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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.

Twelve convicted of littering offences in Sefton

Twelve people have been found guilty of littering in Sefton, leading to convictions worth over £4,000. 

Residents from Sefton, Preston and Liverpool were convicted of littering at South Sefton Magistrates Court at hearings which took place on Tuesday, August 22 and Tuesday, August 29. 

 Chelsea Rebecca Owen, 18, of Crosby Road South in Waterloo, appeared in court to plead guilty to littering and was fined a total of £205.

Eleven defendants were found guilty in their absence. They were:

Gytis Andrius, 21, of Duke Street Southport; fined £372

Paul Finch, 44, of Stanley Street Southport; fined £372

James Owen, 21, of Alma Road Birkdale; fined £372

Irena Borwiec, 42, of Bath Street North Southport; fined £372

Sebastian Tabaroiu, 22, of Irving Street Southport; fined £372

Nicola Foster, 19, of Manchester Road Southport;  fined £372
 
Sharon Jeffries, 52, of The Ferns, Preston; fined £322

Deborah Lunt of Lord Street, Southport; fined £422

Amelia Trim, 32, of Eastbank Street, Southport; fined £322

Gerad Derby, 32, of Fir Avenue Liverpool; fined £322

Tracy Jones, 41 of Wennington Road Southport; fined £322 

 A spokesman for Sefton Council said:

“No matter how big or small an item is, dropping litter is an offence.

 “Residents and visitors to the borough need to understand that they are responsible for correctly disposing of their own waste and we will not hesitate in following court proceedings for those who simply ignore this. 

 “Court cases like these highlight what can happen if you are caught and we hope it will make people think twice before just throwing their waste away.

 “Either take it home or use a bin.”

Wheelie good news for Ben and his new bike

Its Wheelie good news for Ben from Formby whose parents took delivery of a specialised Hugbike. Bens family and friends have been raising money for the bike through the summer and last week the day came when he made his inaugural ride.

Ben who is 13 and lives with his family in Formby has a congenital heart condition and autism, which made it difficult for him to ride a bike. After his parents exhausted every avenue for Ben to be able to cycle independently, they came across Hugbike, they’re an Italian based company who create these highly specialised tandem bikes for people living with additional needs.

The bike comes with a hefty price tag but and Bens family have spent the summer fundraising to ensure Ben could get the bike he needs. With the help of The Joseph Harley Bequest Fund, which supports young people in Formby, they were able to secure funding to help reach their target.

Ben’s dad Jon said ‘We’re thrilled to have this bike for Ben, for him to be able to cycle safely with us is amazing, it’s allowed Ben to gain a real sense of independence and adventure as well.

I can now take both of my sons for bike rides, and that’s such a great thing to be able to say.  I’d like to thank everybody in the community who donated time, money and effort for us to be able to get this bike for Ben.’

The Hugbike is designed to offer excitement and comfort to people living with disabilities. Most importantly the bike will give Ben the chance to create an important opportunity for personal and social inclusion. So if you see him riding round Formby with his Dad and Brother, give him a wave.    

 

Ovington Drive playground closed to protect park visitors

Sefton Council have taken the decision to close down a deteriorated playground to protect the safety of park visitors.

The playground on Ovington Drive has seen rapid deterioration and decline in recent months and, despite repeated maintenance, it is no longer deemed fit for purpose.

The council want to reassure residents that there are a number of other facilities close by which they can take full advantage of.

A spokesman for Sefton Council said: “The playground at Ovington Drive is over 30 years old and while we have tried to sustain it with regular inspections and maintenance, the site has recently seen rapid deterioration.

“As a result we have decided to close the facility and decommission the old equipment, which was done with cabinet approval and ward councillors notified.

“While this is disappointing, the nearest alternative playground site to Ovington Drive can be found at Town Lane which is only a quarter of a mile away.

“The Town Lane playground has received substantial investment in the last few years and the equipment there has only recently been re-painted, meaning provision is still available for families to enjoy.”

Intrepid volunteers aim high for Sefton 4 Good

A Sefton charity has been aiming high with its latest major fundraising project.

A team of 11 brave volunteers abseiled down the outside of the main entrance of Liverpool Cathedral and raised more than £1,000 for Sefton 4 Good.

Team members who took on the 150-foot free-fall drop in wet and windy conditions
included Sefton CVS, Sefton Council and members of the public.

Sefton 4 Good was established by Sefton CVS in 2013 to make it easier for borough
residents and businesses to support local good causes by giving their money, resources, time and skills.

Money raised is distributed via a grant scheme which is particularly aimed at smaller
organisations, or collaborative projects that include small groups.

Sefton’s Head of Commissioning Support & Business Intelligence Peter Moore along with Head of Regulation & Compliance Jill Coule, Daniel Longman and Adam Blackwel took it in turns to abseil down the iconic city cathedral.

Sefton 4 Good Co-ordinator, Mike Howlett, commented:

“This event was a completely new venture for us, so we’re very pleased at how it went and that so many people supported the team and helped us raise a very significant sum for our charity.

“We’re especially grateful to the intrepid volunteers who actually completed the abseil. This was always going to be a very daunting challenge for them, but it was made even more difficult by the far from ideal conditions on the day.”

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