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Sefton catches alleyway dumpers in flytipping crackdown

Sefton Council is once again reminding residents of their rubbish responsibilities following a crackdown on alleyway flytipping.

A recent spot-check by the Local Authority’s Environmental Health Enforcement officers in the south of the borough uncovered a large amount of alleyway rubbish dumping and one resident was even caught in the act, resulting in her receiving a £400 fine.

Each year Sefton’s cleansing teams have to remove thousands of tonnes of rubbish from alleyways across the borough, costing the Council £800,000 a year to clear up and dispose of.

On average 20 tonnes of flytipped rubbish is left in rear alleyways and passageways each week, running up bills of £2,600 in disposal costs alone.

Cllr Paulette Lappin, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regulation and Compliance, said: “People dumping rubbish in alleyways costs the council hundreds of thousands of pounds a year to clean up and dispose of.

“This is a huge bill to clean up after flytippers and our recent inspections show that there are still inconsiderate and irresponsible people who dump their rubbish illegally.

“No matter if its a small bin bag or a huge pile of household waste, it’s still flytipping and you will be fined heavily for irresponsibly disposing of your rubbish.

“Flytipping carries a £400 fixed penalty notice and failure to pay will land you in court.  We won’t hesitate to issue a fine if we catch people doing it.
“Each week our cleansing teams clear away tonnes of dumped waste from alleyways alone and this needs to stop.

“Flytipping is not only unsightly and anti-social, but it can also be a serious risk to people’s health and can cause considerable damage to the environment.

“Please dispose of your waste in the proper fashion and make Sefton a cleaner and greener place to live, work and visit.”

If any residents have any concerns regarding flytipping or wish to report an offence, they should contact us on 0345 140 0845 or report it via our website www.sefton.gov.uk.

Man, 26, jailed for seven years after pensioner robbed in Blundellsands

Police are]e today (Tuesday 5th March) welcoming the sentencing of a 26 year-old man after a pensioner was robbed in Blundellsands.

The victim, a 75 year-old man, was dragged to the floor in Fountain Court and had his Rolex watch and wallet stolen by two males who made threats to physically harm him.

Alexander Billinge, of Lyneham, Whiston, admitted robbery and was sentenced to a total of seven years in prison at Liverpool Crown Court following the incident in October 2016.

Detective Constable Neil Jones said: “This was a particularly nasty robbery on an elderly man but thankfully incidents like this are very rare.

“The victim was not seriously injured but he was left visibly shaken and shocked by his ordeal.

“Considerable work went into building a case against Billinge and finally bringing him to justice. I am pleased that Billinge will now spend a considerable amount of time behind bars to reflect on his actions.

“I also hope that it means that the victim can now move on with his life and finally put this upsetting ordeal behind him.”

In a personal statement shared with the court the victim said: “I was very shaken by what happened and have been extremely cautious ever since.

“I was putting my car away one day and the leaves behind me just rustled and I nearly jumped out of my skin. It has made me nervous but I hope that will go away.

“Before this happened I didn’t feel nervous about anything.”

Police and Crime Panel seeking co-opted independent member

The Merseyside Police and Crime Panel is seeking a committed and enthusiastic person from the Merseyside area to serve as a co-opted independent member on the panel from July 2019 for a term to end in May 2023.

This role is an exciting opportunity to be involved in the arrangements for police governance and accountability, which would involve scrutinising and supporting the Police and Crime Commissioner.

The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 introduced significant changes in police governance and accountability; in particular, replacing Police Authorities by directly elected Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) from November 2012.

In summary, the public accountability for the delivery and performance of the police service within each force is now placed into the hands of the PCC on behalf of their electorate. The PCC draws on this electoral mandate to set and shape the strategic objectives of their force area in consultation with the Chief Constable. The PCC is accountable both to the electorate and the Police and Crime Panel; the Chief Constable is directly accountable to the PCC.

Each force area has a Police and Crime Panel to offer both support and challenge in relation to the PCC’s decision-making and actions. The PCC is required to consult with the Panel on the strategic plan for local policing, as well as the level of council tax needed to support the local policing budget, and the appointment of a Chief Constable. Independent members, through their knowledge and experience, are expected to enhance the Panel’s ability to play its role effectively.

The panel is made up of 10 local councillors in total from the five local authorities in the force area, plus two independent co-opted members.

The role of a panel member is an important and demanding one. The typical commitment required from a member of the panel is expected to average one day a month, including preparation time.

Applicants must live or work within the Merseyside area (Knowsley, Liverpool, St Helens, Sefton and Wirral). Experience in community safety, victim support, criminal justice and related issues would be helpful, but is not essential. There is no salary for the role, but reasonable travel expenses can be reclaimed.

Panel Meetings are generally held in the daytime with meetings ordinarily being held in Huyton, Knowsley. All panel members receive induction and other appropriate training.

Please telephone 0151-443-3367 to request a copy of the application pack.

A new portal can help you find the right apprenticeship in the Liverpool City Region

Finding and taking up one of a huge range of apprenticeships available across the Liverpool City Region is set to get much easier from today (Tuesday 5th March 2019) as Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram launches the UK’s first one-stop web portal for apprenticeships.

The UCAS-style portal – www.be-more.info – has been created thanks to the Metro Mayor’s powers relating to the skills agenda, and brings together apprenticeship opportunities from employers so that prospective apprentices in the Liverpool City Region can find the local information they need in one place.

Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said:

“This is the first website anywhere in the country bringing together such a wide range of information about apprenticeship opportunities and how to apply for them, and we have built it here, in the Liverpool City Region, specifically for our residents.

“In my election manifesto I promised to simplify the way people access apprenticeship opportunities through an easily accessible, online apprenticeship portal for the city region and I’m proud to have fulfilled that pledge.

“Visitors to the site will be amazed at the type of apprenticeships we have in the city region, it’s not just the traditional trades, you can study at degree level and beyond in subjects ranging from Clinical Engineering – to becoming a Paralegal. There is certainly much more on offer in terms of opportunities and qualifications than when I did a traditional bricklaying apprenticeship.”

The portal was built in consultation with current and prospective apprentices and is part of the Combined Authority’s plans to ensure that the city region develops the skills that its economy needs.

The Metro Mayor is committed to increasing the number, breadth and relevance of apprenticeships across the Liverpool City Region, enabling more employers and learners to access and benefit from apprenticeships.

The new web portal, which is the first of its kind, is being launched to coincide with National Apprenticeship Week, and not only offers opportunities, but also features details on how to apply for an apprenticeship, how to get there, and even what specific travel benefits may be available.

This new online facility will also be a useful tool for employers across the six constituent local authorities (Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral) to advertise their apprenticeship vacancies.

Councillor Ian Maher, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority Portfolio Holder for Education, Employment, Skills and Apprenticeships, said:

“Ensuring that we can recruit the right number of apprentices in the right sectors is absolutely crucial to ensuring that the Liverpool City Region economy has the skills it needs to thrive in the 21st century.

“One of the key messages we have to get out there is that apprenticeships have changed and can now be a route to highly-skilled, highly-paid careers in almost every sector of the job market.  This new portal is a vital part of our efforts to boost recruitment to apprenticeships by making it much easier and simpler to find out what opportunities exist and how to apply for them.”

Alex Ennion from Wirral is in the first year of a three year Healthcare Science degree apprenticeship with Aintree University Hospital. He said:

“When I complete my degree, I’ll be a specialist rehabilitation engineer so I’ll be going out into the community in the North West fitting equipment for patients who have traumatic brain injuries or conditions like Motor Neurone Disease or Multiple Sclerosis. By already being in a full time job, I’m working with a lot of cutting edge technology in this field a lot sooner than I would through the traditional route.

“I’ll be helping people by fitting assistive technology in their home which can help them to live more independently. These can be tablets that allows the user, who can only move their upper neck, to use their eyes to turn the TV or the lights on or off themselves.”

Aidan Matear is a 24 year old patient at Aintree University Hospital with cerebral palsy. He uses his natural eye movements to control his laptop and said:

“This equipment has been life-changing for me – it has made it easier for me to communicate and made it possible for me to complete my degree. It has enabled me to fulfil my dream of becoming a writer. Having this technology specifically configured for me and tailored to my abilities has reduced some of the barriers I face in day-to-day life and I am immensely grateful to the team at Aintree Hospital.”

Ruth Hoyte, Director of Workforce & Organisational Development at Aintree University Hospital, said:

“Apprenticeships are helping us to build a strong future workforce by developing the skills of our existing staff and offering job opportunities to our local communities. That’s great news for Aintree, our patients and the NHS as a whole. It’s fantastic to see apprenticeships being promoted across the Liverpool City Region and we’re pleased to support the launch of this new portal.”

Paul Smyth, the Apprenticeship Lead for Aintree University Hospital, said:

“We’ve had 200 apprentices through the door at Aintree University Hospital studying at a variety of levels and from different backgrounds. It makes perfect sense to be able to share our opportunities on a portal that local people can access. I think that is particularly important when you’re trying to decide whether to do an apprenticeship or take an academic route. Here you can weigh up your options and decide what’s going to be best for you. ”

To find out more information about apprenticeships across the Liverpool City Region go to www.be-more.info

Litter louts found guilty of dropping rubbish

Four people have been fined after being found guilty of littering in the borough.

Fines totalling over £1,400 were handed out at South Sefton Magistrates Court on February 27 after all four failed to pay fixed penalty notices after being caught dropping rubbish.

Paul Carter, 48, of Waterloo plead guilty by post and was fined £322.

Craig Keevil, 46, of Southport was found guilty in absence and was fined £392.

Makala Smith, 29, of Eccles, was found guilty in absence and was fined £392.

Emma Wilkinson, 39, of Chorley, was found guilty in absence and was fined £392.

Cllr Paulette Lappin, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regulation and Compliance, said: “People need to think twice before just throwing their waste away and court cases like these highlight what can happen if you are caught.

“Littering is an unsightly act and we will not hesitate to fine those who do it.

“Please take it home or use a bin or face the consequences.”

For more information about littering, visit www.sefton.gov.uk/bins-recycling/litter-and-fly-tipping.

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