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Council leader calls for judicial review on Rimrose Valley decision

Leader of Sefton Council Cllr Ian Maher, has today released the following statement:

“We know that our communities have felt absolutely devastated since the announcement in August by Highways England that their preferred option is to build a dual carriageway through Rimrose Valley. The way the whole process has been handled beggars believe and the more I have thought about it, the more I believe that we have grounds to challenge and are calling for a judicial review on the matter.

“When they first started consultation on their two options to ease traffic on the A5036 – a revamped A5036 Dunnings Bridge Road, which is already one of the busiest roads in the north, or a new £200m road through Rimrose Valley Park in Litherland – we put forward a third option to build a tunnel as an alternative and felt it should have been properly looked at. Yet they completely disregarded this option without any real consideration.

“We want to do the best by our communities and I feel that this flawed decision needs to be challenged. It’s just not right that they can do this to the people of Sefton. Their failure to include the tunnel as an option in the consultation process has deprived our residents of the opportunity to express a view – and I think this gives us enough evidence to take legal action. We are calling on Highways England to withdraw its ridiculous decision and re-open the consultation, giving people an opportunity to comment on the possibility of a tunnel as another option.

“We want to protect our communities that already suffer from some of the poorest air quality. Not only will a road through Rimrose Valley remove much loved and vital green space provision in Sefton, but will cause air pollution and threaten the environmental and ecological systems which local people enjoy and which supports their health and wellbeing. We just can’t let this happen and I’m determined to fight it.”

Crosby Lakeside high ropes plan goes to committee

A further revised planning application to construct a fully accessible high ropes course at Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre will go to Planning Committee.

If approved, it would enable visitors, including disabled users, the chance to access a ropes course and would be the first of its kind in the North West.

Late last year an application was submitted for the course but was was temporarily put aside while concerns were looked at concerning the Waterloo Conservation Area.

A Heritage Impact Assessment was carried out to address the concerns which will be highlighted and included in the amended planning application.

The application will be assessed by Sefton Council’s planning team in the coming months and all comments will be considered. At this moment in time no decision has been made on the application.

Following previous consultation with local residents, businesses, and Sefton Council’s Conservation officer, the proposal includes:

A reduction in the proposed height of the course by 2m (from 14m to 12m)

The selection of an alternative location nearer the lake and away from properties to reduce the height even more

The selection of an alternative location further away from the conservation area

Adaptations to the orientation and design of the course to reduce the visual impact

Soft planting introduced around the security fence to soften the appearance of it

The proposed course will consist of 6 distinct activity types; team challenges, a climbing wall, high level traverse, low level traverse, activities for people with disabilities and ‘freefall descenders’.

The materials used to construct the course will be in-keeping with those used on the existing building and play equipment area near by.

A spokesman for Sefton Council said:

“The Heritage Impact Assessment addresses further concerns made by local residents and highlights benefits of the scheme including employment, tourism and economic opportunities along with education, recreation and inclusion benefits.

“As we have said earlier, we firmly believe the introduction of a high ropes course at Crosby Lakeside would not only generate additional visitors and income for the centre, but for the entire coastal park and surrounding businesses.

“The Sefton coast is one of our real assets and through schemes like this it will enable Crosby Lakeside to offer more – especially to disabled people.

“If approved, this would be a fantastic facility that would give visitors, including disabled users, the chance to access a high quality ropes course in an incredible setting, and would be the first of its kind in the North West.

“Throughout this whole process we have been open and transparent, have worked with local residents and businesses to proactively seek feedback and we value their input.

“At this moment in time no decision has been made and it will be assessed by the planning team with all comments to be considered.”

Letters are also being delivered to nearby residents asking for further comments before the application is heard at Planning Committee.

Remember your duty of care when getting rid of household waste

Sefton Council is urging residents to remember their duty of care when getting rid of household waste, in order to avoid huge flytipping fines.

Many residents hire third parties to take away household waste and large bulky items from their home but most do not know the rules and regulations that cover these types of waste disposal.

By law, individuals are required to make sure the firm removing their waste is authorised to do so and is registered with the Environment Agency as an official waste carrier.

It is also vital to retain the name and address of the person or firm disposing of your waste.

In three recent cases in South Sefton, residents have fallen foul of rogue waste collectors who have simply dumped their waste as flytipping around the borough.

If flytipped waste is traced back to a particular property, the householder could be fined up to £5,000 if they cannot properly identify who they used to get rid of their waste.

Cllr Paulette Lappin, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regulation and Compliance, said:

“Recently we have experienced issues with members of the public not complying with their legal responsibilities to ensure any waste they produce is removed by a registered carrier.

“This can be from the local paper, social media or shop noticeboard but the responsibility is with the household to check they are legitimate first before they employ them.

“Too many residents are employing people to take waste away which is then being flytipped in the borough.

“Householders are required to make a simply check with the Environment Agency in order to ascertain if the person that they are passing their waste to is a registered waste carrier.

“Ask to see their waste carrier license issued by the Environment Agency or contact the Environment Agency directly on 08708 506 506 and ask for a free instant Waste Carrier Validation Check.

“Alternatively you can check online on the Environment Agency website.

“Even after you’ve checked, keep their details so that if flytipping does occur, you can show that you acted responsibly.

“You can do this is many ways, such as asking for an official invoice or a form with all of their details on.

“If they are not prepared to give you their details, don’t employ them.”

For more information about waste disposal visit www.sefton.gov.uk/bins-recycling

Who’s In Court: Litter louts fined for dropping rubbish

Litter louts who have been caught irresponsibly disposing of rubbish in Sefton have been convicted in court, leading to fines totaling more than £2,000.

Eight people from Sefton and Lancashire failed to appear at South Sefton Magistrates court this week (Tuesday, October 17) after they were spotted by enforcement officers littering in the borough.

They were found guilty in their absence and each given 28 days to pay a fine.

Magistrates handed out a total of £2,176 worth of fines on the day. These included:

Rachel Colbeck, 31, of Stanley Road, Bootle; fined £272.

Jamie Gretton, 23, of Milton Street, Bootle; fined £272.

David Morris, 30, of Covent Close, Ormskirk; fined £272.

Tegan O’Neill, 20, of Saunders Street, Southport; fined £272.

Steven McIntosh, 46, of Beech Trees, Skelmersdale; fined £272.

Gheorghe Becherescu, 32, of Bedford Road, Birkdale; fined £272.

Melissa Davies, 31 of Bedford Road, Birkdale; fined £272.

Melissa Taylor, 23, of the Corners, Thornton, Cleveleys; fined £272.

A spokesman for Sefton Council said:

“It’s simple. If you drop litter and our enforcement officers catch you, you will be fined £75.

“If you fail to pay and your case goes to court, then the fine can be considerably higher.

“It’s a criminal offence to litter and we will not hesitate to fine those who deliberately make our beautiful borough untidy.

“People need to think twice before just throwing their waste away and court cases like these highlight what can happen if you are caught. Either take it home or use a bin.”

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

Sporting Lights return to keep mischief at bay

The hugely popular Sefton Sporting Lights is returning later this month to give youngsters the chance to enjoy a host of free and fun activities.

Taking place at Coronation Park, Crosby on Monday, October 30 from 6pm, the floodlit event aims to divert young people away from anti-social activities usually associated with ‘Mischief Night’.
Throughout the night youngsters can take part in a raft of free activities including go-karting, water zorbing and football!


Sporting Lights is organised by Sefton Council as part of the Halloween and Bonfire Night Plan in partnership with The Friends of Coronation Park, Merseyside Police, Merseyside Fire and Rescue, British Orienteering and other community volunteers and sports coaches.

Other activities on offer include:
• Halloween themed Xplorer orienteering sessions around the park on the evening (compass for the winner and runner-up).
• A Climbing Wall
• Pumpkin Carving
• Halloween Crafts
• Face Painting
Refreshments for participants will be provided by Domino’s Pizza and the popular Triviso Ice Cream catering firm will also be onsite.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Cabinet Member For Health and Wellbeing, said: “I am delighted to see Sporting Lights return for another year after huge successes in the past.

“It promises to be a dazzling evening of fun and free activities thanks must go in advance to all our partner agencies who have worked so hard to help us bring this great event together.”

Anyone attending is asked to bring a torch along on the evening as not all areas of the park will be floodlit and they can also be used for the orienteering sessions.
All activities and refreshments will be on a first come first served basis. In the event of poor weather, pedalos and zorbing will still go ahead with planned refreshments but other activities may be cancelled.

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