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Rogue landlords warned of risks following Southport court case

Sefton Council is warning rogue landlords they will be prosecuted for failing to follow legislation on licensing a house or Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs).

It comes after a Southport landlord, Michelle Ball of Shellfield Road, was recently fined £5,000 for not licensing a HMO on Manchester Road, also in the resort.

Ball, 54, was originally fined £7,500 but this was reduced to £5,000 following her guilty plea and she was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £170 with costs of £1,466.42. She also pleaded guilty to failing to supply gas and electric certificates for the property.

It followed a court case at Sefton Magistrates brought about by Sefton Council’s Housing Standards Team.

A property must be licensed under the mandatory licensing scheme if it has:

• 5 or more occupants (who comprise two or more separate family units or ‘Households’)
• Shared amenities such as bathroom, kitchen, or toilet facilities or where all the units of accommodation are not fully self-contained (i.e. although a kitchen, bathroom or WC are provided for the tenant’s use elsewhere in the building, they are not actually situated within their unit of accommodation.)
Sefton also operate a selective licensing scheme in the Bootle area, which requires all privately rented properties to have a licence; and 2 Additional HMO Licensing schemes in Southport and Seaforth/Waterloo that require all types of HMO to have a licence.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “Licensing and HMO legislation is put in place to help protect tenants and also serves to ensure landlords comply with all rules and regulations.

“Everyone across the borough should feel confident when renting a property and it’s important that we send a clear message to the small number of landlords who compromise the safety of their tenants.

“Let this court case be a lesson to landlords who try to avoid getting a licence – hefty fines will be imposed by the courts and we will always act to protect our residents.”

For more information on HMO licensing and Selective Licensing, visit

Cllr June Burns has been appointed as the new Mayor of Sefton

Cllr June Burns has been installed as the new Mayor of Sefton for 2019/20.

She was officially appointed as the new Mayor at a special meeting held at Bootle Town Hall (May 14) and replaces outgoing Mayor, Cllr Dave Robinson.

Cllr Burns has served as a Sefton Councillor for five years, representing the Park Ward. She has also been a Maghull Town Councillor and Mayor of Maghull for two terms in 2016/17.

She has had a very varied career having qualified in all aspects of hospitality at Southport College and going on to work as a cook in various establishments.

After having her three children she decided to change direction and trained as a counsellor, specialising in child bereavement.

In her spare time, she loves tending to her garden and having leisurely walks.

Following her appointment Cllr Burns said: “I am very honoured to be Mayor of Sefton. I am looking forward to representing the borough on a local and national level.

“I always pride myself on putting people at the heart of everything I do and I believe my background shows this. As a counsellor working in child bereavement I worked closely with families at Alder Hey Hospital.

“From this I learnt the true importance of listening to people and allowing their voices to be heard. I intend continue with these values as Mayor of Sefton when engaging and representing our diverse communities.

“I know this wonderful borough has so much to offer and I’m so excited for the year ahead. As we celebrate 100 years since women were given the right to vote, I’m proud to be the first female Labour Mayor of Sefton.

“I would like to thank the outgoing Mayor, Cllr Dave Robinson, for all his efforts in this civic role and hope my term will be as busy and successful as his.”

Sefton’s Festival Of Golf declared a swinging success!

Sefton’s Festival Of Golf has been declared a swinging success after a week of fantastic events, challenges and coaching for all ages.

Over 50 young boys and girls from across the country have now joined the junior ranks of Southport and Bootle Municipal golf courses as part of a local authority celebration to coincide with the British Masters at Hillside Golf Club.

Pro golfers Matthew Baldwin and Oliver Wilson were on hand to deliver intricate one-on-one sessions with youngsters while many tried their hands at the gruelling three club and longest putt challenges in the hope of winning top prizes.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “It has been a fantastic week for our Festival of Golf and we’re delighted to welcome 53 brand new junior members to our courses.

“This includes one eager youngster all the way from Hull who was visiting our beautiful borough for the weekend and will now return to play on our phenomenal courses.

“Our congratulations must go to Kate Dilworth who conquered our longest putt challenge and won tickets to the Southport Airshow, while the three club challenge winner Sean Maloret, along with runner up Jake Maloret, won a four balls round at Hillside and Hesketh Golf Clubs respectively.

“The festival has been a fantastic success and we have welcomed so many people, both young and old, to our courses and we are exploring a number of options to make some of the festival’s features permanent, including the very popular frisbee golf!

“Hopefully our own festival and the highly successful British Masters will leave a lasting legacy for Sefton golfers of the future.”

For more information or to apply for a membership at Southport and Bootle Municipal courses, visit

Bees, Blooms & Butterflies smashes fundraising target

A community project to create Merseyside’s largest wildflower meadow in Waterloo has already surpassed its fundraising target on the Sefton Crowd.

Over £4,600 has already been pledged to support Bees, Blooms & Butterflies, a project by the Friends of Rimrose Valley to plant and grow the largest wildflower meadow in the Liverpool City Region within Rimrose Valley Country Park.

The project, which has only been made possible thanks to the Sefton Crowd – Sefton Council’s brand new online crowdfunding platform where backers donate as little as £2 to ideas which will benefit communities across the borough.

£4,612 has been donated by 146 backers and the Friends of Rimrose Valley will work on entering the project’s delivery phase.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “We’re delighted that the Bees, Blooms & Butterflies has become the first Sefton Crowd project to surpass its fundraising target.

“We look forward to seeing the project quite literally flourish into a stunning wildflower meadow, creating a long-lasting environmental legacy for the people of South Sefton and beyond.”

Other projects still looking for the support of Sefton residents and businesses include a children’s literary festival, a youth cafe and a disability friendly horseback nature trail.

Tanya Wilcock, Sefton Council’s new Head of Communities, added: “Throughout the creation of Sefton Crowd we wanted to encourage the creation of community projects which make a huge difference to our brilliant borough and we feel that these projects from across the borough really reflect our hopes.

“I would encourage as many people as possible to visit the Sefton Crowd website and give their support to those projects which resonate the most with them.”

To support a project or to find out more visit

5K challenge returns to Crosby Lakeside thanks to Active Sefton

A popular 5k challenge returns to Sefton next month with hundreds of participants expected to take part.

Sefton Council’s Active Sefton team will host the 14th Annual Active Workforce 5K Challenge on Thursday, June 20 at Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre.

The challenge, which is open to individuals or teams of 5, will see competitors run a double lap around the idyllic setting of Crosby Coastal Park, before settling down for a post-race BBQ.

Competitors can run, walk or stroll at their leisure to complete the race and bottled water will be provided.

The Lakeside bar and bistro will also be fully operational and open to purchase food and drinks before, during and after the event making it ideal for spectators as well.

The cost for individual entries is £10 and £50 for a team of 5. All entries must be received by Friday, June 7.

Participants are also welcome to raise money for a chosen charity.

To register a place for an individual runner or a team or for more information please email or call 0151 934 2079.

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