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Housing Development Company approved

Sefton Council has today (October 5) taken the decision to approve the creation of a wholly owned housing development company.

For more than a year a project team has investigated the viability of establishing a company to develop new housing across the borough primarily for Sefton residents to purchase.

At a Cabinet meeting at Bootle Town Hall, a confidential report was discussed and approved with the view of setting up a Housing Development company owned by Sefton Council and operated as a private company (subject to call in).

Over the next few months, the company will be formally established and will then begin to bring forward detailed designs and proposals for priority sites across the borough.

There is an unprecedented need for more housing not only in Sefton, but across the North West and nationally. When Sefton consulted on the 2030 Vision, ‘growing living and ageing well’ and a ‘making Sefton a great place to live, work and play’ came through as two strategic outcomes that residents wished the Council to prioritise.

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

“A lot of time and effort has gone into looking at establishing a Housing Development Company and we are now in a position to move this forward for the benefit of the whole borough.

“Through the 2030 Vision we have listened to what people have said and believe that the creation of a Housing Development Company will ensure that we play a big part in providing a wider housing choice within the borough alongside other housing developers and Registered Providers.

“We believe, as do our residents, that a wide range of housing, within strong resilient communities, is key to the development of Sefton and our vision for 2030.”

Further reports on the creation of the Housing Development Company will be presented to Cabinet in the coming months.

Next of Kin Appeal- Alexander Aitchison

Liverpool Coroner’s Office is appealing for the public’s help in tracing the next of kin of a man who recently passed away in Bootle.

Alexander Aitchison, aged 49, died on Tuesday, 26 September at his home address in Orrell Lane.

There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding Mr Aitchison’s death.

Any family members or people with information are asked to contact Coroners Officer Stephen Craig on 0151 777 3422 or email

Dukes Ward By-election to be held in November

Following the recent resignation of Cllr Pat Ball, a by-election for Dukes Ward will be held on Thursday, November 2.

The Notice of Election is set to be published on Thursday, September 28 while the nomination period for prospective candidates will run from Friday, September 29 until 4pm on Friday, October 6.

Anyone interested or wishing to stand as a candidate should contact Sefton Council’s Electoral Services on 0151 934 2260 or email

To vote in the by-election on Thursday, November 2, residents must be registered to vote no later than Tuesday, October 17.

Official poll cards will be sent to all electors entitled to vote as of September 1, 2017, and any new applications to register to vote can be made online at

Registered electors who are absent on November 2 can also apply to vote by post up to 5pm on Wednesday, October 18 or appoint a proxy to vote on their behalf up to 5pm on Wednesday, October 18.

For more details about elections and elected members visit

New rate relief scheme can lead to cuts in Business Rates

Qualifying businesses in Sefton can expect to have their business rates cut as a result of a new Rate Relief Scheme announced by Sefton Council.

The rate relief will benefit businesses that have faced the steepest increases in their business rates as a result of the 2017 revaluation undertaken by the independent Valuation Office Agency.

A report was outlining the scheme was agreed at a full council meeting on September 21.

The Revaluation Relief Scheme is effective from April 1, 2017 and will be provided over 4 years but is cash limited based on funding from central Government. Sefton’s allocation of the Government funding for discretionary rate relief is to be £945,838 spread across the next 4 years.

Cllr Paulette Lappin

The assistance will be targeted at those facing significant increases in rates in lower value properties. Normally this would be properties with a rateable value of less than £200,000 with a rates increase of 12.5% or more.

Businesses likely to benefit from this scheme will be contacted by the Council and invited to make an on-line application.

Other new rate relief schemes for qualifying businesses have also been announced in Sefton:

• Up to £1,000 for one year only for Sefton’s pubs with a rateable value of up
to £100,000.
• Any business no longer eligible for Small Business Rate relief to have the rates increases capped at no more than £600 in the first year.
• £1,500 business rates discount for office space occupied by local newspapers for 2 years from April 1, 2017.

Businesses are not expected to make a formal application for these relief schemes but are being contacted by Sefton Council and simply required to confirm to the Council that the property is occupied and used for the purposes of the schemes.

Cllr Paulette Lappin, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member of Regulatory, Compliance and Corporate Services, said:

“I am pleased that Sefton Council has committed to ease the pressure on our local businesses with these new Government funded business rate reliefs.

“We can now target financial support to more businesses where the rates are having an impact on their businesses.”

Ratepayers who qualify for the rate relief are obliged to let the Council know if the relief they have received over a rolling three-year period exceeds the State Aid Limit of 200,000 euros.

For more information regarding the new rate relief schemes please visit

Councillor Pat Ball announces resignation from Dukes Ward seat

Councillor Pat Ball has resigned from her post as a ward member in Dukes, Southport.

At a full council meeting in Bootle Town Hall last night (Thursday, September 21) the council was informed of Cllr Ball’s resignation, before party leaders offered their heartfelt tributes to her.

Cllr Dave Robinson, Mayor of Sefton, said:

“On behalf of the Council I would like to extend our appreciation for all of Pat’s hard work as Ward Councillor and Member of Sefton Council.

“We wish her well for the future.”

Leader of Sefton Conservatives Cllr Denise Dutton led the tributes, highlighting her continued hard work and commitment for her residents.

She was joined in the tributes by the Leader of Sefton Council & the Labour Group, Cllr Ian Maher, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Party, Cllr Sue McGuire, Leader of the Independent Group, Cllr Maria Bennett and Cllr Ball’s Dukes Ward colleagues.

Plans for a Dukes ward by-election are now being looked at with further details released in due course.

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