to every single one of them for the peace and freedom we currently enjoy today. As we pause to remember the fallen we are mindful of our serving men and women as they carry out their duties both at home and overseas.”

District Location Assembly Time Service Time Mayor/Mayor’s Representative
Aintree Junction of Brickwall Lane/Lunt Road/Bridges Lane, Opposite Sefton Parish Church, Sefton Village, L29 10.30 a.m. 10.45 a.m. Cllr John Sayers
Ainsdale War Memorial Village Green 10.30 a.m. 10.45 a.m. Cllr Lynne Thompson
Bootle War Memorial
King’s Gardens, Stanley Road
10.25 a.m. 10.57 a.m. Mayor of Sefton – Cllr Dave Robinson
Waterloo War Memorial Five
Lamps, Gt George’s Road
10.30 a.m. 10.57 a.m. Cllr Paul Cummins
Crosby War Memorial Garden
Alexandra Park, Coronation Road
10.30 a.m. 10.57 a.m. Cllr Les Byrom
Formby Holy Trinity Church
Rosemary Lane, Formby
2.50 p.m. 3.00 p.m. Mayor of Sefton – Cllr Dave Robinson
Hightown War Memorial
St Stephens Road, Hightown
10.35 a.m. 10.45 a.m. Cllr Steve McGinnity
Ince Blundell War Memorial
Lady Green Lane, Ince Blundell
12.05 p.m. 12.15 p.m. Cllr Catie Page
Litherland War Memorial
Town Hall, Sefton Road
10.30 a.m. 10.40 a.m. Cllr Ian Moncur
Maghull St Andrew’s Church
Damfield Lane
9.50 a.m. 10.00 a.m. Cllr Marion Atkinson
Southport War Memorial
Monument Square, Lord Street
10.25 a.m. 10.57 a.m. Cllr Ian Maher
(Leader of the Council)

The Atkinson in Southport 

Join us for an important series of talks and films that showcase Maghull and the Great War Remembered: Shell Shock –the impact and aftermath an ongoing project exploring the ground-breaking treatment of shell shock at Moss Side hospital during the First World War.  Explore Sefton’s First World War heritage through an exhibition of banners and you can do your own research as well as talk to our Volunteer researchers.

Supported by historians from Manchester Metropolitan University, archives consultant Kevin Bolton and staff from our Museum together with local volunteers from throughout Merseyside will be delivering a day of talks, presentations and activities focused on the pioneering wartime work, and post-war legacy, of the now disappeared Moss Side Military Hospital.

Programme of Events

11am  – Two Minute Silence followed by Maghull Parish Handbell Ringers
11.15am – Welcome to Sefton Remembers
11.30am – Moss Side Hospital, Shell Shock & the Community. Kevin Bolton, Archives Consultant
12.15pm Not Forgotten, Shell Shock & the Centennial of the First World War. Dr Sam Edwards, Manchester Metropolitan University
1pm – Remembering Moss Side. Bill Esterson MP & Cllr June Burns, Mayor of Maghull
1.15pm – Veterans in Sefton: the work we do & the help we provide
Steve Calderbank, former Chief Petty Officer (Navy), & Dave Smith, former Sergeant Major (Army),
Founders of Veterans in Sefton.
2pm – Research stories. Adam Cree, Volunteer

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