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Freshfields Animal Rescue need your votes to help win national award!

A volunteer led animal rescue centre in Sefton has made it to the final of a top national competition, but needs your help to clinch the award.

The incredible volunteer supported team at Freshfields Animal Rescue have been chosen as one of two finalists in the Charity Today ‘Animal Welfare Charity of the Year’ Awards.

Each day dedicated staff and volunteers give up their time to help care for a menagerie of animals at the Ince Blundell based rescue centre.

They put their heart and soul into their work, giving unconditional love and compassion every day to abused, abandoned and unwanted animals.

Debbie Hughes, spokeswoman for Freshfields Animal Rescue, said: “Our team literally take their work home with them!

“Operations Manager Dawn has fostered hundreds of animals over the past 10 years. 

“It makes all the difference to dogs like Buddy (pictured) to snooze on a warm, comfy sofa in a real home, whilst they wait for their forever family to come along.

“Many animals come from traumatic situations of abuse and neglect, and this wonderful group of individuals transforms traumatic situations of abuse and neglect into new lives and loving new homes.

“We do this with the support of the local communities which we are proud to serve.

“We are up against a larger animal rescue centre, which is based in London. It would be a great result for a local rescue centre to scoop this prestigious award.”

The public vote is decided via social media site Twitter. To vote for Freshfield Animal Rescue follow these steps:

1. Follow @CharityAwards on Twitter
2. Retweet this post

Voting closes at 11am on Friday January 26.

 

New changes for Private Rented Landlords & Tenants

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.

Click here to find out more and apply

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 sefton.gov.uk.

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 www.sefton.gov.uk/housing. Early application for property accreditation is encouraged.

#CleanerSeas for Sefton

 Whether you swim, paddle, or simply enjoy a stroll on one of the Sefton beaches, you can be assured, once again, that the quality of the water is cleaner than at any time in the last 30 years.

   

  For the second year in a row the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has published statistics that reveal that all 31 of the North West’s bathing waters meet the government’s required standards for water quality.

     The 2017 classifications of bathing waters in Sefton are;

  • Formby beach has been rated Excellent – the highest, cleanest class;
  • Southport and Ainsdale have been rated Good – generally good water quality.

Full classifications can be found here: www.environment.data.gov.uk/bwq/profiles/

     A range of stakeholders have contributed to reducing pollution and improving the regions rivers, lakes and the sea, including the Environment Agency, United Utilities and the local community.

You can continue to help maintain, and improve, these standards by making small changes at home and at the beach:

• Only flush the 3P’s down the toilet – poo, pee and paper. Everything else goes in the bin!

• Pour cooled kitchen fats in the bin, not down the sink – it can cause blockages and sewage to overflow.

• Pick up after your dog and put it in the bin.

• Don’t feed birds at the beach and keep outdoor areas free of food waste.

• Always put litter in the bin or take it home if it’s full. 

Sign Up to News Alerts from Sefton Council

Residents and businesses can now sign up to receive the latest news, events and important information from Sefton Council via email.

Following the launch of Merseynow, users can access the latest details on a range of themes straight to their inbox. 

Topics will cover information on the latest news and events across the borough, as well as reminders about bin collections, activities during the school holidays or changes to Council services. 

You can even include multiple addresses making it an ideal way for people such as business owners, individuals looking after family members or landlords to keep up-to-date with news from specific postcode locations. 

The Merseynow system is already being used by Merseyside Police and Liverpool City Council, and it is hoped that this will become a quick and efficient way for residents to receive communications that they are interested in from across the region. 

It’s completely free to register and all email addresses and personal data will be securely stored.

All you need to do is go to merseynowsefton.org and register your details to start receiving the alerts.

Sensational summer for Coast volunteers

Over the summer we’ve enjoyed spending time on the Sefton Coast with visitors to our dunes, woodlands, beaches and parks.

Over the summer (April – September), the Friends of Sefton Coast have had over 750 volunteer visits, giving more than 1500 hours of time to help clean up beaches, woodlands and parks, and  keeping access routes clear and carrying out wildlife surveys.

We held several Beach Clean Ups over the summer and our volunteers recovered over 550 bags of debris, they then separated the debris into recyclable and non-recyclable materials, this produced almost 100 bags recyclable plastics.

If you were one of the brilliant volunteers who helped out over the summer, we’d love to hear from you and capture your experiences of working along the Sefton coast. We would love to be able to share your feelings and experiences with people living and working in Sefton and hopefully inspire others to help maintain Sefton’s natural beauty and share in its huge capacity to improve health and wellbeing amongst our local communities.

Lifeboat Road and Ravenmeols Local Nature Reserve are now under the management of the National Trust. For the Friends of Sefton Coast who volunteer at these sites, you may still do so, but you might want to discuss your voluntary contributions with the National Trust also. If you are happy for us to forward your contact details to the National Trust, please let us know.

All of our volunteers who have previously gone through the grazing animal’s welfare training will be aware that as winter approaches, the sheep and cattle will be back on the grazing enclosures at Ainsdale and Birkdale Local Nature Reserve. If you can help with welfare checks, please get in touch with us at the Ainsdale office and we will make arrangements with you. If you have not been through the stock animals training, but are still be interested in helping us to monitor the winter grazing animals, then please get in touch because we can arrange to provide you with suitable training.

 

Don’t forget that you can contact the Friends of Sefton Coast group or email Gordon White, Coast & Countryside Officer for Sefton Council – Email: Gordon.white@sefton.gov.uk at any time. Equally, if you know anyone who is interested in visiting, exploring and enjoying the coast, who might like to volunteer, then please ask them to get in touch, everyone is welcome.

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